World Cup 2018 Part 4: Semi Finals

Football, WC 2018

France 1 – 0 Belgium

Umtiti’s header in the 51st minute.

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“was is an own goal?” no, it just touched onto Fellaini’s lovely hair.

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England 1 – 2 Coatia

Everyone loves Gareth Southgate and matchday was named ‘Waistcoat Wednesday’ (by no one except the newspapers).

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It all started so well! Trippier scored from a free kick in the first 4 minutes! Everyone in the pub sang ‘football’s coming home!’ and spilt beer.

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Croatia equalised, and then scored again in extra time and England’s dream of winning the World Cup were dashed.

Of course, everyone in the pub was disappointed, but the DJ put on ‘You Got The Love’ and we all danced and celebrated and cheered the England Team.

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World Cup 2018 Part 3: Quarter Finals

Football, WC 2018

Uruguay 0 – 2 France

Lloris has made some amazing saves this World Cup.
I suspect that he may be putting magnets in the ball.

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Brazil 1 – 2 Belgium

Fernandinho’s own goal

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93rd minute stretchy last minute save from Courtois

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Sweden 0 – 2 England

Watching at my local pub.

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Russia 2 – 2 Croatia

Croatia won on penalties  – (Croatia 4 – Russia 3)

Kramaric’s goal for Croatia.

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World Cup 2018 Part 2: Round of 16

Football, WC 2018

Drawings from the round of 16. Winner stays, loser leaves.

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France 4 – 3 Argentina

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The 10s.

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Uruguay 2 – 1 Portugal

Ronaldo and his weird shorts action.

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Cavani scores 2 goals.

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Spain 1 +3 – 1 Russia +4

Penalties

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Croatia 1- 1 Denmark

It was exciting for the first 4 minutes, when both teams scored, but then it got a bit dull. It went to extra time and then penalties.

Most interesting moment was realising that everyone on the pitch except the goalies are in red/white/black.

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hmmm… bored….. LOOK! I’M ON TV!

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darn…. lost on the sweepstake…

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Brazil 2 – 0 Mexico

This World Cup has been quite bland for outrageous hair-dos. The Mexican team had fun with a bottle of bleach, strangely on the day that my colleague Adam came in to work with freshly bleached hair. This led to us speculating that he was moonlighting as a Mexican footballer. Sad to see Mexico knocked out.
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Belgium 3 – 2 Japan

Chadli scores Belgium’s 3rd goal 20 seconds before the final whistle and saves us all from extra time.

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Colombia 1- 1 England 3

England win the penalties. For. The. First. Time. Ever.

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World Cup 2018 Part 1: Group Games

Football, WC 2018

Some of my favourite moments of games I watched.

 

GROUP A

Russia 5 – 0 Saudi

The opening game! Russia score their 5th goal from a free kick in the 92nd minute.

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Egypt 0 – 1 Uruguay

This was a dull game. The most interesting thing about this game was Rodriguez coming on and noticing that the ‘7’ on his shirt was quite a nice font.

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Russia 3 – 1 Egypt

Dzyuba scores Russia’s 3rd goal.

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Uruguay 3 – 0 Russia

36 mins in Russia are two goals down and Igor Smolnikov gets a red card.

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GROUP B

Morocco 0 – 1 Iran

No boots, no problem.

Bouhaddouz scores an own goal in 95th minute and Iran wins the game.

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Portugal 3 – 3 Spain

“Sweet as a nut.” Nacho scores Spain’s 3rd goal.

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Portugal 1 – 0 Morocco

Ronaldo falls over a lot.

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Iran 0 – 1 Spain

Waiting to hear the VAR results to find out if Iran’s goal is offside.

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Bundle!

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Spain 2 – 2 Morocco

Boutaib scores!

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GROUP C

France 2 – 1 Australia

The aussies broke the ball!

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VAR provides the first penalty goal of the World Cup.

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Peru 0 – 1 Denmark

Schmeichel looking after my sweepstake.

