Lets face it. I am quite a catch. That’s why Gillian worries about me when I go to work. To let her know I’m okay I send her a photo of where I am working every day. Here is a collection of the photos I’ve taken the past few weeks. Just to set her mind at ease.
Well it’s that time of year again. The Swell Sculpture Festival has just finished at Currumbin Beach on the Gold Coast. As usually the Art was amazing. I have included a few images below. Although my camera work isn’t the best you can still see just how good the work is.It’s quite hard to eat Ice Cream and take great photos! Hope you enjoy.
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- Beach Notes: The Gathering (successful-blog.com)
Ah, this takes me back. An impressionable teenager in a movie theatre in outback Queensland. The rebellious youngster in an epic battle against the bigger, stronger opponent. Sitting on the edge of my seat as the movie climaxes and they finally face each other.
“Did the tell you what happened to your father?”
“They told me you killed my father”
“No, I am your father.”
But seriously. Both teams had a bad day last time out. The Reds decided not to play the first half in Wellington while the Rebels got smacked around the SFS for 80 minutes.
While the Reds’ week only got better from there, the Rebels went from bad to worse. To start, two of the boys broke curfew and spent the night experiencing the seedier side of Sydney and got themselves suspended. Then workhorse openside flanker Jarrod Saffy tweaked his groin in a training mishap on Wednesday. To top it off, playmaker James Hilgendorf has struggled with a shoulder injury all week and was cleared to play only today.
In contrast the Reds have welcomed back their first choice props in Ben Daley and James Slipper, and Energizer Bunny Digby Ioane, from injury. Ewen McKenzie has rotated his best squad into the starting line-up with Rob Simmons, Radike Samo and Saia and Anthony Faingaa all returning. And they’re celebrating the news that Daley has put off a law degree at Oxford to re-sign for two years.
The Reds would already have been strong favourites for this game. But now they’re really, really strong favourites.
The Rebels’ settled forward pack has lost its key player, Jarrod Saffy. He’s played his socks off all season and the team will feel his loss. His replacement Hoani MacDonald will bring a decent set of skills to the game but is a completely different style of player.
The Reds are running out their best forward pack. Higginbotham and Samo have swapped positions but both are at home in 6 and 8. Beau Robinson is still playing out of his skin at openside. In the second row Simmons is back, sending old stager Van Humphries to play club rugby. Locking partner James Horwill’s season goes from strength to strength.
The Rebels backline has had little penetration all season, apart from a few games in which Danny Cipriani shone. His form collapse saw him dropped from the run on side and his reported trip to the Ivy last Saturday night sees him leave the squad altogether. Nick Phipps at scrum-half has been the Rebels’ find of the season. His contest with the Reds’ Will Genia may be the highlight of this game. Ex-Red Richard Kingi must think he’s cursed after sitting behind Will Genia for a couple of years then moving to the Rebels to find Phipps blocking his path.
Stirling Mortlock, now at inside centre, hasn’t been able to find the explosive pace that made him one of the best centres in the world for many years. His move into 12 hasn’t been entirely successful but he fills a spot that coach Rod Macqueen can’t seem to find a reliable occupant for. A backline with Huxley, Gerrard and Mortlock in it should be doing better. Maybe it’s just a balance thing they need to get right. Maybe they just aren’t fast enough for the pace of the game this year.
The Reds’ backline looks very settled. Anthony Faingaa is back at 13 after a 50-minute rest last week. Will Chambers steps down to the bench and is joined by Dom Shipperley who, after a solid debut last week, makes way for Digby Ioane. I know I said “very settled” and then announced two changes, but to me the presence of Faingaa and Ioane makes the backline just seem right. Ben Lucas and Mike Harris give Quade Cooper the room to do his thing, Faingaa adds defensive starch, and Ioane and Luke Morahan bring power, speed and finishing to the edges. Will Genia adds speed at the breakdown, speed on his feet and a near-psychic link with Cooper.
Have I got my Reds glasses on? This week I don’t think so. The Reds should win!
My prediction: Reds by 15+.
Roll the credits and the fanfare: Dum dum dum DUM di dum DUM di dum….
Rebels: 1. Greg Somerville, 2. Ged Robinson, 3. Laurie Weeks, 4. Alister Campbell, 5. Hugh Pyle, 6. Hoani MacDonald, 7. Michael Lipman, 8. Gareth Delve, 9. Nick Phipps, 10. James Hilgendorf, 11. Peter Betham, 12. Stirling Mortlock, 13. Mark Gerrard, 14. Lachlan Mitchell, 15. Julian Huxley. Reserves: 16. Heath Tessman, 17. Nic Henderson, 18. Adam Byrnes, 19. Tim Davidson, 20. Sam Cordingley, 21. Cooper Vuna, 22. Afusipa Taumoepeau.
Reds: 1. Ben Daley, 2. Saia Faingaa, 3. James Slipper, 4. Rob Simmons, 5. James Horwill, 6. Scott Higginbotham, 7. Beau Robinson, 8. Radike Samo, 9. Will Genia, 10. Quade Cooper, 11. Digby Ioane, 12. Michael Harris, 13. Anthony Faingaa, 14. Luke Morahan, 15. Ben Lucas. Reserves: 16. James Hanson, 17. Greg Holmes, 18. Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19. Leroy Houston, 20. Jake Schatz, 21. Will Chambers, 22. Dom Shipperley
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (NZ)
- Cipriani banned for curfew breach (news.bbc.co.uk)
- Cipriani stood down after second breach (guardian.co.uk)
From the first day I started Svaroopa® Yoga I have been amazed at the difference the Crook’t Knee Pose has made to the size of my feet! I have tried to think of a way of showing other people the difference. This is the best I have come up with. Hardly flattering images, but I am willing to suffer for my art. The first image is a before shot, the second is after 2 minutes of Crook’t Knee Pose on my right leg and the third is after 2 minutes of Crook’t Knee Pose on my left leg. I think that the photos don’t really show how much difference there is in my feet. Maybe I should try measuring them.
My name is Shane “Sully” Sullivan and I am a Unit
- My Left Foot and Svaroopa Yoga (landoftheunit.wordpress.com)
This from Green and Gold Rugby.
The Scrum! It’s Neglected, Not Broken!
Here’s the first thing you need to know. It’s not broken! It’s the same scrum. We all played with this scrum. The positions are the same, the binds are the same, you still push the same way.
This is amazing I thought I would post it here
The other day, I was lucky enough to be at an event to bring the arts back into schools and got to see an amazing collaboration between Yo-Yo Ma and a young dancer in LA, Lil Buck. Someone who knows Yo-Yo Ma had seen Lil Buck on YouTube and put them together. The dancing is Lil Buck’s own creation and unlike anything I’ve seen. Hope you enjoy. –Spike Jonze, http://www.openingceremony.us/entry.asp?pid=3238
- Black Swan gets Spike Jonze’d (cafewitteveen.wordpress.com)