Any tennis fans?

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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 19th, 2010, 6:08 pm

frenchcheesequeen wrote:Right then, that's me on the road to rack and rooney. I thought I was only allowed booze on the finals' days (and had stretched it to both) - but if I am being encouraged to drink Pimms every day of the week I shall go shopping tomorrow.


I should hope so too. Only on finals' days.......? Perish the thought.

frenchcheesequeen wrote:Jane Quitty in today's Times suggests that Pimms has gone really watery over the years and suggests a bottle of gin, a bottle of red vermouth and a bottle of curacao mixed together and then lemonaded down at 4-1 is a much better alternative.


She is right in her "watery" assumption. Pimm's does not taste the same as it used to. No way José. It is definitely weaker. We have upped the Pimms content..

frenchcheesequeen wrote:Hmm, to Pimms or not to Pimms? That is the question.


My cousin has "perfected" his copy of Pimms which he assures me is tastier, cheaper and true to the original taste............. I know he uses gin and red vermouth and will email him about the the curacao..... When I've enjoyed his Pimms in the garden it has always seemed nicer than mine..... I've put that down to him being in France in the sun..... but perhaps it should have been down to the higher alcohol content..... :D
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Catherine » June 19th, 2010, 8:16 pm

Nearly time for pimms fortnight. Was going to be working there this year but wee little brain problems kind of wrecked those plans, but instead shall go and soak up the atmosphere. SW19 is totally transformed for the 2 weeks, at all other times its just a bit of a disappointment. Looking forward tuesday and taking a special guest. Forecast looking hot hot hot, just have to work out what to do with my little puppy.
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 20th, 2010, 10:26 am

I'd puppy sit Catherine but that might be a tad difficult under the circumstances! :D None of the boys will be home either or I would 'volunteer' their services.

Better not forget the sun cream if it's going to be that hot....... Pimm's will definitely be in order!
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby frenchcheesequeen » June 21st, 2010, 1:09 pm

Ooh - Federer is in trouble.
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby mum-at-the-oven » June 21st, 2010, 1:58 pm

Can't beieve what I am seeing :shock:
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 21st, 2010, 2:03 pm

Either can I........
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby mum-at-the-oven » June 21st, 2010, 2:08 pm

Phew!!
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Dena » June 21st, 2010, 3:38 pm

Thank heavens :D - how could he do that to us :roll:
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 21st, 2010, 3:40 pm

He was cutting it a bit fine wasn't he!!
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby tezza » June 21st, 2010, 4:35 pm

Whoah, what happened there?

Not a massive Federer fan but even I was rooting for him to get back into the game.

I don't know about anyone else but I am finding it really hard to decide which to watch - Wimbledon or World Cup! :roll:
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 21st, 2010, 5:27 pm

Wimbledon gets my vote each and every time!
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby mum-at-the-oven » June 21st, 2010, 7:51 pm

I'm flicking back and forth whilst ducking in and out of the kitchen to try to actually produce dinner.

It's exhausting! I should have warned them they would be living on sandwiches for the next couple of weeks :D
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 22nd, 2010, 9:22 am

mum-at-the-oven wrote:I'm flicking back and forth whilst ducking in and out of the kitchen to try to actually produce dinner.

It's exhausting! I should have warned them they would be living on sandwiches for the next couple of weeks :D


It'll do them good... :D Rather the same case here although salads are going to figure a lot...

Off to Wimbledon in an hour or so which will be fun. It's a gloriously sunny day too which is a bonus. Nadal's playing today as is Andy Murray who was in fine form on the tennis practise courts yesterday in spite of there being a shed load of journalists snapping away at him...
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby icelesley » June 22nd, 2010, 11:20 am

I am fed up of the tennis already :roll: The football seems to have been on for months. All we need now is cricket to compete and we may as well sign TV over to sport for the duaration and forget anything else :evil:
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Dena » June 22nd, 2010, 12:06 pm

Luca wrote:
Off to Wimbledon in an hour or so which will be fun. It's a gloriously sunny day too which is a bonus. Nadal's playing today as is Andy Murray who was in fine form on the tennis practise courts yesterday


We'll expect an "insiders" review of your day Luca, which court? which players? what did you eat? :lol: :lol:

I hope you have/had a wonderful day :D
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 22nd, 2010, 5:42 pm

We had great fun thanks Dena. We started with a Pimm's at home (very weak and plenty of ice) and then headed off to the courts. The atmosphere was, as usual, amazing and we wandered around for a bit before watching Centre Court play from Aorangi Park (the erstwhile Henman Hill).

Neither of us were wanting to eat much and I had prepared a simple tomato, mozzarella salad and brought along some iced grapes and blueberries to snack on. It was far too hot to eat more than that although the size of some people's picnics was quite astounding!. I had some iced water bottles too which we needed and also had another Pimm's at £6.70 a glass that was the only one!

We spent a very happy afternoon either watching the tennis, wandering around soaking up the atmosphere or sitting on the hill and chatting.

Serena Williams, Andy Murray and Nadal all cruised through!

I'm going again next week which will be great too. :cocktail:
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Catherine » June 22nd, 2010, 7:58 pm

It was fun athough we had to cut it short as I had no choice but to leave my puppy home alone and after spending 6hrs at wimbledon and the hour or so on top of that getting there, I was starting to panic. Still I can usually get tickets so Luca is on for next year too, plus the vets at the Albert hall in December.

Was very hot though, but I love that weather, for once, I'm not complaining that it is cold. Pimms was an outrage with the price, some people were going back for more and more. I want to be adopted by those people, they have pots of money :0) We also went in the referees canteen, which brought some welcome air con.
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 22nd, 2010, 8:13 pm

The referees canteen was a blessed relief wasn't it. We needed it by then.

