Jan 16 2012

Amsterdam – 7th January

Category: Amsterdam,Friends,Personal,PicturesChrisM @ 4:57 am

Saturday was the second meeting I had planned, except this time I was in the right country! ChrisB had had a pretty nasty car accident the week before in India, so decided a day in bed was a better idea for his back than traipsing round Haarlem. ChrisD was in default mode, reverting to beer and rugby, so that left Gapie (a local ACD member) and Cisco (a man as enthusiastic as I was to get to Haarlem), along with any of the other ACD members in town.
Eventually, and to no great surprise, it was decided that the trip would be delayed at least. No one had much energy, and to be frank just sitting down and chilling out in Voyagers seemed like a much better idea.

Blurry Gapie!

Blurry Gapie!

Voyagers' Menu

Voyagers' Menu

Once again, for photos with a more obvious Amsterdam theme to them, click the link below (or keep reading if you accessed this post directly)…
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Oct 13 2009

Yes Sir/Mate?

Category: In The MediaChrisM @ 5:54 pm

Just finished reading a pretty interesting article from the BBC on a headmaster from India. Check out the picture below…

Babar Ali

That isn’t one of his pupils, that IS the headmaster! Babar Ali decided that the amount of children in his neighbourhood who simply can’t afford to attend lessons (even if there is space in a free school, many of them have to work to earn money for their family) wasn’t acceptable, nor a good situation for the prospects of his village. So, each evening after attending school as a pupil, he goes home and relays what he has learned to those kids who are able to take a few hours off work. It is truly humbling to think of someone that age having the emotional capacity to consider others less lucky than himself, and managing to continue his own studies whilst teaching others. Hats off to young man.
(Cynical posting about nothing too important will resume shortly).

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May 01 2008

It Could Be Worse

Category: Kazakh Driving,Kazakhstan,VideosChrisM @ 1:31 pm

The next time I complain about Kazakh drivers not stopping for you on zebra crossings, or the way cars are driven when a pedestrian is on the road for some reason, remind me to look at this video from India…

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Mar 13 2008

Like Humans Do

Category: In The MediaChrisM @ 1:32 am

Not a reference to the track that is included with Windows XP installations for some reason, but rather a wedding ceremony with a difference!

Monkey Wedding East India Orissa Manu Jhumuri February 2008

Over in Eastern India, two monkeys were joined in matrimony before being released back to the wild. To discover the story behind the photo, click here.

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Apr 27 2007

Blind Cricket

Category: PersonalChrisM @ 2:01 pm

Cricket for Blind and Partially Sighted People has been played since the 40s in England & Wales.
The sport offers solidarity and a chance to contest on equal terms for blind and partially sighted people.

All players are registered blind or partially sighted. Out of the 11 players, a minimum of 4 must be totally blind.

British Blind Sport are responsible for running the England Blind Cricket team who have represented the England and Wales Cricket Board in two Blind Cricket World Cups. The team have toured Australia, Sri Lanka and the West Indies, as well as playing in two world cups in India and hosting Pakistan and Australia.

England won the first Blind Cricket Ashes in 2004 and since then the England Blind Cricket team have won both series they’ve played, away to both the West Indies and Sri Lanka.

The main difference between standard Cricket and Blind Cricket is the ball. A size three football is used in UK Blind Cricket to help the partially sighted players to see it and it is filled with a quantity of ball bearings to allow the totally blind players to hear it. The MCC Laws of Cricket have also been adapted in other ways in an attempt to allow blind and partially sighted people to compete on equal terms. The major variations are as follows:

    The wicket is larger, making it easier for the partially sighted players to see and easier for a Batsman or Bowler to touch for the purpose of orientatation.

    The ball must pitch at least twice before the crease of a totally blind Batsman but must not be rolling.

    The ball must pitch at least once before the crease of a partially sighted Batsman.

    A totally blind Batsman is given one chance before being given out LBW and cannot be stumped.

    The Bowler must ask the Batsman if he is ready before beginning his run up and shout “play” as he releases the ball.

    A totally blind Fielder can make a catch after the ball has bounced once.

Because of the nationwide and international scope of this sport BBS are always looking for new sponsors to help support the work of the Cricket Committee and provide opportunity and encouragement to young visually impaired cricketers. Volunteer Umpires and Scorers are always welcome. If you’d like to get involved as a sponsor Click Here

PS For any incredibly cynical people out there, NO, this isn’t a sponsored post, I just saw a clip on cricket for blind and partially sighted people on the news, and wanted to give them a little link-love on my blog.

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