FIFA 2014 World Cup : England v Italy

So my second live blog of the tournament. We have ITV’s underdog England v Andrea Pirlo (or Italy… But mainly Pirlo.)

I don’t have to pick sides as I do love Italy, so yes the blog will be Italy biased.

This is actually the first match I’m looking forward to in the first round of matches. Mainly because I love Italy (the only other team I love as much is Germany) and because it gives me a real excuse for being up late tomorrow!

So yes… Lets go Italy!!!

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FIFA 2014 : Day Two Round Up

So I didn’t get a chance to watch the big games yesterday (Spain v Netherlands would have been the one I would have live blogged but I ended up doing something whilst watching the game!) but I should be live blogging the only game that matters today (England v Italy).

But before that we need a round up!

It also includes the one game we’ve had so far today so don’t look further if you haven’t seen it!

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FIFA 2014 World Cup : Brazil v Croatia Opening Game

So the opening game of the World Cup see’s host nation and footballing giants Brazil against Croatia.

For this game I will be taking on the role of Brazil supporter, I’d love to see the home nation do well in the first game.

So we were off to Sao Paolo!

And of course don’t read on if you don’t want to know results…. Please don’t make me write that at the beginning of any blog I do!

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FIFA 2014 World Cup

I will be attempting to write blogs on the World Cup during the whole tournament, obviously I can’t see every game and I won’t even be able to see all the games I probably could see but I’ll try and have a blog up to highlight what is happening in each group and to track the GeekMind teams picks for the cup!

I say picks I mean mainly the teams we all support.

These teams….. Amazingly aren’t England! Seeing three quarters of us are English! The teams we are following will be Italy, Australia, Germany and the United States. We’ll obviously keep a close eye on all the big name teams as well and the host nation Brazil.

I’m writing this blog just before the first match (Brazil v Croatia) mainly for a friendly warning.

Yes sports are competitive and we like a bit of banter but we are not going to allow anyone to start flaming fans of other teams. Be proud of your nation and never laugh or scoff at the attempt of any team. Whether you like their team or not unless there is some big controversy we just want this to be a fun look at the first World Cup the forum and blog have been.

We just want a nice and friendly atmosphere on the blog in general and if you are getting involved we’d love to know your team and whether there is a reason you support them.

I will be blogging about Brazil v Croatia, I believe Anna might be blogging about England v Italy on Saturday (if not then I will be) I might even be awake early enough to see Australia v Chile tomorrow! The games are nice and late but maybe not nice if you have to get up early in the morning!

So yes! Less then half an hour to go!!

The Great F1 Dream #5 : No more introductions… Not much F1 either

So yes, at this moment I am still not really on the ball with these blogs, I have a few ideas ready and will be rushing through with them. I’ve been trying to think of how to start them and what to do, I think the beginning is the worst of it.

It is easy when there is something to write (yeah alright I wasn’t able to write or even watch the Canadian GP for personal reasons) but when you are starting a series of posts that you want to be long running where do you start them?

Well next week we’ll have the Austrian but after that?

I guess what I’ll start is writing blogs on the teams and their drivers, it seems the best place to start! After I’ve finished that by this season we’ll be at the end of the season and I can start all over again…..

The panic starts in when I think I have to think a lot further ahead if I want this blog to work.

So this is where I need your help! I think the important thing about these blogs will be to get people involved and hear what it is you want from the general F1 weekly blog. We get the previews and the team reviews but what else do you want to see in the Thursday blogs?

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The People’s Poet is dead : RIP Rik Mayal 1958-2014

“This house will become a shrine, and punks and skins and rastas will all gather round and hold their hands in sorrow for their fallen leader. And all the grown-ups will say, “But why are the kids crying?” And the kids will say, “Haven’t you heard? Rick is dead! The People’s Poet is dead!”

It was never anything I ever wanted to hear. Rik Mayall was just always there in childhood. Whether it was the film “Drop Dead Fred” or his ITV show “Grim Tales” or of course his most famous outings in The Young Ones, Bottom, The Comic Strip Presents, Blackadder, Filthy Rich & Catflap and of course The New Statesman.

Rik was just always there. Like his comedy partner Ade Edmonson I can’t even remember a time when I didn’t know who Rik Mayall was, whenever I’m upset I know a quick dose of Bottom or the Young Ones will cheer me up. He had the ability to steal the scene (I mean come on! He stole it in Blackadder from ROWAN ATKINSON!) and make it alright to laugh at yourself.

I never got to meet the man or see him live in anything but the impact on my life he’s had is not something I can put into words.

56 is no age to die and he was still as funny, charming and wonderful as always.

RIP Rik

You’ll always be remembered by my family. You’ve given me so much and I can’t explain how thankful I am.

“And then one particularly sensitive and articulate teenager will say, “Other kids, do you understand nothing? How can Rick be dead when we still have his poems?”

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