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at 08:55 13 Feb 2020
No, this isn't a thread about the Swans' current style of play!
Do any of you older guys play walking football regularly? For those who don't know, WF is a form of the beautiful game for older players who would find flat out running for an hour difficult but who still want to enjoy the skill and fun of footie.
I run the WF group for Oliva U3A (an expat organisation) here on the Costa Blanca. We play for an hour every Friday morning on an outdoor five a side pitch at the local sports centre. When we have the numbers, we can also play on a bigger artificial turf pitch next door. We have a hard core of about 12 guys but have had 16 or 17 turn up in the past. The players range from 50 to early 70s, mostly Brits but also Dutch, Argentinian and Romanian.
We'd only been going two months when we were invited down to Moraira to take part in an eight team tournament including two visiting UK teams, and ended up as losing finalists. I was the manager - watch out, Cooper.
So if anyone plays and wants to bring a touring team over, let me know.
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at 17:30 21 Jan 2020
I happened to comment on some internet forum the other day that when I was looking through the TV listings searching for something to watch and I saw the words 'Steven Seagal' next to a film, I automatically labelled it 'film for morons, do not watch'.
The amount of abuse I received was incredible. Good job I'd signed in as PikeyPaul as a security measure.
So what's the verdict, boys and girls? Any big Seagal fans on Planet Swans?
at 10:29 21 Jan 2020
It's not all winter sunshine and sangria here, guys. The east of Spain has just been hit by the worst storm for decades, Storm Gloria. Inland they've had several feet of snow, while here on the coast there were 8 metre waves crashing on shore and throwing around 5 tonne concrete blocks on the prom at Javea like they were kid's toys.
We've had torrential rain for 36 hours and winds gusting up to 60 km/hour. Brought down a huge pine tree in our road. Fair play to local council, they were out yesterday in the p*ssing rain to clear it with chainsaws.
Several people have died and the destruction of coastal businesses has to be seen to be believed. I pity anyone who arrived for a break in Benidorm this weekend!
|The Labour Party|
at 15:16 5 Jan 2020
I watched the Andrew Marr Show this morning from beginning to end and, as a lifelong Labour Party voter and supporter, I have to say I was moderately encouraged.
The election defeat was about as devastating a kicking as a political party can sustain but, and it's a big but, if the party has learned the lesson and has the good sense to choose Kier Starmer as leader, with maybe Jess Philips or Lisa Tandy as deputy, the next five years could be very interesting.
Dominic Raab did nothing to assuage my opinion that he's an incompetent idiot way out of his depth, and I think he's indicative of the general level of incompetence in Boris's cabinet. I think Starmer's clinical and incisive lawyer's mind will make mincemeat of the Eton windbag and his collection of disfunctional idiots. If they can clear out all vestiges of Corbynism and keep chipping away at Boris as the disaster of five years of unchecked extreme right wing Toryism unfolds, I see a promising future for Labour.
What do you think, chaps and chapesses? Always interested in particular in the balanced opinions of Kerouac, Jango and the Symonds Yat village idiot.
at 14:30 5 Jan 2020
Anyone watching it? Four episodes in, and it's been pretty good so far.
Was racking my brains trying to remember where I'd seen guest 'American' actress (actually Canadian) Carrie-Anne Moss before, then it clicked. Trinity in 'The Matrix'.
|Fish and Chips in Moraira|
at 11:56 16 Dec 2019
Hello chums, how are you doing? I'm just sitting down to lunch with the missus in the Fishy Fishy (British fish and chips) restaurant in Moraira. Weather's nice, hazy sunshine, no wind, 14C. We're having the monday madness special, fish chips mushy peas and bottle of nice crisp white wine for two for 17 euros. What's that, about £14 since Boris's magnificent victory. I loves Boris, me!
(I don't really, he's a cúnt.)
|Worst ever performance figures in NHS|
at 18:11 14 Nov 2019
I've just heard that feckin' genius Joris Bonson say on the BBC news that the NHS performance figures aren't caused by Tory underfunding, but by the 'enormous demand being placed on the system'.
There you go then, that's OK. If you feckin obnoxious poor people would just stop getting ill, everything will be alright.
FFS. If the polls are right, and he is swept to power after the election, all I can say is, you Tory voters deserve everything you get. Good luck.
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at 20:32 1 Oct 2019
and down to 10 men after half an hour at home to Fulham. Would you Adam and Eve it? Why couldn't they do that last Saturday?
|Raab - what a snivelling little sh1t|
at 08:46 3 Sep 2019
Being interviewed on BBC Breakfast now. Said great progress being made in EU negotiations, when asked what the details were, he blathered and prevaricated. Alan B'stard personified, even looks like him.
