Tag: sport

Little Elise

I have to confess that I like motor racing. With cars, motorcycles and trucks – not so-called monster trucks but something like this. I like Bergrennen / hillclimbing (Ger., Eng.) too – it must not necessarily be such an over the top thing as it was in Rachau (video)). Generally I think that race tracks should show some more variations as the modern circuits generally do, as Niki LAUDA (Ger., Eng.) once put it: “I had enough from driving in circles.”
Touring youtube I came about the following nice video, showing a part of the 2005 Lotus Trophy event at Bathurst. Driver Dean EVANS shows how it is done.

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Sadly I could find no more information about Mr. EVANS. The title of the video says only Bathurst (Ger., Eng.), correctly it is the Mount Panorama Circuit (Ger., Eng.),  a very challenging course in New South Wales, Australia.  I like races held on public roads – for example the TT – and the Mount Panorama Circuit has some very interesting ups and downs. It was opened only ten years after the Nürburgring (Ger., Eng.).
Enjoy a round in a 1967 BMW-Lola:

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Cups

LONE GREY SQUIRREL showes a photograph of the world cup, ‘Today’s featured article’ on wikipedia English is about the Royal Gold Cup, and, of course, there’s always the famous Norfolk cup (Z’s blog here). Scarlet Blue describes some difficulties she has encountered with her cups, there is a measuring guide too, but I am a little distracted, sorry.

So cups are in the air and I wonder how these trophys actually look: I expected the 2010 FIFA World CUP cup to look, yes,  like a cup, but it seems to represent a different sort of τροπαιον – maybe I confused it with the UEFA CUP trophy, from which the victors can take a big swig after the battle: In my imaginative mind these trophys are always ‘Pokale’, goblets, things from what one drinks.

Laurel wreaths are passè, since the early modern period these are presented only to poets and other scribblers, while the heroic men of sword and deed take a big gulp. Preferably from the enemy’s skull, what reminds me of Asterix und die Normannen (Ger., Eng.), where head-norman MAULAF downs many skulls of calva.

Besides all these football cups exist a lot of other world cups, mostly given out by associations, and some other cups of note, f.e. the Admiral’s Cup, World Snooker Championship, or the Tourist Trophy. The Americans of course do it differently, and have a Super Bowl. To make it clear, it’s not the Puggy WEAVER, but the Vince LOMABRDI trophy.

If I will ever need a cup, I certainly will buy it in the well asorted specialized trade, and luckily we have such a shop in town.

I was once awarded with something like a cup, at the Bundesjugendspiele in the early seventies, I hated it from the bottom of my heart.  Let’s hope that this evening will bring a fair and good game, Uruguay versus Germany had earlier turned into a kind of brawl and there is no need to repeat that.