Monday, 1 September 2014

2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT

One on the Xmas list.....................


The XKR-S GT is the most extreme iteration of the Jaguar R Brand's performance focus. Utilizing race-car derived technology, all-aluminium construction and an uncompromised approach to aerodynamic efficiency, the result is a car as capable on the track as it is exhilarating on the road."

- QUICK SPECS -

  • MAKE

    Jaguar
  • MODEL

    XKR
  • YEAR

    2014
  • ENGINE

    5.0L Supercharged V8
  • 0-60 TIME

    3.900
  • HP

    545
The XKR-S GT has been developed by Jaguar's ETO division to be the ultimate track-focused but road-going iteration of the XK coupe. Extensive aerodynamic and suspension changes, as well as the addition of carbon ceramic brakes, have combined to give the XKR-S GT race-car inspired connected feel and braking performance. Initial production will be limited to just 30 cars for the North American market.
A range of bespoke carbon fibre components, including an extended front splitter, dive-planes and elevated rear wing, all work to maximise the XKR-S GT's aerodynamic downforce. Technical learning from the development of the new Jaguar F-TYPE two-seater sports car has also been applied to the XKR-S GT's suspension and steering systems, optimising both immediacy of response to driver input and agility.
Stunning performance is provided by Jaguar's proven 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, boasting 550PS and 680Nm, driving through a six-speed transmission and active electronic differential. Combined with the aerodynamic and suspension changes, plus revisions to the traction control system's calibration, the result in straight-line terms is a 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds. Electronically limited top speed is 186mph.
The XKR-S GT is available in Polaris White with unique graphics and Jaguar R-S GT script on its louvred bonnet. The Warm Charcoal interior - with red accents - features 16-way electrically adjustable 'Performance' seats finished in soft-grain leather and Suedecloth with the Jaguar and R-S GT scripts integrated into the backrests. Jet Suedecloth headlining and a Jet Suedecloth steering wheel, with aluminium paddle shifters, are fitted as standard. Script to the treadplates and console highlight the exclusiveness of the XKR-S GT.
"The development of the XKR-S GT demanded an uncompromised approach to enhance aerodynamic downforce, with complementary suspension changes to maximise high-speed cornering ability. In combination with the use of a carbon ceramic braking system, the result is the most focused 'R' model Jaguar has ever built which delivers heightened levels of performance and driver reward.
"The XKR-S GT has been designed purely by the laws of physics. It has been developed in the wind tunnel and on the racetrack with the sole aim of creating as much high-speed stability and downforce as possible. Nothing has been styled for the sake of it. It's been an exercise in efficiency and the result is a car that's raw, focused and devastatingly quick."
The XKR-S GT features a carbon-fibre front splitter of race-car wrap-around type; extending forward by 60mm, it starts the optimisation of airflow around, over and underneath the car. Aggressive carbon-fibre twin dive-planes and wheelarch extensions further the efficiency of airflow around the car, while below the addition of an optimised aluminium front valance serves to smooth airflow under the car as well as enhancing engine and brake cooling performance.
A rear carbon-fibre diffuser ensures the smooth exit of air from underneath the car, while the elevated rear wing - also in carbon-fibre - works in combination with the decklid mounted spoiler to maximise rear downforce. At its electronically limited top speed of 186mph, the XKR-S GT produces 145kg (320lb) of downforce.Bonnet louvres serve as a further engine cooling aid while also helping aerodynamic performance by improving the airflow through the front end of the car.
Allied to the extensive aerodynamic revisions are detailed suspension changes.
The front and rear suspension arms, uprights, wheel bearings, bushings and rear subframe are all new and draw on hardware developed for the F-TYPE. The overall set-up works to increase lateral suspension stiffness for greater precision and responsiveness.
Integral to the revised suspension system is its new spring and damper module design. The XKR-S GT has a motorsport-derived twin spring system mated to Jaguar's Adaptive Dynamics damping system - the dampers now being ride-height adjustable. Front and rear spring rates are respectively 68% and 25% stiffer than on the XKR-S, while the damper tune is much more track-focused, providing increased levels of body control and grip.
Jaguar's Adaptive Dynamics have been specifically tuned for the XKR-S GT so that the suspension parameters change to deliver a higher level of body control with maximum traction and grip when the dynamic mode is deployed, offering optimum performance for focused track driving.
The XKR-S GT has a front track which is 52mm wider than that of the XKR-S while the rear remains the same. The steering rack is from the F-TYPE, with a correspondingly faster ratio and retuned steering valve. The result is immediacy of turn-in and response to steering inputs.
The unique 20-inch forged and lightweight alloy wheels - finished in gloss black - are shod with specially developed Pirelli Corsa performance tyres (255/35 and 305/30 front/rear), giving the XKR-S GT a more muscular stance and greatly increasing its grip and stability.
"The XKR-S GT is an uncompromised car, but one that inspires confidence and encourages the driver to push it to its limits, fully exploring its handling abilities. It's a car that draws you in and is never intimidating, with performance that is both accessible and rewarding."
The XKR-S GT is the first production Jaguar to be fitted with a carbon ceramic braking system.
The internally ventilated and cross-drilled lightweight brake discs measure 398mm and 380mm front/rear respectively. Combined with six-piston monoblock calipers at the front and four piston units at the rear - the yellow calipers being branded with 'Jaguar Carbon Ceramic' script - the XKR-S GT delivers race-car levels of fade-free stopping power and brake pedal feel.
Enhanced braking feel comes courtesy of the electronic Pre-Fill system. Working in conjunction with the car's DSC system, Pre-Fill pressurises the brakes every time the driver comes off the throttle pedal, resulting in a very short and consistent level of travel on the brake pedal. This maximises braking response, reduces the car's stopping distance and delivers increased levels of confidence during high performance driving.
The lightweight nature of the carbon ceramic system means a reduction in unsprung weight of 21kg - so further enhancing the XKR-S GT's handling.
The XKR-S GT's carbon ceramic braking system also has a significantly longer life span than a standard system.
"The brake disc and pad materials are specially tailored for Jaguar characteristics. Because the XKR-S GT is a road car as well as one suitable for customers to take on the track, we engineered it for race-car braking performance but with no compromise to cold or wet weather ability."
Jaguar's proven all-aluminium 5.0-litre supercharged quad-cam V8 engine, boasting 550PS and 680Nm of torque, delivers not only exhilarating performance but also tremendous efficiency thanks to the technologies incorporated into it, including spray-guided direct injection (SGDI) and dual independent variable cam timing (DIVCT).
The high-pressure die-cast lightweight aluminium block is stiffened with cast-iron liners and cross-bolted main bearing caps, providing refinement to match its power. The four-valve cylinder heads are constructed from recycled aluminium, between them sitting the Roots-type twin vortex supercharger fed by two intercoolers, which feature their own water-cooling circuit to reduce the temperature of the pressurised air thereby optimising power and efficiency.
The XKR-S GT features a fully active performance exhaust system with valves that open under load, both enhancing gas-flow and the car's aural character, while optimising power output.
In straight-line terms, the powertrain's significant output, combined with the aerodynamic, suspension and traction control software revisions, mean the XKR-S GT can sprint from 0 to 60mph in 3.9 seconds and onto an electronically limited top speed of 186mph.
Source: Jaguar Press

