Archive for May 5, 2012

They don’t make FA Cup finals like these any more..

Posted in Football with tags , , , on May 5, 2012 by telescoper

You have to go back to the 1950s – before even I was born – for the last time my own team won the FA Cup, but they did win it three times in that decade, including in 1952 when they were watched at Wembley by the new Queen Elizabeth II. Sixty years on we’re approaching the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but I don’t think Her Majesty is watching. Neither am I, in fact, because the FA moved back the kick-off to 5.15 from the traditional 3pm. Sacrilege.

P.S. The score in the 1955 FA Cup Final was Newcastle United 3 Manchester City 1. Fans of Manchester United will be hoping that there’s a similar result in tomorrow’s Premiership match between the same two clubs!

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Wales Coastal Path

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 5, 2012 by telescoper

And now for something completely different.

I just found out this morning that this weekend sees the official opening of the Wales Coastal Path. This means that it’s now possible – if you have the time, the energy and sensible shoes – to walk the entire length of the Welsh coast. There’s a nice article here that picks out five particularly interesting stretches. One,  around the Llyn Peninsula, is of particular interest to me because it includes this picture of ancient church of Saint Hywyn, which is  almost on the beach in Aberdaron. The great Welsh poet R.S. Thomas was vicar here for a number of years.

Anyway, here’s a promotional video about the Wales Coastal Path, which gives an idea of some of the stunning views at various points around this beautiful country.