Three items of news from yesterday. First is the result of the 3rd round of the FA CUP:- Torquay 1 Blackpool 0. If you aren't totally familiar with English Football then let me explain, Blackpool play in the Championship League which is the Second Division of English Football, Torquay play in the Conference League which is ranked as the 5th Division. Blackpool are 60 positions above Torquay so us beating them was a pretty big achievement. And it is the first time Torquay have made it to the 4th Round since 1990. Now a home game against Man U would have been nice, loads of money there but we have drawn Coventry who play in the same division as Blackpool. A draw against Kettering, who play in the same division as Torquay would have been nicer, more chance of making it through to the next round and the last 16. Never mind and good luck to the Gulls. Game to be played 24 Jan 2009.
Anyone know what happened to Manchester City by the way?
Next item is the Time Lord known as the Doctor who is believed to be 903 years old has decided to regenerate. At the moment he looks exactly like the actor David Tennent. There was a program on BBC TV on Saturday evening to announce what he would look like in the future which drew a bigger crowd than the FA Cup program on an other channel. The Doctor, who is believed to be the last Time Lord will look just like the actor Matt Webb. In case you aren’t too sure what Matt looks like here is a photo.
Third thing is the Under 11 rugby team(Sponsored by Stagecoach Devon ) won again on Sunday, their 4th win in a row after a disastrous start to the season when they lost 4 games on the row and had the Club Chairperson expressing complete confidence in the coaching staff, one of whom has a day job driving a bus so he'll be OK. It is a bit of a shame they are now in a winning mood as I have decided that England is just too cold and am moving to Australia for a few weeks next Sunday so I will miss the next 6 games.
In case you are interested the temperature here hasn’t got above 5 degrees C for what seems like weeks while Sydney’s temperature has been around 25C to 30C and could get warmer.
And finally, couple of weeks ago in the local paper there was an item about taxis parking illegally on the Strand and blocking the bus stops making problems for the bus drivers and their passengers. The article stated that the Taxi department and the police were going to come down heavily on any taxi driver parking illegally around the Harbour. Apparently, a reliable informant told me, there were 15 taxis parked on the bus stops on the Strand on Friday and Saturday evening and not much was done to remove them. Town became some what gridlocked around 11 in the evening. In some areas nothing changes.