I’m lovin’ it


Did I get a surprise yesterday?

We went down to the stadium to collect our actual printed tickets for the upcoming Eastern Province Kings matches and the friendly against Wales and the test against Scotland (it’s going to be a busy June!)

The young lady at the counter gave me 2 envelopes, one with my tickets and another with a McDonald’s key ring!

As a Season Ticket holder we got a R500 casino betting voucher (long gone!) A book of discounts for a variety of restaurants and clothing stores (which I’ll never use) and most importantly stadium parking for every match day, nobody ever mentioned a McDonald’s key ring!

Check out what’s on the back…  Continue reading “I’m lovin’ it”

A view of Le Tour 2011

It was the helicopters I heard first,  approaching from the west, still quite high and then swooping lower, following the riders up the last winding ascent before the road flattened on the headland of Cap Frehel, Brittany.

Somewhere out of view, near the flamme rouge which marks 1 kilometre to the finish, began a Mexican wave of sound, a crescendo which rippled along the ten-deep bands of yellow-capped spectators lining either side of the road. Continue reading “A view of Le Tour 2011”

Wye Canoe?

You know those nights when you can’t sleep, so you get up but you know damn well, that being wide awake for a couple of hours before the tweety birds start up will not augur well for the day ahead?

If I am awake, I think there is an outside chance something useful will occur. I might write something unexpectedly inspired, read something moving or learn something new.

It was precisely one of those early mornings when I learned the ‘J’ stroke. Just to be clear, I’m not referring to some intimate personal therapy demonstrated on a dodgy pay-for site, but the movement you make with a canoe paddle so you can steer your vessel on a straight course from one side of it without having to paddle on alternate sides. Perhaps I didn’t put that very well but in essence, it kind of avoids having to zig-zag down the river in your canoe narrowly missing hitting the banks on either side. Continue reading “Wye Canoe?”

Badger Cull in Wales

If you are in favour of the badger cull in Pembrokeshire that is due to start in April, stop reading now. This is not for you. It is an information post for those who, like me, have followed the arguments back and forth and reached their decision, and  want to let the Welsh Assembly know they do not approve. I am not posting this here because I want to have an argument, I just want to pass on some information to anyone who may be interested.

You can register your disappointment in the decision to go ahead with the planned cull by writing to

Ms Elin Jones

Welsh Assembly Government Senedd Building

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff CF99  1NA

or emailing her at correspondence.elin.jones@wales.gsi.gov.uk, remembering to include your full name and address.

All correspondence should of course be politely worded. If you have decided to cancel a visit Wales or to boycott Welsh goods as a result of the decision to cull the badgers it would be be an opportunity to let the Welsh Assembly know.