Posted by: nickwardscenarios | March 21, 2015

Troubadour

Troubadour.

Posted by: nickwardscenarios | March 15, 2015

Marathon Sculling Log 2

Originally posted on Nick Ward Scenarios:

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Kiwi boat-movers

Preface 1

The Four-Stroke Cycle

Via e-mail to the Official Sir Steve Redgrave Website (that doesn’t mean Sir Steve Redgrave has read it!); The President, Cambridge University Boat Club; and Laurie Anderson, The West Australian Sculling Academy (where I was apprenticed between 2001 and 2005).

9/02/2011

the crew should simply agree upon a mantra covering four strokes (that is the ideal number because 4 objects can be visualised easily even by ‘non-visualisers’)… that’s all. The boat will go faster because the mental energies of individual rowers will combine… nothing more sophisticated than that (unless you really want to engage me with my ideal ‘correct livelihood!’) – they just have to agree on a ‘mantra’ – any language – any meaning – the boat will go faster.

Cheers – enjoy the Tideway.

Nick Ward

I recommend this yoga site for convincing explanations of why mantra-mediation generates power and endurance:  http://www.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/padmasambhava and…

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Posted by: nickwardscenarios | March 10, 2015

Cambridge News

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/8216-Peaceful-8217-environmental-activist-Nick/story-25811951-detail/story.html

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Posted by: nickwardscenarios | March 3, 2015

Daniel Topoloski: What a pallava.

It was good of this great man of Thames to drop me a line of support in my opposition to Cambridge University Boatclub’s pointless destruction of Ouse riverbank when the only reason they train in Ely is the Great Ouse rowing conditions.

Daniel Topolski, who has died aged 69, was a journalist, broadcaster, author and commentator, but above all a tenacious oarsman, light in weight while heavy in nous, who coached Oxford to a remarkable run of 10 victories in the Boat Race from 1976 to 1985. The following year, an outstanding Cambridge crew brought an end to Oxford’s winning streak, the longest in the club’s history, achieved by crews that Dan nurtured, toughened and inspired. By then, losing had been erased from Oxford’s memory, and in 1987 the club was rocked by a mutiny when most of the oarsmen, including five American internationals, fell out with Dan and the Oxford University Boat Club president, Donald Macdonald, over selection and training.

With the aid of freak weather conditions, Oxford’s unhappy crew, minus its American rowers, won the race, but the mutiny resulted in years of schism, reform of the club’s constitution and the introduction of professional coaches. It was the worst year of Dan’s rowing life, but also brought about his highly readable if highly slanted account, True Blue (1989), which in 1996 became a film of the same name. In 1988 he turned down the offer extended by the new president, Chris Penney, who had refused to row in 1987, of joining the coaching team under Mike Spracklen. But in 1995 Dan became a coaching consultant to Oxford, a post he held until his death.

Son of the artist and chronicler of the 20th century Feliks Topolski, and his wife, the actor Marion Everall, Dan learned to row on Regent’s Park lake, opposite the family home in central London. After attending the Lycée Français, he went on to Westminster school, where he became captain of boats and encountered the professional sculler Ted Phelps and Oxford’s famous coach Hugh “Jumbo” Edwards, both of whom occasionally coached the school. Dan was immersed in rowing, mostly on the Boat Race course, for the rest of his life, with Oxford, London RowingClub, Tideway Scullers School (TSS) and the GB team.

At New College, Oxford, Dan studied geography and majored in partying alongside rowing. He won the reserves race with Isis in 1966, and the 1967 Boat Race, only to lose the 1968 race. That was the first of a Cambridge run of six wins while Oxford spun into almost terminal decline. But it was also the year that Dan began occasional coaching.

