- Canada won Gold in Hockey at the 2010 Olympics on home turf (both the Men's and Women's team)
- Watching the Olympics, as a Canadian abroad, made me weepy and proud
- I went to Barcelona - my first time in Spain - and fell in love with the food and people
- I *finally* ate at one of the best restaurants in Glasgow: Guy's
- I really REALLY got into cycling (which is both joyous and rage-inducing)
- Paul and I had an AMAZING time whilst back in Canada
- Paul and I went back to Catalonia, Spain, for Paul's 30th birthday
- I discovered there was hockey - IN GLASGOW!
Friday, December 31, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
So, everyone, I'm missing you very much and hope to see you soon. So, with that, have a happy Christmas! More importantly, have a funky, funky Christmas!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Vulnerable Missing Man - Battlefield, Glasgow
Strathclyde Police is appealing for the assistance of the media and the public in a bid to trace a 30 year-old man who has been missing since Saturday 20 November 2010.
Gavin Fern (30) was last seen by his flatmate leaving his home address in
Family and police are becoming increasingly concerned for his safety and wellbeing as he has not been seen or heard from since.
Gavin is described as white, 5ft 6 in height, of stocky build, with short brown hair, blue eyes, clean shaven and a fair complexion. When last seen he was wearing a long, grey winter coat and a scarf.
Sergeant Lynda McGowan is appealing for any information that will assist police in tracing Gavin. Speaking from Cathcart Police Office, she said:
“Despite an extensive search by officers we have so far been unable to trace Gavin. It is extremely out of character for him to go missing and all of his friends and family are becoming increasingly anxious as time goes on, particularly as he has medical issues and is not believed to have taken his medication with him.
“Our enquiries have revealed that Gavin used a bank machine in Central Station in
Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Cathcart Police Office on 0141 532 4900 or contact their local police office.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
During the first period, the Clan were really on form and were leading the game 2 -0. Perhaps naively, I assumed that the Clan were definitely on their way for an easy victory. During the second period however, the Steelers seemed to have regrouped and proceeded to tie the game. They eventually won, 5-2. A wee shame, as they say here, but then again, this is the Clan's first season so it's important to keep that in mind.
I tried to play the good Canadian host and answer all of Lauren and Erica's questions like, "why do they keep changing players?", "how do they know when to get off the ice and change players?", "why does the referee keep blowing the whistle?", "where's the puck?" and "what's going on?!" I had a hard time trying to explain icing and offside.
After the game, we headed over to the Sno Bar for even more beer. Some of the hockey players were there and we got to chatting to Mathieu Wathier - a fellow Canadian! Well, French Canadian. Rather embarrassingly, I mistook him for the other French Canadian on the team: Cedric Bernier. Nevertheless, I promise I am not turning into a puck bunny (which, I think, is a somewhat sexist term: girls are allowed to like hockey too!) I'm always curious to hear what other Canadians think about living in Scotland and more importantly, what sort of visa they have. It was also nice to just talk hockey to other fans; what a luxury to not talk about football for ONE day!
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
How amazing is this?! Hockey. IN SCOTLAND!
The Braehead Clan are the newest hockey team in the Elite "Ice hockey" League in the UK and a mere 10 minute car ride from my flat! Even better, the majority of the players are Canadian! It's like a wee bit of home, here in Glasgow.
I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't even know that a new hockey team was launched in October; what kind of Canadian am I?! Nevertheless, I was lucky enough to get four complimentary tickets to the game this past Saturday night where the Clan took on the League Champions, the Coventry Blazes.
Bizarrely, the actual arena is in a mall - the Braehead Shopping Centre. It took us a while to figure out that the actual arena was inside the mall and not beside it.
I invited my Scottish friends, Jamie and Claire, to come along to experience their first ever hockey game. Paul has already been to a hockey game, two years ago, while we were back in Canada (Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Anaheim Ducks; the Leafs lost of course).
Everyone liked the fact that you could have a drink while watching the game.
I'm such a stereotypical Canadian, that I had to wear my Toronto Maple Leafs toque to the game. Claire is now a hockey convert - although I suspect she just approved of having a beer whilst watching butch men skate about the ice.
Our seats were right behind the Clan box. Cedric Bernier (French Canadian, obviously) is apparently the Clan's "enforcer".
It was a really exciting game - the Blazes initially had one goal and the Clan managed to tie the game in the third period with only seconds to go.
Head Coach and forward, Bruce Richardson, taking a time out to discuss strategy to the team. Is it weird for the Head Coach to also play in actual games? Or is it just me?
Anyway, the game went into an extra period (of five minutes), but even after that, it was still tied. So, the game went into a shootout. Personally, I find shootouts brutal and nerve wracking - especially after the notorious shootout in Nagano in 1998 (I can't bear to see the Great One upset).
Sadly, the Clan lost in the shootout, but it was still a great game especially considering how new a team the Clan are.
Two years ago, at the Toronto Maple Leafs game, most of the spectators were quiet and indeed, you could clearly hear the grunts and shouts of the players on the ice - it was THAT quiet. Sure, when there was a goal or the beginnings of a fight, the Canadian spectators would start to get a bit rowdy but otherwise, they would watch the game in silence. The Scottish crowd on Saturday night, however, were anything but quiet. Throughout most of the match, people (mostly women, for some strange reason), would shout, "SMAAAAAAAASH HIM!" or "COME ON, BOYS!". The odd occasion, a dude would shout at the referee and call them BY FIRST NAME!?
Clearly Clan fans mean business and are mental.
In fact, Paul and my friends got shouted at because they took to their seats three minutes into the game. As I myself am mental, I rushed ahead of Paul, Jamie and Claire to find our seats and sat down while they lingered behind. While Paul and my friends proceeded to join me in our seats, apparently some older woman - dressed as a vampire - shouted at Paul for daring to take his seat while the game was in action (you're supposed to wait until the end of the period to move about - maybe if it's a fucking NHL game: aye, maybe then, but at a dinky arena?! No offense). Paul told her to "gies peace" (Scots for "give us peace", "piss off").
I think if I had heard her, I would have told her to "Get tae; it's not as if Bobby Orr himself is out there playin'!"