Fresh From DK @ St James Park Stadium

The title of today’s blog comes from the news in the football world, that the owners of English club Newcastle Utd have re-named the stadium in order to bring in more revenue. The name?  SPORTSDIRECT.COM@ST JAMES’ PARK STADIUM!

Incredible! You can imagine on sports programmes they will be saying “There’s been a goal at the @ St James Park Stadium”, don’t see it working so well!

So it’s Wednesday (Onsdag) and today I have to say was particularly productive!

Woke at a decent time .. then most of the day consisted of sitting at the desk, reading a paper on ‘Violence in the Media’ for an essay due on Friday. The paper, being 25 pages long, and having to seive through every paragraph for note taking and more ‘clever’ reading into it, proved tedious and not so to my tastes! haha!

Ah well, I completed all of that and took plenty of notes, now I actually have to write it and forget about that and get on with my major paper due in 5 weeks time … I have to write 20 solid pages. Fun times!

It snowed today, be it only briefly! Around 4 degress in Copenhagen, with blustry winds, it was none too pleasant!

So at 6.30 this evening I was coaching, as our U19 team played an U17 teams merged and played eachother … I think the score ended up being 3-2, all the goals were excellent, considering it was in high winds and heavy snowy/rain, so we were all soaked to the bone after 2 hours training.

I am signing the contract for the club tomorrow to make me officially assistant manager to the U19 team and PUMA will be whipping out my new training and match day kits with the initials ‘AB’ on them, so i’ll look the part then eh? 😉

So tomorrow is the first real ‘pressure’ day for an essay deadline, will I make it? Will I be able to meet the Friday 9am deadline of 1000 words? I’m sure it will be fine, but check back tomorrow night for the gripping conclusion!

Vi ses i morgen! (See you tomorrow) X




Today Is Tuesday (I dag er Tirsdag)

Looking back at Monday’s blog, I sort of ended up writing something like … i’ll be burying my head into some books and studying all day …

Slight change of plan, I have studied, a tiny bit. Although today I do have a decent excuse! I have been very under the weather and thus needed relaxing and ‘taking it easy’ which is of course a rareity in such busy times, arn’t I right?!

So commenced a relatively lazyesque day, with it being a UEFA Champions Leage football night I watched MILAN v BARCELONA and MAN UTD V MOSCOW, in Danish (Dansk) of course 😉

It’s getting colder, I can feel it! It’s 4 degrees maximum here tomorrow, but it’s the wind that really tips it over the edge! Ok no more weather related complaining!

Today instead of rambling on about a quiet sort of day I shall put up more Copenhagen images, thanks to the good people at Google Images.

Christiania Bikes (Copenhagen’s finest bike)


The Black Diamond Library

Den Sorte diamant

A Copenhagen METRO (Underground) Station


The Metro Trains have NO drivers, so sit at the front and enjoy the ride!


Remember to check in Wednesday (Onsdag) for another ‘thrilling’ installment from Denmark! X

A Pledge, To Blog Every Day … No Matter How … Well, Boring!

First of all, for fans of Top Gear or British Caravan Holidays then please watch this short video, very funny!

Ok so let’s kick off with Monday the 2nd of November!

Rain and lots of it! Well being Welsh and native to one of the wettest cities in Wales, being Swansea, this is just another day for the likes of me!

So to kick off the day, errands including, student office paper work, bank accounts and bill paying!

Are you still with me? Sorry, but after that Top Gear video, it’s a bit tough to keep the high standard going!

Ok so the rain has ceased a bit, still cold though! I’m in Scandanavia, so I shouldn’t be expecting anything less, but ever the optimist!

So it’s getting dark by 4pm and i’m off to Football training with HIK north of Copenhagen and the train is my best way of doing this, quickly.

Now those that know me, will realise i’m no big fan of public transport. I’ve done Swansea busses and trains, the underground of Budapest, the trams of Oslo, the train in Berlin and now the train service in Copenhagen.

I actually enjoy it! Yes! It’s pretty quick, effective and people keep to themselves ….. most of the time, unless you have some balding, puffy coated Danish chav ever so slightly nodding his head your way as he falls asleep on the seat next to you. Nothing a bit of heavy shifting in my seat won’t solve 😉

Training went well, we were running low on players for some reason or another, fines then come into play for those with the flimsy excuses.

