Friday, 23 December 2011
Sunday, 18 December 2011
Yes this is another sports based blog, but this is one focused solely on football of the non-league variety, and this is another one that's been going round in my head for a while waiting to be typed up!
Now everyone is familiar with professional football, even if you don't follow it there is enough news around the sport that its bloody hard to miss. However its when you look deeper at the sport and take notice of the grass roots, that's when you get a whole new appreciation for the game and what playing it entails.
At the moment there are two non-league football clubs on Canvey, the town which i have called home for all my 28 years, Canvey Island FC & Concord Rangers FC. Now when i was younger i only knew about Canvey, and even had a season ticket one year. Well after a while that got left behind and i got fully into the professional game.
Over the past few years though that's changed. After going to see Canvey a couple of times i was starting to get the bug back, but the fascination with the team i had when younger wasn't there. It was then that i was talking with a friend of my brother who worked on the staff and played in the reserves for Concord Rangers. Well after a while i thought i would check a game out down there, and although i can't remember the score, the love of standing in a ground with 150 odd fans watching this team came back!
I started going to more games, and last season was witness to two huge victories for the Concord Rangers team. It was the first time both they and Canvey were in the same league, so 2 heated league derby games would happen. The first was at Concord, and although a scrappy affair Rangers won 1-0 over their "bigger" rivals. That was nothing though, as last Easter Concord made the short journey across the island to play Canvey in the return match. This wasn't as scrappy or as close, as Rangers demolished Canvey 4-0! A fantastic day for all involved with the club that was, especially the players and us fans.
Now i mention all of this because non-league football offers something different to the pro game, and is a big, vital part of the sport in this country. Young players are spotted there, older players go there to keep in the game, and generally there is a passion and love for playing which is rarely seen in a professional game.
Take for example my experiences at Concord. I stand next to the home dugout, so i talk to my mate Miki, and i also talk to the coaches, players and manager. I even had a decent chat with the chairman this weekend! You go through everything they do, and get a great perspective of the game. Its something you don't get at big professional grounds and makes you feel a part of the team. Another point was a couple of weeks back when Concord got their first home win of the season, the reaction on the bench following the winning goal and how it involved us standing by the dugout was a superb experience!
I can only recommend going to see non-league football for yourself. Its something that's cheaper than the professional game, but is filled with just as much, if not more excitement. My love for West Ham never stops, but having a team right on my doorstep that is worth watching is brilliant and a top way to get involved in the game.
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
I was reminded on Sunday during a conversation with someone who i recently saw for the first time in ages that i hadn't written a blog in a long time. Not for any particular reason though, I've thought of plenty of things to talk about but just haven't sat down and put it onto a computer! So what'll come over the next week or two is a bit of a blog blitz, stuff I've thought about writing down but never actually got round to doing.
Where else to start but with yours truly eh? The past 12 months have been full of change for me, with plenty going on left right and centre to be honest.
This time last year i was just moving into a control room based role at work, where i remain to this day. The actual job is constantly evolving and sending challenges my way, but even though the circumstances behind the change weren't ideal, i wouldn't go back on it. Being a Station Manager, and a manager in general, hasn't been doing it for me for some time, and I've made it clear to my boss how i feel. I may not want to manage people, going back to a standard job is ultimately what i am after, but still working in control is fun, and it is a constant learning experience which will help me going forward.
On the subject of changes at work, since joining LOROL over 2 years ago I've met a lot of good people, a few of which became very good friends. Two of those got engaged, had a wonderful baby boy and moved to Ireland! Duncan & Helen have been there for me over the 2 years, and it was a pleasure to be at their wedding this past weekend. Two fantastic friends who i wish all the best for, and sincerely hope they are enjoying the honeymoon right now!
There was quite a significant change to my personal life during the summer, as many reading this will know after 4 years together me and Gemma split up. It may not have felt like it at the time but it was the right thing to do. A few times its not been easy given how differently we both moved forward, but we remain good friends and i know i feel better that way than having huge arguments and never being in contact again.
My family changes constantly too, as Ben is now fully bedded in as a full time railway employee, which to be honest i thought i may not see! But fair play to him, he's working his backside off now. My 'little' sister isn't exactly little anymore, nearly 14 and actually scaring me at times with how much she's grown up. Hell i still remember being woken by my nan and being told i have a baby sister! And what of Stephen i hear you cry? He's found happiness right now with someone very special to him. I've got all the support and respect for him in the world, he's still my little brother, even if he's just under 2 years younger than me!
