Murray Mania!

He’s done it!

An emotional semi final victory for Murray

He’s made it to the Wimbledon Final.

The British fans have waited 74 years for this momentous day when finally a male Brit (and yes, I acknowledge that he is a Scot and a Brit) makes it to the last match.

The crowd cheer on the local hero – It’s almost as though he’s won the whole thing.

Can Murray win on Sunday?

I hope so.

The match against Tsonga was a thriller today. Murray started fighting for his final place right at the start! He broke Tsonga early and looked to take it in three straight sets. Tsonga wasn’t going to go down with a battle…

I never thought I would see the final section of the draw look this good! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!! He meets Roger Federer next – it’s not going to be easy.

from Wikipedia

The 2012 Champion? – We will soon see….

There are some signs that he could be heading for victory:

  • Fred Perry turned 25 in the May that he won Wimbledon. Murray has just turned 25 (this May).
  • In 1977, Virginia Wade was the last British women to win Wimbledon… It was also a Jubilee year for Queen Elizabeth II – just like 2012.
  • I have a feeling – and that’s good enough for me.

I have everything crossed for Andy Murray!

Go win it!

You may also enjoy reading these posts:

Shock at Wimbledon 2012 – the one where Nadal got knocked out by Rosol.

Is it time to ban Serena from Grand Slams? – the one where Serena lost her temper at the 2011 US Open Final.

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Europe… According to the British

Britain and Europe.

You thought that they were linked? Clearly the Brits disagree…

It’s all very mixed up.

The UK (or is it Great Britain? Or Scotland? Or Wales?…. England even?)…. They don’t really feel like Europe. Quite often you hear the UK media refer to ‘over in Europe’ as though the UK itself is not part of it.

Well it makes sense. We (Brits) are ever so glad to have the ‘English’ Channel to keep us and them far enough apart.

Here’s what the Brits really think of the rest of Europe.

Will Scotland leave the UK?

Tensions between Scotland and London have been hotting up over recent months. The question about whether Scotland should split from the rest of the United Kingdom is not a new one. It’s also not a question which can go unanswered for much longer.

Personally, I think it’s a good thing that the question of independence be put to the people who will be affected. I would however prefer for Scotland to remain as part of the UK. I don’t see many benefits for an independent Scotland or a smaller UK within Europe with the current economic troubles.

I saw this referendum voting slip. Of course, it’s just for fun, but I do like it.

On a serious note, there have been strong debates over what the question will be. Will it be a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to independence or will there be a compromise; a semi-independence. I hope not. I think it should be ‘in’ or ‘out’. Too much hangs on it.

What will happen to the rest of the United Kingdom without Scotland? Will it still be called the UK? Some say yes, some say it cannot. What will happen to the Union Flag? The blue (from the St Andrew’s flag) will disappear…

Will Scotland enter the Euro? Will Wales and Northern Ireland also seek independence?

Countries dividing is nothing new in Europe. It wasn’t that long since Yugoslavia split into other countries (Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, etc) and that Czechoslovakia split into Czech Republic and Slovakia. It just feels weird that this time it could be my own country, the UK, splitting up.

The future of the UK looks set to be interesting over the next couple of years.

What do you think should and could happen?

A walk in a bra: All for charity.

In just a few days a group of friends and colleagues of mine will be stripping down the their underwear (tastefully, of course) and walking trough Edinburgh, Scotland. The walk will be long. It will take hours and hours to complete, but it is all for charity and well worth it. It’s called ‘Walk the Walk’. 

Walk the Walk came into being 14 years ago when just 13 women Power Walked the New York City Marathon in their bras to raise money  and awareness for breast cancer. What started out as a one-off fundraising event, has blossomed into a thriving multi-million pound charity, raising to date in excess of £65 million for vital breast cancer causes. You can read more about it here.

Here’s a little bit from two of my friends….

It seemed like a really good idea at the time. “It’ll just be like a long day out shopping, but in trainers instead of heels!” So began the insane idea to walk (please note the word WALK before you get too impressed) a marathon. 26.2 miles. At night. For Breast Cancer Awareness. In Edinburgh. In a bra.

That was six months ago. Many hours of walking, giggling, fundraising and bra decorating later we are all still friends! Today we walked our ‘big’ training walk before the real thing on June 11th. We managed 18 miles in just under five hours. Not too shabby all things considered! That means we are on schedule to walk the MoonWalk Edinburgh 2011 in under 8 hours. We know we can do it because we are all in this together.

Sadly every one of us knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer. We are doing this for the people we love, the people we’ve tragically lost, but also for all those people we will never know but who will benefit from every penny we raise. We are doing this for us. We are doing this for you.

Love, happiness and big hugs,
Lou, Em and The Truly Scrumptious Team xxx

Emma and Lou are ready for the walk.

Happy St. Andrew’s Day

Being half Scottish (thanks to my mum) I thought that I should pop up a little something about St. Andrew’s Day. So, it’s the National Day of Scotland and I realise that I don’t really know that much about it all. I did some investigating and found out these facts:

  1. The flag (above) is called the Saltire. It has caused controversy in the past whether the Union Flag or the Saltire is flown on national buildings. 
  2. In parts of Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Romania there are some superstitious beliefs that the night before St. Andrew’s Day is one when magic is well used.  Some think that a woman’s future husband will be revealed on this night.
  3. Also in Poland, they pour wax into keyholes…. I don’t really understand why… But I read it online, so it must be true (hmmm?)
  4. In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, women write names of their ‘potential’ husbands on pieces of paper and pop them into dough called ‘Halusky’. When cooked the name of their potential husband ‘allegedly’ floats to the surface. (There may be a reason why these women are not married).
  5. Latha Naomh Anndra is how to say the day in Scottish Gaelic.

Well, now you know a little bit more about 30th November.