Preston 0 – Liverpool 2
The good news this weekend is that Liverpool played and beat Preston in the FA Cup. A 2-0 win, and we have Everton in the next round. Even better news is that Torres played and scored. From a negative perspective both Monster and Alonso have injuries.
I have recently joined Facebook following an invite from my brother. Well that has a way of eating into your time, but it has been interesting to catch up with Nieces, Nephews and In-Laws. The only person I haven’t caught up with is the brother who invited me to join!
Wellington Phoenix 3 – Newcastle Jets 0
We have only missed a couple of home Phoenix games this season, and at halftime I was wishing that I was missing this one. I think I watched the worst 45 minutes of professional football I have seen. 0-0 at half time and both sides were absolute garbage. If one side strung more than 2 passes together I missed it. However as the catch phrase goes 90 minutes 90 emotions so the second half was better. Three goals including a stunner from Smeltz. The Phoenix are going to miss him next season. Anyway 3 points gained, there is still a chance we will finish in the playoff spots (top 4) but already a top season.
David Gibbins – Atlantis
David Gibbins – Crusader Gold
In the run up to and following Christmas I have read both the above David Gibbins books.
If you like Dan Brown, Clive Cussler, James Rollins and / or Steve Berry then you will enjoy these novels, adventure with a capital A, and just enough fact thrown in to keep you hooked.
Although the books are in sequence Atlantis first, they are stand alone plots and there is no need to read Atlantis to enjoy Crusader Gold.
From his website – ( http://www.davidgibbins.com/ )
” David Gibbins is a bestselling novelist and archaeologist, and a world authority on ancient shipwrecks and sunken cities. He was born in Saskatoon, Canada in 1962, to English parents, and grew up in Canada, New Zealand and England. An early fascination with archaeology led him to study at the University of Bristol, where he graduated with First Class Honours in 1983. He then attended Cambridge University as a Research Scholar of Corpus Christi College, where he was awarded a PhD in archaeology in 1991. For much of the next decade he held a permanent faculty position as a university lecturer in the UK, where he taught archaeology, art history and ancient history, before leaving teaching to devote himself full-time to writing novels and carrying out fieldwork. “
With his background the Author is obviously able to draw on both his Archaeological and diving background to craft his stories. The first book Atlantis is self explanatory. It is basiaclly the search for Atlantis, with some mythology and terrorist action thrown in. Plus a love interest. What more could you ask for. Many of us hope that Atlantis was real and that one day it will be found, this book pulls at those wishes and presents a very plausible scenario with regard to its whereabouts and its history.
The second book Crusader Gold is not so clear cut, it follows on a few months after Atlantis (well the heros have to have time to heal don’t they). It has all the same elements that made the first book a good read
- A blend of fact and fiction
- Jewish treasure
- Archaeological mystery
Interestingly the title although very relevant is infact more than a little misleading. This story has more to do with Viking and Norse heritage, travels and legends rather than the Spanish plundering South America. The hook in this book is the weaving of Norse mythology through most of what we today understand as the history of the Americas. Of course there is the clash with ancient cults after the power that the discovery of the treasure that was plundered by the romans from the jews many hundreds of years ago. Tell me again, how did the vikings get into this, you will have to read..
Both the books were very enjoyable reads, didn’t tax me to much and certainly stirred the imagination.