August 16th, 2003

Amak Axver

Sleeping in

I'd forgotten what sleeping in was like. Sure, on weekends, I sleep in until 10-11am, but that's after staying up until about 1-2am, and it's not really sleeping in. But this ... I went to bed earlier than usual on weeknights, slept in until about 10am ... and, oh my Springhill, it was lovely. Must do it more often.
  • Current Music
    'I Threw A Brick Through A Window (bootleg)' by U2
Amak Axver

Rugby, rugby, rugby

It's all about the rugby for me today. Go the All Blacks! Kiwi, Kiwi, KIWI!

Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora!

This is going to be a fantastic game, and it's at Eden Park, Auckland. In other words, right in the middle of the city that holds over 1/4 of New Zealand's entire population. It will be a black crowd (in other words, a very pro-NZ crowd, 'black' in reference to the fact Kiwi supporters wear black/paint themselves black). This is going to be a spectacle. Only one game this year will be bigger than this, and that's the rugby union World Cup grand final. I love years like 2001, becase in those years the Bledisloe Cup is the biggest event in the sporting world ... or at least according to some of us. In years like 2000, you have the Olympics, 2002 the soccer World Cup and the Commonwealth Games, and 2003 the rugby union World Cup, but 2001, it's all about the Bledisloe. At least this year it's all about the union. We've got the Tri-Nations, hopefully we'll win the Bledisloe tonight, and then we just need to take home the World Cup in October and we would've cleaned out the Australian trophy cabinet.

NZ currently holds;
- Super 12 Cup (held by Canterbury, so seeing that's a Kiwi province, we have it)
- Tri-Nations Cup
- Womens' World Cup
- Seven-a-side World Cup
- Under 21's World Cup
To complete the collection and be totally dominant of the rugby union world, we just need the Bledisloe and the Mens World Cup. Even if we don't get them, we still hold the majority of the trophies, including 3 of the 4 World Cups.

So yes, GO NEW ZEALAND! I'm so excited. If we win ... oh yes, that will be marvellous. Superb. Amazing. Brilliant. Fantastiche. Toll. Spitze. Yes.
  • Current Music
    'Gloria (bootleg)' by U2
Amak Axver

Bledisloe

The Bledisloe is on in just under two hours! I'm so excited.

And my 'net should've cut out 10 minutes ago. Haha.
  • Current Music
    'Rejoice (bootleg)' by U2
Amak Axver

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"I love hymns and gospel music, but the idea of turning your music into a tool for evangelism is missing the point." - Bono

What a marvellous quote.

And my Internet should've cut out an HOUR ago! This is funny and amusing and cool, it staying connected for so much longer.

And the Bledisloe begins in an hour! *so very excited* GO NEW ZEALAND!
  • Current Music
    'Another Time Another Place (bootleg)' by U2
Amak Axver

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What the zarking fardwarks? My Internet should've disconnected TWO HOURS AGO. Why is it still connected? This is grand ... but WHY? I can't believe this. I'm going to have to disconnect soon because it's time for the Bledisloe. They've run through the teams, competitions Channel 7 is doing, and all the pre-game stuff you always get, so the kickoff will be very soon. This is one of the biggest days of the year for me, being a Kiwi rugby fanatic and all. I really wish I could play, but my glasses rather get in the way. If I were to play, either my glasses would get smashed, or if I were to take them off, someone would throw the ball at me, I wouldn't see it, and it'd hit me in the head and knock me out cold.

Anyhow nearly kickoff time and my Internet should've disconnected two hours ago. Or, more precisely, one hour and 55 minutes ago. I'll leave it on until the two hour mark and then cut it. Has my ISP just forgotten about me, or is that worm keeping them busy? Eh, I wish it'd stay on like this more often.
  • Current Music
    Pre-Bledisloe commentary
Amak Axver

KIWI, KIWI, KIWI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kiwi, Kiwi, Kiwi, Kiwi, Kiwi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think the above line gives away the result of tonight's game. In one of the most thrilling Bledisloe Cup matches I have ever seen, New Zealand defeated the Australian menace 21-17 (Half time score was 15-9 if I remember correctly). Douggie Howlett scored two brilliant tries (unfortunately they didn't get the ball out to Rokocoko much at all so he didn't have a chance to score and this was thus the first international in which he has not scored a try), Carlos Spencer's kicking was good, although not great, Collins and Mealamu played spectacularly, Justin Marshall put in a good effort as per usual, Muliaina played well and so did his replacement, Leon MacDonald (who was playing his first international for the year after suffering a severe concussion in the Super 12). The Australians also put in a good effort, particularly Gregan (the captain). The Kiwi defense was rock solid and denied the Australians on many occasions, and our lineouts were greatly improved from last week's match against South Africa. The only thing that really let the game down was the refereeing, by South Africa's Kaplan. This guy has cost us Bledisloe Cups before - one year, he made a ridiculous decision that handed Australia the Cup when he should've called full time and given it to us. It was obvious he wanted Australia to win, but we foiled him and the Bledisloe Cup has returned to the side of the Tasman that it belongs on (indeed, it was donated by Lord Bledisloe, a Kiwi, and was made in Wellington, albeit designed by an Australian).

This game was an amazing one, and when I think Bledisloe, tonight's game is what I think of - a hard fought, close, and very tense encounter between the two best rugby union nations in the world (with the best nation, NZ, coming off as victors of course). So, in a thriller, the New Zealand All Blacks have defeated the Australian Wallabies 21-17 at Auckland's Eden Park and claim the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 1997, with Doug Howlett scoring two outstanding tries for New Zealand. This is one of those times when I'm very proud to be a New Zealander. Good on you, All Blacks, you've done your fans and your country proud. Carry the Bledisloe Cup - OUR Cup - high. You deserve it.

Kiwi, Kiwi, KIWI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Current Music
    The sweet sound of victory
Amak Axver

What annoys me

Grr, I probably won't be online until about midday-1pm my time tomorrow. My Grandad is phoning at 10am and we'll probably talk for 30-60 minutes, and then afterwards Trudy says she wants the phone to talk to her sister, and that she "won't be long ... an hour." An hour most certainly IS long, and, knowing Trudy, she'll talk for longer. GRR. This is MY house, not yours. I hog the phone line, but that's because I CAN. Who's the guest, hmm? Wait until I've used the line. Try calling at 4pm, when I'll be off. You have plenty of time between 4pm and 5pm (when my Dad calls) to have this hour long conversation.

Sheesh. I like Trudy and I don't mind her living with us ... but this is annoying. Good bob. Maybe it'll at least give me some time to write.

Anyhow, I wanted another early night, so I think I'll make my way to bed now. Hopefully I'll be on at midday my time tomorrow.

(As a sidenote, does my life really revolve around the Internet like this? Sad. But there are people I want to talk to ... I hate not being able to be on at the same time as everyone else. Oh well, such is life I guess.)
  • Current Music
    'Into The Heart (bootleg)' by U2