A tale of a Scotsman living in SW london...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Cowboys? But the spurs have no points?

Well, I have to apologise in advance to the Gorse Fox for this, but I couldn't resist.

As a sample...

Did you hear that Juande Ramos was clocked doing 169mph on the M1 coming back from Stoke? Apparently he was just so desperate for three points.


Actually, I can hardly laugh, as my beloved Aberdeen are only just a bit better, having won at Falkirk at the weekend to give us a massive points total of 10 from 9 game. Which is still better than Spurs ;-) But with no win from 5 at home, but 3 wins out of 4 away, we're an odd team at the moment. Who knows what will happen. I'm not going to try and explain why it's happening, though losing most of your best players last season and not replacing them with equivalent quality will usually have an effect. It's typical of Scottish football at the moment though, we can't compete with league two sides for wages. Sad, but true.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Senior moment

I'm getting accused by the missus of having senior moments these days - I hope I never get like this!

Well, what a fantastic weekend that was.

For a start, I love spending time in Yorkshire, particularly in the small villages that look like they haven't changed in years. While I think it would probably drive me mad over time living in one of those places, I love visiting friends who stay in them. The weather was typically Yorkshire, slightly overcast, sunny, windy, mild drizzle - almost like good Scottish weather really :-) Our friends live about 10 miles north of York, and it's a tiny little place that still manages to sustain two pubs - what more can you ask for! But I adore the pace of life they have and it's always with regret we part.

They've recently had a new baby, so the weekend was different from the usual ones we have with them as there was a new interloper. But she's a real bundle of joy, a giggly little thing who you just cannot not play with and enjoy being around. We headed to York for a bit in the afternoon on Saturday and let the girls go off shopping while the boys took the wee one to the pub (where else...) so we could keep an eye on football (I'll come back to football another day - it's a sore subject at the moment). However we were surrounded by tables of women, armed with Chardonnay, who thought the little one was adorable - she loves an audience and was loving the attention. All great fun anyway, with the day finishing with a superb pub meal in a neighboring village - I've never eaten so much in my life. They don't scrimp on portion size in Yorkshire that's for sure!

Went to Castle Howard yesterday, which is an amazing place. Stupidly, I'd forgotten to pack the camera, and the scenery there is stunning. The workmanship is incredible, you cannot help but admire the buildings, but what is perhaps more amazing is the shear scale of the place. The grounds are massive! Definitely worth a trip back sometime, but with camera this time...