Posted by: nickwardscenarios | September 6, 2012

Squeaky the Black Swan, part 2


Butcher Cherel Janangoo c 1920-2009. Skin Group. Jangkarti. Country. Jalnganjoowa. Language. Gooniyandi / Kija. photo from
text extract from:
January 26, 2011

Black Swan on the Cam, ‘Wheel’ and a Polish Poet…

Consciousness cannot comprehend both the seer and the self at the same time. It cannot comprehend subject-object, observer-observed, or actor-witness, whereas the seer can.

B.K.S. Iyengar: Light on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. P.268 (HarperCollinsPublishers – Thorson’s 2002)

footnote added 6th September 2012

The black swan featured in this blog is now at Swan Rescue, Chertsey, Walton-on-Thames.

‘Blackie’ on the Cam 1 (6/2/2011)



Thanks to Queen’s College Boatman, Paul,  who found ‘Squeaky’ (as he likes to call him/her) in a dehydrated and poisoned state by the side of Jesus College Boat Club having been mauled, he speculates, by a dog.  He can’t be sure of the exact date but it must have been soon after the nickwardscenarios posting in January 2011.

He took the dying bird to the vets in Cherry Hinton and was told Squeaky could not be treated under RSPA charitable guidelines because black swans are  not an indiginous species to the British Isles – so Paul stumped up  the £500 necessary to save the bird out of his own pocket.

Paul is a regular at The Green Dragon – one of my favourite Cambridge pubs – with an expansive beer garden stretching down to the river. After playing him a few tunes with Duds from Cambridge 105 Radio yesterday evening – including Duelling Banjos, he offered to supervise my first outing in a sculling boat since autumn 2010 (in his capacity as Captain of Hornets Boat Club).

The boat he allocated me is stored in Queen’s College Boat Club and is privately owned; the black blades with two yellow stripes belong to Paul. The boat is a wide-bellied ‘tracer’ (which comes in kit form – ‘Stitch In Time’ – and was built by Paul’s mate Andy Nicol).

Very comfortable to row – and I had no complaints about the way Paul has it rigged. I did a few exercises, like spinning the boat fast, with Paul watching and he gave me a proficiency nod, took a few snaps, and headed back into his workshop saying, ‘row as far as you want.’

Paul, in his competitive sculling days was a member of Poplar Rowing Club on the Isle of Dogs (and still is) and Walton Rowing Club. This weekend he is helping to organise the annual Cambridge University-hosted training camp for Thames Apprentice Waterman (Doggett’s Coat and Badge contenders), who this year, in a break with recent Corpus Christi College traditition, will be hosted by Fitzwilliam College. He is happy to support the idea that I might, with the Queen’s College BC Captain’s approval, offer a session of sculling coaching once a week in return for use of a College fine boat to coach from – and explains that this will require Queens College BC membership for insurance reasons. The best set-up I can imagine should I find myself enjoying being back in a boat again in the next few weeks… judging by the lovely high after this morning’s short paddle I think I will.

Next outing tomorrow, mid-morning.

Isle of Dogs, Paul’s patch – Tuesday afternoon with Aunt Margaret and Angus

Thank you, Paul. This arrangement suits me  – happy to be a guest sculler with Hornets Boat Club, Cambridge – with the goal of sculling on the Thames again before long.

Angus, the springer spaniel.

Mo Razak, reconnective healer, Paul’s Kiosk, Isle of Dogs

another of my favourite Cambridge riverside pubs is The Boathouse, pictured here in the early spring:

Posted by: nickwardscenarios | March 14, 2012

painting by the river

painting  ’5′-10 in the beer-garden of  The Boathouse by the Cam



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