Blogs from West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Believe in better. You will if you are Australian. The only way is up. The tourists arrived with the Urn. A comfortable 5 - 0 in the last series Down Under and the pressure was very much on Alistair Cook. We had tickets for Day 3 and 4 - Saturday and Sunday. The latter was always in doubt after the devastating burst of bowling on Thursday morning. Australia all out for 60. Stuart Broad with the best ever Test bowling figures at Trent Bridge. The tourists dismissed and we hadn't even reached lunch. A day not to be still looking for a parking space, after the start of play. The match was lost then. We have come yet another full circle from the original blog purpose - Ashes cricket in Oz. The hat-trick of away trips ... read more
Nathan Lyon's Bat
Stuart Broad
Michael Clarke

We've come full circle from the original target of our blog way back when - the Ashes Tour of Australia in 2006 / 2007. We never did make it 3 "away" tours on the bounce, but there we are a stone's throw away and the great sporting occasion is just down the road. A lot has happened in the last few days since the 14 wicket debacle that was Day 1. The anticipation of 5 great days cricket was looking distinctly slim after that performance of T20 batting and the gamble of having Days 4 and 5 came into it's own on another summers day in NG2. The last few days had seen the record breaking hits by a Number 11, controversial umpire decisions against England with Jonathan Trott being reviewed as Out when he was ... read more
Damien Martyn
New Stand

Ashes to Ashes. Dust to Dust. Tickets to gold dust more like. The 1st day was sold out in 2 hours. There was an eerie quiet in the centre of West Bridgford, as we made our way to Trent Bridge. The copious offers of buffet breakfasts were largely going unaccepted. The price might have been mis-judged. We noted one with the hefty tag near £15. The lads might have opted for a Friday / Saturday session or perhaps the Barmy Army were holding court in the city centre. The glorious sunshine of the last few days had filtered away and here we are on the morning of the 1st Ashes test with a grey miserable morning and a distinct chill in the air. It wasn’t actually that cold, but after the near 30 degrees a couple ... read more
Alistair Cook
Aussie "Fanatic"
Kevin Pieterson

To Poland Today we set off for Poland with two other families and Stuart the leader. We will meeting at church to get on a minibus which will take us to the airport. We will then fly to Berlin before going on a bus journey across to Poland. Packing is almost finished, breakfast needs eating and then we shall see if the others are there! ... read more

Tommorow we start. It was my last day at school today. I said goodbye to all my friends. Simon went into his class and said goodbye to his friends as well. Tommorow we have a taxi coming to us to pick up our luggage and take us to the airport. We are flying from Birmingham and stopping at Dubai which will take 7 hours. Then we change planes on to an Airbus A380 (a double decker plane) for 14 hours before landing in Sydney(see map). Mum is dreading it!!... read more

So here we are, getting ready to go on our big adventure. Just to make things interesting, and as we were missing our guide dog pup Sophie who has gone on to training, we're looking after a 12 week old puppy this weekend called Millie, when we should be packing! She's a black retriever, and quite active, and judging by some suspicious damp spots, not fully house trained yet. Time till we go ... read more
Standard tug of war stuff

We are still currently finishing the planning of the trip and we are all very excited. We still have a few bits and pieces to sort out but the main parts are in place. This is a map of where we think we are going. Our guide dog puppy Sophie is going tomorrow. ... read more

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