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Shakespeare in Stratford.

The man himself with The RSC's theatre behind.

The man himself with The RSC’s theatre behind.

Last week we returned to Stratford, this time we managed to get tickets to see two plays by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Loves Labours Lost,and later in the week, Loves Labours Won (Much Ado About Nothing) the first time both have been put together, with the same cast and director doing both plays. We weren’t disappointed by either, set before and after the First World War, the acting, music and setting were brilliant. For me, Loves Labours Lost was the best I have seen of any of the plays. If you do get a chance, go and see them.

Inside the theatre.

Inside the theatre.

RSC

RSC

Later in the week we had coffee at the theatre and a stroll around the public areas, the place is interesting and the staff are friendly and helpful, coffee was good too. It is a place full of history, with remnants of the original theatre that survived a fire in 1926 but has been refurbished recently and is a great place to visit.

Detail from the Shakespeare Memorial.

Detail from the Shakespeare Memorial.

Detail of Yorick.

Detail of Yoric.

Shakespeare Memorial.

Shakespeare Memorial.

The Restaurant.

The Restaurant.

Interior view.

Interior view.

The chairs in the picture above are the original auditorium seat, in the position before the fire, other parts of the building like the stairway have also been left to show the history of the theatre.

Looking out over the Avon.

Looking out over the Avon.

We had a great week, doing not much of anything except relaxing and getting our thoughts together ready for Christmas, now soon to arrive. For me, it is the Fourth Anniversary of my Blog, I’ve been a bit lax recently on my posts, and also in the background with my writing. Not much to show for my absence, there are a few bits in the pipeline so keep watching. This weekend I am heading out to Dartmoor again I think, to catch the sunrise in a stone circle. Should be interesting, the weather looks promising so we shall see. Don’t get caught up in the hype these next few weeks, enjoy the time and the people you are with.

Yes.

Yes.

Four Years

Words

Words

Four Years, wow. I’ll post something properly soon. Take care everyone, thanks for joining me along the way.

Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium.

Wembley Stadium lit up.

Wembley Stadium lit up.

This year the NFL has scheduled three regular season games at Wembley stadium. And since the first of those games involved the Miami Dolphins, a team I have followed since ’84, I have been forced to go and watch. It’s been a busy time for us so I have been quiet here lately, these are just a few pics and some notes about the trip.

Saturday and the NFL have taken over Regent St, London. They think about 600,000 people visited the area, most wearing the colours of their NFL team of choice. The bars, the shops and the surrounding area flooded with American Football fans. Many wearing either aqua, or black, the colours of Miami or Oakland respectively.

Bob Greise.

Bob Greise.

The stage played host to players from both teams, old and New, lots to look at and shout about. The atmosphere is friendly and full of anticipation for the game. Sunday starts early as everyone heads to the stadium to enjoy food, drink and the carnival that is the NFL coming to town, this years series sold out within days. Wembley itself is a great venue, with plenty of space and organisation to keep everything moving along.

Pre-game Atlanta, Detroit.  Early crowds.

Pre-game Atlanta, Detroit. Early crowds.

Me in the old kit, just like my old playing days.

Me in the old kit, just like my old playing days.

In the stadium.

In the stadium.

This is the second time I’ve been able to watch the Dolphins play live, the first time in 2001 at the Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami. I was a bit excitable and Jane had trouble keeping control. It was a great experience and with Miami running out 38 – 14 winners I was happy.

The winning scoreboard.

The winning scoreboard.

Cam Wake during warm-ups.

Cam Wake during warm-ups.

Dan Marino,  DAN MARINO.

Dan Marino, DAN MARINO.

Dan the Man, my hero, I watched him for so many years, so close but never a Superbowl ring, perhaps the best never to have achieved it, I might be biased though.

A sell-out crowd.

A sell-out crowd.

Pre-game.

Pre-game.

Once the game started, I stopped taking pictures and watched the game, got to concentrate when the Dolphins are playing. And although Miami ran out easy winners against a Raiders team that is struggling this year I didn’t mind. I couldn’t have dealt with too much stress, it’s bad enough watching them win and lose on TV, I needed an easy win this time.

I think Wembley and the NFL have done an outstanding job of selling this sport in the UK, and of making the whole event a great weekend out. There are rumours of an eventual team for London, so we’ll see how that pans out, in the meantime, I have two more games to see at Wembley, the Lions against Falcons and the Jaguars against Cowboys. (The Detroit game has come and gone now, a great close finishing game.)

Just one last shot from a few years ago, me playing DE for the UK team North Sea Hurricanes. I played for 7 years, at Nose-Tackle, Defensive-End and sometimes filling in on the O-line. I had great fun and would probably still be playing if not for an injury. I’m the second d-lineman from the left with a dark facecage.

North Sea Hurricanes.

North Sea Hurricanes.

In the meantime, enjoy the coming changes in weather, the good and the bad, but still get out and do some walking in the hills. It’s always worth the trouble.

Places to See.

An outstanding highpoint to see the Sea.

An outstanding highpoint to see the Sea.

A test of nerve in the Lake District.

A test of nerve in the Lake District.

Setting the tone for a border walk.

Setting the tone for a border walk.

Three new edits of older pictures, Wales, the Lakes, and the Welsh Borders. Great trips out and all worth a visit. First picture, looking out over Llyn Idwal, next on Sharp Edge, Blencathra and finally Llanthony Priory.

Hope you are having a good week, enjoy the week-end.

Puy De Dome.

Just finding out how to use Lightroom 5. So I thought I’d try out a few edits on some older pictures. Let me know what you think.

Looking back to the start of the climb.

Looking back to the start of the climb.

Looking out across the Chain des Puys.

Looking out across the Chain des Puys.

Close cropped view.

Close cropped view.

It’s Poetry night tomorrow, so I’ll be trying out some of my recent work, it’s also nearly closing time on the National Poetry Competition, so I need to sit and choose something to enter,have you entered yet? There is also another couple of competitions coming up soon so I have some work to do. The colour is turning on the trees, take a walk in the woods and enjoy the view, soon be bare branches and a different kind of beauty.

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