Thursday, December 24, 2009

I'm Going to Stop Reading Time Out Magazine

Not because the magazine is particularly bad, it's because I'm sick of seeing all the must-see movies that I've missed, feeling guilty about not going to all the fabulous exhibitions that are on and all the great bands that are performing that week.

On the other hand, maybe I should just get out a bit more.
Nice Pub in Tooting

Yes - it's true. I'm not a big pub goer so I can't definitively say whether or not there are any decent pubs in the area. However, when the Antelope appeared in Time Out and had a great review, I thought it was worth a visit. Anyway, it was really good - great food. It's the second new pub on the same road - the Tooting Tram and Social. It's owned by the same people and is also really nice. Just shows - there's more to Tooting than great curry houses.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Injured Footballers

Over the weekend there were a number of reports of how Dean Ashton, the West Ham striker was forced to retire from the game aged 26, after getting injured during an England training session. A story that was less widely publicised was the fact Derby had terminated the contract of Giles Barnes after several seasons of injury.

3 years ago, aged 18 Barnes was Derby's star performer and was tipped for great things. He was strong, had pace and scored lots of goals. However, since then he's never played regularly and it appears that the age of 21 his career might be over. I've always rated him and thought he had the potential to become a fantastic player. Last year he had a loan spell at Fulham but was never fit enough to play. You never know, he may well still make it, but the odds are against him.

Another famous footballer whose career was terminated by injury was, of course Brian Clough. And as we all know, the rest is history.
Derby On a Winning Streak

Well, not quite. We had our first away win of the season on Saturday and are unbeaten in 4 games. If this carries on for the next couple of weeks, we'll be certainties for the play-offs. If we lose, we'll be flirting with relegation. It's a thin line between success and failure in the Championship.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Wellcome Collection

Met up with a friend at The Wellcome Collection on Euston Road. It's a place dedicated to the history of medicine, and is full of interesting stuff.There's a really nice cafe space, bookshop, library and some great exhibitions. At the moment there's a fabulous exhibition called Identity which explores our sense of who we are. If you're looking for a place to meet up with someone, then give it a go.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

U2 At Glastonbury

Am really pleased that U2 are headlining the Friday night show at Glastonbury. Everyone I know who has seen them has raved about their show. However, the main reason I'd like to see them is that in 1981 I sold my ticket to see U2 to a mate of mine. They were unknown at the time and apparently they were amazing. Since then I've always wanted to see them. Now's my chance.
Great Book

Have just finished the second in the Stieg Larsson Millenium Trilogy. I found it just as gripping as the first one and am really looking forward to the third book which I've just ordered on Amazon.