Tuesday, 18 October 2016

50 Awesome things I did before I was over 40.

While in a particularly pensive mood, and as I near my 40th birthday, I wondered about setting myself a challenge, of things to do before I hit 40.

This then got me thinking about all the things I've already done, which seem to appear on other bucket lists, which I can now retrospectively tick off without really trying.

A few of the posts on this blog (from way way back) relate to some of these, but I'm not going to go over old ground, but instead, further document my happy life and relive some of these memories in blog form. this will hopefully also pave the way for more to be added as they happen.

I'm not going for any particular order here, but one which has been well documented here is

1 - Run a Marathon

(this documents my 5th marathon, and I've taken the number of completions up to 13 since then, but still the sub 4 hour time eludes me.)

The rest of the list I put together covers another 29 items, which I'm going to use as the starting point for some more blog posts. for some of them, the real story is a lot more than the headline, a few sort of merge together, and I've already given a detailed account for:

2 - Go Whale Watching


3 - Walk on a Glacier

These both go to the same post, about our first trip to Iceland.

The rest have not been suitably covered as far as I can tell, so I'll tell you about them later.

Monday, 14 July 2014

A poem for the Germans

An ode to Germany
So as another world cup ends
we must admire our German friends
The Portuguese, they swept aside
Ghana though - well how they tried
no win for them, a two - two draw
a minor blip, an even score
then USA a nervous game
they did the job it's all the same
Three points they got and that's enough
to leave Ronaldo feeling rough
Algeria? they got knocked out
you might have thought it was a rout
but just a goal, a single strike
the Africans were on their bike
The French were next, another win
Into the semis by a sin-
-gle goal, we thought they would get more
these Germans knocking on the door
of history but who comes next?
Brazil - the hosts they weren't perplexed
With bags of style they hit the net
and six times more who could forget
the home nation they were sent packing
Those salsa boys got quite a whacking
so who would bet against the team
who moved towards the final dream
one game away from history
the plan it was no mystery
to win the game, to beat Messi
to score, was this necessary?
on penalties, the Germans knew
would be a fine way to get through
but why risk it? why wait so long?
when so much might have still gone wrong
bring Götze on, he took his shot
it was the only one they got
and in it went - whizzed past the keeper
and as the clocked ticked ever deeper
towards the end of extra time
this poet's running out of rhyme
the whistle blew, the arms went up
the Germans! - they had won the cup!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Sweepstake Poem

An epic poem about failing to win an office sweepstake I organised for the world cup. 

Prizes were available for scoring no goals, or getting knocked out on penalties, as well as for getting into the top four. I hope you like it. It took about 40 minutes to write. 

If you decide you're going to cheat
There's things to do to keep it neat
If, first to pick you get Brazil
Then who would think it luck, not skill
If Argentina's out the hat
This might raise some suspicion that
Of all the teams he could have chose
He still decided to suppose

That Latin flair might win the day
Will Messi's lads go all the way?
Perhaps to know he'll walk away
With something at the end of play
(Considering especially  
Who set the rules, yes! It was he
So picking out a woeful team
What better way, a winning scheme

So Cameroon, Nigeria
Bosnia Herzegovina 
(Apologies, atrocious rhyme
I'm writing this with little time)
Some teams so poor, such rigmarole
So unlikely to score a goal
The chance to share a crispy note
Was that enough to float his boat?

When David chose, give him his due
To pick a team all dressed in blue
A team who had eight years ago
Won the World Cup (a mighty blow
To German hopes and English dreams)
Yes Italy were his it seems
They might not win but they might boast
That they might beat the Ivory Coast

As team most likely to go out
Whose chances would be up the spout
In last sixteen or final eight
On penalties, won't that be great
But no, they failed, they went to ground
And got knocked out in the first round. 
He didn't cheat, it was just luck
He's won nothing, but won't say "bother".