Archive for August, 2018

Not the Bank Holiday Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized on August 26, 2018 by telescoper

So here I am, then, back in Maynooth. The rain was pelting down in Cardiff when I went to get the bus so I arrived at the airport soaked to the skin. Other than that, and a slightly delayed flight, the trip home was uneventful and I arrived in Maynooth in good time.

That was quite a surprise, actually, as this afternoon the Pope was doing his thing in Phoenix Park, Dublin, and there were many road closures in the city as a consequence. I feared a long delay on the Airport Hopper bus, but in the event it ran precisely on schedule.

Perhaps the lack of travel disruption was connected to the fact that fewer than 130,000 attended today’s Papal Mass for which 500,000 tickets had been made available? The last Papal visit to Ireland in 1979 drew a crowd of 1.25 million to Phoenix Park. Ireland does seem to have changed a lot in 40 years.

Anyway the heavy rain I left behind in the United Kingdom is pretty typical for an August Bank Holiday weekend. Here in Ireland, however, this is not a Bank Holiday weekend. The August Bank Holiday here is on the first Monday of August, not the last…

I didn’t realise until yesterday that the UK August Bank Holiday was originally set to be the first Monday too, but was moved in 1965 as an experiment to try to extend the summer; change was made permanent in 1971. You can read more about that here.

Anyway, since it is not a Bank Holiday Monday, I have a busy day at work tomorrow, including an Examiners’ Meeting. Perhaps my books will arrive too!

Pride Cymru

Posted in LGBT on August 25, 2018 by telescoper

Just a quick post today, as it is the day of the Pride Cymru parade in Cardiff, part of a three-day ‘Big Weekend’ of celebrations going on over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The above picture (which I took from the ‘We Are Cardiff’ Twitter feed) shows the front of the Parade. I arrived too late to see the start, but I’m including the picture here to show that Pride Cymru is having none of the anti-Trans nonsense that blighted the London Pride parade earlier this summer.

I could only see a little bit of the Parade before returning home, as I have lot to do before returning to Ireland tomorrow, but it seemed to be going well and people seemed to be having fun!

Jurassic Cardiff

Posted in Bute Park, Cardiff on August 24, 2018 by telescoper

I saw the above creature when I was walking through Bute Park in Cardiff this afternoon.

I hadn’t realised that the annual UKIP conference was in Cardiff this year…

Books Away!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2018 by telescoper

Well, the inestimable Eamon and Barry have been with their van and collected 34 boxes of books, including those shown below, files of notes, and sundry other items from my Cardiff residence.

It all went more smoothly than I’d anticipated, actually, because a parking space right outside my front door appeared about a minute before the van arrived. That saved quite a bit of to-ing and fro-ing loading the boxes.

Another part of my relocation to Maynooth is thus under way.

I hope to be reunited with these belongings in Maynooth at some point next week as they are currently making their way to Ireland (via Birkenhead, apparently).


Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2018 by telescoper

Not a lot of people know that a Latin translation of Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne, was published in 1960. Alexander Lenard, the translator, was also a physician, painter, musician, and poet, but he is most famous for Winnie Ille Pu.

The book is the only Latin book to become a New York Times best seller – it remained on the NY Times list for 20 weeks.

Here’s a sample page:

An Open Letter to Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

Posted in Uncategorized on August 22, 2018 by telescoper

Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP
House of Commons,

Dear Mr Farage,

I have now moved to Ireland, so if you would like to send all your clients’ money to me I promise to look after it.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs Trellis

Glamorgan v Durham: Day 3

Posted in Biographical, Cricket with tags , , , , on August 21, 2018 by telescoper

I flew back this morning from Dublin to Cardiff and, since Sophia Gardens is on the way to my Pontcanna residence from the bus stop, I popped in to watch the last rites of the County Championship match between Glamorgan and Durham.

I got there just in time to see the start of play, with Glamorgan resuming on 79 for 7. Just over half an hour later they were all out for 111 and had list the match by an innings and 30 runs. That despite the fact that Durham only scored 295 in their first innings.

You can’t really blame the tailenders this morning. Glamorgan’s higher-order batsmen folded twice in the match. Their line-up looked weak on paper and so it proved.

Glamorgan have five remaining County Championship matches to play with no overseas batsmen (Marsh & Khawaja having returned to Australian duties). The loss of fast bowler Marchant De Lange for the whole season with a hamstring injury hasn’t helped either. To make matters worse, yesterday Aneurin Donald announced he was leaving the club for Hampshire with immediate effect.

Glamorgan are clearly going to finish bottom of Division 2 of the County Championship. The club having gambled all on success in the Twenty20 format, and lost, they’re now adrift, going nowhere, and with morale at a low ebb. I wouldn’t be surprised if other players joined Donald in seeking pastures new.

The only thing that can turn Glamorgan round is a complete overhaul of its strategy and coaching staff. I’m not sure however whether the club management will do the necessary though.

Anyway, I may get to see some more cricket at Sophia Gardens on my season ticket next month, but I won’t be renewing my membership. Living in Ireland would make it impossible to see enough to justify the expense, even if there were a decent team to watch.