Tuesday, 30 June 2009


Archery: Gold for Terry ; Canoeing Bronze for Florence, Hounslow and Cawthorn
Bronze for womens kayakers.

Gymnastics – but not as we know it! Louis Smith, Olympic Bronze medallist, is taking part in this year’s X-Factor. He mentions Montel Jordan in this clip and I’m reliably informed by The Hobbit that he is 'legend', so I’m expecting great things from Louis! He’s setting himself up post 2012, good luck to him.

European success for Modern Pentathletes, along with one I missed on an earlier round-up *slaps wrist* Alistair Brownlee wins second ITU Triathlon on the bounce.

Athletics: Third for GB in European Team Championships. Weir, Woods and Bushell all record wins in Jona International, with Bushell adding to his recent world record.

Three Golds and a silver for adaptive rowers with Gold for Lightweight Womens Double Scull, three silvers and three bronzes also.

Goodison takes third sailing world cup victory; Windsurfer Bryony Shaw clinches a Bronze medal in European Champs (but the link isn’t there so not sure when it was!)

Sunday, 28 June 2009

The things they say ...

Matt saunters out to the car, leaving me to bring his cricket bag, drink and fleece.

"What did your last servant die of?" I ask him.

"He choked on some beef," he answers back casually "and the first one was eaten by a crocodile."

Friday, 26 June 2009

Michael Jackson

When the shock wears off – and I’ll admit, I was pretty choked when hearing any of his songs today and some of the tributes being read out on radio – I’ll remember Michael only for his wonderful music and dancing. Off The Wall and Thriller were part of the soundtrack to my life and whilst I wasn’t a fan dedicated enough to embrace all his subsequent recordings, he consistently delivered some cracking tunes.

Clearly, Michael had been unwell for some time; I was reading a list of the various ailments he was suffering from and I couldn’t help but wonder, why hadn’t all those people who surround him put a stop to these rehearsals and shows for his own good? Yes, he can demand to carry on, but it’s not like he physically organises them himself is it? Why didn’t anyone have the courage to say NO – enough is enough? Just because someone is so famous or rich doesn’t mean they’re not vulnerable and in need of some honesty. What kind of management let him get to that state? Obviously, sadly, the one that needed him to make more money.

It seems his cardiac arrest may have been caused by an overdose of prescription medicine and his private doctor is being sought by police. Tragic enough that he died, that it might be brought about by the possible negligence of a medical professional makes it worse.

I doubt we’ll ever know the whys and wherefores, just like we never knew the real Michael, remaining an icon in death as in life, joining that should’ve-been-immortal list with the likes of Monroe, Princess Di and JFK - any sins forgotten, elevated to saint status.

Me, I’ll just continue to listen to this, this and this and rock with him forever.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

3BT: Twinterview, cricket, funny story!

The second 'twinterview' has been posted, it's with dancer and choreographer Leah Hather (@Brighteyes08) of Bright Eyes Long Lashes dance group. Mosey on over and check out the Pirates at WITS End video, it's excellent!

Congratulations to Charlotte Edwards and the England Ladies cricket team, who have won their 20/20 World Cup to go with the 50 over game and the Ashes. See, if you want something done, ask a woman. Unless it's houswork, in which case just ignore me.

Crop Circles Culprits Finally Discovered: I couldn't make it up! Really, I don't think I'd have thought of it, although I shall probably nick the idea at some point ...

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Well, duh!

Matt's birthday today - just spent 2 hours wrapping. (I might be exaggerating there slightly, it felt like hours) Among the little things I got him, a big badge with a '9' on it. Which is just as well, cos that's how old he is now. Anyhoo, health and safety being what it is these days, there's a "CAUTION" notice: "This Badge Pin MAY Have a Sharp Point!" I sincerely hope so, or he's going to have helluva job pinning it on ...

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Medway Fuse Festival 2009

The finale to this year's festival took place last night at Rochester Castle (which was actually the only night I could attend anything) and it was probably a mistake to take Matt!

From The Inky Deep, taking place in the moat (it's dry now, there's grass in it) promised "tightwire and aerial circus with dance and physical theatre, transporting you to a far-away world where dark fairy tales and mythical creatures will amaze and delight" which it kind of did, albeit just ten feet off the ground. The music was quite low key and it really wasn't something an eight year old could appreciate; very arty but we were expecting something a bit more lively on the acrobatic front. So he spent the last twenty minutes asking when the fireworks started. And cheered up a bit when I bought him a three colour, flashing lightsabre!