True Blue: The Oxford Boat Race Mutiny by Daniel Topolski with Patrick Robinson
 True Blue: The Oxford Boat Race Mutiny by Daniel Topolski with Patrick Robinson

In 1973 he was Oxford’s chief coach for the first time. His hand was held by George Harris, boatbuilder and Christ Church boatman for almost 50 years, whose garden gate fronted on the river. “He knew what good rowing was, he was a good waterman,” Harris said, “but the biggest thing about him was that he could tear a strip off any man in the crew and I could guarantee that five minutes after insulting a man right down to the ground there would be no bad feeling.”

That year Dan sent what he described as a fantastic crew to their doom by failing to fit aerofoil outriggers suitable for rough water. The boat filled up in minutes and lost by 13 lengths. “I have kept a photograph of their half-submerged despair as they struggled bravely but vainly under Hammersmith bridge, to remind me never to underestimate the powers of the tideway in belligerent mood,” Dan wrote years later. Despite being a seat-of-the-pants operator who set out before making a travel plan, Dan never again lost his grip on detail, or experimented without proven result.

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In Dan’s day, Boat Race crews were coached by a succession of amateurs invited to do so by the incoming president. The Oxford mutiny of 1987 buried this system, but until then Dan was an able ringmaster, recruiting a stable of assistants who covered technique, tactics, combativeness and refinement. Dan’s talents included an analytical eye for faults and strengths, an understanding of crew psychology, a hunger for winning and the ability to role-play where a crucial ingredient was lacking. Graeme Hall, a Cambridge oarsman who beat him and coached against him – and rowed with him in GB crews – observed that Dan did not recognise training. “He didn’t train. He only raced,” Hall said.

Dan won a silver medal in Britain’s lightweight four at the world championships in 1975, a Henley medal with TSS in 1976, and a gold medal in Britain’s lightweight eight in Amsterdam in 1977, by a margin of seven-hundredths of a second. He returned to the scene of his triumph to present the medals for this event at last year’s world championships. From 1978 until 1980 he was chief coach of Britain’s women for the Moscow Olympics. The cox Susan Brown was a member of that team and in 1981 became the first woman to steer in the Boat Race.

Off the water, Dan turned his hand to journalism. After graduation he became an assistant producer on Late Night Line-Up at the BBC and undertook travel expeditions, including six months in Africa and a visit to South America where he was jailed briefly in a clampdown on foreigners when the president of Nicaragua was assassinated.

In 1990 Dan joined the BBC’s commentary team and gave viewers a calm, articulate analysis of racing while Garry Herbert looked after the superlatives in a great partnership. Dan also wrote about rowing for the Evening Standard and from 1991 until 2012 for the Observer. He was elected a steward of Henley Royal Regatta in 1991, was the British Association of Rowing Journalists’ journalist of the year in 2012, and was made an honorary fellow of New College in 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Suzy (nee Gilmore), whom he married in 1998, their children, Emma, Tamsin and Luke, and his sister, Teresa.

 Daniel Topolski, rower, coach and broadcaster, born 4 June 1945; died 21 February 2015

Posted by: nickwardscenarios | January 28, 2015

Balcombe anti-fracking campaigner overturns obstruction conviction

Balcombe anti-fracking campaigner overturns obstruction conviction.

Posted by: nickwardscenarios | January 8, 2015

Nick Ward (aka Banjo Nick) versus Cambridge University Boat Clubs

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/8216-Peaceful-8217-environmental-activist-Nick/story-25811951-detail/story.htmlhtml

By email to Cambridge University Boat Club President with subject line: Concrete pontoon flooded last night

But Teddy Bear survived with a wet backside. Removing the Pirate Flag, the jolly roger, jeapodised Ted. The flag pole was extra security if aryldite fur to concrete failed. I have wired him down and he is now flying improvised CUBC Surrender flag. Please use your brains. If you remove the little white flag please leave the stick for it is saving Ted from disappearing into Ouse. 


Note properly light blue nose. High time Cambridge got over the mistaken pot of green paint and restored Light Blue as blade colours. 

