Sunday, May 01, 2011

The Wedding

Well with suppposedly over 2 billion people worldwide watching "the wedding" - and include myself in that number. Once again it showed that when it comes to putting on a show the UK takes the biscuit ( an old British saying !)

But as ever there were some doomsayers, amongst them young S..... ( New Zealander- dabbles in gaming machines) - who decreed that royalty was a waste of time, but then again he thought the same about religion.

Anyhow I fully enjoyed it !!

However I am indebted to a former village member B.... ( English - -supports Newcastle) for this "alternative video" of the wedding - again quite brilliant - enjoy



Well it now the first of May and the Spring sunshine is still with us, albeit with a chilly wind. Yesterday I had high aspirations to watch the first Heineken Cup semi-final at our favoured watering hole - but it was not to be. With a serious influx of stag parties, who had taken over the bar there was no option but to find an alternative where it would be possible to watch and listen to the game.

And there was ! (is) - Whilst I will refrain from mentioning its name ( you never know you reads this blog) - suffice to say it has an Irish theme to it, and it provides wonderful views over Riga if you step onto the nearby balcony.

It has huge TV screens and it helps that the new manager/barman T.. (English - Dad sails a lot) is a lover of rugby. So we have a haven safe from the visiting hords, as I am confident that none will aspire to rise to the heights of this Pub in the air !

So to all enjoy May day and I will give our favoured bar another try later today to watch the second Heinken Cup final, but safe in the knowledge there is an alternative.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 2.2 billion figure sounds like complete nonsense plucked out of the air by lazy British journalists.

UK viewing figures were 24 million out of a population of 62 million so 38% watched it there (a lower audience share than an Only Fools and Horses episode.)

US viewing figures were 23 million out of a population of 308 million so less than 8% of the population watched it there.

Indian official viewing figures were 42 million out of a population of 1210 million, less than 4% of the population.

It's possible that to get to the 2.2 billion figure, 40% of the rest of the world watched it, with people somehow or other even more interested in it than folk in the UK but somehow I find the idea of hundreds of millions of people in the Muslim world, Sub-saharan Africa, communist China and Catholic South America taking days off work or interrupting sleep to catch an even of no cultural significance to them a bit hard to believe. A figure of 200-250 million would sound realistic so you're more unique than you think ;)

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