mistletoe: (mike hussey)
Well Colly strikes again. A bustling start and then a bit of a grind to get 113 against the West Indies. It's been quite entertaining watching this game. Harmy had an amazing 12 minute over with no balls, Gayle hitting him onto the road for 6  and then being caught by Anderson.

Meanwhile, Eduardo made his return for Arsenal against Cardiff City in the Cup and naturally he scored twice. Good for him. I still haven't watched the horrific injury he sustained this time last year against Birmingham but it's lovely to see him back. He was in my fantasy team at the time and I'm almost tempted to put him back in.

The quiz is proving awkward in one or two places this month. I'm almost done but two are sticking: a South American plant genus named after an 18th century Swedish botanist is proving elusive as is a film star with a biography called 'Goddess' and an alleged father called Gifford who was a dairy farmer. Can't find that either. Hmmm.
mistletoe: (David's cap)
What a week! I knew week 2 would be hard and I have found it is a day too long. Why is today not Friday?

Any road up, I staggered home today ready to view this week's Bones and boy was I surprised.


'The Bone in the Nest' spoilers and meta two for one )

The sun was out today and it was a pleasantly warm day for a change, almost like proper autumn. The sun allowed Durham to get a start in their important championship game with Sussex. They are only three points behind the leaders in the table and Chanderpaul batted really well for a century, 130 not out to get us a couple of batting points. Forecast isn't so good for tomorrow and they had already lost a whole day to rain. It will probably be a draw with two days to go, but it's been an exciting finale.



mistletoe: (hippy booth)
Hahahahahahahahaha

Doncaster Rovers 1 Leeds United 0

In other news:
  • The Australians have rallied to 76 for 6 which isn't as bad as it could have been.
  • England were out for a sorry 204 but Panesar scorched through the New Zealanders leaving England two days to score quite a lot. However they will have to do it tomorrow as the weather forecast for Tuesday is shocking.
  • Chelsea sacked Avram Grant after "a disappointing season". So finishing runners up in the League and Champions League are not good enough. Give him to us. We'll take that sort of disappointment any day.
  • Detroit Redwings pasted the PIttsburgh Penguins in the first Stanley Cup game. I predict a whitewash.

Typical

Sep. 22nd, 2007 07:49 pm
mistletoe: (Roykeane)
That was close. First derby of the season and mixed fortunes for the lads. Having scored in the 2nd minute they were pegged back by two former players: Julio (Hoo-li-o-o) Arca, always a crowd pleaser and Stewart Downing who we had on loan until Middlesborough realised he was good and called back. We couldn't afford him in those days. Anyway. Liam Miller came on and scored in the 89th minute so it wasn't a total disaster. Still, technically 4 Sunderland players of one era or another scored all the goals. Sad it was two for either side.

In other news we went kitchen tile shopping for the second Saturday running but were successful. It's a nice stone colour with a slight yellowish cast and the decorative specials are tastefully geometrically abstract. So that was good. Then on to Elizabeth's for lunch where I sampled a rather tasty toffee apple fudge cake. Still stuffed.

Durham missed out on being County Champions in their first season in the top division by just 7 points, which is remarkable considering how many of their players are unavailable because of England commitments. Sussex, the champions, have no England players. Hmmm. Anyway well done lads and the wicket keeper, Phil Mustard (known as the Colonel after the Cluedo character) has played himself into the one day squad to play in Sri Lanka, while our star bowler Ottis Gibson has joined the coaching staff for the tour. Considering they are the youngest first class county it is tremendous progress in 10 years.

India are currently doing their best to knock Australia out of the Twenty 20 World Cup in South Africa. I hope they do because they have been the most entertaining team in a thoroughly enjoyable tournament, much better than the World Cup was in the West Indies.

e.t.a. India won by a tense street. It was great!!!!
mistletoe: (Dave and Jaime)
All this culture is beginning to remind me I actually enjoy the Arts. Today, Shakespeare in the park and yes it was an amateurish, bowdlerised gallop with half the plot missing but it was rattling good fun in the open air. They do it as a bit of a road show, moving round the park for various scenes. Trinculo and Stephano became Trinni and Stephie, two Geordie lasses on the razz while Ariel was a lispingly big lad who was pretty gay without trying. Nice little hour and a half. And it didn't rain although the forecast for the weekend has weather warnings with up to 50mm of rain. Why can't they do it in inches? Ironically, a 20/20 match is delayed at the moment because the sun's too bright.
e.t.a. Duh. It was The Tempest.

Paul did OK in his first captaincy. Although they lost, he got man of the match for some cracking batting. He took two wickets tonight and is now the highest international wicket taker in this form of cricket. Is proud. He's in batting now. Pietersen threw his wicket away again. Darn: Colly's just got out. Might lose this one too.
e.t.a. They didn't.

I'm enjoying the Copa America although it's on too late to watch more than the first game. Even that gets me to 2 o'clock in the morning. We've got a day off on Monday and it's not the 4th July.

Have a piccy:
 
mistletoe: (Default)
Meanwhile.... Not top. Birmingham had a man sent off and still scored two. Grr. And -



Have just about recovered from last night and am now listening to the 606 phone in praising the management and chairman at Sunderland. Now that's proper football support.

Bah!

