Mežica Cricket Club, Slovenia: The most beautiful cricket ground in Europe

Mežica Cricket Club, Slovenia

Mežica Cricket Club, Slovenia

High up in the Slovenian Alps, Mežica Cricket Club is surely the most beautiful ground in Europe. It is certainly the most beautiful that I have ever played on.

The team was founded in the 1970s by Borut Cegovnik, a boy from Mežica who fell in love with cricket while studying in Kent, England.

Forty years later, Borut captained his team, to this day made up entirely of Slovenians, against the British side Carmel & District CC, in a game that was decided on the final ball of a magnificent day.

Links: Mežica Cricket Club has a website and a page on Facebook.

Contact me here.

My stories from Carmel’s cricket tour to three former Yugoslav republics – matches in Montenegro, where they played in the country’s first ever game, and Croatia, where they fielded an unusual guest player – will be published soon. Subscribe to this website to receive links to them.

Click on the first photograph below to view this photo album in large format.

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Swan Lake: Canada Water, London [photo]

Canada Water, London

My new – and also old – home.

Isle of Mull photo set: lochscapes, landscapes and scenery

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Old boat, Pennyghael

Old boat, Pennyghael

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Slideshow photographs:  Ardalanish beach; the island of Inch Kenneth; Foxgloves and the Paps of Jura; Answers on a postcard – Ardalanish; The Paps of Jura; Mull beach; Boat, Jura; Loch na Keal; Highland cows, Loch na Keal; Eas Fors waterfall; Old boat, Pennyghael.

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More posts from Mull: photo sets of the island’s puffins, other wildlife, and the town of Tobermory (all of my posts from Scotland: here)

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Isle of Mull photo set: Highland cows, white-tailed sea eagle and other wildlife

Some of the Isle of Mull’s beautiful animals and birds – albeit not in great focus: my Canon G9 is a lovely camera but it isn’t cut out for wildlife photography.

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Highland cows, road to Pennyghael

Highland cows, road to Pennyghael

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Slideshow photographs: Highland cows, road to Pennyghael; Cows, near Fionnphort; Pig, road to Pennyghael; Grey seal, Loch na Keal; Sheep, Ardalanish; White-tailed sea eagle, Laggan Bay; Greylag geese, Loch na Keal; Atlantic puffins, Staffa; Shags, Laggan Bay; Greenshank, Pennyghael.

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My photograph in the Guardian’s ‘Weekend’ magazine

Today one of my photographs from Kyiv, Ukraine was published in the Guardian newspaper’s Weekend magazine. See it online in the Life & Style pages.

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Much Ado About Puffins: A surprise from the makers of QI

My photography received a wave of unexpected attention yesterday, when the QI Elves (researchers for the BBC quiz show QI, hosted by Stephen Fry) found one of my posts and tweeted it to the programme’s followers.

The interest took my breath away: the post – a photo set of puffins on the Scottish island of Lunga – was viewed 1,620 times between lunchtime and midnight (last year my entire blog received on average 15 views per day). A couple of visitors even left a comment. On my previous busiest day there were about 140 page views across MY EUROPE; yesterday the number was 1,999 (more than 10% of total visitors to the site since I created it in 2008).

The fleeting popularity that the QI Elves granted me made my day – but it is the puffins who deserve the 1,620 new fans.

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AND THEN…: The QI Elves got back in touch a few months later, to ask whether they could use two of my puffin photographs for the programme’s website. They can be found on QI’s “Puffins” page.

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