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Lego Star Wars Ewok Village complete

Just completed the build the othert night whilst seeing City take apart Liverpool on the telly.

Am missing a couple of parts, but I always seem to end up with spares for some reason, so I have ordered these via Lego.com.

No pictures of the full build yet, as I want to see if I can capture the Battle of Endor set as well.....but initial impression is that this is a highly detailed set aimed at the adult rather than the child. Unless you are into Star Wars Return of the Jedi, this will make not much sense to you as a set.

So I move on to the next build shortly and then perhaps both sets into the back garden for some photos.
posted from Bloggeroid

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Throughly outplayed - Hammers 1, Southampton 3




Dead, oh dear.......

Methinks the hangover from the league cup was still lingering............this was a dismal performance by the Hammers which should have been a given three points.

Arrogant? No - the way we played against Palace gave a taster of what we should expect - but in typical West Ham fashion, the dreams faded and died.........

So Noble gets a goal - deflected of that, but the defending in this game was rubbish. Adrian did his best, but seriously this was the land of the school boy error. No marking, no thought - gifting Southampton possession and play and the space to put a ball in or better still score - which they did three times. 

At 1-1, I would have settled for a point, but the second goal led me to the wobbles and the third one just summed it up. 


From what I saw of the Southampton goals, this is not good enough for West Ham - if we are to truly prove that we are a top 10 side that can challenge for European spots every season, then these are the games that we need to win without issue.

Yet this stinks once again of lack of confidence.......and lack of concentration as well - even though with three points we are STILL better off than Utd, this is such a dangerous position to be in as a string of losses will mean that we will just get sucked into a relegation battle once more. 


