Happy 5th anniversary


28th March 2012…….that date will be forever etched into my mind.

It was the date I got up in the wee small hours to head to Sydney airport with a one-way ticket in my pocket and my final 30kg of possessions crammed into my remaining bags.

It was also the date, thanks to the vagaries of time difference and a ‘direct’ Emirates flight, that I touched down at Gatwick, ready to start my new adventure ‘Back home’

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Brazil 2014


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.

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Two years on


Today it is March 28th – a date that will be forever etched into my mind.

The reason is that it was the date, in 2012, that I zipped up my suitcase and headed off to Sydney airport for a flight to the UK … only this time, clutching a one-way ticket and lugging all my remaining possessions with me.

It seems like it was only yesterday.

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Ashes to Ashes


When I lived in Sydney, I spent many entertaining days at the Sydney Cricket Ground, seeing a procession of international cricket teams put to the sword by the likes of Warne, McGrath, Ponting, Gilchrist, Hayden et al.

On a number of sobering occasions, I saw hopeful English teams rock up for an Ashes tour, but by the time the 5th test arrived in Sydney, the series was usually long since conceded, along with all semblance of competitiveness. Or dignity.

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Living in Sydney, October was probably my favourite time of the year.

It was then that the colder, wetter weather of winter would be safely consigned to the past and the skin-searing heat of summer would be yet to arrive.

This in-between season was usually warm by day and mild by night.

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100 Not Out


One of the good things about publishing a blog via WordPress is that they furnish you with lots of stats so you can see how many (or few) people are reading your pearls of wisdom.

Thanks to my ‘stats dashboard’, I know that over the last year and a bit, I’ve had over 7,600 visits and my ‘daily views’ have ranged from a rather disappointing zero to  a rather pleasing 388.

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St George’s Day


Today was St George’s Day – the national day of England.

What’s that, you say? You had no idea? Sadly, I fear that may have been the reaction of many people today.

Living in Australia for so long, Australia Day was always a major landmark on the annual calendar, a public holiday and a cause for ceremonies and celebrations (as well as the odd bit of controversy and conversation around the future of the nation).

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Happy first birthday

first birthday cake recipes idea

It’s March 28th tomorrow. Just a regular date in the diary eh?

Sure, some may celebrate the birthdays of actor Vince Vaughan, ex-cricketer Nasser Hussain or all round loon Lady Gaga, not to mention Teachers Day in Czech Republic and Slovakia or Serf’s Emancipation Day in Tibet, but for most it is a pretty ordinary date.

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Six Nation Army

during the RBS Six Nations launch at The Hurlingham Club on January 23, 2013 in London, England.

This weekend marks the beginning of the Six Nations tournament – the jewel in the crown of Northern Hemisphere rugby.

Formerly known as the Five Nations when I last lived here (that was before Italy joined the fold), it is a chance for the young warriors of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and now Italy to play for the pride of their nation.

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Yesterday, England’s rugby team defied the odds to defeat the all-conquering All Blacks at a euphoric Twickenham, the home of English rugby union.

A week earlier, I was at the very same venue to witness a slightly less upbeat occasion as England toiled away in the driving rain to lose to the South Africans by a solitary point. Bad timing eh?

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