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Nature

Meditation

My mind was focused on two large pine cones

engaged in a race under an iron bridge

determined to reach the other side

in order

to beat the other to the bank

a force of nature willing them on

to reach the end before their friend

if you were wondering who won

of course – it was neither – it was the squirrels

now nibbling on them at the end of the bank

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Birds Poetry

The Race

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They’ve waited around
practicing their manoeuvres
up and down the canal side
mastering approaches

Eyes focused
for a signal
and a time
and a place of green

Spring afternoon
perfect conditions
for old friends
to compete against each other

Superstar sportsmen
can only sit and watch
as gladiatorial battles take place
on the terracotta tiles

Spectators look on
from vaulted vantage points
up high and looking down
on the contest below

As they take their positions
and wait for the starter
spreading the breadcrumbs
across the walkway

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Animals Birds Canalside Fun Humour Pleasures Poetry

Afloat

After Salford University’s hugging students: More weird world records broken by Brits

Salford 6th January 2017

In response to the daily post prompt Float

A tale of a Rubber Duck Race down the River Irwell in Salford, Lancashire.

There was pandemonium

at the rubber duck factory

as ten thousand streetwise ducks

waddled out of the city

They moved down the irwell

passing the boats

avoiding the locks

and staying afloat

Cows in the cowshed , watched somewhat bemused

and captains of small boats looked somewhat confused

as geese and their brethren all went amuck

following the trail of a little yellow duck

Led by their leaders, of United Red and City blue

passing under bridges and past an audience too

divided in a moment, by a Liverpool ferry

but meeting in middle – and still keeping merry

In the end after journey , down canal they all flocked

meeting at gateway at Mode Wheel Lock

and first one in net, out of water they rised

and their owner received, a very special prize.

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BASIC Sports Volunteering

The Great Manchester Run

Sunday 22nd May 2016

Location : Old Trafford, Manchester.

Today I’ve been doing a spell of volunteering with Sale Harriers.

I’ve been marshalling the Great Manchester Run…its been wonderful watching the runners on the Old Trafford Stretch of the course passing Manchester Utd! The weekend began at the other side of the city with the Mini and Junior Run around the Etihad Campus (Sportcity)

 

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Even though they were hit by everything the Manchester weather could hit them with – We even had some Sun!!!   The race had its elite element with some of the worlds best long distance runners in the Elite Mens and Women’s races.  But it was watching the charity runners that did it for me.  Not at least, the runners running for Salford’s Brain and Spinal injury charity.  I could have sworn a pack of imperial stormtroopers passed me more than once 🙂  Hope the charity runners raised loads of cash for their chosen charities.

P.S.  I’ve read somewhere the runners were happy with their tee shirt this year – well, as a marshal i’m really happy with this years kit…a weatherproof jacket I can wear after the event without feeling like an advertisement board!

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My Marshall’s Uniform – used at Old Trafford and The Etihad!