International break means time to re-group - next match is Hull away. Sorry, that has to be three points - nothing else will do. 

I should have had Schneiderlin in my Fantasy league side, but failed to transfer him in, keep Mata for some stupid reason as captain.......

LEGO Star Wars 2015 Rumored Set List (Updated)

Looks like Lego want my money to stay in my pocket!!

Absolutely nothing here appeals so thank goodness for that as I have only the Mos Eisely Cantina and the B-Wing fighter to pick up - then job done.

Again, I have no interest in anything outside of Eps IV to VI - so just keep going Lego - this suits me and the wallet just fine.

LEGO Star Wars fans, it’s your turn to get in on the fun. We previously posted a list from Jedi News but it looks like there are some other sets that weren’t listed before. Ghostmind on Eurobricks has posted the list of the 2015 LEGO Star Wars sets which confirms what we posted before. Prices in New Zealand Dollars courtesy of CM4Sci and David.
Microfighters
ARC-170 Starfighter (75072) – 17.99
Vulture Droid (75073) – 17.99
Snowspeeder (75054) – 17.99
AT-AT (75075) – 17.99
Republic Gunship (75076) – 17.99
Homing Spider Droid (75077) – 17.99

Rebels
Imperial Troop Transport (75078) – 24.99
TIE Advanced Prototype (75082) – 79.99
AT-DP (75083) – 99.99
Wookie Gunship (75084) – 129.99
Ezras Speeder Bike (75090) – 49.99

System Sets
Shadow Troopers (75079) – 24.99
AAT (75080) – 49.99
T-16 Skyhopper (75081) – 49.99
Hailfire Droid (75085)
Anakin’s Custom Jedi Starfighter (75087)
Geonosis Troopers (75089) – 24.99

Senate Commando Troopers (75088?)- 24.99

The post LEGO Star Wars 2015 Rumored Set List (Updated) appeared first on The Brick Fan.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Celtic: Champions League exit the result of downsizing

I am fascinated with the failure of Celtic of late - walking the league every year does not mean anything; FC Basel won their 4th title in a row last year, which was hardly taxing for them and their league is a little worse than the Scottish one. Scottish football is weak - very weak - and if Celtic are the best that Scotland have to offer, then the results in Europe are what they deserve. 

Celtic: Champions League exit the result of downsizing

If last season's Champions League campaign showed that Celtic had lost the ability to survive against the very best then this season's debacle proves they cannot even now survive at a level well below the very best.
When attempting to analyse their double failure in recent weeks it's as well to start at the beginning rather than the end and that self-inflicted horror show on Tuesday evening - Celtic's Champions League play-off defeat by NK Maribor.
To put proper context on where they are now - and how far they have been allowed to fall - you need to go back two seasons to their first bow in this competition under Neil Lennon.
The Champions League is a brutal testing ground where so many things have to go right if teams like Celtic are to prosper.

In 2011-12, they had an outstanding goalkeeper, steely concentration and organisation in defence, midfield spoilers that stood toe-to-toe with outstanding rivals, an extraordinary ability to convert a freakishly high percentage of their chances - and luck.
All of those things were required to get Celtic through to the last 16. They had players who could stay focused despite having less of the ball than most of their opponents. They didn't give away criminally soft goals or pick up daft red cards.
In their six group games they had an attacking game that was - in the ratio of opportunities created to goals scored - the most efficient in the entire competition. More ruthless than Real Madrid and Barcelona and Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund and all the others.
In the famous double-header with Barcelona they had an average of 27% possession. In the two matches they had six attempts on target compared to Barca's 27. And yet the aggregate score was 3-3. Celtic scored from 50% of their efforts that found the target. A jaw-dropping statistic.
Wind the clock forward a season and so many of the things that went right for Celtic in 2011-12 didn't happen in 2012-13. They still had the outstanding goalkeeper, but their defence, midfield and attack were all weaker.

