Onto the Property Ladder

I moved out of home and down to London to begin life on my own in June of 1996.  I remember unpacking my car with the England v Germany Semi Final of the 1996 European Championships playing on my car stereo.

At that time I moved into a flat in Hurstwood Court, North Finchley, paying £230 rent a month for my double room on Woodhouse Road.

Petworth Avenue
Petworth Avenue

In my first 5 years in London, I had to move several times including , Holly Park, Grants Close (the one time I lived outside of Finchley, 10 months in Mill Hill), Petworth Avenue and Colman Court.

Dukes Avenue
Dukes Avenue

In 2001 we (Rob, Ady and Nurcan) moved in to Dukes Ave. Finally somewhere we could settle for some time. Four years we spent there until a ‘scare’ that the owners might need to move back in made us decide we should perhaps just find somewhere new. Continue reading Onto the Property Ladder

Finally Fantasy Success

FFLUKI’ve been running the FFLUK (our imaginatively titled Fantasy Football League UK) for around 12 years now.  CBS have been keeping track of historical results since 2003, but I have some of my own records from the year 2000.

 

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I’ve usually been quite competitive, I still hold some points scoring records from 2004 when I had Donovan McNabb, Terrell Owens, Corey Dillon, Reuben Droughns and Mushin Mohammed all score double digits each week.  Up to last year though, I’d never won the big one. Continue reading Finally Fantasy Success

The Olympic Park & Water Polo

I have to admit, when the first information started coming out about applying for tickets for the Olympics, I really wasn’t too bothered.  As Olympic lanes started cropping up in town and Londoners are told to try and stay away if they can, I was probably with others in finding the Olympics a bit of an annoyance.

I have to be honest, this changed as the Olympics started.  I was enjoying watching the different events on the TV, it helped that Team GB had a successful start to the games, winning quite a few golds in the opening few days.  Me and Robert then spent 4 or 5 days monitoring the ticketing website, trying to grab a ticket to anything within the Olympic Park.

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Olympic Torch in Finchley

I can’t say I’m all that excited by the games coming to London.  I’m not attending any of the events, anything I see will be on the TV so it could just as easily be somewhere else in Europe and it would make no difference to me.

There is one thing I’ve been able to ‘participate’ in, and that’s to get a look at the torch as it passes by.  The torch has made its way round Britain, they say passing within 10 miles of 95% of the population, so with it passing within 300 metres of me, I figured I should make the effort and go see it. Continue reading Olympic Torch in Finchley

My New Hobby

DSC_6781.JPGYou may have noticed, most of my updates this year are bike related.  Well I’m moving it to the next level.  Ever since I was told I couldn’t play American Football any more, I’ve been looking for a new hobby.  In looking for something less strenuous, I’d considered golf. Instead, I’ve landed on something perhaps even more dangerous than American Football, motorbike racing! Continue reading My New Hobby

Barcelona 2011

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We arrived in Barcelona around 1pm and could feel the heat straight away. It reminded me of stepping off the plane in Florida, many years ago.

Initially we thought about renting a car, so we spent a little time investigating rental prices. It looked like it would be around 300 euros, so maybe not. Instead we got a taxi to the hotel, somehow this cost us 20 Euros even though his display said 10? Nevermind, we at least avoided the 10 minute storm that began almost exactly as we stepped into the hotel lobby.  This was the only rain to fall all week, and an hour later you would would never have known it had rained at all.

2011-07-04 15.32.45.jpgFirst objective was to find dinner.  We decided on the easiest option, the hotel restaurant, which it turned out was perhaps a little posh for us. I had ribs, Nurcan some fairly plain pasta and pesto… 55 euros please! The highlight of the meal was Octopus tentacle for starter!  We didn’t know when we ate it, Nurcan was not so pleased, I had another!  It was fishy, but subtle in flavor, but with an odd, chewy texture to it. Continue reading Barcelona 2011

2010 World Cup

The 2010 World Cup ended this weekend just gone.  The England team are back home and the newspapers are telling us all where they went wrong.

For me, it wasn’t as bad as everyone says.  Game one had us against the US, who really aren’t that bad a team.  Only a year ago they beat Spain in the Confederations Cup, that’s no mean feat!  All started well, Gerrard put us ahead after only 4 minutes and we were generally playing better than them.  Unfortunately, Rob Green’s blunder in the 40th minute put the US level, which we then just couldn’t overcome.

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HTC Desire vs Nexus One

Earlier this year I upgraded my phone to a Nexus One.  Not my first Android device, but my first on a big screen.  I took the plunge as I was fairly confident there wouldn’t be any better hardware released in the next 6 to 10 months.  It wasn’t long until the HTC Desire was then released here in the UK.  The Desire is pretty much HTC’s version of the same devise that I have, but with a couple of changes.  They use their own Sense UI interface that I loved on the Hero and it has physical keys. Losing Sense UI was something that kept me with the Hero for a month after the Nexus One was released…

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