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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My 10km sponsored run for HealthProm

Originally posted on MY EUROPE:

546573_10150823501456186_1626171879_nOn 18 May in London’s Regent’s Park I will be doing a sponsored 10km run for the development organisation HealthProm – wearing a superhero costume as part of the 2014 Superhero Run.

HealthProm is a London-based team, that works to give vulnerable and disabled children in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe the best start in life. In the Former Soviet Union, where two disabled children every hour are separated from their parents and put in ill-equipped baby homes, HealthProm supports the development of community-based services so that parents can keep their child at home. In Afghanistan, where maternal and infant mortality is one of the highest in the world, they train healthcare staff, and help parents in remote regions to access emergency transport and knowledge so that women can give birth safely.

These causes are very close to my heart; in helping with some of HealthProm’s projects I have…

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Swan Lake: Canada Water, London [photo]

Canada Water, London

My new – and also old – home.

Rugby photos: Russia 7 – 28 USA / Фото с регби: Россия 7 – 28 США

Line-out, Russia vs. USA

Line-out, Russia vs. USA

RUSSIA VS. USA, 23 November 2013, London.

The match began at dusk on a beautiful London winter’s day, and ended in driving rain. In the middle there was an entertaining game of rugby – both teams ran with the ball, and never slowed the match down.

Russian fans for Russia vs. USA

Russian fans for Russia vs. USA

The teams’ nicknames gave a hint to how the game would pan out: the Russian Bears – big, proud, simmering with languid aggression – were overwhelmed by the faster, sleeker American Eagles.

The USA attack...

The USA attack…

Подробнее о матче (на русском языке)

Russian fans at Russia vs. USA

Russian fans at Russia vs. USA

The USA won 28 – 7, and four tries to one. The result was harsh on Russia given the fight that they showed…

Russia attack...

Russia attack…

… but they could have lost by more, as the Americans missed at least three try-scoring chances.

Russia stop an American attack...

Russia stop an American attack…

The USA’s all-action captain, and their Samoan-bred centres, quelled every Russian attack.

A maul on the half-way line

A maul on the half-way line

Russia’s try was scored by Andrei Garbuzov, and was converted by Ramil Gaisin.

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A travel guide to Kazan (Tatarstan, Russia) for The Calvert Journal

City Guide to KazanRead my travel guide to the city of Kazan – the capital of the republic of Tatarstan in central Russia – in The Calvert Journal.

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“Created by Tatars, evolved by khans, tsars and Russians, and invigorated by cosmopolitan leaders over the last ten years to attract visitors from near and far; it would be passé to describe the centre of Tatarstan as a “melting pot”, were that not the meaning of Qazan, the word the Tatars chose for their town. Distant and accessible, Russian and Muslim, with spotless avenues and open spaces to complement its cultural credentials, Kazan is a treat to explore…”

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Isle of Mull photo set: Tobermory

I am writing a travel article to go with these photographs – please subscribe to My Europe to receive an email when it is published…

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Main Street, Tobermory

Main Street, Tobermory

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Slideshow photographs:  Main Street, Tobermory; Main Street from Tobermory Bay; Statue, Main Street; Tobermory Harbour; Gulls on Tobermory Bay; Main Street; Tobermory Harbour; Tobermory in dreich weather; Puffin souvenirs; Tobermory from near An Tobar; Tobermory Harbour.

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