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  1. Language is dynamic (cf the Canutian efforts of the Académie Française to resist language change..) - if most people call it Sadler's then one small pocket of people making a conscious effort not to isn't going to change things. Personally I've never heard 'The Wells'.
  2. Few pics from yesterday. Good to see Silva and Hoyt just won again. Pics of them, Coco et Aoyama from yesterday
  3. We had Centre Court tickets yesterday but they were right at the back of level 5, so it was like looking out of a postbox, and we had a 'leaner' in front who took out half the court. The matches there were not that great (Kevin Anderson is really dull) so we mostly spent the day watching fantastic doubles on outside courts which would have cost a tenth of the price. It was good to see local girl Eden Silva and Evan Hoyt beat Storus and Paes, and there was a cracking ladies doubles of Sabalenka/Mertens v Krunic/Aoyama. Krunic repeatedly fell flat on her back volleying at the net and was back on her feet to return the return - reflexes of a cat! We were looking forward to the Cori Gauff match, given all the media frenzy about her, but frankly found it rather dull. She was extremely cautious, and both of them were nervous, so it was mostly 70s style baseline rallying. Maybe I'm missing something, and it's clearly still amazing for a 15 year old to get his far, but from that performance the quality of her actual tennis has been rather overhyped.
  4. Just noticed this on Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani's instagram and thought some here may be interested. She is having her long hair cut and using the event as a fundraiser - all donors of £25 or over get a pair of signed pointe shoes. A very worthy cause. Her text and links below... tarabhavs I'm sorry I didn't play with you more, but I think you'll have a great time on some sweet child's head💕 Thank you hair. Good bye😘💇‍♀️💕 Today I'm cutting my hair for @officiallittleprincesstrust Probably a good 10 years of growth in those 20 odd inches...we've been through a lot, but it's time to share the fun we've had. My hair will be made into a beautiful wig for a child who has lost their hair due to cancer and other illnesses and your donation will go towards making this happen! I'm also doing a pointe shoe giveaway! To celebrate my haircut, I'm giving away autographed pointe shoes to EVERYONE who donates £25 or more to the Little Princess Trust via www.justgiving.com/tarabb Once you have made your donation, please send your name and address to info@brigitteballet.com
  5. Mrs Quintus sent me a photo today from Boodles of her with Tsitsipas. His being 6'4 to her 4'11 made for a difficult composition, even more extreme than when I snapped her with Krystina Pliskova, pushing 6'2, a couple of weeks ago... 😂
  6. Pleased to see Yulia Putintseva, my 'discovery' from the Kazakh Fed cup match on an earlier post, get a big break in beating Naomi Osaka...... We just spent the weekend and Monday at the Birmingham Classic, and had another 'discovery' in the form of Iga Swiatek, last year's Wimbledon juniors winner. She is clearly inexperienced but has a great style to watch, and I think will develop to do very well. Both her and Yulia have got into Wimbledon... Must admit more and more I pick matches to watch based on the style of play rather than the ranking of the players. Konta bores me absolutely witless, whereas some lower ranking players are really exciting to watch - even when they lose.. Heather Watson lost but was looking in better form than I've seen for a long time
  7. Selling as I have a cough... SFB Welch/Scarlett/Peck bill at Sadler's Wells - second circle N 13, £15 e-ticket so can email.
  8. Had my first taste of Roland Garros at the weekend - 7 hours sitting on rock hard benches under a blazing sun! Our 'annexe courts' ticket proved fine, and we were able to move between courts without much queuing. Highlight match was Cornet/Martic (below) v Mladenovic/Babos. Towards the end of the day they open up the big courts too, so we got to see Barty beat Petrovic - and then turn up in our Chinese restaurant later that evening. I hope she didn't have the spicy pork, given what it did to me later.
  9. I saw the Shostakovich Trilogy tonight. 'Theatricality' in the synopsis above is actually an insight for me, as that characteristic suffused the three pieces - assertive, pronounced, almost gymnastic movement at times. A hint of Broadway even, dare I say. I enjoyed all three, but Chamber Concerto was the highlight, with Piano Concerto a close second. I was pleased to see Mathilde Froustey and Yuanyuan Tan for the first time live, and Mathilde was particularly fluid and expressive - a really lovely dancer. Those of us who lean to the ENB side here will also have been delighted to see Maddie Keesler back on stage at Sadler's. Oddly, up in the second circle, quite a few people left in the first interval, and a few more in the second - the dancing was good, and Shostakovich is not everyone's cup of tea, but should hardly come as a surprise either. I guess you can't please all of the proletariat all of the time. The orchestra was excellent, by the way. Looking forward to Welch / Scarlett / Peck next week.
  10. I was looking forward to seeing Beatriz S-B and Vadim tonight, but among the four substitutions Francesca Hayward easily made up for it - she was gorgeous. Within The Golden Hour was much our favourite of the three pieces and I'd certainly go to see it again. Natalia Osipova is always a pleasure to watch but I thought Medusa didn't really develop enough - however electro-Purcell was a revelation. Olivia Cowley was barely recognisable in her Athena guise - kudos to the makeup team. Flight Pattern was the most enthusiastically received by the audience, but while I found it interesting, I can't say I found it particularly engaging or moving, and I have a vague feeling I've seen something quite like it before - the whole swaying crowd part at least.
  11. We all agree not to talk about Pas de chat
  12. Katie Boulter got us through to the final 16, for the first time in an age. I'm pleased with this pic - she doesn't photograph well, not least because of that wretched visor that shadows her face in almost every shot
  13. An extraordinarily noisy Fed Cup yesterday in the Copperbox Arena as the Kazakh drummers and trumpeters were out in force! My 'discovery' was Yulia Putintseva, who I'd not come across before and how is very entertaining - a little powerhouse who wears her heart on her face! I'll be cheering for her over Konta this afternoon. Here are a few pics..
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