World Shuttlecock Accuracy Championships – 1

Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up. ==== The sport of badminton is incredibly popular in Indonesia with tens of thousands of participants in contests and competitions each year. Teams from Indonesia have won many international events suchContinue reading “World Shuttlecock Accuracy Championships – 1”

Malta – 1

The Republic of Malta consists of two main islands, Malta and Gozo, with a third, much smaller island called Comino lying between the two larger islands. This small nation of 122 square miles stands at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea roughly halfway between the Italian mainland and North Africa. Here, around 3600BC, the megalithicContinue reading “Malta – 1”

Fruit Falcon – 3

The other favourite fruit of this falcon is known as five-finger on St Lucia. Alternative names include Starfruit and Carambola. The falcon hovers near the yellow Carambola and picks the fruit of the tree with its beak. It flies to the ground and eats the whole fruit, which has a tart taste and is aContinue reading “Fruit Falcon – 3”

Coconut Shy – Part 2

The other throwing events follow the pattern of the rest of the games and involve athletes hurling discuses, javelins, and hammers at a coconut. In the discus the coconut is set on a plinth at a distance of 55 metres from the throwing circle. If the discus lands within two metres of the coconut theContinue reading “Coconut Shy – Part 2”

Sports the Olympics Forgot – Coconut Shy – Part 1

The coconut shy is a staple attraction in British country fairs, but in India the game was taken far more seriously and evolved into a major sport especially around Cochin. The Cochin Coconut Shy takes place over the Easter weekend and involves many different events, which have gradually been added since the competition first tookContinue reading “Sports the Olympics Forgot – Coconut Shy – Part 1”

Head in the Clouds – Chapter 3

Sheila opened the front door and shouted “Hello everyone I’m home.” The silence was almost audible. All she could hear was the cat miaowing. Sheila took off her shoes and went into the kitchen. Her husband, Walter, was sitting at the table pressing his Blackberry with a pointer. He was frowning with concentration. “Hello Walter,Continue reading “Head in the Clouds – Chapter 3”

Head in the Clouds – Chapter 2

Sheila waited at the bus stop. After 10 minutes the bus arrived. There were a few seats available. Sheila sat next to a young man wearing headphones. The bus started off. Immediately, he stood up and stared at her. “Do you want to get off?” asked Sheila. The youth stared at her. Sheila gesticulated atContinue reading “Head in the Clouds – Chapter 2”

The Eight Wives of Henry VI society

This society, known familiarly as the “The Eight Wives”, is an umbrella organisation for groups who believe a number of conspiracy theories regarding English history, including the theory Henry VI had eight wives, a record that Henry VIII tried to break without success. Other theories include one where Elizabeth I was really a man calledContinue reading “The Eight Wives of Henry VI society”

District 6 Museum

Back in Cape Town, the most poignant symbol of the apartheid regime is the District 6 museum. District 6 was a vibrant community of Cape Malays, Indians, Blacks, and a few Whites until 11th February 1966, when the apartheid regime declared District Six a whites-only area under the Group Areas Act. By 1982 60,000 people hadContinue reading “District 6 Museum”

Islay Whisky Cyclists

The race is restricted to 26 riders, who have qualified either by finishing in the top 10 in the previous year’s race or who came in the top 8 in either of the two qualifying races, the Speyside North or the Speyside South. These two qualifying races are run on the same day, one headingContinue reading “Islay Whisky Cyclists”