Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Like Buses

Having just seen cousin Jan in Frankfurt recently, we just got an email saying he'll be in town tonight on business for just the one day and would we like to meet up at the Corner?

I have grave doubts we will be on the Blog tomorrow, so perhaps we can pick this up again on Thursday?

Best Race of the Season

From Phillip Island and the third from last race of the MotoGP calendar.  From the BBC:

Marc Marquez increased his lead at the top of the MotoGP standings to 33 points with an impressive victory at the Australian Grand Prix.
The Spanish Honda rider took the lead with six laps left before claiming his sixth win of the season to close in on the title with two races to go.
Italy's Andrea Dovizioso is Marquez's closest rival but he could only finish in a disappointing 13th place.
"I knew before the race that it was an important day," said Marquez, 24.
"Dovy was struggling a little bit this weekend and I was feeling really good. In the race I was just waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting.
"And then when there were seven, eight laps remaining, I just gave it everything. The fight was amazing."
Italian Valentino Rossi - who returned to racing just three weeks after a double leg fracture last month - was second, while his Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales of Spain narrowly beat Frenchman Johann Zarco into third.
Two Britons finished in the top 10 at Phillip Island - Honda rider Cal Crutchlow was fifth and KTM's Bradley Smith was 10th.

Australian GP results:

1. Marc Marquez (Sp/Honda) 40 minutes 49.772 seconds
2. Valentino Rossi (It/Yamaha) 40:51.571
3. Maverick Vinales (Sp/Yamaha) 40:51.598
4. Johann Zarco (Fr/Yamaha) 40:51.614
5. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Honda) 40:53.617
6. Andrea Iannone (Ita/Suzuki) 40:53.643
7. Jack Miller (Aus/Honda) 40:55.391
8. Alex Rins (Spa/Suzuki) 41:01.980
9. Pol Espargaro (Spa/KTM) 41:06.023
10. Bradley Smith (GBR/KTM) 41:06.034

Standings after race 16 of 18

1. Marc Marquez (Sp/Honda) 269 points
2. Andrea Dovizioso (It/Ducati) 236
3. Maverick Vinales (Sp/Yamaha) 219
4. Valentino Rossi (It/Yamaha) 188
5. Dani Pedrosa (Sp/Honda) 170
6. Johann Zarco (Fr/Yamaha) 138
7. Jorge Lorenzo (Sp/Ducati) 117
8. Danilo Petrucci (It/Ducati) 111
9. Cal Crutchlow (GB/Honda) 103
10. Jonas Folger (Ger/Yamaha) 84

Oh Crap

Well, looking at the next batch of matches, it seems reasonable to suggest we are in for a torrid time and our fate could be decided over the next month or two.  Both United and The Arse with both Real Madrid and Dortmund?  *gulp*

Tottenham's next six fixtures
DateCompetitionOpposition (venue)
Wednesday, 25 OctoberCarabao Cup fourth roundWest Ham (h)
Saturday, 28 OctoberPremier LeagueMan Utd (a)
Wednesday, 1 NovemberChampions LeagueReal Madrid (h)
Sunday, 5 NovemberPremier LeagueCrystal Palace (h)
Saturday, 18 NovemberPremier LeagueArsenal (a)
Tuesday, 21 NovemberChampions LeagueBorussia Dortmund (a)

