Day skipper license in the bag

Further 5 day sailing course completed and I’m now a recognised RYA skipper with an International Certificate of Competence, how about that!? Next up is the Yacht Master, best look out by land, air and sea now!

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Recent activity in the transfer window and necessary discipline on the training ground has meant that MGSM FC is looking for new recruits! Several players have chosen not to renew their contracts:  Sebastian “Sonny Bill” Williams has changed codes defecting to play the american variety of “football”. Recent rumours have surfaced he was spotted in the Cote d’Azur playing for Monaco, but these are unconfirmed. Diego Ibanez is still on loan in Hong Kong, we expect him back in a month and hope he is enjoying his sabbatical! Ignacio “nachos” Lagos has decided to hang up his boots, we wish him a relaxing retirement. Crusader Luiz and Zizou have gone AWOL, if anyone sees them please revert. The loan deals for Neymar and Kamakazi Philipe have expired thus returning them back to the Copa Libertadores. The positive news is that YC has re-emerged from retirement with a true Paul Scholes swagger, just to strengthen the ranks in our time of need and Don (no)Rushdie ought to be returning from his self-imposed exile (read 159 harem) in the next 2 weeks. So to cut a long story short, as mentioned, we are in need of 3 or 4 new recruits for MGSM FC. We presently “train”on Wednesday at 930 am, however if numbers are significant this day and time can be changed. Please pass this on, free kit is provided on a first come first serve basis, as seen above! Oranges provided at half-time as standard! All ages, levels and religions welcome, please RSVP ASAP, MGSM FC!!

La revancha del futbol

Ranjit Gaind Football

Studying and working hard again at the moment so playing football is a welcome relief from the daily grind. This week we had to do without Nachos and Frank the Tank, but their loss was our gain in that we had an unexpected visitor from the Hindhu Kush: Salman “im in no rush-die”. Also in attendance, for sadly the last time, was Sebastian “Sonny Bill” Williams. We wish him well in his forthcoming american football endeavours! We gained a Garrido brother and Neymar dragged himself out of the favelas to pitch up again, hopefully they’ll stick around a while until the new kit arrives (watch this space!) So from front left to right we have Salman No-Rush-die, Seb “Sonny Bill” Williams, Neymar, Juan Super-Ho, Yours truly, Crusading Luiz, Lonely Philipe, Diego “i cant see”-rano and Kiriaco (to whom I dare not give a nickname!) Much Spanish was misunderstood again this week, but I am happy to report we won 16-12 playing 4 against 5; proper lungbuster but looking forward to next week! Arriba MGSM FC!


IRanjit Gaind could’ve sworn I got off the plane in Sydney, Australia…… It seems though that where ever I go these days I am surrounded by Spanish speakers! Well there’s nothing wrong with that, my castellano is now coming along nicely (as is my Aussie), but not good enough to know what they are talking about on a football pitch! Now I’m told castellano is the second most natively spoken language in the world, I think its time therefore that I took proper lessons, in fact I reckon I’ll vote for it as a core module on the MBA! Who’s up for taking the class? Introducing our new football team above we have 3 Chilean, 2  Mexican, 1 Brazilian, 1 German and 1 Celtic-Subcontinental and we didn’t even have a full turn out! Hopefully the Paraguayans, Peruvians, Guatemalans and Pakistanis(?) will turn out next week! I’m guessing the Brazilian might’ve been speaking Portuguese and with a name like Neymar you’ve got to be a little worried, but we did ok! It’s the free and simple pleasures in life that are the best, like lacing up your boots, having a run and slamming a few in the back of the net! Ole!

Queenstown Ski Trip

You only need to look at that view to get excited about it! I’ve booked my flights for the Queenstown Ski Trip, anyone else that wants to join is more than welcome. The more that come the greater the discount will be for everyone, so sign up asap. Flights will get more expensive and accomodation more scarce the longer you leave it. In order to get the discount please contact Karla Boots at 02 9870 7572 and mention my name or email her on The venue can be seen here its a 5 mins walk from the centre of town. Considering its a relatively new lodge the facilities are good and $600ish will get you car hire and accomodation including breakfast for 5 nights and a ski pass for 3 days. If you book your flight now it will also be about $500ish return. There are dorms, singles, twins, doubles, apartments etc. I am happy to share with one person to save some $! My dates are 16th – 21st June but you can stay longer if you wish! We’ll be creating some personalised hoodies, so let me know if you are interested in that as well. Send me a message if you have any queries, I am booked and definitely going, on my own if need be! 🙂