Friday, June 30, 2006

Equal Prize Money At Wimbledon

It's time to jump on the bandwagon and add my voice to the equal pay debate that is tarnishing this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament. The argument is gaining momentum that the ladies should get paid as much as the men. This happens at other Grand Slams so why not Wimbledon?

It appears Wimbledon officials are just sticking to their guns and traditional views. But surely the reasoning behind this would be that the ladies only play best of three sets with the men playing best of five?

It is normally women in other workplaces who can be unfairly mistreated by getting paid less for doing the same job as a man, but why in tennis' major tournaments should they get paid the same for doing up to 40% less work?

The Prime Minister got involved this week saying it should be equal. What an idiot - it's none of his business (ok it's none of mine but it's getting my goat!) The women are now threatening a boycott unless they get equal prize money which they will then get. The men would then have grounds for threatening to boycott their matches unless they were reduced to best of three sets or they get prize money at least 30% more which won't happen.

The situation is just getting out of hand and it should just be left as it is. Equal pay for equal play should apply so everyone should just get on with it otherwise it could ruin the entire future of Grand Slam tournaments with one sex boycotting each one or men only playing best of three sets or lots of tired ladies after playing five sets.

Rant over - comment if you like, you don't have to agree - it's not often I get this controversial so i'm sorry if i've offended anyone!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

So Much Football, So Little Blogging

The World Cup has been on over the last 2 and a half weeks so I've been watching most of it and not posting much on here. I guess this was quite obvious but I did feel I should point it out.

After my birthday last Tuesday, which an alarming number of people seemed to forget, I went out to celebrate that and my big win by buying drinks for everyone at work. My cunning plan to tell everyone 4 weeks in advance and not remind them was rewarded by a very poor attendance with not more than 6 people out at any one time but thanks to those who turned up and I think we had a good time. As for those who didn't it's not every night I buy lots of drinks so you missed out whether you had a good excuse, forgot or were just being boring.

Last Wednesday was the Student Society wine tasting evening followed by watching the World Cup in Varsity. Holland v Argentina was ok but not a thriller. I did learn a bit about wine though and drank quite a lot of it too. There was no spitting as I felt that to taste it properly it should be felt in the back of the throat!

My mum is currently driving me mad to the point where i'm feeling the sooner I move out the better. Hopefully it will be soon too but I kinda just said that. I'm a bit bored now there's no football on and no studying to do. I have been to the pub for the last two nights though so that might have something to do with it. I should mention that from those two pub visits, the days of us embarrassing ourselves are well and truly over at The Big 6 and mediocrity is now seen as a regular occurrence. I beat Kate and JJ at pool last night which was nice as I haven't played or ages. Kate idn't play her best though as she was whooped last night but I know she can nearly beat me. As for JJ, well, keep practicing lad. A three ball head start and having two left on the table at the end is not really very good!

Henman's out of Wimbledon again - shock - at least he didn't build the nation's hopes up this time. There's always next year Tim - remember Goran Ivanisevic?!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


I think this is definitely mid 20's country now and still I go on living the same normal life. I think changes are ready to be made and maybe my 25th year will prove to be the biggest life-changing year of my life so far. I'm looking at houses to live in after my big win and who knows what else life has in store for me.

Speaking of my big win, I was able to access it for the first time today moving it from my current account to my internet account. I did encounter an unexpected problem when upon transferring the full amount I received the message "The maximum amount that can be transferred from this account is £20000.00" so 7 transfers and my banking was complete.

Thanks to those who remembered about my birthday. Those who didn't then never mind - there's always next year ;-)

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Cheque In

My cheque was finally recieved today - quite late in my opinion so I banked it as soon as I could. I now have to wait until my birthday to acces the funds.

England qualified for the 2nd round of the World Cup today which reminds me I must update the end of the season sometime as i've not had chance yet.

This is due to me studying for my exam. This was very hard and once again it will be very close as to whether I pass or fail. I quite enjoyed Business Finance but not so much as to do it again!

Not much more to say but more regular posting may return soon.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Blog Break, Nottingham, Unwanted Stress

If you hadn't guessed by now, i'm taking a break from blogging in the run up to my exam. I guess the next update will be 15th June or so.

I went to Nottingham which you can read about here and I got 102 at bowling (just 13 off winning) and came a respectable (for a change) 6th out of 11 and I only remembered 23/30 in my class. Friends Reunited made it 30 though!

No I haven't got my money yet and feel I should be revising rather than chasing it so i'm very annoyed at present. Grrrrrrrrr.