The Three Goat’s Heads is the kind of pub that you only get in city centres. First impressions are that it is a joyless, characterless pub, staffed by disinterested graduate students and other ingrates, with bizarrely obscure (but not in a good way) range of beers.It’s a poky little venue on two floors, right next to the Union’s St Michael’s Street entrance, but it isn’t pokey in a charming way. The decor is unpleasant and the music is usually the esoteric taste of whoever is behind the bar (get there on a Friday afternoon for driller bass and techno).Why bother going then? George Street and its environs are riddled with similar pointless boozers. But it does have several redeeming features that saw it rocket from, “F**king awful, worse than the Cock and Camel,” to a coveted, “Ten pints out of ten!” rating during one night on the sauce.First, it’s tiny and there are two bars, so getting served takes about fifteen seconds. Second, it’s miraculously free of twats. With it being so close to some of Oxford’s worst pubs and, more worryingly, the Union, we feared a particularly noxious clientele, but we were greeted by cheery locals and inoffensive students.And crucially, they sell Ayingerbrau Pils, aka Magic Beer. Magic Beer is called Magic Beer because it has magical powers. Nominally it’s a strong pilsner, but we started to feel strangely pissed after the first pint. We were headed for a party at the naval mess, and after three pints we were sufficiently armed to make one hell of a mess. Rumours that people have drunk over five pints of this stuff are nothing short of lies.“That’s got some funky shit in it,” said Pat, swearing needlessly. “It’s petrol and mescaline,” explained Texas.Pat T Cake and The Boy TexasARCHIVE: 3rd Week TT 2003
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hey Christmas song lovers. Between classic standards, and Mary J. Blige, you really have no shortage of great holiday music to have wafting through your home.For those who prefer exquisitely-harmonious-and-perfectly-executed sounds of near-divinity, the a capella sensation that is Pentatonix has a little ditty that you should add to your Xmas Playlist. You might have seen it already (I’m admittedly many days behind on this) but for the 7.129 billion minus the 15-or-so million people on the planet who HAVEN’T seen it (minus the non-Christians who probably don’t care, the people without internet, infants, sick people, etc…), it’s kind of a must-listen.(Even though it’s always been a bit of a dumb song. I mean, everyone knows oxen and lambs have no rhythm…)Anyway, we’ve featured Pentatonix before, and it’s pretty stunning how good they are at this sort of thing. To be honest, they are perfectly suited for Christmas music, and their rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” is great evidence to prove it.In fact, if Pentatonix’s Christmas stylings are your cup of peppermint tea, pick up their entire Christmas album here: http://bit.ly/PTXMASDELUXE
Sharapova burst onto the scene as a supremely gifted teenager and won her Grand Slams before serving a 15-month ban for failing a drugs test at the 2016 Australian Open.The Russian former world number one’s ranking is currently 373rd.Sharapova has hardly played in the past year because of long-standing shoulder problems.When she did play she lost as many matches as she won and was dumped out in the first rounds at Wimbledon, the US Open and, most recently, the Australian Open in Melbourne. Sharapova shot to fame as a giggly 17-year-old Wimbledon winner in 2004, the third-youngest player to conquer the All England Club’s hallowed grass courts. ‘Tennis gave me life’ She became world number one in 2005 and won the US Open the next year.”One of the keys to my success was that I never looked back and I never looked forward,” Sharapova said on Wednesday.”I believed that if I kept grinding and grinding, I could push myself to an incredible place.”But in 2007 Sharapova began her long on-off battle with shoulder trouble.She would win the 2008 Australian Open before a second shoulder injury kept her off tour for the second half of the season, missing the US Open and Beijing Olympics.In 2012, the Siberian-born Sharapova captured the French Open to become the 10th woman to complete a career Grand Slam. She added Olympic silver to her resume that year.Her 2014 French Open title was another high after a dispiriting injury low.More fitness troubles followed before the bombshell announcement of her positive test for the banned heart drug meldonium.Always a fighter — the seven-year-old Maria and father Yuri left for the US in 1994 with just a borrowed $700 to their names — Sharapova returned to the sport in 2017.”In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life,” Sharapova said in her retirement missive.”I’ll miss it everyday. I’ll miss the training and my daily routine: Waking up at dawn, lacing my left shoe before my right, and closing the court’s gate before I hit my first ball of the day.”I’ll miss my team, my coaches. I’ll miss the moments sitting with my father on the practice court bench. The handshakes — win or lose — and the athletes, whether they knew it or not, who pushed me to be my best.”Looking back now, I realize that tennis has been my mountain. My path has been filled with valleys and detours, but the views from its peak were incredible.”Topics : Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova, one of the world’s most recognisable sportswomen, on Wednesday announced her retirement at the age of 32.”Tennis — I’m saying goodbye,” Sharapova said in an article for Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines.”After 28 years and five Grand Slam titles, though, I’m ready to scale another mountain — to compete on a different type of terrain.”
