Where are you?

This website currently receives about 2000 visits per month. I’ve just signed up for a service called gVisit which tracks where visitors come from and displays information about them using Google Maps. 😎

It’s interesting to see I’m getting visitors from Singapore, Thailand, Egypt and Turkey as well as Rochdale, Huddersfield and Oldham!

Click here to see details of the last 20 www.torkington.org visitors.

Newcastle 0 – 2 Manchester United

United somehow controlled the game for long periods despite being second-best in midfield. Scott Parker made sure that Scholes didn’t get a chance to go forward, Keane was a shadow of his former self and Fletcher was just… Fletcher. 😕

Defensive mistakes cost Newcastle both goals. Wayne Rooney got on to the end of a long Van der Sar punt for the first, taking advantage of Jean-Alain Boumsong’s failure to deal with the danger. Late in the game Rooney turned provider, bursting down the right wing and slotting a perfect pass to Ruud van Nistelrooy who was unmarked in the box.

It’s good to see United grinding out wins like this, but it’s still worrying that we aren’t creating enough chances. 👿

Here are the clips of the goals (12Mb each): Rooney 1-0, Ruud 2-0

New MP3 Player

The MP3 player I bought myself back in November packed in a few weeks ago. 😥

I returned it to Ebuyer who, in my opinion, have the worst customer service of any company I’ve ever dealt with. Eventually they gave me a refund so I bought one of these (except mine is a newer style case, much nicer and even smaller!).

I went for the 1Gb version, which is more than enough for most of my essential holiday listening. The built-in radio is better than the one on my old player, very handy when listening for final scores when walking back to the car after the match. The OLED screen is really nice and, with a bit of effort, can even play tiny movie files. 😎

Edit: This one also packed in after a couple of weeks. Ebuyer have refunded me but I’ll wait for a couple of months before ordering a replacement – technology seems to improve all the time so I’ll see what my £60 will buy in October/November.

Amsterdam Trip

I’ve just uploaded the photos from our Amsterdam trip.

Again there aren’t many of them because we didn’t want to lug the camera around with us. (Hopefully Sara’s new mobile phone will be able to take reasonable photos on future trips.)

I won’t bother with a full trip report, just a few notes:

  • We had a power cut just before setting off, so I didn’t have a chance to print off any maps (except this one). 😎
  • The Jet2.com flights were excellent again: no queues at check-in and we managed to get seats with extra legroom.
  • At Schipol airport we jumped on the train to Amsterdam Centraal – the first time I’ve been on a double-decker train.
  • Even without a proper map, it’s easy to find your way around Amsterdam. Our hotel, the Rembrandt Residence, was just a couple of minutes away from Dam Square.
  • On the first evening we pottered around Damrak, Damstraat, Niewmarkt and the Red Light district. 😯 Had a dodgy kebab and numerous Amstels. 😆
  • On day two we wandered around the west side of the city, Leidseplein and the Museum district.
  • We visited the Van Gough gallery which was a bit of a disappointment – most of his drawings and paintings are pants. Probably should’ve done the Rijksmuseum instead. 😕
  • Foot very sore after lot of walking, jibbed on tram back to Dam Square. Went in coffee shop for something medicinal to help relieve the pain. Had a dodgy curry and numerous Amstels. 😳
  • On the last day we went to Anne Frank’s house but didn’t bother going in because the queues were so long. We went and chilled in Rembrandtplein instead, enjoying a few Amstels in the glorious sunshine. 🙂
  • Made our way back to Centraal station via Chinatown and a couple of bars in the Red Light.
  • Flight back was very quick – just 35 minutes. Arrived back in Manchester to rain. 🙁
  • Found out that Phil Neville had joined Everton. Very pleased with that, never thought he was good enough for United and haven’t forgiven him for scoring the sixth against Southampton when I had quite a bit of money on a 5-1 win. 👿

Back from Amsterdam

We’re back from our short Amsterdam break.

There are few things in life more enjoyable than chilling out, enjoying a few “shmall beersh” outside a nice bar in Leidesplein square on a sunny August day, just watching the world go by. 😎

Edit: Trip report and photos to follow.