Sunday, 18 March 2018

Well Said

I didn't mind getting old when I was young. It's the being old now that's getting to me.
John ScalziOld Man's War, 2005

Match Report

On days like this there is no need for Tottenham Hotspur to worry about how they will cope without Harry Kane on the pitch. Christian Eriksen demonstrated why he is so much more than a member of the supporting cast as he scored another two splendid goals, taking his tally for the season to 11, to ease Spurs into the FA Cup semi-finals at the expense of a Swansea City side that never turned up.
It was that sort of afternoon for Spurs, who were as comfortable as it gets as they strolled into the last four of the FA Cup for the second year in succession. Eriksen accepted the freedom of the Liberty Stadium given to him by Swansea to score his seventh and eighth goals against the Welsh club in 10 matches – one would have thought they would have learned their lesson by now – and Γ‰rik Lamela effortlessly stroked home Tottenham’s second.
In truth the margin of victory could easily have been wider, such was the chasm in quality between the two teams. At times it was embarrassingly one-sided, with Swansea so passive and Spurs utterly dominant as they kept the ball for long periods and attacked with menace. Mauricio Pochettino’s side registered 24 attempts on goal compared with Swansea’s three, enjoyed 75% of possession and had the game wrapped up with the best part of half an hour remaining when Eriksen scored his second.
The Dane was a joy to watch – he had another superb effort tipped on to the crossbar – and Swansea found themselves overwhelmed in midfield, unable to stem the tide of blue shirts that poured forward again and again. Lamela, playing behind Son Heung-min, who was given the nod up front ahead of Fernando Llorente, also enjoyed himself as Spurs made the most of the space afforded to them by a severely depleted Swansea side. “I think we fully deserved the victory,” said Pochettino. “Christian and Lamela shined, of course. But I think the whole team was very good.”
The only source of frustration for Pochettino was the use of VAR, which came into play when Son was flagged offside after scoring in the first half. Even after watching the incident again and again it was hard to call but the original decision was eventually allowed to stand. “It’s a nightmare,” Pochettino said. “I feel so sorry for the people trying to use that system. I think I prefer it when the ref and assistant make mistakes, rather than to wait three or four minutes for things.”
While Spurs can now look forward to a semi-final at Wembley, their temporary home, next month, Swansea’s focus must return to the grind of the relegation battle and trying to preserve their Premier League status. This was only their third defeat in 17 games since Carlos Carvalhal was appointed manager but it was a chastening experience and with the exception of Alfie Mawson, who has just been called up to the England squad, it was hard to think of anyone who emerged with credit.
Tammy Abraham, who started up front in place of the suspended Jordan Ayew, squandered a gilt-edged chance to pull a goal back within 60 seconds of the restart, when he headed straight at Michel Vorm from six yards out, and that moment felt symptomatic of his and Swansea’s afternoon.
Spurs were already two goals to the good at that point, with Eriksen having opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Swansea’s defending left much to be desired as they allowed Eriksen, after swapping passes with Lamela, to stride forward towards the edge of the penalty area without coming under any pressure. Yet there was still much to admire about the way the midfielder curled a lovelyleft-foot shot beyond Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
Tottenham’s second goal was not dissimilar and this time it was Lamela who did the damage. Running on to a pass from Moussa Sissoko, the Argentinian skipped away from a half-hearted Tom Carroll challenge and, with Kyle Bartley backing off, coolly placed a low shot past the stranded Nordfeldt and into the bottom corner.
Eric Dier’s long-range effort was expertly clawed behind by Nordfeldt after Abraham had missed that chance but the goalkeeper was powerless to prevent Eriksen from drilling home his second to turn Swansea’s first FA Cup quarter-final since 1964 into a damp squib. “There came a storm today,” Carvalhal said. “But after a storm there will be good weather.”

Getting Closer

Spurs take a good win over Swansea and progress to the semi-finals of the F A Cup for the second successive year.  It would be so good for the lads and Poch to maybe win a trophy, it's long over due, but I feel we could be stretched.  Making the top four is surely the priority but the League Cup victory in 2008 sure is a long way back.

But if we get a favourable draw, it may be on the cards.  Semi-Final draw numbers:

1 Tottenham Hotspur
2 Manchester United
3 Leicester City or Chelsea
4 Wigan Athletic or Southampton

Viz Bits

Letterbocks – gentlemanly relaxation

Lunch Time KO

Well, 15:00 as we're off to meet Mark in the Kiwi later today.  It promises to be a raucous affair (it always is with the big man and at this venue) so I will be going all out and looking to take tomorrow off completely.