Celtic summer signings

2010
Efrain Juarez (£3m), Gary Hooper (£2.4m), Beram Kayal, Anthony Stokes (£1.2m), Daryl Murphy (£800,000), Emilio Izaguirre (£600,000), Fraser Forster (loan), Cha Du-Ri, Joe Ledley, Daniel Majstorovic, Charlie Mulgrew (free). Transfer fees: £8.4m
2011
Mo Bangura (£2.2m), Victor Wanyama (£900,000), Badr El Kaddouri, Fraser Forster (loan), Adam Matthews, Dylan McGeouch, Kelvin Wilson (free). Transfer fees: £3.1m
2012
Fraser Forster (£2m), Efe Ambrose (£1.5m), Miku, Lubos Kamenar (loan), Lassad (free). Transfer fees: £3.5m
2013
Virgil van Dijk (£2.6m), Teemu Pukki (£2.4m), Amido Balde (£1.8m), Derk Boerrigter (£1m), Nir Biton (£700,000), Steven Mouyokolo (free). Transfer fees: £8.5m
2014
Jo Inge Berget, Jason Denayer, Aleksandar Tonev, Wakaso Mubarak (loan), Craig Gordon (free). Transfer fees: £0.
Lennon bought Virgil van Dijk as a partner for Kelvin Wilson, not as a replacement. Nir Bitton was a downgrade on Victor Wanyama. Teemu Pukki was brought in to fill the gap left by Gary Hooper. There was a swift erosion in quality through the spine of the team and it told.
The previous season Celtic scored nine goals and secured 10 points in the group stage. Last season they got three goals and three points and the goals they scored were courtesy of a penalty and a deflection in the win over Ajax and a consolation when already 6-0 down to Barcelona.
And this was after experiencing an almighty scare in getting to the group stage in the first place. The one result last season that should have informed their transfer strategy this season was the 2-0 play-off first-leg loss to Shakhter Karagandy which preceded a 3-0 win in Glasgow. That was the wake-up call. Or it ought to have been.
Celtic didn't need to spend the kind of money that would have given themselves a shot at the last 16. That would have been financial madness. They needed to spend to improve a team that came perilously close to not making the last 32.
But they didn't. Peter Lawwell, the club's chief executive, failed to learn the lesson. He argues that much of the money that has been raised in television revenue and transfer fees has been reinvested in the team. It's hard to see where.
On Tuesday night, Celtic went into a critical European game with Anthony Stokes as the first-choice striker and yet Stokes hasn't scored in Europe in almost three years. Is that not proof of downsizing in microcosm?
NK Maribor goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic makes a save to deny Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk
Jasmin Handanovic's save to deny Virgil Van Dijk sealed NK Maribor's progress
Everybody knew what needed to be done at Celtic a year ago but the deficiencies in their team haven't been addressed. Some attempts have been made to plug holes but the judgement has been off.
Derk Boerrigter, Pukki, Amido Balde. They have lost Georgios Samaras - a decent European operator - and replaced him with Jo Inge Berget, a loan signing from Cardiff reserves.
There is the unmistakeable - and surely unarguable - impression of a club consistently downsizing. The summer was the time to reinvigorate things and go again. Instead they lost an experienced manager and replaced him with Ronny Deila.
It's too early to make a definite call on Deila. After all, had you judged Lennon on his early record in Europe then he wouldn't have been around long enough to bring about a revival. Those initial qualifying failures against Braga, Utrecht and Sion were all critical stops on his journey towards success in the Champions League.
Good managers study their own blunders and learn from them. In that regard, Deila has a huge amount of material to get through. There is a lack of quality, confidence and organisation in his team that is stark.
The defence has gone backwards on his watch. The midfield is plodding save for the excellence of Callum McGregor. Berget's arrival and elevation is bordering on the bizarre for one so ordinary. So many things have taken a step back. Maybe two steps back.
It's been said that Celtic have now found their level in the Europa League. On current form, that's a bit generous. Of course, you have to factor in the absence of Scott Brown and what might improvements his presence will bring, but the way they're going there could be plenty of rough days ahead for Celtic.

When the winning goal went in on Tuesday there was a shock that comes with the realisation of the doomsday scenario, but there shouldn't have been. Celtic's standards have been dropping since their fine run in Europe two seasons ago.
The Europa League might be a secondary competition that possesses none of the glamour of the main event, but there are enough teams in there that could easily give Celtic another dose of reality unless Deila improves and better players arrive.
They had two shots at the Champions League and they flunked them, having been reinstated to the competition following third qualifying round opponents Legia Warsaw fielding of an ineligible player. Celtic were a goal ahead in the away legs against Legia and Maribor and yet they didn't have the ability to take advantage.
While they're counting their blessings that they've still got European football until Christmas despite having a record of two wins in six matches, it might be a decent time for the Celtic board to take a hard look at what's happening and ask where, exactly, do they go from here.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Volvo's new X5.............


