Archive for November, 2010

Suffolk Soldiers’ Memorial

Listed Buildings in Ipswich: No 2 Suffolk Soldiers’ Memorial

The Grade I listed “Suffolk Soldiers’ Memorial” commemorates soldiers from the county who died during the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). It was originally erected on the Cornhill (in front of Ipswich Town Hall) and unveiled on September, 29 1906, but was later moved to Christchurch Park to free up space on the Cornhill for the town’s trams to manoeuvre. It took around fifty men armed with a series of rollers to relocate the memorial which stands 15’ 6” high overall. The statue itself is 6’ tall and cast from bronze.

If we covered the Boer War at school then I confess to have forgotten all I was taught so was somewhat aghast to learn, after a bit more research, that 16,987 men from both sides died in action, a further 13,250 British troops died from disease, 934 went missing and 22,828 were wounded. Not that anyone should be proud of those stats but to learn that 27,927 Boer women and children died in BRITISH concentration camps during the conflict makes me shudder. Yes, BRITAIN invented the concentration camp (although some claim that the USA or possibly Russia may have beaten us to it) and also used the conflict in southern Africa to refine its scorched earth policies first used on the Irish in the 16th century.


A Prophet

A Prophet – Jacques Audiard (2009) @ the Ipswich Film Society

I thoroughly enjoy foreign cinema but the run time of A Prophet of two-and-a-half hours – and concentrating for that long on subtitles – almost persuaded us to stay indoors in the warm. But I’m very glad that we didn’t as this is a gem and it’s of little surprise that it was won several awards, including best film at the Cannes Film Festival, since its release towards the tail end of last year.

Immensely watch-able (there’s a good plot summary here), you daren’t turn away for fear of missing anything in this incident crammed film. A brilliant work it must be if it can get you rooting for a petty criminal who turns to murder and subterfuge to survive a six year jail term and emerges a hardened gang leader at the end.

It’s just a shame that this will never see the inside of a cineplex. If filmed in English it would be a box office smash but sadly won’t make it much beyond the Art House circuit.

Dirty Secrets

Am I alone in questioning why everyone thinks it’s such a good thing for England to host the 2018 World Cup?

The BBC have been lambasted for the timing of their Panorama programme just a few days before Thursday’s crucial vote in Zurich but why does everyone think it’s a good idea for us to pay for the privilege of hosting a tournament that gives Blatter and his cohorts a tax free kitty of several billion euros!

We’re already paying for the 2012 Olympics at a time when the UK’s not exactly flush and now we want to stump up more money to host the WC Finals.

Lancing 2 AFC Uckfield 0

27-11-2010: Lancing 2 AFC Uckfield 0
(Sussex County Football League Division Two)
Culver Road, Lancing, Susssex

It has only been in the last couple of years that I discovered that my second cousin has for many years been involved in the running of Sussex County League side Lancing. He first became actively involved with the club in the 1960’s and has been done pretty much everything from stock the club shop to relaying the pitch over the past fifty years.

He stepped down from the chairmanship a number of years ago and is currently club president. A love for football, and particularly non-league football, obviously runs in the family’s blood.

At today’s match we got the VIP treatment that included a cup of tea in the VIP lounge at half-time which was a most welcome fifteen minute break from the bitter cold that has enveloped most of the country these past few days.

It was considerably warmer when I lasted visited the ground earlier this year and was given a guided tour and a nice ground it is too. The club, and my cousin, are rightly very proud of their new club house and stand which replaced an old wooden two hundred seater structure in 2007.

The old stands passing is gone, but not forgotten. The home of many fond memories and witness to the usual ups and downs associated with football teams. It was built partly from materials ‘liberated’ from the now defunct Lancing Carriage Works, a quarter of a mile away on the other side of the Brighton to Littlehampton railway line, that included the old station clock from Hove Station!

Pictured in this post are (top) goal mouth action from today’s game, (middle) Culver Road from the air and (bottom) the old grandstand, while photos from my visit to Culver Road in June can be found here (to avoid any possible confusion you should note that the Sussex County League HQ also sits in Culver Road).

Chantry Park Gatepiers

Listed Buildings in Ipswich: No 1 Chantry Park Gatepiers

The Chantry is a large 18th century mansion that stands in approximately 50 hectares of parkland a mile-and-a-half to the west of Ipswich town centre. Once the home of Sir Fitzroy Edward Kelly, Baron of the Exchequer, it was bequeathed to the town in the 1920’s. The gates to the park, and the Chantry itself, are just two of the 600 listed buildings/monuments in Suffolk’s county town that I’ll be featuring on this blog in the coming year (or however long it takes me photograph them all).

Football Statues

No 24 (in a series of several): Uwe Seeler (1936 – )

This statue outside the Volksparkstadion, Hamburg has a very Pythonesque look to it. Unveiled in August, 2005 it is an exact replica, in bronze, of the right foot of the former German footballer Uwe Seeler. Obviously not to scale though. It cost €250,000, measures 2.3M x 5.3M x 5.15M and weighs in at 4 tons.

Seeler was the first player to appear in twenty world cup finals matches (playing in the same four finals as Pele (1958, 1962, 1966, and 1970)), the first player to score in four world cup final tournaments and the only player ever to score at least 2 goals in 4 tournaments.

During a twenty-year playing career with SV Hamburg he scored a rather impressive 226 goals in 318 league appearances, while notching up 43 goals in 72 appearance for his country.

He is pictured in what German Football Magazine Kicker considers to be the photo of the century leaving the pitch after West Germany’s 4-2 loss to England in the 1966 final…

… a picture not that dissimilar to this one taken of Wayne Rooney trudging of the pitch at Bloemfontein this summer …

… as kindly points out. What goes around comes around, as they say.

Pictures from here, here and here.

More football statues here and here.

Football Statues

No 23 (in a series of several): FC Start Memorial

This monument stands outside the Dynamo Stadium in Kiev and commemorates the lives of four Ukranian footballers who were executed by the Germans during World War II.

Ivan Kuzmenko, Mykola Trusevich, Olexiy Klimenko and Mykola Korotkikh were all members of FC Start a team formed during the Nazi occupation primarily with players from Dynamo Kiev. Dynamo, prior to the outbreak of hostilities, and with the backing of the Police and the Ministry of Home Affairs, were considered a major power in world football.

Matches against teams Ukrainian nationalists, Hungarians and Rumanians were arranged by the Nazi with the express intent of humiliating the FC Start side – poor diets, amongst other things, had left a number of the players in poor health – and with it Communist ideology.

This backfired spectacularly as results went in favour of FC Start and morale amongst the local population soared as they followed the exploits of their new team. Only one thing for the Germans to do and that was arrange for FC Start to take on the crack Luftwaffe side Flakelf. But, not only did FC Start win the first game, but also a rematch. Flakelf were humiliated.

Four players from the FC Start side were later rounded up and sent to a detention camp from which they disappeared, believed executed.

Picture from here.

More football statues here and here.