Monday, July 30, 2007

tired & happy

Just got back from my (almost) annual stint doing voluntary work for the Liverpool Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. It was my fifth year and I am pretty sure it was one of the best I've ever been on.

Basically we all pop down to the Pyraness to help sick and elderly pilgrims visit the shrines & spring at Lourdes where Our Lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous 149 years ago. Hard work but it was really, really enjoyable. Everyone mucked in, old hands and first years alike....there was lots to keep us busy but we managed to sort it all out. It was a great feeling 'cause it really did feel like we had it sorted...very professional set-up.

Once we've clocked off we do always try and meet up for beers in the Jeanne D'Arc. I am frightened to imagine the ratio between the time spent in the pub and the time spent in my hostel.

Ah well....recovering now. Pretty knackered but it's a good knackered. Thanks to everyone who helped make it such a great, great week.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

icLiverpool - Everton 'must move to Kirkby'

Deal of the century

Just 'cause it's cheap does that mean we've got to go for it?

Consultation but no ballot

It does feel like we are being rail-roaded somewhat into this.

icLiverpool - Everton 'must move to Kirkby':

"there is no Plan B"

Fantastic stuff....Hats off to Kenwright et al.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Sunday, July 15, 2007

WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier

WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier

This was on 5live the other day...great project. Brings home the ordinary people who were involved in such a horrible conflict.

Friday, July 13, 2007



Wow, I'm properly proud of that. I am a volunteer for that charity. So nice to see the club pitching in. Well done to the Hospitalite Members who work so hard to make that possible.

Lourdes here we come.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Leeds United resold to Ken Bates

BBC NEWS | Business | Leeds United resold to Ken Bates

Disgusting really...they've allowed him to get away with it again. How can they chose him over the rival bid? It just seems nonsensical. Very shady.

Just as bad is this whole Tevez thing.

FA getting involved with a transfer/contract that was supposedly all above board

Blades not giving up without a fight

If I were a Sheffield Utd fan I'd still be trembling with rage. It's SO obvious West Ham don't own him & never did. His agent is now trying to get his contract scrapped so he get the transfer fee from Utd. How can anyone draw any other can the powers-that-be let West Ham get away with it when the whole thing is so blatant and was basically common knowledge from the moment they 'signed' (Journalists were asking questions about who owned the two players from the word go).

One hand washes the other in football. If you are in with the in crowd no-one can touch you. The rest of us just look on with dismay. They wonder why fans are getting wary of stumping up the £500 a year to be associated with such a grubby, money obsessed game.

Welsh Rugby Union : O'Callaghan joins Waterloo

Welsh Rugby Union : O'Callaghan joins Waterloo

This is good news...him and Joe Lydon have a good pedigree although it's unclear exactly how much the latter will be involved. Need some players to come in though. We have one second rower signed up so far to my knowledge but not sure about who else.

The same could said about Everton...we have a good team but need strength in depth if we are to absorb the extra games a UEFA Cup group stage would bring. Jagielka is a good aquisition, need a couple more like that. Nugent was overpriced so I'm not too gutted to miss out on him.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Why does it always rain on me?

Just got back from our little tour of the Low Countries (after our tour of some very high places last year).

Really liked Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands had a really nice time. It has to be said, however, it would have been an absolutely brilliant holiday if we'd have got anything resembling summer weather. Still mustn't grumble, a holiday is a holiday.

We took the ferry from Hull to Zeebrugge and proceded to Bruge. Really liked the ferry...very civilised way of doing it (even if it was blowing a gale). Bruge was's almost eerie how pristine and olde world it is. Gent was possibly my favourite place in Belgium, found a really good pub there to try some of the trappist beers. Brussels was enjoyable too...saw the manekin pis statue and his sister a few block to the north. That lead us to discover the Delerium Tremens Cafe and after that things are a little blurred.

From there we nipped through Namur in the Ardennes and on to Luxembourg...had a great time there despite the weather...then back through busy bustling Antwerp and onto Tilbug in the Netherlands to meet up with our old mate Joost "The Hurk" van den Hurk.

So very wet but a good time was had by all.