Christchurch City Libraries has been running an annual Photo Hunt in conjunction with the city’s Heritage Week since 2008. The 2016 Photo Hunt is running again from 1 – 31 October. During the month of October we will be posting a series of images from earlier Photo Hunts.
I popped along to the All Blacks parade yesterday.
It was great to see the team and the lovely gold trophy up fairly close – and to see so many people come out to cheer a champion team! I did some enthusiastic waving and Dan Carter waved back in my general direction! My photos aren’t great but they give an impression of the event.
For more images of the parade and event in Hagley Park, as well as reporting from round the world the on the Rugby World Cup, why not take a look a papers from around the world, including the Press from the last few weeks in PressDisplay.
World Cup Cricket has us in its grip. Some of us are bowled over; some of us are going in to bat for the team and the rest of us thought we’d just read a novel where the dull thwack of bat against ball forms an integral part of the plot.
If we widen the search to include other team sports, like rugby, there’s Lloyd Jones’ novel about the 1905 All Blacks – The Book of Fame. And soccer/football has Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch in its line-up. But it’s slim pickings. There isn’t even very much in the way of mediocre/rubbish team sport fiction writing, which is weird.
But sports where individuals take part have generated many more novels. Want a novel about running? Award winning Running the Rift is set in Rwanda and is an uplifting book about genocide and running and healing. And if that doesn’t appeal, you can choose from 88 other novels on running, and I include Haruko Murakami’s What I Talk About when I Talk About Running because even when Murakami writes non-fiction, it reads like poetry.
Multitudes of people play (and support) team sports, and just as many people are avid fiction readers. Why then are there so few novels with a team sport theme? Am I missing something here?
Truth to tell, the only cricketing reference that I remember from all my years of reading, is the dull thwack of bat on ball drifting up from the gently sloping lawn in front of the homestead in Mary Wesley’s novel The Camomile Lawn.
The 2011 Rugby World Cup is here. Some of you will no doubt run screaming from these words and take refuge in the libraries’ DVD collection or our CD collection. Anything to avoid listening to or watching rugby until it all ends on October 23, 2011.
If on the other hand you are a bit of a rugby head, or feel you could get swept up in the excitement of hordes of visiting fans passionately chanting support of such far flung places as Georgia, Romania and Namibia then you are joining a special band.
When not watching rugby you can be reading about the game. There is more to rugby books than rows of ghost written biographies of cauliflower eared heroes. This sample will give you the flavour of what is on offer.