So with only 11 in attendence, they asked me to play in goal for a practice match … let me tell you, i’ve played in a 5-a-side team named The Gulls and various small games in parks and streets and fields, but never, ever have I played with a snow coat and jeans .. and there was no way I would have taken these off, it’s bloody freezing where I coach!

It was enjoyable all the same, and you have to remember it’s not about the amount of goals I let in, it’s all about the participation and having fun!

Tomorrow, i’m putting my face in about 10 books, note-taking and writing passable comments about what I believe this and that is about … wish me luck ok!

I will post a blog every day this week, I will!

‘Freshly Squeezed’ from DK

Well it’s been a good Birthday week and first and foremost I would like to thank all of those that sent their wishes and cards etc. It is really, really appreciated!

It’s Sunday evening, an extra hour to the day, and it’s pitch black outside already! That was by around 5pm too! Football training in the evening’s might just be about to get colder I think…

On the topic of football … My team that I coach with (HIK) played at home in Hellerup yesterday (Saturday 24th) and won 1-0 thanks to a dramatic goal in the last 10 minutes, a chip from near the halfway line over the goalkeeper, ends the season at Home on a high!

After the match the chairman of the youth teams offered me an official contract with the club, after impressing on trial, so I’m very grateful and will look forward to the future with the team.

Tonight it’s been studying, ordering books from the Libraries here in Copenhagen for research etc. While listening to BBC Radio 5 Live Sport, that helps 😉

We went for a jog this morning the apartment down to this beautiful park, such a crisp, misty sort of autumn day. Very good way to wake me up!



So for the rest of the evening …. more studying, and note taking and make some nice food!

Tomorrow morning, off to Uni early to the library (pictured below), study, and get a step closer to the Masters!


I’ll update you tomorrow again and hopefully I can start putting a bit more effort and interest into these blogs!

A couple of points of interest lastly, the shop ‘SPAR’ in the UK is actually a Danish company and translates into ‘SAVE’, so just for you to know, completely random!

Also last night at 12pm, rung the very last day of  WWW.DREWBARTLE.COM. It closed as I close that chapter for the foreseeable future. Hopefully we’ll see a new look website with a new body of art work in 2010.

Untitled-1sass( 2007 – 2009)

Thanks once again for your support with the website and to all those that visited the photographic work.

Check back tomorrow for more updates!

Pictures from Sweden





















Til Svenska…

Something a bit different today … courtesy of our good friends at Google Images, I have made a rough sketch (in picture form) of the trip to Sweden! Enjoy 😉











TONIGHT’S GAME: Malmö FF vs. IFK Göteborg


Then after my very first encounter of Swedish Premier League football (the whole day being a Birthday gift for me!!) We shall take the train back to Copenhagen, Denmark to complete an awesome looking day in Scandanavia!

(Pictures up tomorrow evening TUESDAY from the trip)

It’s all about the ‘DANISH DYNAMITE’ and the coolest place in KBH.

KBH (København)

So i’m back after my long hiatus from this blog! Hope everyone is well during this holiday period in Denmark. Traditionally this is type of ‘half-term’ break for schools, colleges and some universities. So I guess i should be thankful my university follows the trend!

First of all let me comment on the extremely cold weather we’re having here right now! It feels more like December than October, but it may be the wind making it more wintery.

BBC WEATHER sources say today is : Max: 6°C, 43°F,  Wind: N 18mph

I’m a football trainer (coach) now here in Denmark! I work as an Assistant Manager for an U19 team for a club named HIK. It’s Wednesday today so I will be at training later. Believe me, I will be freezing cold there!!

I was reading a very well written article on the Danish national football team actually (SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER).

This comes after Denmark won 1-0 against Sweden in Copenhagen the Saturday just passsed, to qualify for WORLD CUP 2010 SOUTH AFRICA.

So if you are interested in football and it’s history, then take a read, it taught me alot about the sporting culture. Especially now as I coach a team here!


Actually I was quite impressed with the Guardian Newspaper in the UK as the webiste is also running a well written insight into one of the most trendy, popular areas for people in the city.

The area is an old meat market district and the idea is that alot of the buildings are now turned into clubs and places to chill out with a coffee or good alchohol.

The area is called Kødbyen and I have visited it on a few occassions now, and although walking through this rather strange place at night is quite bizzare and very cold being so close to the river, when you actually reach the bar you want to get to, via meat places and fish restaurants, the atmosphere is excellent!

Here is the article link: (SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN)



Now i’m off to make some food and warm up before taking the train to training later!

Enjoy reading the articles and i’ll be back more often with posts …. promise!