Match Report

At times in this intriguing test of Premier League aspirations it was hard to work out which was the more remarkable thing – Tottenham’s vivacious, springing attacks or Liverpool’s dozy, fluffy underbelly. Both aspects were in sharp focus as Mauricio Pochettino’s team marauded through what passed for the defensive efforts of the visitors. Diego Maradona was in attendance – interviewed as part of the half-time entertainment thanks to his trusty translator Ossie Ardiles – and even at the portly age of 56 the old master might have fancied a goal or two himself.
As it was the Tottenham crowd made merry thanks to a couple from their marksman of the moment Harry Kane, plus strikes from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli. It enabled Spurs to end a sequence of 10 games without beating Liverpool, and in fine style.
It all made for a special day for Pochettino, who was so emotional to see his former Newell’s Old Boys room-mate Maradona before the match he could barely bring himself to let go to watch the game itself. But, of course, his natural focus took over and he was delighted with what he observed.
Both teams were buoyed by eye-catching European excursions and hoping to use that as a springboard to build domestic possibilities. Tottenham’s positive energy flowed. Liverpool have shown that they possess something similar on a good day. But this was a horrible one where the main difference between the two sides was influential. Tottenham’s solid structure and sense of team organisation is something Liverpool sorely lacked.
In conceding four, they took their goals against tally to 16 in the league this season. That is the leakiest they have been at this stage of a campaign for more than half a century. Jürgen Klopp confronted the statistic and looked momentarily lost for words.
After their mission well accomplished at the Bernabéu, Tottenham returned with their point and reset to their more familiar and expansive structure, intent to test out Liverpool’s main area of vulnerability. With the visitors’ back line struck by a state of severe confusion, this was a wise and rewarding plan.
It was the man of the moment who wasted no time etching his attacking class on another game. Kane scored with a jewel of a strike and provided another for Son in a scorching opening 12 minutes. The subplot that linked the two goals took the form of Dejan Lovren, who looked utterly discombobulated as Tottenham’s slick play passed him by. It was like one of those mysterious illnesses you hear about when someone wakes up from a bang on the head speaking fluent Etruscan. After half an hour playing with a disorientated defender, Klopp withdrew Lovren but by then the damage was done.
In the fourth minute Kieran Trippier’s dinked pass completely bamboozled Lovren, inviting Kane to do what he does best. As soon as he received the ball his instinctive hunger to score took over. Despite losing his balance as he swayed past Simon Mignolet, he readjusted brilliantly to steer a low left-footed volley into the corner of the net.
Tottenham doubled their lead when Hugo Lloris hoiked a throw up the pitch, Lovren misjudged the flight of the ball and Kane was away, hurtling up the flank before brilliantly teeing up Son to whack in the second.
As Spurs attacked in electric waves, the sharp, inventive and determined runs offered by Kane and Son were a continuous danger to Klopp’s team. Son sprinted forward to smash another superb shot against the crossbar. Kane then smacked the ball into Lovren’s legs. There were easy pickings in the air.
Liverpool’s only form of defence had to be attack, and they regained the sense they were in a game when they cut the deficit in the 24th minute. Jordan Henderson scooped a pass forward and Mohamed Salah was too quick for Tottenham’s retreating rearguard. The Egyptian’s cute little scuff deceived Lloris and crept in at the far post.
Tottenham’s cushion was re-established in first-half stoppage time. Joël Matip strained to divert Christian Eriksen’s lofted free-kick and Alli pounced to pick his spot. The hosts were alert and hungry for goals but Liverpool knew they made it far too easy.
It was hard to establish how Klopp might engineer a turnaround and whatever the half-time plan was, it did not do much to change the course of the game. Kane plundered another goal early in the second half. Mignolet could only punch a set-piece delivery to Jan Vertonghen, who tried to get a slice of the action. Although Roberto Firmino managed to pull off a goalline clearance, Kane just picked up the pieces and finished with unerring ruthlessness.
Such was the mood of swelling optimism around the bulk of this 80,000-plus Wembley crowd, one of the best received moments of the game came when Lloris sprang to exhibit his shot-stopping prowess with a stunning reflex save. He repelled one of those dizzyingly whipped shots from Philippe Coutinho to great acclaim.
Kane was substituted late on, feeling the back of his leg, but Pochettino said he was fine. He is likely to sit out the Carabao Cup game on Wednesday night against West Ham. A well-deserved rest.

Harry Kane- Bosh

Partly the reason for my over indulgence on the Chang on our first night back, aside from meeting up with pals we hadn't seen in three months, was they showed the Spurs/Liverpool game.  Cor, what a match and a scoreline/result I could never have predicted.  Super game which I really do need to see again with a more sober eye.

COYS and go Harry, who's one of our, doncha know...

Harry Bosch

Having exhausted our stash of Jo Nesbo and Harry Hole, we had to look for another author with an established main character.  We went of Michael Connelly and his cop lead,  Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch.

Born in 1950 in Los Angeles to Marjorie Phillips Lowe. He was named Hieronymus Bosch after the 15th century Dutch artist and nicknamed “Harry.” He became an orphan at 11 when his mother, a prostitute, was murdered. He grew up living in a youth hall and foster homes. He joined the army and did two tours in Vietnam. Harry returned to Los Angeles and joined the LAPD in 1972. He became a detective after five years in patrol. (taken from here).

