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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 kept jotting down my thoughts, but never getting the time to post them until now.

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I didn’t start watching this until the end of Thursday, and although I was aware that Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
I didn’t see the women’s semi-finals although I had presumed that whoever won Halep vs. Pliskova would be the most likely to win the French Open.

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It's week 2 of the French Open and I haven't discussed it here - mainly because I haven't seen all of a match yet. I came close to it last night, watching most of Garcia vs. Cornet. I've watched or listened to pieces - Konta was doing well in the first round until I tuned in. I've seen bits of Murray, the enigma that is currently Djokovic, Kyle Edmund, Muguruza and Pliskova play. But not Nadal, who seems to be on fire and must surely be the strong favourite to regain his Slam, somewhat amazingly, Halep, Cilic or Thiem.

The women's side, as one always says, is madly open - even more than it was going in, with Serena Williams pregnant, Sharapova not playing (my take on it is to follow whatever the agreed procedure is for a player who has served a drugs ban), Halep, who'd apparently been good on clay injured. The focus was, rightly, on the wonderful news that Kvitova was able to play again after being stabbed. But then Kerber and other seeds went out. Pliskova is the highest ranked seed left but has done nothing at Roland Garros previously, and so it's open to whoever wins all their matches, whoever she may be.

There's something reassuring about the team that ITV has reassembled to cover the tournament - the former tennis players talk sense, some in a charming French accent, the commentators who weren't tennis players waffle and John Inverdale talks fluent pompous garbage.
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The Jolliest Term on Record: Angela Brazil, Blackie

I’ll begin, inevitably, by listing some of the names that appear in this book: Read more... )
feather_ghyll: Tennis ball caught up at mid net's length with text reading 15 - love (Anyone for tennis?)
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... )
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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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.

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