Wednesday, April 26, 2006

I miss Soccer .. FOOTBALL!! I said football

I never thought I'd be quite this shallow but I miss Football, there, I've said it.

Yeah I can read up on it on the 'net but when my beloved Liverpool reached the final of the English F.A. Cup it hit home. I would'nt be able to watch it down the local with my mates and more pointedly, my brothers. Its an english institution afterall. Yeah I can catch the odd highlight but it simply isnt the same. I was actually nearly disapointed that they got to the final. Then I got to thinking of the forthcoming worldcup. The law of sod says that England will get to the final. This is unthinkable.

The Ozzy coverage will last as long as their national team is still in it (3 games then) but afterthat forget it. Australian sports coverage borders on the farcicle. If they dont win it, they dont show it, its pretty much that simple. If there is anyone better than them at a sport then they try and sort them out a Visa so they become 'Australian' and claim them as their own (see the sierra leone commonwealth games team)

There is 'Aussie Rules' to get my teeth into, and by-christ, I've tried. Its not actually that bad but I had no or little idea what was going on. I thought I'd ask some guys at work what the deal was with it but guess what? they didnt seem to know either! This is testament to one of two things. Either A) they are not interested in it or B) they are none too bright. After nearly six months in the colony i'd plump for the latter.

In reflection I think what I miss most about 'soccer' is not actually soccer at all mates, and the culture of going down the pub (allbeit some rough establishment) with a few mates and normally Kelv and Ross and supping a PINT of beer whilst being put through the mill watching my team.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Bring out Buddy

This is Buddy the Sealion, always great entertainment value

and there is more....

This is Liya playing

Ice Ice Baby

It was Easter Saturday, we thought we'd brave the masses and head down to the Gold Coast and visit Sea World. I have to say it wasnt half bad. It was like a days holiday, pay your admission and leave your hassles at the door.

My first impressions were very good indeed. Pretty much the classy fare you'd expect from a world renowned franchise such as Sea World.

The main attraction are the polar bears, and I have to say I was like a giddy child as I'd never seen an actual Polar bear. Pictured left is Nelson, he's one of a twin, the other called Hudson. they were found orhapaned in Quebec, they wouldnt have survived and eventually made there way to Oz, this homeboy is only 2 years old, he doesnt mature until he's 15. We were lucky as he was playing right in the front of the underwater observation area, he a bit of a show-off by all accounts.

Polar Bears aside, my initial euphoria was a little misplaced. The Sealion show was very entertaining and there were the obligatory dolphins (always a fave with the llaaaaddiies ) Unlike Orlando (not that ive been) there are no Killer Whales..alas and the park is a little on the small side but its still great entertainement especially if you have kids. The term Sea World is a bit of a stretch, Sea Town however, may be more fitting.

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