This Saturday evening in Hollywood, the funeral takes place of Ian Kilmister, a 70 year old man from Staffordshire.
(If the name sounds unfamiliar, you would probably know him better as just plain Lemmy).
In a fitting tribute to the man and his maverick approach to life, the funeral is being
streamed live to enable his many fans around the world to be part of the occasion and raise a final glass to his memory.
One of the benefits of having a WordPress blog is that they send you a rather attractive report at the end of each year, reviewing your blogging activity with them over the preceding 12 months
A year ago, I remember poring over the data to see which posts were my most popular and where all the views came from – I discovered, for instance that I have a modest fan base in Italy for some obscure reason (‘Ciao’ to you if you’re reading this).
One of my sons is a football fanatic (wonder where he got that from?) and in many ways, it is far easier for him to feed his addiction than it was for me when I was growing up.
Nowadays, with a season that lasts around 10 months of the year accompanied by blanket TV coverage, he can pretty much find a game to watch whenever he likes.
But one casualty from that relentless diet of top class games is the element of unpredictability.
Posted in England, Englishness, People, Sport |
Tagged Crystal Palace, FA Cup, FA Cup 3rd round, Hereford, Liverpool, Man Utd, Ronnie Radford, Stoke, Underdogs, WBA |
This is the third Christmas since I left Australia and each festive season, I have made a point of visiting that most British of institutions, the Pantomime.
For the uninitiated, Pantomimes could be broadly described as musical stage shows, taking place exclusively over the Christmas period and with a particular appeal to a family audience.
But in reality they are so much more than that – they are part of the wonderful eccentricity that makes Britain great.
Posted in England, Englishness, Leisure, Nostalgia, People |
Tagged Beauty and the Beast, Carley Stenson, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Humour, Panto, Pantomime |
Several weeks ago, I met up with an Australian friend who has recently relocated to the UK in search of a new adventure.
He was experiencing the lead up to his first ever cold Christmas, following a lifetime of festive barbecues and Santas on surfboards.
It was all completely alien to him, but I found one of his observations particularly interesting. He said that for the first time in his life, he truly ‘got’ Christmas.
Posted in Australia, England, Englishness, Food, Leisure, Nostalgia, Weather |
Tagged Australia, Bing Crosby, Black Friday, carol singers, Christmas, Christmas lights, Cold weather, John Lennon, Mince pies, mulled wine, Pogues, Queen's speech, Santa, Shopping, Slade, Sydney, Wham, Wizard |
A couple of months ago, I wrote about my anticipation at the start of summer, fingers firmly crossed that it didn’t turn out to be a fizzer.
I needn’t have worried, because despite the best efforts of
Ex-Hurricane Bertha to spoil things over the last few days, this summer really has been a glorious one.
Week after week of warmth, with July 2014 even being hailed as one of the
top 10 sunniest and warmest Julys since records began (1910, if you’re interested).
Posted in Countryside, England, Nostalgia, Weather |
Tagged Countryside, fairs, fetes, greensleeves, Hay, Pub lunch, Summer, village cricket, VisitEngland |
So, tonight’s the night. After all the talk and extensive media coverage, the action is about to begin on the field.
32 teams, 736 players, 64 games, 32 days and the world’s single biggest trophy to play for.
Excitement and anticipation is all around. Conversations are focused on the same topic wherever you turn. At work, at home, in the pub, on the train.
Posted in Australia, England, Englishness, Leisure, Patriotism, Sport |
Tagged Beckenbauer, Brazil 2014, Cruyff, England, FIFA, football, Gascoigne, Maradonna, Messi, Neymar, Pirlo, Platini, Ronaldo, Rooney, Rossi, World Cup, Zico |
Whilst the official start of summer in the UK isn’t for a few weeks, I always think that June 1st has a symbolic, start of season feel to it.
And, as if in agreement with this sentiment, what a glorious day it was – warm, but not too warm and accompanied by a gentle breeze to propel the fluffy clouds across the sky.
Posted in Countryside, England, Englishness, Leisure, Lewes, Weather |
Tagged Lambs, Lewes, Seasons, South Downs, Summer, Views, Walking |
About 10½ years ago, on November 22nd 2003 to be exact, I joined 82,956 other people at Sydney’s Olympic stadium (I’ve lost track of which sponsor it is named after at the moment, maybe ANZ? …or possibly Telstra?) to witness the final of the Rugby World Cup.
The game between Australia and England was a classic – truly one of those ‘had to be there’ moments. It was eventually won by England, 20-17 in extra time, courtesy of a drop goal from the right boot of English fly half,
Posted in Australia, England, Englishness, Nostalgia, Patriotism, Sport |
Tagged England Rugby, Jonny, Jonny Wilkinson, Rugby, Rugby World Cup Final 2003, Sydney, Toulon |
The British sporting calendar is sprinkled with iconic events – Wimbledon, FA Cup Final, The University Boat Race, British Golf Open, Henley Regatta.
Events with a status that somehow transcend the sport upon which they are based.
Another such event takes place tomorrow – The Grand National.
Posted in Australia, England, Englishness, Leisure, Nostalgia, Patriotism, People, Sport |
Tagged Aintree, Aldaniti, Beechers Brook, Ben Nevis, Betting, Canal Turn, Corbiere, Crisp, Grand National, L'Escargot, Melbourne Cup, Red Rum, The Chair |