Quote Of The Day

"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake - Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)"

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Nottingham Forest 1 - 2 Arsenal…

It was a thrilling game at The City Ground last night. We dominated, but still managed a late slip up.   

Towards the end of the match my chattering teeth may have been less to do with the cold weather, but more to do with a nervousness of the closing 10 minutes.   

Lots of possession by our boys in the first half didn’t really do us much good as 0-0 when the chaps went to have their slices of orange.   

The second half, however, was much better with goals by Jesus and Saka.   

A shame we let one in though and as a result White and Zinchenko had minor handbags after the final whistle over who was at fault.   

A great evening out in Nottingham though and nice to see a gaggle of gaygooners cheering on from the away stand.   

This Sunday was always going to be a big game against Liverpool, but now I suspect it’ll take on an added significance as we creep up on them at the top of the table.   

#NFOARS ⚽️ðŸ”ī⚪️  

Monday, January 29, 2024


Great Sunday family meal at Myrtle’s yesterday. 

And I finally got to meet my grandnephew Felix. What a sweetie.

Fishfingers and Custard…

At my mum’s yesterday I came across something in the kitchen (big family meal, kids eat different food, etc.)

I laughed and laughed. But it would’ve taken too long to explain!


Friday, January 26, 2024

Astronauts Wanted…

So the Government is advertising for astronauts 


£40k. 39-41 hr/week. You could work weekends. ðŸĪĢ

“Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding, cramped and you may spend nights away from home.” 

“It'll be helpful if you can also speak basic Russian”

“Day-to-day tasks: communicate with Earth by satellite”

“Your flight in space could last 6 months to a year”


Thursday, January 25, 2024

Arsenal 5 - 0 Crystal Palace…

The pre-game GGs meet-up in the Victoria Tavern on Saturday lunchtime was great fun. And not without good reason! Congratulations Eleanor! 💍ðŸ‘Đ‍❤️‍ðŸ‘Đ 

The celebrations continued at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge seemed to be back on by thrashing a struggling Crystal Palace side 5-0. 

The boys' fight at the top had lost some it’s oomph towards the end of last year as we had lost three of our past five Premier League games.  

But, after heading off to Dubai for a week-long winter break and a bit of vitamin D, Arteta's side returned reinvigorated as a Gabriel header, Dean Henderson own goal, Leandro Trossard finish, and two late Gabriel Martinelli strikes sealed all three points.  

The first two goals came from corners, with the opener coming in the 11th minute when Gabriel nodded in before the defender's header from another set-piece struck Crystal Palace goalkeeper Henderson to deflect into the back of the net. Haha. Thems the breaks buddy. 

The visitors offered little in response. 

Instead Arsenal added to their lead in the second half when Trossard was sent one-on-one with the goalkeeper and kept his cool to finish confidently.  With Palace already well beaten, Martinelli added further sheen to the win with two goals in injury time, both swept into the far corner.  

The win moves Arsenal up to third, two points behind leaders Liverpool but having played a game more than Jurgen Klopp's side. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, remain in a miserable 14th in the table.

Gabriel (11'minutes), 
Henderson (37'minutes og), 
Trossard (59'minutes), 
Martinelli (90'+4minutes, 90'+5minutes) 

Rice (11'minutes), 
Gabriel Jesus (59'minutes), 
Nketiah (90'+4minutes), 
Jorginho (90'+5minutes)


Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Aunty Daphne RIP…

I was very saddened to hear about the passing of my Aunty Daphne earlier today. 98 years old. What an age. What a life. 
For 62 years, Auntie Daphne was been such a constant in my own life. She was always so kind to me and generous with her time and her love, and I felt like a very special nephew. But then I think she made everybody feel special. It was a gift she had.
I remember her during my childhood, and when we would go to see her at the family farm in Hitchin and how warm and loving she was towards me, towards all of us.
And then in more recent years coming to the family reunions in Chipperfield it was so great to see her and share those earlier memories with her once again.
As some of you may know, I’m a keen genealogist and often put time aside to search into the wider Green and Phillips family tree. By some strange twist of fate, I was just doing some research this week into her part of the tree - the Sealy-Bell family tree in India. 
Born in 1926, Daphne had such an amazing family and an amazing family history.

The youngest of seven, Daphne transcribed and drafted maps for pilots in the Battle of Britain. 

Something she wasn’t allowed to talk about for years! 

Her older brothers fought in WW2. Her brother Gerald was a pilot. 
She will be greatly missed. And obviously my heart goes out to my cousins, her children, Peter, Sarah, Guy, Emma, and Elizabeth.
And of course, to John, Hannah and Guy too.

This is Daphne (left) pictured with my mum.

