Category: Leisure, travel & sport

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No surprise Australia is rubbish now

For what it’s worth, the posts today are negative-nice-negative-nice, like that. N.O.’s never been shy at highlighting wrongdoing and/or stupidity but there’s such a thing as an overdose of it. Thing is, it can’t be ignored, as then we’re not doing our job. Nor should it be wall to wall. Anyway, to this topic:


The blurb said it was an upset, a shock to all:

Australia 19-24 Scotland: Second tour win for Gregor Townsend’s side

Not to anyone keeping an eye on Australians – my field is sailing and where Australians once dominated the world in this and so many sporting fields, now they look as if they’re back to rubbish again or maybe not ‘again’ but ‘in a new way’.

On the surface, an Englishman would chuckle at that but is this land much better? There were the amazing 2012 Olympics and feats of individual brilliance since but no huge dominance.… More here ...

America’s Cup report

US went into today’s first race already 1-0 up coutesy of a bonus race from the round robin. NZ, in its preferred light winds, won both today’s races and end the day 2-1. Tomorrow will be windier, favouring USA.

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Calcio storico

Book early to avoid disappointment:

Some have called it the most unusual sporting event in the world. Once a year in the middle of the elegance of Renaissance-era Florence and in front of the imposing marble facade of the Church of Santa Croce and its statue of Dante, rival teams duke it out in a violent, body-to-body match played on a sand-covered playing field as fans wildly cheer on their neighborhood squad.

The Calcio Storico has ancient roots: the Greeks played a similar ball game that was later adapted in the first century B.C. by the Romans, who used in to train warriors preparing for combat. By the 5th century, calcio—today the Italian word for soccer, or football—was played all over Florence, including atop the Arno river when it was frozen the winter of 1490. In 1580 actual rules were written by a Florentine count, Giovanni de Bardi.

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