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  1. It will be interesting to see what the opening ceremony looks like. Team GB have said that only around 30 of their team are likely to attend the athletes parade, due to concerns both about the competition schedule and Covid/the wisdom of crowding into a stadium with who-knows-how-many other athletes. It could be a much smaller parade than we're used to seeing, which is both understandable and a shame, as the parade is usually one of my favourite parts of the ceremony.

    I believe the emperor of Japan will still be attending, so that will at least make the ceremony feel suitably prestigious, even though there's hardly anyone going to be there in the stadium.

  2. I wasn't able to get to a record shop at the weekend to try and find it, but I've discovered this morning that the Foo Fighters/Dee Gees album "Hail Satin" is available on streaming services B)

    And it's very good. I shall keep looking when I'm able to get out to record shops and see if I can eventually pick it up somewhere, but at least I can still dance around to it at home :D

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  3. I painted most of the bathroom today - and only made a *little* bit of a mess :lol: 

    I still have a bit to do around the window, where I've had to stand on the toilet to reach one section and will need to stand on a chair to reach the other half. There's also the tricky corner down beside the toilet where I have to paint around pipes and there's not much space. But we got it painted last time, so I know it can be done somehow. Also, although it takes longer, painting with the brushes is very therapeutic. 

    The paint dries to a nice dark green colour. It looked lighter on the tin and I was worried that it wasn't the colour I'd originally wanted to use in my room, but now that I've painted with it, it is the right colour, so I will move on and do my room once the bathroom is done.

    And once I've worked out where I'm going to store things while painting my room. It will need to be done in stages as my room is quite big and it's not practical to move everything out at once. I will have to do one wall at a time. 

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  4. I bought the Inhaler album at lunchtime :)

    More importantly, I stopped a small child from potentially getting run over :o 

    As I got off the bus in the town centre, there was a lady waiting to cross the road with a 3-4 year old child. The road is a busy one, and there's a pathway in the middle so you only have to cross one lane at a time. I crossed to the middle, with the lady and her daughter (or possibly granddaughter) behind me. I stopped, but the little girl didn't. She kept on walking, and I had to put my arm out to stop her from walking into the road. I pointed out to her that there were cars coming, as she didn't seem to notice. 

    Luckily, the first car in the line stopped to let us cross, but it was scary. Once we were safely across, the lady thanked me and explained to the child that you *always* stop and look when crossing the road. I think maybe because we'd crossed one lane, she thought it was OK to just carry on across the other one, but the lanes go in opposite directions, so you have to stop and check the second one is clear too.

    Hopefully she'll be more careful in future.  

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  5. I don't want to give attention to the racist morons who've been sending horrible words to our players. But I would like to highlight how the community in Manchester have responded to the defacing of a mural of Marcus Rashford.

    Not only was the abusive graffiti covered up as soon as it was found, but through the day, local people have been covering the covering fabric with hearts, England flags and supportive messages for Rashford and his team-mates. Which says a lot. Whoever put the graffiti there snuck along in the dark, but in the day-time, lots of people have been showing that they will not tolerate abusive messages. 

    The sad part is that some of the people sending such hate to Marcus Rashford may themselves have benefitted from his campaigning about free school meals. But as Harry Kane (and others) have said, the hateful, abusive people are not England fans. They cannot call themselves fans if their response to a defeat is to resort to bullying and abuse of our own players.

    I hope action can be taken against them, but I'm also hopeful for the future - most fans are horrified by what has been written/posted by these trolls, which hopefully means that this racism can be tackled by ordinary fans as well as by the authorities. Something as simple as being brave enough to tell the person in the next seat to stop shouting racist words at a player, or reporting comments you see on a club's social media posts... small things, but hopefully, if enough of us can take those steps, the message will start to get through that racism is not OK. In a football stadium or anywhere else.    

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  6. England and penalties just don't go together :( 

    Gareth Southgate has been through it himself and knows exactly how Saka (and Rashford and Sancho) will be feeling, so hopefully he'll be able to help them cope with it. 

    Credit to Italy, they had a great tournament overall and are worthy winners. Although I was *not* happy with Chiellini's foul on Saka - that could have been a red card. 

    But overall, they were the better team. Although England can be confident looking forward to the World Cup next year. We've done well, had a good run and hopefully that bodes well for the future.

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  7. In terms of Wimbledon, it would be amazing if Berrettini could upset Djokovic, but realistically I can't see it happening.

    Which then brings us to the mind-boggling stat that, assuming he does win today, Novak would equal Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slam titles - when the previous men's record by Pete Sampras was 13. Rafa has that many at the French Open alone!

    To think that all three of them have won that many, all in the same era (although Roger had a bit of a head-start being that little bit older)... It's amazing. And should emphasise how lucky we are to have these three. 

    And you wouldn't put it past Rafa and Novak to add at least one more each - especially given Novak's record at the Australian Open.

    As for the football, I'm hopeful, but nervous - and also just really proud that we've finally made it to a final. Whatever happens, England can be proud of themselves. 

    Although I'm not so keen on our Prime Minister jumping on the bandwagon. He's previously not bothered with football at all, other than meeting with/ringing Marcus Rashford - and that wasn't directly to do with football, as it was to do with the free school meals campaign, which Rashford started because Johnson's government voted against extending help to disadvantaged children and families when schools were shut during the first lockdown. 

