I was shocked to realise that we're already 11 weeks into Doctor Who
, which means the season will be coming to its end very soon. Then what will I do on a Saturday night?
Last night's 5x11 'The Lodger' was particularly satisfying, though perhaps not so much on the sci-fi bit, but it certainly delivered on the semi-naked Doctor, the Doctor trying to be a real boy, the semi-naked Doctor, the Doctor as a football natural, and did I mention the semi-naked Doctor?-front. And it was particularly lovely to see him share a flat with Smithy (I'm sorry, I've already forgotten what James Corden's name was supposed to be in this episode).
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Matt Smith so completely and unmistakeably inhabits the role of the Doctor that any comparison, whether favourable or unfavourable, to any of his predecessors is pointless; so I just believe, sit back and enjoy.
In other news, England scored their first point in the group matches. So did the USA. I wish I could say well done to both teams, but the way I see it, England will have to improve a lot before their next match, particularly in the back. Their defense appeared weak, which was fine as long as they remained in possession of the ball up front, but proved a real concern whenever one or more of the opposing side's players managed to move to the box. Luckily, the Americans were never able to finish their rush on goal properly, but I do think Fabio Cappello will have to rethink his defensive strategy. Cavanaugh (was that his name?) seemed hardly able to keep pace with anyone coming into his area from the other side, and had to resort to one or two instances of if not foul play perse, dodgy tackling at least.
By the same token, the guys up front should ask themselves why they fluffed so many good opportunities. Howard, the American goalkeeper, held his own against the England team pretty well, but I had a feeling that wasn't so much indicative of his goalkeeping abilities but because they made it easy for him to stop their attempts on goal. On the other side of the pitch, the way Green fluffed that ball and then curled up in utter humiliation as he saw it go past the line was absolutely heartbreaking. Will he bounce back before the next game? Who else have they brought to keep goal for them?
To finish, today's musical offering is all aboutDay 11: A song that reminds you of summerLong Hot Summer
- The Style Council, and not just because of the title! Whenever I see this video, it reminds me of how, when I was at Uni, I used to spend carefree, sultry summer days picknicking in the park and punting on the river in the company of my friends...where have they all gone, eh? And by that I don't just mean the majority of those people I used to hang out with (they've got married/moved away/died), but where have those long hot summer days of yore gone, I wonder. Here we are, the 13th of June, and it's still grey, and wet, and miserable. And I'm very much sick of it.ETA:
since Vevo have blocked the original music video on YouTube for copyright infringement, I've had to dig up another clip (also from 1983):( the rest of the days )