I hope all is well with you.
Quite a few stories caught my eye this week, so let’s go…
The attacks in France – they weren’t something that just ‘caught my eye’, you couldn’t really miss the coverage. More murderous activity from people using religion as their cover.
Some people have said that the magazine Charlie Hebdo deliberately provokes, to cause controversy, and the editor had spoken about making himself a target. Others have said that nothing drawn or written with a pen should be enough to kill someone.
As someone who has been writing online for over 10 years, and lampoons many people, myself included, while I don’t find deliberate provocation particularly attractive, the right to free speech is vital, and no, it’s not worth killing someone over some drawings.
Elvis would have been 80 this year. Would his legend be as big if he were still alive? Maybe, maybe not. I’ve always enjoyed lots of his songs, and while his Vegas years get a lot of poo pooing, with the talk of fat Elvis and burgers, in the early Vegas years he was in his prime. Check out his live 1972 version of Bridge Over Troubled Water, and here’s a real fave of mine, Separate Ways. Not an overly cheerful song I admit, but there you go..!
I’m not sure I’ve mentioned sport so far this year, so here I go, and it’s my favourite sport, curling.
England Women have won the European Curling Challenge in Prague. It’s a huge moment for English curling, as it means the team will now go to the World Junior Championship, and we’ve never sent a girls team to it before, so it’s a first.
To me it shows 2 things loud and clear – firstly, the girls came to the sport from the local area, taking advantage of the first (and currently only) only curling rink in England. They learnt and developed their game at the rink, local to them. The history of sport is littered with examples of champions coming from local areas to a facility, and this is no exception.
A lot of the old guard of English curling were not welcoming of the new rink 10 years ago, saying it would not work in the middle of the Kent countryside.
Secondly, this victory for the girls shows the result of good old fashioned hard work. When they first went to this challenge, it was for experience, and it’s fair to say they were a bit like rabbits caught in the headlights. Nervous and lacking confidence, it showed in the results. I know how that feels, because every week is like that for me 😉
Then, after that first try had given them the taste, they set about developing themselves. They went away to training camps. They set up fund raising. They brought in coaches. The knew what had to be done to move forward, and then made the effort to do it.
The results started to shift, and in recent years, not only were they expecting to win every time, the opponents knew they now had the game to do it, and would be a tough match for anyone. This tournament win, although it had been knocking on the door for a while, was SO exciting for them, and for the rest of English curling looking on.
Next up, the worlds – will they be afraid? In awe of their new opponents? Er, no – look out the rest!
Finally, I read that Bernard Jordan has died, aged 90. He came to the headlines during the D-Day commemoration events, and I wrote about it on the blog, if you fancy reading about him:
The Great Escape of Bernard Jordan!
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‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,