Saturday, 27 February 2010

The Boathouse

Boathouse, Trevarno, originally uploaded by Wurzel.
Sometimes a photo comes out even better than you hoped.
This is The Boathouse at Trevarno.
Definitely one of my better efforts.
2 days later the camera broke - I hope the replacement will achieve comparable results

Friday, 26 February 2010


Less than a year ago Pompey fans were revelling in Saints possible (and for a while it looked probable) demise. Today the boot is on the other foot. It's our turn to enjoy their suffering, I'm sure there will be plenty more where this came from.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

The Curse Of The Apostrophe


St Mary's Stadium, Southampton.

Where Southampton were playing local rivals Portsmouth last Saturday.

Attendance at the match (including  a good many of my friends) 31,385

Atmosphere on the day: Red hot & volatile

St Marys, Isles of Scilly

Where my wife took me for a surprise birthday helicopter trip on the day of the above mentioned match.

Population of whole Island 1,666

Atmosphere on the day : Sleepy to comatose.

What a difference an apostrophe can make.

(To be fair it  was a wonderful trip and we spent a lovely day wandering around the island, sampling the local hostelries etc)

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Que Sera Sera

Whatever will be will be
We're going to Wembley
Que Sera Sera *

Yes, Southampton FC have made it to Wembley for the final of the Johnstones Paint Trophy. I'll be there on 28th March watching team for the fifth time at Wembley in a different competion each time - FA Cup, Charity Shield, League Cup, Full Members (ZDS) and now Football League Trophy (JPT).

We're still in the FA Cup of course, only 2 matches away from another Wembley appearance or two, plus still in with a chance, although admittedly a fading chance at the moment, of yet another appearance there in a Play-off final at the end of the season.

We're only even in the JPT ( a competition for teams in the lower 2 leagues ) because of the severe mismanagement of the previous few years culminating in 2 relegations and our near extinction before being rescued at almost the last minute. But since then we have the air of a club on the up, crowds increasing, and setting new records as the highest crowd ever in every round of the JPT we have played in (and would no doubt sell out Wembley on our own if they'd give us all the tickets.) Compare and contrast with our neighbours down the road who appeared at Wembley themselves less than 2 years ago and will now be grateful to even exist by the end of next week.

Football, as they say, is a funny old game.

*Should have been a video here of 29500 people singing this as the final whistle approached, until I watched it and realised how much my hand was shaking at the time !

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Grey Matter

For the third time this week I've been asked if I am my Dad.

Maybe it's time that the bottle of Grecian 2000 given to me by friends for a joke (well I thought it was a joke anyway) a couple of years ago, that I refused to use (but never threw away either, just in case) finally comes out of the cupboard.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

A Different Kind Of Anarchy

Anarchy in the UK by the Sex Pistols is always in my top 3* when naming my favourite singles off all time (* exact position may vary depending on mood at time of list compilation).
Also I love seeing cover versions of any songs performed in styles different from the originaI.
I also love piss takes
So imagine my delight when I stumbled across this on YouTube. Simply brilliant