Wimbledon Day 6

Serena Williams came from a set down to see off the gutsy challenge of 25th seed Jie Zheng wh  often matched Williams for skill and athleticism, but the American’s powerful serving – she registered a remarkable 23 aces – enabled her to record a 6-7 (7/5) 6-2 9-7 win. David Ferrer (Spa) v (30) Andy Roddick (USA), Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp) v (4) Andy Murray (Gbr) are also playing on Day 6 of Wimbledon on Centre Court

Today matches on Court one are Varvara Lepchenko (USA) v (4) Petra Kvitova (Cze), (19) Kei Nishikori (Jpn) v (9) Juan Martin Del Potro (Arg), (5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) v Lukas Lacko (Svk), and over on Court number 2 14) Ana Ivanovic (Ser) v (22) Julia Goerges (Ger), Jana Cepelova (Svk) v (2) Victoria Azarenka (Blr), (16) Marin Cilic (Cro) v Sam Querrey (USA), (4) Maria Kirilenko (Rus) & Nadia Petrova (Rus) v Serena Williams (USA) & Venus Williams (USA) are all playing today.

Elsewhere Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic avoided another Czech Republic Centre Court ambush when he reached the last 16 with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 win over veteran Radek Stepanek on Friday. Meanwhile Six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer overcame a huge scare and battled back from two sets down to defeat Frenchman Julien Benneteau, the world No 32, and seal his place in fourth round.

Yaroslava Shvedova wins set without conceding a point Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova made history on Saturday by becoming the first player to win a set at Wimbledon without conceding a point. The 24-year-old achieved the feat – known as a golden set – in moving one set up in her third-round match against the French Open runner-up, Sara Errani, on Court Three. She held serve three times and broke Errani each time to take 24 consecutive points, hitting 14 winners and four aces along the way. The set was wrapped up in 15 minutes. Shvedova went on to win the match 6-0, 6-3. Her feat had occurred only once previously at tour level.  After defeating Laura Robson the other day, Italy’s 27th Seeded Francesca Schiavone is up agains 24th Seeded Czech Klara Zakopalova. Meanwhile Marria Sharapova overcomes windy conditions to defeat Hsieh Su-wei 6-1, 6-4 and will bow face last year’s semi-final rival Sabine Lisicki next

After defeating Rafael Nadal, Lukas Rosol was back in action, this time on court 12 against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber. Incidentally Lukas Rosol’s surname translates rather splendidly as “jelly” but the Czech who made Rafa Nadal quiver and then collapse sees himself as a bit less wobbly than that. Sadly though Lukas Rosol crashed out in straight sets after Philipp Kohlschreiber won 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)

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Royal Air Force WADDINGTON INTERNATIONAL Air Show

Despite the recent inclement weather This years ROYAL AIR FORCE WADDINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW  at Royal Air Force Waddington, Lincoln,takes place on 30th June 1st July. Flying Display Aircraft include RED ARROWs Dispay team, Lancaster, Hurricane Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF FALCONS  PARACHUTE TEAM, TORNADO GR4 ROLE DEMO, CHINOOK HC Mk2/2A, SEA KING HAR3A (Saturday Only), Royal Navy  Black Cats Display Team  (Lynx Pair), SAAB 105, Red Devils Dispay Team, L-159 Alca, Italian Air Force  FRECCE TRICOLORI, Jordanian Air Force RJ Falcons, Royal Netherlands Airforce F16 Demonstration Team, Royal New Zealand Airforce Boeing 757-200, Polish Airforce PZL TURBO ORLIK, Swiss Airforce F18 Hornet and a Swiss Airforce Super Puma

Static Displays include an E3D SENTRY, SENTINEL R1, TYPHOON FGR4, KING AIR B200, TUTOR T1, HAWK T1, TUCANO T1, Puma HC1, Merlin HC3, Hunter FGA9, F4F Phantom, KDC-10 Hughes Apache AH1, Bell 212, C130 Hercules F16 Fighting Falcon, Casa C295M  Griffin HT1, MD902 EXPLORER, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulanc, OV10 Bronco, Jet Provost Mk 3, Hunter T7, Chipmunk, Avro Anson Percival Prentice, Air Atlantique, Gloster Meteor T7, Jet Provost 4, T61F Venture, Folland Gnat, Jet Provost Mk 5, SAAB 2000MPA, Fokker S11, HUNTER XL753, Morraine Sulner MS733, Focke Wulf FW149, Huey UH-1, OH-6A Cayuse (Loach), L29 Delfin, Antonov AN2, Hawker Hunter T7 (G-VETA), BAC Strikemaster, DHC1 Chipmunk, Westland Gazelle, Percival Pembroke

Spanish Plume

On Thursday 28th June I was awoken  by really incredible thunder & lightning, torrential rain and Fierce storms , It was an amazing spectacle to watch and to think of the amount of power unleashed by all those lightning strikes and all that water falling in such a short space of time, the lanes round here quickly became like fast-flowing rivers and the sky went unusually dark the amount of hail was also incredible and it was so humid and oppresive the night before, actually now I come think of it,it feels like that now and there are some rather menacing clouds in the sky.

