July 4th, 2011

Wimbledon Finals

Neither of the finals was a classic. Those only come about when the players are equally matched- Borg/McEnroe, Federer/ Nadal. Yesterday it was scary how dominant Djokovic was. Nadal is the greatest or second greatest player ever and Djokovic was making him look ordinary. Even clumsy. Djokovic's mastery faltered a bit in the third set and allowed Nadal back in, but then he raised his game and that was that. 

It's good for the sport when new names go up on the winners board. Also it's sad. The era of Federer and Nadal has been an amazing one (no-one else has won at Wimbledon since 2003) and now it's over. 

The Soul Of A Bishop: H.G. Wells

This is the book I've been reading on my e-book reader.  An Anglican bishop has drug induced visions and leaves the church to preach a non-sectarian gospel. When it's being a novel- dealing with its characters' foibles and relationships and social background- it's good; when it starts preaching less so. Novelists almost always come a cropper when they put their own views in their characters' mouths.  Wells is excellent on ecclesiastical politics and Christian doctrine (as always I'm amazed how much he knows) but his "new" gospel of God the King is feeble. 

Newton Hall

Newton Hall
Newton Hall
 
This is Newton Hall in Hyde- just down the road from here. It's a cruck- so-called from the A frames or crucks that support the weight of the roof. (You can see one of them on the side wall to the left.) It was built c. 1370, converted into a barn in the 18th century, saved from demolition in 1970 and then very carefully reconstructed by experimental archaeologists. 

Thanks to the magazine Current Archaeology for bringing it to my attention.