Wales’ World Cup Review

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 2. LLOYD WILLIAMSHe may have been limited to a bench role this time but expect him to have the No 9 on his back in four years’ time. He showed in the last 15 minutes against Australia what he’s capable of, keeping the tempo up as Wales pushed for that late try and taking play all the way to the Wallabies line. He can pass well off both hands and, more importantly, can pass quickly; he gets the ball out of the contact area as fast as he can giving Wales the best opportunity to do some damage.Power play: Dan Lydiate3. THE BACK ROWSo much has already been said about Sam Warburton and his skills, but we shouldn’t forget his back-row buddies Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau. Lydiate is one of the hardest workers in the team and puts in tremendous tackles while Faletau proved in the France defeat that he has a skill-set beyond his 20 years, controlling the ball at the back of a retreating scrum and getting Wales on the front foot with his powerful surges with ball in hand. 4. ATTITUDEThis Wales side are different from their predecessors. Young and confident, they play with a belief that the men in red have not always possessed. They’re serious about achieving success and are prepared to make the sacrifices for it, even if it means laying off the beers post-match. If they can maintain that attitude for the years to come and increase their self-belief even further they should do well. Very well indeed.center_img Opening gambit: Shane Williams, playing in his last RWC game, scored Wales’ first try against AustraliaBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features Editor at Eden ParkWALES DESERVED to end this World Cup with a win but it wasn’t to be. Neither Australia nor Wales excelled in a rather drab third-place play-off, but it was the Wallabies who emerged 21-18 winners at Eden Park.Wales put together a great spell in the last five minutes, keeping the ball and working their way from their own half into Australia’s 22 before stretching the Wallabies defence to such an extent that Leigh Halfpenny skipped over for a late try. They should be credited for that commitment to a losing cause but ultimately it was a sad end to their tournament.The men in red missed Rhys Priestland desperately, neither James Hook nor Stephen Jones looking comfortable at ten or bringing the best out of this back-line. So Warren Gatland’s side return home having finished fourth at the World Cup – and losing their three games by a total of five points. How much different would things have been had Priestland been fit or either of their other fly-halves had been able to slot a penalty or two.It may have been a disappointing finish, but there are still positives they can take.…1. RHYS PRIESTLANDThe effect of the Scarlets fly-half on this team was most evident when he wasn’t playing in Wales’ last two games. He’s an instinctive and clever player who plays flat and can time his passes to great effect, bringing his powerful midfield runners onto the ball at pace or spreading it wide to a dangerous back three. He should be installed in the No 10 shirt now and stay there all the way to RWC 2015. He’s responsible for getting Wales’ back-line firing again.last_img read more

Attendance patterns and behaviour in relation to experience and pair-bond formation in the Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans at South Georgia

first_imgRecruitment of Wandering Albatrosses Diomedea exulans to the breeding population at South Georgia took between 2 and 8 years after they first returned to their natal colony. In successive seasons, from first return to pairing, the date of arrival became earlier and the number of days spent ashore and the time spent interacting with other birds increased. Pairing birds arrived earlier and spent more time ashore than birds of similar experience which did not pair in that season. In the season following pairing they returned at the same time as breeding birds, but most did not breed; when ashore they spent much of their time alone or with their partner at the nest site. They left in mid‐season before other non‐breeders and bred the following season. Some birds accomplished this process by spending much time (50–60 days) ashore in two or three seasons but most birds spent a similar total time ashore spread over more seasons. Until the season prior to breeding, the number of birds of the opposite sex with whom interactions occurred was proportional to the amount of time spent ashore. There was, therefore, considerable scope for inter‐individual assessment of potential partners before interactions were confined essentially to a single partner in the season before the first breeding attempt.last_img read more