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|Just saw the extended highlights|
at 07:50 26 Aug 2019
I know Birmingham are pretty sh*t, but my word we are playing some lovely one touch football, aren't we? It's almost back to the Swansealona days under Roberto and then Brendan. Absolutely fantastic to see. Keep it going, boys.
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at 17:22 1 Aug 2019
Just what exactly is the state of play? For an exiled jack far, far away.
Thank you please.
|Tour de France|
at 15:25 12 Jul 2019
No thread yet, boys and girls?
I thought Geraint looked very strong yesterday on the first proper mountain stage. The rest of Ineos looked a bit flakey, though, could be an issue later on.
Coverage on ITV4 is good as always, and the French tv live shots, high up over the scenery and down and dirty on the road, is as compulsive as usual.
at 23:05 7 Jul 2019
Anyone see the Vienna Philharmonic summer concert on BBC4 tonight from the Schonbrunn Palace gardens? It featured drop dead gorgeous Chinese pianist Yuja Wang who gave a stunning performance soloing on Gershin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' whilst almost wearing a glittery cut out mini dress.
On of my all time favourite pieces of music, one of the world's best orchestras, stunning backdrop and a gorgeous, vastly talented young woman soloing. I was like a dog with two dicks.
|The Rolling Stone 500|
at 17:22 28 May 2019
For the music fans on here.
Being a man of leisure with a few shekels to spend, one of my recent projects has been to run through the Rolling Stone magazine '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' and draw up a list of the albums I'd like to acquire (in CD form).
I composed a list of 28. Some are albums I used to have on vinyl but which disappeared for one reason or another, but most are albums I only knew vaguely or didn't know at all. I've started buying 'em and being on a bit of a West Coast/ Tex Mex/ Country Fusion kick at the moment, have been blown away by Los Lobos (How Will the Wolf Survive?) and the Byrds (Sweetheart of the Rodeo).
Question for Loh, do you know the latter? I think you'd like it.
Note to Darren - there's one Cheap Trick album in the 500, Live at Budokan. No, it's not on my list!
The list was composed in 2012. What classics have come out since then which you'd recommend, bearing in mind I veer towards blues and rock?
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at 16:55 20 Apr 2019
Brilliant point for Brighton at Wolves this afternoon. Now we need the Scoucers to do the business tomorrow.
at 12:18 13 Apr 2019
Your intrepid correspondent is back in Napoli for the first time since that infamous match.
I'm in Pizzeria Pavia in the backstreets behind Piazza Plebicito, about to tuck in to an enormous pizza. Check out the restaurant on Trip Advisor, supposed to be the best in town and cheap as chips.
I love Europe. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Pikey.
|Menu del Dia|
at 16:34 20 Mar 2019
Thought I'd give you folks a snapshot of an everyday culinary tradition around here; it's one of the reasons I love living here - the Menu del Dia.
Everywhere you go, and probably all around Spain, the bars, cafes and restaurants do a cheap 'Menu del Dia' (menu of the day) at lunchtime. Lunch is the most important meal of the day, most workers be they high or low have a two hour lunchbreak, and they all pile into their local eating place for a good nosh.
Me and the misses went shopping to Gandia today, buying a football strip for my walking football team in Decathalon because we've been invited to take part in a tournament in Moreira in April.
Anyway, having successfully completed the mission and feeling a bit peckish on the way back, we stopped for lunch in a place new to us, a modest roadside restaurant 'El Trafico' in Miramar just outside Oliva.
We sat down at a table in the centre of the quirky bar and the waitress immediately came up and plonked a delicious salad and a basket of fresh bread between us - its not a case of what will you have, its understood you're having the menu of the day - and she proceeded to rattle off the four choices on each of the starter and main courses.
We both ordered paella to start (first courses are filling and usually involve a rice or pasta dish) followed by sirloin steak in sauce.
To drink? We asked for white wine and she brought a chilled bottle of white rioja. Incuded in the price, mind. A whole feckin bottle!
We munched on the fab salad - lettuce, tomato, spring onion, two types of olive, gherkins, sweet white onion, carrot - and then the paella arrived in oven dishes. Proper Valencian paella, none of your tourist nonsense, the meat was rabbit, the rice was yellow and fragrant with saffron, and there was lashings of baked artichoke heart in it.
The steak cutlets were tender, coated in a red pepper sauce and accompanied by nicely browned chips and a smattering of roast vegetables.
Postre? That's dessert to you and me. I had a whisky ice cream gateau with squirty cream, the missis had profiteroles. The final act was two superb cafe americanos brewed on a proper espresso machine, they'd shoot themselves here before serving you a cup of instant.
Now the best bit. The bill was 20 euros for the two of us. What's that, about £8.60 each?
Go on, move out here, you know you want to. (Pikeypaul and RedWhiteandBlue please ignore).
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