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20-20 World Cup Champions

What an evening Monday night was – all of India were on the edge of their seats while watching the fantastic subcontinent final between India and Pakistan. And what a game! Really such a perfect ending for an exciting competition, and who can’t like a format that means you can watch over a few beers after work and still be home by 9pm. Dhoni’s crew were awesome, for once not saddled with expectations, pressure and guilt of their older players, the young guys could go out and play how they wanted to. Compared to the semi final between NZ and Pakistan, this game was awesome and New Zealand didn’t really deserve to make it through any further. What was Taylor thinking with all those run outs and dropped catches? he was a disappointment for me.

The Indian team arrived back in Mumbai today and were greeted by crowds the whole 20km into South Mumbai. So much happiness and relief that India is finally a success in the cricket arena again, the public was hungry to see scenes like this again!

awesome.

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au revoir

I am leaving for Dubai again this weekend and will be there for a week so won’t be updating this for a while.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

(and hope the springboks kick some wallaby butt in the rugby tomorrow)

I’ll leave you with some the latest funny pics from www.icanhascheezburger.com

 

 

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losers

rain rain rain .. we’ve had heavy monsoon showers for last 5 days or so. It was particuarly heavy in the weekend. many of the north eastern suburbs are flooded out, despite resounding promises about a floodfree city by the council leaders all through May. Same shit, different year.. Mumbaiikers have been hearing this story for along time now – the City of Dreams is also the City of Big Fat Lying Promises. Lucky for me I live in the South so don’t have to put up with overflowing gutters and delayed public transport.

 But, i do enjoy the rain, nothing beats falling asleep to heavy showers on against your windows. So the rain and grey skies are not to blame for my current sad mood. The cause of that can all be attributed to SPORT, and LOSING! *sniff*

Went to a great gathering on Saturday afternoon – the NZ and Australia Business Association got a group together to watch the first Trans Tasman rugby match of the season. I went along and joined 3 other kiwis to support our All Blacks, was decked out in my cool new All Blacks jersey and full of confidence in our mighty team. Halfway through, everything was great.. the kiwis were joyful, the 30 Aussies were despondent and I was texting Dad about how satisfying it will be to win in a room full of Aussies.

And then we had a man sin binned, they got a try and suddenly the scoreboard was in their favour. And it didn’t change as the Aussies pulled some great defense from our of nowhere. and then the 80 minutes was up and us Kiwis had out heads down and tails between our legs..

Well, at least we’ve got the sailing, we thought.

Because over in Spain, a grand battle was underway. The Kiwi Kiwi’s versus the Swiss Kiwi’s in a best of 5 championship to take home the Auld Mug. By Saturday the score was 4-2 to Alinghi, and a windless day then gave both teams and extra days rest.

Last night in the office, after everyone had left, I turned up my internet radio and settled in to hear the kiwis even up the series. This was it, a do or die match, we HAD to win.

And it was close. So so so close. Right up until the last mark, it was anyone’s game. Then Team NZ incurred a penalty and I, and all kiwis that were watching it, cried out NOOOO!! in disbelief. It was over… or was it..? Then the unbelievable happened. Alinghi, who had powered out to a 100m lead, were victim to a wind shift, their spinnaker dropped, they fumbled, and time stood still.. New Zealand cruised on pass towards their line, with only their penalty turn still to take. Breaths were held, tv remotes were clutched with white knuckles.. could it really happen? NZ’s turn had left them at a virtual standstill and a million mouths were trying to blow them towards that finish line. Alinghi had straightened out and was heading towards the line, they came up even with NZ.. and then….. glided past and won, by ONE SECOND.

ONE SECOND.

we could all finally exhale, in disbelief.

It had been an exciting competition but the billionare’s boat had come in ahead if us. Again. All we can be thankful of is that at least we gave then better competition that the last Cup when we lost 5-0. And it was good competition. Good enough to feel proud of, but not quite good enough to win. And it still means we were beaten by a landlocked country, at our own sport.

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New Zealand’s Cup

New Zealand is kicking butt in the America’s Cup prelims…   4-0 again the Italians.. once we win this (first to 5, next race starting soon) we go on to face defending champions Alinghi in the middle of June.. from there we take back what is rightfully ours.. MWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!

