Showing posts from April, 2012


So, I took the family to Guam for a short break last month. Spring was late in coming this year and we all needed warming up. A little sunshine was the perfect tonic and it was a real bonus that when we got back, spring had finally arrived in Tokyo.

We've been to Guam a few times now; it's an easy jaunt for us, and it pretty much ticks all the boxes for this type of trip. Just three and a half hours away - fly in the morning, on the beach for afternoon cocktails - and it's a very relaxing place to be. The kids love the water parks and the play areas, the missus and me enjoy the shopping and the restaurants, and we all like the lovely weather and the lazy island life. We did all the things we usually do, and a couple of new ones too. The day spent on the very beautiful Faifa'i beach, is a particularly vivid memory that will stay with me forever. It's pretty close to the central area of Tumon Sands, but it is incredibly secluded and atmospheric.
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Grand National

So, I was watching the Grand National live from Aintree last weekend. Did you see that? That was some finish, wasn't it? Congratulations to Neptune Collonges. Fantastic ride!

I don't know about you, but I'm not much of a betting fan - I've tried it in the past but, being crap, tend to keep it very low key these days - nor am I that much of a racing fan - oh, I'll go when asked, it is after all a great day out if the weather stays fine, and I might watch a race on the telly from time to time - but in a past life I was a bit of horseman and I do like a good steeplechase. And the Grand National is certainly that. On Saturday it was an amazing steeplechase.
Unfortunately, there were a couple of casualties this year. This is sad without a doubt; fine horses they were, and fine horses they will always be.

On a personal level, the fatalities were grist for the mill of a friend of mine who is all for banning the race, if not the sport. Even so, I do find his position more tha…