is a terrible thing, it eats away at your conscience and will
not leave you alone. You think you can get away from it but
it nags and nags until you eventually accept that there is only
one thing to do - confess!
it has taken ten days but here I am on the brink of revealing
how I let my country down when so much was at stake.
made the discovery last year whilst watching the Six Nations
Rugby series. It seemed appropriate to have a glass of Penderyn
whisky by my side so that I could make a toast to the try scorer
and subsequently to Leigh Halfpenny when he effortlessly kicked
the ball over the bar. This gradually progressed to a sustaining
sip during those exciting bursts when our team were careering
towards a try. It was then that I realised that that sip of
Welsh whisky actually considerably improved the chance of success.
I shared my suspicions with Anne who very kindly offered to
take part in a more sustained experiment for the remaining matches
of last year's series. To our delight it proved, without doubt
to be even more consistent when we worked together. What a discovery!
looked forward to this year's series confident that with our
help our team would be invincible, the only problem was that
we were otherwise engaged on the afternoon of the first game
against England but not to worry there would be sufficient opportunity
to repair the damage.
it came to the England v Ireland match we had to decide which
team we should support, a difficult decision but in the end
it came down to practicalities - we had some Bushmills in the
cupboard but not a drop of English whisky in the house. We used
our system during that match and naturally, with our help, Ireland
we had to beat the Irish to make sure that all three of the
main contenders had lost one game each and that would ensure
a nailbiting final afternoon. Ireland had been undefeated in
their previous ten matches so for Wales to win was a rather
tall order. However copious amounts of the magic liquid resulted
in a win for Wales.
final afternoon presented the possibility of the result being
decided by points difference and Wales was trailing well behind.
This was really asking a lot of our method but we were willing
to make the sacrifice.
played their game first and the first half was a bit worrying,
half time came and I went into the kitchen to heat up some tomato
soup to keep us going, there was just enough time. I was reaching
up to the shelf to get the soup cups down from behind the olive
oil spray container and horrors! my wrist brushed against it,
it crashed onto to work surface and being under pressure exploded
showering me, the floor and the work surface with olive oil.
The place was a mess and clearly had to be cleaned before the
floor turned into a skating rink. I had to go and have a shower
and my clothes went into the wash. When we had sorted everything
out the second half had started. Not to worry though because
the method still works, but to a slightly lesser degree as long
as we are watching a recording that is no more than ten minutes
behind time. As a result we jointly managed to get Liam Williams,
George North and Dan Biggar to boost the score to: Italy 20,
in the end it was Ireland who won with England second. It could
have been so different.
lost because of an explosion of olive oil.
And I caused that by being clumsy.
there, I have confessed and I must admit I do feel a little
all true! Now would I tell you a lie, today of all days?