Sunday, 6 April 2014

An English summer

To some, summer arrives with the clocks going forward, or with the end of the school year, or for the diminishing number of people in "traditional" work patterns, when their two week summer leave arrives.

To some, summer arrives when the weather becomes warm enough to break one into a gentle sweat when mowing their tiny, rectangular, English lawn.

And to some others, it arrives with the start of the cricket county championship. Our domestic, national long-format game, featuring 17 English and 1 Welsh county.

This years starts in a few minutes; 11am on Sunday April 6th 2014, with many counties in (rain affected) action. Worcestershire, as their own ground dries out from the obligatory winter flooding, are away to Hampshire. I'll be tuning in, for the first ball of the season, hopefully the last ball as well on the late afternoon of Friday September 26th, and whatever cricket action I can get in between.

There are other competitions. Today, both the women and mens international T20 competitions have their finals; England are hosting Sri Lanka and India for summer tours; and there are various T20 and one day matches and competitions to be played.

But there is one, only one, strangely enduring English Cricket County Championship.

So, come on, you Pears. Or, whatever people say.

Worcestershire Royals v Northants Steelbacks T20 June 2010 067

Thursday, 3 April 2014

New places in old countries: future travels

Amongst the many timelapse videos that float around sites such as Vimeo and YouTube, two in particular stand out for me. They both look great, are high quality, and (unlike many such videos) have decent soundtracks.

They also are filmed in countries (though not specific places) I've been to, and aspire to go to again. And both highlight the wide open, big sky, panoramic nature of those places. So, as motivational cues, they hold strong and personal and central to me.

In both cases, it's better to view or stream from the site directly, in HD, full screen and in a dark room.

The first is of a road trip around the USA. Mainly rural places, and the open highway.

The second is the Aurora Borealis in Norway. Most of this is one slowly moving shot that occupies an entire night.