Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Funny weather

Well all that hot weather disappeared almost overnight, the storms rolled in and the rain lashed down last Thursday. A couple of houses nearby were stuck by lightning, causing significant damage. I was woken up at 5am by the thunderclaps so I just opened my curtains and lay on the bed watching the storm unfold (One of my favorite pastimes - watching storms) until I got back to sleep again.

I heard from my sister in Glastonbury, she'd just avoided the flooding luckily. They had a large pond outside of their tent on Friday morning. Her mates weren't so lucky in the tent next door, about two inches of water had gathered inside! I asked about some of the band playing on the John Peel stage to which she replied "I didn't go to that stage, we spend loads of time inhaling laughing gas from balloons instead" It's great to hear that my little sister is doing so well!

Saturday was the first Lions test, 21-3 to the Kiwis. A dire game from the Lions in dire weather conditions. Three words echoed around the Welsh valleys at 10am Saturday morning - "Told you so".

The Lions picked themselves up from that to destroy Manawatu (a 2nd Division team) 102-6. Ickle Shane, the diminutive dancer, ran in 5 tries, a record equalling amount for the Lions in New Zealand - brilliant. He also picked up another Man of the Match award for the Welsh, I think that brings it up to six on the tour so far, not bad! The second test is this coming Saturday, the main talking points being that Shane, Gavin, Ryan Jones and Simon Easterby are in the starting line up in a far more promising side than last week. Finally Woodward is starting to see sense, Jason Robinson still shouldn't be there though...


Shane goes airbourne for his third try of five

On Sunday I went with Andy to the beach at Llangennith, the sun had come out again! We sorted out a BBQ and headed down at around midday. It was a fantastic afternoon, chilling on the dunes, eating burgers & sausages and looking out over a lush beach. Brilliant. We went for a couple of cokes in Swansea in the evening - a generally good day I think!

This week has been pretty quiet itself, lots of work to do and no money to spend I'm afraid.


An empty wallet, like mine

There were more storms last night, not as much lightning and not as much rain but they were cool all the same. As I'm running out of material, here's a picture of some lightning -just in case you've never seen any before.....


Lightning shown may not resemble that in Swansea the other night

Friday, June 24, 2005

Temptation waits...

This whole not drinking thing is annoying me already, I've only gone 4 days so far! I remember the last time I tried stopping the wonder-stuff for a while, back in 2003 I think it was, I managed to last a whole 3 weeks!! I had to sit in the pub with the others listening to their really crap conversations that they all found hilarious. I started off pretty loudly as usual but by about 11pm I wasn't saying a word as I didn't have a clue what the conversation was about! As soon as I had finished the three weeks I was down the pub again necking pints almost as though my body needed to build up the alcohol levels to the same as before. I haven't stopped for more than a week since and it's about time I did. Not for health reasons you understand but only for money.

But, it's Friday night and I'm feeling a little lost. I've already been invited to a party in Cardiff, for a beer in the morning during the match and a piss-up in St.Davids. Also, an all day session in Pembrokeshire in a couple of weeks (because they need the advance warning for mental preparation!). I might head into town later to see what's gong on. I had planned to ignore all the folks in the town centre having so much fun and just lock myslef in my room to play on the x-box all night. But, I managed to break the controller after gripping it a little too tightly after losing a rugby match against Ulster whilst playing on it.

So, I'll just have to think of something else to do.. maybe build a cake or something?


Me, later perhaps.

The weather's taken a turn for the worse - it's nice though as I managed to get my back sunburnt in 30mins (?) while I ate my lunch yesterday. It's still pretty warm but the clouds provide much-needed cover from the sun. Glastonbury has been hit pretty bad, loads of tents have been washed away apparently - very glad that I didn't try for hours to get an overpriced ticket.. not that I ever do. I much prefer Glasto from the confines of my own home, it's warmer but I guess I'd like to see a lot of the bands. The news on Radio One has the leading story as "A Beer tent was struck by lightning earlier today.." then they go on to say "..But no-one was hurt" Brilliant.


