Posted by: jkirkby8712 | July 4, 2011

Sunday, 3rd July 2011 – celebrations, sporting talk, and a bit more musicio

It’s just after 10am when I begin writing this piece, and since 6am this morning, at which time I’d left home for the radio station, the weather has deteriorated considerably – decided that a walk was ‘not’ on the agenda this morning, icy wind, equivalent rain showers, and a very overcast morning, after being quite mild a few hours ago.

After last night’s concert, I decided to have a ‘concert within a concert’ on my program this morning – from a recording of selections from earlier concerts of the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra, a played a few tracks of music by Sibelius, Faure, Tchaikovsky & Grieg, and later in the show, played another orchestra’s version of the beautiful second movement of Dvorak’s ‘New World Symphony’ [featured by the Heidelberg team last night – refer to Saturday’s comments].  Today, I even played a listener request, well another presenter actually – wanted to hear Rimsky-Korsakoff’s ‘Flight of the Bumble Bee’.  Unfortunately, the only version on hand that I was able to find was from a fairly old vinyl recording, and it had a certain amount of ‘background noise’ from the vinyl copy – however, we apologised to our listeners in advance for the poor quality of the recording, and as the track only lasted 1 minute 25 seconds, I figured people could cope with that!! I hope!  – 

I sent a birthday greeting, via Face Book, to classical music composer and arranger, Peter Breiner this morning  –  Slovak born, I think he generally resides in Canada these days, and is very active in the world of music, and very generous in sharing his love of music, and other things [such as soccer] through the social network mediums.   His reply came through almost immediately, indicative of the man’s character I think  – ‘Thank you so much –  it’s so great to get a birthday wish from someone whom, I’ve never met!! And who knows, maybe one day we will…’

Interesting, that today over in Thailand, national elections are taking place, and some are predicting a rare change of government in that region. Must get onto Jack Harris, who is currently over there for 6 months with his Thai wife, and get a gauge on how the day is going.

Update: Tour de France: Stage 1: [Sat 2nd July]: Passage du Gois to Mont des Alouettes, 191.5 kmsthis annual event commenced in France yesterday – we have a daily coverage here on SBS television between 10pm and 2 am each night. I doubt I will see very much of the coverage! The results of Day 1, Stage 2, with 198 riders finishing the stage, were:

  1. Philippe Gilbert, Belgium [Omega Pharma-Lotto teram]………………4 hrs 31 secs
  2. Cadel Evans [Australia] [BMC Racing Team]……………….+ 0.03 seconds
  3. Thor Hushoyd, Norway [Team Garmin –Cervelo]……………………….+ 0.06 secs

Belgian Philippe Gilbert of the Omega Pharma team won an incident-filled first stage of the Tour de France here on Saturday and took the race leader’s yellow jersey. “It’s the most important race of the world, and it’s very special to win the first stage because I receive all the jerseys, except of course I’m too old for the white jersey,” Gilbert said. Meanwhile, from the Tour Diary of  Cadel Evans –   “A hectic way to start the Tour; crashes, narrow roads, lots round- and an unpredictable final. Looking back at the TV highlights, it was a messy day for many. We managed to avoid any major mishaps, thanks to the good work and expertise of ‘Giorgio’, ‘Burgie’ and Micky. Easier said than done; riding at the front in the wind all day is hard both mentally and physically.  In the final, Big George got caught in a crash at 2k to go. I was alright but got a bit closed in on the right as the winning move went on the right with 1k to go. Second is not a bad start!”

After the family dinner tonight, and Susie and I returned home, it would be close to 10 o’clock before she left for the return to Bendigo. I was certainly not happy about her driving back up at the highway at that time of night, but there was little I could say or do, just hope & pray for another safe and uneventful trip. \Certainly no intention of  going to bed for a while. In  fact spent the next few hours working on one of the family trees [the Jenkins line] and keeping an eye on the various international sporting events happening tonight.

 First completed event was a very exciting finish to the Italian MotoGP race – Australia’s Casey Stoner, well clear in the championship at present, looked like extending that lead with 5 laps top go, but a brilliant come from behind effort by Jorge Lorenzo on the Yamaha, took over the race, and with obviously struggling with some kind of tyre problem, even his teammate, with a couple of laps to go, knocked Casey out of 2nd position, at the cost of some more championship points. 1. Lorenzo. 2, Dovizoso, 3. Casey Stoner.  Watching these races, as a non-motor cyclist, I am amazed, or bewildered as to how those guys stay on their motor bikes!!!  Meanwhile in the Women’s World Cup Soccer tournament, Australia was in it’s second game of the tournament tonight, in a match, which following their 1-0 loss to Brazil last week, they had to win to be assured of moving onto the next stage of the tournament. Match was against the small African nation of  Equatorial Guinea. The other Group D game was Brazil vs Norway, the latter being Australia’s next opponent. The halftime, the score was 1-1, which was really,, not good enough for the Matildas [the name of the Aussie team]. Early in the second half, a couple of great goals by the Australian strikers, to give the girls a 3-1 lead. They went on to eventually win the game 3-2 – that last goal by the opposition was a pity, as they really needed to build the score in the opposite direction.

