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I followed the second week of the US Open, mainly by reading news reports and listening to the radio, and despite the attempts of the commentators to create word pictures, it’s still not the same, especially when my hands run out of busy work.

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I’ve been on holiday abroad – my next review will tell you where. I found bookshops everywhere I went (well, in one place, I had the help of a guidebook). Second-hand bookshops smell like second-hand bookshops – a comforting smell – even if their English-language sections are small (and overpriced). There will, hopefully, be reviews of some of the books I read when not sight-seeing or when I was resting my weary feet.

I had access to Eurosport, which meant I saw bits of the US Open, Read more... )
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I didn’t start watching this until the end of Thursday, and although I was aware that Read more... )
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As I write, Great Britain is up 2 rubbers (or matches) to 1 in its tie against Canada in the Davis Cup. Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
I’ve been on holiday for a few days, staying in a hotel that had Eurosport, but in German, which I don’t understand beyond ‘ja, nein, gutt, aber und schnell’, as I never attended the Chalet School. But a lot of English tennis jargon found its way in and you can work out who a player beat if the commentators keep mentioning their names. What's important is that it meant that I saw more of the US Open than I ever have, although, conversely, I had only a partial grasp of the slam Read more... )
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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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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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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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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.

On Friday afternoon, Read more... )

On Saturday, Read more... )

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?)
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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.
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
I didn’t see the semi finals, but I understood that the seeds came through and the last zebra fell (a lot of the players wore zebra patterned clothes at the French this year).

Ladies final: Read more... )

I couldn’t watch the men’s doubles – I think it’s a bit rich of them pretending to care when they haven’t aired a single doubles match up til now.

Men’s final: Read more... )
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It’s the one time of the year where I notice and regret not being able to receive ITV4 through my Freeview, so I have to watch through my laptop.

So far Read more... )

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