Also get over recruiting 2000m international athletes brainwashed to have no understanding of natural waterways. No wonder there were no objections from a class of rowers whose closed sport requires environmentally destructive multi million pound rowing ponds which ensure that poor countries cannot compete. 

Boatrace requires long distances on the river. 2000m style erging sessions little application. 

What is maximum pressure? Impossible to define mentally. Hence four stroke cycle application. 4th stroke is Max. 

Your reputation for appalling arrogance is with everyone I speak to. Refusing photo session with excellent Cam News photographer. 

Store your boats in Ely. Remove rowing machines. Row. 

And use all of budget on insane boathouse carpark! Gym to restore riverbank. 

And make public announcement asap

Who got the kickbacks? How were councillors bribed? Resignations must follow. 

Fast 

Posted by: nickwardscenarios | December 24, 2014

action in Ely yesterday

Originally posted on Nick Ward Scenarios:

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Banjo Nick ‘Good luck Cambridge’ I yelled at the entire squad including boatman and coaches as they disembarked, ‘you’re going to need it because you have wrecked our riverbank’. Silence on the Ouse. I continued ‘you could have built it right here there is the space shame Cambridge. Shame!’ Little hexed. I think Oxford will win and the pointless eco-vandalism will be halted. Otherwise they might never win again and that could get a bit boring for thamesis. Timing was perfect. Entire squad. Feeling a bit cursed. Not too cursed. No one gets hurt except the wild animals and birds that have existed on unbuilt upon Ouse downstream of Ely for centuries. One building means there will be another. That’s what filthy money buys. Oxford to win is my tip. Get your tenner on Sarah London fleetwitch
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Posted by: nickwardscenarios | November 22, 2014

is the BBC invested in toxic fracking shale via Peel Holdings?

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Email from Complaints BBC Radio 4. And my response.
To: today.complaints@bbc.co.uk
Sent: Sat, Nov 22, 2014 12:24 GMT
Subject: RE: BBC TodayPeel Holdings, BBC’s landlord is heavily invested in toxic fracking in response to your first ‘no’Fracking vote on BBC The One Show NOW…. – BIFF ! (Britain …
https://www.facebook.com/britainandirelandfrackfree/…/83235118012424…Not bad after shameless BBC/Peel Holdings/Frack Dealer propaganda.

In response to your second ‘no’ I do not believe that Justin Webb’s handling of the Dyson interview suggests that he is aware of the great outcry against the lies told about chemical contamination.
For the BBC to be continuing to talk of ‘sand and water’ is at best negligent at worst a flagrent refusal to alter the pro fracking language they were using sept 2013 when I was arrested at Balcombe.

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On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 15:57 GMT Today Complaints wrote:

>In answer to your questions. No, the BBC is not invested in fracking, and we reject your assertion that Justin Webb is “stubbornly devoted to the process.”
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>Best wishes
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Sarah London Lol the BBC get antsy poor old Justin Webb…. such a bland man!
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Banjo Nick Poor old Justin Webb is a junk economics peddling fossil fuel junkie. This toxic fracking scandal is breaking big time and beeb are up to their licence-fee subsidised gills in it Sarah London nature witch of magical hidden fleet. Boris wants to frack London. Lol
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action in Ely yesterday

