Sunday, 24 January 2010

Worst Fouls Ever?

Have seen some dastardly deeds done in the professional game over the years but this young lady from New Mexico really takes things over the top and into a new dimension.

The incredible thing is that the only offence that she received a booking for in this game was for kicking the ball directly into an opponent’s face – makes you wonder what the match officials were doing for the rest of the 90 minutes.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Beer 123 – Morland’s Hen’s Tooth

Had a bottle of this last night with my curry and it went down really well; bottle conditioned which makes it extremely lively when being poured and results in a thick creamy head. Fine red colour and a strong malt taste but pleasantly lacking in sweetness for a brew of it’s strength (6.5% abv) and with some complex fruit flavours going around in the mix. Well worth a try but be careful when pouring due to the liveliness and the need to keep the yeasty bottom in the bottle.

Thanks to Eldest Niece for supplying a box of bottles of this on Boxing Day and to Eldest Nephew for putting 3 into my “goodie box” (which also included some square slice and homemade pepper pate) when I left the West Country

Friday, 8 January 2010

ABC Of Boogie Woogie

Do not know much about the origins of this lot (apart from the drummer) but caught them on Jools Holland’s show last year and they blew me away. Great sound and fine musicians, on this track the two pianists are joined by Jools for some three way boogie woogie, enjoy:

Thursday, 7 January 2010

White Britain

If you follow this link you will see a grand satellite photo of Britsain taken by NASA today – no longer a green and pleasant land it has more the look of Greenland.

Meanwhile in Capetown the English cricket team managed to battle their way to a draw with South Africa – after five days play and with only 17 balls left to be bowled the last English batsmen came to the crease. After 15 nerve jangling minutes the last ball was bowled and the last man was still standing – this is the second time in three test matches that this bowler has batted out time to save his team mates from defeat and keep them hoping for a series victory.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Winter Wonderland

Woke up this morning to find that the weather forecast had indeed been correct for once and 7 to 8 inches of snow had fallen overnight – have never seen this large a fall in this part of Berkshire in all of the 30 odd years I have been living down here. All schools in the county (and neighbouring ones) were closed for the day and I will be surprised if any are open tomorrow; a walk up the high street revealed that most of the shops and banks were also shut but luckily the local co-op was open and I was able to resupply on Fairtrade tea bags.

With more heavy snow forecast for tonight and temperatures dropping to -5C overnight and sub zero all day tomorrow and beyond it could take a while for this lot to disappear – my one consolation is that as I am currently looking for work using various internet sites the disruption has not affected my day.

Also a bit weird to be listening to cricket commentary from South Africa in the midst of all the snow and ice (temperature there dropped by 10 degrees from yesterday to a balmy 25C!). Photos were taken out the back of DBA cottages earlier today.