Then we made our way to the castle grounds proper to watch a man set light to a lot of artistically placed wood to the sound a mournful cellist. It said pyrotechnics, you see - again, we thought it'd be a little bit more lively than it was. Don't get me wrong, had I been on my own or with adults I'd have appreciated it a lot more. But having an eight year complaining he was tired/cold/bored took the edge off it.

It's important to support these events though - Medway Council, I feel, do a sterling job of keeping the arts alive in the towns, hopefully next year we can get along to a few things Matt will enjoy more.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Just had to share! Love Canadians ...

... this is an actual transcript (apparently! I'm not so sure) of a radio conversation between an American ship (which could be the Nimitz or the Lincoln, depending on which website you believe most!) and Canadian Authorities:

CANADIANS: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

US SHIP: Recommened you divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.

CANADIAN REPLY: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

US SHIP: This is the Captain of the US Navy Ship. I say again, divert your course.

CANADIAN REPLY: No, I say again, divert your course!


CANADIAN REPLY: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009


Badminton: Robertson and Clark in shock Singapore Open win.

Gymnastics: Double Gold for Tweddle again, Louis Smith a Silver, and Daniel Keatings a silver and bronze at the European Artistic Champs.

Swimming: Rebecca
Adlington wins prestigious Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award.

And of course, Jenson won the Turkish GP – shall we just take it as read for this season, I’ll just let you know if he loses one? An honourable mention (for a change) for Andy Murray - the first Briton to win that other tournament, you know - the one before Wimbledon – since 1938. So now the press will go completely over the top and expect him to win Wimbledon and then crucify him if he doesn’t, we all know how it works ...

Sunday, 14 June 2009

The things they say ...

Watching the Moto GP (what a stunning last lap, did you see?!) and they advertised the next one, in Assen on 26th June.

Hubby says to Matt: "I've been there, it's clean and they've got mixed showers." (Why he'd tell his eight year old that, I've no idea) but anyway, Matt says:

"Has it got nice clean toilets you can put your Assen ..."

He thought it was hysterical. I had to tell him it's not good form to laugh at your own jokes.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

3BT: Music, cricket, coincidence

This song by Enrique Iglesias and Ciara is really growing on me, possibly because I think it’ll make for a terrific Paso Doble!

Matt’s team lost out to a very good side in last night’s cricket match, but two wins out of three games so far isn’t bad, considering they range from 7-10 years old in an Under 11’s side. As a brand new team together though they are gelling nicely – and they learn quick, though I’m not sure if hearing 8 year olds sledging is a good or a bad thing!

I was driving home from work and was stopped in a queue of traffic outside a Christian Book Shop. And literally as I stopped, George Michael came on the radio with Faith!

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Strictly Kent: Ian and Camilla

What a fab night out! The lovely people at Strictlydancers.com brought us what we’d been begging for – a demo night by, of all things – Strictly dancers! The inaugural event was hosted by Mark Shutlar, of Starlite School of Dance, who is undefeated 10 Dance champion with wife and fellow principal, Jayne.

A ballroom demo by amateur couple Paula Harding and Jodie Tolhurst (waltz, foxtrot, tango, quickstep and Viennese waltz) preceded a cha cha workshop led by Mark, which was enormous fun – just when I thought I’d nailed it I missed a step; we considered going in for the competition but decided to let the others have a chance ...

The highlight of course, was Ian and Camilla’s five dance Latin demo. I’m lucky enough to have seen them live before and knew it was an awesome experience – my mum and friend were blown away at their speed and intricacy (not to mention seeing them in full view instead of via a whirling camera!) They entered to the Strictly Come Dancing theme and the crowd responded immediately – you’d think clapping was compulsory! Straight into a fantastic, fast samba to Tequila; while Cam changed for the Cha Cha, Ian took the mike like a seasoned stand up, albeit a breathless one.

