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Michael’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 10 Sep 2009

Location: Bristol & Southampton, England

MapRichie and Diana arrived all the way from Australia on Thursday the 3rd. Over the weekend in Bristol, we, including Charlie, Richie, Diana, Andy Broome and Charlie’s friend Lucy all had a BBQ at Charlie’s house, and then walked the short 5 minute walk to the Bristol Rovers (The Gas) football ground to see a League 1 soccer match. It was the first time I’d been to a soccer game in Bristol, and the first game for Charlie, Richie and Diana. Bristol beat Milwall 2-0, and the highlight of the day had to be hearing the Rovers fans behind the goals in the Blackthorn stand shouting “Ooooooooooooohhhhhhh You're SHIT aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh” every time there was a goal kick from the Milwall goalie!

Though the talking point had to be just how “suburban” the ground is. You can barely spot the ground from one street away! And the craziest part was the fact that the toilets are actually housed in shipping containers – that certainly don’t look too temporary!

Richard, Diana and I headed to Southampton on the Wednesday to watch the Aussies play England in the one-day cricket match at the Rose Bowl. It was a glorious morning and we happily headed to watch the day-night match. We caught up with a bunch of the Titans lads including Huw, Wombat, Clarky and Dash. It was, to be honest, a pretty boring match. The Aussie’s blitzed the Poms batting line-up, and then made the slowest run chase of all time. The weather turned brutally cold in the evening, and the night session of the game was damn chilly! And in shorts, even worse… That evening, despite knowing where the Aussie cricket squad were partying, we didn’t head out. Too tired, way too tired, and too cold!

Today, we headed to the Southampton Boat Show. That was the first time I had been to a boat show, and some of the mega-yachts that were there were incredible. We saw the unveiling of a new mega-yacht, with the all girl string group, Escala, and the ribbon cut by F1 legend Eddie Jordan. A pretty fun day all in all, and something to aspire to! Haha.