“At the going down of the sun and in the morning;”
The line from Binyon’s 1914 poem must be one of the most remembered and repeated line of verse. He wrote his poem whilst on the North Cornish coast, near Polzeath, looking out to sea. Though written for the fallen servicemen and women serving across the channel in the first World War it serves now a far wider remit. My professional work takes in both rugby and photography. Having spent the whole day reviewing action from the second round of the 2015/16 European Champions and Challenge cups, the tricolour arm bands worn in memory of the Paris victims were particularly poignant. With rugby sharing many of the same values as Service life it brought forward another line from the same poem:
“They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;”
But perhaps in these troubled times, with the particular horrors of modern conflict, the most apt line is the one that follows and is applicable to anyone, from which ever corner of the world they originate who has to endure the news that a dear one will not be returning home that night:
“They sit no more at familiar tables of home;”
Two views of Eigg from my office on the Isle of Skye. A tranquil scene in what is at times a very troubled world.
L208 – Eda Frandsen – 1938 traditional gaff rigged lobster boat originally built in Denmark – enjoying a fair breeze in the early evening sunshine.
At 12:00BST today the multihulls, the greyhounds of modern day sailing, crossed the line for the start of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. Last night the slightly slower Eda Frandsen rounded Ard Thurnish having left Mallaig for a week exploring the Small Isles and the Outer Hebrides. The Eda Frandsen no doubts shares more in common with the yachts that must have competed in the first Fastnet race of 1925 but even then she is clearly no whippet of the seas. Instead her natural stability make her an ideal vessel for her new life of providing traditional sailing holidays without a winch in site. The reward for working over 2000 foot of sail by block and tackle? A healthy appetite satisfied by some the best and freshest shell fish you can find. Now that is something that the freeze dried ration fed sailors of the Fastnet would be envious of.
If you are a delicate man.
And of wetting your skin are shy.
I’d have you know, before you go.
You had better not think of Skye.
By Alexander Nicholson
Tenth behind Graham Stewart in 2013, Dirk Zangen knocked the best part of 2 hours 20 minutes of his previous best to win the 2015 Celtman xTri in a time of 11 hours 51 minutes 14 seconds. In so doing he set a new best time for the cycle section and became the male veterans Celtman xTri record holder.
A bottle of specially brewed Celtman Ale went to every finisher and must have tasted sweet for 2015 Celtman Winner Dirk Zangen
Congratulations to the 87 winners of a 2015 Celtman Blue shirt and the 70 winners of a 2015 Celtman White shirt. A great day’s competition and one I again thoroughly enjoyed photographing. All the images are now available under the Celtman section of Alligin Photography’s website.
2015 Celtman Winner Dirk Zangen who completed the course in 11 hrs 51 mins 14 sec
2015 Celtman Women’s winner Siobhan Prise who was also 14th overall with a combined time of 14 hrs 1 mn 44 secs
What amazing story will 2015 bring? Click on the image to read the story of Jeff Glasbrenner and the 2014 Celtman Extreme Triathlon
A lovely sunny day looking out on to the Sound of Sleat, off Slye’s South East coast. The weekend will once more be spent over at Torridon following one of my favourite events in the sporting calendar. Hopefully the weather will hold for all the competitors. Click on the image for a look back at a remarkable story from last year’s event.