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: Quiet few days with little to worry our pretty heads about


A French player is out, an Irish captain is probably out and the English strip is poo-poo'd and that's about it really.

Around the web we have reviews of Pool D ("Pool of Death"), Wales and beer. The Aussies are still full of it* and we're asked to spare a thought for the refs which I will do if he plays the game the way I want.

The long series of people telling the NZ Herald who'll win (All Blacks) continues with "former Springbok hardman" Robbie Kempson: New Zealand versus South Africa. / New Zealand by 23-18.

* confidence