31st March 2011 website discovery of the day is http://resurrectingkali.wordpress.com/author/resurrectingkali/
very intelligent, passionate, engaged writing on this Kali-blog, from Clarissa Yaotl…I assume!
added 27th April: Source: Hubblesite.org
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Anna Chapman, chief Russian Nick Ward Scenarios muse
‘Now it’ll be part of my job on the board to make sure that the money is spent wisely and widely, and isn’t swallowed by administration (which, in the case of Mercury, currently comprises two part-time employees). That is, of course, also the next step for the Arts Council itself, which is also being forced to shave its own running cost.’… yes, yes, yes, Mark – and I’m sure you will…and by the way with ref to yesterday I can spell ‘artist’ – defining one, of course, is a lot more difficult than defining ‘administration’. The theatre is plagued by administrators who swallow huge lumps of public subsidy and do very little to engineer alternative production models – artist-freindly production models – like the simple ‘top-up’ to benefits I have been proposing for some years. Good coverage, Mark.
By nick.ward on March 31, 2011 6:59 PM
I can also spell ‘friendly’!
Incidently, the world of professional, subsidised, sports development…. The difference, of course, between top artists and top athletes is that a gold medal means more than an Olivier or Oscar because subjectivity doesn’t come in to it.
Published on Nick Ward Scenarios on 30th March (for Caroline Lucas), concerning, surely, one of the greatest environmental challenge of our times – the re-building of London’s sewage system to avoid the direct polluting of the Thames at times of heavy rain. (Another is the ongoing, globally polluting, leaking of highly radio-active sea-water into the ocean at Fukushima, Japan. Parenthesis added April 04 2011).
Caroline, I was delighted to see that the Boatrace BBC TV team brought the antequated Thames sewerage flood-time disgrace to the attention of a rumoured 120 million tv viewers in around 18o countries. That is great broadcasting. Shame the race was so dull.
I can handle meetings.
On behalf of the long-term environmental protection of the Thames.
Sent this Boatrace feedback to Dad – and copied in The President of Cambridge University Boat Club and my marathon sculling coach (and coaching mentor) Laurie Anderson at the West Australian Sculling Academy.
Thank you for writing about the Boatrace – I couldn’t agree more. Cambridge seemed ‘complacent’ : slack in training and lacking in discipline. I would often pass by the Goldie boathouse and see individuals erging with music blaring and others loafing about. The Oxford coach’s very strict approach – an approach which does not involve wanting to be liked by the crew – will always win through. I am also a little concerned that Oxford are using the ‘four-stroke cycle’ and mantra-practice and Cambridge are not! Both crews were rowing too short – or at least rowing according to current 2000m orthodoxy – and the Boatrace is not 2000m as we know – they should be swinging the bodies more on that stretch of river. That’s why Cambridge won last year – so very, very, disappointing – and I hope it is not going to usher in a series of Oxford-led processions. I really did believe that last year signalled a winning streak for the Light Blues.
Oh, well, as you say, Cambridge deserved to lose, lose, lose: Goldie lost and the women lost.
Natalie Redgrave and Oxford’s victorious women at Henley – high time the Womens’ Boatrace is played out on the Tideway on the same day and over the same course as the men, is my view.
Gold for Iran (Shadi Naghadeh) in Belarus and Persian beauties (for memories of helping out with the Oxford Womens’ Squad in 2007 – and some very technical writing on core-stability)
Could also include a Championship Course Professional battle for Single Scullers.
Here’s to a change of attitude!
N Ward photo by H Ward (2009)
Scenarios (if you wish to jump to the technical stuff)
I also attach the blog that I happen to know has been studied very carefully by the Oxford coaching team, including wily old Topolski! – and good old Laurie in Oz who I also copy in.
added 2nd April 2011
Subject: On Daniel Topolski (for my father)
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2011 10:40:45 +0000
For some time now I’ve been meaning to jot down some memories and connected thoughts on the subject of Daniel Topolski and The Boatrace.
This first attempt will probably serve to prompt further research as I’m writing from memories which stretch way back to those happy hours spent with you and Mike Thorn in the Westminster School Boat House. The last time I saw Mike was in 2007 – he was coxing a tub quad scull between Putney and St Paul’s – I was enjoying my first outing in Miranda, the beautiful Sims wooden shell I rowed as Boatman at Furnivall (or did Miranda come later?). As I was overtaking him I said ‘Are you Mike Thorn?’ – (knowing he was because he’s hardly changed!) and he said ‘Yes’… ‘Do you remember me?’. ‘No!’… (a good boatman always says ‘no!’ first and ‘yes!’ later) ‘What year did Red Rum win the Grand National?’… ‘Send my regards to Hubert’ – came the reply – and the information about which Putney pub to find him for a drink…
its a start anyway
Subject: FW: On Daniel Topolski (for my father) – part 2
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2011 11:07:41 +0000
let’s jump forward to 1976 when I had the pleasure of holding Topolski’s rigger as he embarked from The King’s College Boat Club, Cambridge, river frontage – for an epic chase of Chris Baillieu in the Scullers’ Head of Cam – he didn’t catch him but he made him work – giving away how many stones – 4? Great technical sculling? Perhaps not great – but supreme mental focus – and how competitive? Absolutely. Or was it 1977?
