Wednesday, July 30, 2008

All quiet on the signing front

Now seems as good a time as any to bring Things & Stuff out of it's post Euros hibernation. It has to be said I'd hoped there'd be lots of Everton signings to get excited about...nope. Nothing to report really apart from the perplexing and slightly worrying departure of Andy Johnson. We'll see how good Yakubu looks without AJ's darting runs taking defenders away.

The only enternainment has been Nartin O'Neill's brilliant rebuffing you-know-who's attempts to land Gareth Barry. Seeing them publicly bleating about the price of the player they've just tapped up is fantastic. Pity more of us "small clubs" don't dig our feet in when the arrogant top four cartel try to cherry pick any player who gets into the England team.

Everton do need to bring in a central midfielder to replace Carsley...without that we may as well just give up. It's heartening to see Rodwell, Gosling, Yutkevicz(?) and Baxter doing well in pre-season but you can't just rely on them stepping up. You need experience in positions like central midfield and centre-forward. Youthfull exhuberance will only take you so far.

Interesting the Wyness has decided to jump ship. He divided Evertonians straight down the middle. You either love him or loathe him. In fairness Everton will look great on his CV, he came in in the wake of Trevor Birch leaving and has been in the position for a period of massively improved stability. The glaring bad points on the record will be the sour taste left over the Kirkby stadium move and the utterly pitiful state Everton's outsourced merchandising seems to be in at the moment. You try and get an Everton scarf in town. JJB seem to treat Everton as an inconvenient afterthought in it's Liverpool shops, God knows what it must be like in the rest of the country. I know we aren't particularly fashionable but when it's easier to find Celtic, Chelsea and Sunderland shirts in Liverpool than Everton ones you have to assume that the rest of the country must be utterly royal blue free.

Odd, odd occurences

It's very rare that I arrive at work and find about a 100 world war one soldiers milling round the car park....very unusual indeed.

A brief investigation (Ie a rumour flying round the building) is that it's something to do with Wayne Rooney and a Hovis advert. We'll see.

Anyway it'll be an interesting SEO experiment to see if this page suddenly get's a load of hits when the add (if indeed it exists) hits people's screens.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

hard work

I'm still recovering from my week in Lourdes so I can't see this being a particularly interesting post. My fatigue wasn't helped by having a 18 hour stag do oddysey to deal with the day after travelling up from the south of France by train and plane.

Still, nice to know I can still pull my tripe out when required.

Lourdes (my "Voluntary work" in "The South of France" was great, hard work but great. Fantastic bunch of people to work with. The Esplanade team just seems to get better and better each year. Nothing is too much trouble for anyone and the hard work, planning and common sense that goes into it shines through. I am not blowing my own trumpet, I'm just the minorest of minor parts but it such a great thing to be involved with. It's great that everyone descends on France for their week (1,500 for Liverpool this year)...seeing people you've not seen for, well, 51 weeks. Working hard and having a drink in the evening. Can't say enough good things about it and to thank everyone individually would only embarress people.

My lack of linguistic ability got criminally exposed by a French family we had dinner with....really must do more to learn languages when I go to places. One of the lads we work with held a conversation with one of the sisters we were talking to in no less than 4 languages....all this whilst I sat there with my basic GCSE French "Jai voudrais un bier sil vous plait" & "Je suis tres fatigue" is not good enough really. Merci Helene, Evelyna et Eric pour les lessons Francais(? Hope that's right).

Our Saturday after I got back I was up and out at 8am and down to Nottingham to go White Water Rafting at the National Watersports Centre. This was FANTASTIC. Recomend it to anyone....just remember to apply lots of sun cream. My shoulders are still red and painful.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Anyone fancy a pint

Anyone fancy a pint

Google Street Maps : Lourdes, France

Off to Lourdes in a few weeks, Google Maps has put some street level mapping on for the Tour e France....looks like they are going right past the Jeane D'Arc, The Carre Four, The St Frai hospital, The entrace to the shrines and finally off past the abri (where I'll be staying). It is really useful'll help me find my turning as I walk down from the station. Brilliant stuff....long overdue. Hopefully they can get the UK mapped soon.