My family however did take a hit recently, as my Aunt Debbie passed away. I've been lucky in a sense that I've not had a family funeral to attend until now, so last month was a very emotional experience for me and the family in general. My cousin Kelly has been an absolute rock through it all, and i know i speak for my siblings when i say we're with her all the way forward.
There's plenty more over the year, but to be honest i am sure you'll say that's enough for now. It's been a year of transitions, changes and learning experiences, and i doubt 2012 will be much different in that respect. Thank you for reading!
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Well number 2 on my list of blogs to get done focuses on sport, and rightly so considering there's a fair amount of it i watch, even if the majority is just football and the NFL.
The title of the blog is about reactions quite clearly, and to be honest the majority of sports fans are guilty of very harsh reactions after a decision/result doesn't go their way. Players and coaches do too, but my focus here is us fans. Whether its football, NFL, cricket,rugby or whatever, we seem to have three reaction times which govern our feelings of support for our teams after a loss.
Immediately after a loss the majority of us react angrily, thinking of excuses and denying what we've just seen with utter disbelief. A few days later if its mentioned the reaction is a bit more measured, the result has been reflected upon and we've accepted what happened, even if we still ain't happy with it. Then finally there is the moment the following week when you react with optimism and ignorance, almost forgetting what had come the previous game and looking towards the next fixture where you could go through it all again!
I mention that as its something i certainly have felt this season whilst following both West Ham & the New York Jets. There have been times when both teams have had losses that left me and others in shock and disbelief, with a certain anger towards the team for losing. I cite the Hammers games against Cardiff & Ipswich, and the Jets game against Denver. All games that my teams really could and should have won, but events conspire against us!
If i had of written a blog immediately after these games my tone would have been a bit different to what it is now, if only because i have had a chance to reflect on them and take a look at the big pictures. West Ham are second in the league, with around half the season still left to play. Plenty of football and plenty of possible points, so reacting badly and assuming that every loss will cost us promotion will get me nowhere. The team still needs to improve, of that there is no doubt, but we have shown we can do the job even if we play ugly. I am still very positive that we will achieve promotion in May.
As for the Jets, after back to back losses, including the aforementioned Denver defeat, the season looked over as the offence were playing badly, the defence were not at their best, special teams were letting us down and the play calling looked horrific. Fast forward a couple of weeks and the chance to take it all in has changed things. Ok our play calling still ain't great, but the offence got the confidence boost they needed by soundly beating Kansas City this past weekend. The defence is getting back in its stride, and special teams is doing ok, even with a few mistakes still happening. Add to that the fact that we are still well in with a chance of making the playoffs and things actually look good!
One more thing, i was very pleased to hear that the NBA have finally got a new bargaining agreement in place, so a new season will start on Xmas day, albeit about 20 games shorter than normal. The Bulls came close last year, i hope that this time they'll be back at the top of the pile.
Thanks again for reading if you've made it this far!
Thursday, 20 October 2011
First up, I'll pick up where i left off last time, on the subject of whisky. Last year i spent £95 on a ticket for a premium whisky tasting, giving me unlimited tastings, a two course meal, and all in all a fantastic experience. Well the show returned this year, and was based at Vinopolis by London Bridge. Instead of paying out myself though for the ticket, it was given to me as a birthday present by my mum and nan. As part of this, i got to take my Uncle Brian with me, who himself enjoys a whisky or two, but hasn't had the experience of a tasting like this featuring some of the worlds best whiskies.
So off we went, with me knowing to an extent what was coming, and my uncle looking forward to the experience ahead. For Brian it was a day of learning, as he was able to pick up a lot of knowledge from the exhibitors with regards to the processes behind the dram, and with regards to the extent of the flavours that a whisky produces. I was able to catch up with a couple of guys i had met 2 weeks previous at Pure, and also got the chance to meet singer Tim Hain. Another great experience of the day was that a couple of the exhibitors remembered me from last year, so it was great to speak to them again as well! All in all the day was a success, we both tried some spectacular drams, and i took great pleasure in buying 2 bottles!
