Tag: Italy

KICKBALL

If memory serves me well, this is the first time I have ever blogged about football and rugby!

I’m not a huge fan of ball sports.
But that is NOT to say I don’t watch it on occasion.

Watching it from week to week and watching all the different teams try and get to the top of their league does not interest me in the slightest.
Watching 2 teams kick or pass a ball around is, most of the time, excruciatingly boring for me.

However, going to see a game live is a whole different ball game (excuse the pun)
I have only ever been to a couple of big football matches, and they were both at the original Wembley Stadium.
I’ve even seen an American Football match there too.

I have to say that sitting in a stadium that is packed to the rafters with fans cheering and chanting is spine tingling.
The atmosphere is something that cannot be felt through a TV screen. So, consequently I don’t tend to watch football or rugby on the TV.

I do however, get caught up a little bit when my country looks like they may be getting somewhere.
I can remember exactly what I was doing when Johnny Wilkinson kicked a drop-goal in extra time to win the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

I also get extremely interested when a final is between England and Italy!!

I come from a Town in England called Bedford which is also known as Little Italy because of it’s large Italian community which represents the largest concentration of Italian families in the UK.
This is how the Italians celebrate winning down the embankment here in Bedford.

So, after Italy beat Spain on Tuesday to make it through to the final today, I became a little more intrigued about England’s game on Wednesday with Denmark.
I made it home from work in time to see the second half, and what a nail biting win it was.
This is how England fans celebrate in the High Street here in Bedford.

Thanks to Micah Pates for the video.

Anyway, as you can see from the videos, Bedford gets quite lively when one of these teams win anything and car horns, cheering and celebrations usually go on into the early hours.
I actually live right over the road from a pub and this is what happened on Wednesday evening after England made it through to the final and they all piled out to celebrate.

As you can imagine, there is quite a buzz here in Bedford today.
Whichever way the win goes, Bedford is a winner.
The town centre and Embankment are going to be absolutely mental either way.
I just hope the opposing fans can keep the celebrations civil and we don’t have any trouble caused by a few sore losers.

I’m even getting excited myself.
After Wednesday’s win I asked some friends over to watch the final this evening.
I even printed some England flags because, surprise surprise, they are sold out in all the local shops!!

It just remains to be seen who will win.

COME ON ENGLAND!!

ALL GOOD THINGS

All good things come to an end, or so the saying goes.

Indeed, I am now on my final countdown before going to bed because I have to be up at 05:30 for work after 11 days off.
I am really not feeling it!!

It’s been a nice change of pace. I couldn’t really go anywhere because we are still in lockdown but I decided to just get on top of things around the house and tidy the garden ready for when we ARE out of lockdown and I can have friends round again.
It’s nice doing all of this when you haven’t got to worry about getting it all done between shifts at work.

Anyway, the highlight of the last 11 days has been the start of filming for ‘House of Gucci’ in Italy.
This sent Twitter into meltdown and I was inundated with lots of new Adam Driver content.
FINALLY!! After a whole year, we got some serious new images as filming took place on the slopes in Gressoney and on the streets in Milan.
I was also happy to find out that the actors will NOT be speaking in Italian (apart from the odd word) or with Italian accents! One thing I have been a little worried about is that they would all be speaking with dubious Italian accents which would be a little off putting when watching the film. Thankfully they will be sticking to their own American accents.

Unfortunately, filming has now moved to Villa Balbiano on Lake Como and it is now a closed set and much easier to keep fans and Paparazzi away from, so no new photos for the last couple of days.

However, it got me thinking about Italy again.
I know I want to go back at some point in the future and one of the places on my ‘to do’ list is Lake Como.
Not only was it used for scenes in the Star Wars Prequels, it has now graced Adam Driver.

So I did a quick look at apartments for rent on the lake and there are some cracking ones for just £600 – £1000 per week for up to 4 people. I was actually quite surprised.
Balconies, pools and spectacular views, something to really think about.

Just out of interest, I looked at Villa Balbiano, because I know it can be hired out as a wedding venue with the grounds able to accommodate up to 550 guests in the garden.
The villa itself is classical Italian with stunning grounds all around and it’s rear is on the lake itself.

The villa itself can have up to 12 guests in 6 bedrooms and is rented out on a weekly basis and there is a guest house that can house another 8 people.
BUT, unlike the apartments up and down the lake for £600 – £1000, this Villa hires out for a WHOPPING 147,000 Euros a week!
So unless we win some stupid money on the lottery, I think this one is a little out of reach!

Right, with that on my mind, I suppose I’d better get to bed!