Last night I went to bed quite late for me andI took a long, long time to get off to sleep. The result is that I am feeling tired already and it is only eleven in the morning. Why did I stay up late? I watched the Snooker Final between Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy. And boy was it exciting. It looked a sure thing that Mark Selby would win as he was quite a long way ahead. Then suddenly Shaun Murphy began to catch up. It was one of the events where an audience (masked) had been allowed - what a difference a live audience makes. Really it got to the stage when it wasn't so much who was winning as who would make the one false move that let the other one in. Finally when the night's score was something like 17 Selby and 15 Murphy - Murphy made one false move and Selby was in for the kill. The winner got a cheque for half a million pounds and the loser a cheque for two hundred thousand pounds. What I found so pleasing was their good natured acceptance, their friendship (Murphy said they had been friends since they were nine years old) and the way they chatted away to the commentator afterwards. But they did cost me a decent night's sleep. I am not really a snooker fan but when you watch snooker at this level you can see just how much practise these players must put in to achieve the level of accuracy they do. Like any competitive sport it is a full time job at this level.
The morning here was quite pleasant - the sun shone and the sky was blue. At least my mind was in gear andI sailed though the Mind Games in The Times. But after lunch it was all downhill and it has poured with rain all afternoon, there is a gale blowing and it is very cold- March cold - certainly not May weather. I spent an hour on the phone chatting to friend G - who is even more handicapped than I am but copes very well and gets about happily. I am full of admiration for her and feel she is one of those people who makes me feel I have absolutely nothing to moan about.
Neighbour H has just pushed the local paper through my letter box - I heard it fall on the mat, so I shall go and collect it and then have a quick read of local news before watching The Repair Shop.
See you tomorrow...