Chris Baillieu? What’s he up to? The same year, anyway, that I couldn’t get my scull out of the King’s Ely Boatshed because the CUBC eights were wedged up against the sculling racks. A quiet word with Alf Twin. Alf Twin goes ballistic with the coxes and crews -‘ You do not block the way of a single sculler!’ – and that led to the new facility – the new CUBC Ely boatshed – during those long, bleak, losing years to come. The Topolski years.
What year was your famous letter to The Times suggesting London University should be allowed to row in the Boatrace to make more of a race of it? Co-written with the Bishop of Ely?
Memory is a strange business.
I recommend this yoga site for convincing explanations of why mantra-mediation generates power and endurance: http://www.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/padmasambhava and, above all, become the peace of mind of an emmanating Buddha… or just win that Gold medal first and become an emmanating Buddha later to put it in language even the young fellow-dyslexic Steve Redgrave might have responded to!
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‘Kali’ (2010, water-colour, ink, acrylic on 4xA4 card), by Nick Ward
The Goddess Kali is something else! In Indian transcendental-ritual practice she represents some pretty shattering metaphysical concepts like 1. Creation 2. Preservation 3. Dissolution. My personal tantric practice is heavily into ‘ritual’ activity – this painting is a good example. I finished it this morning to the ironic and laid-back sounds of Alex Lester’s 2am – 5am BBC Radio 2 slot having woken from a full-on dream of my mother (who died in 2005) – suffice to say, in the dream she was very much alive and in the course of the dream died in a rowing boat in a rough sea. Alone. The black parts of the painting are my own hand-prints. I’ll come back to Kali.
The infastructure is in place, Mr Shepard.
We’ll also be making great movies in the tried and trusted way with huge stars who see the back-end sense in what I’m proposing.
They’ll be getting the best scripts for one thing.
John Dee, originator of ‘Director’s Theatre’?
Boccaccio’s Decameron (1996), adapted and directed by Nick Ward, original photographs by my Portobello Road cafe-haunting friend, artist Michael Woods.
Miriam Asharki, pictured above at The Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, 1996 – me, on the right
added May 15 2013
Date: Wednesday, 3 April, 2013, 14:06
Your astute comments ref this year’s race have given me pause to remember how infrequently oars would class and how nervously anxious I would become on behalf of my love of the Boatrace. Scullers learn early how dangerous clashes are – remember how I was tipped out by Wooley as I overtook him in Bedford with snow on the bank in April. Yet mastery of this form of battle is one of the keys to good watermanship. So is saving lives or doing everything the Thames has taught us to prevent their loss.
Last year I wrote that avoiding clashes should be ‘drummed into the coxes’. Your email has served to alert me to the fact that infrigements of another boat’s water rarely favour aggressor. Scullers do it with a scalpel.
The BBC trailor was crap. Oars clashing and a surfing eights – a truly terrible example of what happens when the danger-mongers in the BBC (Oxford?) media team give free reign to non rowing graphics ‘experts’. Highly paid.
Your understanding of the Putney-Hammermsith stretch reminds me that you were one hell of a starter, by all accounts.
Please forgive my decision to forward this exchange in the interests of this wonderful debate.
From: Nick Ward
Date: Tuesday, 2 April, 2013, 15:46
It was a poor start from Cambridge, I agree… and they could not afford that.
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antitheatre 1 2013 (detail).
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From: HUBERT WARD Date: Tuesday, 2 April, 2013, 15:20
a brave effort from Cambridge against an Oxford crew which beat the GB 8 which won the World Cup.
Great coxing from Cambridge – but note that Oxford put in the winning push at exactly the point where the mad swimmer destroyed last year’s race… just as Pinsent warned Cambridge!
Oxford psycholgically superior on the day, again.
Great race Dad – Oxford worthy winners
Not the time for too much critical feedback but CUBC had a slight wobble on entry – worth aprox 3-4 lengths in my opinion – this might have been as a result of tandem rig. I continue to believe that both crews are rowing with 2000m technique! Lets have some length.
Isis finish was historic – Oxford are fitter, that is clear.