Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Disney Pixar Cars: Christina Wheeland

Christina Wheeland is a blue fan who is a huge fan of the Piston Cup. She can often be found near Mia and Tia, and appears to just be a fan of the Piston Cup in general, rather than a specific racer.

Not much to say really for a very minor character in the original film.

Again, like many a model within the Pixar Cars collection this one is really for the collector, like myself. It will really not appeal to the little people as they are drawn to the racers and protagonists over the peripheral characters.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Bad day at the office - Spuds 4, Hammers 1

In memory of those killed by terrorist attacks in Paris at WHL.

This was a game to forget really. After a hard day moving around furniture I wanted to sit and watch this, massive bag of Walkers Ready Salted in hand.

It was not the tonic I needed at all.

First of all Payet was absent and I wanted to know how much we relied on him as a play maker. The results were telling. Spuds were out of the box far quicker and were a threat in the first 15 mins. Indeed after Spud’s resident on day release Harry kane scored the opener, the Hammers needed a response we almost got it via Kouyate with the cross bar denying him. There was a huge hint of offside, but the ref allowed play – and that would have been the perfect response.

But it was not be as Spuds added a second before half time. Scrambled clearances and a lack of concentration seemed to cost us. The funniest moment was via Kane and another golden opportunity to score, but shot totally wide right in front of goal. It was the kind of shot I produced on a regular basis playing 5-a-side.

The second half was not better. Tomkins needless pass to nobody ensured that Kane got his second, with Kyle Walker dispatching a fourth. So much for that prized away scalp. The only good thing witnessed is that the Spuds did not come away with a clean sheet thanks to Lanzini’s powerful shot in the 87th minute.

There has been much talk about us trying to get CL qualification and such moving to the OS. We need to walk before we can run. We are not the new Man City, or Arsenal – we are West Ham and to be 6th at this stage of the season is quite an achievement. It is obvious that Payet’s absence is a massive, massive blow to us, yet we need others now to fill in the void until February and emluate the dimension that he gives us. There is no point weeping about it, what is done is done, but it is time for the squad to stand up and be counted. The defence seems to have had a wobble – confidence knock, but this needs to be sorted.

We have a wealth of talent on the bench and I don’t know why Antonio didn’t get a run – ditto Ogbonna. I would like to see these players get some minutes under the belt as they might be able to create where no opportunities are evident.

The good form brings expectation and thus when on a bad run all the usual idiots trying to get rid of Carroll, Noble, Adrian, David Gold, Mr Moon, etc…………just utter nonsense. As supporters we have a right to be annoyed, but this is football and you simply cannot win everything.

Yesterday’s result hurt as it was the Spuds, but we can’t just sit and sulk – we take it on the chin and move on. Which makes the baggies visit on Sunday even more crucial – a match that I will be attending in person.

In Slaven We Trust. 

Monday, 23 November 2015

Further LEGO City 2016 set images

Alien Tran on Flickr has now got the majority of images up for the 2016 LEGO City sets .

I blogged about some of these the other day, but now they are here in the flesh.

I have to say that I am quite impressed by all of them including the Fire Station - could next year be the year where I actually decide to like the Fire theme?

At the moment there is nothing else that really catches the eye in other themes, such as Star Wars and Creator (well, apart from the modular Creator set) - I can see this being another semi expensive year..........but at least I have already made the big buys, which I will blog about either here or on Brickfanatics.

LEGO City Crooks Island (60131)
LEGO City Prison Island (60130)LEGO City Police Patrol Boat (60129)LEGO City Fire Engine (60112)LEGO City Fire Utility Truck (60111)LEGO City Fire Station (60110)LEGO City Fire Boat (60109)
LEGO City Fire Response Unit (60108)LEGO City Fire Ladder Truck (60107)
LEGO City Police Pursuit (60128)
LEGO City Prison Island Starter Set (60127)LEGO City Garbage Truck (60118)LEGO City Ambulance Plane (60116)LEGO City 4x4 Off Roader (60115)LEGO City Race Boat (60114)LEGO City Rally Car (60113)LEGO City Fire Starter Set (60106)LEGO City Fire ATV (60105)

Hot Wheels long cards in the UK??

Now, I am not a guru on HW at all, but I was always under the impression that like MB, HW cars were always sold in the UK on short cards.

I got this pair in Sainsbury's the other day:

Not sure if this is significant............but could possibly see a change in distribution that could ROW is on par with the US?


