After what feels like ages, testing of Edinburgh’s new Trams are in full swing. Check out the drivers view of it all in the above video. Despite it only going from Haymarket to York Place, it was fun non the less. Not only is it a test run, but part of public awareness also!
Now before we really get into the meat of this post, can anyone tell me where January went this year? Or on the other hand, am I running very behind on the “Year in Review” summary? Either or, let’s begin …
What did I get around to in 2013?
Cast your mind back to January 1st 2013 when I published last years post on the various things I was looking to achieve of the 12 months.
Today I received some amazing news relating to my volunteer application for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. I got offered a role as a “Field of Play” Team Member within the sport I love, Lawn Bowls; which I gladly accepted, and am looking forward to already. You could say this has come as an early Christmas present. I can’t wait for 2014 now, so bring on the games! :)
Do you remember Ken Block of Gymkhana fame?
Well he’s back, with another one! :) And this time around, he’s created what can only be called as the Ultimate Gymkhana Grid Course. It might not be quite like Gymkhana Five, but it’s certainly cool to watch! — Go on, what’s stopping you, the video’s above!
You’ve perhaps heard of the
add_theme_support function before, and also seen it used within your WordPress theme? It was introduced back in version 2.9, along with a couple of other related functions; one which you might have never seen before, or know anything about. Justin Tadlock has a great write-up on how to use them easy-to-follow examples.
Today we claimed the Courier Cup, for a third time in six years, after a fantastic and hard-fought win against East Linton. What a great way to finish off the season!
Jen Mylo (and her team) are putting together a guide for Automatticians on how to be an awesome Automattic representative at a WordCamp. She posted some of the things from her giant list, which are worth checking out. It’s also worth nothing these tips and bits of advice could apply to any other agency and/ or company attending, not just Automattic.
We’ve waited long enough, but Stripe has officially been made available in the UK. I actually got my beta invite last week, and jumped straight on it; can’t wait to start making use of the service! :)
The other day Glasgow 2014 posted on Facebook looking for people like myself, who liked Lawn Bowls, to get in touch. They wanted to feature someone in the next part of their “My Sport” series.
I got some questions sent over, and answered them the next again day.
Unfortunately I wasn’t lucky enough to be featured, so instead of leaving them to gather dust, I decided to publish them below for all to see. You can check out Natalie Docherty’s take on Lawn Bowls over on the Glasgow 2014 website.
Why are you a fan of Lawn Bowls and when did you start liking it?
Fun nature of the game and the friendly banter between teams are right up my street.
Back in 2003, or it might have been 2004, East Lothian Council had a Summer Sports Scheme with a range of different activities to keep everyone active over the holidays. I spotted Lawn Bowls in the list, and decided to give it a try. I was probably influenced slightly by my Grandpa, along with Grandma and Grandad, who played it also.
The week was spent at Haddington BC (the oldest club in Scotland), where I still play.
What’s the best thing about watching Lawn Bowls live?
I find watching how others play the game quite interesting. Everyone has their own unique style, and what works for one, might not necessarily work for another. It’s all about how you read the head at the time.
Who’s your Lawn Bowls hero?
That’s a tough question to answer.
You’ve got Bowls Scotland Ambassador Willie Wood MBE, along with Alex Marshall MBE, both of whom are East Lothian men and people I’ve played against. There are a few people at my own club, namely a guy called Angus Blair, who competed in the 1992 Commonwealth Games. He was also part of the squad at the World Championships that year, where he came back with a Gold Medal in the Fours, and a Bronze in the Triples. I couldn’t just pick one; I have many people I look up to in the world of bowls.
What’s your best memory from watching or taking part in Lawn Bowls?
There are a couple that stick out in my mind. One when I was representing East Lothian in the Andy Houston qualifiers, back in 2007 (I think), when it was played at Willowbrae BC in Edinburgh. I was skipping, and a handful of shots down on the last end. Having delivered my bowl, I remember a couple of people turning their back, as they couldn’t watch. I ended up drawing the shot, and the whole green erupted with excitement. There was one particular guy who ran up the green and gave me a good old bear hug. The other significant memory I have, was reaching my first ever Club Championship Final in 2011 after playing a few tough rounds beforehand.
Which Lawn Bowls star should people look out for at Glasgow 2014?
If you’re already representing your country at the Commonwealth Games, then you’re already a star in some shape or fashion. There are some fantastic bowlers from other countries who deserve just as much credit as everyone else. To pick out just one individual isn’t an easy task.
Why should people who don’t know anything about Lawn Bowls buy tickets to watch it at Glasgow 2014?
Being a sport that doesn’t get as much publicity as the likes of football and/or rugby does, I’d like to think it would interest people. For the most part, it’s something different, and the opportunity to be part of it all is great. If watching Lawn Bowls at the games inspired others to join their local club, then that’s a win in my books!
What are some common misconceptions about Lawn Bowls?
The obvious one has to be how Lawn Bowls is classed as “an old mans sport” which couldn’t be much further from the truth. Having represented East Lothian at Under 25 level, it’s great seeing so many young people playing and enjoying the sport.
I think you’ll be surprised at the number of young people wanting to attend?
Can you sum up what Glasgow 2014 will be like in three words?
Inspiring, Energetic, and Memorable!
Now it’s your turn. Have you ever played Lawn Bowls before? :)
Glad to see the site back to it’s usual self, after some recent changes that I’d made the other day, including the restructure of my WordPress related posts; more on that later. Felt like I’d travelled back in time, then caught up with it again! ;)