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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Happy Days...

Today is officially a Happy Day. Today, Lindsay got her settlement visa, which means she is officially allowed to stay here indefinitely. And that makes me very, very HAPPY! Although it was one of those things that they [big scary government] were quite unlikely to deny, it's still kind of nerve-racking getting together all your evidence, and worrying that you don't have enough proof that you've lived together over the past 2 years (which is what they're looking for). I was also slightly worried because they said it could take up to 3 months, which would be a bit hairy as we're going back to the States for Christmas and the immigration people would still have our passports! But in the end it only took 3 weeks. So, 2 1/2 years after the process began, Lindsay is 'settled'. Thank you God!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Lindsay does the Bristol Half-Marathon!

Yes, it's been a while. A long while. But here's something you might like to see - Lindsay's finish at the Bristol Half-Marathon. There are some general shots of Bristol and the race first before you get to it, but it's worth it! I'm sure she'll want to write some stuff about it, but for now enjoy the video!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Sweltering Heat

Roads have been melting in parts of England as the heatwave across most of the country continues.

BBC NEWS | UK | England | Roads melt as temperatures soar

Man, it is seriously hot here.  Perhaps it noticeable because it isn't normally so hot, and we don't have air conditioning.  Tomorrow it's predicted to be 36C (97F), and right now, at 10:30pm it's 25C (77F).  Sleeping is difficult.  Still, in a week it'll be cold again and everyone will be complaining about how it's never summer here.  You can't win, eh?

Well, spare a thought for those using the Underground in London, where temperatures were reportedly as high as 47C (117F) yesterday.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Camping in the USA

Your country needs you!
So, we're having a jolly time over in the United States of America. We've just returned from our camping trip in Door County, Wisconsin. Wow, it was great fun. We were camping in the woods, in a State Park. Everyone has a clearing with a picnic bench and fire pit, plus enough place for your tent/camper and car. We played lots of cards, went for ice cream, watched the sunset, climbed a crazy tall tower... and more! I've uploaded a few photos to flickr - click the link on the right to see them. Hopefully I'll put more on soon.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Cup so Far...

Well, well, well.... it's been a GREAT World Cup so far. Lots of attacking, lots of goals. Very few bad matches. England didn't fare too well against Paraguay, but we won and that's what counts. In 4 hours, we'll be playing Trinidad & Tobago, and not discounting their performance against Sweden, we should win and be through to the second round.

On the Fantasy Football front, it's seems that picking your team from a sticker album (as Lindsay did) is the best way forward. Kudos to Sarah Pollasch for storming into second place in the first phase. My best decisions... choosing Kaka ahead of Ronaldinho; and picking David Villa - who scored 2 for Spain. Speaking of Spain - this has to be goal of the Tournament so far. A glorious team goal and a fantastic finish by Fernando Torres.

My Sofa World Cup has been giving me the most laughs with their descriptions/observations of various English commentators. Also, the Guardian's World Cup site has a lot of very interesting, detailed articles on the World Cup - better than the usual 'Rooney might be fit!' stuff. Check that out.

Lastly, a big fat boo to Ronaldo for his rubbish performance against Croatia. He literally waddled around for 65 minutes (until he was taken off). Perhaps he thought he was on a Sunday afternoon stroll, or maybe he didn't realise the game had started - for an hour. The contrast between him and Robinho was dramatic - Robinho seemed to do more work in 30 seconds than Ronaldo did for the whole game. Will he improve? Who knows, but maybe he should warm the bench for a while, and let some other people score some goals.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

1 day to go!

The post marks the occassion of just over 1 day to go until the World Cup begins! This time tomorrow, we will be watching the opening ceremony, before Germany take on Costa Rica! What a month...

Of course the greatest news of the past 24 hours is that Rooney is no longer injured. He won't play straight away, but he will play at some point, which is just the boost we needed. Of course, we still have Crouch and his fantastic dancing to entertain us in the meantime.

Speaking of brilliance - here's the best player in the world doing his tricks. Phew, wouldn't like to meet him on a dark football pitch. (That doesn't quite work, but oh well.... only 24 hours until the World Cup! Did I say that already?!)

Tomorrow is an official World Cup Holiday. I made that up of course, but I will be doing World Cup related things all day, starting with putting my wallchart up. Then I will make some finishing touches to my fantasy team, and do lots of other crazy football related things. Hoorah!

So, on we go!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

World Cup Websites

Scouring the world wide web for World Cup fun, I've come across some brilliant and amusing sites. Of course the BBC already seem to be winning with their coverage - and it hasn't even started yet. The World Cup Blog website is fantastic - fans from all over the world contribute their thoughts and amusing stories about their team.

This made me chuckle - it is serious, and hey, maybe it'll work - but it's still funny. Remember, football is just a game. [Moment of quiet reflection.]

One of the great things about the World Cup is the football themed adverts on TV. The world's stars get together and doing some crazy tricks. There's the obligatory Nike commercial with the Brazilian team doing mad stuff in an airport or on a beach. This site has links to a few of the best ones over the past few years.

And then there's the Fantasy Football. Your knowledge against everyone else's. We've started a league and got a good crowd already, so if you want to join in, let me know!

Back soon with more World Cup fever!