Roger Waters Takes On Donald Trump In New Footage From ‘Us + Them’ Tour Rehearsal

first_imgRoger Waters has always been clear about his feelings about President Donald J. Trump. The Pink Floyd bassist has a long history of speaking out against political corruptness, and since before Trump was elected, Waters has been very clear expressing his anti-Trump stance. In October of last year, Waters performed in Mexico City and used the song “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” as a vehicle to express his outrage at the then-presidential candidate. During his Mexico City performance, Waters released hundreds of thousands of inflatable pigs onto the crowd while he performed to a backdrop of images of Trump giving the Nazi salute and surrounded by members of the KKK—Waters famously reposted the footage from that performance on Inauguration Day.Pink Floyd-Inspired Flying Pigs Will Block Chicago’s Trump Tower For A Day This SummerA few months ago, Roger Waters announced a massive world tour dubbed Us + Them, which will see the bassist travel extensively across the United States with over forty dates. Now, footage from tour rehearsals of Waters’ Us + Them tour has been leaked, and the outspoken musician has no plans to stop taking shots at Donald Trump. Again, the song “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” off Pink Floyd’s 1977 Animals was used as the medium to carry out Waters’ Trump takedown. During the eleven-minute performance of the song, neon pop-art images of Trump appeared, depicting the president with breasts, in a Klan hood, wearing lipstick, exposing a micropenis, with the head of a pig, and finally, with the word “charade” written across his face.During the rehearsal performance at Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the screen also showed a giant robotic flying pig as well as some of Trump’s quotes on record about women, his daughter Ivanka, his border wall, 9/11, taxes, and more. The video also projected images of Donald Trump with dollars signs over his eyes and saying the word, “I won!” and ended with the words “Fuck Trump” across the screen. The Trump-themed imagery continued in the songs “Money” and “Us and Them” as well. You can watch videos of Roger Waters’ rehearsal below. “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” [Video courtesy of markit aneight “Comfortably Numb”[Video courtesy of markit aneight]“Time”[Video courtesy of Dan Morgan]“Wish You Were Here”[Video courtesy of Dan Morgan]“Another Brick In The Wall”[Video courtesy of Dan Morgan]“Great Gig In The Sky”[Video courtesy of Leon Feingold][H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Fashion Powerhouse Elizabeth O’Connor-Cowley loves Ashgrove

first_imgElizabeth O’Connor-Cowley bought her first unit in Auchenflower in 1994 for $183,000. Now her family live in Ashgrove, and it’s ‘boy heaven’. Picture: supplied.ELIZABETH O’Connor-Cowley is the powerhouse behind the brilliant children’s luxe fashion label eeni meeni miini moh. When she’s not outfitting discerning grown-up shoppers with her latest luxe handbag and accessory collection, article:® at her pop up store at 48 James St, Fortitude Valley, she’s living it up in Ashgrove where cricket is played on the street and neighbours look out for each other. What would you change about your home? Elizabeth O’Connor-Cowley is releasing a new range of pochettes and handbags in her pop-up store in Fortitude Valley. Picture: supplied.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago What was the best piece of property advice you were given? Definitely the outdoors, it’s where our kids spend a lot of their time. We’re on a 825sq m corner block in a double cul-de-sac. Ashgrove is a leafy suburb full of families, which we love. My studio is my favourite hang out space. It’s where I spend a lot of time but it makes me happy. I have everything I need in this space from my painting easel and trolley to a large layout bench, a sewing table and of course my computer workspace. Storage is in abundance in this room so everything is on hand behind the sliding doors. What do you love about your home? If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? What is the best thing about your suburb?center_img We live in Ashgrove. We moved here from Auchenflower once our eldest son commenced Year 5 at Marist College Ashgrove. It just made sense to live close to the school that we were going to be involved with for the next 12 years until our youngest son graduates. Building a contemporary art gallery (GOMA-style) space with very high ceilings using a combination of juxtaposing materials (concrete, timber, aluminium etc) and be full of mid-20th century classic furniture and abstract art. As for the location, somewhere with direct access to our private beach and docked yacht/luxury cruiser in summer and in wintertime it would the mountains with ski-in/ski-out facilities. Ashgrove is leafy and full of families. We love that. Where do you live and why? We are yet to renovate our interior so that is the next thing on our agenda when time permits. We can’t wait to knock out a few walls and open up the living areas which will create a feeling of space. We can then bring back my favourite classic chair collection, which is currently in storage. Our best advice was to get into the property market as soon as we could. We bought our first piece of property when we were first married (23). Most of our single friends were off overseas blowing their cash but we did it the other way around.last_img read more