Sports

Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir are serving sentences for corruption in relation to the scandal that blew up at Lord’s in 2010 over the bowling of deliberate no-balls. The sentencing was appropriate with the experienced duo of Butt and Asif getting punished much more severely than Amir.

This could yet be good for cricket (as suggested originally by Aggers) if it leads to the problems around illegal bookmakers being properly dealt with. Cricket as a whole has spent a long time in denial of the extent of the problem (Salim Malik was banned for life as long ago as the mid 1990s for his dealings with these bookmakers, and then there was Hansie Cronje).

Tiger Woods’ former caddie Steve Williams is in hot water after remarks made at a caddies evening about his former employer (not employee as Williams referred to him throughout an interview in which he refused to show any contrition for what he had said). Woods appears to have forgiven Williams rather quicker than he forgave Fuzzy Zoeller for a similar slip some years ago – perhaps as suggested on five live last night Williams knows of a few skeletons yet to come out of the Woods closet.

Joe Frazier, who died yesterday, was one person who left his sport in a better state than he had found it, unlike most of those I have mentioned in this piece. A pity then that the “sport” in question was boxing. Other sports feature injuries but few require you to injure an opponent to win and none regard knocking an opponent unconscious as the height of glory.

For today’s view from the rooftop we have a sideways on shot of the towers of St Margarets Church,

“hardest Hit” demonstration in Norwich

 

Some who wanted to be there couldn't but left messages

Several hundred people turned out at Chapelfields Gardens for the “Hardest Hit” protest march and rally against the government’s disabiligty cuts.

Someone has a good guy ready for bonfire night!

Not only was the turnout impressive for a local demonstration, with plenty of banners and placards on display, but the weather given that we are now in late October was also splendid. If I believed in such things as gods I would have taken the blue sky and bright sunshine as a sign that someone up there was supporting us.

After a slow march round the centre of Norwich with lots of noisy chants (“No ifs, no buts, no disability cuts” and “what do want? Equal rights. When do want it? Now.” were the two we used) we reconvened back at Chapelfield gardens for a rally at which there were some magnificent speakers. For more information about what is going on visit www.hardesthit.org.uk. For this post I have a variation on my “View from the rooftop” with a photo taken by holding the camera through my living room window to get a view in the other direction. The tower in the background was the centrepiece of the Franciscan Friary in days of yore, hence it’s current designation Greyfriars Tower.

The Greyfriars tower captured from 117E High Street
This homemade placard said all that needed to be said
A scene from the rally

powerpoint and other stuff

Having been temporarily laid low by a cold I spent today doing some work on powerpoint for my aunt. The weather has been helpful in my recovery as you will see below. The only blot on today was an England collapse all too reminiscent of the bad days of the 1990s. I spent most of the afternoon based in the impromptu “home office” shown below. The building in the background is The Granaries. The glass by the way was used for water and water only.

Set up for work on an English october day!

Meetings

I have recently attended two meetings which for different reasons were important.

On Thursday I attended an antiwar meeting at the University of East Anglia where Judith Orr was the main speaker and the lecture theatre we had been allocated was full to overflowing. It was a very constructive and enjoyable debate.

Last night was this month’s meeting of the King’s Lynn Social and Support Group for Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. I passed on some information about a research project taking place at Cambridge University which I have already signed up for. We also decided that the Crown & Mitre was the best option for our Christmas meeting (Thankyou for researchinng various establishments, Ros).

Here is a “View from the Rooftop”

 

Repton and other stuff

The Granaries and Clifton Tower

I have just spent a very enjoyable three days based in the historic capital of Mercia, Repton. My mother is doing a terms teaching at the school where C B Fry enjoyed his education and Roald Dahl endured his.

On the first of my two full days there I travelled to the surprisingly scenic town of Burton on Trent. The approach by bus, whichever route you come in by from the direction of Derby prepares one to be unimpressed, which makes the town more appealing once you get there. There is a surprisingly well kept and attractive pedestrianised precinct, some parkland by the river and a gem of an establishment connected to the latter called The Park (Old Peculier at £2.05 a pint being one of its virtues).

On day two I visited Derby, and found it to be a very attractive town as well, doing a good job of displaying its historic bits to best effect. The day was marred slightly by the fact that I got on the wrong bus out of Derby and could not get back on the right bus until Burton. This meant that I was only just back in time for supper before heading out for our one evening engagement, a concert in the school’s music centre given by the Carducci String Quartet. This was quite simply magnificent, starting with a classic from Haydn, taking in a piece by Shostakovich written when he was doing his own thing and ending with one of Dvorak’s American compositions.

When I got back home yesterday afternoon I was seriously overheated from the journey and really not good for much. The return journey took longer than the outward one had, as a a ten-minute delay at Willington (nearest train station to Repton) meant arriving at Peterborough half an hour later than intended, and the bus back from Peterborough to Lynn was then delayed as well. I could have done the whole journey by train but that would have added a change at Ely to an already multi-stage process.

Two photos this time – one of my share of a potato harvest from my aunt’s allotment, the other a standard “View from the rooftop”.

Spuds

 

County Championship and other stuff

What a few days we have had in world of sport! A US Open final in which tennis was taken to new heights, especially by the amazing Novak Djokovic, who is heading for the best season in modern tennism having last only two matches so far (as opposed to the previous record for a full season of three by John McEnroe).

England (with the last match underway at 2:00PM today) have already settled the one-day series v India. While for the second year in succession the County Championship went down to the last session of the last day of the season, ending with Lancashire’s first outright championship since 1934 as they beat Somerset and already relegated Hampshire baulked Warwickshire, largely through South African stonewaller Neil McKenzie.

This week also saw the first ever day-night championship match in this country. While I am all in favour of new ideas being given a fair trial I have to say that this country is the least suited of all major cricket playing countries to day-night cricket because of the extended twilight period we get. I am fortunate enough to have watched day-night stuff at the Adelaide Oval where one barely notices the transition from natural light to floodlights because there is little twilight and because they have superb floodlights.

Today’s “View from the Rooftop” is of an apartment block called the Granaries. When looking at flats I viewed one in there. All I will say about the inside of that building is never mind cats, one would be hardpressed to swing a mouse in one of those flats. However the external view is quite decent:

The Granaries

new house and other things

England could settle the one-day series v Indis today to complete a superb summer. Meanwhile in at the US Open, although it was business as usual in the seniors with Murray losing a classic semi-final, three of the four semi-fiinalists in the boys singles were Brits.

I have discovered that the wilko’s whizzer bought as part of my house move does a wonderful job of preparing ginger paste.

The county championship is going down to the wire in both divisions. In division one Warwickshire have a 3 point lead (with a possible 24 points to be obtained in the final game) over Lancashire who won their match against Hampshire with three minutes to spare. In the second division there is a three way tussle between Surrey, Northants and Gloucs for the second promotion slot behind Middlesex. The highlight of yesterday’s play was the  bowling of Simon Kerrigan in the Lancashire victory over Hamsphire (9-51, while the much more experienced spinner Gary Keedy had to settle for one at the other end).

I conclude this post with another view from the rooftop, something I intend to become a regular feature of this blog, the centrepiece this time a ridiculously grand looking Almshouse complex (no, I do not have the sun at my command, I am merely adept at choosing when to take my pictures: