Category Archives: Sport

Horse Driving Trials

The local horse and carriage club held its annual horse driving trials (samengestelde menwenstrijd in Dutch) last weekend. On the Sunday, the Marathon was held, and I went along to take photographs at one of the sets of obstacles near … Continue reading

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Litmus Test

Reading the reactions to Danny Boyle’s Olympic Opening Ceremony is something of a litmus test, gauging where the commentator resides on the spectrum from left to right, or from heartfelt to disingenuous. I have to say that I loved it, … Continue reading

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Out On The Ice

A few minutes walk from our house is a field that gets turned into an ice rink during the Winter when it’s cold enough. Temperatures this past week have been sufficiently low enough that the flooded field has become the … Continue reading

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Japanese Archery

I often drop by Jeffrey Friedl’s blog. He’s a computer scientist living in Japan, but in addition to this, he’s a keen, and talented, photographer, and his blog usually has stunning images of Japan and Japanese society. He recently attended … Continue reading

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Hippisch Festijn 2011

Last weekend was the annual horse festival held around here: the Varsseveld Hippisch Festijn. It’s a three-day event, but as usual, I only had time for going along to view a couple of hours of the cross-country event and the … Continue reading

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Over The First Hurdle

Watson and I have been doing the first set of Dog Agility lessons. Yesterday evening came the moment I was rather dreading – the exam. However, I needn’t have worried Watson came through and did us proud – he passed … Continue reading

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Dog Agility

Having managed to pass the dog training exam with Watson, I decided to carry on training with him, and we enrolled in the Dog Agility course run by the Agility Club Achterhoek. At first, I wasn’t sure whether this would … Continue reading

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Varsseveld Hippisch Festijn

Last weekend was the annual horse festival held around here: the Varsseveld Hippisch Festijn. It’s a three-day event, but this year, I only had time for going along to view a couple of hours of the cross-country event on Sunday … Continue reading

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Out For A Walk

The annual four-day walking event in this part of the Netherlands began today in Doetinchem. I happened to be passing by part of the route and noticed that some unexpected participants appear to be joining in.  

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Biking With The Buurt

Each year, a couple of volunteers in our local neighbourhood (the buurt) organises a route for a bicycle ride through the local area. This year about thirty of us had an enjoyable day out, with a few stops for food … Continue reading

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Down At The Waterhole

Thursday was really warm. We went, with a friend, to have lunch by a local lake, and (for a couple of us) to cool off. Watching the local water-ski enthusiasts was pretty interesting too. They were of all ages. Unlike … Continue reading

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Hippisch Festijn 2008

This weekend saw the Hippisch Festijn 2008 – an annual international horse eventing spectacle – taking place in our neighbourhood. I went out this morning to take photos of the cross-country event.               The full … Continue reading

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That Old Sinking Feeling

I think Justin, over at Chicken Yoghurt, sums up the queasiness I felt when watching Britain’s eight-minute segment in the Olympic closing ceremony yesterday. Dear lord, it was pretty dire. A wonderful harbinger of the joy to come in 2012 … Continue reading

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Horses and Carriages

This weekend saw another gathering of horsey people and their animals around here. It was rather pleasant.                  

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I Don’t Know What I’m Talking About

Well, unlike Norm, I really can’t get worked up about sport. Never did, never will. Bread and circuses, anyone?

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Losing the Knack

Near where we live, there’s an open field that has street lighting installed in it. At first, I thought this somewhat bizarre, until I twigged what it was – a natural ice rink. The field gets flooded, and in cold … Continue reading

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Soccer’s Murky Secrets

I’ve never been a football fan; probably to do with the fact that I hated playing it at school. So I don’t generally follow events in that world. Still, the increasing involvement of Russian billionaires in English football is an … Continue reading

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Life’s Too Short…

…for me to bother trying to learn how to Aquaskip…

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OTT Bike

For those who think that the bicycle is passé, may I point you towards the Hyperbike. Somehow, I can’t see myself wanting to cycle through town in this. I’ll take my chances on the old-fashioned bike, thank you very much. … Continue reading

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Fitness Video

I’ve seen some bizarre fitness videos in my time, but this one takes the (dog) biscuit…   (hat tip to In4mador)

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