Archive for June 5, 2019

Glamorgan Top!

Posted in Cricket with tags , on June 5, 2019 by telescoper

As a bit of light relief over the last few days I’ve been following (via the internet) the progress of Glamorgan’s match against Northamptonshire in Division 2 of the County Championship. The match started on Sunday and Northants, batting first, were bowled out for 209, with Marchant de Lange taking six wickets. In reply Glamorgan were struggling at 120-5 on Day 2 but managed a superb recovery, ending up scoring 547 thanks to a double-century from Billy Root. Most of yesterday was lost to rain, but this afternoon Glamorgan managed to bowl out Northants for 195, winning the match by an innings and 143.

Glamorgan are so far unbeaten and stand at the top of the Table:

This is almost certainly temporary as most of the other games in the current round started on Monday and won’t finish until tomorrow but I couldn’t resist posting the current standings, as the situation is so different from last year!

The Congress of Helsinki

Posted in Biographical, The Universe and Stuff with tags , , on June 5, 2019 by telescoper

After yesterday’s murky and rainy start, it’s lovely weather this morning in Helsinki as I get ready to leave my hotel for the conference venue. It took me a while yesterday to find the way in, but I succeeded in the end to find a promising opportunity through the rear entrance.

After close of play yesterday the conference participants adjourned to the City Hall (which is about a 30 minute walk from Finlandia Hall) for a reception hosted by the civic authorities which was nice.

There was time afterwards to have a drink in a bar overlooking the harbour too. Drinks are rather expensive here – as are most things, apparently – but Helsinki is definitely a very livable city, nice to walk around but also with very good public transport.

I’ve been here a couple of times before, though not recently. The last time I was here was just for a couple of days, on a Scandinavian funding panel, which was very hard work, so didn’t get the chance to see the City at all so it’s nice to be able to wander around a bit.

It’s light until very late and gets light again very early at this time of year in Helsinki, which gave me a bit of trouble sleeping the first night I was here but I slept well last night and managed not to wake up until 6am (local time).

Oh, and it was my birthday yesterday too.