Monday, May 12, 2008

Trivia from downunder

First of all a brief update on the cretin situation in Riga - THEY ARE BACK - with a vengeance, fortunately over the last two weekends the weather has enabled them to to pack their backsides in the open air, where with beer prices ranging from Ls1.00 - Ls2.20, they can get noisily polluted whist giving voice to there inconsequential songs - much I fear to the annoyance of the more "normal" Riga tourists who are also seeking to enjoy the good weather.

Now whilst on the subject of visiting cretins, I have in previous blogs mentioned the fact that from time to time ( well ok every weekend) someone is either subjected to physical or monetary violence, much of which goes unreported in the local press. Well for those who have knowledge of such events there is now a way of getting this information out into the world.

Still beta test is a website , where you can report various crimes and show exactly where they happened.

So even if the local press or UK National press choose to ignore the goings on in Riga, then perhaps we can all do our bit to let the world know the darker side of Riga.

Last weekend saw my genes extended into another generation with the birth of my first grandson - Max, so now I have two grandchildren, and I am barely into my sixties !

On the domestic from various rumors abound about the opening of a new "home" - but like all of these rumors seeing will be believing, but we live in hope.

On the domestic scene as ever not a lot is happening, in fact it is decidedly boring, and to add to my woes poor old Reading are heading back to the Championship league, having been thwarted by Fulham on the last day of the Premier league, all we can do is sit back and watch the team and probably the management disintegrate - Sad !! and no doubt we will see a fare selection of both Chelsea and Manchester United transit via Riga on route to Moscow to see the Champions League final. Irrespective who wins, I suspect we will suffer the consequences on the return journey.

On the Zvannieki front all being well the difficulties with Rietumu Bank should be a thing of the past, as I finally submitted the required documentation to the bank last week, so with a bit of luck the funding they have been kind enough to allocate for this year should be with us some time in May.

Amongst all of the calamities going on in the world it refreshing to see that in some parts of the world the insanities of human life still go. In todays news from Australia ( and it could only happen in Australia !) came this piece of news :

A car driver in Australia has been fined for strapping down his beer rather than his young child.

Police said they were "shocked and appalled" when they pulled over the car south of Alice Springs in Australia's Northern Territory.

They said the 30-can pack of beer was strapped down between two adults in the back, with the five-year-old child unrestrained on the floor.

The driver was handed a fine of A$750 (US$709; £362).

Back here in Riga village life is much more mundane, as it rare to see a child being strapped in, particularly if he/she is wrapped inside one of the larger automobiles, and of course is mandatory to be seen driving with one hand on the wheel with other holding the mobile phone to one's ear ! Otherwise how would the world know you were important. - Lunacy !

There was shock and horror yesterday in the village lounge when young P.....(Irish - loves the Swiss) when he arrived in casual clothes instead of his usual suit - clearly a sign that summer is nearly upon us - or that he is going through a mid life crisis of identity. For the rest of the village people, life is pretty normal, although J....(a treasure of a man) still cannot get the right blend of socks to match his suit - could he be colour blind ? He claims not simply that is the only colour of socks he has. As for myself well I have managed not to get my hair cut now for the best part of three months, as I intend to have a pony tail before I am called upstairs. Problem is my hair just curls up at the back - so I may be in line for a Bobby Charlton first.

So with Latvia out of the Ice Hockey World Championship for another year, and Reading heading downstairs, time to call a halt to this episode.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

For anyone with too much time on their hands - ie everyone who knows Dave - here' s the website of the day.

What would your name be if you were a Brazilian footballer?


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Anonymous Emma T Glass said...


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