SXSW 2007

This is my travel blog. It started as a way for people to keep up with my trip to Australia to watch the 2006/7 Ashes series, and continued with my trip to SXSW 2007 in Austin, Texas, and Las Vegas in March '07.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Better. Better. That's all I can say about England today. The batsmen applied themselves and have at least forced Australia to bowl for most of today (Sunday day 4) and made the game go 5 days. Collingwood batted well - just lost his head trying to go to his ton the easy way instead of doing it the slow & steady way. KP was his usual self - lucky at times but that's the way when you bat like he does - the chances you give are often difficult. If he's still there tomorrow when the tailenders are in we should see some fireworks.
The Barmy Army are beginning to get a bit more organised now - they are congregating on the concourse near the bars & doing their best to raise spirits. The local police are acting with a kill joy policy though - even the locals are bemoaning the hard line they are taking. People are ejected for all sorts of petty reasons - even starting Mexican waves. The locals are reasonably friendly - Moz has had a bit of stick at times on his way to the bar in his England shirt but nothing too bad. We have also discovered our local pub The Storey Bridge Hotel which is actually under the aformentioned bridge (I haven't noticed any trolls yet..................) and serves an ale that Moz says is a reasonable substitute for 6X. They also run a red double decker London bus to and from the ground which we availed ourselves of today on the way back to our hotel.
Our hotel is very comfortable - we have a 1 bed apartment, I've got the sofa bed & Moz the bedroom which gives us a bit of space each (plus I get the TV). We also have kitchen & laundry facilities - whatever they are. The location is great too - quiet as it's away from the centre across the river but only a 5 minute ferry ride to all centre. We also have shops & restuarants on site too. Everything one could need in easy reach.
We have booked up to do the bridge climb here on Wednesday - it's like the Sydney Harbour bridge climb but about 3 times smaller. Should get good views of the city though.


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