Getting Out

#Travel #Worship #Places

Salford 6th December 2020

Woke up at the crack of dawn this morning, to do something i do nearly every Sunday

Go to Mass

It’s the start of the church year – Advent, but nobody thought about worship when the restrictions (about Covid-19) kicked in

I’m now part of the Cathedral Parish (even though they took the name of my old Parish, when amalgamation was made)

And while the Covid Bug has been about, i’ve done most of mass over the internet…..but not today.

So Mask on , and navigating the subway, i cross two postcode boundaries on my way to church….and walking down the Manchester Feeder road (the crescent / chapel st) that passes the local university.

Eagle eye flicking back and forth towards my timepiece

Covid means a change to things, masks , cleaning hands and stewards on every corner of the walkways….No sharing of benches – unless they’re in my bubble. The Mask stays on throughout. One thing though – some things seem shorter….the offertory is by the altar…sign of peace not done

and after mass – leaving church without socialising

Amplify

#Fowc #Amplify

Sat in your student halls

Engrossed in your books

Needing something to distract from the doubt in your head

Sensational tunes as you scribble away

Amplified by some serious sub-woofers

To your housemates, you’re working along to your course notes

In fact, they’re half right

Only while you scribble away at your latest assignment

Notes of an alternative kind are playing through your headphones

Shutdown

#FFFC

Salford/Manchester, 26th may 2020

Shopfront – Image by  Joshua Koblin at Unsplash.com


I remember this place

a little place in the hustle and bustle

of Manchester’s metropolis

dropping in, and picking up lunch

a pastie or a turnover

that i saved for after morning seminars

in a quiet place of greenery

they survived the goings on,

the marches, the protests, the vandalism

even the bomb couldn’t keep them away

but then the banks made a plea of poverty

and the store had to close for the day.

Degree

Degree

As the honour was laid on him

the ennobled made a request

could the hall staff keep the dining room warm ?

he thought that it was best

see he’d climbed up great Mount Everest

without even catching a chill

but drafty University corridors

were enough to make him hold still

turn up  the heating …. tutors shouted

before our guest he does flee

we need to hear him give his speech

so see the heat up by a degree

Memories of London 2012 – Paralympics

Salford August 2012
There have been a number of camps throughout the city, hosting athletes from many nations and in many sports in relation to the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Brazil were no different, and used venues up and down the city from the Regional Athletic Arena at Sportcity  to the Manchester Aquatics centre on Oxford Road. Athletes also trained at the Amechi Centre for wheelchair basketball as well as Manchester Metropolitan University’s Sugden Sports Centre – who hosted athletes
for wheelchair fencing, Boccia, and Sitting Volleyball.

A couple of the vollies (including me) had fond memories of the training camp venues, as they’d been used at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and also at prestige sporting events throughout the ten years leading up to the Olympics in London in 2012.

Now it’s not that the sport of Sitting Volleyball was new to me – I’d been part of the team that helped out when they hosted a Challenge match as part of the BT Paralympic world cup.  Upon hearing this news – the Volunteer Manager made me Team Leader for the Sitting Volleyball Squad!

In my role as Volunteer Team Leader, I assisted with court setup and aided the vollies on the Volleyball courts in the fine arts of the rules of the game and where we fitted in – in relation to the game and training – simply put “passing the ball back!” when instructed.

And the game was fast paced – the ball was constantly moving – if it wasn’t in the hands of the retrievers!  As part of my role – I was also became custodian for the volleyballs and the scoring system – putting them back in storage every day.

The Brazil team were warm and friendly visitors to the centre and were brilliant to help out.  At set times, the Brazil teams played Paralympics GB in a series of Warm up games – which we also helped as ball crew.

As reward for our efforts, each volunteer got a “Teamwork” Baton from LOCOG – London’s Organising Committee for the Paralympics.

All the volunteers were welcomed and thanked by the Manchester Management of London 2012, and I raised a smile when the Brazil Team headed up the Opening Ceremony at Rio 2016….

I worked with some of those guys….:)

Photos of my time at the training camp are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/inkdropk/sets/72157631198677864/

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them

Paralympians in Brazil

Salford, 7th September 2016

Right about now, Rio-de-Janeiro is beginning the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil, the premiere event for Elite Athletes with a Disability.

Recent readers of my blog will know I helped the Brazilian Paralympic Squad prepare in their Training Camp for the London Games in 2012 in the City of Manchester.

Wheelchair Fencing, Basketball, Sitting Volleyball, and Boccia were the order of the day, and I became the Organiser of two great teams of Field Assistants

DSCF1772.JPG

And although i’m not going to be there myself – I hope all the Paralympians taking part have a fantastic games in Rio. Good Luck to all competitors!