Welcome Grandnephew Felix...

On 29th Dec 2023 my beautiful niece Charlotte gave birth to a bouncing baby named Felix. Weighing a healthy 8lbs with a full head of hair Felix promises to grow up big and strong like older sibling Manning and dad Jos.
Needless to say everyone, including grandmother Joanna and great-grandmother Myrtle are thrilled too.
Felix means 'lucky' and 'happy' so should be well set for life ahead into the latter years of the 21st century.
Welcome aboard, Felix!

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Kin @ Lyttelton Theatre…

Last Friday night Stuart and I went to see internationally acclaimed physical and visual theatre company Gecko perform their latest piece Kin at the Lyttelton Theatre on London’s glitzy South Bank.
Kin is a deeply personal performance presenting as it does stories of desperation in a merciless world, and there are many horrific parallels with our current society.
At its core the piece is about migration, and it brings along with it a harrowing focus on racism, community and survival. There is some joy too - as some characters, all too few perhaps, reach their goals and are reunited with fellow migrants and family - but mainly it's a fairly harrowing watch.
The show has some highly emotive and somewhat uncomfortable imagery in the performance too, particularly in the moments where the dancers are forced to paint their faces white as a form of abuse by their tormentors. And then later on those same characters choose to paint their faces white to 'pass'. It's a deeply unsettling transition. But incredibly powerful, as it made the audience really feel deeply for the characters, and experience some of their emotional trauma they were going through. And the lengths they would go to.
Gecko’s dance style is iconic; expressive, rhythmic, pulsating, political. It's experimental too. As with many Gecko shows, they have an effortless way of crafting extraordinary visuals through various trickery and theatre techniques. This is in part, down to the excellent lighting design of Chris Swain, who manages to make performers completely vanish through doors and into darkness. 
A TV and electric heater suddenly become spotlights, bunraku-style puppets introduce additional characters, and the revolving stage and travellators symbolise both the passing of time, but also the uncontrollable nature of the characters' situation. These all add to the visual poetry and ultimately produce storytelling excellence.
By the end of the show, the characters are less than people; mere bodies, cargo, with an identity that has decayed to turbulent performance on the high seas. It was in this moment that each actor took the opportunity to step forward - step out of the piece - to tell their own truth and expand on their own personal experiences, introducing themselves by name. Although this did jar you out of the narrative, it grounded the piece in truth and made us remember that this is reality we are watching, not a fantasy story.
Great to see Artistic Director Amit Lahav himself perform too.
Kin is not just a performance, it’s an experience. As you can probably tell, it moved me greatly.



Monday, January 22, 2024

Bumpy Night…

Me: “I’m a really nervous flyer, and I really don’t like watching videos of aborted landings or hearing about peoples’ stories of bad turbulence.”

Everyone else in the room: “I once had this really terrible flight…”


Friday, January 19, 2024

Afterglow @ Southwark Playhouse...

Last night Stuart and I went to see explicit gay bonk-fest morality play Afterglow at the Southwark Playhouse in London's glitzy Borough.
Written and directed by S. Asher Gelman the play is certainly one for lovers of the naked male form. The actors barely keep their clothes on. The plot is somewhat less revealing though.
When Josh (Peter McPherson) and Alex (Victor Hugo), a married couple in an open relationship, invite Darius (James Nicholson) to share their bed for a night they perhaps didn't see how it was all going to end.  I think we did though.
Traditionally in fiction, open relationships tend to take the same route; A & B meet C.  A or B falls in love with C. Everything ends in tears.
Will our intrepid naked heroes suffer the same fate? Maybe. You'll have to go and see if for yourself.
Yes, there are some good touches. The staging is effective, the sex scenes are each performed nude but as dances - side-stepping any potential cringe for the audience, the acting is very good too, and, gratuitous shower scenes aside, the production is top notch.
It's just the play doesn't really have much to say beyond the obvious. If you play with fire then you either get your fingers burned or more likely you'll burn the whole house down.
Yes, it is a sensual exploration of polyamory, commitment, love, loyalty, trust, being open, and modern love. But it seems to conclude that this relationship stuff is really hard (which we know it can be) and that anyone who wants it all, can't, and will have pay the price. It doesn’t stray far from the melodramatic.
Still, it's good to see a decent queer love story presented on the London stage - in all its naked glory!

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Highbury Sloe Gin - Decant - Sweeten - Sample - Sample - Shlample - Shhhaammple - Oopsy…

I’ve been decanting and sweetening our latest batches of homemade sloe gin this afternoon. Am now a bit tipsy having HAD to sample each after sweetening them. 😉ðŸĪŠ 

Nice pink colour. Tastes magnificent, if i say so myself. Hic!