Sunday, December 10, 2017

A message from the management

A great team performance and result today beating a very physical Guildford side 20-10 which now takes us into the Surrey Cup semi finals hosting London Irish at Old Ruts in January!
It's all gravy, for Ben and the boys.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Friday, December 08, 2017

Lunchtime's shopping list

  • black rubbish bags
  • disposable razors
  • dishwasher tablets
  • shoe laces
It's not all glamour you know.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Stand up for your rights

I would have bought an Echo Show for the kitchen as soon as it came out in the United Kingdom if Google hadn't disabled YouTube on it. I needz recipez on videoz, you seez.

A couple of days ago, when I fired up the YouTube app on the Fire TV stick  I got a message saying that it would be unavailable on the platform from the beginning of next year.

Public spat between two of world’s biggest tech companies intensifies as Google uses access to video platform as leverage to force retailer to sell its products sayeth the Grauniard.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Mummers, pace-eggers, soulers, tipteerers, wrenboys, and galoshins



I am a mime. My body is my tool. Above the timeless art illuminates Theresa May's encounter with the Ireland border yesterday. (Ho ho, very satirical.)

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Lock In

I'm currently planning to take Ben to see Wales v Scotland in Cardiff in February next year and then Italy versus Wales in Rome on 9 February 2019. It has struck me that if we target seeing all the Six Nations opposition, both home and away, at the rate of one game a year we are looking at a decade long programme.

I think that is worth doing.

Monday, December 04, 2017

The Old Switcheroo

I have been supporting Swansea in the Premier League since Cardiff were relegated after a single year in the top flight at the end of the 2013-14 season.

After last weekend, with Swansea at the bottom of the table and the Bluebirds second in the Championship, dare I start to dream the we will be promoted in the same year that the Swans are relegated?

Oh yes I do.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Rites of Passage

When I am grown to man's estate
I shall be very proud and great.
And tell the other girls and boys
Not to meddle with my toys.
Ben's first driving lesson is booked for Friday.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Gregory Porter's Popular Voices

Gregory Porter was wonderful when I saw him supporting Stevie Wonder at Clapham Common in Summer 2014. He's made a TV series in which he presents a 100-year celebration of the mystery, joy and pain that lies behind some of the greatest voices in modern music. It finished last night but you can still catch it on the iPlayer here; highly recommended.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Over paid, over here, over balanced

Head coach Warren Gatland says Wales' fourth autumn international against South Africa is a 'balancing act' for the Welsh Rugby Union.
The match is being played outside World Rugby's international window which means both sides are missing key players who have returned to their clubs.
Gatland says the money raised from the match is important for the game's finances in Wales, and it offers young players valuable international experience.
Wales: L Halfpenny (Scarlets); H Amos (Dragons), S Williams (Scarlets), H Parkes (Scarlets), S Evans (Scarlets); D Biggar (Ospreys), A Davies (Scarlets); R Evans (Scarlets), K Dacey (Cardiff Blues), S Andrews (Cardiff Blues), C Hill (Dragons), A W Jones (Ospreys, capt), A Shingler (Scarlets), J Navidi (Cardiff Blues), T Faletau (Bath).
Replacements: E Dee (Dragons), W Jones (Scarlets), R Jones (Ospreys), S Davies (Cardiff Blues), D Lydiate (Ospreys), R Webb (Ospreys), R Patchell (Scarlets), O Watkin (Ospreys).
I'll be watching obviously, but I think it is ridiculous.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Published yesterday: 37,943,069 views



Sometimes you just have to give in to the hype; Wimbledon's finest on web-slinging duties notwithstanding. See Icons passim.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

As Bitcoin hits $10k

The £4.21 transaction in my Bitcoin wallet (£4 plus a 21p fee) from 17 July is coming up as being equivalent to £22.11 today. See Icons passim.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Diary of a nobody

Here, for your listening pleasure, Tina Brown recalls her time as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair magazine from 1983 to 1992.

I heard it on Radio 4 as I was driving back from Cardiff. It is drivel, but hilariously self-importantly and name-droppingly drivelious; "war broke out with Iraq, just as we were on our way to a dinner with, of all people, Henry and Nancy Kissinger." God give me strength.