Don't worry about cutting it short - after all that sun I was happy to get to the cool and it was important that you got back to the little fellow.

Albert Hall vets was a hoot last year so that will be something to look forward to. :D
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby frenchcheesequeen » June 22nd, 2010, 8:52 pm

I think that Cruella should be remembered next year. And today I saw cans of ready mixed Pimms in Tesco for a couple of quid which could be chilled and packed amongst bottles of frozen water for a day out.

Seriously - delighted to hear that a lovely day was had with the fairy godmother today.

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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Catherine » June 22nd, 2010, 9:20 pm

Cruella can be included next year too.
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 22nd, 2010, 9:21 pm

I'm sure the canned Pimm's would be an immense improvement on the plastic goblets served at Wimbledon. They look large but are mostly ice and very weak and watery by the time you get to drink them. Given the cost - and knowing that you can buy an entire bottle of neat Pimm's for between £8-£12 I expect less ice!
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby frenchcheesequeen » June 22nd, 2010, 9:27 pm

Right then - include me in. I'll bring all the Pimms and a picnic. And leave Onslow at home. But if there is room for my lovely friend Ruth who went to the same college as Cinders' lovely mummy then she will come too. We were thinking of going for the ballot next year but it would be fabulous to have an insider.
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Catherine » June 22nd, 2010, 9:44 pm

I will do my very best. And Luca, get ye to Asda! they are selling 1ltr bottles of Pimms for £10
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 22nd, 2010, 9:48 pm

Lidl are at £8... and I'll check out the dog food stuff as well! BTW - bring puppy food Friday if you decide to go...
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby frenchcheesequeen » June 22nd, 2010, 9:52 pm

OK then Cinders - you are on. You have my personal email and just send the bill which I am happy to pay.

Now, about this picnic. Smoked salmon. Poached salmon. Cucumber salad. Strawberries. Quails eggs. Champagne as well as Pimms? Probably. Goat's cheese?

Good job I have a whole year to think about it.
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby icelesley » June 23rd, 2010, 7:11 am

I see Murray is the only Brit though to the next round.
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Catherine » June 23rd, 2010, 8:03 am

I kind of want him to lose :duck:
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Bazzer » June 23rd, 2010, 8:07 am

Catherine wrote:I kind of want him to lose :duck:



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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Dena » June 23rd, 2010, 9:20 am

I'm afraid I tend to agree with Catherine :twisted: Something about him I just don't like, I find him incredibly arrogant.
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Dena » June 23rd, 2010, 9:30 am

I'm glad you had such a great day Luca and Catherine, and glad to see that paying £6.70 for a glass of Pimms didn't spoil the day. Looks as if you will be having a "meet" next year :lol: :lol:



I hope you have such good weather next week too Luca. I sat in my sitting room watching and wondered where you were and what matches you were seeing.
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 23rd, 2010, 3:53 pm

There's an amazing match going on at the minute between Mahut and Isner . Two sets all , 24 games all...
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Dena » June 23rd, 2010, 4:01 pm

I'm watching it Luca - I'll even forgive the grunting :lol:
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 23rd, 2010, 4:04 pm

They must be exhausted .... it is boiling here.
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Dena » June 23rd, 2010, 4:22 pm

As McEnroe (I think) said six hrs is too long especially as the winner has to play again tomorrow, which puts him at an extreme disadvantage. Evidently it's the longest match, ever, at Wimbledon.
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 23rd, 2010, 4:26 pm

Whoever wins this one though will play against the winner of another match taking place which is at 2 sets all 14/15 so at least they will be slightly worn out as well...
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby ianinfrance » June 23rd, 2010, 4:27 pm

So what would you do? Allow the tie break for the final set, as in other sets? I don't think that would be right either.

Tie break at 12 all?
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 23rd, 2010, 4:36 pm

I think it would be fairer to keep on going................ but when, as now, most of the games are won via aces it gets a little tedious..... Perhaps they should indeed reach a cut off point and then tie break.. They are now at 30/31...
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Catherine » June 23rd, 2010, 4:38 pm

Wish we were there today Luca.
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 23rd, 2010, 4:40 pm

Me too - it would be an amazing match to watch... I'd put on a ton of sunscreen as well!!
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Catherine » June 23rd, 2010, 4:42 pm

lol.

You should go and get a late entry, they will still be at it when you get there
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 23rd, 2010, 4:45 pm

I could do as the queues aren't big but there's no space on the court at all.. and I think watching it in the cool might be best... I might make a Pimm's though! 32/32. Officially the longest match in tennis history.... 6hrs 34 minutes and continuing....
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Catherine » June 23rd, 2010, 4:48 pm

Bet Kath is glad she is not in the chair for that one.
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby sueturnersmith » June 23rd, 2010, 5:22 pm

What an amazing match!
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 23rd, 2010, 5:29 pm

It's a pity both of them can't go through. Amazing endurance.
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby aero280 » June 23rd, 2010, 6:52 pm

49-49 at the moment. Wow!
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 23rd, 2010, 6:55 pm

They look so tired but the crowds are really spurring them on...
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby aero280 » June 23rd, 2010, 7:17 pm

52-53 so far and 175 aces between them in the match! :shock: :o :shock:
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 23rd, 2010, 7:25 pm

I'm in pain for them! We can hear the cheers from the garden.
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Luca » June 23rd, 2010, 7:43 pm

Catherine - Looking to you for inside info on what they'll do if this situation crops up next year... For example.... All the lines people etc get changed regularly.... but the umpire must be exhaused too.....
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Re: Any tennis fans?

Postby Dena » June 23rd, 2010, 8:28 pm

All over now - until tomorrow. What an absolutely amazing match.
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