Category Archives: All Black rugby

RWC 2011 – a Kiwi, Bill, and a ute

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Well, loads of Kiwis actually, one Bill (otherwise know as the Webb Ellis Cup), and a number of utes. I had hoped to post this yesterday, but the hangover from the day before said otherwise. Not a drunken hangover I … Continue reading

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RWC 2011 – it’s a girl!

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At half time in the Wales/France game I received a text. “We are in the hospital. The contractions are frequent”. Talk about timing Charlie. I am at a tense and gripping encounter in a Rugby World Cup semi final, right … Continue reading

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Rugby World Cup 2011 – it’s going to be tense.

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I will pin my colours to the mast straight away. My heart says Wales v NZ for the final , but my head says France v NZ. But having got my predictions only 50% correct last week I suggest you take … Continue reading

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Goldwater Merlot – Waiheke?

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It has been raining for the last few days on Waiheke. Elsewhere too by all accounts. Last night the rains reached storm proportions, and, for the first time, sat on the deck as I write, we can hear the waves … Continue reading

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RWC 2011 – just about to begin!

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Last weekend, John and I managed three games, SA/Samoa, England/Scotland, and Wales/Fiji. In my view three of those teams will be contesting the semi finals, the other, of course, will be the AB’s. But first, Saturday night. Well, to be … Continue reading

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RWC 2011 – rugby not so bright this week!

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I still get that sense of anticipation before a big rugby game, the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, the adrenaline flows, and the butterflies jump in the stomach. I know, I’m 55 and should have grown up by now. … Continue reading

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RWC 2011 – The Calcutta Duck

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Meet the duck. The Calcutta Duck. A trophy played for each year between Scotland and England, with the losing fan, either John (Scotland) or me (England) holding the duck for the year, until the return fixture, as a sort of reminder … Continue reading

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Passage Rock Syrah 2009 – surprisingly good

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I like my wine full of body and flavour, so I tend to stock my “cellar” with Bordeaux style wines. That preference has pushed me towards the Bordeaux blends from the various Waiheke Island producers, but to simply review Merlot/Cabernet/Malbec mixes for … Continue reading

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RWC 2011 hotting up nicely, but not the weather.

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The second round of games is almost over and the groups are beginning to take shape. Ireland’s win over Australia has been termed a “shock”, but for those of us who witness Irish rugby regularly the result was not nearly … Continue reading

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Wow! What a start to RWC 2011

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The atmosphere on Friday night at Eden Park was fantastic, and the Opening Ceremony an absolute delight.  These opening events can be overly long and are often too convoluted, with the organisers trying to cram as much into the event … Continue reading

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