We watched a brilliant (to us) new show on the History Chanel the other night, called “Secrets of Britain’s Great Cathedrals”. The first episode told the stories of York Minster, and Canterbury Cathedral. It was like a trip down memory lane as we had visited both of these famous buildings when we were holidaying in the UK some years ago. Whenever we visited a castle, church, palace or cathedral, I purchased booklets like these in the adjacent gift shops. Printed by Pitkin, they were reasonably priced, chock full of beautiful photos, packed with information, and light enough to tuck into my suitcase. In fact, I ended up mailing a bunch back home just so I would have room to buy a few more on our travels. Watching this programme was a good excuse to find my books and refresh my memory on all the history and features of these glorious buildings.
It’s telly watching of a different kind tonight – the All Blacks are playing the French in a series of three tests. Robin is engrossed in front of the TV so that will keep him quiet for the next couple of hours. It was a good start with the stirring La Marseillaise, the national anthem of France, followed by the singing of our own one, God Defend New Zealand. Then the haka – always a sight to see. The man of the house watched the game on TV with rapt attention, sipping on a Glava or two as the minutes rolled by, the rucks and line-outs evolved and the tries were scored. And yes, New Zealand won the first rugby test of three, so “Go, the All Blacks”.
All Black haka