This can, at best, be described as an irregular blog.  My blogging is, these days predominantly adhoc and is usually filed under Mhor Skye Musings.  These musings contain images around where I live on the Sleat Peninsular and also the rest of the Isle of Skye. I still occasionally blog about some of my event photography or Landscape/Wildlife when my travels generate a suitable tale to tell and I find time to recount it.

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The Spirit of Ladysmith Lives On

When HMS Terrible and HMS Powerful landed their guns to help the besieged British Army at Ladysmith during the Boer War two modern day legacies were born. The first was Naval Field Gun which nurtured so many matelots with the … Read More

Former Player Takes Charge of Test Match

In May 2010, at the then Guinness Premiership Final, Saracens fly half Glen Jackson, bowed out of top flight rugby to become a referee.  On Saturday he takes charge of the test between England and Fiji at the same Twickenham … Read More

The Bundaberg Bottle – A Rum do for Raumakita

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The Royal Navy Commonwealth Cup squad select Seti Raumakita to be awarded the Bundaberg Bottle [of rum], presented to the Royal Navy Rugby Union by Mr John Walton.

Welling Hat Trick Hits Harrington’s Hopes

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RN winning CNRC match report below. Last night’s U23 match is available by clicking here. Also some interesting info from BFBS.  Includes interview with Ash before the final match and thoughts looking forward to April 2013.

80 Minutes From Glory as Centenary Closes

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“The New Zealand team woke on Tuesday morning with their fate in their own hands.  Beat or draw against their historic rivals, Australia, and they would be the 2006 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup champions and the first team beside the … Read More

Service Rugby Returns to Sardis Road

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 This season’s Combined Services Remberance Day Match will be played on Wednesday 7th November 2012  at Sardis Rd, Pontypridd against the world famous Crawshays XV

From Small Acorns Mighty Oak Trees Grow

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Garrick and Boyce’s “Heart of Oak” is the official march of the Royal Navy, the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy so in the middle of the sixth Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup the oak theme is very … Read More

Humphrey Holds Nerve to Edge Kiwis

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The Royal Navy beat the Royal New Zealand Navy 21-18 in a thrilling second match of the 2012 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup which keeps alive their ambition of retaining their title.

A Decade of Dedication

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After ten years as Navy Rugby Referees’ Secretary Tim Bailey hands over the administrative whistle to Geoff Howells.  Geoff has a very hard act to follow.  Also in this blog US Portsmouth says farewell to Terry Le Manquais and images … Read More

Shelford-Stokes Shield Retained by Royal New Zealand Navy

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The first match of the 2012 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup was a repeat of the 2009 opening fixture with the Royal Australian Navy taking on the Royal New Zealand Navy.  At stake was not only the first points in the … Read More

Commonwealth Cup’s Rich History – Part 3

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BFBS Preview of 2012 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup Before the Royal Navy squad set off to Australia, BFBS Sport’s reporter Julian Evans visited at their training base.  Julian Evans’s report from HMS Sultan featuring the dulcet tones of coach Mike … Read More

Navy Academy – Inter Service Champions

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For information on the 2012 Commonwealth Navies Cup in Sydney click here. I have added a list of previous player of the tournaments. Royal Navy Rugby League provide perfect lead out for Union team.

Commonwealth Cup’s Rich History – Part 2

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Commonwealth Cup – all the information can be found on this page – CNRC Sydney 2012 With the Commonwealth Cup starting on Wednesday and the Royal Navy team in the air as this is written the sixth CNRC will soon … Read More

If You’re Good Enough, You’re Young Enough!?

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A quiz for all Navy Rugby aficionados out there.   Who is the missing player from the following list:   Kev Bethwaite, Dave Sibson, Glenn Loughlin, Chris Alcock, Les Oman, Rich Perkins, Paul Livingstone, Bill Dunham, Cass Clay, Mike Leatherland, … Read More

Commonwealth Cup’s Rich History – Part 1

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This is the first of three posts that looks back at some of the history of the Commonwealth Cup and hopefully will help Navy Rugby followers to understand that though the Royal Navy has always won the trophy, the tournaments … Read More

2012 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Club – Preview

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With the Navy team leaving next week for the 2012 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup (CNRC) being hosted by the Royal Australian Navy in Sydney it is an ideal opportunity to look at the current form of the three competing teams.