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Gav came over and cooked me food and pretended that he knew what was going on.

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Denmark 1 – 1 Australia

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France 1 – 0 Peru

Mbappe goal celebration shrug.

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“it wasn’t me!”

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GROUP D

Argentina 1 – 1 Iceland

Messi’s miss.

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Croatia 2 – 0 Nigeria

fans!

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Argentina 0 – 3 Croatia

Rebic scores Croatia’s first goal of the match.

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Ref Ravshan Irmaton hands out 7 yellow cards

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Maradona

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Ivan Rakitic scores Croatia’s 3rd goal in the 91st min.

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Nigeria 2 – 0 Iceland

Iceland fans thunderclap, with a solitary Nigerian.

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Iceland 1 – 2 Croatia

Watching two games at the same time.

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Nigeria 1 – 2 Argentina

Messi scores the 100th goal of the World Cup.

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Moses’ acrobatic goal celebration.

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GROUP E

Costa Rica 0 – 1 Serbia

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Brazil 1 – 1 Switzerland

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Brazil 2 – 0 Costa Rica

Navas kept it goal free for 90 mins.

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Serbia 1 – 2 Switzerland

Swiss defenders hold on to Aleksandar Mitrovic.

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Shaqiri scores in the 90th minute, strips off in celebration and gets a yellow card.

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Switzerland 2 – 2 Costa Rica

A penalty in the 94th minute hits the crossbar and then into the Swiss goalie, giving Costa Rica and equalising goal.

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GROUP F

Germany 0 – 1 Mexico

The longest 3 minutes ever!

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South Korea 1 – 2 Mexico

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Germany 2 – 1 Sweden

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The Swedish goal worked so hard, but a last second a snazzy goal from Germany lost them the game.

 

South Korea 2 – 0 Germany 

The last 10 minutes of this game!
“The biggest VAR goal EVER!”

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In the last minute Neuer went wandering and left the goal open for South Korea to score again. And shockingly, Germany were out.

GROUP G

England 2 – 1 Tunisia

A pitch full of midges & Harry Kane’s 91st minute winner.

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Belgium 5 – 2 Tunisia

A game of goals!

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England 6 – 1 Panama

Watching England win at my local pub The Sov.

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England 0 – 1 Belgium

Acrobatics instead of goal saving.

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Panama 1 – 2 Tunisia

Wahbi Khazri scores Tunisia’s 3rd goal of the match, and does that hands-into-a-heart thing that gymnasts do.

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GROUP H

Colombia 1 – 2 Japan

Carlos Sanchez gets the first red card of the tournament within minutes of kick off and Colombia play as 10.

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Poland 1 – 2 Senegal

Watching at work. Carole shouting at the telly.

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Japan 2 – 2 Senegal

Watching with Lorna C. Drinking beers and eating monster munch and skips.

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Poland 0 – 3 Columbia

2nd goal.

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Senegal 0 – 1 Columbia

fans!

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Senegal had the same points/goals as Japan, but more yellow cards, so they had to go home.

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Ela Orleans, The Pastels

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Cafe Oto, April 15th 2018

This was my dream gig. I hadn’t seen the Pastels play before, and I have loved their music for more than 30 years. For them to be playing with Ela Orleans promised to be the best thing ever. I was not disappointed. Ela Orleans did a ‘greatest hits’ set which was amazing, and then The Pastels took the stage and I thought I might cry because it was so beautiful.

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Gwenno

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Hoxton Hall 12 April 2018

I hadn’t been to Hoxton Hall since the mid 90s, I played there and it was falling to bits. I remember that a lot of the building was boarded up because it was unsafe, but now it’s been done up with lottery grants and is a fab place. Gwenno was perfect to play there. We saw her a while back at Moth Club and she was great, but this gig was outstanding. She tried to get everyone singing along in Cornish to her cheese song, but our London ears are unused to Cornish words so we mumbled along awkwardly.