Ian's pretty cheeky and nabbed Sarah, a DS forumite from our table, insisting she help him change his shirt (can't say I saw you resisting much Sarah!) and she had the pleasure of helping him out of the old one and into the new, including tucking it in! A brilliant jazzed up Summertime later and we entered the world of the Phantom of the Opera with the themed, theatrical Paso, before Ian and Cam launched into a jumping jive to Stuff Like That There - Ian and a hat on a chair; Cam miming the opening wearing a nun’s habit, whipped off by Ian to reveal a gorgeous red fringy affair! Tall people can’t jive? Give over; these two tall people are incredible. The demo finished with Cam’s favourite dance, the rumba to The Story of My Life, which swept us all away with them, it was so beautiful.

The evening finished off with Ian and Cam meeting and greeting (everyone!) autographs signed, photographs taken, keepsakes of a truly wonderful evening. Faye and everyone at StrictlyKent/e-motive media did a fantastic job and guess what? There’ll be more, oh yes! Can’t wait.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Top day out

I finally braved it – the London Eye! Don’t like heights, see – I was fine except for the odd occasion I made the mistake of looking down! It was a spur of the moment decision, since we had tickets for a river cruise sailing from Greenwich to Westminster and wasn’t sure how much time we’d have once there. The queue for tickets was longer than the queue to ‘fly’ but we were quickly through both – impressive for a busy Sunday afternoon on the South Bank. And it was well worth it, with Matt’s reaction: “It’s amaaaaazing! This is the best day of my life!”

We had a little wander along both banks, taking in the street artists – watch out for the Charlie Chaplin juggler, clever and funny, before heading back to Greenwich, accompanied by a hilarious commentary from a crewman of the City Cruise boat – who does it out of the goodness of his heart as I’m-not-a-proper-tour-guide-but-if-you-found-me-informative-and-funny-please-show-your-appreication-in-the-champagne-bucket-at-the-end!

Back at Greenwich we had time to explore, as I’d overloaded the car park machine somewhat, just in case. I’d forgotten how completely beautiful Greenwich Park is – either that, or I’d failed to notice when I lived on its doorstep. Being able to wander through the foot tunnel during the school lunch break was a given, and it was just another somewhere to hang around at the weekend.

If you want a day out at hardly any expense, Greenwich is the place to go. Cost me a tenner to park all day, possibly there are cheaper car parks (we’ll try the almost empty university one opposite the park next time) BUT – The National Maritime Museum = Free; The Queen’s House = Free; The Royal Observatory = Free! The beautiful park itself = free! No need for booking, wake up, see it’s a nice day and off you go. You don’t even need a picnic – there’s an M&S Simply Food at one end of the main road and one in the BP garage at the other end! And if you can’t resist shopping, the indoor market is an experience in itself. Only one piece of advice for you: Trainers! And maybe do the Observatory first, before you’re tired :-)

Sunday, 7 June 2009


You may or may not have seen but I've started a new blog: Twinterviews - interviews via Twitter! There are so many interesting, fun people on Twitter - writers, musicians, singers and more - and hopefully those I approach will be up for a bit of twitter banter for the blog.

The first one is with Jeremy C Shipp, a writer of dark fantasy stories and it was a lot of fun to do, so I hope you'll pop over and read it. I've started a new playlist there too, which should end up a very eclectic mix as more goes on it!

Thursday, 4 June 2009


Badminton Agathangelou and Middleton win Spanish Open.

Rowing - Team GB dominate World Cup in Spain with NINE Golds!

Sailors also on top in their own World cup. Rule Britannia? Oh, yes!

Triathlon: Brownlee wins his first ITU World Championship.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Running Commentary: Race for Life. Yeah, right ...

... of course I walked it, but I did make it all the way! Oh, yes I did, and in one piece. So I thought I’d take you on a musical journey through it.

The Start: Walking on Sunshine; at 1km I was Walking in Rhythm; honestly, the best version I could find on youtube, even with those trousers. By 2km it had turned to Walking on Thin Ice; 3km became Walking on Broken Glass; but at 4km I was Walking My Way Back To You (ok, taking liberties with that one and couldn’t even find the Detroit Spinners) maybe should have gone with this instead. 4.5km and in sight of the finish and I’m Walking Back to Happiness!

And guess what – you can still sponsor me up till the 19th July, by clicking on the link right there *points left*. And pray for the day I’m able to upload my own discs ...