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 . 

RWC: The numbers for you to gawp at


From the NZ Herald
The Rugby World Cup in numbers:' 4bn' viewers, 2.4m tickets, 600 players
2:37PM Tuesday August 14, 2007 - By Edward Gay

There are 24 days to go until the first of 48 games between 20 teams in the Rugby World Cup. We check out some other stats.

* 95 countries have national rugby teams, although only 20 play in the Rugby World Cup. Teams like Bosnia Herzegovina, the Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago have missed out on qualifying

* The largest distance between World Cup venues is 1900kms from Marseille to Edinburgh. The All Blacks play Italy in Marseille before playing Portugal in Lyon - 320km away - and then travel to Edinburgh to play Scotland.

* Approximately 4 billion people will watch some of the 2007 World Cup, according to corporate events organiser Sports World.

* 1.8 million rugby fans, 600 players and 3500 media will visit Europe for the Rugby World Cup, according to and

* 2.4 million tickets have gone on sale for the 2007 tournament and over 2 million have already been sold, the Rugby World Cup's official website says