A humiliating end to a humiliating winter

Given the way they have played all through it, it was appropriate that the England men’s team should end their winter with a particularly humiliating defeat. They were not merely beaten by the Dutch (bad enough), but the margin of 45 runs is in a T20 context a thrashing.

England had already failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament, but this final surrender was shocking nonetheless.

Hopefully New Zealand and Sri Lanka will provide better cricketing fare later on today.

As usual I have some pictures for you…

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Post Auction

The March auction took place yesterday, and went very well overall, helped by a couple of militaria lots that saw the bidding reach colossal levels, and formed the basis of a press release that I put out today. A general press release focussing on more than just militaria will go out on Tuesday.

Incidentally, the Prince of Wales Suite is far superior as an auction venue to the Long Bar (I got a reminder of just how uninspiring the Long Bar is in the final stages of the tidy up operation, when the two of us who were clearing up had to take something there).

I now have a confirmed appointment at Cambridge for the research project I am taking part in. Also, one of the researchers will be present at KLASS’s next group meeting to explain about her research.

Although the database was my chief focus today, I also put out an events calendar for the rest of the year and did some more imaging for the April main sale.

Enjoy a fine crop of media attachments…

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Auction all set to go.

The March auction is all set to go, with not too many problems in the setup.

The sale will start at 10AM sharp today, and there are some good lots going under the hammer.

Also although we are still in March the April Timed Bid sale is live and the catalogue can be viewed at http://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/james-and-son-auctioneers/catalogue-id-2904945, although there is a mismatch between some of the descriptions and images, which I hope to be able to resolve tomorrow (I need access to my office computer to be able to do so).

I have some photos from the setup of the Auction room for you…

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A Hectic Day at James and Sons

If anything, hectic is an understatement. First of all I had some image editing to do from Friday, then I had to check the April T-Bid folder and make sure that the images were all there, and of sufficient quality (to be fair, only four were so ghastly that they had to be redone, but a few others needed extra editing).

Then, as soon as we could so so without leaving the premises entirely unattended, a colleague and I finished off filling up the first van load of stuff for Thursdays auction (there will be at least one, possibly two more).

The third major event of the day was a problem with some of the medal images being attached to wrong lot numbers for the March sale.

Add to that a couple of small items needing imaging for the April sale and you have a very full day indeed.

All of today’s images are of lots in the April T-Bid sale, mostly the stuff from Friday that I edited today…

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This is a new record for an auction as opposed to press release image - a nine parter.
This is a new record for an auction as opposed to press release image – a nine parter.
Possibly distant connections of mine, given where my Sutcliffe ancestors are buried.
Possibly distant connections of mine, given where my Sutcliffe ancestors are buried.
This is now an ex-atlas!
This is now an ex-atlas!
Maps that relate to some of my interests (must check the estimate to see if I dare bid)
Maps that relate to some of my interests (must check the estimate to see if I dare bid)

Cricket and other stuff

In the world T20 yesterday the Dutch were in world record setting form…

…unfortunately it was of the wrong kind as they were bundled out for 39 (the lowest ever total in a T20 international) by Sri Lanka, who added insult to injury by knocking the runs off in just five overs.

Earlier South Africa and New Zealand had played a thriller of a match, won by South Africa, with Dale Steyn (4-17) being edged out for man of the match by J-P Duminy (86).

Meanwhile in longer form cricket, the annual curtain raiser for the English domestic season between the MCC and the Champion County (Durham on this occasion), which now takes place in Dubai, is under way, and very evenly poised, with Monty Panesar having taken five wickets in the Durham first innings, and Rushworth and Borthwick in the wickets for Durham.

As I prepare for a busy week at James and Sons I leave you with these pictures…

Rabbit

Yes - the jetty is back in use after the winter
Yes – the jetty is back in use after the winter

Rabbit

T20 thrills and spills

The World 20-20 is under way, and there was one cracking game today and one deeply frustrating game.

The cracker was between Sri Lanka and South Africa, won by Sri Lanka. South Africa needed 19 of the last two overs, but Kulasekara conceded just four in the crucial 19th over, to leave SA needing to take 15 off Lasith Malinga in the final over to win the match, a task that proved beyond them, by rather more than it ended up looking. With the match already lost the final ball was hit for six to reduce the margin.

The frustrating game was between England and New Zealand. England had scored 170 from their 20, only for the weather to intervene. New Zealand had just gone ahead on Duckworth-Lewis when the weather closed in and never let up. Therefore NZ got the points, which they probably would not have done had the match gone the distance.

As usual I have some pictures for you…

Boat at jetty

Information board at Seven Sisters
Information board at Seven Sisters
These are the first swans I have ever seen on the Nar
These are the first swans I have ever seen on the Nar

Welcome to the Walks

This view of West Lynn Church was taken from the Nar Outfall.
This view of West Lynn Church was taken from the Nar Outfall.

Of Travel, Tribulations and Triumphs

Last night I attended a meeting in Norwich, and went out afterwards for drinks with the others. Earlier in the evening outside Norwich library I seen an inventive usage Henry C Beck’s famous schematic diagram – see attached media at the end of this post.

Today began with a minor disappointment when Your Local Paper did not contain anything on the Floricultural Cabinets, in spite of the fact that they had been sufficiently interested for a colleague to phone my on my day off to get the images to them.

However, thereafter it was successful all through. On the database side I have definitely perfected my method of catalogue generation, and on Tuesday I should be able to produce a bid book that will bear some semblance to reality. I did a lot of imaging,  although much of that will have to wait until Tuesday as  although I took all the pictures I had very little time left for editing.

Enjoy the following…

I think Mr Beck would have appreciated this almost as much as I did.
I think Mr Beck would have appreciated this almost as much as I did.
A great medal set.
A great medal set.
This image will form the centrepiece of a poster (I have created but not yet printed it)
This image will form the centrepiece of a poster (I have created but not yet printed it)

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I had never seen one of these prior to today
I had never seen one of these prior to today

Wooden shield Medal Catalogue 2057 Access Version

These have no lot number as yet, but I imaged them at the personal request of the boss.
These have no lot number as yet, but I imaged them at the personal request of the boss.