Welcome once again to another blog entry from yours truly. It’s that dodgy period of time that nobody seems to have a proper name for, that week of emptiness between Xmas and New Years where nobody is quite sure what’s going on.
It’s a good time of year though, as the football schedule ramps right up and we get games nearly every day. The players may not like playing so many games close together but for the fans it’s great to see, especially if your team wins a game! And thankfully my beloved Hammers notched up a very important victory on Boxing Day away to Fulham. It was the first away win for the team since the start of last season, and gave us a much-needed boost in the busy Xmas schedule. Tuesday the team weren’t as lucky, managing only a draw with Everton in a game we quite clearly could have won. So West Ham are still bottom of the league as January draws near, changes need to be made and victories are needed if the club are to perform a great escape. Sticking with sport we also have the World Darts Championships taking place, with big Phil being the favourite once again, and of course the Ashes are taking place in Australia. There’s only one test left now, and England have already retained the urn, now it’s just off to Sydney to hopefully win the series 3-1.
This past year has been an interesting one I must say, it’s been a full year working with LOROL, and just that alone has seen a fair few alterations. The boss that hired me left early on in the year, I was part of the team that opened up a brand new line in April, and I’ve changed roles for a period of time and am now working in the control centre at Swiss Cottage. It’s still going well though; I am enjoying myself and gaining new experience in the new role. The year has also seen the Hammers leave it late but stay in the Premiership as the season ended in the summer, the shambles that was the World Cup, and me picking up a silver medal in the Darts at the Railsport games in July. It’s also been another year with Gemma, we’ve had ups and downs but we’re still going strong. We also had our first proper “alone” holiday as such, spending 3 nights away and going to Alton Towers, which was a lot of fun! I wont do a full and detailed year review, that takes far too long, and add to that most of the events that occurred this year have been in these very blogs!
Christmas was a wonderful couple of days, had a great Xmas day at home with my brothers, sister and mum, who put on a blinder of a meal. Got plenty of presents, including 2 bottles of whisky, £150 vouchers to buy whisky, couple of blu-rays, and of course the typical socks! Mum also paid for my tickets to see Rush that will be coming later next year. Boxing Day was spent round Dads, enjoying a Turkey Tikka Masala for dinner which was superb! We also wandered down to the snooker hall for a couple of frames, which I lost! Although I did make up for it by winning at Darts back at Dads! I was also off work on Monday as there was a huge derby match due to be played, but it was called off due to a frozen pitch. Canvey Island has two non-league football teams, CIFC and Concord, and they were due to play each other for the first time in the league on that day. I know a lot of people were up for it, and it was a shame it was called off, but it’s been rescheduled for the 22nd February now and I’m gonna make sure I can attend then!
Next year will be the same as every other year, just with a different number on the end! But there are a few things I am really looking forward to, including seeing Rush, Journey, Foreigner, Styx, Peter Frampton and Thin Lizzy in concert in the coming months. Also at the beginning of March my favourite day of the year returns, as Whisky Live comes back to London. It’s in a new venue this year, hopefully a bit bigger than the last one, but I’m sure that myself, Nick and Andy will enjoy ourselves as we have done the previous couple of years! It’s not on the same level as the one I attended in October, but after going for the past 3 years I hold a bit of a torch for the cheaper and more down to earth Whisky Live show!
And that’s it for another year of blogs. Thanks to those of you who have read these on Facebook throughout the year, and I’ll be back in 2011 to bring you a lot more sports and whisky based waffle. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year, and thanks again for reading!