The flooding at Glasto


Some guy from Somerset dives in to "Find his car keys"

Last night I went to watch Glamorgan play Somerset in a 20/20 cup - I'm not into cricket that much but it's something to do eh? We all had a good laugh, some pissed blokes had got the whole crowd going by the end - they were hilarious. I guess that's what people do at the cricket? Just get hammered! Glamorgan won in the end but I don't think that anyone really cared!?

First Lions test tomorrow bright and early, it looks like the Lions are going to lose but I remain slightly hopeful. I'm not planning to get too excited, I'm just arming my mouth with a whole load of expletives aimed at a certain coach but I'm holding fire just incase his controversial selection works out. If it doesn't, bring in the cavalry.


The comedy Lions badge doing the rounds

Now, onto those Cake ingredients...

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Busy? Or just plain Lazy?

Great day outside again,

I've noticed that I'm not the only British blogger not doing much Blog-wise, the nice weather seems to have put everybody off staying in doors!

I may or may not update soon, I've had a very lazy weekend and a gruelling trip to Reading in the last couple of days for work so I'm not in the mood for typing much!

Not much news, giving up booze for a little while - for a few weeks anyway in an attempt to save cash. I have also vowed to spend more time at the beach, as I love it down there and had already been down there loads this time last year.

Lions - not much happening there, Clive Woodward has completely lost the plot and the mid-week team seem to have given up playing as they're not in the team for the first test. Welsh boys playing well though, Cooper is the only off-ish one. This page sums up what most people here think. I did have an angry moment when I heard the test team this morning, but thought "What's the point?"

I'm going to Cardiff with Andy this evening to watch some cricket, that should be pretty fun.

Phew, sweating just from typing that much...

Love the summer!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Bournemouth


I went here on the weekend...



They were there with me...


This happened at some point...


And I feel like this...

Find more pics here

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Lions 37 - 14 Taranaki


Geordan Murphy

The second win of the tour against Taranaki. This man grabbed a brace as the Lions finally started scoring with 20mins to go.

Charlie Hodgson was man of the match, Owen, Murphy and Cusiter also had cracking games. All good.

Also, saw the new Star Wars film with Mam, Dad and little sister - I thought it was okay, it was blatantly better than the previous two. The un-comfy Swansea cinema seats didn't make for good viewing. Plus, I missed the first 10mins as I fell asleep during the trailers.

Good news - it's bloody sunny today! I've just bought a Fab for both Neil and myself in the office, I've not had one in ages! I LOVE THE SUMMER!

*Chris now has to stop typing because the keyboard is getting sticky from ice-lolly covered fingers*


FAB

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

A large helping of Rugby.

Last week I had a couple of comments made about how I went on a bit too much in my last post - both from Women (?). As I like to take care of my readers as much as possible - I decided to stay at home all weekend and not do a single thing!

But, as always in my exciting life - plenty of exciting things happened! One of these exciting things was that for the first time in my life I snored while I was awake - that was pretty clever I thought!

Friday night I just sat in the house playing guitar/x-box and just listening to some new music (check out link in the sidebar to one of my favorite new tunes by a band named 'Fleeing New York').

Saturday I had to get up nice and early to catch the first Lions game of the tour against Rotorua-based team 'Bay of Plenty'. The game was surprisingly evenly matched. The Lions produced some fine rugby in the first 15mins running in three tries (of which only one was converted by Ronan O'Gara) but slacked off for most of the game only to finish just as strong as they had started. ROG had a funny game, some of his play was amazingly brilliant but that was negated by playing shit in other areas of the game (ie place kicking). Josh Lewsey, the English fullback was outstanding - his family is Welsh which is a bit of a bugger, he's playing for the wrong team!! Tries came from Lewsey (2), Cueto, Gordon D'Arcy, Tom Shanklin and Dwayne Peel. A good performance from the Welsh lads. Final score was Lions 32 - 20 BoP.


BoD is GoD as they say...

