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Friday, July 11th, 2014

I have just glanced at the title of my last Blog ‘Come on lads, make us proud!’ and I can’t help thinking I have jinxed England.  You see out of all of the World Cup games which I have watched, whichever team I wanted to win, the other team won and my team lost! Seriously!

At the start of the World Cup although we all knew the odds were against England, we all had that little hope, deep down, that just maybe, this time, because we were expecting England to lose, that they would win.  Alas it was never to be…

‘Never mind’ I said to myself as England went crashing out, I still had Italy which I had backed and not forgetting Ivory Coast which is the team I had in the work sweepstake.

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I was lucky enough to catch the second half of the infamous Italy v Uruguay game in which the referee missed the Suarez bite, leaving him on the pitch and Italy out!  With my luck, it was inevitable Ivory Coast would soon also be on their way home.

‘Okay, I can still enjoy the World Cup without any monetary interest,’ or so I thought.  By this time the pattern was well and truly established… as I watched the games, the team I wanted to win always lost!

It got so predictable that prior to the Netherlands v Argentina game I put a post on my personal Facebook to predict that Argentina would win, as my preference would have been the Netherlands.

So with anticipation I look forward to the World Cup final on Sunday.  I am currently mulling over which team I want to win!

Birmingham in the Sun!  

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On reflection it has been a great World Cup keeping us entertained most evenings.  Even the TV adverts have been fun.  My favourite being the meerkat advert where the daddy meerkat takes the baby meerkat’s teddies away which causes baby meerkat to pout and daddy meerkat to quickly give them back to baby. Very clever and directed at all those parents who will never forget their babies pouting.  (See link below).

And not to mention the catchy Brazil World Cup theme tune where we all sing out loud ‘Brazil! Brazil!’ and swing our arms in time!  (See link below).

Well now it’s nearly over, at least we can look forward to some good TV programmes as the channels are back in competition with each other, fighting for viewers.

With the World Cup door nearly closed, a new door opens as we look forward to the commonwealth games and the summer holidays. Within the last few days I have seen it predicted that we are to have temperatures in the 80’s and as I have booked a UK caravan holiday what could be better!

Oh dear, just a minute, have I just open the floodgates for a summer of torrential rain?

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Once in ‘You Tube’ type in the search box ‘meerkat advert oleg loves toys

Once in ‘You Tube’ type in the search box ‘ITV world cup song Brazil Brazil



Thursday, June 19th, 2014

I don’t know about you but I’m feeling exceptionally nervous today.  Apprehensive ahead of the England v Uruguay match tonight.

Sitting in Starbucks I can over hear staff talking excitedly to customers about the game; sorting out the team and where they should play.  Who needs Roy Hodgson?

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It’s great that just for a while that we are united together with the common goal for England to win, which of course they must, to keep in the competition.

The World Cup is brilliant and with England still in it, it’s even better, so let’s hope it stays that way.

Whilst I was alive when England won the World Cup in 1966, unfortunately I was too young to remember a thing.  I have, however, lived through the trials and tribulations since:-


  • the era of Gary Lineker (the golden boot), Gazza (the tears), Gareth Southgate missing the penalty – no not the pizza advert!
  • the players who gave us hope back then – Owen and Beckham
  • and today – Sterling, Sturridge and the ever controversial Rooney – should he or shouldn’t he be picked?


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For four years we have lived through a new manager, the worries of qualifying, the upset of the Italy result on Saturday and now it’s crunch time.

We always watch it at home.  A theme has developed; my husband goes in the kitchen and England score so he is sent in the kitchen!  It’s clutching at straws but if it works, he’s in that kitchen!

Let’s go one better and hope Brazil has confiscated that caramel!  If that’s the reason Uruguay lost last time I’m all for plain old bread and butter!

Come on lads, we are all behind you, make us proud!

A snail could have run faster!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

In this age of social media I have accepted that my role as a Personal Injury Solicitor in Birmingham for Personal Injury Pal includes Blogging, so I am often on the lookout for tidbits.

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I don’t have to wait long.  Whilst on the train between Birmingham and Telford the ticket man checks my ticket and says ‘amazing’.  What?…  Seriously, he does it all the time causing commuters to chuckle.  Somehow, I don’t feel his enthusiasm, especially as the nights are drawing in.  I move to get comfy and rustle in my winter coat!

I did, however, have some good news yesterday.  I need to first fill you in on the background:-

Back to January 2013 when we brought in the New Year, I like many of you made a New Year’s resolution.  This time I intended to keep it.  These were the rules:-

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We all say we will diet, but do diets work?  Not for me.  So instead I decided to do some exercise every day.  The exercise could be a walk, a jog, swimming, whatever, but it must be separate from the walking I do as part of my daily routine, ie walking around the shops does not count.

Things were going well. I chose to walk home from the station, rather than drive.  On other days I would jog or sometimes just walk around the block if I was busy.  Days went by, then a month or two and still every day I kept up my New Year’s resolution.

As I was jogging I thought I may as well enter into a 10k race, which I did in March 2013, the Fradley 10k.  I did not break the hour, but got around in what I thought was a reasonable time.

Funny though, I did not lose weight, but felt a lot healthier and fitter and so I was happy.

I booked in for another 10k in August 2013.  This time my plan was to run it in under an hour.  I downloaded a free training programme and amazingly stuck to it.  I think if you know you have to exercise every day to keep up your New Year’s resolution, then to go out and jog did not seem a chore, just part of my routine.

Race day came and I was fighting fit, ready to break the hour.  I started in the middle of the pack so as not to hinder the athletes; a minute maybe to get to the start.  I was off, pounding the streets of Ellesmere in Shropshire, puffed out quite early, but determined to break that hour.  I ran the first half of the race in half an hour, things were looking good.

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As I entered the school field heading for the finish, it was bad news.  The minute hand on my watch had passed the 12.  Still I finished in a reasonable time, but my daughter’s words were “Mum you weren’t trying”.  “ I was”, I told her, and I was.  Watching the video back though, a snail could have gone faster.  A link to the video is below, worth a watch even just to hear my daughter’s commentary, at one point she thinks I’ve stopped!

I was disappointed, especially as I was so determined to beat the hour.

Alas, I had still kept to my New Year’s resolution.  Or had I?  On the first day of my holiday in Weymouth I planned to do a short walk, but would you believe it, I totally forgot until I woke with a start in the night and remembered – too late, unbelievable.

There is always next year!

Anyway, back to yesterday and my good news.  I was browsing the web and decided to look at the official results for the Ellesmere 10k.  I was really impressed with their website.  Once you found your name you could look across to see your official race time.  Amongst the columns is a ‘chip’ time.  You wear a chip which records when you cross the start and finish line – and would you know it, my chip time was 1 hour and 4 seconds.  Well that was good enough for me.  All those days believing I had failed, when, but for 4 seconds, I had ran the race in an hour.

What I do want to share with you is how well organised these events are.  You don’t have to be a club member, anyone can run as long as you register and pay the fee.  Your results are posted online and so too are photographs of you competing in the race.

Here is the link to see the snail finishing the Ellesmere 10k.  And seriously, I was going as fast as I could.  I now have so much respect for the Mo Farah’s of this world.

Sadly, until next year, I can’t make better my broken New Year’s resolution.

Feel free to comment.  Have you kept or broken any New Year’s resolutions or do you have tips of fitness or dieting?