So other that whisky what is going on with me? Well many of you know that i play in a darts team, and recently we have picked up 2 straight victories in our Friday league. Last season we only managed 1 all year, so already doubling last years total has been a huge success and moral boost for the guys! It's a great league that we're in, and as it's on a Friday the majority of us don't have to worry about work the following day! Still a long way to go until the end of the season, so we may even pick up a couple more victories before all is said and done!
I won't go into detail about the teams i follow at the moment, the Hammers are currently 2nd in the league and the Jets have had an average start to the season, but as with my own darts league, there is still a long way to and plenty more games to be played before all is said and done.
Work is going ok at the moment, had some serious thinking going on recently and made a decision regarding what i want from my job, but that'll be for another time. I just feel a bit clearer about what i want and where i want to go. And speaking of work, i have 2 weeks off starting from this coming Monday! Got plenty to do, domestic duties, plenty of darts, a fair bit of drinking, a mates stag do, a friends Halloween party (no idea what i am dressing as), and more importantly than all that, my birthday. On that note, gifts will be accepted in any form, but whisky is preferred thanks!
This is a bit all over the place i know, but as it's been a while i thought it best to put as many little bits in as possible. Thanks for reading if you've got this far!
Monday, 26 September 2011
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Time once again for me to find an outlet for my thoughts and talk about shit i like, yeah that's right, its blog time! I know you've all been eagerly anticipating this moment!
So I've just had a pretty full on weekend, after 11 shifts in a row it felt good to get away from work! Friday saw my first darts match of the season take place. Regulars know i started in a team last year, and we lost more than we won. Well this season we play on Friday instead of Wednesday, and we have a couple of new players, but the first result didn't change sadly. We lost 6-4 on the night, but it got us started and game 2 tomorrow night should be fun!
Saturday night i decided to spend my winnings from a football accumulator the week before, heading out on the lash with Ben, for our mate James' sisters birthday. It was a good laugh, a lot was drunk and fun was had, although with hindsight i admit i may not be able to binge drink like i used to and like my youngest brother can! And we both paid for it the next day that's for sure! Speaking of the next day, that was when both me and Ben went to see Lee Evans at wembley! Normally Lee tends to re use old jokes here and there, but this time the whole thing was fresh and new, and had the audience in stitches throughout! Ok we were still a bit fragile from the previous night but we still enjoyed it all the same!
Work has got me thinking again, which probably ain't a good thing! I've been away from c2c and part of London Overground for nearly 2 years now, the time has quite literally flown by with a lot happening. At the moment i work in the control room, after spending just over a year managing stations in south London. I am still enjoying it, don't get me wrong, but being a part of a more operational environment has made me wonder if its worth heading that way. I tried to be a train driver years ago but messed up the antiquated tests, so control is the other way in to that department really. I've picked up a lot more operational knowledge since being in control, and it's been a great experience, and still is! The options are there though, and after over 11 years in customer services, maybe its worth considering something else?
No decisions are made, so i ain't changing shit just yet! Just a thought process that's been in my head a little while i guess!
There's a lot of stuff going on out in the world to worry about, i try to remain positive about everything as otherwise i think you'll go completely mad! There's the recession, earthquakes, corrupt leaders, oil wars and a hell of a lot more that i can't remember this early in the morning! The trick is to keep smiling, things may look like hell at times, but with family, friends, and a bit of optimism here and there, it ain't too bad! Thanks for reading if you've made it this far, its appreciated!
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Friday, 9 September 2011
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Its been a while since my last entry, and i thought it was about time i did another one to update everything!
I am back at work this week after having 7 days off, and as always it was tough getting up for the early shift after a week of sleeping in! I needed the week off, didn't do a huge amount of stuff, but was able to chill out, think about everything that's gone on recently and prioritise a few things. It was almost like a detox for my head, certainly not for my liver though! Went to see West Ham on Wednesday, the less said about that experience the better, and went to 2 Concord Rangers home games, which also didn't end too well! Friday was the interesting one though, as me and Ben played in a charity darts night in Farringdon. It was a great laugh, and got more out of the night than expected. Great bunch of lads, a top laugh was had, and we won 3 of our 5 matches, one of which being a sort of West Ham - Orient grudge match! Ok so we didn't make it past the first round, but it was a great event and extremely well put together.
