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  1. Limoux -v- Lezignan (the 2pm KO) has the makings of a cracker. These sides so far have, between them, played eight league fixtures and won them all.
  2. Okay, Shadow, you knew I would take the bait! Where were the emus and were they free-ranging like the other creatures you mention? I have only seen two sets of free roaming pigs in the New Forest this pannage season, presumably because the acorn crop is so small. The first were at Eyeworth and the second at Brook.
  3. Thanks for posting that, Futtocks. It is a good reminder of why the kestrel has the old country name of 'the windhover', which of course the poet and Jesuit priest, Gerard Manley Hopkins, used as the title for his poem inspired by the bird (or maybe, more specifically, God's creation of this bird, as Hopkins would have seen it). Here is a link to that poem's text: The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins | Poetry Foundation I sometimes think that Hopkins creation of hyphenated words and juxtaposing of other words is a precursor of Dylan Thomas's distinctive style (vide, e.g., "Under Milkwood"), but that is no doubt a discussion for another day and another thread.
  4. Hello, Paul. No, Ted Heath wasn't the director of music there, but he did live at a large house in the cathedral close, called Arundells, which is now a museum. Given his love of music, I have no doubt he would have often walked across to the cathedral to attend choral evensong or a concert; it would literally have been a two minute walk from his house to be seated in the quire. When our daughter (now in her '30s) was about ten, we were shopping in Salisbury one Saturday and popped into WH Smith's. Ted Heath was sat there, a rather forlorn, disheveled sight, waiting for people to buy his new book so he could sign it for them. We whispered to our daughter, sotto voce, that the man nearby used to be the prime minister. "What him?" she exclaimed incredulously. "Shh!" we exhorted, but that only prompted her to ask again - definitely not sotto voce - "What him?" I agree that the Wesleys gave English hymnody a real shot in the arm, and the tradition that developed - especially of fuguing tunes - has stood the test of time well. Three months ago, John Woodcock, the esteemed cricket correspondent, was buried in the village church at Longparish, about twenty-five miles from here, in Hampshire. Apparently, that day, the village was like a visual who's who of world cricket! It must have been a bit like your Ellery Hanley experience. I wasn't actually singing in a choir in the cathedral this weekend (though I have done that often in the past), but rather reading a lesson, on Saturday and Sunday evenings, in the annual Advent Procession, Darkness to Light. Apologies, that has taken us completely off topic!
  5. That's intriguing, TD. I hadn't really noticed that. I will look out for it in the second half, if I get the chance to, but have to get ready soon for a service at Salisbury Cathedral at 5pm in which I am involved. I was enjoying the generally much more clean PTBs (actually using feet!) and the attempt to create something from scrums. This is a good ebb-and-flow game so far, with the score tied at twelve apiece at the break. The visitors have scored two tries to FCL's three. St Esteve had a man yellow-carded late in the 1st half and FCL took all of about 30 seconds of play to make the advantage count. In the second half, Lezigan will have the wind and sun behind them, and I fancy them to go on and win. Here is the link to the live broadcast: FCL XIII VS ST ESTEVE XIII CAT (facebook.com)
  6. Sorry, too busy to comment until now. Yes, as a Dracs' fan I will remember him with gratitude, not least of all for being Johnny-on-the-spot to finish excellent short side work by Mead and Jullien and put Les Dracs ahead inside two minutes of the 2018 challenge cup final.
  7. Conversely, gingerjon, I do have experience of seeking lottery (and other funding sources') money, but not usually at this scale -at least not in one chunk. However, I sit on the project steering group for a church tourism project, one element of which could involve capital costs with a value of circa £150k. What i do know is that, even when your plans are still imprecise, you start to engage in conversation with the likes of the Heritage Fund (incidentally, they have dropped 'Lottery' from the middle of their working title) The reason is essentially threefold. First, it makes them aware of your plans, so if they might include a formal funding request some way down the line, the funders have not been taken by surprise by a big bid, as it were. Second, you get an early feel for whether they are likely to be minded to offer funding support, or whether you are potentially wasting your time and theirs. And thirdly, if the dialogue goes well, it helps them to influence your final proposal, which is good as long as it doesn't pull you away from what you actually want to do. There are, of course, hundreds of foundations - many charities themselves - which exist specifically to offer grants to worthy (from their perspective) projects. The 400 or so members of the Association of Charitable Foundations, for instance, give out collectively in grants, about £2.5 billion per annum. You just have to do your homework to target the right ones.
