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Sunday, 20 May 2012


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Hey - an opportunity to combine stuff. How about "Equus" from Tim Flach to go with Mikes equine enthusiasms?


(he has a flash-based website so not possible to link)

Personally, although the horse pictures are striking, I'm much more enamoured with the "More Than Human" series.

FYI, here's a part of insightful interview on training race horses from HBR published in May 2004 that's available online for free:


The full version is quite detailed and provides some amazing insights into improving human performance as well and would be useful to managers.

Makes you wonder about the seven 1930 and 1948; wonder if the fix was in those years or has the breadth of competition made it harder? Those were lean economic times, so maybe the handful of guys that could mount a triple c campaign had more of an advantage.

At my school we had a tennis machine - a Heath Robinson (Rube Goldberg), surprisingly compact enigma that would crouch on a low stepladder positioned on the court. Once supplied with power, from a safe distance, it clattered, shook, quivered and then spat tennis balls at irregular intervals, vicious velocity, unexpected angles, and the risk of nasty bruising for anyone rash enough to emerge from behind the safety of chainlink fencing. Our fear exceeded only our respect, so we formed no opinions about how it might work.

It had a name. Inevitably, "Rod Lever".

Steffi Graf also won the Olympics gold in 1988, giving her a Golden Grand Slam. It's even more rare, since the chance comes only once every four years.

I suppose that would be the "Johnny-come-lately" Kentucky Derby you're talking about - not The Derby?

I think Lance Armstrong's seven consecutive wins in the Tour de France is even more impressive considering the odds against ...

On the subject of Golf, I saw the action on the 15th hole of the Western Open. The Western Open was played at the Portland Golf Club which was not in Portland, but out in the country West of Portland in the area where I grew up. The 15th hole was at the back of the course and stretch along the abandoned track of the Oregon Electric. I saw Dr. Middlecoff, who won, and I think I saw Sam Snead, Julios Borros, and Ben Hogan as well, but have been unable to confirm if they played or not.

A (very mild) pedantic rebuke: in golf, it's The Open, not the British Open...

Margaret Court has become the vilest of "condemning homosexuals to hell" style of evangelist that Australia fortunately has very few of.

Interesting recent Fresh Air episode about the appalling safety record of horse racing (an average of 24 horses die at US racetracks EVERY WEEK.)


Off-topic: Is there a 'Slam in photography? The Pulitzer Prize, maybe?

Yes, the industry is in dire need of Federal regulation and adequate enforcement. As far as I know, it's one of those situations where "everybody" cheats because "everybody else cheats," and what's needed is big brother to step in and say "no more cheating by anybody, or else." Which unfortunately runs somewhat contrary to the popular trends in government these days, at least among some.

If the death of horses, mostly in the financially pressed lower echelons of the sport, weren't bad enough (and it is bad enough), running doped and injured horses endangers jockeys as well--their health and their lives.


can this be, the last post on photography or cameras was last Monday, excepting your Amazone ad?

No, it can't. (You somehow missed a rather substantial post on Friday. Took me two days to write it, the least you could do is notice it on the way by.)


Mike, toto is correct about Steffi Graf winning the "Golden Slam" in 1988; also, Steffi "only" won the grand slam one time, in 1988.

I don't watch horse racing as a habit, but an owner from Windsor and a poor Mexican jockey who trained in BC? Yeah, I'm there for the Belmont.

Apparently the horse thought otherwise, according to this fascinating interview.


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