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Here are some pictures Katie sent me from her recent travels:




After a few bureaucratic false starts, she has received approval for her student loans (fees/maintenance), which is a relief.

Katie has some upcoming trips to look forward to (June - Norway; July - Reading Festival; July/August - Qatar), before commencing her studies in Manchester in September.
What a woman.
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Here are some more images from Thursday night's football adventure. The first two photos are courtesy of Andy.

This was one of Xavi's final matches before retirement. Here is the Spanish 2010 World Cup winner in action:


Doha's shiny new Metro:


Pre-match action #1:


Pre-match action #2:


Pre-match action #3:


As it is Ramadan, the match did not kick off until 10.30pm, which meant I didn't get to bed until 2.30am. I spent most of yesterday recovering from my late night adventure.
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Last evening, five of us (Dan, Andrew, Andy, Matt and me) enjoyed a couple of firsts. We drove to one of the new Metro stations and caught a brand new train to Al Wakrah, where we boarded a shuttle bus to the new Zaha Hadid designed stadium, one of the 2022 World Cup venues, in order to see the Amir Cup Final.

It was a brilliant night. The Metro was very impressive. Everything was shiny and new and the ride was incredibly smooth. The pre-match entertainment celebrated Qatar's pearling history, while the match itself had everything, including two red cards and five goals (Al Duhail 4 - Al Saad 1).

The stadium #1:


The stadium #2:


Pre-game entertainment #1:


Pre-game entertainment #2:


Pre-game entertainment #3:


Red card #1:


Red card #2:


Goal #5 celebration:


We were there:


Two miscreants on the Metro:


The view out the back window:


My Metro card:


We were on the red line. The other lines are opening soon. The blue dot is where we live:


Our route to the match:


Good times.
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Yesterday morning, I received a series of live photos, detailing an early morning pre-school meet up at McDonald's for breakfast with friends session from a couple of individuals:



Nice for some.

Tonight, I am off to the Amir Cup Final in Al Wakrah. It will be the first game at one of the 2022 World Cup venues. As it is Ramadan, kick off isn't until 10.30pm. It should be an adventure, one way or another.

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Rebecca and Maddy:


An artful photo from the A-Level photography student, Harry:


This year, the English Diploma exams are a lot later than usual, which means my exam marking (torture) won't commence until late May. I will be doing some early morning marking in Park Slope coffee shops. Things could be worse, I suppose.
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Harry has now seen WWE in Doha (Qatar), Newark (New Jersey, USA) and Liverpool (UK). On Sunday evening, he and his friends attended the entertainment in Liverpool. Clearly, a good time was had by one and all:





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Emilie sent Carol these lovely flowers for Mother's Day:


And here is Katie among some lovely flowers:


Yesterday, we watched cycling (Giro d'Italia), soccer (EPL), motor racing (Spanish F1 Grand Prix) and cricket (IPL final). Bliss.
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After my comic book buying frenzy I thought it only fair to address the imbalance. Consequently, I bought this for Emilie from Latvia via eBay:



Her collection is growing:


Only seventeen to go to fully address the imbalance.
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Okay, so the November 1966 comic book buying frenzy is finally over. I promise. That's it. The end. I now have ten CGC graded and slabbed books and one raw book, ungraded and unslabbed, in Doha. In Brooklyn, when we arrive next month, I have a further six CGC graded and slabbed books and three raw books waiting for me. That makes a final total of twenty comics as my completed collection. All I will have to do is take the four raw comic books to a CGC authorised dealer in Queens, who will send them to CGC to have them graded and slabbed for me. Watch this space later in the year for an unboxing of the final four.

Doha CGC graded and slabbed comic book #10:


Doha raw comic book, ready for transport to NYC:


I wonder what my next obsession will be?
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Pure FB gold from my sister-in-law, Karen. For you non-Kiwis, Keith Quinn is a famous New Zealand sports commentator:


And, until now, not a James McIlroy lookie-likie. The best bit is James preferring Bridge to public adulation. What a man.

Here are couple of views from a concert Harry and his girlfriend, Max, attended in Manchester. The new fangled beat combo was called Catfish and the Bottlemen:



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