Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
And last night BBC2 showed the second in their new `Coast` series, which was billed as covering the south west coast from Swanage in Dorset right along to Land`s End. A tall order, even for the BBC, to do justice to such a long stretch of heritage coast in just under an hour. Now, the first couple of Coast series were very good indeed, concentrating on what the British coastline had to offer and giving brief insights to things along the way. The coastline and the seascapes came first with the admittedly knowledgeable `presenters` just doing the presenting.
Last night`s programme was, however, so disappointing. Very brief glimpses of the World Heritage Site that the Jurassic Coast of Dorset has become, passing snapshots of coastal villages and harbours, whole swathes of Devon and Cornwall overlooked as the hour was spent focussing on the presenters rather than what they were supposed to be presenting. We had Alice Roberts at Gorran Haven telling us nothing about Gorran Haven but all about what makes the sea smell like it does. We had Nicholas Crane doing battle with Portland Race in a small boat. We had Miranda Krestovnikoff diving for white faced dolphins and not finding any. We had Mark Horton spending an inordinate amount of time in Devonport Dockyard. But most cringingly of all we had Neil Oliver `performing` at the Minack Theatre as a rather camp and out of place Prospero.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
And so perhaps in an effort to put South Africa 2010 behind me and move on, my picture shows Rio de Janeiro and captures the belief that Brazil in 2014 will be a marked improvement on what we have just lived through. The home of beautiful football, of Pele, Tostao, Garrincha, Socrates, Carlos Alberto and all the sublime coreography that only Brazil can produce, must surely be something to look forward to.
At a different end of the football spectrum, near neighbour Scott Wagstaff `penned` a new contract a few days ago, which will keep him at Charlton for another two years. His new contract seems to have been welcomed by the afficionados on the Charlton Life fans forum ("live, love, laugh and be happy") and all of us in our football mad street wish nothing but the best for Scott as his career unfolds in his highly competitive chosen profession. He has established himself as a `hard working wideman,` a `pacy flanker` and one whose blistering pace can take him beyond the last defender to cut the ball back from the by-line for onrushing strikers to bury the ball beyond the despairing clutches of opposing custodians.
And who can tell where he and we might all be in four years time? The game will have been changed by financial reality, changes to the laws, the development of emerging football nations and another set of dancers and cloggers competing for their own versions of supremacy. As for England, the collective prospects aren`t good - too much vested interest, too much talking, not enough doing, too much money sloshing around in the wrong pockets, too much expectation, not enough change - but maybe, just maybe, a quiet, unassuming, gifted, hard working, pacy flanker might emerge in time to savour the delights of Copacabana and bring yet more pride and joy to a football mad street in a small village in deepest Kent. Football, like life, can sometimes be a nightmare - I should know, I`m a Saints fan - but it is also about dreams, which should never be allowed to die.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Friday, July 09, 2010
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Now, the England football team may be crap. But at least they`re English crap. Aren`t they just?
Sunday, July 04, 2010
SHOULD `VE GONE TO..
Friday, July 02, 2010
But I also noticed yesterday a couple of items that might prove significant as the wheels of justice might again have been gently kick started on their long and winding road. The first was the release of documents which pretty much proved that Blair took us to war in Iraq against the legal advice of the then Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith. Reading between the lines, it seems that Goldsmith was himself convinced that joining Bush in going to war in Iraq was illegal without a further UN resolution but that Goldsmith was bullied into some form of words that Blair thought were good enough to enable him to go ahead.
The second was, once again, the representations continually made by a group of leading doctors questioning the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr. David Kelly, the weapons inspector, who was found dead in a wood near his Oxfordshire home shortly after being `exposed` as the source of the controversial BBC news report which itself had questioned the grounds for going to war in Iraq. Blair`s poodle Inquiry, led by Lord Hutton, concluded that Dr. Kelly had taken his own life, but the evidence has never been shown to be conclusive, otherwise the medical evidence put forward at the Inquiry would not have been subject to a 70 year ban before publication. Furthermore, there never was a coroners inquest into his death and the death certificate was not completed by a medical practitioner.