Musings to follow shortly on the two cars pictured. 

Saturday, 21 November 2015

KD's tune of the week: CHVRCHES - Leave A Trace (Four Tet Remix)

Cracking track, as per Gilles Peterson's show on 14/11/2015 via BBC 6 Music.

Always the good stuff. And this is one of them.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Geelong's 2015 Season review.

I am very late to the party.

The Grand Final had finished 2 months ago and all the medals have been given out.

I have not been following Geelong as closely as I should - last year, the spirit of the game went from me and I was not that interested. Perhaps due to a loss of form from Premiership holders to mid ladder contentness.

However, The Age gives a decent summary of the season - as we embark on a new campaign in just five months time:

Finished: 10th (11-9-1)
Last season: 3rd (17-5)
Players used: 35
Personnel changes: Off-field stability has been key to Geelong's success and looks likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future, with Chris Scott trusted to continue to rebuild the list while still keeping the team competitive, and chief executive Brian Cook keen to see through the Simonds Stadium redevelopment.
Out the door: You may have heard already, but Steve Johnson, James Kelly and Mathew Stokes are no longer Cats players. Which clubs, if any, take on the popular veterans for next year will be one of the key storylines of the off season. Corey Enright is the other premiership hero that might not be there either, although that will be his decision. Add in the retirements of Hamish McIntosh and Jared Rivers and Geelong will have freed up space on the list and plenty of cap room to bring in players from other clubs, pay rising stars and draft in more.

What went right
: Geelong players can book holidays in September for the first time since 2006, but none would have done so until last week, for the club gave it another good shake. Every time you thought they were gone, the Cats would hit back with a vintage performance to keep them within striking distance, like the one against Port Adelaide away and the home victories against the Western Bulldogs and Sydney. The comebacks of injury-cursed players Daniel Menzel and Nathan Vardy were wins for the future.

What went wrongThe loss of Mitch Clark was undersold at the time and has been more so since. It's easy to forget how dangerous he and Tom Hawkins looked during the pre-season. Hawkins, too, did not have his best year, despite the fact many key forwards would take his return of 43 goals. Athletic big man Rhys Stanley showed against Port Adelaide how he and Mark Blicavs could re-invent the concept of "followers", but then got injured later that night. From a game plan point perspective, the Cats still battled to help captain Joel Selwood at clearances – confirming the value Patrick Dangerfield would bring with him. Kelly and Stokes looked in decline for most of the year, as did the club's invincibility at Simonds Stadium. They lost three of their first four games at home and even the win over Gold Coast was too close for comfort.    

Shining lights
: The first half of the season was an appreciation to Selwood's ability to carry the midfield. However, over the duration Mitch Duncan eventually got recognition for his coming-of-age. Blicavs morphed into a unique weapon as a midfielder who could jump third-man up at stoppages, but also out-run and out-muscle some of the league's best players. Any thought the Cats could afford to lose Steven Motlop was shut down through his brilliance and consistency and Corey Enright kept being Corey Enright (although we still don't know how) which means another high finish in the club's best and fairest.

 What's required to improve in 2016
: Two words immediately come to mind: Patrick Dangerfield. Lachie Henderson and Scott Selwood would also help in that regard for they fit in the age bracket in which Geelong has vacancies. Clark (28 next season), Vardy (25), Stanley (25), Josh Cowan (25) and Menzel (24) make up another group of internal recruits that had little impact on 2015 because of injury. That will always be a factor with most of that lot, however with a bit of luck, a West Coast-like rise is not out of the question, especially if the new 90-rotations interchange cap fits their style.

Who'd have believed it
: One of the few players in the league to average 20 disposals and two goals a game (Steve Johnson) would be considered superfluous to needs.

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Swiss Coop pre-Christmas LEGO bargains

My latest article on Brickfanatics:

2016 LEGO City set images finally getting released

As reported on Brickfanatics, the 2016 images for the LEGO City range are coming on line.

I quite like the look of these and despite a multitude of additional fire sets, I think that the majority will be added to the ever growing City stockpile.

Just need to wait for good pricing deals before making a purchase.

Pictures from

60118: Garbage Truck

60127: Prison Island Starter Set

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Now a reason to watch QVC

So QVC are trying to flog Spandex - and what better way to do it -

I could watch this for hours - but then again nothing would ever get done.