I'm a Newcastle Jets fan through and through, but I'll barrack for any A-League team that's in the Asian Champions League. Which is why I was on the edge of my lounge watching Adelaide United hold China's Changchun Yatai to a goaless draw to become the first Aussie outfit to reach the quarter-finals of the ACL. Good luck against Japan's Kashima Antlers in September, lads - with the amount of goals they scored in the group stage, you're gonna need it.
CM, AM and I were at the SFS to see our national women's and men's soccer teams. The Matildas beat Canada 2-1 in front of 3000 people, then the Socceroos defeated Ghana 1-0 before 10 times that number. The joke's on the 27,000 fans who didn't bother with the earlier game - it was the more exciting of the two. Karl Stefanovic, co-host of Nine's "Today" show, was a row ahead of us...initially. His grouped shifted elsewhere, possibly 'cos he was being sledged by drunks. Oh yeah, and the organisers mislaid the Ghanaian anthem and had to play it prior to the second half.
Sister AK was meant to be "launching" her cute homemade toys on a market stall, but as they weren't quite ready yet, she and Mum just sold the usual bric-a-brac. This technicality allowed me to weasel out of going along to provide moral support, as I'd previously promised :-)
PB and I were at the SFS to see the NSW Waratahs meet the Sharks from Durban, RSA in the Super 14 semi-final. Our mascot, Tah Man, made a spectacular entrance by army chopper, then it was on with the rugby. Despite Kurtley Beale flubbing half a dozen kicks at goal, our defence proved too strong. We downed them 28-13 and will now meet the Crusaders in the final, to be held in Christchurch, NZ next Saturday. Post-match, Phil Waugh was honoured for his 100 Waratahs caps.
"UFC #84: Ill Will" was as brutal as a spinning backfist to the temple!
The "53rd Eurovision Song Contest" had a pleasingly high proportion of weirdos. If I were forced to listen to three of the acts again, I'd choose France, Bosnia & Herzegovina and...um, France. The voting was more politically biased than ever. Smashing presentation, though.
Book learnin': "I Love You, Beth Cooper" (2007) by Larry Doyle; "The Facts In The Case Of The Departure Of Miss Finch" (2008) by Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli; and "Engleby" (2007) by Sebastian Faulks.
Siren songs: "Folk Uke" (2005) by Folk Uke.
New choc city: Mars Planets. These UK imports are kinda like Maltesers, but with three different types of filling (caramel, nougat and wafer).