EDitorial ± 13-Feb-2017

TT1617, Defiants v. Thunderbirds

Five days back we came away with three valuable points from the Manor Club, no thanks to me. Third match in ten days tonight with a return match against our stablemates, the Thunderbirds.

Four points would be an improvement on our November meeting when, somehow, I ended up top-scorer with two points. Wasn't Natalie's night and certainly wasn't Yang's.

Three ends whizz by and I've already lost to ringer Conrad, far too good for me. Steve comes oh-so-close to pipping Andy over five really tight games, each player scoring at least nine points per end, and Natalie also comes unstuck in the fifth pleading crowd pressure. Two quality notches to the boy Cassy.

Two points is all we've gained over the first six matches. Thankfully Steve joins me and Natalie in beating Alison before Natalie loses to Conrad.

One singles match, the big showdown between me and Andy. Went entirely my way last time. Less so this time, losing the first badly but scraping the second on a deuce. All square and into the final end and Andy's ahead at the changeover. Not sure how but I triumphed 11-9. Good game. With Natalie gone, over to me and Steve to get roundly bashed in the doubles.

EDitorial ± 12-Feb-2017

130Story: Detention / Tales / Congress / Papers / Employee

The rules of 130Story are simple: given a random seed word, write a story in 130 characters.

Detention

Tales

Congress

Papers

Employee

More to follow.

EDitorial ± 8-Feb-2017

TT1617, Capel C v. St Margarets Manor B

After Monday's match against capable Capel, I tried to gee up poor Helen who'd taken a bit of a beating, losing in straight games to all three opponents. Didn't even go to deuce. She was, understandably, down. Little did I imagine that I, me, 50-per-cent Ed, would be in exactly that boat 48 hours later. For I, too, lost in straight games this evening against all three opponents. Didn't even go to deuce. I am, understandably, down.

I dunno, maybe it's not too bad. After all, we got whitewashed on our last visit to the downtown Manor Club. They're a top side with three TopQual players. Credit then, to the other members of the team.

First to Steve who, after having grabbed one end from Michael, showed great patience to overcome codger Des in five tough games. Some scalp for Steve. Then to our Natalie, down in the dumps after being out-walloped by tenacious Rosemary but who then bounced back bigtime to out-hit Michael and, as a bonus, out-fox Des. Two much-needed and hard-earned points for the Defiants.

Unusual experience for me to score the doubles. I clearly didn't deserve to play. That was never going our way. Still, 7-3 defeat ain't bad.

EDitorial ± 6-Feb-2017

TT1617, Capel C v. Defiants

For future reference, the church of St Mary in that there Capel St Mary can be found at postcode IP9 2EL opposite Pound Lane. Despite knowing that and despite having visited that church hall a handful of times, it still took me a couple of passes to find it tonight. It's a hoooge church on a hill!

Keen-as-mustard Helen's back with us this evening after a few weeks in the Far East. She's joining me and Steve, both veterans of this upstairs square room where the table is oriented corner-to-corner. Mind your head when picking up the ball. Oh, and the ball doesn't bounce on the floor, either. That aside, turning out for Capel are Peter and Richard (from last time) and new penhold Charlie from the Colchester league. In brief:

  • OK 1/3 for Steve, beating Richard, putting up a decent fight against Peter and finishing a close second to Charlie (with a mid-game change of ball)
  • good 2/3 for Ed, awful against Peter but bouncing back to outspin Charlie and outlast Richard
  • expected 0/3 for Helen, coming a cropper to some tricky serves and nearly taking an end off Richard

Over to Steve and Ed for the doubles. Never gonna be easy with Peter and Charlie on the other side, and yet, we won! Epic 20-18 victory in the fourth end after endless game points to both sides. Final 6-4 defeat not too bad.

EDitorial ± 5-Feb-2017

130Story: Vehicle / Deployed / Respect / Strikes / Accident

The rules of 130Story are simple: given a random seed word, write a story in 130 characters.

Vehicle

Deployed

Respect

Strikes

Accident

More to follow.

EDitorial ± 17-Jan-2017

TT1617, Defiants v. Rosary Yellow

Three players! Yay! Tip-off from young Natalie that someone with previous experience (and who could indeed beat her) might be willing to come aboard The Good Ship Defiant. One very poor quality mobile phone call later, "Phil" had agreed to turn out for us on Tuesday. Everything crossed.

Decent draw in last October's encounter with Rosary Yellow. Back are table-thumpin' Dave, brakeless Bob and musclebound Tony, now fighting fit again. Which is nice. In brief:

  • good 2/3 for Ed, somehow victorious in straight games against both Dave and Bob before losing an epic five-setter to Tony
  • great 2/3 for Steve, also winning his first two outings before falling in five ends to tricksy Bob
  • debut duck for Phil, demonstrating some killer shots but losing to more consistent (though not necessarily better) opponents

Needing the doubles for a draw, up strode Ed and Steve to win in straight ends. Not sure if that's ever happened before. Anyway, as per last time, a decent draw.

EDitorial ± 13-Jan-2017

Ipswich Lunches: Half Moon Foods

Swished across the gleaming white bonnet and into the Zoe's pre-warmed passenger seat. Ipswich?, suggested Andy. Yoxford!, I cried. Which was all v. well until Andy realised that the leccy charging hadn't quite gone to plan and that, while we could *reach* Yoxford, we wouldn't have enough volts for the return leg. Darn that cold snap. Oh well. Ippo it is.

Eagle eyes ever peeled for unvisited lunchettes this side of town (hello Munchies), we opted for a recce of Ransomes Europark. My bearings had long rolled away before Andy had one of those rare flashes and half-remembered a possible sandwicherie near Orwell Computers, the Mac fixers. Past Makro and into the car park of the Basepoint Business Centre. Over there, he pointed, at number 60, the unpromising facade of Half Moon Foods.

Welcome! said the purple-ish lettering, and they do indeed provide that along with freshly made sarnies, baps and baguettes. Plus a different special on Mon / Tue / Wed / Thu / Fri. Burgers today, chaps. Beef or chicken? That'll do for us. Chunky burgers with all the trimmings. Actually, no gherkins, thanks. And a can of San Pellegrino, cheers. Already pleased that we'd found somewhere new and looking forward to eating in the relative heat of the car, I looked up. Flippin' 'eck, seating! Paydirt.

Up the metal steps to what's more or less a viewing platform, as long as you grab the central table, since it provides an unexpectedly fine panorama of the grassland between (to the left) the Shepherd & Dog, now the Miller & Carter Steakhouse, and (to the right) the Orwell Crossing. Not the Serengeti but not the shabbiest of views.

As we chowed down, more folk came up to take the surrounding tables, presumably all from nearby businesses. Big site, Ransomes, easily large enough to support HMF, Kings, etc. Lunchtime rush dissipating, brief descent to secure a percolated coffee (help yourself to milk from the fridge) and a vg fruit scone. Been here a few years, has Half Moon, and they accept card payments too. Nice one.

If it was a car -- Lunar Roving Vehicle.
If they were passing by -- Helen Sharman.