By Rick MalwitzRED BANK – Red Bank Catholic High School Athletic Director Joe Montano will likely spend less time next spring peering out his windows, wondering whether to postpone a baseball or softball game due to rain.The grass and dirt – and often in the spring, the mud – playing fields at Count Basie Park are being replaced by artificial turf.“It will make my job a lot easier,” said Montano, whose job includes helping judge whether a field is ready for play.RBC head baseball coach Buddy Hausmann is also looking forward to the change. “I’ll be in bed and at midnight I’ll hear rain on the roof, and the rest of my night is shot,” he said. “What’s the field like? Can we play?”Based on the history of the performance of FieldTurf – the maker of the artificial turf to be installed here – such questions should not be a problem, said Borough Administrator Stanley Sickles. “You can have a downpour and 15 minutes later the field is ready to play,” he said.During the Borough Council meeting on Aug. 8, the governing body entered into an agreement with Tarkett Sports, manufacturer of FieldTurf. The council also amended a longstanding agreement with Red Bank Catholic High School, a primary user of the playing fields.The football field at Count Basie Park, also used by RBC, already has a FieldTurf surface. By next spring the artificial turf will be added to fields used for Little League baseball, high school baseball and softball, lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer.Five years ago a FieldTurf surface was installed at the baseball field at Rutgers. “It has performed above our expectations from the very beginning,” said Rutgers coach Fred Hill. “Our players really like it. We get a lot of consistent play from the surface. It is especially beneficial where the weather has many changes,” Hill added.The football field at Rutgers Stadium also has a FieldTurf surface that in 2004 replaced a grass playing field that was often difficult to maintain due to its proximity to the Raritan River.Seton Hall University and Kean University have baseball fields with artificial turf. East Brunswick High School is the lone school in Central New Jersey with an artificial turf field for baseball.Hausmann said some of his players have played on one of five artificial turf fields at Diamond Nation, a private facility in Flemington that hosts scores of games and tournaments.The only downside, said Hausmann, is the heat of the surface. “Last week we had a soccer camp (at the football fields) and kids were complaining their feet were on fire,” he said.Rain is not the only problem with natural grass fields, according to Hausmann. “In the beginning of the season the grass does not grow and the field can be rock hard. By the end of the season it has to be cut maybe twice a week.’’The new artificial turf is part of a plan to renovate Count Basie Park in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Renovations will include new walking paths, a concession stand, and restrooms. The estimated cost is between $1.8 million and $2.0 million.Funding will come from Monmouth County and state grants, a $500,000 contribution from Red Bank Catholic High School, and between $500,000 and $750,000 the borough will raise with a bond, according to Sickles.One grant of $60,000 is from Major League Baseball through its Baseball Tomorrow Fund. That grant will help fund the new playing field at the field currently used by Little League baseball and high school softball.The adjacent field will be a baseball field with Major League dimensions.Red Bank Catholic High School, according to Sickles, has been a “wonderful partner” in the maintenance of Count Basie Park.The school’s $500,000 contribution, which will be spread over 10 years, “was one of the things that made this possible,” Sickles said.The high school paid for the last renovation of the grass baseball field and other improvements, including the football scoreboard.“It is a great partnership,’’ Montano said.
