We Are Norwich and Otther Stuff

It has been rather long since I last posted, but I hope this will compensate for the wait.

To clear the decks for the We Are Norwich stuff, I will deal with the other stuff first:

  • Asperger East Anglia AGM happened on Monday night – lots of interesting news, and for the first time in living memory I won a raffle prize, although it was the last to go and of exactly the quality you would expect something in that position to be
  • On Tuesday I had an interview for an Administrative job at Manor Park Holiday Village in Hunstanton (I only got the call asking to me to come on Sunday afternoon)
  • Learning Works continues to go well. On Monday I will be starting a Deskop Publishing course

We Are Norwich came into existence because a crazy church responded to being barred from distributing Islamaphobic filth by inviting the Eejits, Dimwits and Losers (EDL for short – I reckon my version of the full name is more accurate than theirs!) to Norwich. We Are Norwich is the group that is ensuring that when this happens (November 10) there will be a large reception committee to tell these thugs that they are not welcome here.

This Wednesday evening there was a public meeting in the main hall at the Vauxhall Community Centre in Johnson Place (I travelled direct from Learning Works to Norwich to be there on time) at which over 100 people in total were present. A coachload of us will be going to Walthamstow this Saturday to help make it clear to the EDL that they are not welcome anywhere, and I fully expect a four figure turnout on November 10 at Chapelfield Gardens.

Here are some photos:



Ryder Cup and World T20

At 10-4 down with two Saturday evening fourballs out on the course and twelve Sunday singles matches to come Europe looked dead and buried in the Ryder Cup contest at Medina Country Club. Victories for Eruope in the those last remaining fourball matches made it 10-6 to the US, and Europe merely needed to equal the greatest final day comeback in Ryder Cup history.

Gradually through that astonishing final day the impossible became merely improbable, then possible, then probable and finally materialised. When Lee Westwood won his singles match Europe were ahead 13-12, and were all square in two of the remaining matches, and as defending champions a 14-14 draw would be enough to retain the cup. One of the three closing games was firmly under US control, but when Martin Kaymer won the 17th hole in his match to go one up with one to play Europe were favourites for the first time since Friday morning. The US gained their expected point in the third-last match, to make it 13-13. When Tiger Woods won the 17th to go one up on Francesco Molinari the pressure was on Kaymer to win his match and settle it for Europe. Twenty-one years ago a German, Bernhard Langer, missed a five-footer on the 18th at Kiawah which would have retained the Ryder Cup for Europe, now, another German, Martin Kaymer faced a putt of the same length to retain the cup for Europe, and holed it. Woods then missed a short put moments later to give Molinari the final hole, a halved match and outright victory for Europe.

England’s men are out of the World T20, beaten comfortably by Sri Lanka, who therefore qualified for the semi-finals alongside the West Indies who had beaten New Zealand in a super-over eliminator after the main match finished tied. The Women’s team meanwhile are carrying all before them in their tournament.

As usual I have some photographs for you…