We’ll show that traitorous Brad Butterworth that we don’t need him or the rest of those kiwis that thought they were too good for us.

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i trained

Tried the latest iTrain last night – iStrength with Nick… this involves lots of weights and different bodyparts and gym equipment. Unfortunatly our gym isn’t as well equipped as it should be so had to kind of make up alternatives. Also i’m a bit of a klutz around barbells and so at one stage found myself trapped under the barbell with too much weight on it and I couldn’t get out. Nick was yelling in my ear ‘ thats it, now LIFT, exhale, YEAH! you can do it, Great form! You are on your way to a new body!’. While actually I had the giggles and was being strangled by a dumbell with 20 pounds on it that had me pinned to the bench. Managed to do a kind of sideways slide that left me in an ungraceful pile on the floor with Nick still shouting ‘YOU CAN DO IT! Look at those biceps, FEEL the squeeze, LOVE the squeeze!’

We then moved onto push ups. I know there are probably lots of people who can do push ups really well, but seriously, if you are fit enough to do them would you really need a personal trainer off the internet? I got into the lying position all ready to go and Nick says ‘ALL RIGHT, let do it, lets work those arms! Now Push up! One, Two, Three, Four!.’ I was like wtf, I still trying to straighten my elbows for number one and he’s up to number four! C’mon Nick, have some pity for us weaklings. I made it to 3 by the time he was up to 12, and then watched the news on the telly while he puffed through 2 more sets. ‘LOVE the pain, feel that BURN. That burn is getting you a NEW BODY. INHALE, EXHALE. Great Form!’

I love that Nick is so optimistic. He never hesitates to compliment me on my form, no matter if I’m watching TV, lying on the floor drinking water or making a pathetic attempt to copy his moves. What a guy.

Later this week… iSculpt, where Grace tries to get me to do yoga and ballet moves while sculpting my lower body. Sounds like there is a great potential for klutziness there, thank god for noone else wanting to use the gym in the evenings. 

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Cricket rules

Got friends that don’t understand cricket?

Just forward them this simple explantion and all will be clear….

You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.
Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out.
When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out.
Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in.
There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.
When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out,
… that is the end of the game.

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double entendres

1. Pat Glenn, weightlifting commentator – “And this is
Gregoriava from Bulgaria. I saw her snatch this morning and it was amazing!”

2. New Zealand Rugby Commentator – “Andrew Mehrtens
loves it when Daryl Gibson comes inside of him.”

3. Ted Walsh – Horse Racing Commentator – “This is really a lovely horse. I once rode her mother.”

4. Harry Carpenter at the Oxford-Cambridge boat race
1977 – “Ah, isn’t that nice. The wife of the Cambridge President is kissing the Cox of the Oxford crew.”

5. US PGA Commentator – “One of the reasons Arnie
(Arnold Palmer) is playing so well is that, before each tee shot, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them ….. Oh my god!! What have I just said??”

6. Carenza Lewis about finding food in the Middle Ages
on ‘Time Team Live’ said: “You’d eat beaver if you could get it.”

7. A female news anchor who, the day after it was
supposed to have snowed and didn’t, turned to the weatherman and asked, “So Bob, where’s that eight inches you promised me last night?” Not only did HE have to leave the set, but half the crew did too, because they
were laughing so hard!

8. Steve Ryder covering the US Masters: “Ballesteros
felt much better today after a 69 yesterday.”

9. Clair Frisby talking about a jumbo hot dog on Look
North said: “There’s nothing like a big hot sausage inside you on a cold night like this.”

10. Mike Hallett discussing missed snooker shots on Sky
Sports: “Stephen Hendry jumps on Steve Davis’s misses every chance he gets.”

11. Michael Buerk on watching Phillipa Forrester cuddle
up to a male astronomer for warmth during BBC1’s UK eclipse coverage remarked: They seem cold out there, they’re rubbing each other and he’s only come in his shorts.”

12. Ken Brown commentating on golfer Nick Faldo and his
caddie Fanny Sunneson lining-up shots at the Scottish Open: “Some weeks Nick likes to use Fanny, other weeks he prefers to do it by himself.

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