Friday, 23 January 2009

Doha, World Cup Event!

So I've been building up to this - the big comp...

The way a Grand Prix in fencing works is this:

Each team enters a certain number of fencers. I believe the maximum is 12 per country. Traditionally, the strong teams are European, but now the Chinese & US teams and the rest of the world are more than a match for most.

The comp is divided into two days. The first day is a preliminary day, consisting of a group stage (poule) of ideally 7 fencers. In that stage, it's up to 5 hits in 3 minutes. Then based on those results, some get eliminated, some get straight through to the next day to join the world top 16, and then the rest fight off to leave 32. This gives 64 for the finals day. They battle through to win.

In Doha, the prize is €10,000! That's unheard of in fencing. Bastards.

So how did I do? Well... Not as well as I hoped. Not as bad as it could have been.

128 total.
112 in the poules.
79 promoted...

Poule of:
1. Pol - loss 5-0 (bollocks)
2. Can - win 5-1
3. Ger - win 5-3
4. Ita - loss 3-2 on priority (bugger)
5. UAE - win 5-2
6. Esp - lost 4-3 on priority (bugger)
7. Me!

So 3-3 in the poule meant I was slap bang in the middle of the draw. Only problem was I met a bloody good guy - another Pol... and despite his injured knee he was good enough to beat me 15-13...

close, but no cigar... piccies up on the link

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Day 2 in Doha...

Today:

Simple:

breakfast, more training - not as good today, think they've come up to speed and I haven't!
lunch, then sightseeing in doha - yay! photos to follow which I think will impress.

also the wikipedia site about doha is much better now - here and a cracking map here

would have been bloody useful to have them before we got here, but hey.

Been selected for Legnano (Italy, near Milan) Grand Prix too... yay!

photos to follow when I can be arsed.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Doha, Qatar... Fencing Grand Prix + Team

First day in Doha...

Easy flight in (London-Bahrain-Doha), got to watch all of Ghost Town (funny film indeed!) and then some of Hellboy 2 but crucially the little buggers didn't turn the vids back on the second 20 min hop... bastards...

hotel easy, free trip there... I like competitions here from the funding point of view.

training against the other countries is awesome... it's amazing how eye-opening it is to be gently thrashed by other guys who are obviously better than you, but you can keep up a reasonable pace in training. I think this week is going to be good for my training. Well bloody better be or else by friday everyone else is going to be that much better it'll hurt!

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Comedy Clubs Ahoy!

So I've found these places...

Just before I go to Doha, I'll put them here to prevent me forgetting them...

All less than 10 mins from me so should really go!

The Bedford - apparently famous...

The Exhibit - cinema with pub food!

I will be trialling them soon.

I am going to muse about the state of the NHS next time!

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Taman Gang...



Night out on the town... Taman Gang - Park Lane in Balinese apparently.

Been a while since I've out in the West End. I've never really been to a big club before but I liked this one very much.

Nice and understated, it was worth a try. Admittedly the house white was a bit of a shock at £42.50! But then it was on Park Lane.

Music was good, bar was quick. Company excellent. Entertaining other people in the club. Decor was lovely and understated too. Only thing I didn't like was the ostentatious showing of sparklers when people bought stupidly expensive drinks!

Well worth a visit.

I give it four Retards...

Saturday, 3 January 2009