Friday, 12 February 2016

#ThrowbackThursday – 605 Taxi

One of my latest articles for Brickfanatics:


Payet signs until 2021!

Great news today from the Boleyn - and shows our intent.

There was rumour that Payet may go to China for a bigger deal, but this man is the new Di Canio - and now revered by the faithful.

#COYI







Thursday, 11 February 2016

Admiring the Female Form - Sara Jean Underwood

Bloody hell. What a fetching lass.

This lass made it into Playboy, but now presents some TV Show in Canada.

More of her photoreel is here on Farcebook - I will leave you to peruse at leisure.


















Wednesday, 10 February 2016

All the drama of the Cup - FA Cup, 4th Round replay - Hammers 2, Liverpool 1




I used to fear playing Liverpool as we never got a good result against them. I am still bitter and wounded over the 2006 FA Cup final – 90 seconds from victory. Ten years later, it is a different story.

Having met Liverpool for the fourth time this season the odds were for once stacked against them. We did the league double over them this year, our first win at Anfield since 1963, but this is also the FA Cup and anything can happen.

Much to my surprise, it was a full strength side which Slaven Bili put out with a relatively young bench.  And the first half was not for the faint hearted. Both sides hitting the post, with O’Brien and Payet from our side, Coutinho from Liverpool. You could not guess what way the match would swing. However, the deadlock was broken on half time with a superb hit by Antonio who is now producing the form we bought him for. Great cross in from Valencia and a great hit from Antonio – 1-0.

Second half  saw us mugged really. You have to say it was a clever free kick from Coutinho, Everyone was expecting him to chip it over the wall, but smart thinking to just whack it hard and low. 1-1. And caught us by surprise. 1-1, game on.

We should have had a penalty with Valencia being tugged in the area by Ilori, but you also had a feeling that justice was to be served. Randolph was on superb form to stop Benteke in extra time - a hearty cover for Adrian if ever he got injured. Actually, Benteke had the goal at his mercy numerous times but fluffed his lines. It was almost heart in mouth time.


And then when you thought it was just about to go to the dreaded penalties, Ogbonna meets a quality free kick from No 27 in the 121st minute.

2-1, game over.

Slaven cites that this was ‘one of West Ham’s greatest’ wins……for me this was payback.

No need to fear the Scoucers anymore – 7-1 on aggregate this season.

Blackburn away next in the 5th Round. Upton Park could still yet see Cup glory………fortunes always hiding. 




Liverpool must be sick of the sight of us now. But if anything this was a form of revenge for 2006.......and we know how that one ended.






TOMICA LIMITED VINTAGE LV-42b 1/64 MITSUBISHI DEBONAIR (Silver)

Regular readers will know that I am a bit of a fan of JDM land barges, and as the Garage expands with the 1/64 collection, I am looking to acquire more of these unique models that didn’t really see the light of day outside of the domestic market.

The Debonair is one of those land barges which I have never heard of until now through the TLV line. A big goliath of a lump, it was up there punching with the likes of the Nissan Gloria and Toyota’s Crown. Put next to the rest of the 1/64 Garage, this is a real unit – it is massive in comparison, and that is the way I like it. Irrelevant and pretentious, hitting the notes of Japanese success.

As usual all the Tomica refinements are there, with the shell and styling of the car captured nicely as usual. The front end is really well done, and the detail is impressive. But then again, whenever has it been rubbish. Whitewall tyres on the rims as well – that is stuff that sets these models out from the rest, the attention of detail. You can’t get better.

I do like the blue interior – if gives that feel of leather absurdness that such cars had of the era.

Once again, I am very pleased and this is a fine addition


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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Monday, 8 February 2016

Tomica Limited Vintage NEO: TLV-N115b Nissan Prairie JW-G (Silver)

Ah yes…………..the Nissan response to the Espace.

I remember seeing the Prarie on the roads in the 80s and it was one of those Matra Rancho cars if you know what I mean – there was something cool about it even though it was bog standard and nothing special.

