Monthly Archives: February 2011

Birthday boy

So, I am now 29. Not, as it turns out, too dissimilar from being 28 it has to be said.

I had a lovely birthday. We went out to watch Paul in the cinema, which was really good. Not quite up to Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead standards, but still a fun film. Then out for pizza, drinks & dancing. Good stuff. Although I did get ambushed by party poppers:


I then spent the rest of the weekend watching rugby, playing golf and sitting. I got lots of lovely books, DVDs, CDs and some clothes too. Lucky boy.

I decided to try my hand at the old 365 Days project in Flickr. I’ve tried it once before, but got about a third of the way in and forgot to continue. Must try harder this time!

I also realise that ‘technically’ I didn’t blog last week. But I shall make up for this by blogging twice this week! I had started planning a good one, but then got distracted by my birthday and the like, so it went on the backburner. Hopefully I’ll get it out there by Friday.


Enjoy yourself

(*Disclaimer – This may, in fact, seem like a moan, when it is actually a pro-happiness comment! Or something)

Do you know people who moan? Or rather, people who always moan? I do. People who seem more content with whinging about things rather than seeing positives. I know some people who seem to take pleasure in not being happy. I don’t understand this. Life’s too short (‘to stuff a mushroom’ as my mother would say – I’m sure that makes sense to someone out there). We all get down sometimes, have a case of the Blues, or the Mean Reds. But we carry on and get over it. Why spend your limited time here being miserable?

A couple of people I know seem to manage to make every conversation about themselves. I’m sure you know the type. You sneeze; they say ‘Don’t come near me! I’ve only just got over a life-threatening bout of pneumonia!’ . It’s always in the negative. Something bad has happened, and it’s always happened to them first, and worse.

As Newton Faulkner said, ‘People should smile more’. I wholeheartedly agree. I have a theory that people are less happy when it rains, not because it’s wet, but because everyone’s faces are screwed up against the rain, thus making them look miserable. When people say ‘It’s miserable outside’, that’s not the weather they’re talking about, it’s people’s faces. I make an effort to smile more when it’s raining. I’m sure people, deep down, don’t mind getting a bit wet. You’ll dry.

It’s all about perception (See number 7 on this list, which is a cracking blog, by the way). If you think something’s going to be rubbish, it invariably will be. If you try to see positives, then you should be able to get something out of most situations.

I first heard this at a Jools Holland concert a few years ago (I have no idea who said/sang it originally). It makes sense to me:

Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.

Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pink.

The years go by as quickly as a wink.

Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.

6 Nations, week 2

Well, my predictions for last week weren’t up to much, were they? Scotland and Italy both performed much better than expected. Wales less so. I would now discount Ireland from the running for champions (a week after saying they would win it?! Crazy!), mainly due to me still believing that Italy is be where the points scored should make a difference. Both England and France should be able to put a few past them and, as such, should have a much higher points difference than Ireland at the end. Having said that, the match on Sunday could be pivotal and it could really make things interesting if Ireland could take advantage of the home crowd’s support and pull a win out of the bag.

So, as for predictions, I’ll go for the easiest first. England will wallop Italy at Twickenham. Simple as. England are on the up, they are confident, Italy won’t be half as good away from home. England by 15.

I’m going to say that France will probably take advantage of an Ireland side that will be trying too hard to create chances that they failed to do last weekend. Could be tough to begin with, but as it opens up, France should be able to notch up the victory. France by 8.

This is where my lower lip may begin to tremble before my stupid optimism takes over. My head says that Wales are going into this match low on confidence and with James Hook playing in a pivotal role in which he hasn’t started this season. It could all fall apart. Scotland are getting harder to beat and are looking very promising. However, my heart is ignoring all logic and I’m going with a Welsh victory! Wales by 2.

Let’s see how off the mark I am this week, shall we?


Friday again, eh? I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. It’s the start of the 6 Nations! Come on Wales! England tonight for us. I HAVE A TICKET! I am very excited. So my weekend will be largely concerned with rugby. For what it’s worth, here are my predictions for this weekend and the tournament as a whole.

Wales v England

Possibly slightly swayed by my heart on this one, I’m going for a narrow Welsh victory. England haven’t won in Cardiff since 2003, so it’s been a while. With the Welsh crowd behind them in the stadium (me included – yes, I’m still excited!), it might be enough to give Wales the extra shove they need.

Italy v Ireland

I can’t see this going any other way than Ireland’s. Italy, after seemingly developing into competitors, not contenders you understand, have slipped a little recently. Ireland should walk this fairly comfortably. I’m going to also say that points against Italy could prove crucial in deciding the outcome of the championship as it could be very close this year.

France v Scotland

France is always a difficult place to go to and come away with a win. Scotland are starting to look like a good team, but I can’t see them overcoming France in Paris. As always, we never know what French team are going to turn up – the mercurial, skilful team, or the chokers. But they should grind out a victory on home turf.

As for the overall table, this is my prediction for the final tally:

1st – Ireland (Good start and nice run of fixtures)

2nd – England (Lose today, but grow during the tournament)

3rd – Wales (Or more likely 4th, but I don’t want to put that down!)

4th – France (See above comment)

5th – Scotland (Still not sure it’s their year quite yet)

6th – Italy (Wooden spoooooooooooon)


Do any of you have any exciting plans for the weekend? Do you agree/disagree with the predictions?