20 November 2011

Ebbsfleet United and Football Down Under!

Following Ebbsfleet United, or indeed any English football team, in Australia is quite an experience.  For starters, there is the obvious time zone issue.  What this means is that living in Sydney (as I do) the time zone difference can vary from 9 – 11 hours depending on the time of the year.  For those of you who are wondering, Sydney is currently 11 hours ahead of the UK.

Then there is the lack of football coverage here that you take for granted back in Blighty.  The top English and European teams get a lot of coverage in Australia, but outside of that you will not find out much about say, a Crewe Alexandra or even our beloved Ebbsfleet.  Nowadays, this is less of an issue due to a wonderful thing called the “internet”.  If you haven’t heard about it then please check it out!  This has been a major boost for all ex-pats living not just in Australia but around this amazing world of ours.

However, if you go back not too many years the earliest that you would have found out about your favourite footy team was in the Monday morning newspapers.  Many a Monday I would buy a local Sydney paper and turn to the sports section to find out the results from the weekend just passed.  You could tell by the smiles or grimaces of the passengers on your packed train as to how their team had gone!

How things have changed since then.  Now I keep up to date about all things Ebbsfleet from a number of different sources.  There are, of course, the MYFC and Ebbsfleet United websites.  These contain a wealth of information about the club, players, their opponents etc.

Then we have the social networking giants Facebook and Twitter.  Facebook is a great way to “like” the Fleet and meet online fans similar to yourself.  However, for me Twitter is the most important medium.  Through “following” other Ebbsfleet and MYFC fanatics you can obtain a real time experience of what is going on, viewpoints and general information. For example, raising the awareness of the ‘Best Loosers’ competition was relatively easy through using Twitter.  This reminds me, if you haven’t voted for Ebbsfleet yet then please do at http://www.bestloosers.co.uk/entries_vote.php?page=1

What I have been doing lately is following the live feed of Ebbsfleet’s games via a Twitter feed.  Well I try to, then I generally fall asleep at around 3am local time.  When I awake the next morning, I quickly switch on the laptop and see how the Fleet have fared.  If they have won it sets me up nicely to embrace the action packed day that is a normal Sunday (aka keeping the kids entertained)!

16 November 2011

What's My Word?

Every now and then I like to check up on my blog statistics to see where my readers are located when they came across my wonderful (ahem) blog.  Currently, just over 50% of my readers are, not surprisingly, from Australia.  My second biggest market is the US, followed by the UK in third place and Egypt in fourth position (thanks Amira!).

I also like to review what word searches readers used to get to my blog.  Naturally some of them make sense whilst others certainly don't! I do get a chuckle from some of them I have to admit. So, without further a do, here are some 'word searches' that caught my attention:

"showering in a moon boot" - regular readers will know I posted a few blogs about my Achilles injury which required an operation and the wearing of a moon boot.  However, why you would want to shower in one is beyond me! It sounds like a sexual fetish thing.  Maybe the boyfriend said "I'll shower in a moon boot, whilst you shower with me in a plastic coat!"  The mind boggles...

"Winehouse crutches" - How on earth googling the late Amy brought someone to my blog I don't know.  Not sure if she ever was on crutches.  Maybe at the last chance saloon she needed them to help her stand up after one too many.  Who knows?

"Marie Bashir (Sheila Moore)" - For the uninitiated Marie Bashir is the appointed Governor of NSW here in Australia.  However, I have no idea who Sheila Moore is! A quick browse on Google has Sheila Moore as an actor, a hypnotist, a computer nerd and psychic to name but a few.  Take your pick, really!

"my view of the wo" - Not sure what a "wo" is. Whatever it is, it gets a big thumbs up from me as I got another hit on my blog! Go the "Wo"

"is Charlotte from Charlottes web a huntsman" - No, she is most definitely a spider!!! (fyi - a huntsman is a hairy tarantula like spider found in Australia).

"Chatham shell suits" - Yes, I am from Chatham originally and sometimes mention it in my blogs.  However, I would not mention Chatham's no.1 designer fashion and a must have for all Chavs - the eponymous "shell suit".  I am sure I read a book many years ago about Prince Charles in a shell suit though!

"do you need cruthes with moon boots" - No, but crutches sometimes help. Oh, and do a spell check the next time you search on Google, you Muppet!

"november rain stock market" - Again, I am not sure how, if you Google Guns 'N Roses classic song with the stock market, it results in finding my blog.  However, it could be said that the stock market has more hits than the Gunners have had recently!!

There you have it, a whimsical look at some of the word searches that have helped bring my blog to a wider audience. Long may it continue!