Wimbledon  Men’s Final tonight [our time] – didn’t really watch much of it, as I find Rafal Nadal ‘boring’ to sit and watch for hours, too predictable I think, the normal outcome, anyway.  Despite having said that, interestingly, when I switched over to the tennis, just before midnight, Djokovic has just won the first set over Nadal, 6-4. Eventually, Novak Djokovic celebrated his elevation to world number one by beating incumbent Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3 to win his first Wimbledon title.   Results of the weekend finals are listed below.   Wimbledon finals took place this weekend, and despite no Australians featuring in the ‘big league’, there was some Aussie success at the ‘junior’ levels, as indicated below

  • Women’s Singles Final [Saturday]:  first time Grand Slam winner – Petra Kvitova [Czech] defeated Maria Sharapova [Russia] in a shock upset –   6/3, 6/4 – won the Title with an Ace!!
  • Men’s Singles Final [Sunday]: Novak Djokovic [Serbia] defeated Rafal Nadal [Spain] infour sets – 6/4,6/1,1/6, 6/3
  • Men’s Doubles Final [Saturday]: not surprisingly, Bob & Mike Bryan [USA] defeated Robert Lindstedt [Sweden] and Horia Recau [Roum]  6/3, 6/4, 7/6
  • Women’s Doubles Final [Saturday]:  Kyeta Peschke [Czech] & Katarina Srebotnik [Slovenia] defeated Samantha Stosur [Australia] & Sabine Lisicki [Germany] –  6/3, 6/1
  • Mixed Doubles Final [Sunday]: Jurgen Melzer [Austria] & Iveta Benesova [Czech] defeated Mahesh Bhupathi [India] & Elena Vesnina [Russia] 6/3, 6/2.    [TheAustralian Paul Hanley, with partner Su-Wei Hsieh [Taipei] lost their Mixed Doubles semi final on Saturday against Mahesh Bhupathi [India] & Elena Vesnina [Russia]  2/6, 6/3, 5/7]

and the two big Aussie results:-

  • Boy’s Singles Final [Saturday]:  Luke Saville [Australia] defeated Liam Broady [GBR]  2/6, 6/4, 6/2
    • Girl’s Singles Final [Sunday]: Ashleigh Barty [Australia] defeated Irina Khromacheva [Russia] 7/5, 7/6 sealing an Australian junior double titles for the first time.

Meanwhile, must make mention of the efforts of some of Australia’s former champions – Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde are no strangers to Wimbledon finals’ days, having won six Wimbledon doubles titles. They made another appearance in a final, only this time they were playing with different partners and in different events. Woodforde teamed up with Australian compatriot Pat Cash and they successfully defended their Gentleman’s Senior Invitation Doubles title with a 6-3, 5-7, 10-5 victory over Britain’s Jeremy Bates and Sweden’s Anders Jarryd. But his former partner in crime, Woodbridge, had to make do with the runner’s up position in the Gentleman’s Invitation Doubles. The Australian, who joined forces with Swede Jonas Bjorkman, comfortably took the first set against Paul Haarhuis and Jacco Eltingh 6-3, before their opponents fought back to claim the second by the same score line and force a champions tiebreak.  Bjorkman and Woodbridge, who have won three men’s Wimbledon doubles titles. looked to be on course to add another trophy to their collection when they raced to a 7-5 lead, but the Dutch team clawed their way back clinch the match 3-6, 6-3, 13-11 on their second match point’.

And of course, there was the second day of the Tour de France. Update: Tour de France: Stage 2: Time Trial  [Sun 3nd July]:  Les essarts [Team Time Trial, 23 kms –  result saw 1st: Team Garmin-Cervelo [24.48]. 2nd: BMC Racing Team [+0.04], 3rd: Sky Procycling [+0.04]. More importantly, the overall standings after 2 stages of the race see Australia’s Cadel Evans just 1 second be3hind, in 3rd spot  –   1. Thor Hushovd [Norway]: 5.06.25; David Millar [GBR]: 5.06.25 [both from Team Garmin-Cervalo, and 3. Cadel Evans [Australia] with the BMC Racing team on 5.06.26.

My night ended on one comforting note – a text message from Susan at around 11.25pm to let me know she had arrived in Bendigo!!

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