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The Egypt Centre

I'm not not going to start off every post by apologising for not posting for a while. Things have been a little busy though. Besides house-hunting, through the last couple of weeks, I have had the pleasure of having my Mum come to stay.

While she was here, I gave her a lab tour, took her down to Mumbles and out to the Gower once or twice, as well as showing her a couple of the houses we are looking at. After the lab tour, Mum went to look at the Egypt Centre across the road from my office. Where else would you expect Mummy to go?

We took Mum to see Melvyn Bragg give an hour long plug a spoken word explanation of his recent book, 12 books that changed the world. It was a very enjoyable session, and it sounds like a book worth borrowing from the library. In case anyone is wondering, the books had to be British, and, from memory, they are: The works of Shakespeare, Newton's Principia Mathematica, the King James Bible, The Soccer Rulebook, Marie Stopes' thing on sex in marriage, 's thing on feminism, some bloke who ticked off Nelson's anti-slavery speach to the house of commons (Wilberforce), Adam Smith's books which caused globalisation (sorry, I'll try not to revert to 1066 and all that mode), Faraday's stuff, Magna Carta, The Origin of the Species and the Patent Specification for Arkwright's Spinning Machine.

This was at the Hay-on-Wye festival. For anyone who doesn't know, Hay-on-Wye is the town reknown for its 2nd hand bookstores. Mum got to go through lots of book shops and between me, Mum and Bec, we bought quite a few books.

I saw Mum on to the bus which took her to the airport, and back to life as normal. Or at least as normal as it ever gets.

This weekend, Bec and I did the Gower Gallop, which is a challenge walk in 16, 32 and 48km distances. We did the 32km walk with some of the other Tawe Trekkers. It was a really nice walk, although I was exhausted by the end. Apart from fatigue and a pair of stiff legs, I seem to have come away from the walk unscathed. It was good fun, although the early morning breeze died by mid-afternoon, so that by the time we were all tired and sweaty, there was no breeze to keep us cool.

Finally, an event which will reportedly be watched by 8 out of 10 people on the planet has just started. Personally, I find the McDonalds of world sport an incredibly boring sport, and probably the least interesting code of football I have seen. I am of the opinion that its global popularity shows that imperialism can inflict anything on a society. Be that as it may, I will make sure that anything I find of interest will be posted here.

One story which has gripped the oppressors to the East of Wales is on Rooney's broken foot. This has dominated the English newspapers. Let me just put this on the record: If I was playing against him in a game, I would stand on his foot. Three reasons. Firstly, I'm there to represent my team, and do what I can to ensure they get the best outcome. Secondly, if he is out there, then he is nominally fit, and fair game. Thirdly, if he reinjures his foot, it may make the next person think twice about coming out with an injury despite real medical advice.

Anyway, if Australia makes the final, I may watch a game. Otherwise, I think I will manage to do as good a job of avoiding it as I have the past four Olympics and the last two Commonwealth Games. And just think, for a tournament which is not really much more of a genuine logistical exercise than an under-10s carnival, just how much money is wasted on it which could go to much more important areas.

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