Well Back to the Future is now in the past, and is, and will always be, one of our favourite movie trilogies (Along with Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and the Hobbit trilogies, and Indiana Jones, oh and the original superman movies, but getting off track). For the Lovely Clan Daddies birthday, we purchased him movie memorabilia, Back to the Future movie memorabilia to be precise, a framed copy of Grays Sports Almanac and a replica hover board. And I must say they are really, really awesome 🙂 Continue reading “What owning a hover board means”
What is your favourite TV show? Paw Patrol
What is your favourite character in Paw Patrol? Skye. She is a brown puppy dog.
She flies a pink helicopter. and rescues, people on the ground. She see’s someone on the ground that needs help from the helicopter. She uses goggles, like a telescope to see them.
How does she rescue them? She sends down a rope, with a cat carrier.
Who else is in the show?
Skye is helped by the pups and rider. Rider is a person.
There is snow pup called Everest, she lives in the mountains and she helps too.
Chase is a blue dog and he uses a net to catch to catch things like turtles when their pond dried up. Rubble drives a digger with a drill on the back, and fixed the pond.
My other favourite is Rocky he is the recycle pup and helps build things.
Marshall drives the fire truck. He is black and white with spots, he wears a red helmet. He puts the ladder up the building and rescues people.
Zuma goes out on the ocean in a hovercraft, which floats on the water. He has a backpack and he can go underwater. He doesn’t go fishing. He helps rescue things under the water.
Why is it your favourite show? Because it has talking puppies.
Which would you like to meet? Chase, because he is the cutest.
Boom gives this show an infinity star rating!!
– The Clan Kids
So the clan kids (particularly the boys) have been at us for months, and months to start a YouTube channel. Of course, between working full-time, running a small side business, and managing a household of three clan kiddies, this has been in the “no way, way too hard, we have no time” bucket.
However in the spirit of having fun last weekend, Mummy relented and created a channel and we made Boom’s Craft Table. A highly amateur, and awesomely fabulous craft show for kids – which of course we thoroughly encourage you watch and like and subscribe and all that 🙂
Here is Booms Craft Table, Oh and show your kids (pssst.. there will be another one on Monday)
Today in trying to do what they wanted, we attempted our first car video, haha. The word attempted is very, very critical to that sentence. Apart from clan kid Bob thinking it was another awesome idea of Clan mummies to have a little dance to Kung Fu Fighting… he failed to actually participate. Boom cried ‘cos she hurt her ankle on the way to car (which Clan Mummy didn’t take seriously until she couldn’t get out of the car at home… oops) We loaded them anyway here and here.
As a result, and with great sadness, there will be no car dancing videos from the Clan Diaries. 😦
There goes the dreams of recreating the Wayne’s World Bohemian Rhapsody scene damn it.
– Clan Mummy and Daddy
RWC 2015 is starting to get to the end with the Rugby Championship Competition hijacking the affair with an all southern hemisphere semi final round. Two cracking games ahead, New Zealand V South Africa and Australia V Argentina.
There is a play off for 5th place – they have just renamed it the 6 Nations!
One thing to say the timing of the tournament has favoured the Southern Hemisphere with those teams coming off the Super 15 rugby comp and then the Rugby Championship. Team cohesion, fitness and the chance to iron out the bugs over a season has helped. On the other side the Northern Hemisphere teams are really only at the beginning of their seasons so (match) fitness and time for the team to build structures was more limited. The English RFU may be asking themselves if the timing of the tournament was a factor in the early exit.
Anyway on to the games…
New Zealand V South Africa
A game worthy of a final and a special treat for a semi to offer up such a great game. This will be very physical encounter, the Boks are primed to ‘rip the heads’ off the All Blacks, or at least that is what Steve Hanson is telling his stars. I don’t think that would phase the All Blacks though they love the physical challenge, and then will run around and all over the Boks if they survive the initial 15 minutes onslaught. The All Blacks key strength over many years (with very few lapses) is their ability to build within the game to control the pace and flow. Another thing the All Blacks do so well is they support play as soon as one makes a break there is always one or two others just off their shoulders waiting for the ball, it carves teams up.
I wish the Wallabies could play more like that! If the South Africans can hold the pace and keep the physicality going, they could be well placed towards the end of the game. The loss to Japan will be a distant memory and the proud Boks will still be looking for redemption.
It will be a torrid affair but I am going with the All Blacks to win by 7+. However see the end of this post for an interesting alternative to the two teams to meet in the final.
Australia V Argentina
Wow the Wallabies turned in the Wobblies at the worst possible time giving Scotland the brave the slight glimmer of a semi final spot, only to have their hearts not just broken but ripped out and stamped on by the ref (note not the Wobblies).
