Monday, November 06, 2006

Give an English rugby player the ball and he'll look for someone else to pass to. Provided he doesn't drop the ball first that is! Give an All Black the ball and he'll look for the try line.

That has been the main difference for as long as I can remember. There is a large culture difference between England and New Zealand at international level - for some reason we lack the killer instinct and the ability to play free-form, open rugby when under pressure. It seems to come naturally to the All Blacks.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

A while ago my cousin, Jon Ker, was involved in a climbing accident on Ben Nevis. I heard yesterday that he is due to receive (or has received?) an award for his bravery in going for help to rescue his friend.

Jon Ker - BBC Cumbria website

I haven't seen Jon in years, but I'm still proud of what he did. I can't conceive of the strength and determination required to climb mountains and then get help when injured while a friend is in mortal danger.