Australia vs Saudi Arabia

Australia broke an almost year-long drought with a scrappy 3-2 win over Saudi Arabia. It was a bit of an odd match. We got off to a flyer, up 2-0 after just six minutes. We improved in some areas, but dropped off in others. Saudi Arabia made a game of it, fighting back to 2-1 and 3-2, but we held on. Our 'keeper can consider himself lucky he wasn't sent off. A penalty was given which suggested a red card, not a yellow card to me. Still plenty more to do, but a win will help the confidence.

Robot of Sherwood

A traditional Who story in a way - a period piece with something alien that shouldn't be there. In this case it's the legendary Robin Hood battling a Sheriff of Nottingham with robot knights. Ultimately, while there were a couple of highlights and some witty moments, this was a light-weight story that compares poorly to the previous episode.

Belgium vs Australia

Postecoglou continues to experiment and try new players and combinations. It's important to re-build, but it would be nice to win a game, given the Asian Cup is only a few months away. Belgium, ranked 5th in the world, were too strong and ran out comfortable winners. We struggled on the attack, especially when Bresciano and Cahill went off. Defensively we seem to have more options than in attack. Our best defence should do reasonably well in the Asian Cup, but we need some goal scorers if we're going to progress.

Into The Dalek

A brilliant, chilling new episode that promises a lot from Capaldi's Doctor. A fascinating insight into both the Doctor and the Daleks matched by a clever, well-paced plot.

Deep Breath

After an eight month wait, endless teasers, a world tour and pop-up shops to whet the appetite, the new Doctor is finally here. As foreshadowed, there is a significant change in the character of the Doctor (offset by many references to the past). This first episode of the new series was broadcast simultaneously around much of the world on TV and in cinemas and was pretty solid. We're introduced to the new Doctor and there's a new mystery already.

Upgrading Drupal

This website is built using Drupal. Last (southern hemisphere) summer holidays I finally made time to upgrade from V6 to V7. It proved to be a bit of a saga.

Australia vs Spain

Our third and final match played out as many would have expected before the tournament. It was always going to be difficult to score without Cahill and we lacked some of the energy and verve of our first two matches. In the end Spain won comfortably.

Australia vs Netherlands

This game will probably remembered as one of the all-time World Cup classics. Ultimately though, for Australians, we'll look back at one that got away. The margins of error were tiny, but we were on the wrong end of them.

Chile vs Australia

The new look Socceroos battled bravely, but in the end their inexperience cost them dearly. A 1-3 loss pretty much confirms we won't get out of the group stage (not that there was much chance of that anyway). We fought back from a poor start and with a little more luck might have salvaged a draw, but in the end were left lamenting what might have been.

The Time Of The Doctor

The final epsiode of the Matt Smith era and also the 800th of all time drew a line in the sand, wrapped up all sorts of story lines and questions and left the new Doctor to start afresh. After the brilliance of the previous episode, I found this story to be wanting (although it has improved with subsequent viewing).

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