October is starting to look like it’s going to be a busy (and expensive) month. I’m booked up for the first couple of weekends already, and I know there are birthdays and suchlike in there too.
First up is a trip to the capital I’m really looking forward to, I tend to always have a great time if I head up to Londinium. That first weekend three friends and I are heading up to take in some Queensbury Rules, that is to say we’re going to watch some boxing! In an attempt to make boxing more popular again, in the face of some seriously stiff competition from MMA franchises such as UFC, a new format of boxing evenings has been introduced and is getting more popular all the time. We’re going to the next HeavyWeight Prizefighter tournament. It follows a straight knockout tournament style, starting with eight fighters and ending the evening with one victorious finalist. The fights are 3×3 minute rounds which should ensure a) the fighters are exhausted by the time they get to potentially their third fight of the night, and b) there’ll be plenty of action. The difference between this and previous tournaments is that it’s starting to attract some pretty big names to fight. We’ll be watching the likes of Danny Williams, Audley Harrison and Michael Sprott slugging it out, and Danny WIlliams has put his British title on the line! It was originally going to be held at Bexleyheath, but thanks to it selling out instantly and the organisers wanting to add another four thousand(!) seats, it’s been moved to the ExCel arena, a place I’m no stranger to.
The second weekend sees me heading to Kimbolton, somewhere in the middle of Peterborough, Cambridge and Northampton. I’m going up for the British Tang Soo Do championships as a bit of a last minute decision, but I’m really looking forward to it now. Originally I was going to skip it in favour of the Europeans the weekend after in Poland, but it looks like that isn’t going to happen now. It’ll be nice to meet up with the various Masters and hundreds of other students, and no doubt share a beer or two with them.
We’re having a really good spot of weather at the moment, almost like a consolation for the summer that never was. It’s actually really nice driving into work when it’s like this, the sun sits really low in the sky and it all feels really fresh. I was grinning and singing away to a bit of Angels & Airwaves on the way in today and it was glorious. This weekend should see a few more celebrations too, my friend’s new wife has her birthday, and another friend who’s just come back from Korea has belated 30th celebrations due too – whether she likes it or not.
Oh, and as if by some divine miracle, the lawn I sowed a couple of weeks ago is starting to sprout like crazy. It feels all fuzzy and soft and is already looking nice and green. I think I’m going to let it grow as it is for now and then in the Spring get a rotovator in for the day, turn the whole lawn over, get rid of the rocks and debris, and re-seed it. It should give a really nice thick, healthy lawn and I’ll be able to fill in the bald patches. If only it was so easy to do the same with my head.