Another outstanding performance was put in by the Welsh squad in East Hartford, CT. as they destroyed a weak USA team. I was expecting a win but this was a comprehensive rout! A complete mis-match. Andy asked me to text him whenever there was a score, I was on my phone the entire match as Wales knocked up 77 points to USAs' 3. Oh dear. Ceri Sweeney put his flaky form to rest to convert 100% of the 11 tries - that was good to see. The American that stood head and shoulders above his team mates was Mike Hercus the Fly-half - he'll be joining the Scarlets for next season so I'm looking forward to seeing him perform like that at Stradey. Every single one of the boys put in a great performance and it looks like Canada are going to be in a spot of trouble this coming Saturday.


Blues Fly Half Nicky Robinson breaks

Plans for the rest of the week - nothing much in an attempt to save money. I may check out the National Swimming Pool at some point, otherwise it's just lots of walks along the beach - the best things in life eh? The folks and little Sis are coming down to Swansea to watch Star Wars so I expect that I'll join in with that too.

Safe.

Monday, June 06, 2005

A grammatical what's-the-word?

Just a quick note - I've caught myself saying "Tescos'" a lot recently, which is fine in itself as I spend quite bit of time there standing around in the aisles trying to figure out what the hell I went in there for and why my basket is full of tuna when I hate the stuff. But, back to my point, "TESCO" doesn't have an 'S' anywhere in it - adding an 'S' to any word unnecessarily is a nasty habit born in the valleys of South Wales - I think I've picked it up from being in Swansea.

Shirley though I would have said it when I lived in Cardiff? No. I wonder why this is? Do YOU put an 'S' at the end of Tesco? If you answer that question, please state where you live and whether or not you've had exposure to valleys folk - ta.


And I'm sure as shit they don't sell this stuff

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Lazy Days

What a manic weekend!

Friday

The sun came out big-time on Friday, it was bloody roasting (by Welsh standards anyway). I received an e-mail from Andy at about 3pm in work that was titled 'Beach', a huge grin appeared on my face and I didn't do any work at all after that! I ran (almost skipped) out of the office at five and went back home to get changed. Andy appeared a bit later and we both drove down to Tescos to pick up some BBQ supplies - yum.

**Sidenote - The women around Swansea were stunning on Friday**

The Sun was still beating down, everyone looked happy and Andy was happily singing as we drove down to the Gower. We were approaching the village of Rhossili, the sun disappeared behind a HUGE bank of cloud and that's where it stayed until 24hrs later! We decided to have a barbecue anyway so we sat on top of Worms Head and started cooking some lovely burgers and sausages. Almost as soon as we'd lit the thing, a rather cold sea mist rolled in... this wasn't looking promising. On top of that, we'd forgotten essentials like knives and tongs so we replaced them with Store cards and my keys which ended up being covered in butter and very greasy respectively! Still, we had a bloody good time! Got back into Swansea and decided to go for a couple of drinks to round off the evening - no sea mist in town luckily. Town was a little quiet as most people were saving to go out on Sunday night instead.


Worms Head - It looks like a worm...

Saturday

Today I had every intention of just going to the beach and staying there all day until I got sunburnt but, it was raining (bluddy typical). Just as I had resigned myself to staying in bed until after mid-day at least - I got a phonecall from Bleddyn:-

"Mate - we're going to the beer garden in St.Davids, the weather is lush!"
"Piss off" I replied, "It's raining"
"Not here it isn't" He said.

And before you could say "Chris, you can't afford it", I was on my way to Pembrokeshire! And sure enough, by the time I had arrived at Haverfordwest (only 57 miles away) the sun was out and there was only one solitary cloud in the sky! Amazing! I then got the bus to St.Davids where I discovered Greggers, Eirian and Bleddyn sat outside a cafe with nice cold pints in front of them. There was no hesitation in getting mine! So, we spent the afternoon drinking in various places. My Sister even appeared for a little while (as she works in the cafe on the beach at Whitesands near St.Davids occasionally). We all had the usual laughs, my sides ached all night from laughing so much! I did get punched by some bloke at one point though, suppose it was my fault really for trying it on with his girlfriend... It would have been nice if she had told me that she had one though!! No harm done though, blokey got thrown out and banned for a while and we all carried on having a good time.

