Gearing up for the World Cup

With the world’s biggest sporting event set to start in just over a week, I’m starting to get excited. Although my ancestry is Scottish (both my parents are from Glasgow) I am an avid England fan having being born here and lived here for all of my life.

Although I cannot see England winning the World Cup, I’m hopeful that this new batch of players can do us proud and at least make it to the knockout stage, but with tough games against Italy and Uruguay to contend with it would be an easy task.

Here is the England squad as announced by Roy Hodgson a couple of weeks ago:


Joe Hart, Ben Foster, Fraser Forster.


Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling.


Ross Barkley, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere.


Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck.

Here is my starting eleven:


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Skiing with some friends this winter

Me and my wife are into skiing and like to get away each winter to get out in the open and soak up the après-ski, so when our friends said that they wanted to get away this winter we thought it would be a great idea.

We’re thinking of heading to Austria this time as we’ve spent a lot of time in France and Switzerland before and fancied a change. Saalbach looks like a great resort and is only a 90 minute drive from Salzburg airport. It is primarily geared towards intermediate skiers, which is great for us and it seems to have lots of amenities at your fingertips.

We usually hire our skiing equipment when we get to our resort, but seen as we own our own (pretty expensive) skis now I thought we could use Send My Bag to courier them for us. I’m actually using this company for my golfing trip in June and they were really cheap compared to what the airline was charging to take my own clubs.

Send My Bag pick up your luggage from your house and deliver it to your hotel, which is great because you don’t have to faff about lugging it all to and from the airport and transferring it to the hotel yourself.

It should be a good trip and would be nice to spend it with my wife and friends.

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How long would these take to knit?

Just having a general skive this morning and came across some amazing knitted food. Lovingly hand crafted by London-based art director Jessica Dance, these impressive lambswool sculptures look like the real thing.

Check out the pictures below and her website, for more awesome knitted items.




Pictures: David Sykes/Jessica Dance

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Cool lighting solutions – Deer Head Light Fixture

I’m always looking for new and innovative design ideas that I can use around the house, and I recently came across the Deer Head Light Fixture on Yanko Design.

These lights don’t actually look like anything special during the day, but switch the light on and the full magic is revealed. It’s such a simple idea, but creates a great effect, I wish I could get some for my house.

Check out the pictures yourself and see what you think.

Deer Head Light Fixture

Deer Head Light Fixture2

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Microsoft to offer a Kinect-less Xbox One from June

Last week Microsoft announced that it would be selling its Xbox One console without the Kinect from June. This will surely attract new customers to the platform, as it will now be the same price as the PlayStation 4, but what does it mean for those who already have the Kinect?

I for one was happy when Microsoft announced that the Kinect would come with every Xbox One, because it would mean that developers would find novel ideas on how to use it, but now it seems that it may be a missed opportunity for Microsoft again.

The Kinect 2 is a great bit of kit, I use it all the time to do my workouts using Xbox Fitness and it works really well. The voice recognition is also very good and the face recognition is leaps ahead of the original Kinect. Although developers hadn’t really innovated their products for the Kinect, usually just using the voice recognition, there was the possibility that if every Xbox One owner had a Kinect that the possibility to do something really unique was there.

But now it seems that the Kinect 2 might just turn into a party game product just like the original, only having a select few games (which are usually rubbish) to utilise the technology. It remains to be seen if people will still buy the system with the Kinect when the newest bundle come out, but I’m guessing that people will choose the cheaper alternative.

The E3 conference starts in a few weeks and it’ll be interesting to see if there are any decent Kinect games coming to the market in the future that might persuade people to get one, but I have a feeling that it’s a lost opportunity for Microsoft.

What do you think? Do you like the Kinect or is it just a fad? Leave your comments below.

Xbox One no Kinect

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Cat loves the bass!

One of my friend’s tweeted this video out earlier and I thought I’d share it with you guys. It’s of a kitten trying to catch the bass coming out of a set of speakers; it looks like its dancing lol.

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The ineptitude of British drivers (and cyclists)

I’m not saying I’m the best driver in the world, but when you see the state of some drivers on the road you do wonder how they managed to pass their driving tests. The prime example was the other night, me and my wife went shopping as we’re having a little get together on tonight and got blocked in, nearly crashed and almost ran over a cyclist.

First we went to our local Booths, as my wife likes us to eat mainly organic stuff and Booths has a good choice. I parked up and went to the ticket machine, the place was near enough empty, so imagine my surprise when I turn around and see my wife nearly run over as she got out the car by a middle-aged woman in a huge 4×4. If I was to know what was coming I would of cut my losses but after Booths we headed to Sainsbury’s to get some alcohol.

On our way to Sainsbury’s we encountered the usual drivers, the ones that pull out straight in front of you without warning even though you are in a white VW Polo that has its lights on by default and those who just can’t find the energy to indicate before abruptly turning a corner.

We parked up and got some alcohol before returning to the car. I put it in reverse only to find some random guy had decided to park his car right behind and wasn’t even looking. I bashed the horn and he looked at me as if I was stupid (that really pisses me off). On leaving the car park some guy jumped the red light and nearly side swiped us, luckily there was an empty lane next to ours so I was able to avoid a crash.

Then to top it all off I had to follow a guy on his bike cycling down the middle of the road on our way home. He pulled into the right hand lane of the roundabout, so you would think that he was going right, wrong. We followed him round the roundabout until he decided he was turning off without indicating and nearly got splattered across our bonnet, luckily our car is only a week old so the brakes are good.

By this time I was so frustrated, I parked up, got the shopping in and had a beer, I think I deserved it!

Frustration Sign

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