Thankfully the moustache can now go. I have truly hated it. But for posterity a photo must be shown. Farewell hateful item………
Some great news tonight. My Scuba diving instructor daughter, also known as my middlest, has been offered a job in the Cayman Islands. I am now going to become an expert in working travel out, when to go there, where to stay! my first attempts have not been so good. I had a look on the Marriott website, as have a fair amount of points saved up over the years and just randomly picked a date at the end of March. The bad news was no availability in the Cayman Island hotel, ok, but wait they were suggesting alternatives. Interesting, these began at 500 kms away and extended to 2500 km away. Bit like trying to book a London hotel and being told ” sorry but Barcelona is available”…….
the ramifications will be massive including the videas that she will post on You Tube. If you have a few minutes go to the site and type in Kim Bushe, beware there are a few, but look for the diving videos and in particular Roatan and the shark diving videos. These are fabulous and keep the sound on too as the music is also worth listening to!
I bought a television in 1996 when moving into my current home and it has not been replaced. At first people thought it was quaint but now they look with disbelief that such a huge old TV can be used. Finally things started to go wrong with it. It could no longer get telextext. The DVD player seemed not to want to talk to the TV, so today at last Curry’s are the beneficiary of some money to purchase a replacement. Now when one goes into curry’s at New Malden the first thing you see are hundreds of TV screens at the back of the shop, but trying to fathom out which is best is not easy. There are so many questions one has not thought of as the staff talk to you in seemingly a foreign language. ” Do you want Tivo? Do you want Smart TV? Freeview?”. However having got through this maze and avoided the kind gentleman who tried to sign me up for various insurance packages, all refused, at last a TV was bought and will arrive friday. not stoping there with the innovation on offer, a Breville toasting device was bought and already used 5 times to make toasted sandwiches, delicious.
Just when i was getting excited about watching Walton again, as Rochdale seemed a little too far to travel today to watch Brentford, they go and lose two games in a week without scoring a goal. In mitigation on tuesday night Whitehawk were a good team, maybe one of the most accomplished teams at this level I had seen for some while, and Dulwich also sit near the top of the table. The game started brightly and for the first half for 43 minutes Walton were on top but without looking like scoring and the game changed with Dulwich scoring a penalty just before half-time. The second half was dull and Dulwich always looked like scoring more goals, whereas Walton looked like their players had never met before. the Walton players who caught the eye were Rodney Chiweshe, the keeper, and Adriano Moraes playing in midfield, who I learned by eavesdropping, he is Romanian and 33 yrs old and played profesionally there.
The main talk however at the club is about the council forcing them to move grounds. Put simply it seems the club thought they had a deal whereby a few houses were built on some of the land, the athletics club moved out to a new stadium ( funded by said houses ) and the ground was essentially rebuilt and modernised. Not much has happened to modernise the ground in the last 50 years – no exagerration there either. The council want Walton to move in with their Ryman League neighbours Walton Casuals , and that ground will be improved. In the clubhouse for the next month there is a model of the proposed amends to to the existing site and petitions to be signed and forms to be filled in. On balance I dont want the club to move and the online petition can be found at http://www.waltonandhershamfc.org.uk/thefuture. The club can be emailed at email@example.com with any comments or questions. There however is another side of the coin. Crowds at Walton have been poor for years reflecting a number of poor seasons with sides that change almost weekly giving no real consistency for fans. There also seems to have been little attempt by the club to make links with other local sides in the league to get players on loan. Finally I have not seen any efforts to really try and increase crowd size, like free entry for children or any other campaigns to get Walton noticed. So, we have a club that gets crowds of around 100, with playing staffs changing monthly, towards the lower end of the league in a ground with poor facilities ( like an almost total absence of toilets). Despite these foibles I am very fond of Walton having seen them since 5 years old and recall well David Bassett and others playing for them.
Anyway, make your own mind up , but I would like them to stay. But the deal is this for my support. Please dont just recycle the same 3 songs before the game and at half time! If you want some music just ask me and I can put some on a disc or whatever suits! I think we had Sweet Child of Mine twice or three times today. Lastly, they do have the best burger van i know of. It is well worth eating your tea there, burger and chips at very reasonable prices!
For some inexplicable reason I agreed to grow this moustache for the charity this month. I truly hate it and have visions of pounds of food embroiled in the moustache all month. However you can slightly ease the pain with a small donation to the charity
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A foggy tuesday evening in Surrey and a decent competitive Ryman League south game resulted in a deserved win for whitehawk. Walton battled but whitehawk were simply better, faster, more physical and scored a neat goal just after half time. No disgrace for Walton to lose here. not sure about the crowd but maybe 100. An evening of real football. A battle is emerging however with elmbridge council over the ground. The ground, called Stompond Lane has been their home for a long time, certainly more than 50 years. They now want the club to effectively merge with the other Ryman League South team in Walton, Walton Casuals, and extend their ground. Stompond Lane will then be the home for 50 houses. I suppose there are a few angles here. Two clubs in Walton in the same league each with average support of around 100 seems a bit of a luxury, but they do have different identities. Having said that, three clubs in Inverness merged maybe 15 years ago and now the merged item sits in the Scottish premier league. Maybe the premiership is a little too far for Walton but certainly Ryman premier or even Conference South might become feasible.
The very fact that someone could build a bridge across the Avon river has always impressed me, and the clifton suspension bridge is a truly amazing thing. the fact thay could build it 150 years ago defies even incredulity. Elena 11-yr old, trainee teenager, has a project to research a Victorian person and write about them. She has decided to do Brunel. Tonight she did a little research and what we found was amazing too. Not only did he build the bridge ( and others as well), but he built the first tunnel under the thames ( now used as part of the Tube line), built Paddington and Temple Meads station, then built the railway line to connect them, then built the docks at Bristol and finally built two massive boats, including SS Great Britain, that carried 4000 passengets to Australia. I am already looking forward to tomorrows history lesson.
Otherwise a very dull day today. Foggy and damp all day. The office building was almost empty with marketing folks all at some conference ( as usual) and the temperature was turned down a good few notches. Elena and I finished ” The Dragonfly Pool” by eva Ibbottson tonight, a great book.