In the day time I went to the North Korean graphic design exhibition at House of Illustration, and thought it’d be fun to attempt to draw Gwenno in the style of the North Korean poster art.

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Women’s International Football

Football, MISC GAMES, womens football

Eng 2 – 1 Wales

I was shouting at the telly cos this was so exciting! I was supporting England, but it really looked as though Wales scored, so it could (should?) have been 2-2. The Welsh goalie Laura O’Sullivan absolutely ruled the match. But, England won the game, so they now lead their group. Roll on France 2019!

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Emergency Bitter

Misc

March 23 2018 Basingstoke Irish Centre

Rabies Babies played a gig in Basingstoke with a few bands, including Emergency Bitter.
To be honest, from the look of them I thought that they would play boring old style punk, but they were really good and funny. I absolutely want to see them play again. I hope we do more shows with them. I was very impressed with the look of their fantastic shoes and leads, so this is what I drew.

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SHE BELIEVES CUP

Football, SHE BELIEVES 2018, womens football

GER 2 – ENG 2

Faißt looked like a cool superhero, and White played like a superhero.

What a game! I was screaming at the screen (not screaming at the telly – cos the BBC only show women’s football on the ‘red button’, which is less jumpy than Channel 4’s effort for the Euros, and there was commentary too, but it still would be polite if they showed England games on the proper telly, and they showed the other games in the tournament too – I would have loved to have watched all of the games.

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Dingy Skipper

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My band Rabies Babies played at the Hand in Hand in Brixton, with Dealing With Damage, Slow Faction, PCF and Dingy Skipper.
Dingy Skipper turned out to be my very old friend Dick Ugly, formerly of Hackney anarcho punkers Ugly Beat, a band who I shared many a bill with back in the 1990s.
I love Dingy Skipper – sort of like if Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie were Durham miners. This was his first gig, hopefully there will be many more.2018_02_23_dickugly

Shoes

Misc

I went to the ‘Making Her Mark’ exhibition at Hackney Museum.

Many incredible and courageous women are celebrated in the exhibition, but these shoes really struck me. They are so normal. They are smart, flat shoes. They are not fancy, they are not the shoes that you would imagine are ‘activist’ shoes. They are just normal shoes. I have shoes like this (for wearing on rare ‘smart’ occasions). Almost all women I know have these shoes.

Nicola Thorp got sent home from work for wearing these shoes. I’m not sure what Nicola Thorp’s job is, but it is not a firefighter or builder or mountaineer, (all of which are professions that these shoes are unsuitable for). Nicola Thorp got sent home for wearing these shoes because at her work place the dress code for women is to have high heeled shoes. This was in 2015.

Nicola Thorp decided to complain about this. She started an online petition, which led to unfair and sexist dress codes being discussed in parliament.

So, Nicola Thorp’s normal shoes, which look so normal, and not at all the shoes of an activist, are changing laws.

Hurrah for Nicola and her shoes!

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Euros Childs

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Euros Childs and Oh Peas! at the Sebright Arms. 19th Nov 2017.

My first trip to the Sebright Arms since it’s been done up. The gig room is loads better than before, but it is about £6 a pint. Before the gig we had food at a place 2 mins down the road called VegItalian; a cafe on a double decker bus that does vegan & veg food. It was v good.

Rosie Oh Peas! was support act and backing band for Euros. For her set she played guitar and sang (no effects or keyboards this time), and then for her backing band stint she moved between keys, drums and guitar.

Euros Childs plays in London yearly, when he has a new album to tour and each time it is with a different backing band and always different, always good. He played some older stuff, including my favourite song about dog shit from last years album Refresh and a lot of stuff from the new album House Arrest. He’s got some new keyboards and was using his phone as a drum machine, which sounded surprisingly alright.

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more Euros Childs reviews on Gigs & Pencils:
Euros Childs at the Boston Arms 2013  Euros Childs at the Red Hedgehog 2014