So i guess i should mention West Ham, and we've had contrasting fortunes in games this season so far. Away from home the team are undefeated, playing 3, winning 3 and scoring 9 goals. At home though we've been shaky, a loss and a draw so far, and a loss in the league cup. Big Sam reckons the players may be feeling intimidated playing at Upton Park, well hopefully that feeling don't last too long as it'll be our home form that gets us back in the premiership! Players have been coming and going as well, and today the transfer window will slam shut and we'll see the final squad to take us through to at least Xmas. Its inevitable really that Parker is off, did blinding for us over the past couple of years, but he needs to play top flight football. Best of luck to him in all honesty. I'll have a detailed look at all the players we brought in next time round.
I tend to fill these blogs up with sport, sport and more sport, so I'll leave that topic for now! Work is going well, progress is being made and certain aspects are changing, but all in all i am still happy where i am, and i am enjoying it, which is always a bonus!
Oh and i heard the news yesterday of a huge rock tour happening at the end of the year. Def Leppard are touring, and will be supported by Motley Crue and Steel Panther, and tickets go on sale at the end of this week, which just happens to be when i get paid! So I'll check the dates and more than likely get myself a couple of tickets! There's been a lot of great bands touring over the past few years, and I've been lucky enough to see some of them, and this set of shows will be worthy additions to my list!
The last thing before i finish, i was caught by surprise by my dad during my week off, as me and Ben got a text asking if we wanted to go to the crematorium. This was completely out of the blue, but we went, and it was only then that we realised it would have been the birthday of an aunt who passed away when i was very young. My nan, aunt and cousin were also there, and it was good to see them, but i am not great at handling that sort of thing to be honest. Still worth doing though that's for sure.
And on that note, thank you for reading!
Friday, 12 August 2011
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Hello one and all, time once again for some varied ramblings from yours truly!
To start with, I'll almost follow on from my last blog. Anyone who read that knows that i spoke about my dad a fair bit, well sticking with the whole parent thing its the turn of my mum this time. Now i won't go too soppy as i know she reads these blogs from time to time and i don't want to embarrass her!
Anyway, this past Sunday was her birthday, and to celebrate the family treated her (and ourselves) to a buffet lunch at the local Indian restaurant. Needless to say everyone got their moneys worth, and it was a struggle walking home for the lot of us! My brother Stephen put in some extra effort as well by buying a cake and having it at the restaurant ready for our visit. Credit where its due on that one, it was a great surprise that mum clearly enjoyed! I've got her a present, but due to release dates she's not got it yet, and thanks to that she's pretty much figured out what it is!
Now similar to my dad, I've got a lot of respect for my mum. Parents are often taken for granted by kids but we need to make sure that doesn't happen. She's been through a lot over the years, putting up with us mainly, but also with (excuse the language) the cunt who shall not be named, and various other little things, yet she's still going strong after it all. And of course she has the knack of knowing if somethings up, but knowing not to pressure you into talking about something you'd rather keep in! I respect both my parents in quite different ways, but wouldn't trade either of them for the world, and i know my siblings would say the same.
Ok, enough of that now, time to move on to something quite unique and special that will be going on in September. As everyone knows i love whisky, and probably mention it more than is healthy! Well the guys that run Connosr.com who I've got to know fairly well have been working on what is now known as Pure Festival, Whisky Not Wellies. This is a 2 day event at the Relentless Garage in London which combines live bands and an introduction to whisky. All the details can be found on the website PureFestival.com, and i would ask you to check it out. It's a unique take on a festival and will surely be a lot of fun. I'll be helping out in one way or another, so i will see you there!
To finish I'll just mention the topic i was tweeting about a fair bit on Monday! The NFL lockout is finally over, an agreement has been reached and a full season will now take place! What's better is that its a ten year agreement with no opt out, so plenty of trouble free seasons are ahead! Free Agency now begins and teams start releasing and signing new players, and the excitement really begins to build up. I know i am looking forward to it, as are many others i speak to on Facebook and Twitter. There should be another London game in October as well, but details are still sketchy at the moment.
And that's it from me, thank you for reading another of these self-indulgent entries!
Monday, 18 July 2011
Hello one and all, time again for another blog from yours truly!
