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Summer’s Day

Sunday 22/07/12

Wonderful day today

Sun shining
Beauties shining
Music spicing

We had the regional Morris Dance championships at our local club today. The day was long, but the sun didn’t let us down. The dancers did not let us down either. They were all resplendent in their shiny tunics. Attires that would even make a nun blush.

From the age of four to ladies of all ages (plus 2 men), they all danced competing within their age groupings. There were at least 12 troupes from all across Lancashire and the North West of England. Some won, some did not win. A few cried. Some were struggling from the combination of the heat and the dancing exertions, but they persevered.The ultimate joy is definitely in the taking part though. Us spectators enjoyed it more,I think. A parade of some spectacular attires, worn by some undoubted beauties. A few drinks thrown in, beautiful sunshine. What more could one ask for.? It was like a carnival, though without the violence and bawdry. It was like a summer jamboree, though this time is wasn’t for scouts. Better than a Spamarama. Toddlers had fun.So did the infants, teenagers, adults and the Silver Brigade. It was a day to be savoured A day for all to have fun, joy and unfettered excitement. . There are a few pictures on Instagram, but I have yet to work out how to marry WP to Instagram.

For the uninitiated, Morris dancing is mainly confined to the north of England. There are historical inaccuracies as to its origins. However, its agreed it has been tradition for centuries. At least since 1500. Morris dance is a form of English folk dance accompanied by music and choreographed by a group of dancers. The nearest America has got is probably Line dancing. But I have heard there are Morris Dancing troupes in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. We have regular weekly championships and the troupes come to this part of Manchester only once every year. It is a day and event to be savoured. The whole community comes out in support. The dancers, especially the local dancers, work so hard to get accolades before their friends and families.

English: Modern North-West English "Morri...

English: Modern North-West English “Morris Dancing”, which bears little relationship to folk traditions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Boxing is the winner

Poster publicizing the June 28, 1997, Holyfiel...

Poster publicizing the June 28, 1997, Holyfield–Tyson II fight, dubbed The Sound and The Fury (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There were two great boxing matches last night and early this morning. There was a heavyweight contest in the UK between Derek Chisora and David Haye ; and  in Las Vegas  Amir Khan was fighting Danny Garcia. Both Danny Garcia and David Haye won by knocking out their adversaries in the 4th and 5th rounds respectively.It also meant we had to stay up till 5:30 AM. Meaning  missing most of the Summer sunshine today. If you are familiar with the weather we have had this summer, any little sunshine we get is heaven-send and has got to be savoured.

Boxing has been dubbed a brutal sport. Some have even stopped calling it a sport. Watching the Khan-Garcia fight, it reminded us all of  the brutality of this ‘sport’. The left hook just before the end of the 3rd round that landed in the area just behind Khan’s right ear was vicious. It was the precursor to the knock out, and the punch was that strong it knocked the stuffing out of Khan. Khan was eventually saved by the umpire,in the 4th round. Amid some half-hearted protests. The post-fight interviews compelled me to write something. Danny Garcia’s father/trainer Mr Angel Garcia called Khan an ‘old pair of tennis shoes’ – Very magnanimous in victory! You would think the victor would be gracious. However, what compelled me to write was not just that comment, but the other more serious comments afterwards. He said, ‘If Danny dies in there I’ll be happy and sad because he died like a warrior’. It must be hard for a parent to support your son in such a brutal sport. It must be even harder if you are the coach/parent. Most parents would find it excruciatingly painful watching their son being clobbered senseless. It made me cast my mind back to 1991 when Michael Watson and Chris Eubank  fought at White Hart lane . A fight that was so frenetic and brutal which ended tragically with Michael Watson suffering a brain injury. Levander Johnson died as a result of boxing.  Others too have suffered life-threatening injuries and even death.Now going back to Mr Garcia’s comment. How can anyone play in a ‘sport’ where you can be expected to ‘die a warrior’?  Is it right to continue supporting such a ‘sport’? Licencing bodies are meant to be there to make sure it is safe and boxing is conducted with propriety. However, people are still going to be hurt,after all to knock someone out normally means to make them unconscious.Boxing has been a sport for centuries and has saved many a young male from a life of crime, drugs and other social ills.  Angelo Dundee (Muhammad Ali,George Foreman) , Cus D’Amato (Mike Tyson) just to name two were credited for saving the lives of a lot of young men in the USA, . Gyms, and trainers in various countries are doing a remarkable job ensuring young men channel their aggression and other impulses into playing in this sport. This has to be commended surely. Boxers are remarkably strong people. It takes guts because the risks are high. You have to be a special type of sportsman to put yourself through the physical training and be prepared to knock out your opponent. And also expect one day to suffer being knocked out too.

The 2 fights last night were good entertainment. The 4 fighters as well as the other fighters on the undercard did their sport a great justice. That also includes David Haye and Dereck Chisora , notwithstanding the murky background to the fight. It is exciting. And brutal. People will get hurt because it is a fighting sport. It is entertaining to punters watching. It is the purest of sports and one has to admire the sheer stamina of the protagonists. It is a sport that will always divide opinions. The farce that led to the David Haye-Dereck Chisora fight should be rooted out. The sport needs to be seen to be controlled properly. All boxing fans look forward to great boxing matches. There are so few of them these days. The heavyweight class may as well be dead. The Klitchkos (who also divide opinions) have got monopoly that would have made USSR  Kremlin  very happy indeed. Better challengers to the Klitchkos are direly needed to make that division more exciting. We also hope Amir Khan will be able to revive his career and perhaps go for the world titles again. He made several mistakes this morning, as he seemed to be in a hurry to knock out his opponent. He  underestimated Garcia who boxed intelligently. Khan is an exciting boxer and once he has recovered from the bruised ego he suffered we are sure he will give it a go again. He must have learnt a lot from that defeat this morning. As for Danny Garcia, it will be interesting to see how well he progresses. The sport needs these talented boxers.

Boxing witnessed last night and early this morning was fantastic. Boxing as a sport is entertaining and exciting for the fans watching. Because of the pugilism, brutality will remain part and parcel of this sport. Without it, boxing may as well be turned into another version of World Wrestling Entertainment. A very entertaining spectacle I shall add.

English: The City of London skyline as viewed ...

English: The City of London skyline as viewed toward the north-west from the top floor viewing platform of London City Hall on the southern side of the Thames. In the foreground: Dixie Queen and Millennium Time at Tower Millennium Pier. This is a 5 segment panoramic image taken by myself with a Canon 5D and 24-105mm f/4L IS lens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Born of Zeus the Legend says, Great Olympian

Gather in London they do

Bodies finely honed

Each leap year nations leap for Gold

Despots,democracies, enemies, friends sup together they do

Gold they all crave

Price of gold so high

Cruel mixtures are the brain’s torment

Who shall swallow the bitter pill of defeat

Barcol, sorcerers, magicians promise gold

Gold, Silver, Bronze athletes crave

Barcol, sorcerers, magicians are thick in the air

Temptations so hard to resist

Winning is all and all

Oh Olympians! Oh Mighty Zeus

On their knees your children wail

The birthplace can not compete

Price for survival so high

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