Monday, May 23, 2016


The highly-anticipated new TV series Preacher will debut exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the UK it has been announced.
Arriving on 23rd May 2016 (today), with subsequent episodes launching on Mondays from 6th June 2016 (one day after they air in the US on AMC), the series is produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (This Is The End, Superbad, Bad Neighbours) and showrunner Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad). It is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic book of the same name.
Religion, satire, ultraviolence, possession, angel-demon copulation, rednecks, Heaven, Hell, saints, killers, and the Saint of Killers - what's not to like?

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Behind a Painted Smile

Scarcely two months on from raising the issue (Icons passim) I think I may have got to the bottom of finding a fitted sheet that will be snug with my mattress.

It turns out it is a 140cm x 200cm Euro/IKEA Size double; bigger than a UK double but smaller than a UK King size. How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? Amazon Prime can take the strain: IKEA DVALA - Fitted sheet, white - 140x200 cm.

For completeness, the bed in Ben's room is a UK small double (120 x 190 cm).

Prodnose: God knows there has been some competition here lately, but that is almost certainly the most boring thing you have ever shared.

Myself: I am not sure. I was only saying to Brad, Angelina, George and Amal the other day that people only see the impossible glamour that is the surface of our lives. Sometimes I think it is good to let a little light in and allow the public to appreciate the hard work that goes on behind the scenes keeping the show on the road.

Angelina (about the new curtains): If you don't like them we can take them back.

Brad: All right, I don't like them.

Angelina: [pause] You'll get used to them.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Player of another year

Ben won the Old Ruts U15 League 1 Player of the Year award at the club last night. This year, like last year when Welsey won it, it was decided a vote among the squad, not by the coaches. It is a great honour for him to be picked out by his peers like that.

I don't have a picture as I remembered that when he won it four years ago (Icons passim) I was so busy fooling around with the camera on my phone that I didn't really concentrate on savouring the moment.

Friday, May 20, 2016

I'll be back in a minute

The Wimbledon Brewery is just around the corner from Lavender Park where the Rutlish Raiders rugby league teams play their home games of a Saturday. Disloyal as it sounds, I could be persuaded to play hooky - at least for the first half - for a food and drink market.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

'Tubbs' Tattsyrup: Are you... local?

I went down the Standard last night to watch Liverpool in the Europa Cup final (of which the less said the better) only to find myself enthralled instead by the screens showing AFC Wimbledon edge past Accrington in extra-time.
AFC Wimbledon are one win away from reaching the third tier of English football following an extra-time victory over Accrington in the League Two play-offs.
Having been two goals down on the night and 22 minutes from defeat, substitute Adebayo Akinfenwa’s header forced extra time before Lyle Taylor’s 104th-minute finish sealed a 3-2 aggregate triumph and booked a Wembley final date with Plymouth.
Success over the Pilgrims would ensure Wimbledon, who formed as a phoenix club 14 years ago in response to MK Dons’ controversial relocation, will spend next season alongside Karl Robinson’s side for the first time in their history.
Confirmation of their Wembley trip came slightly later than planned, due to a floodlight failure at the Crown Ground, but the final whistle was greeted by a pitch invasion when it eventually arrived at 10.30pm.
Phew, my heart was in my mouth. I am tempted to go to Wembley myself.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Several million points out of ten for style

I got a group email from Carole yesterday. She's trying to organise a reunion for the 30th anniversary of us starting our MBA. That is handy as I have only recently sobered up after the 20th anniversary reunion.

I hit "reply all" saying I was all in favour of it and got the greatest automatic response in the history of the world from Ruth.
I am currently cycling the Silk Road and will return to my desk in October 2016. If you require immediate assistance, please contact Frank Neale on I will have periodic access to email and will respond when I am able. Thank you.
Her "periodic access to email" is obviously working as we heard from her personally later:
Aw, I'll have to survive long enough for the 40th. I'm currently cycling the Silk Road. In China now heading towards Istanbul. Eta October.
I am now singing Style by Prince from the Emancipation album in tribute. You should too.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Well I never!

I was checking something out for the Wimbledon Bookfest on Twitter yesterday when I came across the tweet from the Bomber's school above. I wish I was clearer about what competition it was in, it must have been something significant I suppose.

While we are on the subject of himself, you can go directly to his rugby league try from Saturday's game at without having to sit through all that boring filler footage of the opposition scoring.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Rutland Weekend Television

I am just back from Cardiff, but the miracle of Interweb YouTubery means I can watch the Raiders being beaten by the Elmbridge Eagles yesterday ..... and thank you so much for bringing up such a painful subject. While you're at it, why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it?

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Pre match entertainment

I am back in Cardiff this weekend at Mum and Dad's, so I'm off the grid and today's post was queued yesterday.

Saracens vs Racing 92 - the European Champions Cup final - kicks off at quarter to five (BST) this afternoon at the Grand Stade de Lyon, France. The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport Europe, with the show starting at 3.45pm (BST).

Gareth has reminded me what a great try Pablo scored against Saracens ARFC last week, so I present it below as home grown pre-match entertainment. Slow motion and a soundtrack? You're spoiling us, Mr Ambassador!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

.... and the nominations are ...

BMI celebrated the songwriters and publishers behind the year’s most-performed pop songs at the 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards last night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
Global superstar Taylor Swift was presented with the first-ever Taylor Swift Award.
The bookies probably weren't taking bets on who would get it.

Alvy Singer: What's with all these awards? They're always giving out awards. Best Fascist Dictator: Adolf Hitler.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I'll drink to that

I saw the Richard Alston Dance Company in Wimbledon Theatre last night. It was a triple bill with a break after each so I could have two interval G&T's instead of the customary one; very civilised.

Afterwards, I still had time to watch the second half of West Ham versus Manchester United as the kick off was delayed by three quarters of an hour after Irons fans attacked the Red Devils' bus; less civilised.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

one and a half minutes

The Saracens recorded their games at the sevens at Worthing at Sunday and sent us a link. I share a ninety second clip above in which Ben scores a try, tackles the guy who catches the restart and then - after half time when the camera is off - catches their restart and runs through the entire team to put the ball down under the posts.

How you like them apples?