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Message: As you were, things havenít changed over here. While Patsy worships at the Museum of Montjeu, Iím left with the donkey work. Then, armed with leg-warmers [armed with leg-warmers?] heís off to Iceland to cover Tom Cruiseís latest film [an action hero so it qualifies as sport, I suppose. And Scientology is fair game].
Out of duty, the report on Le Tour which, like Earl Grey tea, is a punishment not a sport. The result remains conclusive with the steely Wiggins and his see-through arms leading handsomely. With the time-trial last, and no rescue by a Schleck or two, Evans is washed up.
Iíve been ankle-deep in water, and, but for the Wimbledon roof, rain delays would have stretched to mid-August.
To look at, Serena is no Ana Ivanovic who is cheaper than central heating. This, the larger of the Williams girls put away the whippet Radwanska in three. At 1 to 8 on it looked like another Liston and Clay all over again, before Serena recalled her reserves of power. She has everything the menís tour could ask for: big muscles, a forbidding two hundred kilometre serve, that fearsome stare just before gangsters back off Ö
But she isnít the story either. It wasnít the European Cup and itís not the Olympics.
Along comes Federer and provides an English summer with sunshine. Roger is a horse of a different feather, the top banana, supremo, pinnacle tour-de-force. Better than all of Spain. He is the maestro, singled out by nature, a zen proverb, a tennis god-man with ice-blue fire showering silver sparks. The artistry is in what he does, even what he does when he fails [Andy Rod******* was no more than a serve of moronic obedience, yet he almost beat the master at Wimbledon].Federer can lose a rally and look outstanding ~ harmony and passion, but not at once. Please deposit 45 milligrams of class and precision ~ the backhand slice if you will. Then a silk-lined topspin forehand winner down the line. Add deft touch around the court and youíre reaching for your puffer. And that leaves out one of the best serves since Pistol-packing Pete.
Ping, the marble is under a different thimble, Magic Man. Flip him over and play his B side and he still wallops Murray who is your conventional egg and bacon breakfast. I donít know whether Roger is the best of all time; what I do know is nobody is better to watch. I donít suppose it means very much to the English right now. And far less to the Scots, but Iíve seen people play like Murray ten thousand million times.
Iím not saying things didnít look black. Almost two sets down, it felt like anarchy rested on the racket of Murray when he hit a simple shot long. The swollen poetry might have been for nothing if you go by who wins. I go by who wins.
But no, in the clear light of day Federer was always going to win this one, even if it went to five.
It all came with heaps of emotional freight with Federer back on top with number seventeen. Some hidden genes came unstuck under pressure as civilization went missing with everyone suddenly bawling. But if you werenít moved by Andy Murray falling apart, his mother putting her head between her knees and Kim Sears crying the colour out of her eyes, check your pulse. I never thought Iíd see the day Murray needed a thermostat.
The sacrilege of Wimbledon when tennis will be played for Olympic gold.
Once Roger goes, tennis will be played with the handbrake on. Is there another Major in there? Iíll trade you a wish for a dream and venture a yes.
So, itís back to Melbourne and aggressive mediocrity: Chivas, and his entourage of charismatic visionaries, who every week on cue, average out 15 double faults and 67 unforced errors. Thatís the knowledge. The language is worse: LOL parroted 172 times, which I think stands for ĎLethal One-Linersí [read not written].
Message: Author: Mr Lister† Send message to this user
Timestamp:- 24/7/2012 8:19:44 AM Subject: Re: As you were
Message: Pretty sad that someone has to rely on the punt to pay for a deck extension.
Relying on the punt full stop for anything is pretty sad actually.
Well I must say I agree with you on this Lister, particularly with your record of hopeless losing tips...6 bets for 6 losers in the List your best thread...no I'd say relying on the punt for you is definitely not an option..ROFL..!!
Author: gladys Timestamp:- 25/7/2012 8:23:35 AM Subject: Re: As you were
Message: why did you post it three times Puddinhead. Is it that hard to hit the submit button. No wonder you cant find a winner. As for little Nige, doesn't he get nasty. Obviously there was a lot of graffiti and chewing gum to remove today from the primary school dunny.
Message: I could be very wrong too Geelong but my understanding is that the axis is not variable (relative to the body of the Earth) but the Earth does 'wobble', i.e. it's axis rotates, tracing a circular pattern in the heavens that can be observed by what I think is called the Precession of the Equinoxes.
Basically the position that the poles point to in the heavens changes over time (around 26,000 years). Currently the northern axial pole points to within 1 degree of Polaris, the pole star, but 13,000 years ago it pointed to Vega (more or less). As it the poles trace out this great circle the position of the Equinox changes against the constellations of the Zodiac. Currently the Equinox (which was originally conceived to be at 0 degrees Aries) has slipped back into Pisces and is approaching Aquarius - thus the so called Age of Aquarius the astrologers go on about. 13,000 years ago when Vega was the pole star the Equinox was in Virgo.
The Earth's axis is fixed and it always intersects with the surface of the Earth at the poles, even though the axis itself rotates like a gyroscope or a wobbling spinning top. If it wasn't fixed and was variable relative to the Earth, and the poles changed their position then the Equator and the Tropics would also vary - and that is not the case.
In short the Earth certainly does revolve around its axis, and it does revolve about its poles (which at the points at which the axis intersects with the surface of the Earth) and those poles and that axis are fixed. But the direction that poles point to in the heavens changes in time in a great circle from Polaris to Vega and back again.
Message: Apart from a very occasional visit to the Physics Forums (a treat, albeit a bamboozling one, if you happen upon a good discussion) I pay little attention to the science these days, but unless something drastic occurred while I was out of the room I think I'm on fairly safe ground saying that the Earth ROTATES (wobbles) around a variable axis, it certainly does not REVOLVE around anything other than our Sun (and more broadly our galactic centre). Even allowing for the misused terminology (ignoring the obviously incorrect use of the word literally') the Earth does not spin around a point - certainly not either of the poles. Colloquially speaking to have the 'world revolving' around him Nigel would need to be in the centre of the Earth's core, not at the South Pole.
Message: That's not strictly true Tonto. If one could levitate above the South Pole, one wouldn't need to constantly turn to keep viewing the same point directly ahead. The reason is, one would be captured in the same inertial frame of reference, meaning the same direction would be maintained.
This is the same concept that stops us falling off the Earth as it rotates. Another example would be to imagine being on an airplane and throwing a tennis ball in the air. The tennis ball doesn't fly through to the back of the cabin, since it too, is captured in the same inertial frame of reference.
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