  8. Excellent news all round! If 12.30 pm kick-offs seem a bit early for those with Saturday morning commitments, there is always Channel 4 + 1 (so, de facto, a 1.30 kick-off), not to mention just recording it. I wonder if Claire Balding would front it, either solely or with somebody else. I always think she comes across as an enthusiastic, competent communicator., and we know she loves our sport.
  9. Thanks for posting that, Shadow. I see that one lucky bird watcher had a bird of prey bonanza day on the Beaulieu river estuary yesterday, spotting no fewer than 3 white tailed eagles, 2 peregrines and one each of marsh harrier, red kite and merlin. I imagine that the one in the photo is probably one of those. To explain for those of you not familiar with New Forest geography, the direct line of flight from the estuary of the Beaulieu river to Shadow's village is only about 15 miles - nothing for a healthy eagle - and I am about three miles further on.
  10. It must have taken a hell of a lot of breath to blow an empty Party Seven canister up like a balloon!
  11. I don't drink gin, Gubrats, but have a lot of sympathy for your point, as cider is being ruined in the same way. Cider, for me, is a drink made from - and exclusively from - apples. If you want to add other stuff to it, fine, go ahead, it's a free country, but please don't call it cider. I am also depressed to see that the American tautology, 'apple cider', is increasingly prevalent over here. And then there is 'pear cider'. If you want to make a proper,fermented drink from pears specifically developed and grown for the purpose, call it 'perry'. Here is a link to the people who know about this: National Perry Pear Centre – Conserving a part of our orchard heritage If you want to use any old pears, including no doubt off cuts from dessert pears used in other processes, call it something else, but not 'cider' or 'perry'. Rant over!
  12. I think it was Cider Wire, on a page in these fora, who introduced me to Blaquette de Limoux. I get the occasional bottle of it from Tesco's and I like it. It is good to support the product of a great RL centre too.
  13. Huddersfield's George Hotel may not be used to house Rugby League museum - YorkshireLive (examinerlive.co.uk)
  14. I can remember back in the '60s when Wigan had just been given a juicy draw in the challenge cup - possibly Saints in season '64/65 - and so offered fans a week or two before the cup tie the chance to buy tickets for it by attending a league game, possibly the one against Salford who didn't have a great season that year, finishing two points above Liverpool City and three ahead of Bramley. That was an opportunist way of generating a bit of extra income!
  15. In response to Dunbar and Hawkman, the short piece in The Times quotes Liverpool FC as saying that it is related to the redevelopment of the Anfield Road Stand.
  16. Oui ! Dragons Catalans › News › 2021 › Nov. › Arthur Mourgue signs new contract (catalansdragons.com)
  17. To be honest, I am more excited by the news that Arthur Mourgue has prolonged his contract, and on better terms. It should increase his chances of staying in SL and of staying in our code.
  18. If the loading bays didn't specify that they were not for use by cars, why not use one of those? My understanding is that 'loading' covers the carriage of goods both to and from a vehicle. When I have dropped off stuff at charity shops in Salisbury, I have taken a handwritten sign with me, to put on the dashboard, explaining that I am delivering to such a shop.
  19. An enjoyable game, played at a good pace, in windy conditions. Carcassonne became their own worst enemies with some unforced errors late on. A couple of thoughts. I really enjoyed the Lezignan try late in the first half, scored following a break on the wing, straight from a scrum. This is why I welcome the return of scrums in SL next year. It's up to players and their coaches to be enterprising. Good to see such clean PTBs. No gratuitous wrestling by tacklers, no attempt to come off the mark (sideways or forwards) by the player in possession and the ball played with the foot. Intriguingly, those who managed this included Baitieri and Inu in their first, post-SL game, so clearly it isn't that difficult to do!
  20. For me one of the striking things about more recent non-French signings by the Dragons has been the management's ability not to pick up those who have no serious intention of working hard and/or behaving responsibly off the field. Their approach used to be much more hit-and-miss. I fancy that MacNamara deserves much credit for that, but so, too, I suspect, does Alex Chan. It is easy to overlook the role of less high profile non-playing staff. In similar vein, I was very impressed by Kasiano's improvement last season. The mental side of that may well be down to the MacNamara/Chan combination, but I suspect the now departed Richard Hunwicks and his immediate colleagues deserve credit for the physical fitness side of this too. Let's hope that Napa reflects this steady, recent, managerial improvement and is not a throwback to the not always so good old days...assuming his signing is confirmed!
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