The blog of a travelling psychiatrist and football lover. Who happens to be a halfway decent photographer. Takes a cynical view of the world

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A Poem By 12 year old. Please read

I am not a man of poetry and actually failed my english Literature O level many years ago. Luckily this amazing lack of poetic talent has not genetically passed to my 12 year old. Whilst waiting to enter the field as a second half substitute at hockey last week ( on that freezing cold day), she wrote this poem in her head and then transferred it to her phone on the long coach journey home. To me an amazing poem butyou must be the judge.


The Olympic Two Weeks have to go down as one of life’s great events. No exagerration

Having been in korea for the first 3 days of the olympics and hence being the only person on this planet who never saw the opening ceremony, I was looking forward to see ing the olympics in a casual and moderately interested way. The trip however to the olympic stadium, seeing the excitement , the gamesmakers smiling at people they did not know, the thousands of happy souls wandering around, changed it all. We felt part of it and not just a specatator. It was also the day that I fell in love with women’s hockey. Not just because it was Team GB playing but because the game itself was so devoid of all the nonsense that surrounds football. It was fast, no time-wasting, no cynical fouls, little dissent, when balls went out they were replaced immediately and in each 35 minutes one got just that 35 minutes . The crowd also were supporting,enjoying, with none of that alcoholic swagger and swearing. Watching on TV then became de rigeur and the Equestrian jumping event was the second huge surprise. Greenwich Park was a natural venue where the towers of the city contrasted with the victorian buildings. The light that day was also amzing with the sky as dark as night.

I have loved every minute of the olympics. The closing ceremony must go down as one of the most magical and enchanting events ever. A spectacle that had to be seen to be believed.

The joy of winning

ghosts in the goal

A swing

The Riverbank Stadium


Team GB 5 Korea 3 . Womens hockey was great.

Absolutely fantastic day at olympic Park today. Let no-one criticise LOCOG, they have done a fantastic job. The arrangements were superb and travel was easy. Saw two womens hockey games of which Team GB v Korea was a classic. What looked like an easy 3-1 win then turned into 3-3 and potentially even worse before two late goals won it 5-3. i was so impressed with the way they played with passion, strnegth,skill and great organisation. Their coach should be proud. the atmosphere was electric. The place was packed. This was the perfect advert for womens hockey as proved by the 11-year old who informed us that she wants to play hockey now at school. The only gripe was the fencing behind the goals which made sensible photography difficult but nevertheless some halfway decent shots.

Womens hockey also has it right. no stoppages hardly, no injury team, no time wasting, a ball is returned seconds after the other has gone out, no faking injury, no cynical fouls ( well not many). It was just a great sport to watch.

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