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  1. I'm not a football fan; probably helps if your family is into it when you are young, which mine was not. I tried watching the last England game - there was a big outdoor screen near our place in London with a huge and, er, lively crowd. Must say the game itself left me completely cold, but the atmosphere was great and very infectious. So, "sealions on the shirt" or whatever, and good luck!
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    Anyone else here a tennis fan?

    Must have been around 1.30, when we ducked out of our seats to go and look for an alternative match. At least the hill wasn't as packed as it can be though. We're just going to pitch up on Monday evening and see what's available - there should be some recycled seats from early leavers with any luck.
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    Anyone else here a tennis fan?

    Here's Safarova winning a lengthy match point battle with Radwanska - along with one of the hundreds of flying ants that swarmed the court!
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    Anyone else here a tennis fan?

    Wimbledon was absolutely heaving yesterday, with some routes through the courts choked solid - perhaps they are selling more ground passes than usual. We had Court 2 seats, which for future reference is quite a nice, intimate court, but we dipped in and out as we found some better matches in the unreserved courts. Thinking of going back next week one evening - after a certain time in the late afternoon I understand they sell cheap ground passes and returns, and there should still be a decent amount of doubles matches going on in the minor courts in the evening. Haven't done the research yet into how it works - anyone ever done this? btw, some Day 3 pics up on the Instagram link I posted above.
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    Any cuckoos out there? ... and other BirdWatch news

    We haven't seen any so far - just the pair of them appearing morning and evening. Fingers crossed for The Partridge Family revival though!
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    Anyone else here a tennis fan?

    Garcia is my favourite but I'll settle for Giorgi! She's a photographer's dream as she doesn't grimace when hitting like most of them do. There are some pictures from the event on my Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/hrothgarfleuri/
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    Anyone else here a tennis fan?

    We had an excellent three days at Birmingham. The qualifiers included some big names who are coming back up the rankings from injury - Genie Bouchard, Kateryna Bondarenko, Kristyna Pliskova, Camila Giorgi and the obligatory handful of 'plucky Brits'. The first day of the main draw we saw Kiki Mladenovic, Naomi Osaka, Oceane Dodin, Karolina Pliskova and many more. Saw Muguruza practising. We now have a collection of selfies with various of them, those with the Pliskovas being the most amusing as they are over a foot taller than my wife! Dodin and Mladenovic were both very pleasant and polite. Giorgi was my favourite of the bunch to watch - an amazing athlete who plays with such speed and ferocity.
  8. I'm debating whether to go to one of the open air Big Screen showings tonight at Trafalgar Sq or Canary Wharf - does anyone know from past experience how busy they get? I'd like to see it but I'm not really up for arriving an hour in advance to get a place..
  9. It's here: https://www.facebook.com/EnglishNationalBallet/videos/vl.388096708341817/10155907638741028/?type=1
  10. Great atmosphere in the Coli tonight, as ever for this event - good to hear dancers in the audience screaming support for their colleagues. All dancers were excellent, it seemed to me, and McCormick was a real barnstormer. Of the others, I particularly liked both Francesca Velicu's performances. I had to laugh though at the beginning - I'm pretty sure that the judges were expecting to be seated at the front centre of the dress circle as usual - but those seats had been sold. There was lots of scurrying around by ushers and ENB staff before the judges appeared and were parked a couple of rows back over on the right-hand section.
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    Anyone else here a tennis fan?

    I wonder if RG has a lot of corporate seat allocations which don't then get used? Just sitting down to watch Sharapova v Muguruza on TV, which to me is a dream match, and so far in their warm-up there are great swathes of empty seats.
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    Anyone else here a tennis fan?

    Not quite. Our exchange student lassie had a spare ticket, so my wife went to RG while I wandered the Orsay museum. She enjoyed it very much but did say it doesn't have the same atmosphere or facilities as Wimbledon. Good idea though, making it the hub of a break in Paris..
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    Anyone else here a tennis fan?

    I've currently got a Garcia match to watch at last, so I'm happy! Looks like we'll have Sharapova v Serena in the next round, they'll have to show that...
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    Anyone else here a tennis fan?

    Wishing we'd gone to Roland Garros, as the ITV4 coverage is missing most of the interesting matches (and seems very heavily mens match dominated). Specifically, no coverage at all of my favourite Garcia despite her high seeding. Looking forward to Birmingham in a couple of weeks, and a day at Wimbledon shortly after..
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    Any cuckoos out there? ... and other BirdWatch news

    A pair of these partridges have taken to making evening forays on our lawn. Quite shy but rather charming in the way they potter around together.
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