All The Family Huddled Around A Glowing Laptop

The times when the kids were growing up it was a tradition to have the laptop on and the Northern Hemisphere family watch as the presents are open. A lot has changed since this photo in 2017, the kids are young adults, my Dad is in a home, the Swedish side aren't allowed to travel to Wales due to COVID, and I won't be around the kids this Christmas Day. It's not so much the change, the kids were always gonna move on and with the divorce new rituals have been created. It's more that it's happened in 3 years, 2017 seems both a long long way away (as does January, remember then?), and yet close enough to touch. Whatever your routines are be prepared to change them, but keep the rituals . 

The rugby season is upon us

And dashed early in the year it is. And WHAT a rugby year it will be.

Wellington Sevens: For those off to the tournament this weekend, have a blast!

Super 14: don't forget to add me to your virtual competition, player name MiramarMike. Go the Hurricanes (first game in Brisbane v the Reds this Saturday evening)

Six Nations: All building blocks to the World Cup for the boys from the Valleys - first game against Ireland in Cardiff this Sunday. And here's to more humiliation for the English ;-)

World Cup: Only 161 days (5 months 10 days) before the first game of the competition kicks off - and that's the last time I'll do that!