snapshots and observations

Tuesday, 26 February 2013


an iphone documentary of my saturday.

my friend elvis invited me to qpr v man utd at loftus road.
the invitation said "no jeans, no trainers" so i had to smarten up my act.

yes, i set my phone up to video myself walking towards it so i could then
take a still from it to show you what i was wearing....
what's wrong with that ?

i opted for a pair of miu miu trousers and my fragment design x cole haan wingtips.
this was taken on the 17 bus... upper deck of course.

did i change shoes to get on the tube at the cally ?
no... these bad boys have part of the uppers in 3-m material
so sometimes, like here, they seem two shades of grey.
at other times, as in the previous pic the 3-m kicks in and they take on a different look.

tube to holborn and change to the central line.
waiting for the tube to shepherd's bush i saw this poster.
i do think david oyelowo is being overlooked again.
maybe i should chat to my favourite minicab driver* about it ?

the novelty of wearing proper trousers and shoes wasn't wearing off yet.
do you know cole haan ? nike make the soles.
very, very comfortable.

this was me on the tube to the bush, dreading some spanish tourists,
who didn't seem to be the brightest bunch, would stand on my rhythms
or run over them with their outrageously big suitcases.
still, at least i had a spanish word ready for them*

self-portrait at shepherd's bush tube station.
i felt like a tourist... but without the suitcases.

window shopping on the way to loftus road.
some good gear in this place.
i may have to return to w12.

getting there.

great camo on loftus road.
nice work mr tree.

i've been looking for a new camo for ages.
maybe tree camo is the way to go ?

i like qpr's stadium.
brrr ! it was cold by the way.
or as gooner jeff would say... "taters innit ?"

i was escorted to the w12 suite... not bad !

the place was laid up for a big meal and there was everything you'd need for the 
day right there. pass, programme, betting card.

i cannot praise the w12 suite hospitality highly enough.
the staff, the service, drinks and of course the food.
there was some sort of decent soup for starters and this was my choice of main course.
a load of chicken wrapped in bacon, resting on a bed of mustard mash, wearing
a pastry hat. it was pure genius.
like a diamond bullet through the temple.
if somebody had asked me what i would like to eat before sitting in the cold
watching 90 minutes of football this is exactly what i would have chosen.
ropey photo ? maybe. good food ? definitely.
by the way, after this i had a heap of cheese and some tequila shot jelly thing with
some sweet biscuits... oh and lashings of

beer !

at 2.59pm we made our way to our seats.
the view was pretty much spot-on.

sir alex was just in front of us. he was up and down like...
well, like qpr in fact.

during the making of united's first goal, arsenal reject and owner of the nickname*
i can't really mention here, injured himself and was replaced by the over-rated
danny wellbeck.
by the way, i think harry redknapp is trying to hail a taxi in this photo.

half-time in the w12 suite and it was business as usual, more beer, hot steak pies
and even a cup of coffee ( though they wouldn't make me a flat white )

you know the old joy division song "love will tear us apart" right ?
for a few minutes before and for maybe 10 minutes after he scored united's
second goal of the game, the away fans were all singing
"giggs... giggs will tear you apart, again"

maybe you had to be there ?

united were in no hurry to re-start after giggs's goal made it 2-0 with 10 minutes
to go. strangely enough, for a team looking down the barrel, qpr seemed in no rush either.
lots of shoulder shrugging and heads down from the hoops.
on a side note, i don't think i saw one player all day wearing black boots.

after the final whistle it was time to leave my comfy padded seat,
which i noticed was labelled with my friend's name.
i've pixellated it here to save his family from any embarrassment
at him being exposed as a qpr fan.

i won't lie... this was my third steak pie.
on the beer front i have no idea how many i had.
let's just say it was more than somewhat.

as we waded into the beer and post match analysis, old bacon-face tried to
explain to sky sports how he could still steer qpr away from relegation.

i had a great day at loftus road and i hope they stay up... seriously.

on the tube back to kings cross there was a kid who kept playing keepy-up
and showed some great skills.
i swear if harry redknapp was on the tube with me he'd have offered a couple of 
million sheets for the boy.

what can i say ?
i had a really, really good day out.
the w12 suite membership at qpr is amazing.
i have already decided not to renew my season ticket at arsenal for 2013 /2014.
if the price was right i would definitely get a qpr season ticket. it's only a 30 minute
journey from n7. there's a great friendly atmosphere there and perhaps best of all
i'd get to see my friend elvis a bit more.

thanks a lot elvis, it was a great day.

see you in the premiership next season ?

* ask me in person
* ask me in person
* ask me in person


  1. that beer looks a little ropey.

    reminds me of 50p-a-can skol from back in the day.

    1. it was brought to our table in bottles but you know what ? i can't exactly remember what it was.
      perhaps peroni. something like that anyway.
      it was nice enough.