Posts Tagged ‘ Vancouver ’

Go Canucks Go

June 8, 2011
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Go Canucks Go

This is the banner draped on the control tower at Vancouver Airport, yeah it’s kind of a big deal…

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Day 3 – How black can humour get?

June 6, 2011
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Day 3 – How black can humour get?

Yesterday I spent a lot of time with friends. A little time sitting on the beach and a quiet drink, followed by nap (which came after day-2, I’m really appreciating naps again) and then an evening sitting on the deck with friends drinking chocolate Martinis, explaining cricket, looking at CAT scans, deciding who is getting what,  joking about work, telling rally stories and generally laughing my ass off. It got pretty dark at times and it is a very different type of therapy, but damned effective last night. Tracy get’s the Miata, she asked first. Carey gets the tools, he desperately needs some level of organization to his garage. Mindy gets to spread some of my ashes on my favourite rally stages, a little on Pikes Peak on the open hairpin bellow the W’s and a little more on the E-town stage in Maine, specifically on the “R4/C> !TREE OUTSIDE” (she was clear she needs some explicit instructions on the where). Mathew has first pick of my prints and on it went… Yeah it was jet-black humour at times, but by fuck it was effective to know I have friends who know me well enough and were willing to...

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Nothing says Canada like…

March 3, 2011
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Nothing says Canada like…

…Tim Hortons.

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Schedule announced… Finally

February 10, 2011
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At last the MLS schedule has been released, there are a couple of games that clash early in the season with planned travel, but not too bad. May 14th and June 11th are going to be fun, as will the corresponding fixtures at Vancouver and Portland. In addition to the two local teams an away trip LA on the 4th of July weekend was fun last year, that might work again. There are a couple of other away fixtures that would be fun to go to. However, there is Houston at the end of July, that will be warm. 3/15 LA 3/19 @NY 3/26 Houston 4/2 @San Jose 4/9 Chicago 4/16 @Philadelphia 4/22 @Colorado 4/30 Toronto 5/4 @DC United 5/7 @Columbus 5/14 Portland 5/21 KC 5/25 Dallas 5/28 @Salt Lake 6/4 @Chicago 6/11 Vancouver 6/18 @Toronto 6/23 NY 6/26 New England 7/4 @LA 7/10 @Portland 7/16 Colorado 7/23 Philadelphia 7/30 @Houston 8/6 @KC 8/13 Chivas 8/20 @Dallas 8/27 Columbus 9/10 Salt Lake 9/17 DC United 9/24 @Vancouver 10/1 @New England 10/15 San Jose 10/22 @Chivas Five weeks until opening day!

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Shankley was right, sport can be more important

March 9, 2010
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I remember the ’88 Olympics from Calgary; being British hopes were never high for the winter games. Team GB had a little run of success in figure skating, the superlative performance of Jayne Torivll and Christopher Dean in Sarajevo followed on from the success of Robyn Cousins and John Curry in ‘76 and ’80 respectively.  However going into Calgary I recall no realistic medal hopes, which can lead to really good coverage of the marquee events. Eddie Edwards provided some light relief and exposure for British winter sports, but as expected the British team returned from Calgary empty handed. Eddie Edwards took his ski jumping very seriously, but like the vast majority of British winter athletes at this time never had the money to do the job properly. During some reading I discovered there was a fatal accident in Calgary, Jorg Oberhammer was the physician for the Austrian ski team and was preparing for the start of the giant slalom when he collided with another skier and was thrown under a tracked vehicle. This happened in front of Austrian world champion Pirmin Zurbriggen a few minutes before his run. Every Sunday evening David vine presented Ski Sunday, I knew...

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Sport at its best

February 28, 2010
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Sport at its best

At its best, sport is about people doing something transcendentally brilliant, something that is amazingly skillful, disciplined, verging on the breathtakingly beautiful and in so doing is capable bringing enormous joy to the people watching. I love the Olympics, the idea of the finest in a set discipline doing it, not for a pay cheque on that day (though it helps big time with endorsements and cash for medal exists), but under the banner of their country and for personal glory for an audience measured in millions. I’ve watched a decent portion of these Olympics, both on the TV and in person. Whether it’s been a curler keeping the game alive with a perfect final stone, a speed skater in agony as she finishes her race, or an aerial skier landing a 4 twist jump, it’s been sublime to watch and makes it easy to ignore the inevitable criticism that surrounds an event of this scale. The excitement in Vancouver was palatable, you could feel there was something special in the air. Last night we sat in a bar with Russians, Finnish, Swedes, Americans, British, Germans and of course Canadians, all concentrating on a hockey game. These have been...

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What matters to Canada

February 25, 2010
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For the last two weeks Vancouver has been shown off at it’s very best. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend some time there, take in a couple of events and revel in the tremendous atmosphere created by something this big going so well. There were problems early on, obviously the death of Nodar Kumaritashvil on the opening day will not be forgotten. However the luge track had been given the green light by everyone relevant and there are plenty of candidates to blame for the death of the Georgian slider, the organizers, to me, seem to be a far down the list. With a little hindsight it’s easy to say the track was too fast, but this is supposed to test the best in the world. Then there was the minor failure of the Olympic caldron during the opening ceremony along with the usual transport issues that seem to plague every Olympics, perhaps every event of this scale. However I’m willing to wager the problems with getting around will be far worse in Delhi for the Commonwealth games in October. There are still one or two questions to be answered as we head into the final few days. Most...

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Free Mukmuk!

February 22, 2010
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Free Mukmuk!

There is another matter that has got a surprising amount of attention in some quaters, the recognition of Mukmuck. For those not in the know Mukmuk is a sidekick to the three main Vancouver 2010 mascots Quatchi, Miga and Sumi. Just for information Quatchi is a Sasquatch, Miga is a orca/bear crossbreed and Sumi is an animal guardian spirit.  All very worthy of mascot status and I’m sure they have shifted a lot of merchandise. Quatchi especially was very much in evidence in the HBC Olympic Store. Mukmuk is a Vancouver Island Marmot, there are only a few hundred of these left in the wild. According to VANOC he is the “sidekick to the Vancouver 2010 mascots”.  His hobbies are “eating, burrowing, eating, making friends and eating” (seriously, it’s on the Vancouver 2010 site under mascots), and while these don’t seem to qualify him for much, I’m not seeing true endorsements of the other three either. I’ve seen Mukmuk on the scoreboard at Canada place during Hockey and following the other mascots (pooper scooper perhaps another official task?) during the introductions on the video screens at the Olympic Stadium before the curling, but not on the side of the...

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