World Cup winner Phil Vickery

first_imgThe former England prop on cooking, claustrophobia and losing his cool at the wicket What’s the best thing you’ve won in a raffle? I never win anything! Actually, I won a necklace at a charity event.Who’d be your three dream dinner party guests? Clint Eastwood is a hero of mine. I watched all his spaghetti westerns as a kid. I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I’d love to meet Barack Obama. I’d love to have a brew with him.And if you talk about people you could have proper conversations with, you could talk honestly and openly, I’d love to know what was going on in Maggie Thatcher’s brain.Getting an invite: former US president Barack Obama would be on Vickery’s guest list (Getty Images)What’s the most memorable headline you’ve seen about yourself? I think it was in The Times. There was a picture of me holding two pigs on the family farm with the headline The Dude from Bude. Dude? I’m the most unsurfy person! I saw that recently, I was looking through some scrapbooks that Mum kept.Who in your career would you love to have seen get a chance at Test level?Mark Cornwell (Gloucester second-row) deserved a cap, although I’d never tell him that! Centre Joe Ewens as well. At Wasps, John Hart and Richard Birkett were unbelievable players.What’s the best book you’ve read? It’s a bit controversial because of what’s happened to him since but It’s Not About The Bike by Lance Armstrong. I know the guy used drugs and everything about it is wrong, but he still had to peddle the thing. Drugs or no drugs, it’s wow.How has the pandemic impacted on your leisurewear business Raging Bull? Online we’re actually trading really well. Covid has made us all reassess how we do things. The spirit and resilience of the people around me has blown me away. And you have a new venture…Yeah, since winning MasterChef in 2011 I’ve done cooking demos, shows, a lot of promotional work. I love food, it’s the farmer in me. A friend and I decided to open a restaurant in Cheltenham. Covid put that on hold but we recently launched a ‘click and collect’ service (, taking what we can from the menu. Good British food.Related: Phil Vickery joins the restaurant tradeDo you have any future goals?I’m bloody ambitious and anything’s possible. I did a fantastic business course last year on leadership and mindset and a can-do attitude. It’s also being a better husband, a better dad, a better guy. At the same time it’s about being me. Being me is alright! LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Downtime with… World Cup winner Phil VickeryWhat’s the funniest thing you’ve heard on the pitch? Wasps were playing Newcastle at Adams Park, just after the 2007 World Cup. This young lad, a back-rower, was calling me fat this and fat that, all the usual stuff. He kept on and on.It got to the point, we were stood at a lineout and he was still going on. I said, “For f**k’s sake, if I knew your name I’d give you some banter back!” His team wet themselves. But I genuinely didn’t know who he was!Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with? I’d love to meet Billy Connolly, I really would. Yes, he’s a comedian but he’s a story teller. I’ve pretty much watched everything he’s done. You connect with him. He doesn’t look for the magic, it’s just there. He finds normal people magic.Do you have any phobias? I wouldn’t say I freak out but I’m a bit claustrophobic. Like getting in a lift with a lot of people or getting on the Tube when it’s busy.How did you get your Raging Bull nickname? In 1997 I played for an ERP (English Rugby Partnership) XV against the All Blacks at Ashton Gate. I was up against Bull Allen and someone asked Clive Woodward, “How do you think the young guy got on against the Bull?”He said, “We’ve got our own bull, the Raging Bull.” And it stuck from that.What’s your most embarrassing moment? I don’t actually get really embarrassed. I don’t mind making myself look silly or doing anything crazy, it doesn’t particularly bother me.But there was a charity cricket match a couple of years ago, I was playing for Lady Bathurst at Cirencester. I opened the batting and said to the opposition, “Go steady, I’ve not played cricket for years.”This long-haired supermodel comes running down and whacks one at me. Next ball, he does it again. I walked down the wicket and said, “Do that again and I’ll snap your neck.”He started laughing, then he put one down again. I chased him with a cricket bat. A bit of the Raging Bull coming out of me! But I had warned him. He overstepped the mark.Putting bat to ball: Vickery shows off his cricketing skills on the beach ahead of RWC 2003 (Getty Images)What really annoys you? Bad manners. Not responding. It costs nothing to say hello or good morning or thank you.If your house was on fire, what one item would you save? Family pictures. Of my grandparents, Kate and the kids.What would be your Mastermind specialist subject? Cattle artificial insemination. Bet they’ve never had that on the show before. I’m a qualified cattle inseminator, though I’d have do a refresher course now.What’s the silliest thing you’ve bought? When I was about 20, I bought a Jag XK convertible. I thought, ‘Wow, this is amazing’. But it was useless, you couldn’t fit anything in it. I was a 125kg front-row forward. If I had a bad time with my back, it took me longer to get in and out the car than it did to get to where I was going. That and the fuel bill. Champions! Phil Vickery of England poses with the Webb Ellis Cup in 2003 (Getty Images) This article originally appeared in the July 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

