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December 2013

Boxing Day

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 26, 2013  ·  Trivia

There is a British tradition of Boxing Day sporting events and today was no exception for the males in the Snowden household.   Huw and I went down to Newport to watch the Cardiff Blues lose narrowly to Newport Dragons.  A game we should have won and there were some nonsense substitutions in the final quarter that lost us the match.  That said it was a good match and the crowd were, shall we say, engaged.  It is a characteristics of Dragons supporters that they are for their team, the whole team and nothing but the team and it makes...

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Seasonal greetings to all

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 25, 2013  ·  Trivia

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The plan fails as ever

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 24, 2013  ·  Trivia

Over the last decade or so I have established a steady routine on Christmas Eve.  It starts with the good intent of getting to the butcher by 0630 to collect the Turkey, then settling the car outside Waitrose by 0700 (parking is at a premium given the mass food shop for all).  This should allow me to get into the store when it opens at 0730, utilising the list I drew up the night before and then be home for a bath and breakfast at 0900.  Now that is the intent, but this year, as ever it didn't exactly work out that way.   For a...

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Starvation and storms

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 23, 2013  ·  Great places, Trivia

A rather storm wracked day.  I started it with a blood test which required me to starve from 2200 the previous night and I must admit to some nervousness about the results, due next week.  I assume its all going to be OK and I passed a psychological milestone with now less that ten kilos to loose to hit my target weight.  Then, following a hasty coffee to the opticians to be fitted for a contact lens.  They have come up with novel idea of my wearing one in my left eye to correct it for long vision (my right eye is generally fine)...

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There but not yet back again

By Dave Snowden  ·  December 22, 2013  ·  Opera & Theatre

A family trip to part of two of what can only be described as a reimagining of Tolkien's Hobbit.  To be clear up front I enjoyed it, but then I had set my expectations in a very different way from Lord of the Rings.  There Jackson had promised to tell the story in film and in general he did a good job.  No film can be a faithful reproduction of a book, but it needs to be faithul to the overall narrative.  The only point which still irritates me is the way he messed up the character of Faramir in Part II.  Instead of allowing Frodo...

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