Cricket and stuff


England have secured the series against the West Indies by winning the second test. Also for the second time in two matches it was a thoroughly good game of cricket with both sides being in promising positions at various stages. In addiition to these Strauss scored another fine century giving him 21 in tests, one behind the joint leaders among England batsmen, Hammond, Cowdrey and some yorkshireman whose name escapes me. One final and highly unusual second in two matches: The Man of the Match award went to a bowler again, this time Tim Bresnan.

It is my birthday today, but because people are away today we had a celebration at the Crown in East Rudham on monday. I am treating myself to a trip to Norwich today (there is a meeting I would like to attend in the evening, and I still have some of my present from Hilary to spend). So far I have purchased The Plan by Steve James, an account of how Fletcher and Flower engineered England’s rise from bottom of the test cricket world in 1999 to top in 2011, and Moral Landscape by Sam Harris, a book that provides a scientific basis for morality, and has been described by no lesser person than Richard Dawkins as a “game changer”.

Two for the price of one on View from the Rooftops today, one a crescent moon, and the other a sunset shot featuring the Granaries.

From Work Placement to Volunteering

I have just completed a ten week work placement at Learning Works, an organisation whose King’s Lynn centre is located conveneintly close to my compact town centre flat. This was combined with an NVQ in Customer Services which I have also successfully completed.

How successful was my work placement? Well last week I had two issues to resolve. Firstly having enjoyed the placement I was keen to maintain my involvement with Learning Works, and secondly and even more important I wanted to gain a Sage qualification to open up some more possibilities jobs wise. On Wednesday of last week I offered to do one day a week as a volunteer at the same time as seeking to arrange the Sage course. Naturally the new arrangements had to be confirmed by head office, as did details of the Sage course. In exchange for my servcies as a a volunteer they will fully fund the Sage 50 course, which suggests I have done something right.

Changing the subject completely, congratulations to England on getting out of a sticky situation to go 1-0 up in the Test series against the West Indies. When Pietersen was out England were four down for not very many and defeat was a very real possibility, but Cook and Bell sa\w through the danger. All in all, this was a pulsating Test match. Games like this are only possible over the long haul – formulaic fifty over stuff and bish bash bosh twenty over stuff rarely if ever produce a match that remains in the memory once it is over, though the latter is always an entertaining spectacle while it lasts. In a deserved sharing of the honours Stuart Broad was man of the match for his 11 wickets while Andrew Strauss won the Champagne Moment for the stroke that completed has first test hundred since Brisbane 2010. The Champagne Moment is awarded by the TMS team what they consider the most memorable moment of the match, and the trophy is a magnum of the product.

The King’s Lynn Civic Society are doing a feature on living above the shop, so here is my own idiosyncratic contribution:

The advantages of living in the High Street (ignoring those which attach to this specific flat) are that one has shops on one’s doorstep, everything that is needed on a regular basis being purchasable somewhere within comfortable walking distance. Also, the bus and railway stations are close by, so travel out of town is straightforward when needed (though no bargain, with a return bus ticket to Fakenham costing £6.10 these days). The only negative to set against these general advanatages and the specific advantages that my place has of its own is that on Friday and Saturday nights the proximity of various pubs and bars is made loudly and sometimes unpleasantly obvious – especially if you stubbornly insist on keeping windows open to let air in to the flat.

Today’s View From the Rooftoops is a shot taken by lazy expedient of opening the door, pointing and clicking…

Bits and bobs

A cobination of a drought being declared and the cricket season starting was obviously too much of a temptation for the weather gods to resist. The world snooker championship was some consolation, especially the play of Ronnie O’Sullivan.

My placement at Learning Works is still going, and I am near completing the Customer Service course I have been doing.

Not much else to say except enjoy the photo…