Football. For most people in the UK, Germany going out of the World Cup has been celebrated as some sort of victory. Though I’m not quite sure why? Personally, I’ve always had a soft spot for Germany when it comes to football. I think it goes back to when they hosted the 2006 World Cup. I fell back in love with football around 2002 during the World Cup in Japan and South Korea. This coincided with my 18thbirthday and my new-found ability to drink in pubs where the games were being televised. Safe to say the enjoyment of watching football was a distant second to being able to drink in a pub with my friends for the first time. By 2006 I was well and truly back in love with football and most things apart from filmmaking had become a distant second in my life. During the 2006 World Cup in Germany, their national team caught my eye and I’ve always rooted for them since. Sadly, in this World Cup Germany, the team that’s been so entertaining over the last four years seemed to fade before they even started. The manager looked confused. The players looked equally confused. It was like they couldn’t understand why they weren’t their usual best. Players who at club level are winning trophies year in year out, looked in utter shock that the script had changed. They were going out of the World Cup with a whimper. In truth, it reminded me of England at nearly every tournament I have watched them in until now. It’s like the film ‘Visa Versa’, England and Germany have flipped paths. It is now Germany who are going home without getting into the knock out stages of the tournament and England having every reason to look optimistic.
The good news for the Massey/Morrison family is Mexico are through. My sister-in-law is from Mexico and is a huge football fan. Safe to say my brother and I will be cheering on Mexico going forward.
I stumbled across this article on the players tribune by Xherdan Shaqiri one of Switzerland’s best players and someone who against all odds has made it as a professional player. On his right football boot is the flag of Switzerland, on his left the flag of Kosovo the place of his birth and the place he calls home… https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/xherdan-shaqiri-switzerland-now-i-got-my-own-army-guy
Running. A great app to use if you are looking for a run in your area is Map My Run… https://www.mapmyrun.com. Very good if you find yourself in an unfamiliar place.
(park at the bottom of my road which hosts Park Run)
As it’s getting a bit hot in the afternoons I’m just running 5k at the local park at the bottom of my road it’s nice and quiet apart from Sunday’s where there is a park run. Not my thing but a lot of people I know really enjoy the social aspect of it, you can find out more here… http://www.parkrun.org.uk. It’s amazing the energy and positive outlook you can have after a 5k run in the morning or before lunch. Personally, feel it’s the best time to go running if your work/lifestyle makes it possible.
If you are struggling with any mental health issues and feel like you need help – CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably is there to help – you can contact them here… https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/