A bit of an odd thing happened on the way back, we were taken home in a Yellow New-York style taxi which had a disco in the back... There was a glitterball, some flashing neon lights and a good little sound system. It was all a bit too much for us though, I'm sure the driver would have turned it off if she could hear me shouting! We got back to Bledds' house at about 2am and sat drinking brandy and listening to his Dad telling jokes until about 3am - funny!

Sunday

We were all feeling extra special today, the weather was even more stunning than Saturday. We all got up to discover that Bledds' parents were organising an almighty BBQ! Bledds parents are tenants on a farm right at the end of Pembrokeshire which is owned by the National Trust. The farm has got some stunning features, the house is pretty big but the coastline and the general scenery is amazing, they've even got their own private beach! It took a couple of quad bikes and a car to carry all the food and all the people down to the spot which was overlooking the sound between the Mainland and Ramsey Island. We set up camp and started cooking, well, we just drank beer and went fishing while one of the 'adults' cooked. We spent the entire day there just eating, chatting and drinking - it was absolutely amazing! I managed to pick up my first sunburn of the year, on my feet rather than my nose which is usually the first place to get burnt.


BBQ spot indicated with huge red arrow

In the evening I went back into St.Davids with Greggers to go to the Farmers Arms again. A couple of Greggers cousins, Dai Price, and a guy called Mark were already in there so we joined in with them. It ended up being another really good night, everybody had a laugh winding up all the tourists who had come for a nice quiet pint in a 'quaint' Welsh pub. Greggers has a new toy in the form of a dog Whistle, so he enjoyed winding up the tourists dogs with that. We ended up in a party at the Twr-Y -Felin centre until whatever time in the morning. I was seated next to a rather large Alsatian for the majority of the time which was quite scary but it was a nice enough dog! Someone found a Hula ring so that was the cue for a Hula-competition which no-one cared who won it as we were all laughing so much! We were chucked out of that place so we decided to go to a campsite to see what was going on down there. People were still up sitting around a picnic table in the dark so the remainder of us (we'd lost Tom, Jimmy, Mark and Greggers somewhere - Greggers apparently fell asleep in the car park, he'd heard us go past in the dark but couldn't be bothered to get up!!) sat and joined in the chat until the wee hours.

Monday


Back to Gaz's house in the morning, where I found Greggers at last - I wasn't entirely worried but he hadn't disappeared for an entire night before!! Greggers and I caught the bus back to Haverfordwest where we chilled out back at his house with Bleddyn and Greggers sister, Caz. I got back into Swansea at about 7pm and made myself a lush Curry again (sorry Aarti, no Okra but just really hot Jhalfrezi!). I went to sleep on Monday night with a huge smile on my face after a brilliant weekend!

The OTHER days


This week (so far) in work has been pretty quiet, the boss is away on holiday so it's been relaxed to say the least!! It's raining too, that's always good when you have sunburn. I think I much prefer rain to the sun, mainly because you only have to share the entire beach with about 6 other nutters!

Rugby coming up this weekend and I'm getting a little too excited! I watched Le Rygbi last night and I was very happy to see both Stephen Jones and Gareth Thomas playing so well for Clermont and Toulouse resprctively. Steve is now in New Zealand with the Lions but Gareth is still stuck in Toulouse unfortunately - hopefully he'll get released soon as I'm sure he has a vital part to play over there.


Gareth Thomas of Toulouse (left), Stephen Jones of Clermont Auvergne (right)

As well as the Lions first game of the tour against Bay of Plenty, Wales play USA in Connecticut on Saturday. I'm really looking forward to seeing how everyone performs!

I'll definitely be staying in my house all day Sat after getting my landlord to upgrade the Sky subscription to include sky sports just for the Lions tour. This also means loads of Aussie Rules too! Hooray!