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  1. The southern cathedral peregrine news is that, at Winchester, three of the four eggs hatched. Winnie has given up sitting on the fourth, which now lies forlornly at the corner of the nesting tray. She and her mate, Chester, are both now leaving the nest to feed the ever growing trio of chicks. Meanwhile, at Salisbury, it is also the time in the breeding cycle where both parents must leave the nest in search of food; here, there are four chicks. Here are the webcam links: Peregrine Falcons : Live Web Cam Stream | Salisbury Cathedral The Peregrines Return in 2021 - Winchest
  2. Most madrigals of the Tudor and early Stuart era can be described as being either sad, quite intense, expressions of unrequited love, or being very lively with pastoral imagery often used for erotic, descriptive purposes. A notable exception is The Silver Swan by Orlando Gibbons, which is based on the old belief that swans make no noise until they know their death is imminent, when they sing once beautifully and then die (hence the phrase 'swan song') This is, of course, ornithological nonsense. Our permanently resident mute swan species often makes a sort of grunting sound. The two re
  3. I see a report that there were no fewer than eight hobbies hawking over the water at Fishlake Meadows on the northern edge of Romsey in Hampshire earlier today (the town, incidentally, was 'Kingsmarkham' in the TV Inspector Wexford series) This must have been an incredible sight. I have been lucky enough to see a single hobby on a few occasions. For a split second, it is easy to think you are watching a swift, given the hobby's speed through the air, swept back wings and - by bird of prey standards - small size. Apparently, the inventor of the table soccer game, Subbuteo, wanted t
  4. I didn't know the word 'hail' was used in the Workington game, Derwent, so thanks for that. It also seen it used in the Alnwick street football match. Likewise, it was the early, English word used for a goal in shinty. When I persuaded an English colleague of mine in Northallerton to travel up to St Andrews with my scratch team, after we were invited to play in the university shinty club's 6-a-side tournament in the mid-1970s, he knicknamed me "Two hail" because I was lucky enough to score both our goals, as we won our first game, 2-1 (we lost our other two, so didn't make the knock-out
  5. There are motor sports too, though I confess I din't follow any of them.
  6. I would have thought you are being a bit harsh on the Lions of that era, JohnM. I recall my dad, not much of a sports fan, coming home from a Saturday night drink at the pub on the East Lancs Road where the Leigh to Salford main road crossed it (Queen's Head, perhaps? I forget) and the Swinton team had come in for a celebratory drink after lifting the league title. I think that would have been at the end of the 1963-64 season. In the spring of '65, I went to see my team, Wigan, take on Swinton at Knowsley Road in the cup semi-final. Wigan won 25-10, as I recall, with Trevor Lake c
  7. I recall watching it being played in Guernsey on a summer evening in about 1981, at the outdoor part of the leisure centre in St Peter Port (or town, as I think it is often known locally, e.g on bus destination blinds). It looks as though it still is played in both Channel Island bailiwicks too: GUERNSEY – Guernsey Softball association | European Softball Federation
  8. Good story; thanks to TRL for the original post. All I need now is £2m to £3m to buy it! I agree with NYT that there is nothing wrong in just saying 'rugby' in the headline. I quite like the idea of using just 'rugby' when I mean rugby league. I once got a letter published in The Times in which I managed to get the great French fullback, Puig Aubert, simply described as a French 'rugby international'; I felt smug! On a thoroughly pedantic note, the TRL article notes that the evidence in the picture suggests this is a crowd heading to a Salford Red Devils' game. Chronologically, I
  9. As others have said, usually called 'real tennis' nowadays, or in the right circles, just 'tennis' - as in Manchester Tennis & Racquets Club, which is arguably misnamed being located in Salford; I was once a lunchtime guest visitor there. I suppose, geographically, you might say that it is not so much regional, as dotted about here and there; in the UK context, that means real tennis courts as far north as Falkland Palace in the Scottish industrial belt, with a smattering south and south-west of London.
