Nigel,Are You Out There?:A True Champion After All: Pics.

Amongst the verbiage and general literary debris , in yesterday's "Telegraph " (22 /09 /'17 ) was this interesting and almost unbelievable article. 
There were ( writes Nigel Rees ) in 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics, no baby Nigels born in England and Wales.
That appears astonishing , especially as Mr Rees points there was one thousand 'Jaxons. ' Who?
This led me thinking and I had to admit, that of personal acquaintance, I could only remember two; one a friend from home and one I knew at college.

That, being so I suppose if you are Nigel Havers; Kennedy; Mansell; Planer and Clough then you are in a select group indeed.

In tribute, may I remind you of XTC's record " Making Plans For Nigel."

It's time to come out of the cold, we love you Nige  really!

You may have realised by now, my favourite race in the Cheltenham National Hunt Racing Festival is the Champion Hurdle, which is always the highlight of day on…

Too Quick To Catch The Action: Ever Upwards.

Last Saturday  (9/9/'17) the  penultimate stage of the "Tour of Britain "  cycle race ended  in Cheltenham.

Naturally I came along for ' the bun fight ' The race was due to end at about three thirty in the afternoon in the Promenade, so I arrived at two twenty.

 At this time I was greeted with a cloud burst.

Luckily it soon cleared up. Here is my race view.
looking from the 'top' of the Prom downwards.

Soon everyone was straining for a view .

You can see the green finishing arch in the background.

I  look a video of the finish, but with the speed of the  cycles it was less than satisfactory

Here are some volunteers waiting for the 'stragglers. '

 Here is the reception outside the Queen's Hotel.

Note in the bottom photo I did actually  ' catch ' a real live race cyclist.

Making my way home, I did  at least spot this 'cycle '


Ambition is an upward slope With peak a distance away.

Starting with confidence

Tree-Saw: Willie-Tail: Winter Has Come: Snaps.

I Wrote:

An Oxford Comma

Michaelmas cold chills bones  Leaning  away sideways creep Still the life growth not shown  In repose feigning sleep.
Hilary re- spokes the yearly wheel Starts a quickening from the floor Warmth slowly dissipates cold feel Blossoms make the pulses soar.
Trinity brings the sultry, sweating summer air From green to purple the refiner Brings a legacy of fruit to pick and share Many thanks Victoria Regina .
25/8/'17 Ck.

He Wrote :
With People, So With Trees
With people, so with trees: where there are groups Of either, men or trees, some will remain Aloof while others cluster where one stoops To breathe some dusky secret. Some complain

And some gesticulate and some are blind: Some toss their heads above green towns; some freeze For lack of love in copses of mankind; Some laugh: some mourn ; with people, so with trees
Mervyn Peake 1940- published in "Peakes Progress " 1978.

Our Faithful Plum.

Trees caught in Tewkesbury flood.

Were I to write an essay on the subject of " …

Pen Friends: French Leave:

"The Paper is breathless  Under the hand And the pencil is poised Like a warlock's wand But the white page darkens And is blown on the wind And the voice of a pencil who can find?"

( From 'Drawings by Mervyn Peake ' Grey Walls Press 1949 )

I Wrote :

The Mighty Parker
The mighty Parker descended in a gentle, yet forceful drop meeting the paper with a damp kiss. travelling south producing  a vertical line. A nanopause, then a flourish. I. Movement on a North East, South West axis until; M.
Nanopausing, then the Parker movement is repeated until;


Before the nib rests to inhale, vertical lines combine with  horizontal branches until;

Characters converse:

" Hi i am I"

"Hi I, i am M "

"Me 2"

"who is your paper mate?" I asked

i be eeeee!
" Can we get together?"

I asked.

" Great idea "

They replied. Go.
I IiiiI  
 Now together 
" Now you two try."


More Football Predictions : Cheltenham 'Treasure': Border View

Following on from last week, here are my predictions for football Leagues 1 and 2.

League 1

Blackburn        7/4

           Plymouth         14/1

          Doncaster          10/1

Blackburn, hopefully having got their troubles set aside, should  begin their long road back to respectability . They are a big club, with a proud history. Time to show their mettle.

Plymouth were there and thereabouts in their promotion run last season. They only gave way to rivals Portsmouth on the last day, yielding top spot in part, thanks to a 6-0 drubbing of Cheltenham Town (oh dear! ). If they start well, they can make a bold show this season, at  much better odds than Pompey.

Taking a chance with Doncaster. They usually strip fit at the beginning of the season and are always hard to beat. Consistency is their watchword. Nobody will look forward to playing them towards the end of the season.

Others to consider: Portsmouth; Wigan and Charlton.

League 2

              Coventry      12/1

               Swindon  …

Football Predictions: Photo Scraps.

August is nearly with us and that means one thing, the return of football ( whoopee). Amazingly without World Cups, Euro Championships ( except for our ladies ' The Lionesses ' bless 'em ), there has been little or no footie 'on the box ' since the end of last season.

So here are my predictions for the top three in each of our leagues.

                    1   Chelsea      (7/2 )
                    2   Man Utd    (7/ 2)
                    3   Man City   ( 15/8)

Impossible to look beyond these top three spenders this summer.
I feel Chelsea, fresh from their win last season have the 'wind in their tails ' and will be difficult to beat.

I felt with their European Cup win, Man Utd were, under Jose beginning to find their form at last. Expect them to start strongly.

City are the favourites on the back of some expensive signings. As a result they will not leak so many goals . They need to get their
 team cohesion together  quickly. At this level, dropping poi…

A 'Powerful' Read: Apple-Tizing: Cheltenham Views

I recently learned in a post that " The Power "  by Naomi Alderman was the winner of the 2017 Baileys ( previously Orange ) Women's Prize For Fiction. This was the first time the prize had been awarded for a science fiction novel. Being a long time Sci Fi fan I got out my trusty Library App and  was able quickly  to reserve a copy of the said book.

It certainly was an engrossing and mildly disturbing read. A dystopian book, which puts women in the 'driving seat, 'as it were. 

By using their bodily electrical systems, they are able to discharge jolts of power, which dependent upon the surge can injure, maim, or in severe cases kill their quarry, which were usually male. By this way the abused became the abusers and the females became the dominant gender.

 So the whole world culture was  changed, in order to adapt to these changed circumstances, with religion becoming increasingly Matriarchal  with the Mother  the superior.

Like GRRM ( Game of Thrones), Naomi uses poin…