merc, those events look great. I think that they might examples of how our culture can pick up the ball and run with big events (I'm so sorry for that metaphor, I just got it back from the shop).
That is what I think a culture should be doing and sport, as a normal everyday activity will feed into it. I am wary of a country such as ours investing too much cultural significance in professional sport.
The Tour put me off rugby for awhile and I've always been a soccer Nancy anyway (come on you Hammers). Then we went to live in Melbourne and they have that other football which is like a religion but more serious (if equally incomprehensible).
So I lost interest for a long time.
These guys seem all right, though, no real animals and about the usual levels of stratospheric egos but I think having professional sportsmen so important to a culture has very real dangers. The talkback radio at the time of the Cardiff disaster was straight-out psychotic.
Yeah, be interested and passionate and enjoy the thing, have a great time! But realise that it is just a game. While we might share some of ideals that the game does, strength, agility, whatever, those are part of the picture, we have to be a bit deeper than that, I think.
Possibly the information will be unavailable to the mortal man (P.Simon 1975). If the "thankyou sir, may I have another" trade deal is anything to go by
But I am trying not to regard the result as a done deal
This is the main problem. The French appear to have internal strife with the coach and senior players, they haven't really fired and they were lucky against Wales. Ominous
Cory Jane chasing the high ball and seeing Cooper was going to take it, slowing down a fraction so that he could be accelerating as he hit Cooper
Yeah that was very cool.
Teh Guardian has an amusing player scoring thing
Lol, I ain't cheap, Joe.
The article merc links to shows up the witches brew of modern-day commercial shipping. It is hopelessly compromised, hopelessly corrupt and fecking dangerous. I am sure that sailors and ship people do a very hard job with consummate skill but it is in the service of a bad practice that will imperil us all and seems to have no concern for the environment it operates in. The invisible hand of the market is strangling us.
Watched with the sound off, as usual. Good game aside from the handling errors by the AB's. Q.Cooper was sleepwalking, did he not realise what time it was, or something? Israel Dagg was brilliant.
Bad weekend for the boot, though, Jebus those drop kicks!!
I think that it would have to be the Heavy 8's at least.
Just to be a grumpy old bastard about it. I never thought that the RWC would be a goldrush for the whole country. Some people, campervan hire places spring to mind, will be feeling good. It's good and I do not envy them the hard work.
But are the taxpayers in NZ going to get any of the 39 million we paid out, back? I would like the money to go to Health, education and maritime NZ if that's OK.
For a bit of a laugh read Coddington's take on it in the Herald. It's like she knows she's mad but can't stop writing.