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Banjo Nick ‘Good luck Cambridge’ I yelled at the entire squad including boatman and coaches as they disembarked, ‘you’re going to need it because you have wrecked our riverbank’. Silence on the Ouse. I continued ‘you could have built it right here there is the space shame Cambridge. Shame!’ Little hexed. I think Oxford will win and the pointless eco-vandalism will be halted. Otherwise they might never win again and that could get a bit boring for thamesis. Timing was perfect. Entire squad. Feeling a bit cursed. Not too cursed. No one gets hurt except the wild animals and birds that have existed on unbuilt upon Ouse downstream of Ely for centuries. One building means there will be another. That’s what filthy money buys. Oxford to win is my tip. Get your tenner on Sarah London fleetwitch
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Banjo Nick Now to the station. Job done.
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Banjo Nick I’ll copy and paste last bit and send it via email. I ain’t hiding!x
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Banjo Nick Sent: Thu, Nov 20, 2014 19:21 GMT
Subject: shorthand cubc, Stopping Grangemouth poison my focusTrees have been felled senior dog walkers informed me delighted that I am making protest.
Stop it. Make it a protected zone care of Cambridge University. Build between Stuntney Bridge and railway bridge downstream. Plenty of spaces. This will be immensely popular with majority of locals and as a rower, as a crew, you will have a feel-good buz which will manifest in a huge surge of collective power as you pass the Grandstand. A great race. Resposibility for ethical code may not win races but to knowingly allow this building to proceed, in the knowledgd that I am fighting for Ouse, will indeed hex u. In 1987 Topolsky’s Oxford won because they read the river. They were of a mind to read the river because they took a stand.

Grangemouth. Employ every single worker in Scottish Renewables and turn down the 500 million destined to pollute our aquifers our streams our rivers. It is ecocidal.

Added Christmas Eve:


  • And we need to drum anti-clashing into coxes otherwise the crew with laminated oars will simply smash their way to victory. Waste of a race. 



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  • Sent: Wed, Dec 24, 2014 15:15 GMT
  • Subject: FW: Re: FW: CUBC destruction of Ouse riverbank update


    Topoloski 87. 

    Good location for a banner Mike and tent occupation. Thinking about it. In the mood for painting and river gazing. Could do a tie in with Ely Standard maybe. 

    Great support locally to stop this. Spirit of anti-abventurers which Cromwell Lord of The Fens then recruited. Simply by undercutting the tithe taxation rate. !




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    From: banjo nick
  • Sent: Wed, Dec 24, 2014 15:04 GMT
    Subject: Re: FW: CUBC destruction of Ouse riverbank update


    Just getting a photographic record of the damage to riverbank as soon as possible. 

    I am hoping of course that Cambridge University have stopped this wanton destruction. And that makes a great story to. A much happier story. 

    Obviously the best outcome is a Conservation Zone and investment along those lines and from the Boatrace perspective an agreed building zone between the bridges. I don’t know the ins and outs of the lease on CUBC boatshed on current site but note there is room for expansion. 

    Wining Boatrace crews don’t need anything more than as space to rack boats with minimum fuss. All other training needs can be met elsewhere. But yes plenty of rack space for fleets of sculling boats essential

    Boatrace thrives on human interest stories as Topoloski knows having seen off the american mutiny of 88

    Maybe see you for Swamp Brothers New Year Eve gig at 6 Bells Mike



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    > Can Cambridge News provide photographer for this story which the vast
    > majority of Ely locals will support.
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    > No doubt national interest will follow close to Boatrace Day.
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    > Warm regards, in fury!
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    > Nick
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    > Founder Greenwise (copied in)
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> Sent: Tue, Dec 23, 2014 12:55 GMT

> Subject: CUBC destruction of Ouse riverbank update
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> Last Thursday
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> It is a terrible sight. A real mess. Concrete pontoon has been driven into
> river bank destroying ecosystem continuity. The only building on the river
> bank between rail bridge and footbridge to Roswell Pits. Dog walkers
> furious.
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> Trees felled.
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> However I noted that the crane has gone.
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> This must be stopped. It is a terrible precident.
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> I am devastated to see the riverbank of my youth molested in this way.
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> I remind CUBC that it was as a direct result of my intervention as a 15
> year old single sculler unable to get my boat out of kse boatshed that led
> to the great Alf Twinn taking up my case with my father re lease for
> current boathouse.
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> Who took this decision?
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> It simply must stop. And serious money must be spent to put it right.
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> That will mean tree planting and very sensitive replanting of riverbank
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> The publicity will be easy to generate.
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> More than fair warning CUBC
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> Stuart, can Professor Rackham be persuaded to make an indendent assessment
> of damage done?
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