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Fri 11th June 2010

Posted on June 12, 2010 at 1:30 AM

birds : A recently-fledged juvenile White Wagtail at Vazon has been the only bird sighting of note this week.

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moths : A spot of microscope work has revealed two new species for the garden - Lesser Common Rustic and Coleophora lassella - both from last summer.

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Loose-flowered Orchid, Talbot Valley

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Blue-tailed Damselflies, Talbot Valley

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nonsense : The 2010 World Cup started today and I am so, so, so excited! I totally love the World Cup and I shall be watching as many games as possible. I much prefer international matches to club football - you can't assemble a world class international team by buying one, so it has a "purer" feeling about it to me. So my classroom is plastered with England posters, my England Scarf is draped across the dashboard of my car and I have already started to fill in my World Cup wallchart and sticker album.

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They say that you can define a football fan by the first World Cup that they remember. In my case this was the 1982 World Cup in Spain when I was 9 years old. I remember completing the Panini sticker album and reading about all the exotic locations and countries taking part, and was hooked.

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Here are my top 5 memories of that World Cup:

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1. "This Time"

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The first record I ever bought, the vinyl was bright red and I clearly didn't appreciate the naffness of football records at that age. This is also memorable as we played it constantly on the coach on the way to winning my first ever football medal at the Leeds Under-10's cup final (Garforth Villa 3 Crusaders 2).

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2. Bryan Robson's goal

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So I sat down to watch my first England World Cup game vs France and 30 seconds later, we were winning one-nil. Easy.

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3. Brazil

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Back in those days, I hardly ever watched any actual football on TV. Match of the Day was on too late to watch every week, and so it was just the odd daytime game like the FA Cup final or England match. So I didn't know about football elsewhere in the world and as we sat down to watch the first Brazil game, Dad tells me to sit back and watch how football is supposed to be played. And it was indeed amazing. I had never seen football like that before and I have loved Brazilian football ever since. It was a tragedy that this team didn't win the tournament. Eder, Socrates, Falcao, Zico, Junior - brilliant.

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4. Schumacher's foul

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An amazing semi-final between Germany and France was spoilt by Schumacher's karate-kick foul against France's Battiston. But it definitely meant I was cheering on Italy in the final.

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5. Tardelli's celebration

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After scoring Italy's second goal, Marco Tardelli ran off towards the camera, eyes bulging, fists clenching and screaming like a wildman - raw emotion and passion - classic!

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What's the point of other sports when you have football - COME ON ENGLAND!!!!!!

Categories: 2010 Summer