Saturday, 28 February 2009

Final score

Canterbury 27 - Bridgewater 11

Good open game with some thundering tackles and great running play. Canterbury fell behind to a penalty in the first few minutes and it looked like it might be a tough afternoon but three tries in the first half saw of the visitors.

Wonder if I can get a job writing match reviews?

Line out

Line out

After 3rd try

After 3rd try

Thursday, 26 February 2009

English

On "Overheard by blog" Robert Fraser is asking people what they consider to be the most beautiful line in English literature. Most people probably know that I know little of English literature so picking a line isn't easy. I think the opening line of "Earthly Powers" is awesome and grips the reader. "It is a far, far better thing that I do now" is stirring and resonates with selflessness while "And so, dear reader, I married him" is a wonderful finish. But what do I know? But I do know a few passages and poems which make the hairs on the back of my neck tingle. "Do not go gentle into that good night", a son pleading with his father not to die but to fight death, is so poignant. Also about death and grieving - Auden's "Stop all the clocks" is beautifully simple.

But for power and majesty and to see a master using the tools of his trade I think it's back to Bill.

From The Scottish Play

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
Or how about.........

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,—
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
From Richard II.

Dive over to Robert's blog and give it a go!

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Where in the world

Where in the world

Friday, 20 February 2009

Typical


Manchester City twice surrendered the lead as they drew with FC Copenhagen in their last-32 Uefa Cup first-leg tie. (BBC Sport)

It was televised which meant I had a chance to watch the might of Sparky's Brazilian Army.

Oh dear.

Great going forward but still lacking a finish - the first goal was a classic of the "Comedy Goal" genre.

The wonderful thing is that despite moving to a new stadium, changing the strip, millions of pounds worth of investment in the playing staff, despite all of this - my dad would still recognise our beloved Manchester City.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

It's half term!

So I get to spend some time with children. Not the bigger, female ones of course - they are far too busy to hang around with dad. But Cal and I watched Stargate and this morning started with Thomas the Tank Engine (but I still prefer the news).

I've got some work to finish off today but I think we'll be playing out - I've got to collect my glasses and then we might slide off to the coast. Love half-term!


Monday, 16 February 2009

Sunday, 15 February 2009

I know I'm a day late but..........

Anti Valentine's Day

Backing the wrong horse

Invicta on the shield above the entrance to the old post office in Canterbury High Street

This is Invicta, the white horse of Kent. As a symbol it dates back to the Jutish kings of Kent in the 6th century. The armies of Hengist and Horsa are believed to have carried this on their banner when they landed on these shores in 450. It lives on in the logo of the county council and in numerous images and statues around the county. As an exiled Mancunian I'm fond of Invicta, it means "Undefeated", because it's a proud symbol of a particular area and it has a long and distiguished history. After the success of the Angel of the North it was decided that Kent should have a sculpture to symbolise the county and welcome those passing through. Like the Angel it'll be near a major through-route and visible for many miles. It's going to be at Ebbsfleet (near the International Station which is not near anything except the railway track) and is being organised by the Ebbsfleet Landmark Project company. This week they picked the winning design and it's a horse - here it is.

Wallinger's design This isn't "our" horse. Our white horse is proud and defiant. This beautiful animal is redolent of Aintree and Newmarket and Kempton Park and the Arabian stallions which sired it. In Kent we had a hill carving done in 2003 above channel tunnel, and it welcomes visitors from Europe. It's active and dynamic while this thoroughbred is passive and docile; neither are terms should be used to describe this county which has been at forefront of English history since time began. The Angles and Saxons and Jutes Cheriton White Horseand Danes and Normans and Romans all came through Kent; most landed in Kent on their first trip to these Sceptred Isles. After the battle of Hastings William the Conqueror headed to London only after taking Dover and Canterbury. The Battle of Britain was fought over the hop fields of Kent.

There is nothing wrong with this design, it's wonderful, but it's the wrong horse!

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Flooding in Darent valley (edited)

Flooding in Darent valley - taken from the train

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Monday, 2 February 2009