Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Oh so cruel, but proud- what a fight

How cruel was it to be eliminated from the World Cup in such a way. To loose 1-0 against Italy because of a penalty goal in the 95th minute in injury time because of a foul that should have so obviously not been paid. Enough complaining about the referee, all those consiprisies about keeping the good teams in the competition, I'm not sure they have much weight.

Australia is new to world cup football, let's not forget that it was a huge achievement just to get into the world cup last November. To make it to the second round and give all teams a real challenge is something that makes everyone following the games to proud.
Football or soccer is not the main sport played here, it probably doesn't even come second or third. You would be lucky to get a crowd of 10,000 to a game, now 30,000 pack Federation Square and city streets to watch it on giant TVs at 3am in the morning. How far this game has come - it's got me hooked.

Friday, June 23, 2006

The addictive game

When I was much younger, I asked why was soccer so popular overseas. It's so low scoring compared to any other sport and you have to wait for ages until somebody gets a goal.
Now that I have a team to support, that being Australia in the world cup, I can see why this game is so popular. What other game can the possible outcome of a game, or a team in a series change so quickly, therefore becoming very exiting.

I was kicking myself that I turned off the Australia-Japan game at half time when they were 1-0 down, only to score 3 goals in the last 10 minutes. For the game this morning against Croatia, I watched the second half (since it started at 5am). What a game... even though we drew it was thrilling to watch - and what's with 3 yellow cards in a match?? Thank goodness he didn't play part in scoring a goal.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Farewell Mount Thomas

After 10 years, the "nice" police drama, Blue Healers that outlived all the others, Water Rats, Stingers, Murder Call, has come to an end. Haven't watched it much in recent years, but it's a pitty Channel 7 discontinued it. Suppose it's better to quit while you're ahead.

Real trains run on time

Don't think I've ever been on a train trip with a full sized steam engine (Puffing Billy doesn't count). This one runs every Sunday just down the road from my girlfriend's place on the Mornington Peninsular. Went on the nice 20 minute trip to Mornington on a relatively sunny day - and whatsmore, it was on time to the minute!

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The Da Vinci Code - better as a book

As I say, better to leave it as a book. Movie was very average, not really because it was a bad movie, but it's meant to be read as a book.
Best parts were to see the real locations, just as I had a few months ago. This picture of me and two mates is very similar to those night time shots around the Louvre in the movie.

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