Apr. 23rd, 2007 09:31 pm
mistletoe: (booth urgh)
Oooh ick. I am just coming into focus after a migraine. And it struck without warning. One minute I'm OK; the next: stabbing pain in right eye area. Fortunately it happened right at the end of work so I came straight home and lay down. Three hours later, I woke up, had two Paracetamol Plus and made something to eat. Now I just feel slightly nauseous and tired in a washed out way. Urgh indeed.

Elsewhere Sats are looming in two weeks and I would like to kill year 9 NOW! They are probably the cause of the migraine. We've offered booster classes to level 5s who should be level 6. Half of them said they couldn't because they were cooking!!!!!
For God's sake where are their priorities? Here are the English staff driving themselves into the ground and there are Year 9 not bringing a pen and not knowing what their target level is. Grrrr. And they're a top set. Not next year they're not. Little gits. OK rant over.


I have got my meta on Angel's curse sorted out in my head. While I was on holiday it suddenly coalesced into a theory of the soul's whereabouts while Angelus was in charge, before it was restored. Well it makes sense to me. Now all I have to do is write it up.
mistletoe: (Default)
Your Brain is Purple

Of all the brain types, yours is the most idealistic.
You tend to think wild, amazing thoughts. Your dreams and fantasies are intense.
Your thoughts are creative, inventive, and without boundaries.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking of fictional people and places - or a very different life for yourself.

                                                                      What Color Is Your Brain?

Considering how I spend most of my time this result was inevitable. I am making some progress on Angel's curse though it is hard to get the thing centred. The canon is just so vague or contradictory that I am having to look through episodes for any reference to the damn thing that helps and there ain't much. I'm having most difficulty with the motives of the gipsies adding the curse in the first place. I mean what is the point of losing the thing that guarantees their revenge? Reverting to Angelus won't make him suffer: it will just make him worse. Anyway, this is still moot as I haven't come up with an answer yet. So I'll mull it over in my purple brain.

Meanwhile England are making a complete a**e of playing Israel in football and Kenya in cricket. These two aren't exactly world beaters in their respective sports. Neither apparently are we.
Clocks go forward tonight and I can't find my sleep mask. Sigh. I hate waking at 5.30 in the morning.
Rome Holiday -8 days. Squeeee!

Fame!

Feb. 12th, 2007 10:22 pm
mistletoe: (booth)

Well by association anyway. I told you about Paul Collingwood? Well Sky came to school today to see where he came from and they interviewed Trevor. He was just on Sky for a whole 30 seconds! We'd all been waiting and I was at a meeting until after 7 so I thought I'd missed it but thanks to the repeat loop of Sky sports news I didn't. I texted Trev to tell him I'd seen it. Autographs at school tomorrow he replied.

All this and Bobby Kerr served me Stella Artois on Saturday. He was the captain of Sunderland when they won the FA cup in 1973. Aah rubbing shoulders with local celebrities. How would I cope with real famousnessness?

Off to bed soon cos it's exhausting doing squeeee.

Fame!

Feb. 12th, 2007 10:22 pm
mistletoe: (booth)

Well by association anyway. I told you about Paul Collingwood? Well Sky came to school today to see where he came from and they interviewed Trevor. He was just on Sky for a whole 30 seconds! We'd all been waiting and I was at a meeting until after 7 so I thought I'd missed it but thanks to the repeat loop of Sky sports news I didn't. I texted Trev to tell him I'd seen it. Autographs at school tomorrow he replied.

All this and Bobby Kerr served me Stella Artois on Saturday. He was the captain of Sunderland when they won the FA cup in 1973. Aah rubbing shoulders with local celebrities. How would I cope with real famousnessness?

Off to bed soon cos it's exhausting doing squeeee.

Oh dear

Feb. 9th, 2007 10:20 pm
mistletoe: (angelspike69)

Hmm. Snowing with a vengeance now which is unfortunate as I have to drive a distance tomorrow, my friends are going to Edinburgh to see the rugby and more little buggers will snowball my windows. The road outside hasn't been cleared so it's not looking good.

I had a run in with some nasty little boys from across the road when I came in from work. They were mooching about on the snow covered grassy knoll outside instead of in their own garden. They moved towards the wall round next doors front  and one started to get the snow off it. I heard the chap knock on the window to warn them and the older one threw the snowball at his window. I asked him if he would throw snowballs at his own windows and he said yes. So I told him to do that. He's about 9. He started to gather more snow so I told him to put it down. He didn't at first but when I said 'Understand?' he said yes and put it down. They both ran off home; but I ask you 9 years old. What is the world coming to?

I've just watched the highlights of the first one day final. Not only did England win but Paul Collingwood was magnificent - an outstanding catch; two superb run outs which should have been three but the replay view was blocked by the umpire and a match winning 120 not out. Australia bottled it after having England 15 for 3. The reason I'm so pleased, apart from the way we lost the Ashes, is that I taught Paul. English not cricket of course but still. He still lives in the area, his mam and dad are over the moon and he is such a modest unassuming lad he deserves it. Freddy Flintoff the Captain was effusive in his praise for once and it's about time that Paul was recognised. Two centuries in his last two innings and two man of the matches. Who needs Pietersen? Go on Colly! Let's hope he can keep it going in the World Cup - and the other two games in this series. He's a Sunderland supporter too.

Weather update: still snowing and road totally white with a few inches in it now. No traffic. Oh dear.

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