I am so pleased that Tomica have finally taken the effort to get this one cast. It was a no-brainer for me – an essential purchase.

The colour scheme is just mental – but correct at the same time. The contrast works so well on this car that only the Prairie can get away with it. All the accents are there – door handles, indicator lights, side decals, I mean, it is great stuff. Wheels are done nicely as well.

It is a great little model, it really is. I wish time and time again that Tomica would focus on getting the wealth of back catalogue JDM created rather than plonk for the re-colour option. Models like this prove that there is a wealth of depth and they have a near bottomless pit of resource. If you have not got this within your collection, it is highly recommended as that unique model – a people carrier – amongst the sea of saloons. 


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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Saints go marching in - Soton 1, Hammers 0



Well, that was a bloody struggle. Actually, it was more like a waste of time.

1-0 down in 9 mins, and Southampton down to 10 on 54, with Wanyama getting a red for a silly challenge on Payet.

But with the advantage of the extra man, we could not make it count.

I am hoping that this was just an off day at the office. We were hopeless. For the goal, the defence was all over the shop and not a challenge made on any player closing in, hence Yoshida getting the solitary goal.

But with all the huff and puff, the sole figure of Valencia did not receive a decent service from the flanks. Payet and Noble were quiet, and were average at best. A far cry from the midweek triumph over 10 man Aston Villa. Even with substitutes of Carroll and new loan signing Emenike coming on to try and give Valencia some support - who was yet another player having an off day.  Forster was on top form saving a point blank header in from Winston Reid and did a lot to prevent us from scoring. 

There weren't any real positives to be taken from the game at all. Everyone played OK, but against ten men, this game was there for the taking and thus a look at fifth place was in with a shout. 

It is annoying that we lost this one and I do find it difficult to muse about as there is not much consolation. Actually there is - Charlie Austin fluffing his lines towards the end of the match.............quite happy with that. 

The FA Cup replay is on Tuesday...........how much of a distraction will a cup run be this season? And how many of us are looking to get knocked out so that we can focus on the league??

A frustrating day at the office.

Southampton

  • 44Forster
  • 17van Dijk
  • 6Fonte
  • 3Yoshida
  • 2Soares
  • 4ClasieBooked at 83mins (Ward-Prowse)
  • 12WanyamaBooked at 54mins
  • 21Bertrand
  • 10Mané (Romeu)
  • 19Pellè (Austin)
  • 7Long

Substitutes

  • 11Tadic
  • 14Romeu
  • 15Martina
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 20Juanmi
  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 28Austin

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 5Tomkins (Byram)
  • 19Collins
  • 2Reid
  • 3Cresswell
  • 16Noble
  • 4Song
  • 30Antonio (Emenike)
  • 27Payet
  • 20Moses (Carroll)
  • 11E ValenciaBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 1Randolph
  • 9Carroll
  • 14Obiang
  • 17O'Brien
  • 22Byram
  • 29Emenike
  • 35Oxford



Referee:
Mark Clattenburg


Attendance:
29,161


Saturday, 6 February 2016

LV-59b MITSUBISHI GALANT 16L GS (Green)

The smaller, lesser known JDM models are somehow more appealing than the standard mass of Cedric, Crown, and Skyline.

I have opted to add a Mitsubishi Galant to the fold for two reasons:

1) the body colour
2) it is a ‘Bishi – and they are not made that often made as a diecast model.

That colour scheme just reminds my SuperKings K-70 Porsche Turbo. So hence why I was probably drawn to it.

I can’t say too much about it TBH, as it is not an outstanding model – there is nothing at all that ensure that it blows all other models out of the water. Usual Tomica detail applies. Yet, it is essential as an entry within The Garage documenting the JDM cars of the 1970s.

For those who collect TLV’s, this is back fill. Which contradicts what I said about it being an essential collection model. So whilst it should be part of your collection I would not rush out and get it – it can be procured when there is little of interest about in terms of new castings. Get my drift?


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