I don't say much about my old man on here, but thought that i would change that today. You see today is the old boys birthday, and myself and my brothers have just spent the weekend with him celebrating it. Saturday saw me, Ben and dad head to the local Bingo hall for some games, not the most extravagant of nights but it was good fun for all. It helped that both my dad and me walked away winners of course! Sunday we went to Southend to see my other brother Stephen and we spent the rainy day along the seafront playing prize bingo and sticking money in the 2p slider machines! Oh and we treated dad to a birthday dinner as well! Simple pleasures but we all had a good day and it helped clear a few heads after recent weeks.
I don't say it much, but i have a lot of respect for my dad, he is very technically minded and i would love to be able to do some of the things he does. My ability to make, build or fix things is shockingly poor, but dad finds it very easy to take something apart and put it back together again. I remember telling him once about that, and he got a little choked up! But i think both my brothers would say the same about his talents. He won't read this, but he knows we love him for who and what he is to us.
So moving on to another topic i say very little about, Golf. Now i don't play the game, I've tried and failed many a time, so the extent of my golfing prowess is limited to mini golf! But i do enjoy watching it, and the past two Majors have been particularly good fun to see. First the US Open as Rory McIlroy powered to an emphatic victory, and this past weekend as Darren Clarke finally, and deservedly, won his first Major in The Open. The passion shown by some of the sportsmen is excellent to see, and you can tell that they do it because they love what they do! Of course the money helps, but the guys get genuine enjoyment out of it, which as viewers you want to see. No matter how much i watch it i wouldn't take the game up, but i won't stop watching it that's for sure!
I won't venture towards the other sports i follow at the moment, as everything seems to be pretty quiet! It's the calm before the storm though as football season is just a couple of weeks away, and the NFL cba will reportedly be signed this week, so anticipation is building!
Mentioned last time about the quite expensive whisky show i was hoping to attend in October, well i will be getting a ticket as an early birthday present, and it looks like a relative will be coming with me! Its an uncle who isn't online so there's no fear of him seeing this! He enjoys a good whisky, but hasn't been able to try some of the really good quality stuff over the years, so i know that the opportunity to do so this October will be great for him!
And that's pretty much it for now, so thank you for reading!
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Monday, 13 June 2011
Saturday, 21 May 2011
I’ll start with the Western Conference, and last time I looked the San Antonio Spurs were about to be dropped out of the first round by the Memphis Grizzlies. Well the Spurs are usually a solid team and one that would perform well in the post-season; however they did fall by the wayside and were dropped out of the playoffs in spectacular fashion! Another team that I thought would do the business and make their way into the finals were the Los Angeles Lakers. However that idea couldn’t have been more wrong, as they were unceremoniously swept aside in 4 games by the Dallas Mavericks in the Conference Semi Finals!
Of course that put the Mavericks through to the Western Conference Finals, and their opponents are the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have gone past the Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies in their playoff run. The series is currently tied at 1 game each, with the 3rd game taking place tonight in Oklahoma.
Over to the East and my Chicago Bulls have pounded their way through into the Conference Finals, where they are currently taking on the Miami Heat. Chicago didn’t have it easy during the semi finals against the Hawks, as Atlanta took it to 6 games with a couple of tough victories. Thankfully though the better team won through in the end, with the Bulls continuing to have their best season since the last championship in 1998. Miami made the Conference finals by getting past the Philadelphia 76ers and then the Boston Celtics.
This series is also tied at 1 game a piece, with the 3rd game due to take place on Sunday night in Miami (as Chicago had home court advantage being the number 1 seed). There is a bit of history between these two teams, especially going back to last summer when the free agency period was going on. LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh were three of the biggest free agents available in what was arguably the best free agent class in history, and Chicago had created salary cap room to sign one, if not two, of these guys and build a team around Derrick Rose. However “King” James chose to go to Miami, so Wade decided to remain there and Bosh went along for the ride. With that decision made, Chicago brought in Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver and a couple of other guys to fill the team alongside mainstays Rose, Noah and Deng, and it has proved to be the right move so far.
To many Bulls fans a victory in this series against the Heat would be a bit of justice served, and personally I would love to see the Chicago Bulls make the NBA Finals at the expense of the Miami Heat! Plenty of basketball to be played yet, hopefully next time I bring it up we’ll be seeing the Bulls in their first finals since 1998!