The Conditions, which brought roads and rail lines to a standstill in many part of Britain, ware blamed on a weather phenomenon called the Spanish plume which is a rather complex meteorological phenomenon which leads to warm conditions and heavy showers or thunderstorms over parts of the UK and north-west Europe. As the name suggests it is a plume of very warm air that pushes north from the Spanish plateau and reaches the British Isles on a southerly airflow.

Of course over the UK we are normally affected by much cooler Atlantic air as cold fronts encroach from the west. Now when these two air masses meet, the very warm plume air is forced to rise vigorously over the cooler Atlantic air and as a result produces thunderstorms. Because these features can cover large areas the storms are often grouped together and can give widespread, heavy rainfall, often accompanied by hail.

Goodwood Festival of Speed weekend Schedule

SATURDAY JUNE 30

  • 08.45: Batch 1 (Pioneers, Pre-War, Post-War F1, Endurance Racers)
  • 09.25: Batch 2 (Americana, Saloons, Hillclimb, Rally)
  • 10.10: Batch 3 (70s-80s F1, Prototypes, Group C, Modern Endurance)
  • 10.30: GAS Arena show begins 11.00: Batch 4 (Turbo F1, Contemporary F1, Bikes)
  • 11.55: Batch 5 (Lotus) 12.40: Batch 6 (Supercars + First Glance + Fos Tech)
  • 13.00: Forest Rally Stages closes
  • 13.25: Batch 5 (Lotus)
  • 13.40: Batch 3 (Indy 500, incorporating Indy moment)
  • 14.00: Air Display – Tornado and Forest Rally Stage opens
  • 14.10: Jubilee Moment
  • 14.30: Batch 2 (Americana, Saloons, Hillclimb, Rally)
  • 14.30: GAS Arena show begins
  • 15.15: Batch 4 (Turbo F1, Contemporary F1, Bikes)
  • 16.00: GAS Competition- Motorcycle Trials
  • 16.10: Batch 3 (70s-80s F1, Prototypes, Group C, Modern Endurance)
  • 17.00: Batch 1 (Pioneers, Pre-War, Post-War F1, Endurance Racers)
  • 17.30: GAS Arena – FMX Best Trick
  • 17.30: Forest Rally Stage closes
  • 17.40: Batch 6 (Supercars + First Glance + FoS-TECH)

SUNDAY JULY 1

  • 08.45: Batch 1 (Pioneers, Pre-War, Post-War F1, Endurance Racers)
  • 09.25: Batch 2 (Americana, Saloons, Hillclimb, Rally)
  • 09.30: Forest Rally Stage opens 10.10: Batch 3 (70s-80s F1, Prototypes, Group C, Modern Endurance)
  • 10.30: GAS Arena show begins 11.00: Batch 4 (Turbo F1, Contemporary F1, Bikes)
  • 11.55: Jubilee Moment
  • 12.15: Batch 5 (Lotus)
  • 13.00: Batch 6 (Supercars + First Glance + Fos Tech) and Forest Rally Stages closes
  • 13.45: Batch 5 (Lotus) 14.00: Forest Rally Stage opens
  • 14.30: Batch 4 (Turbo F1, Contemporary F1, Bikes) and GAS Arena show begins
  • 15.00: Air Display – Eurofighter Typhoon
  • 15.20: Batch 1 (Pioneers, Pre-War, Post-War F1, Endurance Racers)
  • 15.50: Shoot-Out (45 cars) + Terry Grant, Sweeney and Jesse James
  • 16.00: GAS Competition – FMX 17.05: Batch 2 (Americana, Saloons, Hillclimb, Rally)
  • 17.30: Forest Rally Stage closes 17.40: Batch 3 (70s-80s F1, Prototypes, Group C, Modern Endurance)
  •  18.20: Batch 6 (Supercars + First Glance + FoS-TECH)
  • 19.00: Hillclimb Closes and prize giving

Day 5 Wimbledon

As of Friday 28th June two time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal, has been knocked out of Wimbledon in one of the biggest upsets in tennis history. The Spanish world number two was beaten by Czech Lukas Rosol  6-7 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-4, the world number 100, in a five set thriller that almost raised the roof on Centre Court. Andy Murray, who was seeded to play Nadal, must be hard pressed to believe what just happened. Upsets of this kind simply do not happen in modern tennis, not in the era when no player from outside the current top six reached a Grand Slam semi-final in 2011.