South Sudan’s first Episcopal radio station named in honor of…

first_imgSouth Sudan’s first Episcopal radio station named in honor of Mothers’ Union president Posted Feb 12, 2019 [Anglican Communion News Service] The Central Equatoria internal province has established the first Episcopal radio station in South Sudan’s capital, Juba. It has been named to honor the tremendous role played bySarah Meling, the first provincial president of the Mothers’ Union who served what was then the Episcopal Church of Sudan from 1985. The station is Sit Sarah Radio 98.1FM – the word “Sit” is coined from an Arabic word meaning Madam.Read the full article here. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Women’s Ministry Featured Events Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Smithfield, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Anglican Communion, In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Sudan & South Sudan, Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit an Event Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Press Release Service Course Director Jerusalem, Israel center_img Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Collierville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Tags Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Press Release Africa, Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Music Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Albany, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC last_img read more

Oxfam raises £40,000 by recycling used printer cartridges

first_imgLaserXchange offers a Freepost inkjet cartridge collection box or bag, or a Freepost label for smaller quantities of inkjet cartridges. They do not accept Epson inkjet cartridges. Oxfam raised £40,000 last year because its supporters sent their used printer catridges off for recycling.This was an increase on the £36,000 that was raised by the initiative during 2002.Oxfam works with recycling company LaserXchange to generate funds from donated used cartridges. The company donates £2.50 to Oxfam for every used laser cartridge, and £1 for every suitable inkjet cartridge. Advertisement  127 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Oxfam raises £40,000 by recycling used printer cartridges Howard Lake | 5 February 2004 | Newscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Research / statistics Trading About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Holy Family Church: A Season of Mercy and A Celebration of Jesus… God’s Gift of Love

first_img Subscribe 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Come on over and join in the fun at Holy Family Church (Connolly Hall), on Monday, December 7th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Come celebrate Jesus, God’s gift of love and model of mercy! Participants will share dinner, “our faith”, games, laughter and fun. A family focused evening at $5 per guest.Unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, to be observed December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016! On the eve before the doors of mercy open even wider for the People of God, the parish is throwing an advent celebration to prepare everyone’s hearts for Jesus, who Himself is the mercy of God!RSVP is required for this celebration since it has filled the hall each year. RSVP to Colette Villegas, DRE at [email protected] or Megan Colburn at [email protected] Family Church, 1301 Rollins St., South Pasadena, (626) 403-6118 or visit Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeauty Faith & Religion Events Holy Family Church: A Season of Mercy and A Celebration of Jesus… God’s Gift of Love Article and Photo courtesy of HOLY FAMILY CHURCH Published on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 3:42 pm Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Two bridges closed east of Midland

first_imgLocal News By admin – January 16, 2018 Twitter Facebook Two bridges east of Midland have been closed due to severe damage from an oversized load, believed to be caused by the same person.Both the Business Interstate 20 west interchange bridge over I-20 at mile markers 154 and 155 on the west side of Stanton and the bridge carrying County Road 1150 across I-20 east of Midland, according to a Texas Department of Transportation news release.TxDOT Spokesman Gene Powell Jr. added that the westbound driving lanes at both locations are also closed due to loosened concrete debris.Powell said the Department of Public Safety caught the person who caused the damage to both bridges Monday, and will try to recoup money for damages, but could not release information on who that person was.This is the fourth bridge hit in the past four or five days, Powell said, as State Highway 307 had a bridge hit Sunday with minor damage, and the same Stanton interchange had minor damages Thursday or Friday.The damage to the Stanton bridge is severe, Powell said, and will be closed for several weeks or months, and the Tank Farm bridge will be evaluated later this week.There are no estimates for the damage to any of the bridge hits yet, Powell added. Twitter Previous articlePolice charge couple with child endangermentNext articleDetention center officer charged after reportedly assaulting wife admin WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Two bridges closed east of Midlandlast_img read more

