Blackberries: watching the Robins

I really must go on more adventures. Another quiet week.
Have been following Mr Walliams on his mammoth swim up the Thames. The lad is doing well.  As I write he was at Chertsey Lock, two hours ago and has covered over 100 miles Wow!

I tweeted him that, by now, "he must be getting into the swim of things."  Well Done Sir: The English   Spirit is alive and well.

Did, however, get out on a short walk, up a steep ascent  to check out the blackberries.

As you can see, they are coming in abundance and I reckon in a couple of weeks, they will be in full glory.

Yesterday (10/9) went to watch the "Robins ' or Cheltenham Town AFC. They were playing Macclesfield.

Not a great game to watch, but we won by two goals to nil and got three valuable points.

This is the moment, in the first half, when Goulding  took the penalty kick (39 min.), to give us a one goal advantage. Enlarge the picture to see more detail.

Although, as our manager Yates admitted, it was a ' poor display, ' nevertheless I am getting more and more impressed each game by the skill levels on display. The ability to trap a high ball, bring it under control and then pass, in one  flowing moment, was not in olden days, seen at this level of football.
Now it is almost taken for granted; well done lads!

This is our mascot Whadney. We don't  think about mascots often enough; they  bring pleasure to the crowd, come rain or shine; so I thought the least I could do was to take Whadney's photo.

So reminding you to watch out for those strong winds this week, I'll say:

N.R. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. " by Recbecca Skloot.
           I've come to rely on other people giving me the nod about such things as literature, music, the arts and so on. Thus it was that my Twitter bookclub ( #1b140 ) nominated the above non- fiction book as its September read.
Without this recommendation, I am extremely doubtful whether I would have picked this book up.

But what a good read it is. It tells the true story of the above named lady, who died of cervical cancer in 1951. Against her knowledge, without her permission, cancer cells were harvested from her. These cells amazed Doctors, by continuing to live and reproduce. They still live on today. They are known as HeLa (pronounced Hee-lah ) cells after her name; and have helped millions in the treatment of many diseases.

Read more by clicking on this link:


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