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This week's archive photographs are more recent than those
shown over the past few weeks and were all taken by myself.
The quality of the top two is not particularly good as I have
lost the original prints and they were retrieved from some
scratchy old 35 mm negatives which, at the time of taking
them I never thought I would use again, so left them gathering
dust. They are of a Hope & Anchor team battling
it out in the annual tug-of-war competition, I think in either
1979 or 1980. The people rear to front are Rob McMahon, Mike
Abbott, Robin Ancrum, Alan Weston and I think the front man
is John Millard but I am not entirely sure. I am also fairly
sure from memory that the Hope & Anchor actually
won this particular competition.
two were taken in 1997, a mere eight years ago. It seems only
yesterday, which is a sure sign that I am getting older. The
band is Silverfish playing at the Riverside Inn
and the performers left to right were John Henderson on lead
guitar, just visible is Steve Randell on bass, Paul Randell
guitar and lead vocals, again barely visible on drums is Paul
James and on Keyboards and backing vocals, Tina Jones. This
is a very sad photograph as very shortly after it was taken,
John Henderson tragically died following a motorcycle accident,
whilst taking part in the Isle of Man TT races.
photograph is more here because I took it in Ross-on-Wye,
back in April 1997 but the event itself was visible from pretty
much the whole Northern hemisphere. Comet Hale-Bopp, photographed
from Cawdor, Ross-on-Wye. There is some trailing of the comet
and nearby stars in this photograph due to the Earth's rotation
during the two minute exposure. I did not have such a fast
camera lens back in those days.
A Knight in 'Armor' from America.
I am planning
a tour of the UK again in 2006 - probably in March or early
April. May I ask a favor of you to pass on the contact information
below to teachers, librarians, scout leaders and others who
might be interested in having an old American knight in armor
come to assist in telling tales that promote chivalry, presenting
history of the knight and what in the world knights are doing
in America and the UK today. Who might need a knight at a
birthday party event to play some ancient medieval games?
229 N. Bompart Webster Groves,
you are - if you are thinking of booking a knight in shining
armour for your St George's Day celebration next year,
why not think about booking Sir Karl. Karl's web site can
be viewed at: www.knightforhire.com.
come into possession of a rather old oil painting of Tintern
Abbey seen from across the river and ascribed to "A.M.Wilkins".
I am trying
to find out anything about the painting or artist - probably
mid to late 1800's - and wondered if any of your readers might
have heard of him?
are able to help with this matter, please email
and I will put you in touch with Leigh.
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Rugby - Good home win for Ross XV
Rugby Club played host to Old Cryptions from Gloucester at
the Sports Centre on Saturday, 12th February and returned
to good form by scoring five tries. Unlike the previous week,
Ross were able to spin fast ball to the backs and always looked
dangerous when on the attack. The forwards, well marshalled
by Tara Bennett, were able to lay a good foundation for Gareth
Holdsworth, who was making his first start at scrum half,
looking sharp around the scrum and rucks.
Gavin Oats was the first to score. He finished off a flowing
move by diving in the corner. The conversion was missed by
Guage, who was finding kicking difficult in the blustery conditions.
The second score came from Gage himself, who joined the line
from fullback and burst through the Cryptions' defence to
touch down near the post. He then converted.
at fly half was beginning to show some good touches, able
to keep the backs moving. Hooker, Wayne Williams found himself
on the receiving end of one of these moves and had the sense
to dummy the ball to Oats, scamper over and score after wrong
footing the defence. The visitors replied with a well struck
penalty but it was inevitable that top try scorer, Wayne Bishop
would cross. This, he duly did to register his ninth try of
a strong surge down the middle, Adam Clements made half a
break, powering his way through two tacklers to score the
final try. Guage then hit the post with the conversion.
score was 27 - 3.
Ross Rugby Football Club.
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