Is it me or does this new XC90 just have too much of a hint of X5 about it...........??

I think that the car loses some of the Volvo character in an attempt to lure those away from the BMW.

"Computer says no.................." (coughs). 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Tevez not to blame as Sheffield Utd win it on pens, 5-4

Sorry, I should have blogged my thoughts earlier, but as ever, Liam Spencer from iornviews.com writes an excellent fan perspective via his blog - reproduced here, so thank you Liam.

Tevez not to blame as Sheffield Utd win it on pens, 5-4
By  on August 27, 2014 in Match Report
Considering that was only the second round of the Capital One Cup, it feels like there’s an awful lot to talk about.
First up, however, it’s important to acknowledge the game itself – the ‘Tevez derby’ – as a whole. At the end of 120 minutes plus penalties, Sheffield United came out victorious, and ultimately, that’s what matters.
After watching the first half unfold not a single person would have backed the away side to turn things around. West Ham had been dominant in impressive fashion, controlling possession, creating good chances and defending admirably. Sam Allardyce must be praised, in fact, for setting the side up in the way he did. Diego Poyet’s inclusion in the starting XI at defensive mid gave attack-mined players Mo Diame and Ravel Morrison the freedom to get forward, often linking up effortlessly as they pursued up the pitch. Indeed, Diame put in arguably his best half of football in a West Ham shirt; taking on players for fun yet for once actually passing when the opportunities opened up, rather than selfishly having a go himself.

Ravel was plenty involved too, and it was his smart ball to 17-year-old Reece Burke that eventually unlocked the Sheffield defence, as the defender was consequently able to curl in a cross for Diafra Sakho to expertly head home. It had been a half of many chances for the home side, with Enner Valencia arguably guilty for not converting at least one of his opportunities, but Sakho’s finish looked to have set West Ham well on their way to victory.

Then everything went wrong.

Sheffield United came out the tunnel a different side in the second half, as did we. They stepped up a gear while we shifted down one, with the flow of confidence that had been previously witnessed completely reversing in their favour. It only took 10 minutes for the equaliser to come as Blades left back Bob Harris swung over a seemingly harmless cross that would subsequently hit an unfortunate Winston Reid, leaving Jussi Jaaskelainen helpless in the Hammers goal.

From here the game became more open; both sides had killer chances to win it but ultimately Sheffield United just wanted it that bit more. Downing and Zarate’s introduction to the game gave West Ham plenty of options in attack, but the players who had performed so aptly in the first half just couldn’t find a way through the resilient away defence. It has to be noted that the Blades’ back line was utterly superb in keeping us out. I hadn’t seen a string of such well-timed blocks since our 0-0 with Chelsea back in February last season.
As you all know by now, the game went to the lottery that is penalties. This time, Sheffield United’s numbers came up.

The result sort of brings a conclusion to the entire affair of 2007, and in some ways Sheffield United will feel as if they have finally avenged West Ham and the little Argentine for all that has happened since. Perhaps the footballing gods thought this was the only fair way to resolve the dispute at hand, and by in large it has. West Ham remain the Premier League club while Sheffield are granted their moment in the sun after so long in the darkness. It’s bloody annoying, but it’s not the end of the world.

