Tuesday, 30 November 2010

A Childhood Dream Fulfilled......

Today, one of my childhood dreams was fulfilled. Well, kind of.......

Like most boys, as a child i dreamt of becoming a footballer, turning pro, playing for club and country, winning games, titles, cups and medals and becoming a hero to hoards of adoring fans.

Playing at Wembley in the FA Cup Final was high among the dreams, scoring the winning goal, climbing the steps to the Royal Box and receiving the trophy and my medal.

Well, none of those things actually happened, but today i got as close as i ever will to any of those things.

Today i held a genuine FA Cup Winners Medal in my hand. To begin with i was fine, but after a while the realisation of what it really was in that small box on my desk hit home, and became quite emotional. Holding in my hand, turning it over and over, i had a few tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat.

I can remember the game it was won for very well. It was a sunny day. I paced the room in agony watching the game, which flowed one way and then the other before finally being won in extra time. I leapt around the room in sheer joy that afternoon. Yes, i remember it well, but probably not as well as the man the medal belongs to. He has waited a long time to get it (for reasons that i won't go into here), and it almost certainly means more to him than it does to me, but, for a few short minutes, i had the tingle of excitement, and the briefest of glimpses at what it would have meant to me if my dream had come true.

As it is, i have held an FA Cup Winners medal in my own hand, and that will just have to suffice for now.

Sunday, 28 November 2010


Well, I have finally done it. I have gotten myself an iPhone! It is a used 32gb 3GS in White which wouldn't have been my first choice, but as you really need to use a protective case on one of these things anyway, no one would ever know what colour it was underneath.
So, three days in to the whole iPhone experience, what do I think of it? Well, it is a stunning piece of kit. There is no denying that apple have made their usual amazingly good job of the design and operating system. It is dead easy to use, though having gotten so used to the blackberry there is the inevitable learning curve to progress along.
Some things work differently to how I am used, am some things are totally new to me full stop. I am finding the touch screen keyboard a little frustrating, but am getting better with it each time I use it. I would say that I am almost up to the kind of speed that I had been able to achieve on my blackberry, but with more mistakes - partly due to the predictive text that this has. If you try to use abbreviations it really gets confused!!
Some of the apps that you can get for it from iTunes are amazing - I have yet to draw a blank when looking for something to do whatever I have been looking for. So many of them are free too. Why would these clever people spend so much time creating these apps and then give them away for free? Most odd.
So, winter has come early this year and they are predicting a harsh one like when we were kids. I hope that that are wrong as I'm really not keen on snow - it is lovely to look at, but not for travelling in. Poor Mini - don't want her getting cold and snowed on.
Enough for now I think - am starting to get a bit frustrated with the keyboard now!!! Maybe it is a cunning ploy to stop me from typing so much rubbish on here???
Keep warm!

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