Clay Hill Church given new life after renovation

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories “I don’t have a real family connection to Clay Hill Church but I am connected,” said Renfroe, who is deeply rooted in Pike County and feels a strong connection to the people and places of the county.Renfroe’s connection to the church is through his aunt Betty Hixon, whose great-grandparents, Emanuel Eli Deese and Elizabeth Deese are buried in the church cemetery.Churches were extremely important to the life of small communities following the Civil War and the people of the Pronto community came together in an effort to raise the money to build Clay Hill Church back.“A large pledge was needed to get the construction underway and nobody had much money,” Renfroe said. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen Clay Hill Church given new life after renovation “Eli Deese upped and pledged $300, which would have been many thousands of dollars in today’s money.The story is that, on the way home, his wife, Elizabeth, asked him where he was going to get the money.She said, ‘We haven’t got it,’ and Eli said that, to get things going, somebody had to make a pledge. ‘The Lord will provide.’”The Lord did provide and Clay Hill Church served the community for nearly 100 years as a church home to the people of the Pronto area.Clay Hill Church is the site of the Old Christmas service of scripture and songs held annually on January 6 and The Gathering, an old-time, meetinghouse service, from time to time.The upkeep of the historic church is dependent on donations and offerings taken at the church services.The church building was in need of some rather extensive repairs and, as Eli Deese once said, the Lord did provide.At his death, Joe Sneed left money to Clay Hill Church and, through is generosity, the money needed for the repairs was provided.“Several members of the Sneed family are buried at Clay Hill Cemetery,” Renfroe said.“Joe Sneed often attended Old Christmas services at the church and he was very interested in the upkeep of the church and the cemetery.I think he would be pleased with the work that has been done.’Renfroe said his hopes are that now Clay Hill Church will be used more often so that people of all ages can know how people worshiped in years past and gain a great understanding of and appreciation for the old time religion. Email the author Published 8:08 pm Monday, November 26, 2012 You Might Like Familiar musician featured in new Lincoln movie “Lincoln,” the historical drama film directed and produced b Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln and Sally… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Clay Hill Church is an outreach church of Brundidge United Methodist Church where Renfroe and his family are members.Time and weather had worn taken a toll on the historic church that was built in 1875.The original church building was destroyed during the Civil War and it was through the dedicated efforts of the community that another church building was constructed. By Jaine Treadwell Skip Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Historic Clay Hill Church in the Pronto area of Pike County has been given a new lease on life.“Hopefully, now the church will stand for many more years but, then, it will be up to another generation,” Don Renfroe said with a smile.Renfroe is spearheading the renovation project with Ben English as his right-hand man. Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Divergent transcriptomic responses to repeated and single cold exposures in Drosophila melanogaster

first_imgInsects in the field are exposed to multiple bouts of cold, and there is increasing evidence that the fitness consequences of repeated cold exposure differ from the impacts of a single cold exposure. We tested the hypothesis that different kinds of cold exposure (in this case, single short, prolonged and repeated cold exposure) would result in differential gene expression. We exposed 3 day old adult female wild-type Drosophila melanogaster (Diptera: Drosophilidae) to –0.5°C for a single 2 h exposure, a single 10 h exposure, or five 2 h exposures on consecutive days, and extracted RNA after 6 h of recovery. Global gene expression was quantified using an oligonucleotide microarray and validated with real-time PCR using different biological replicates. We identified 76 genes upregulated in response to multiple cold exposure, 69 in response to prolonged cold exposure and 20 genes upregulated in response to a single short cold exposure, with a small amount of overlap between treatments. Three genes – Turandot A, Hephaestus and CG11374 – were upregulated in response to all three cold exposure treatments. Key functional groups upregulated include genes associated with muscle structure and function, the immune response, stress response, carbohydrate metabolism and egg production. We conclude that cold exposure has wide-ranging effects on gene expression in D. melanogaster and that increased duration or frequency of cold exposure has impacts different to those of a single short cold exposure. This has important implications for extrapolating laboratory studies of insect overwintering that are based on only a single cold exposure.last_img read more