Notes
  • Big Sam: “We found a ‘keeper in his top form and that has cost us in the end because he’s the one who saved the penalty as well. It’s a disappointing night in the fact that we lost, but the football that we played and the people going out there and getting the game they needed under their belts gave an excellent account of themselves.”
  • I have absolutely no qualms with Sam Allardyce for yesterday’s defeat. He set us out in a positive fashion and the players he did bring in were – other than Valencia – very impressive. It was Enner Valencia who had the chances to win the game, and also missed a penalty. We all called for Sam to play him and he did. The other players on show should easily have beaten a League 1 side, so you simply can’t blame Sam Allardyce for this defeat. It came down the the away side giving their absolute all to shut us out and ultimately succeeding. Sometimes in football, you just lose.
  • Another thing: There was no hoofball on display, and there hasn’t been all season. In the first half everything went through the middle, on the floor, with Diame and Ravel given responsibility of passing and dribbling the ball forwards. Albeit, we became frustrated towards the end of the game and looked to go a bit more direct, but which side doesn’t do that? Once again the football on display was nothing like what we have seen in the last two years.
  • Sam on the performances of teenagers Poyet, Burke – who assisted Sakho’s goal – and Dan Potts: “They were very, very good. Three Under-21 players didn’t look out of place and were comfortable, so that’s good for the future of West Ham. Ravel Morrison also had his first game and Enner had his first game since the World Cup, and he had to play 120 minutes, which was some going and he did a fantastic job.”
  • Ravel Morrison is certainly stronger than last season. He was guilty of taking one touch too many yesterday for sure but his physical and aerial presence has improved significantly.
  • Poyet and Burke were the standout players by the end of the match. The latter put in a majestically mature performance for a 17-year-old; far more composed than his defensive partner Reid.  For a defender he was very good with the ball at his feet, yet powerful in the air, too. Considering he’s still 10 years away from his prime, he looks to be one of the best academy prospects we’ve had in many years.
  • Today was the first time I watched a West Ham player who was younger than me. I’m 18, but a suddenly feel a lot older.
  • I’ve watched the Sakho goal a few times now.On first viewing it looked like Sakho’s header but closer inspection shows the final touch came off Carlos Tevez.
  • On a serious note: Sakho looks a serious player. He only had one real chance but he only needed one to score. Given our wasteful tendency it would be great to think we may have a genuine poacher on our hands. It’s only one goal, but it’s one more goal than Chamakh, Petric, Paulista and Borriello scored for us.
  • Despite Valencia’s poor night, he did appear to have the makings of a powerful forward. He got himself into the right areas time and again; it just wasn’t to be his game. He’s raw, definitely, and may take a little longer to adapt to English football that Allardyce would’ve liked, but as long as he doesn’t let yesterday’s performance shatter his confidence he’ll start scoring soon enough.
  • To the guy behind me who kept shouting “Go on Mario!” – we haven’t signed a superhero. It’s Mauro.
  • Ricardo Vaz Te was again frustrating for the third game in row. He got plenty of the ball but it really looks as if he is trying too hard.
  • A crowd of nearly 29,000 turned out for the Capital One Cup tie. If you were in attendance congratulate yourself; that’s one hell of a support.

What lies in store for Lego City 2015

So, having a look around at the rumours for the Lego City sets for 2015.
From what I have seen the following are proposed: 

  •      60081 Tow Truck
  •      60082 [Great Vehicle]
  •       60083 Snowblower
  •        60084 [Great Vehicle]
  •        60085 [Great Vehicle]
  •        60088 Fire Starter Kit
  •        60072 Beginner’s Demolition
  •        60073 Truck breakdown
  •        60074 Bulldozer
  •        60075 Excavator and Truck
  •         60076 Demolition


Now, I am all in favour of the construction models, but looking at the great vehicles I am curious to see what they come up with. Over the last few years, I have got around 90% of the City sets which are all in line for the wee one when he is older. But having read the great article on Brickset.com about the houses of Legoland/City I do wonder why there are not concentrating on things like the Post Office, Petrol Station, Airport, Housing……..yet, I am sure that there will be yet another Police station or Fire station – and yet even more vehicles to add to a City already saturated with Emergency Vehicles.

I have to say that this is the major flaw with Lego City at the moment – and I am not the only one getting hacked off about this.


Let’s see what the construction theme holds…..it could be a re-vamp of older models created in the past. 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Two things from tonight's football........

Two things that I have taken away from tonight's football:

1) Celtic FC - given a gift to get into the Champions League and have blown it yet again. What an absolute joke. Any team should have done everything to win that game, yet Celtic once more fold and fall apart. Just proves to me that Scottish football is a pile of rubbish. Wasted opportunity and TBH disgraceful.



2) MK Dons 4, Utd 0 - League Cup 2nd Round. Listening to the match on 5Live, it seems that Utd currently haven't a clue. And to be dumped out of the Cup in such humiliating manner just pours fuel on teh fire that LvG has massive problems.



But remember this - Fergie took around three years to win a trophy and then look what happened. I don't think that Utd will do a Liverpool and go for the next 10+ years without silverware. They will come good and then when they do, they will clean up being the blight of every team playing them.

(I do hope I am sincerely wrong about this......)

Lego Star Wars Ewok Village 10236 - Book 2 completed

So I have now completed book 2 of the Lego Star Wars Ewok Village. Once again I have done this in stages over a long period of time rather than complete the build ASAP.

Below are a few photos of the main bulk of the set - book 3 sees the remaining towers added and the whole thing pieced together.

I am not going to write too much more at this stage, but will compile a full review once the set is fully built and add all the photos as a pictorial story.

It has been an interesting build so far......the use of the bricks really does turn some thinking on its head to create the desired effect.

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