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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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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