I've even got the menu and TV planned so I expect to be back on the Blog briefly perhaps Tuesday.


Is the new bar we visited in the Pra Khanong district, just one BTS stop away from us.  A short walk through the "W" district and we arrived in time for happy hour (17:00 to 20:00) with large Chang's at THB 79/bottle (going up to full price of THB 99 thereafter) to be greeted by Khun Alix's mum, Khun Sunshine.  She's been working there for three months now and we finally got around to making our first appearance.

So many plus points including indoor, fully air-conditioned seating, plenty of sports TV (too many?), top value beer, good food menu and enough old and new faces to keep us occupied for many an hour.

It's not quite as convenient as our local but they have suggested they may be putting up a dartboard and that being the case, it could well become a regular haunt for us.

Out of Stock, End of the Line

This happens a fair bit out here- just as you get used to a product it all of a sudden disappears and usually without explanation or replacement option.

Wifey usually suffers most with her cosmetics but it can happen to food products and pretty much everything else too.  Just recently I cannot find my favourite Teriyaki sauce mix and there is nothing else that comes close.

I suppose I could always make my own but this was perfect in taste and so quick to use.  Arse.

Ethel and Ernest

Was the film of the day yesterday and it certainly lifted the spirits previously dashed by Friday night's Chang.  A delightful animation of the life and times of the parents of the hailed British graphic novelist, Raymond Briggs, which absorbed us for 90 minutes.

A perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon.

C & H

December 17, 1995

Friday, 16 March 2018

Scare Pickings

As we're out to a new bar tonight I will undoubtedly be feeling a bit tender tomorrow and then on Sunday we're all meeting up for an afternoon beer with Mark at the Kiwi. Khun Ayr is also back with us on Tuesday.

Which all means I doubt I will be on the Blog until the middle of next week- so enjoy your free time.  😎

This is Good

Searching the net to find a solution to my missing product key for Windows 10 I found this at Digital Masters.

It worked a treat and I now have my precious 25 character code.  BUT...

On entering the key I am now advised that "we are unable to connect to the installer's network" and so it won't accept it.

This is getting to be bloody annoying.

Top Mirror

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Rains and Pours

As if it's not enough with problems on our laptop, our Minix box is also getting a right kicking.  It has been trying to update Windows 10 but it keeps telling me we don't have sufficient space.

It does have minimal memory space as it is just a small media box and I don't care if we get the latest version of the operating system as things are running just fine as they are.  However, from having around 4 Gb of spare room, it was dangerously low at maybe 200 Mg left.

In the end I noticed a new file called "Windows 10 update" and deleted it.  No harm to the running of the box and now back with much more memory space.  Let's hope that's the end of it.

Oh Come Off It

We bought a new laptop last summer with a genuine version of Windows 10 on it.  In October, while on holiday in Germany, the laptop went tits up when it was updating the operating system and it just died.

We found somewhere in Bielefeld to fix it and install another official version of Windows 10 (this time it was in German but it worked) but just a few days ago, I was informed that I had to enter the official product key to activate Windows 10, which had been running perfectly all along.

Of course we have no product key to enter and no way of getting touch with the store that supplied it.

Are we going to have to buy yet another version of Windows 10 again?  Not if I can help it, there must be a way to get this fixed without incurring further expenses. Watch this space.

Viz Bits

Letterbocks – radio vs tv

Why Not

Not everyone likes supermarket shopping and I suspect that is mainly down to queuing at the checkout to pay for their purchases.

I have come up with a solution that incorporates a supermarket's loyalty card and saves you a load of queuing time.

I suggest once your shopping is done, you pass your trolley onto a member of staff and they ensure all your shopping is priced and bagged up.  They charge the costs to your card and then send you a text message advising you all is ready for collection. 

You then reply when you will be returning (most people are happy to continue shopping elsewhere or grab a coffee) and if you have a car, your packaged items will be awaiting your return.

Got to be solution, surely?

Leo Ladies

Our night market/bar attracts all kinds of punters from locals, commuters on their way home and ex-pats simply enjoying a couple of cold beers.

We popped out during the week and noticed three young ladies from our branch of Bangkok Bank sitting at a table piled high with food and all sipping beers.

We sent over three bottles of Leo (their preferred tipple) and were rewarded with the biggest smiles imaginable.  I'm sure it's not something that happens every night, but for us it was simply a way of thanking them for looking after us every time we use our bank.  I think they enjoyed themselves too.

