They’ve done it!!

Ahhhh, well done, England!! Hubbie and I were truly euphoric when the final whistle was blown and England was through to the semi-final.

We watched the game at our local pub, the Eagle.

A brief period of calmness before our tension and excitement rose in a crescendo…


Then, came the second goal…


The place simply erupted!

We were going to leave Bella at home but she insisted to accompany us by sitting between the front door and us.

Well, you didn’t know what you were letting yourself into, did you?

She was a bit scared by all the shouting and clapping.

Ahhhh, they did it! They are through to the semi-final!!


It was utterly exhausting to watch the game but it was all worth it in the end.

I can hardly wait for the Wednesday’s game!!!

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Bits & Pieces…

I am not into FIFA World Cup.
Do you know why? Because I am rather disgusted by all those fake dives performed by “world-class athletes”, which acts are followed by them rolling around on the turf in crocodile tears, clutching their shins like toddlers, wanting attention from their mummies. Especially, the match between French vs Honduras, how often did I notice the blue shirts curling up in a foetal position? Is it morally ok to pretend that the one is hurt in order to milk from the situation? Is lying acceptable if it happens on the football pitch? What kind of example do those dubious behaviours set to impressionable youngsters who are watching the games? Professional footballers are hardly a positive role model nowadays but their “lying & cheating” styles are really over the top. No wonder I prefer ice hockey to football! While NHL players pretend they are not hurt after collisions, those world-famous footballers pretend they are badly hurt. What a bunch of sissies they are! Since FIFA has introduced goal cameras from this competition, they should consider giving refs lie-detectors in the 2018 tournament so the beautiful game will become cleaner.

A cool weather has descended upon London since last Saturday. The sky is covered with grey clouds and the wind is rather chilly. Where has the summer gone? Is it already over?!

By the way, there are a few things I came across while I was out & about recently.
A London Underground logo emerges from under layers of posters at Old Street station…


A building wall off Oxford Street looks like a wall of cascading surf…


Undulating iron works on the building by Finsbury Square…


A bagpiper treating two rather grumpy looking toddlers to a birthday tune in front of the Selfridges…


A gigantic flea about to leap over a Royal Mail van on Great Eastern Street…


Tonight, I will be watching NHL GameCenter LIVE on my Mac while Hubbie is glued to TV, watching the footie…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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