Saturday, May 20, 2006
I credit the BBC for being one of the best news portals on the web, but it just so happens that each time they make an error on live TV, they do it with style.
For those who haven't seen this yet, this is a great blooper involving Guy Goma. The interview was meant to talk about the legal battle between the Beatles Apple Corp and Apple over the use of an apple logo.
The BBC were meant to be interviewing Guy Kewney, a technology expert. Instead, Guy Goma a cabbie with an apparent French accent was interviewed instead.
For the best laugh, watch the video, paying particular attention to the mans face when he gets introduced.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
'Vive la France' as they say. Yet another business trip, and yet another country and this time my travels took me to the lovely city of Lyon in France.
Although I spent less than 24 hours in the city of Lyon, it is so compact that you can get from one end of the city to the other within 40 minutes. So here are some plus points for those looking to take a long weekend break, but don't fancy the usual weekend retreats.
The only other time I've travelled near Lyon is earlier in the year when we passed through the airport to go skiing. I guess the only negative point is the airport is around a 40 minute drive from the city centre, but if your in no rush then soak up the tarmac.
Lyon is split into many parts, and is intersected in various locations by the Rhone and Saone rivers. The original medieval city (known as Vieux Lyon - Old Lyon) was built on the west bank of the Saonne river and houses some great views from the Cathedrale Saint-Jean.
Ok, enough of the geography lesson. Lyon has lots of museums and galleries if that floats your boat, but I'm more interested in food and drink.
For great restaurants, head between the rivers to Rue Merciere - a narrow cobbled street with nothing but restaurants on both sides. I had a fabulous three course meal (with steak and a bottle of red, of course) at Le Bistrot de Lyon for 25 euros. Makes Edinburgh look highly expensive...
For great beers, there are lots of little hideaways from the Eden Rock Cafe (also on Rue Merciere) to the Smoking Dog pub which is in Vieux Lyon (great pints of Guinness). Although I only had a couple of beers, I have been informed the nightlife in Lyon is not bad either, but save it for a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night.
Lyon is certainly on the travel agenda for the future, but next time Ill probably make it a long weekend....
Monday, May 01, 2006
The downfalls of England's last few European and World Cup attempts.
The latest victim of the broken metatarsal disease is Wayne Rooney, on whom much of England's World Cup hopes are pinned. Rooney has broken a metatarsal in his right foot, and will be out for at least six weeks meaning he will miss all England's group matches. Rooney also suffered a broken metatarsal against Portugal in the Quarter Finals of Euro 2004.
Ledley King is also said to be suffering from a metatarsal injury, but again hopes to be fit for the finals.
Fractures of the metatarsal bone may look minimal, but the pain and discomfort that come with a small fracture is incomparable.
Back in 2002 (again just before a World Cup) David Beckham broke his second metatarsal in a Champions League quarter final. This was 2 months before the start of the World Cup, and we all now know that he was nowhere near fit enough to undergo 90 minutes.
England are good enough to go a considerable way without Rooney, but lets still hope his metatarsal recovers in time for the latter stages of the World Cup in Germany.
And then there's penalties. Not meaning to sound like a Carlsberg advert but England's penalty dramas have probably caused more heart attacks than scary ghost tours.
Waddle and Pearce in 1990, Gareth Southgate in 1996, David Batty in 1998, and David Beckham and Darius Vassell in 2004. So lets hope with or without metatarsal injuries England have been practicing their spot kicks.