Posts Tagged ‘Rugby World Cup’
A bit of whimsy in honour of the All Blacks vs Canada on Sunday night.
The Canadians have gone mad. Well, they’ve always been a bit mad – rather terrifying to your bog standard Kiwi – though not on the Rugby field. I doubt it’s gonna be pretty on Sunday night… So a little reminder to my Canadian friends… We can still be friends.
I feel a little guilty putting up what is essentially just a pretty night-time reflection shot – but it’s been a busy time and I am so pleased with the shots I got on Monday night – not that they are technically perfect, more that I am discovering the capabilities of the Canon 5D Mark II camera… This is really just me walking down the footpath overlooking the harbour and clicking away – no tripod or even time to compose… I’m pretty sure I’ve dreamed of this. But then I sometimes get this little sense of panic – I mean… the camera is so good – what is there for me to do once the clicking is complete?
I’ve never been much of a sport fan, despite living in a country that is mad for sport, and especially mad for rugby. And we’re in the middle of the Rugby World Cup – being hosted right here in New Zealand. So I’ve been a bit hesitant to go into the city – the evening news is full of crowds and glitches and international teeming hordes of the rugby mad…Better to stay in the safety of the Titirangi bush…
But I hadn’t caught up with the eldest in a while, so I ventured into town, camera in hand… No problem getting a table in our usual pub, right on Queen Street. The bartender filled our drinks request right away. We chatted, competing with the various televisions revving up for the game – Wales vs Namibia in New Plymouth (hardly a fair contest – the Welsh slaughtered the hapless Namibians 81-7.) Then we wandered downtown to take in the Fanzone… presumably things were jumping a bit more in New Plymouth, but it seemed rather ordinary here in Auckland.
Big excitement! A student protest marching down Queen Street protesting hikes in student fees – we joined the march for a few blocks, just to get the blood pumping. But when they turned to go up a hill, we continued on. Checked out the fanzone – cool, but most of it was closed for the night. No problem getting a good table in a restaurant, prompt service, good food, no price gouging.
It was a pretty great night out. I think I love the Rugby World Cup!
Absolutely knackered! Had 5 need-’em-right-now jobs come in today, all short, but there were FIVE of them. Had to be out in the morning. Plus I had two meetings in the city booked, one for dinner at the end of the day. Got my drafts off, went into town, got home at 10. The signoffs had come whilst I was away so I was able to get them scheduled.
But instead of putting work away at 11.30, I decided to ‘test something.’ This can be a bad idea, especially when you (and by you, I mean me) discover something that makes the work look SO much better. Sure, I could have let it go out as is… but sadly, that is not my way. They’re all good to go now, though.
But not a lot of time for a photo tonight. So I dug this one out, which I did after a visit to Auckland’s Eden Park Stadium, home of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, which will be played here and around the country in September and October. This country is rugby mad, so it’s hard to describe the excitement – rather like having the FIFA world cup or American Super Bowl in your town.
This photo was taken while they were refurbishing the stadium – thus the construction materials. I won’t be going to any of the games – not much of a sport fan and even less of a riotous crowds fan. It was nice to be there when I was.
I guess I’m on a bit of a blokey roll these days… Monday I had the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the newly refurnished Eden Park Stadium, which rugby fans the world over, know will play host to the Rugby World Cup in September this year!
Auckland is gearing up for the biggest event ever to hit these shores. I personally plan on staying out here in Titirangi, away from the madness for the duration – but for those participating – it promises to be incredible…
In the meantime, the stadium is practicing some really great poses and colour combos. What do you think?