  10. Once you head in the direction of pub games - as VRG has taken us - you still have some wonderful local variations, no doubt as in the 5's & 3's scenario. In some instances, we are back with the pelota situation, namely local variations on a common theme; that would be true of darts (with differently marked dartboards) and skittles. In the (so called but not really) Isle of Portland, just south of Weymouth, they used to play shove ha'penny using pre-decimal, Guernsey ha'pennies. I don't know whether they still do. Meanwhile, devotees of the Oxfordshire outdoor pub speciality, Aun
  11. Interesting point, POR. My reply to Spidey above applies to your question too. The bottom line is that I don't know how much time one needs, and how long in advance, to set up a trip, at affordable cost (however that's defined!) for a change of fixture. Or maybe Fev wouldn't have been willing to swap and thus travel to Toulouse at the beginning of August. In which case, why should Olympique XIII try and accommodate what, in that circumstance, could be perceived as an unhelpful Fev this weekend? I just don't know.
  12. Good point, Spidey. Maybe the logistics of arranging the trip at very short notice, when the trip for the Widnes game at Heywood Road also needs arranging, was too much. Maybe Fev weren't keen on the swap. I just don't know.
  13. Did you know there was also a sport called bando, which seems to have flourished on dry land, not ice, in South Wales in the 19th century? The Margam Bando Boys were celebrated in a 19th century poem. In Victorian times, the maxim for team sports seems to have been 'get codified or die'. Bando, it would seem, did the latter.
  14. Am I right in thinking that pelota is a collective word for a number of related sports? I seem to recall the differences are quite significant, eg some using the hand to strike the ball and some not. The idea of a group of sports with a collective name also makes me think of boules. Does anybody play that for cash? Maybe some of our French contributors will know.
  15. With reference back to the original thread, gingerjon, the irony is that bandy is a sport from the English speaking world. It originally comes from the Fens. Incidentally, it is this fact that is behind the attempts of some grumpy Canadians (none on here, I am sure!) to deny that the oldest ice hockey match in the world that is still played on a regular basis is the Oxford v Cambridge varsity match; it is suggested the earliest games were more bandy than hockey.
  16. No, much too small scale for that, and has always kept it amateur for the players. The top clubs tend to come from villages, such as Newtonmore and Kingussie in the Spey Valley, and Kyles Athletic, the club from Tighnabruaich down on the Kyles of Bute. Inverness itself has just the one club, although a number of nearby villages or small towns have a club each.
  17. I suspect you are looking for conspiracy, POR, where there may be a more obvious, simpler explanation. The RFL said, at the start of the season, that they really wanted every team in the championship to play each other one at least once, if at all possible. The clash of the Vikings and Olympique XIII in about ten days was the only one scheduled between these sides this season, as I recall, whereas Toulouse and Fev were due to meet once in each country. In terms of making arrangements, the priority for both Widnes and Olympique XIII has clearly been to get their match re-arranged. T
  18. If Les Dracs play a sweeping expansive game, they will win convincingly. If they inexplicably give up on that approach (eg as against the Wire), the Trin will have a chance.
  19. Apologies in advance to you all apart from Shadow; this is by definition a very New Forest and area oriented post! We had parked in Turf Hill car park, which is on the road from Downton and Redlynch that joins Roger Penny Way, but before it does so. we were on one of the numkerous paths a few hundred yards from there. However, I have to say, we haven't seen them since, and are at Turf Hill on most, if not all, days. It is currently a good spot for seeing stonechats (and if you get lucky, a Dartford warbler) and hearing larks and cuckoos. In previous years, Fritham Plain has been a
  20. They are on the way, VRG. About thirty seen at one spot in Hampshire about four hours ago. The last two or three days have seen the first reports of swifts in Hampshire this year, too. Just odd singles or pairs, but I think that is pretty early. I think of them as being early May arrivals, really, along with nightjars out on the heathland of the New Forest.
  21. Tony Lewis, born Swansea, and Mike Denness, born Bellshill, Lanarkshire. OK, not overseas, but not England either.
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