Qhubeka is part of @PowerOfBicycles.Together,we help people access education & economic opportunity with bicycles. pic.twitter.com/hBmojrNrre—Qhubeka™ (@Qhubeka) June 28,2016Almost 360 Alexandra high school pupils recently received bicycles donated by AutoTrader, the Qhubeka NGO and the City of Johannesburg as part of the Urban Scholar Bicycle (USB) programme. Dimension Data is also a financial partner in the project.The project was set up to provide schoolchildren with improved mobility and a safe method of transport to and from school, which, in turn, boosts their academic performance.Alexandra township was identified for bicycle distribution because of the transport corridor that exists between it and Sandton. Pupils at Kwabhekilanga Secondary School were chosen to receive the donated bicycles following the school’s high matric pass rates in 2014 and 2015.Abicycle changes lives by increasing the distance a person can travel, what they cancarry, where they can go & how fast they can get there—Qhubeka™ (@Qhubeka) June 29,2016Each pupil who receives a bicycle commits to its safe use and storage and makes a nominal financial contribution that is used by the school to fund the training of a bicycle mechanic. The bicycles are owned by the school until the beneficiaries complete their schooling and all contract terms are met. The bicycles can then be used by a new class of achievers the following year.Qhubeka is part of the programme run in South African by the non-profit, non- governmental organisation World Bicycle Relief. It is dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transport. Qhubeka has delivered more than 60 000 specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to people across South Africa since it was set up in 2005.Qhubeka and Dimension Data are sponsors of the South African road and track cycling team and partners in developing the sport among the youth.The Qhubeka 5000In July, Qhubeka will hold its 5000 charity drive. Riders, both novice and professional, are urged to ride a distance that will contribute to the group’s #BicyclesChangeLives campaign. For every kilometre covered, sponsors will contribute to funding 5 000 bicycles for pupils around South Africa. The drive will be held on 15 and 16 July, and will coincide with Team Dimension Data’s participation in the 2016 Tour de France.Source: Qhubeka
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Got some land and aren’t sure what to do with it?Whether you’re a small farmer who already has farming operations underway and wants to learn more options, a landowner wanting to put some unused acreage to work, or even a large-scale farmer looking to put some fields to other profitable use, the “Living the Small Farm Dream” conference may have the answers.The April 2 small farm conference and trade show is designed to help make landowners and small farm operations more successful, profitable and sustainable, said Tony Nye, an Ohio State University Extension educator who coordinates OSU Extension’s Small Farm Program.While the event is targeted to small farmland producers typically with less than 100 acres of land who are looking for production opportunities, the conference is open to anyone who has land and may be looking for information on opportunities for additional income, Nye said.“The conference is open to anyone who has aspirations for alternative enterprises for their land, or wants to focus on management and marketing skills to enhance their current farm enterprises,” he said. “The conference caters to those who are looking to start a farm enterprise or those already running one and want to enhance their production, marketing or management skills.”Researchers and educators with OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, as well as industry experts, will conduct the conference sessions. The conference is from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at OARDC’s Shisler Center, 1680 Madison Ave., in Wooster. Participants will have the opportunity to attend a trade show featuring agricultural vendors and agencies offering assistance to beginning farmers.Topics to be presented at the conference include:• Vegetable production and season extension with tunnels.• Selling eggs and poultry meat.• Grass-fed beef.• Raising small ruminants.• Basic vet and livestock health skills.• Farm labor and communication.• Farm business plans.• Maximizing pasture with rotational grazing.• Using and evaluating hay.• Pumpkin, strawberry, and bramble and grape production.• Soil health.• Cheese making.• Organic systems planning.• Pesticide application for small acreages.The conference is an outgrowth of the Ohio New and Small Farm College, an eight-week program created by OSU Extension that offers an introduction to the business of small farming for those who are new to the industry. The program offers information on budgeting, business planning and developing a farm structure, among other issues.Registration for the “Living the Small Farm Dream” conference is $60. The deadline to register is March 25.For more information or to register, go to agnr.osu.edu/small-farm-programs or contact Nye at 937-382-0901 or [email protected]
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The emphasis of Planter U was simple. The planter is the most important piece of equipment on the farm and if that implement isn’t set up correctly, it may also be the most costly piece of equipment on the farm. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more from the event, held on February 28th at the Beck’s Hybrids London facility.
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