Monday, 16 May 2011
Friday, 29 April 2011
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Monday, 4 April 2011
First a bit of background, and regular readers would know that I am a member of a whisky-based social networking website called Connosr.com. Well recently they held a random draw of members to attend a special event they were putting on at the Glengoyne Distillery just outside of Glasgow, and I was one of the lucky names drawn out of the hat. So after a bit of consideration I invited my other half Gemma so that we could make a bit of a weekend of it, and this past Friday we made our way up on the train. After a total of 5 or 6 hours of journey time we reached the hotel, called the Kirkhouse Inn located just outside Milngavie near Glasgow, and we both were pleasantly surprised. The place was very high quality, and considering we only paid £50 a night it was great value!
First on the to do list though was to head to the event hosted by Glengoyne at the distillery 5 minutes down the road. Upon arrival the Connosr.com founders Jean-Luc and Pierre along with the staff of the distillery greeted us, and were all given a dram of their standard 10yr bottling. I’ve previously emptied a bottle of the 10yr so knew what to expect with that one! After a brief introduction to the Distillery we were all given a VIP tour of the facility, which was excellently handled by the knowledgeable and friendly staff! Upon returning to the function room we were then handed a dram of their 12yr Cask Strength bottling, which lacked the smoothness I was familiar with from their other expressions. A small buffet was provided, and they we proceeded to sample the rest of their range. First was the 14yr bottling, which can only be bought in Marks and Spencer, then the 17yr (which I’ve already emptied a bottle of) followed by the 21yr. These were the "standard" bottles, and what followed were two quite special drams. First was the 23yr Single Cask bottling, of which there are only a handful of bottles actually left in existence! That was wonderful, but the next one was really special, the 40yr expression, which normally retails at £3,750 a bottle, was passed round for all to try, and they even allowed us to finish the entire bottle!
Of course this wasn’t all for nothing, as part of the experience the members of Connosr.com had to relay some of their thoughts regarding the drams to the Whiskypod. Now this is a video booth that the website have used at Whisky events previously, of which I have become a regular user, so I had no qualms about doing a few more this night! When all was said and done, I had recorded 4 and many others had done the same! It was a spectacular evening, and huge thanks go out to all the staff at Glengoyne for allowing the Connosr.com members to be a part of such a great event. They were friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful throughout, and could not be faulted. And of course thanks also go to Jean-Luc and Pierre of Connosr.com for putting this thing together.
I was also very impressed with Gemma, who in all honesty is not a whisky drinker, but she sampled every single one of the drams, and probably came up with one of the tasting notes of the night! It wasn’t her normal thing, but her, along with everyone else, had a fantastic time that evening. And to finish, I bought a bottle of the 21yr (for £90) and got a bottle of the 10yr for free, couldn’t argue with that deal!
The following day was payback time though, and both Gem and me went wandering around the city of Glasgow. Although it isn’t exactly the most touristy of places, it was a lovely day and we ended up seeing some wonderful sights, if only because of the drive into the city given to us by Eric and Laura, a couple of fellow Connosr.com members who kindly offered to drive us into town (and gave us a tour in the process)! A bit of shopping was done, and we went for lunch in the world famous Bon Accord pub, which has a huge selection of whiskies. This was a fact I should have thought of before ordering chilli for lunch, which burnt my mouth and would have altered the taste of any dram I would have wanted to try! All in all though we had a wonderful day around Glasgow though, and although our feet ached like hell afterwards it was worth it.
Back to the hotel for dinner, and we had worked up an appetite, so we both decided that as we were on our holidays it was time to spoil ourselves! We spent £25 each on our dinners, a 20oz mixed grill containing a lamb chop, pork chop, gammon steak, fillet steak and a venison sausage, complimented with sauté potatoes and a fried duck egg! It was an amazing meal, every bit of meat was superb without any gristle or fat, and it was worth the money! The following day we headed home, which due to the closure of the West Coast mainline would take a bit longer than the journey up! And that’s where my final thanks go to Gemma, as she managed both the journey up and the longer trip back without biting my head off due to her wanting a cigarette! Ok the journey home she bought a nicorette patch to help, but even so I think she did very well! And with that, I come to the end of the tale of the weekend, thank you for reading, and thanks again to all at Glengoyne and Connosr.com for a superb event!
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
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