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Deaths of Two young Sportmen Cricket and Football. What do we know? Steve Gouhouri and Matthew Hobden


Hidden in the weekends sports news were two very sad as yet unfinished stories as the causes of the deaths of the young sportsmen remain either unknown or unreported.

Steve Gohouri was 34 years old and an ex-Wigan player 2010-2012 making 42 appearances and an Ivory Coast international. He was reported missing after the xmas party of his fourth tier German club TSV Steinbach. His body has been found in the River Rhine in Krefeld. Paris St Germain posted this on their website this morning:

“Paris Saint-Germain was saddened to hear of the passing of Steve Gouhouri, former academy graduate.
The Côte d’Ivoire international defender played for Les Rouge et Bleu in the 1998-99 season.
Paris Saint-Germain offers its sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.”

Further information comes from Dusseldorf police who confirm no evidence of violence. Dusseldorf Police also  confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the events of Gohouri’s death.

A statement read: “On December 31 2015, the corpse of initially an unknown man was found in the Rhine near Krefeld. In the meantime, the dead could be identified as the 34-year-old who had been reported missing on December 12 2015. An autopsy showed no evidence of violence by third parties.”

Speculation will abound however early media reports are suggesting suicide as a possible cause of death allied to mental health problems.

http://www.football365.fr/deces-de-steve-gohouri-1297552.shtml

The second sad death widely reported this morning comes from the cricketing world. A 22 year old fast bowler from Sussex CCC. Matthew Hobden.

Less is currently known here. He made his first team debut in 2014 and was widely regarded as having potential. He was born and brought up in Eastbourne in Sussex and went to Cardiff University. His performances for Sussex were promising enough to have him as one of only six fast bowlers  chosen for the Potential England Performance Programme (PEPP) this winter. Nothing has been reported on the cause of death.

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There is no reason to suppose sportsmen are immune from all the stresses and issues of life, and we await further news on the precise causes of death before any speculation. Recent deaths amongst sportsmen have included undiagnosed cardiac causes, such as HOCM, which leads to fatal ventricular arrhythmias.

Data is published on the leading causes of deaths in the 20-34 age cohort.

http://visual.ons.gov.uk/what-are-the-top-causes-of-death-by-age-and-gender/

Suicide and accidental poisoning leading cause of death for 20-34 year olds
Suicide (including injury/poisoning of undetermined intent) was the leading cause of death for 20-34 year olds (24% of men and 12% of women). Factors that could lead to these deaths include: traumatic experiences, lifestyle choices such as drug or alcohol misuse, job insecurity and relationship problems. For both sexes, accidental poisoning is also a highly common cause of death, followed by land transport accidents.

 

Reflections on Essen – a small town in Germany


Essen seems a pleasant enough town with a nice shopping centre and nice cafes. The striking thing about my visit related to the trains and the people on them. So maybe a photographic treatise here is better than so many words. But two questions. Firstly, how common is it to not wear any shoes on a train especially in the rain? Secondly, what wonderful graffiti both on the train and around the station. Far from imagining this as a negative thing I became convinced that it is a positive thing and added value to both the train and the station. Not everyone’s thoughts maybe.

Essen is the 9th largest city in Germany with a population just under 0.6 million. Although it is the (in total) most indebted city in Germany,  Essen continues to pursue its redevelopment plans. Notable accomplishments in recent years include the title of European Capital of Culture on behalf of the whole Ruhr area in 2010 and the selection as the European Green Capital for 2017.

The train station is an important hub.Of the Rhein-Ruhr S-Bahn net’s 13 lines, 5 lines lead through Essen territory and meet at the Essen Hauptbahnhof main station, which also serves as the connection to the Regional-Express and Intercity-Express network of regional and nationwide high-speed trains.

Essen it can be said is not an obvious mecca for high quality football.The biggest association football clubs in Essen are Rot-Weiss Essen (Red-White Essen) and Schwarz-Weiß Essen (Black-White Essen). Rot-Weiss Essen is playing in the fourth tier of the German football league system, Regionalliga West, and Schwarz-Weiß Essen in the fifth tier, Oberliga Nordrhein-Westfalen. Other football clubs are BV Altenessen, TuS Helene Altenessen, SG Essen-Schönebeck.

Tourism is not such a large aspect to the city but commerce certainly is. At international trade fairs and public shows and exhibitions, Essen international trade Fairs welcomes over 14,000 exhibitors and up to 2 million visitors each year.

There are however some interesting things to see, presumably for those shoe wearing denizens of Essen. The Soul of Africa museum is one such place.

http://www.soul-of-africa.com

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Unusual Food Items and Meals in Photographs.


Food makes an easy thing to photograph and these humble photos are taken only with the I Phone camera but nevertheless a few interesting images of more unusual food items. Ranging from Haggis crisps to a Hedgehog birthday cake.

Haggis crisps

Haggis crisps

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Smoked Ham and Cornichon sandwich

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Blueberries and Vanilla Yoghurt

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Hedgehog Cake

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Hedgehog Cake

Salami Roll at Dusseldorf Airport

Hedgehog Cake

Salami Sandwich at Dusseldorf airport

Salami Sandwich at Dusseldorf airport

Reflections on Dusseldorf


Dusseldorf  has a population of around 600,000 making it the seventh largest city in Germany. Wikipedia struggles to find much for Dusseldorf that comes under ” culture and recreation”. I might agree. One of the highlights of my visit was sampling the local Altbier. Düsseldorf is well known for  Altbier a hoppy beer . The name “altbier” first appeared in the 19th century to differentiate the beers of Düsseldorf from the new pale lager that was gaining a hold on Germany. Dusseldorf however is famous as the origins of the band Kraftwerk. The final claim to fame is that after Frankfurt and Munich, Dusseldorf is the third largest airport in Germany. Did the place excite me? Not really. Lonely Planet however disagrees with me citing that

“Düsseldorf dazzles with boundary-pushing architecture, zinging nightlife and an art scene to rival many higher-profile cities”.

Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/germany/north-rhine-westphalia/dusseldorf#ixzz3mTXztQAG

The city to me was very industrial with an overdose of traffic lights that meant walking anywhere was complex. Bicycle lanes and pedestrian walkways  and cycle lanes seemed interchangeable meaning that if the trams did not get you as one crossed the road the cycles certainly would. A not unpleasant city but one that is far from being a holiday destination. The train station was massive and larger even than Amsterdam Central.

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