I've been piling through them and have reached Echo Park while wifey is catching up on Trunk Music.  Well worth getting into, so much so that I haven't even begun the last Nesbo novel that's been sitting there for a few months.  Here's the order:

The Black Echo (1992)
The Black Ice (1993)
The Concrete Blonde (1994)
The Last Coyote (1995)
Trunk Music (1997)
Angels Flight (1999)
A Darkness More Than Night (2001)
City Of Bones (2002)
Lost Light (2003)
The Narrows (2004) (sequel to The Poet)
The Closers (2005)
Echo Park (2006)
The Overlook  (2007)
Nine Dragons (2009) (also featuring Mickey Haller)
The Drop (2011)
The Black Box (2012)
The Burning Room (2014)
The Crossing (2015) (also featuring Mickey Haller)
The Wrong Side Of Goodbye (2016) (also featuring Mickey Haller)
Two Kinds Of Truth (2017) (also featuring Mickey Haller)


As ever, we seem to be unable to shale off our jet lag which kicked in around 01:00 this morning.  Using a mix of reading (Harry Bosch) and TV (old re-runs of Cheers and Frasier) we finally dropped off around 03:00 and I got through to 10:00, waking up to feel like crap.

Which is a shame as I need to be at the bank shortly and then into town.

Looks like it's going to take time to get back into our routine (including on here) but one thing I will say, it's bloody marvellous to be back home.

C & H

Monday, 23 October 2017

Friday, 20 October 2017


I think this has been the longest we have been off air since the Blog really took off.  Although we did have limited access to the internet during our stay in Bielefeld (we cracked and bought a dongle, which worked a treat) I really didn't fancy spending my time in front of the laptop; when we finally got it working again -more later, as I just wanted to cram in as much in my birth town as possible.

We did all that and more and so we should have some new things to post about over the next few weeks.  It won't be in chronological order, rather a bit of a hotch-potch of what we've been up to since we left Izola and have travelled through Germany to visit our family on their big birthdays.

It's been fun and we've had a marvellous time, which we shall be describing in further detail soon.

Enjoy the peace and quiet as once we're settled back in Bangkok, it will be business as usual...


The Oatmeal

Well Said

The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.
Heda Bejar

(Old) News Thump

Uber drivers hired by Ryanair
Ryanair boss, Michael O’ Leary, is seeking to recruit newly-unemployed Uber drivers with a head for heights, it has emerged.
The chirpy Irish entrepreneur has shrugged aside safety concerns, insisting if you can taxi around London, you can taxi down a feckin’ runway.
O’ Leary is offering the contracts on a work-when-you-can basis and claims the job should appeal to anyone used to eating shit food in a confined space.
Under the scheme, Uber drivers already familiar with quick turnarounds, will receive a crash course in basic aeronautics and how to deliver weather reports in a non-sexually threatening manner.
O’ Leary said, “Modern piloting is ten percent button-pressing and ninety percent selling scratch cards.
“We’d like to hear from former Uber employees who learn fast and don’t have a problem with dropping customers off many miles from their requested destination.”
Former Uber driver and newly-qualified pilot, Simon Williams, said, “We are currently cruising at 37,000 feet, but a pretty girl like you doesn’t want to worry about that.
“Just relax, enjoy the flight and stretch out those shapely legs of yours.”

Honesty/Policy Etc

And That's It

Bar a couple of older post I have just discovered in my pending folder, we shall have to leave it here until maybe tomorrow.

We're off now to explore the city for the entire day but if we get time before we check out of the hotel, we'll quickly drop in for a bit.  If not, we'll see you all at the Corner on Sunday (22nd) for opening time and thereafter, we'll be back on here towards the end of next week.

Sorry for the delay on posting new stuff, but we'll be catching up with all sorts of things when we get back home and the Blog will just have to take a back seat for another short while.

Back Home Tomorrow

We fly back from Koln tomorrow (Saturday) at midday and should land back home on Sunday morning at around 05:00.  It's a direct flight and if all goes to plan, we shall be at our local to reacquaint ourselves with the deadly Chang.

It's going to be difficult as we've been spoilt over the past few months with decent ales in London (yes, we fly back to England for a mad 24 hour visit, more on that soon), tasty beers in Slovenia and of course, top quality lagers (and alt beers) in Germany, but now it's back to reality and we'll have to up the beer ninja training to accommodate the Chang.