Wifey's New Footwear

Cooling Off

Our most recent purchase has been a proper, portable air conditioning unit.  We did buy a cooler recently in the sale but it's not quite the same as it relies on fanning out air cooled by water and ice.  It worked fine enough but wasn't capable of keeping our bedroom temperatures down for a sustained period, so we tried again.

This time we have the real thing and it's a good 'un.  Resembling R2-D2 it sits neatly at the wall and we just wheel it out when required.  The hot air pours out the back but we have a large tube that whisks it away out of the window (it fits perfectly with the supplied blanking plate that adjusts to the width/height of the window) and it plummets temperatures down within minutes.

The only snag is it is a bit noisy for use at night when sleeping but we have our conventional air con unit for that.

Left Hand Down

It is said that should you happen upon a maze and wish to get out, you simply follow your hand.  Place your left or right hand (apparently it doesn't matter which) onto the wall or hedge as soon as you enter or exit and keep it there while walking, and eventually you will reach your goal.

I wonder if the same holds true for getting out of Ikea?

As if by Magic

You may recall I had a pain in the finger that just wouldn't go away.  It looked fine, the finger wasn't swollen or damaged to the naked eye, yet it still throbbed and ached when touched.  This lasted about two weeks.

Yesterday, I was absentmindedly rubbing it when I realised a piece of skin had fallen off and instantly all is well again.  No idea why or how it happened, I am guessing it must have been a sting of some sort, but just chuffed I can grip and prod again without wincing. 

C & H

December 18, 1986

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Best/Worst Passports

The 10 best passports

1 - Luxembourg
2 - Ireland
2 - Switzerland
4 - Portugal
5 - Sweden
5 - Italy
5 - Spain
5 - Finland
5 - Denmark
10 - Germany
10 - New Zealand

The 10 worst passports

190 - Sudan
191 - North Korea
192 - Somalia
192 - Pakistan
194 - Syria
194 - Libya
196 - Yemen
197 - Eritrea
198 - Iraq
199 - Afghanistan

TInd has the full spiel.

Not Could be, Should be

Copper coins and £50 notes could be scrapped because they are not used enough, according to documents released by the Treasury.  Around six in ten 1p and 2p coins are believed to be used just once before they are put into saving jars, with around 8%being thrown away. 
In order to replace them, the Royal Mint needs to produce more than 500 million 1p and 2p coins each year to replace those that fall out of circulation. 
Never liked them or saw the point of coppers.  Not sure about the fifty quid notes being dumped (they use 500€ in Europe without problem) but that's down to the UK to decide.  And let's face it, that's all they want to do nowadays, decide for themselves with European "interference"...

News Thump

It has been announced that post Brexit, the traffic congestion caused by border checks in Dover will be so bad that Kent will be known as ‘England’s Car-Park’ instead of ‘England’s Garden.’
A new report has shown that spending as little as two minutes extra on border procedures for each vehicle through Dover will lead to five-hour, twenty-mile traffic jams.
However as the current government seems incapable of implementing any new procedures at all to cope with Brexit, two minutes extra per vehicle seems staggeringly optimistic and as such, most people believe that within a month of Britain leaving the EU, literally every piece of road in the county will be occupied by a car, including that nice pedestrianised bit in Canterbury City centre.
“We’re trying to make the best of it,” said a spokesperson for the Kent tourist board, sadly.
“I mean – ‘England’s Car-Park?’ – we could really start to appeal to those car-park enthusiasts out there.
“You know, people would come and go ‘ooo wow, a whole county reduced from one of the country’s most beautiful areas to a massive car-park. Isn’t that just beautiful’.
“They’d have to take the train to get here though, so it would be perfect to car-park loving train enthusiasts.”
Leading Brexiter Jacob Rees-Mogg was made aware of the situation regarding the impending issues in Kent.
He told reporters, “I’m told that things could get really rather bad in Kent once we leave the EU.
“But I don’t live there, so why should I give a toss.”

Well Said

There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on.
Robert Byrne


I have no idea what I have done, but my left forefinger has been killing me for well over a week now.  There are no visible marks, but it seems slightly swollen and it bloody hurts.  I wonder what it is?

I Don't Think So

seems legit mcdonalds


Wifey got all excited a few days ago as she had found someone on-line who was selling there collection of models and miniatures.  She has been after some tiny shoes and footwear and the lady selling had some top of the range items made by very gifted people within the titchie-tiny community.

