The usual recap to begin . . . . . . The Friday Question was, What specific style/genre/type of writing is the one you most want to write? And my Saturday Answer is . . . . . . One which changes all the time! If I read a thriller, then I want to write… Continue reading Day 469 – The Saturday Answer.
I'm not trying to alienate anyone here by mentioning the New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick. I understand that the franchise and the coach are like Marmite - you love them or you hate them. For full disclosure I am a San Francisco 49ers fan, but as a sports coach you have got to… Continue reading Day 466 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.1.
For about twelve hours, the Welsh rugby team were number one in the world rankings. Then a poor showing against England saw them slip back to number two. Poor defence contrasted heavily with the one which secured them the Grand Slam in the 6 Nations. Too much reliance on training park moves saw players going… Continue reading Day 456 – Sunday Reflection.
Predications all turned upside down, commentators and pundits changing their minds quicker than the pedals are turning on those race bikes and the Tour enters its last stage before the final rest day and the last five combative stages before the final processional stage into Paris. Life changes as quickly as events in a Grand… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 15.
Like the anticipation of any big event, the few days before are nervous and conservative. In a bike race like the Tour de France all of the GC favourites become chess players, mindful and trying to think ahead as many moves as they are able. The difference being their eventual execution of those moves will… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 11.
A teacher of the law asks Jesus who his ' neighbour ' is, in response to Jesus' exhortation that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord you God with all your mind and all your heart and to love your neighbour as yourself. Jesus gives the 'good samaritan' parable. Three years ago 52% of… Continue reading Day 429 – Sunday Reflection.
During the EuroSport coverage, one of the commentators was talking about the communication available to the peloton riders and how it differed to the 1980’s when his co-commentator legendary Irish cyclist and 5 times Green Points Jersey winner Sean Kelly was racing. Quick note here that the Green Jersey wasn’t specifically a sprinter’s jersey but… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 7.
The Friday Question was, What is the last foreign language you began to learn and why? My answer is French, because the last time I went into a French Boulangerie, armed with the necessary phrase given to me by my wife to purchase two baguettes and one croissant, I managed the first couple of words… Continue reading Day 428 – The Saturday Answer and Other Stuff.
There is a mini feature in the ITV 4 highlights coverage of Stage 5 where Matt Rendell presents on Panini sticker books. The standard in sticker books for forty years, and normally the preserve of football teams and competitions, they cover the Giro but now have struck a deal for the Tour de France. The… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 6.
One of the attractions of Le Tour is it is also a grand tour of France itself. Alternating between a clockwise and counter-clockwise direction around the country, this year the procession going in the former, showing off the various and varied regions of the country. The publicity caravan is as much a part of the… Continue reading 23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 5.