I wont say anything on that except (well ok I am…) really the ref called what he saw in real time and it is good he can’t go to the TMO, games would go for several hours longer if they could, it would get ridiculous. People already vent frustration with scrums taking three whole minutes!! I have watched the replay several times, regardless of Phibbs going or not going for the ball the Scottish lock in front of Phibbs was also offside and interfered with Phipps so in my view two Scottish players were offside and stopped the Wobblies from taking advantage of the knock on, penalty any time.
Anyway Rugby has an ethos of respect for the ref which has now been trampled on by several high profile ex-players who really only want the attention on them and the atrocious actions of World Rugby to release a statement saying he got it wrong is very poor. Did they address or review all the other ‘dubious’ decisions in the match or only just this one. It needs to be consistent because, in my humble opinion, the Wobblies were very hard done by on several scrum penalties (not all though) and the Scots scrum tactics (pulling back, angle/boring in and several times the flankers directly bound onto the Australian props!) were worse than England’s, which were rightly blown up. Ok I wasn’t going to say anything on that but too late now.
The last part on this the Wobblies coach rightly pointed out regardless the Wobblies still needed to kick it, and it was by no means an easy kick. Lucky for the Wobblies Bernard ‘Iceman’ Foley can certainly hold his nerve.
The Wallabies will be better prepared now, they have had a very large wake up call and will be on extreme alert for a very passionate Argentina who are playing some great Rugby in their own style. This will be a tough game for both sides however I think the pure emotion and efforts of Argentina to get the win against France will be draining while the Wallabies will have been jarred out of their complacency, or at least Cheika will have flogged them on the training park.
The big question remaining is the fitness of three key players for the Wallabies, Sio, Pocock and Folau. All three are lock-stones for the Wallabies World Cup hopes. It is not looking good for either Sio or Pocock, however could Cheika be playing mind games?? I sure hope so because the Wallabies forwards are a lot stronger with Sio and Pocock. Folau is … well he just is capable of anything so having him on the field would be great. In all this though both Ben McCalman and Sean McMahon make for very handy replacements along with Kurtley Beale, if he is on his game that day.
The Wallabies will win but not by a lot Wallabies by 1-7. C’mon the Wallabies!!!!!
Alternative outcome I think about (exciting prospect…)
The All Blacks go down to the South Africa and the Wallabies turn back to the Wobblies and we have an Argentina V South Africa final. The ‘Latin passion’ rises to the fore with the Argentinians beating the South Africans like they did in the Rugby Championship in South Africa!
That would be a game equally worthy of my predicted final: Wallabies v All Blacks!
– Clan Daddy
I have been pondering this all morning. I joined a few blogging groups on Facebook and enjoyed a morning reading about what people are doing, people asking for advice on media kits and reading what they blog about. It occurred to me that blogging is actually a really serious business.
Are we serious? Well we started this blog as a way to encourage us to write. I have never been a big writer, and my kids need help with their writing, neatness etc so I have been making them write down on paper our two stars and a wish and I have been typing this up after.
I think if we want to be serious bloggers, we would need a plan, and a goal. You know something to shoot for.
I will continue to ponder on this. But for the moment, we are using it as a way to teach us all how to write and to improve our skills as a family. One day maybe we will be a little more serious about what we are doing but for the moment we are enjoying the fun of it.
So I guess this leads me to the conclusion: Our purpose is to write, improve and enjoy 🙂
– Clan Mummy
Yesterday, we filmed, we laughed, we joked and we had a good time.
Now Clan Mummy is learning how to edit videos!!
Boom’s Craft Table will be a loaded every Monday night – stand by for the first awesomely amateur show and (un) professionally edited video.
Episode 1 will be loaded on our YouTube Channel – The Clan Diaries on Monday 19 October.
Sad to see the pool stage of the Rugby World Cup 2015 come to a close. Big shout out to the minnow nations for making up the numbers (like Japan, Namibia, Romania and England!). Time for the tier 1 nations to play the real Rugby World Cup.
The quarter finals are just around the corner and I am excited to see both the Wallabies and Wales in the hunt. Jeff wants to stay up on Sunday night to watch the Wallabies (2am game), he says he can skip school, hmmm tempting, I could skip work too. But too much on so I will avoid all social media, news and corridor conversation at work on Monday and sit down with Jeff and watch on Monday evening instead.
Pity about the English not getting through, never nice to get kicked out of your own party! Then again we couldn’t let them win! That was the pool of death with only the two top teams able to advance, C’mon Wallabies and Wales. That reminds me of an old joke…. An English player walks into a bar. There is normally a Scotsman, a Welshman and an Irishman as well – but they’re still playing at the Rugby World Cup.
Anyway onto the matches….