She showed me some exquisite examples of minute boots, teeny shoes and petite sandals and made a bid for the lot.  Wifey was over the moon to get the winning bid and tracking her parcel from the UK, it should be due by the end of the week.

Don't even ask how much she lobbed (apparently it was the deal of the decade) but I could have bought not one, but two pairs of top of the range bike racing boots.

Hardly Seeing Wifey

Now that the weather has cleared up and we're back to brilliant sunshine, I seem to have lost wifey as she spends pretty much all of the day light hours on the balcony making her miniature stuff.  Floor three is the project for 2018 and she is already well ahead of schedule.

Viz Bits


Pace is Hotting Up

Mark is back from Kazakhstan this Sunday, Shaz and Dave arrive from Goa next week and David from France lands at the end of the month.  It's going to be busy and no doubt, quite beery.  Bring it on, I am in training tonight at the Corner.

River Kwai

Wifey has been in touch with our regular hotel (Good Times Resort) to book our trip up there next month.  She was told they are fully booked as it's a long weekend with a public holiday, but as we are good, repeat customers, we have all been given free upgrades to luxury rooms.  And, they really are fantastic rooms as we have had a nose in the past.

How cool is that?  Can't wait to get up there now.

Such Little Time

I have no idea where all of our time goes. 

I don't lie in in the mornings and I am always doing something until my afternoon kip, yet I can't begin to describe what.  I use the laptop, we go shopping, I cook a bit, but can I find time to play on the Xbox or read a book?  I do try and get half an hour or so on the books before lights out but I tend to fall asleep pretty quickly.

We go to the bar a couple of times a week, we watch a bit of TV and we have started to swim again but seriously, where does the time go to?

I am sure our clocks go twice as fast as standard ones.

C & H

December 18, 1991

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Bangkok at Night

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Why we love living here- the best city in the world.

Sue & Bryan

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On the Upside

People, myself included, seem to be focusing only on the negative of leaving the European Union.  I think it's time we addressed this and suggested ways it can be a good thing.

Having spent hours giving this due consideration, I can only offer that they will no longer have to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Smart Move

The UK government is considering organising a boycott of the World Cup in Russia if the hosts were proved to have been behind the attempted murder of spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia (see Metro).

Could be the only way for Team Eng-er-land to land their best ever result since 1966.  πŸ˜€

Ken Dodd

Died over the weekend at the age of 90.  I wasn't a fan of his entertainment but he had longevity in the business and he had some funny stuff.  The BBC offers us the following:
1. "My dad knew I was going to be a comedian. When I was a baby, he said, 'Is this a joke?'"
2. "I love my girlfriend, my girlfriend loves me. She loves my hair, she loves my eyes, she loves my teeth. She loves my teeth because I'm the only person that can peel an orange through a tennis racket."
3. "I haven't spoken to my mother-in-law for 18 months. I don't like to interrupt her."
4. "My act is very educational. I heard a man leaving the other night, saying: 'Well, that taught me a lesson.'"
5. "The man who invented cats' eyes got the idea when he saw the eyes of a cat in his headlights. If the cat had been going the other way, he would have invented the pencil sharpener."
6. On his famous tax fraud trial: "I told the Inland Revenue I didn't owe them a penny because I lived near the seaside."
7. On his marathon live shows: "You think you can get away, but you can't. I'll follow you home and I'll shout jokes through your letterbox."
8. "Do I believe in safe sex? Of course I do. I have a handrail around the bed."
9. "I'm a sex symbol - I am a sex symbol for women who don't care."
10. "I do all the exercises every morning in front of the television - up, down, up, down, up, down. Then the other eyelid."
11. "I did 25 minutes running on the spot this morning - I had my braces caught in the banister."
12. At the Royal Variety Performance: "This audience tonight represents the creme de la creme. That's French for evaporated milk."
13. On approaching his 80th birthday: "Age doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese."
14. "Did any of us in our wildest dreams ever think we'd live long enough to see the end of the DFS sale?"
15. "I wanted to take the dog to obedience class but it wouldn't go."
16. "Did you hear about the shrimp that went to the prawn's cocktail party? He pulled a mussel."
17. "So it turns out that if you bang two halves of a horse together, it doesn't make the sound of a coconut."

As it Stands

1Man City306581
2Man Utd303565
16West Ham30-2130
18Crystal Palace30-2027
20West Brom30-2420
Newcastle much safer following their win against Southampton means wifey can also breathe more easily.  We are in third but need to win against Chelsea on April Fool's Day- the next killer game.