Samurai and Billy May Prepare for Kenyan Safari

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As previously posted former Navy Coach, Billy May, was selected to be part of  Samurai’s coaching team in this weekend’s Safaricom 7’s.  Samurai will be looking to go one better than last year when they lost to Samoa in the … Read More

Navy Coach Goes Big Game Hunting

Former Navy Sharks and Senior XV coach, Billy May, has been invited to be part of Samurai’s coaching team at this month’s Kenya Safari Sevens.  

Gordon Herbert Waddell – Royal Marine, Navy Rugby, Scotland and British Lions Passes Away

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Earlier this month witnessed the passing of a great man of rugby Gordon Waddell who sadly died on 13 August.  During his National Service he was a Royal Marine Commando and represented Devonport Services RFC.  He won a solitary cap … Read More

Evans Exiled and Navy Rugby’s Old Warriors

Gaz Evans Exiled by Exiles Navy hooker/number eight Gaz Evans made his debut for his new club London Welsh in the 40-31 defeat away to Premiership rivals Bath.  However Director of Rugby Lyn Jones felt Gaz needed some more game … Read More

Spitfires Stutter as Army Cruise

Infinity Park, Denver, Colarado sees the International Defence Sevens with the Royal Air Force and British Army joining two Australian Army teams, the French Armed Forces, the US Coast Guard, US Marine Corps, US Air Force, US Army and US … Read More

Friday the Thirteenth Unlucky for Some?

I am not a superstitious person, so the luck / bad luck about travelling on Friday the thirteenth has never bothered me.  As I have written about in an earlier blog, last weekend I completed the RNRU 3 Peaks Challenge, … Read More

Joy and Sadness in the Rugby Family

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First the joy with the news that the newly formed Afghanistan Rugby Federation celebrated its first XV-a-side competition game.  Then the sadness as in the same week I received the news that navy rugby stalwart and life member, Terry Le … Read More

Last Hurrah for Sharks at Henley

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After their continued improvement at the Newquay Surf Sevens, the Navy Sharks complete their 2012 sevens campaign at the revived Henley Sevens.

On the Slopes of Blaven

Anyone who has visited the Isle of Skye or indeed viewed the island from the West Coast of Scotland will not have missed the serrated skyline of the Cuillin mountains, the most southerly of which is Blaven.  For anyone who … Read More

A Photographers Reflection on Celtman 2012 – Part 3

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Part three of three reflections on the recent Celtman Extreme Scottish Marathon Part two can be viewed more easily by clicking here. Part one can be viewed more easily by clicking here. Run I spent my time, with my camera, in Coire Mhic … Read More

Surf Up and Sharks Out Hunting

The Navy Sharks produced by far their best performance of the 2012 Sevens season at the Newquay Surf Sevens .  With a squad bolstered by some of the star performers from the recent Navy Sevens the team made the main … Read More

Navy Sevens – Seahawk Complete Double

A long days drive from the Isle of Skye was rewarded by a day of very good sevens when Ivel Barbarians RFC hosted the 2012 Royal Navy Rugby Union Sevens Tournament.  HMS Seahawk beat 30 Cdo RM in a good … Read More

Speed Bonnie Boat……..

With the opening of the Skye Bridge in 1995 (Tolls abolished in 2004) most journey’s do not involve a ferry crossing.  From where we are in Sleat it is quicker to use the Mallaig Armadale ferry but after a thirteen … Read More

Basking Sharks No More

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Whilst not yet in the category of Tiger Sharks or Great Whites the Navy Sharks have certainly left behind their Wild Boar Sevens lethargy and produced some much improved performances at the West Country Sevens. A full gallery of images … Read More

Once a Marine always a…………

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His place in Navy Rugby history is assured.  It is unlikely that any Servicemen will ever play in more Inter Service matches in the UK.  However last week Bob Armstrong clearly felt the need to add another paragraph to his … Read More

Navy 28 Army 12 – must be a good news story

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The Rugby Club Marine Nationale achieved what neither the Royal Navy or indeed the US Navy could achieve when then beat their Army opponents in the French Inter Services yesterday.  Having already beaten the Gendarmes on Monday the RCMN now … Read More

Out, Back and Home

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Whilst the Isle of Skye continued to enjoy some great weather I returned South to spend a couple of weeks photographing Field Gun.  This competition remains, to me, the epitome of team sport.