James Ward has lost his second-round match 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 to American Mardy Fish who is ranked 161 places higher than the British No2 . Maria Sharapova has defeated giant-slayer Tsvetana Pironkova 7-6, 6-7, 6-0 and will meet Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei in third round.

Having defeated Nikolay Davydenko  on Tuesday, Andy Murray faced 6ft10in Croatian  Ivo Karlovic, who took the First Set but No4 seeded Murray eventually reached the third round with a 7-5, 6-7. 6-2, 7-6 win over Karlovic

Euro 2012

Euro 2012 semi-final in Donetsk Cesc Fabregas holds nerve to shatter Portugal’s Euro 2012 final dream Portugal 0 Spain 0 (after extra time Spain win 4-2 on penalties)

Euro 2012 semi-final in the National Stadium Warsaw Full time: Germany 1 Italy 2 Italy are into the final of Euro 2012. Balotelli heads Italy in front after 19 minutes After 35 minutes Balotelli scores again with a rocket of a shot Ozil scores injury time penalty for Germany

Italy will now play Spain in the Euro 2012 final on Sunday 2nd July in Kiev

Happy Birthday Clint Boon

English musician and D.J.Clint Boon was brn 28th Junne 1959 , He originally rose to notability as the keyboards player (and sometimes vocalist) with alternative rock band Inspiral Carpets who were formed by Graham Lambert and Stephen Holt in 1983. The band is named after a clothing shop on their Oldham estate. Their sound is based around psychedelic keyboards and guitars.

They came to prominence, alongside bands like The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays, in the ‘Madchester’ scene of the late 1980s. After a flexi-disc featuring Garage Full Of Flowers given free with Manchester’s Debris magazine in 1987, followed by the Cow cassette, their first release proper, the 1988 Planecrash EP on the Playtime label received much airplay from Radio 1 DJ John Peel, who asked the band to record a session for his show. At the time of their initial success, the band earned some notoriety for their squiggly-eyed cow T-shirts; ]They reworked their single “Find Out Why” as the theme tune to the 8:15 from Manchester. As their popularity grew, Playtime’s distributor Red Rhino Records went bust, leading the band to form their own label, Cow Records in March 1989, the labels’ first release being the Trainsurfing EP. After a handful of singles on their own label, the last of which, “Move”, came close to the UK top 40, they signed a deal with Mute Records, and immediately had their first top 40 chart success in the UK with “This Is How It Feels”, which is a song about unemployment and touches on themes of domestic violence. The single reached #14 in the singles chart, and debut album Life reached #2 in the album chart, both in 1990.

The following year’s The Beast Inside was less well received by critics, but still achieved a top 5 album chart placing. The “Caravan” and “Please be Cruel” singles only reached #30 and #50 respectively, and an attempt to crack the American market largely failed. The band did, however, gain a strong following in Portugal, Germany, and Argentina, with the band’s 1992 album Revenge of the Goldfish becoming their most successful in those countries. The album peaked at number 17 in the UK, and spawned four UK hit singles including She comes in the Fall  and Dragging me Down. The next album, Devil Hopping (1994) reached number 10 in the album chart, with “Saturn 5” and “I Want You” giving them top 20 hits, from that LP. (The latter’s single version featured Mark E. Smith). Next single “Uniform” stalled at #51 and in 1995, after the release of a Singles collection, the band were dropped by Mute, and split up soon after

After the Inspiral Carpets split in 1995, Boon went on to form The Clint Boon Experience releasing two albums under this name – The Compact Guide to Pop Music and Space Travel (1999), and Life in Transition (2000). In this year the band released the single “Do What You Do (Earworm Song)”, which featured Fran Healy, the lead singer of the band Travis. Boon made a cameo appearance on the 2002 film, 24 Hour Party People as a train conductor, and has recently worked with Cosgrove Hall providing voice-overs and music for the Engie Benjy cartoon series. Boon has his own record label, ‘Booney Tunes’, signing artists such as Elaine Palmer, and has also been a regular DJ at a number of nightclubs around England, and in Wrexham, North Wales. He rejoined the Inspiral Carpets for two sell-out tours in 2002 and 2003.

Boon is still a presenter on Xfm Manchester. He hosts the afternoon show from Monday to Friday between 2pm and 5pm, and often covers Xposure. In 2008 Boon had his portrait painted by Manchester based artist Adam Hayley. The portrait represents many aspects of Boon’s life and incorporates references to his Manchester roots. The portrait was unveiled at Manchester’s Mooch Art Gallery on Oldham Street, in the Northern Quarter.