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Friday, November 15, 2019 0 comments

IRELAND v DENMARK (Part 2) The Musical


As Ireland gets ready for its MUST WIN EURO 2020 qualifier against regular foes, Denmark (BOO!), this coming Monday, the Boys In Green played a friendly against New Zealand last night.

And, the result was a 3-1 win to us.

Jaysus... We won.

Sean Maguire: Man of the Match after scoring his first senior goal for Ireland.

[Takes a second to enjoy the moment... they 
don't come around that often!]

Robbie Brady back after injury woes...and wearing the Captain's armband

In honor of this silly, friendly victory, I give you "Ireland v Denmark (Part 2 -- The Musical)" ahead of the main event Monday.

If you missed Part One, where I discuss how feckin' Ireland has been my ex-girlfriend for the last 30+ years, click here.

For now, feel free to wander around the musical offerings of Irish players, musicians, but mostly Irish fans "at work" over the last 30+ years, (I sense a "team,")

The BOYS IN GREEN shorts, (but they do have green jerseys, too!)

If you're rolling the eyes and only want the 8-minute highlights, *please* watch this video to see how the fans (did you know they're Irish) even had a sing-song cleaning their own garbage after the long day of festivities.

The Irish would go on to earn the "best fans" award from the French government following the end of EURO 2016. (As they do.)

On the other hand, if you have the time, knock yerself out with some of these video clips. I know me and my adult beverage spent a good few hours "researching" as we sung along!!

Click on any song name or video to begin smiling exercises.

"Joxer Goes to Stuttgart" (In honor of the EURO 1988 by Christy Moore)

"Put 'em Under Pressure" (Italia 1990 theme song!)

"To Win JUST Once" by The Saw Doctors (Any time Ireland goes to qualify!!)

Former International and Manager-for-the-2nd-time-in-20-years, Mick McCarthy, also loves a sing-song

Irish Fans Sing "Stand Up For The Boys In Green" (EURO 2012)

Fans Sing "The Fields of Athenry" (EURO 2012 - when we were LOSING 0 - 4 to Spain)

The Lads Seranade the French Girl (EURO 2016)

...And they Serenade the Baby, too! (EURO 2016)

Me and a friend in Holland, circa Italia '90

Photo Credits (except the last dodgy shot) via Seb Daly and Sportsfile.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 8 comments

Lovely Writers & 30th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall


I love how the response of my recent non-post spilled onto my last post, so may I start by saying I dearly and deeply appreciate everyone who comments here - there isn't many, and you bloody all know each other - and that's probably what I should have said re. the non-post, so there you go now!

In a "Only Happens To Me" memory, I woke up this past Saturday, 9 November 2019 to the news it was the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall falling. Oh no, not again. I groaned and did my own falling back on the pillow.
9 November, 1989... I'm the one in the.... no, wait, I'm not :(

It's like this, you see. Coming in currently as #17 of the Top Twenty Regrets in my life is missing out being there when the Berlin Wall came down Thursday, 9 November 1989.

I was working at a fancypants restaurant in Amsterdam, and with no cellphones or Internet in those (simpler!) days, there was always a large, grey plastic TV mounted to the corner(s) of the bar.

These days...

As the evening progressed, there was a huge swell of positive emotion between staff and guests. Guests grabbed seats, servers helped the bartender and soon it was standing room only as we all watched history being made -- sort of in front of our eyes.

That's when one of me mates said they were going to Berlin directly after work -- and there was a spare seat if I wanted to see history being made -- truly with my own eyes.
Love these "before & afters"

And, I like a thick Irishman, said no.

It was a 12-hour roundtrip and I had a shift Friday night, so I wussed out on one of the most wonderful and peaceful uprisings ever.

Typical Koopmans.

Forgets to write posts and skips wall coming-downs. Only happens to me.

Love. Actually. Can. 

Thursday, November 7, 2019 10 comments

The 4-letter word


Bloody hell. The older I get, the more shit I forget to do - like bring a jacket with me on a rainy day (on the plain,) in Spain!

Or, when I brainfart myself past a written-ishly alarm, as I did yesterday when I "posted" my IWSG post early.

I'd scheduled the post to go live about three weeks ago, even though I'd not written a damn word. See, this lack of wordage would -- in theory -- normally scare the shit outta me and force, if needed, a fine, intelligent-lite briefing of my latest month in the world of writing.

Only I haven't had an Editor chomping down my throat for the copy-of-a-needed-article-before-the-deadline-hits for many a year. And, so I forgot.

As you do.

I only remembered this lack of delivery and loss of flowery language, (common name: "Ooopsadaisy,") while elbow-deep in the innards of my little postbox that could.

A ping from my phone with a side order of smirk announced brightly (for seven wonderous seconds) in Times New Roman 12 (double-spaced) that my latest post had posted.

(OK, I was at work, but I could have been at the mailbox.)

That's when I realized I was as thick as two planks and had posted a headline, but nothing underneath. I mean like not something small and frail and absolutely lacking in substance... Nope. I had a big fat nothing.

(Some readers probably thought I'd posted a regular blog, and after this, I have the established chops to interview for and become a great reporter for The Sun; New York Post or The Daily Mail :)

What truly warms the cockles of my cynical, writing heart is that I've had (so far) four comments from some writerly friends!!

Therefore, I'm taking a moment to appreciate the following folks for giving me a writerly boost when I hadn't a clue.

To these fellow lovers of words, I bow at the waist, and if y'all were standing beside me, I'd punch you in the good shoulder and go all Robert de Niro-y on you by saying, "You... you... you got a gift my friend..."

Sue at Elephant's Child A fantastic example on how to run a truly fun and interesting blog, and one of my favorite writing mentors (even though she didn't know it until now:)

Alex at Alex J. Cavanaugh The myth and the man behind IWSG. What more can I say!

Lee at C. Lee McKenzie A way-back-when writer buddy who stopped by perhaps looking for a few minutes of readability and was left with a moment of clarity on why she hadn't visited for so long :)

Liz at Elizabeth Seckman My lost Twinny. 'Nuff said.

Finally, as it's obviously Christmas in 47 days... here's my post:

Dear Santa,

I promise to do better for the December IWSG, and if I don't, it won't be for the lack of forward-thinking and backward planning that fills my writing days :)

Yours sincerely,


PS: Santa baby, any chance the Angels can get at least two starting pitchers for the 2020 season? Thanks. (Cookies and Irish whiskey will be available from 23:00 - 06:00.)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 5 comments


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