feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
This itty-bitty post is bought to you by there being no Olympics on TV for another four years. I expect that the people running it would want more attention to be given to heartwarming stories about sportsmanship rather than other, less ennobling things. And so I oblige.

I did want to mention the hockey, because I found myself watching the exciting women's gold medal match on Friday, I think it was. Wasn't the British goalie amazing? Or should I say English? In the tradition of talking enthusiastically about a sport I know nothing about, are there seriously no outstanding Scottish or Welsh hockey players?

Anyway, international hockey is fierce based on that match and what little else I saw from Rio. There was talk of stitches and wired jaws! It doesn't come off as so violent in girls own books. I know there is talk of sticks and wild play when new girls play for the first time and, yes, there are injuries, but they're usually predictable and in service to the story: one player is injured so she can no longer play and the new girl in the fourth or the rebel who didn't impress the games captain at the start of term can show her mettle.

The force of watching top-class female team sports did strike me anew these Olympics.
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Jersey Adventure: Viola Bayley, Dent, 1969

The back flap of this book’s dust jacket quotes the Junior Bookshelf stating ‘Miss Bayley is a sort of Mary Stewart for young readers’, which is an accurate description, I think. Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
I have been watching the Olympics, but to a much lesser degree than was the case in 2012, because of the time difference. It took me a little while to realise that I could catch some of the sports – there had been so much emphasis on how the premium athletics would be on in the wee small hours.

But after a couple of days, Read more... )

Styx and Stones: Carola Dunn

This is an ultimately breezy mystery for Daisy to solve (with help) and was most interesting for me because of Read more... )
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The Lark in the Morn: Elfrida Vipont Oxford University Press 1959

I had vaguely heard of this book and had the impression that it was well thought of, having read it, I agree, Read more... )
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Last week, I went away for a few days and these are some of the books that I read then:

The School on the Moor: Angela Brazil

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Reread: A Countess Below Stairs: Eva Ibbotson

(I think I will reread all my Ibbotsons as a project.)

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Penelope’s Prefects: Judith Carr

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First Class Murder: Robin Stevens (A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery) Corgi 2015

I say, old things, I jolly well ought to put Mrs Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ on my ‘to reread’ pile!

This is the third adventure of the Detective Society, comprised of that paragon Daisy Wells and her erstwhile Watson Hazel Wong, and this time, they are Read more... )
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A book-related post!

It’s perhaps unfair to compare these two children’s books about two civil wars, but I read them quite close to each other, so the comparison came readily. Irene Hunt wrote ‘Across Five Aprils’ about the American civil war, as experienced by one Jethro Creighton, while Dorothea Moore (whom I've never posted about here before although I have copies of her books) wrote ‘Perdita, Prisoner of War’ - yes, I admit the title made me grab for it – about Perdita Eynescliffe’s experiences in the English civil war.

I say it’s unfair to compare them chiefly because Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
It is a bit hit and miss if I remember the Davis Cup is on, but I did this weekend, Read more... )
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Now that the tennis is over, I can turn my attention to what I made of the final stretch of The Great British Sewing Bee.

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I was a bit distracted towards the end of the first match and the start of the second, because I kept switching over to see the welcoming parade for the Welsh football team on S4C and BBC1. So many people there to show their pride! The players’ excitement at seeing the crowds and a reflection of the support that there’s been at home was palpable, and I liked the way they were taking selfies/pictures of themselves with the fans as the fans took selfies/pictures back. And the mutual singing – it was inevitable that the end destination was a concert at Cardiff City stadium.

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feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
This year, I’m only watching week 2 in the evenings, which means watching little live tennis. On Tuesday, Read more... )

As for the football, as one of the S4C commentators put it, we’re sad, not disappointed. What a championship after all those years! Nothing quite came together on the pitch – experts can better tell if the loss of Ramsay was the key or if it was more Portugal’s play; it did seem to me that there was little that could have been done to stop the two goals. But I think we’re all very proud of the ‘bois’ every one jack, even the ones who are defnitely not Swansea Jacks.
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
On Wednesday* and Thursday I was unable to watch more than a few minutes here and catch a few headlines there. This was only enough to grasp that rain and the conditions were a problem and that several seeds had fallen, chief of which was Mugurza.

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As for middle Sunday, Read more... )


* Football !?!?

C'mon Cymru! I've watched more football - two whole matches and the rest - this summer than I had previously done in my life. I only understand the goal in the net bit, really, although apparently the game is about 'creating space' and what I learned from playing netball and hockey does not apply. I still think rugby is a more interesting sport, but I'm really proud of the team. The singing, obviously, gives me goosebumps.
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
Last week

I only saw smatterings of Queen’s: part of Young against Batista-Agut, which you couldn’t call enthralling; part of Tomic’s quarter final against Muller, which was more interesting; and Raonic then beating Tomic. I know that Murray won a record five times, but Raonic seems to be backing up the form that got him to the semis at Wimbledon last year. It’s good to see that he’s improved – she wrote, having not watched the finals which might have left me all nerves.

It was surprising that Federer and Thiem both lost to German players you wouldn’t expect them to in the semis at Halle.

And there was a story that suggested that the BBC wasn’t giving enough prominence to the ladies singles at Wimbledon, by which I mean, the figures backed it up. I can understand the ‘editorial judgement’ a little, because the top male players, one of whom is a Scot, are more consistent, and either Serena Williams gets into massive trouble (entertaining) or she bulldozes her opponents and there’s no telling what other ladies will get through (no Sharapova this year, expect Muguruza to get a lot of attention and Jo Konta, as she only really did well after Wimbledon last year, and for most of the British public, the rest of the tennis year counts for significantly less). I think that best of five makes for a more interesting dynamic – best of three can be over in three quarters of an hour if its an unequal meet.

This week

I hadn't seen any of Eastbourne until most of the first set of the final between Cibulkova, Pliskova and the wind, and then I had to go out so I have nothing to say about that.
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
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Tuesday
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Wednesday
There was football where tennis had been advertised, so I presumed rain was falling. I only know about what happened very early on in yesterday's play. Some seeds have lost, I know, although Queen's is strange like that, perhaps being more like the traditional grass surface and thus suiting certain players more. That is, the change of surface throws some players more after the clay.

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