Ox Hub moves in

first_imgThe Oxford Hub, the organization that acts as the focal point for the university’s charitable activities and volunteering, is seeking to acquire property on Turl Street to be used as its central venue.The building will be used to “house a cafe-bar-restaurant, hold events, incubate projects, provide training for volunteers, be a venue for like-minded charitably-inclined people to hang out, and a place where students can come to find out more about the issues that really matter to the local, national and international communities.”Although Hannah MacDiarmid, OxHub President, sent out a message earlier in the week saying that the charity group is planning on buying the new venue, it has now been confirmed that they are looking to obtain the lease instead.If OxHub is successful in its bid, the first floor of the venue will be dedicated to catering facilities, providing “high quality, ethically produced, affordable food.”There are plans to include breakfast service, lunch, café service and evening dining and drinking. The rest of the venue space is to be used as “overspill for the cafe, providing informal workspace during the day” which would transition into a lounge bar in the evening.O’Boyle is hoping that the revenue from these catering facilities “would generate the necessary funds” to pay for the lease.“We really do think this will raise awareness of the Hub’s work and hope it will significantly improve town-gown relations by increasing the number of student volunteers involved with our projects and therefore making a positive contribution to the local community. “We’re very excited about the venture so are doing all we can to put a winning bid together.”Students have also expressed their enthusiasm for the idea. Claire Wright, a second-year student at Univ believes that this is “the most exciting Oxford project I’ve heard of yet.”A microwebsite has been set up in order to promote the project, as well as a facebook group.last_img read more

Oteil Burbridge Releases Magical Studio Record “Water In The Desert” [Stream]

first_imgOteil Burbridge‘s long-awaited studio record, Water In The Desert, is here. The album was produced by David Ryan Harris (who spent much of 2017 on the road with John Mayer), and features some of Burbridge’s favorite players, including brother Kofi Burbridge on keys, Lil’ John Roberts and Sean O’Rourke on drums, Mark Rivers and Alfreda Gerald on vocals, Dave Yoke on guitar and Miguel Atwood Ferguson on strings.“I started writing the songs on this record about ten years ago,” says Burbridge, two-time Grammy-winning bassist, in a statement. “They are all songs about love in some way; finding out how to love yourself, hoping that another loved one will love you just as you are, believing in someone when they find it hard to believe in themselves, love gone wrong, or finally finding the “perfect fit.” I feel like every problem we have on earth in some way comes back to the lack of love. That’s really what this record is about.”“Let Oteil Sing” Campaign Brings $4K To The Gorilla Doctors Following Dead & Co’s 2017 Summer TourWith elements of funk, soul, jazz, and beyond, the concept of love is beautifully executed on the 9-track record. Even better, Oteil is bringing the music on the road with him next month for a mini Oteil & Friends tour. During his time off from Dead & Company, the bassist will be joined by JGB keyboardist Melvin Seals, Lettuce/Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik, Primus/RatDog/Electric Beethoven drummer Jay Lane, former Nth Power and current Trombone Shorty percussionist Weedie Braimah, and vocalist Alfreda Gerald for a 9-date tour this November.While Oteil & Friends were previously slated to perform a sold-out show at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on November 9, the show was rescheduled for Dead & Company’s appearance at Band Together: Benefit Concert For North Bay Fire Relief.You can purchase Oteil Burbridge’s fantastic new record, Water In The Desert, on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, and listen to it below on Spotify:Oteil & Friends 2017 Tour October 31 — The Ardmore Music Hall; PANovember 1 — Pour House; Charleston, SCNovember 2 — Georgia Theatre; Athens, GANovember 3 — Salvage Station; Asheville, NCNovember 4 — Neighborhood Theater; Charlotte, NCNovember 5 — The Lincoln Theatre; Raleigh, NCNovember 6 — Fillmore; Silver Spring, MDNovember 7 — The Rex Theater; Pittsburgh, PANovember 8 — Soundstage; Baltimore, MDlast_img read more

German beer sales suffer as virus restrictions bite

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Official data show that beer sales in Germany were down 5.5% last year, dragged lower by lengthy closures of bars and restaurants in the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Statistical Office said Monday that German-based breweries and distributors sold 8.7 billion liters (2.3 billion gallons) of beer last year. German beer sales have been declining for years as a result of health concerns and other factors. They have now fallen 22.3% since 1993. But last year’s drop was unusually sharp, and a month-by-month breakdown pointed to the impact of coronavirus restrictions.last_img