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Girls and sport [2]

girl bowling

What we’re being paid money for by those parents is to get the best out of the children in our trust and this is a fine line.

When does demanding become tyrannical? When does understanding become namby-pamby and not constructive for anyone? It is, as just said, a fine line.

With girls, it becomes doubly difficult if you’re a male gamesmaster and girls want to play what the boys play? Do you refuse? My approach, in one case, was this.

I talked to the whole age level one day, after talking to the infant mistress who doubled as the girls’ form mistress and said I’d like to take the girls for a practice session first – those who wish to try, I mean, I want no boys there for that session, so you’ll all be on a cross-country under [another teacher].

So I did take the session and had ten girls.…

When truck driver meets motorist meets cyclist

This is one where we see different things, don’t disagree but some other issues stand out as well.

Wiggia rightly notes:

I was reading this piece on in car cameras when I did a double take on the second photo of the “cyclist cut up”. Now he may well have been but the inference is that the truck and trailer did it deliberately.

If you look at the photo, a car is coming the other way and is overtaking parked cars on his side, the truck has obviously had to pull over to avoid (they are very close) the oncoming car, it would be reasonable to assume the oncoming car is at fault for failing to ensure he has enough room etc etc.

There are different directions we could go here. Discuss road rage? Discuss the cyclist mentality on roads these days, in particular the male’s? The tendency to ill will between parties rather than all being reasonable to each other in the first place?…

The Great Pretenders

If you don’t care for football, then the music’s nice:

It’s not meant disparagingly, really it’s not.  But what we have is some very jammy play by Geelong which sees them in the unreal position of being third and yet they can’t possibly win in my eyes.

What we have is a team who were once the power, who bestrode the competition for five years and all that is left is four or five aging stars.  The rest is made up of young pups who do well, fall away, do well, fall away, let you down, stand up and make you proud.  A team in transition. Last weekend, they fell in by a few points against one of the bottom sides.

Ladder after split round

Sigh.  They suddenly decided to play at one point and creamed the opposition – the gulf in class was immense and then, for some inexplicable reason, just fell asleep and couldn’t win a contested ball.…

Ugliest car in the world contender?

This is a piece on beauty overall.   Is this the ugliest car in the world?   You’ll recall that pic some days ago.


[Also amusing [or not] is whom I lifted it from and many thanks:   Yes, let’s have women in control of everything coz we’re all Emasculados now and no good for anything.]

It’s my contention that there are many features on the human being, the car and the yacht which are, in themselves, beautiful – the heart-shaped face, the bow lips, the aerodynamic lines, the bringing together to the grille but that when those are incorporated, either forgetting other lines or underplaying them excessively, it produces ugly rather than beautiful.

To me, and humblest apologies to the lady, the singer of Shocking Blue was like that.  She had a number of  features of beauty but they were exaggerated, almost to the point of caricature.…

The rivetting opening ceremony

Don’t have a TV. Commonwealth Games ceremony sounds as if it was a real ripsnorter, a triumph of Scottishness:


Is there anyone actually in the stands?

# This is the opening ceremony that everyone was afraid that the Olympics would have.

#  Come back Pitbull…all is forgiven!

# Rod’s wearing hair by Gloria Hunniford, skin by World Of Leather and blazer by Bacofoil.

# Why oh why are we being subjected to people telling us all about scotland when they dont live here e.g john barrowman – hasnt lived here for 20 years, billy connelly – has lived in america for 30 years, rod stewart….isnt scottish at all.

# As each team comes in, the announcer shouts “Come on in”, which is a Scottish saying, we’re told. “Come on in, Maldives.”

# At least the athletes have arrived to fill the space up a bit! Is it over yet?

Well, you know, the Beeb version is a bit different.…