Off to Harrogate

Trip Start Jul 29, 2010
Trip End Sep 04, 2010

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Langham Place, Valley Drive

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Amanda has done all the packing so I get up early and head down to Westminster to watch some of the London Triathalon.  Get there a bit early so wander around Westminster, Downing St, Trafalgar Sq and the Theatre district for half an hour.  Watch a few competitors on the bike leg turning point at Big Ben, will be a spectakular course for the Olympics.  Jensen Button goes past with all the flash gear and wind tunnel designed helmet, apparently came 2nd in his age group last year.

Running a bit late so 4 squid cab back to Belgrave Rd.  Bags downstairs and grab a cab to Kings Cross for the train.  First class cabin not much more cost and very comfortable, four seats around a table and one of the other two across a small table across the isle. Bit over two hours to York and then change for the train to Harrogate, lots of cricketers on the train, including the Possums of Ringwood, Melb, in our carriage.

Arrive in Harrogate and trek to our appartment. (we will get a cab back Sat)  Girls did well with their cases though, as they have all trip.  After our two shoeboxes in London this place is grand.  Refurbished large two bedroom, full kitchen, lounge and dining.  Big bay windows overlooking the beautiful Valley Gardens, we will be very comfortable here this week.

I headed of to meet the other Valley District CC cricketers for the opening ceremony of the Golden Oldies Cricket festival.  (Grils had spaghetti on toast relaxing night in).  Good to see a few I haven't seen for a while and a few who have been traveeling all over like us.

Bus to Masham and Parade of Nations in the town square, a few short speeches, including festival patron Ray Illingworth and and organising committee chairman Sir Thomas Ingleby (who lives in nearby Ripley Castle).  Parade then continues around the main square and on to Theakston's Brewery for the festivities.  Good to catch up with a few of the guys we met in Queenstown a few years ago and not so good to find out one of the Saffa teams has brought the Vuvuzellas.

As I am rosterred off for the first Valleys game tomorrow, I organise a game filling in for the Old Hailyburians, from Melb, who had one of their eleven contract Dengue fever in Bali a few weeks ago.  Mum tells me later that night that her Dad and Uncle went to Hailybury.

On the bus back to Harrogate I sit next to Kenny, the single Japanese participant in the festival, playing with the Australian Sri Lankans.  Kenny started cricket in Japan in 1989 while at Tokyo Uni and there is now flourishing uni and high school cricket comps, with AB and Deano visiting to coach and Kenny coming to Aus regularly for coaching study.  He is the only cricketer in Japan who qualifies for an over 40s tournament at 42.
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