Two weeks and fewer than two days until I set flight to Germany for the first three weeks of the World Cup. Can't wait, and I shall post at greater length later about that much-maligned nation - and a rather excellent Guardian series of articles about that old Anglo-Deutsch "Liebe/Hass", er, thing...
But I am a little concerned. While excited at "doing" Bavaria for the first time, for part of the adventure, I'm a little put out by recent reports of snow.
After all, the last time we had a proper white winter blanket over here, I was disturbed to catch sight of an evil snowman, holding an abacus.
Well, I say he was "evil".
He certainly looked very cold and calculating.