The Dom

We've all seen it in pictures (above) or if you're lucky in real life and every time we see it, it takes the breath away.  But one thing has always puzzled me, how did it not get bombed in the war as everything was here?

I only stumbled across this recently and the reason is simplicity itself and really quite clever).  During the bombing campaigns by the allies, they deliberately avoided bombing this iconic cathedral so they could use it as a landmark to get their bearings.

A Whole Day in Koln

Like Vienna and Budapest, we have visited Koln a number of times and found it to be missing something.  Usually it's because the accommodation is poor and expensive or it's we've had only a little time to look around.

This time we've cracked it as the hotel is delightful (review in due course) and we are staying two nights before we fly back home to Bangers tomorrow.

We've already had a far longer look around and it's time to admit we have done this city an injustice; it's bloddy brilliant and I can't wait to leave you and hit the streets shortly.

Back Briefly

As you'll have noticed, the boys are back in town and C & H continue to delight.  It also means we are back on line for a short while as we rob the hotel in Koln of their free wi-fi.

We have far too much to catch up on and we'll leave that to later, but in the mean time, instead of pre-timed birthday posts clogging up the Blog, maybe I can refresh our offerings by banging on a bit.

C & H

Monday, 16 October 2017

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Friday, 13 October 2017

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Friday, 6 October 2017

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Lack of Wi-Fi

Sorry folks, we'll be right back as soon as we solved our technical difficulties...

Stray Ray

My aunt does have wi-fi but she can't remember her password and so we have been without access since we have arrived in Berlin.  That said, we seem to have picked up a a rouge stream of unguarded wi-fi and so we'll use that opportunity to say all is well.

We're shortly due to head off to the birthday venue for brunch, (10:00 - 16:00?) and if all goes to plan, I shall then be off to see Hertha Berlin take on Munich at the Olympic Stadium.

Following Munich's 3 - 0 loss to PSG during the week, it's a pretty good time to play them and maybe Berlin can get a decent result?

Anyway, we travel to Hamburg tomorrow and unless we get lucky and get some free wi-fi, we will be off the grid until Bielefeld where we shall either pick up a dongle or use the cyber cafe opposite my aunt's flat.

See you all soon and have fun.  We are.


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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Well Said

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.
Jean Paul Richter
German author (1763 - 1825)

Viz Bits

Spick and Span

Wifey spent some time cleaning up the flat and it's looking good for our departure.  We then met up with the O2s for coffee at the Bariera and said our farewells there and had a lovely time just sitting in the blistering sun.  I kid you not, it was so hot we had to move tables to sit under an umbrella.  A very nice way to leave our seaside resort but we shall be back soon enough- although 2019 is quite some way off.  Until then, ciao, ciao.

Berlin Here we Come

Pick up with GoOpti is scheduled for 11:15 and we drive to Marco Polo airport in Venice.  We've already checked in so that's all good and all that is outstanding is dropping off our two hold bags and we'll be clear.

We have plenty of time before our flight leaves at around 19:00 and then it's crossing over Berlin from Schoenefeld airport to our aunt's place at Tempelhof.  Hopefully we shan't be arriving too late and we can begin our German leg of the adventure.

Lean Pickings

We're going to be on and (more) off the Blog over the next few weeks as we head back to Germany today.  The reason being is that we will be crashing with our relatives and they prefer to keep nasty internet waves well and truly away from their places of abode.

If we can we'll pick up a dongle and get through with that, or we'll hit the odd cyber cafe, but on the whole we're not too fussed as we shall have plenty to keep us occupied before we fly home.

Keep an eye on the Blog for any updates but it will be rather more miss than hit.

C & H x 2

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Viz Bits

Flying the Flag?

Donald Trump has been heavily criticised for his comments against professional athletes who kneel during the national anthem as a protest to police injustice against ethnic minorities.

Trump described it numerous times as “disrespecting our flag” – something it’s safe to assume he feels very, very strongly against.

But Twitter user Henry Wise was quick to helpfully point out chapter 10 of the US’s Flag Code.

Wise also points out that it actually isn't disrespectful to kneel during the national anthem, and that Trump and any supporters of his comments should look at their own behaviour.