    He's also previously refused to criticise the so-called "fans" who booed England for taking the knee to protest against racism, but now he's plastered Downing Street with England flags and sits in the Royal Box at Wembley wearing an England shirt (instead of the more usual suit and scarf combo that other national leaders tend to go for), trying to convince people he's been a fan all along when he probably can't name half the team! 

    I really don't like it when politicians pretend to be interested in popular things to make it look like they're cool. Particularly when you know their "interest" is fake and only put on for the cameras :angry:   

    (Sorry for the rant, but I had to get that off my chest). 

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  8. 15 hours ago, xrayjets said:

    Looks like, it might actually be coming home 😊


    Sssshhhhh, don't jinx it!!! 

    Seriously, I'm scared to even play "Three Lions" on Spotify in case that somehow does something to the universe and messes things up  :lol: Although weirdly enough, playing "Vindaloo" is fine. Maybe because that was made for a World Cup and not a Euros? I don't know  :wacko:

    The first time in most of our lifetimes that England have made a tournament final... I should be celebrating, but I feel nervous. As if somehow, we're doing *too* well and it's all going to go wrong at the last moment. Maybe that's exactly because I'm not used to seeing us do this well and it feels weird!

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  9. I went to the library and found some exciting books - including the latest by one of my favourite authors. It's *so* new that I'm the first person to borrow it B)

    I also found some tins of the new F1 trading cards - although I should remember to try and complete last year's set before I get too stuck into the new edition :lol:

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  10. 33 minutes ago, Canadanne said:

    Wow. Happy days now!  If we reached the final it would be amazing (understatement), but if we have to lose to anyone, I would want it to be Denmark.

    England made it look easy this evening - I'm almost feeling optimistic! :D 

    As you say though, I don't think anyone would have any hard feelings towards Denmark if they were to win the semi-final. It's presumably too early to know if Christian Eriksen will be able to play again after his heart operation, so they've got that incentive to do as well as they can for him. 

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  11. Comiserations @Malahide  Belgium tried their best. They were unlucky with injuries though - Nacer Chadli wasn't even on the pitch for 5 minutes when he got injured! :(

    Italy v Spain should be an interesting semi-final.

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  12. 46, 688 - Middle of the night counting. It is nearly 1am, but I don't feel particularly tired.

    And I'm up to 139 playlists - I've added loads as part of my alphabet project. I'm trying to see which letters of the alphabet have the most artists' names, and which letters/words are most commonly used in song titles. 

    Obsessive? Moi? What gives anyone that idea? :lol: :P 

  13. That turned out to be fairly straight-forward for England in the end :D

    As for Sweden v Ukraine, I'm glad it was settled in extra time. Some of the players could hardly stand by the end, they may well have struggled to even take penalties! :o

  14. I received a lovely sketch card in the post this morning. And, for once, it wasn't Star Wars-related.

    One of the artists in our group worked on a card series commemorating actors who are no longer with us. One of them was a beautiful Heath Ledger sketch and I had to have it. I'm not ashamed to admit I got a bit tearful this morning, opening the package and seeing it in front of me. I'm going to sit the card on the bookcase near some books related to his films. 

  15. 14 hours ago, Canadanne said:

    Any chance of a nice, relaxing, drama-free England match tomorrow?


    Of course not - it's England. If there's no drama, we're not doing it right :lol:

    Also, with regards to the timing of knock-out matches, having one kick-off at 5pm and the other at 8pm makes it a little tight for broadcasters if both matches are scheduled to be shown on the same channel. If Croatia v Spain had gone to penalties yesterday, it could have disrupted ITV's showing of the France match. By the time extra time ended, they only had about quarter of an hour between the two. Likewise today, the England v Germany and Sweden v Ukraine games are both scheduled to be shown on BBC1, one after the other. If the England match goes to extra-time and/or penalties, it could cause some issues time-wise for showing the second game. 

    Further reasons to hope it's decided in 90 minutes. 

  16. Well done Belgium. 

    Also, there's an interesting stat doing the rounds: All 4 of the red cards that the Netherlands have ever had at European Championships have *all* happened when playing against either Czech Republic or the old Czechoslovakia... How weird is that? :wacko:  


  17. As much as I want to be optimistic about England, I can't help the nagging worry that we'll probably lose to Germany in a penalty shoot-out... :lol:

    Belgium v Portugal is a tough one to call, although I expect Italy, France and the Netherlands to get through easily enough. Sweden v Ukraine could go either way, as could Wales v Denmark and Croatia v Spain. Spain will feel confident after thumping Slovakia, but have they got the consistency?  

  18. We had cake at the library today :D

    One of our colleagues has his birthday tomorrow, but since there's not going to be many staff in tomorrow, he decided to have the celebration today. He bought some cakes from the local shop, so I was able to have a slice of chocolate swiss roll with my cuppa. 

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  19. What is it about Scotland and losing to worldie-level goals? 

    Prior to the match, the ITV4 pundits were writing Modric off because of his age. It's almost as if he heard them and scored that goal to make them eat their words :lol:

  20. I'm going to watch the Scotland match today.

    Although I'm still puzzled why the England match is going to be on both ITV1 *and* ITV2 at the same time... 

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