Category Archives: Sports

Winter In Sweden: Frozen Bureälven River Skating

Erik Normark (December 2022) – Ice skating along the frozen river, Bureälven, with long distance (Nordic) ice skates, långfärdsskridskor. It’s like an adventure, you follow the ice path and wonder what’s behind the next turn. You quickly get up speed and can pretty easily cover long distances. It was snowing a little so the ice had a nice white cover. I took a break for some coffee a an old barn before I returned back.

Nordic skating, also known as tour skating, wild skating and long-distance skating (and in Swedish långfärdsskridskor), was born in Sweden. It is essentially long-distance skating on frozen lakes and rivers, using skates with blades longer than traditional ice skates. Nordic skating blades are about 50 cm (20 inches) long and are attached with bindings to special boots that are similar to cross country boots, usually at the front. Here, we take a look at the top 10 spots in Sweden to enjoy Nordic skating.

Qatar 2022 World Cup: Why It Spent $300 Billion

The Economist – Qatar is about to host the most expensive World Cup ever, costing as much as $300bn. Why has this small, gas-rich kingdom chosen to host football’s most prestigious event, and how does it fit into its broader plans for economic transformation?

Video timeline: 00:00 – Why is Qatar hosting the World Cup? 00:57 – World Cups are expensive competitions 01:56 – Qatar’s human rights violations 02:36 – Qatar’s place in the Gulf 04:43 – Qatar distinguishes itself from its neighbours 05:50 – Qatar bids to host the World Cup 07:18 – Qatar’s neighbours issue a blockade 10:12 – What might happen after the World Cup?

Read our defence of Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup: https://econ.st/3XcOC5A

Previews: The Guardian Weekly, November 18, 2022

The cover of the 18 November edition of the Guardian Weekly.

The Guardian Weekly – November 18, 2022 issue:

Qatar’s World Cup of Woe

Ordinarily a football World Cup would be a moment for celebration, a time to savour sport’s power to unite nations and a glorious distraction from the problems of the day. Not this time: the 2022 tournament has been mired in controversy since it was awarded to Qatar 12 years ago.

Another dubious global milestone was reached this week as the world’s population passed 8 billion, according to UN estimates. In a the first of a series of dispatches from the frontline of population growth, Hannah Ellis-Petersen reports from India, which next year will overtake China as the planet’s most populous nation, on what the shift means for the world.

The US midterm elections saw the Democrats fare better than expected, retaining control of the Senate despite looking likely to lose control of the House by a small margin to the Republicans. The more consequential outcome may be for Donald Trump: Chris McGreal and David Smith ask if the former president’s grip on the GOP is weakening, and if his rival Ron DeSantis’s time may be coming.

Classic Car Race Festivals: 2022 Goodwood Revival

After a year of mind-blowing car events, it was fantastic to return to Goodwood Motor Circuit for the 2022 Goodwood Revival. As ever, the first thing that hits you upon entering the UK’s foremost classic car festival is the atmosphere.

With pristine vintage metal and immaculately prepared period outfits swirling around Goodwood’s picturesque grounds, the only giveaway that we weren’t in fact back in the 1960s was the flurry of smartphones held aloft to capture the weekend’s most unforgettable moments. Of course, we had to join in ourselves, and so we present to you our favourite memories from this year’s Revival.

This year, Ferrari celebrated its 75th anniversary, and what better place could there be to showcase Scuderia’s finest race cars than the Goodwood Revival? Lining up on the grid this weekend were some of the greatest racing machines of all time, including two Le Mans winners – the Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta that won the 24 Hours in 1949 and the Ferrari 275 P that claimed an overall win at the Circuit de la Sarthe in 1963 and 1964.

As part of the tribute, Graham Hill’s son and fellow F1 World Champion, Damon Hill, took to the track in ‘Old Faithful’, the 1962 title-winning BRM P578, among a cavalcade of cars from Graham Hill’s illustrious motorsport career. A fitting tribute to one of history’s greatest drivers, especially as Saturday was Damon’s birthday!

Design: The Architecture Of Baseball Stadiums (AD)

Hey, batter batter! Michael Wyetzner of Michielli + Wyetzner Architects returns to AD, this time breaking down the architectural details found in baseball stadiums around North America. From some of the earliest homes of the national pastime to current multi-billion dollar behemoths, Michael offers up expert insight on what makes each of them distinct.

Views: Freerunner Jason Paul Races Across Mumbai

Parkour athlete Jason Paul uses all of his freerunning skills and speed to chase across the busy streets of Mumbai to return a Bollywood actors lunchbox… 🇮🇳

See more incredible freerunning from Jason Paul here: https://www.redbull.com/int-en/shows/…

Mongolia Views: The 650-Mile ‘Mongol Derby 2022’

Each year in the wide open spaces of Mongolia, the Mongol Derby takes place, extending over 650 miles, is known to be the world’s longest and most difficult horse race, lasting two weeks. The course shifts slightly each year but is a recreation of the horse messenger system created hundreds of years ago by Genghis Khan.

Isle Of Wight Views: 2022 ‘Round The Island Race’

It wasn’t the fastest and a small boat didn’t win, but this year’s Round the Island race was one to remember as a being a classic blast around the Isle of Wight.

The annual Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, an island situated off the south coast of England. The race regularly attracts over 1,400 boats and around 15,000 sailors, making it one of the largests yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine’s Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Spectators can find many vantage points, both on the mainland and Isle of Wight, to watch the race progress. Those who cannot get to watch in person can always keep an eye on the race’s progress on the website, via our live text commentary and our boat tracking facility.

Ocean Sports Fishing: ‘Hooked On Bluefin’

“They’re the biggest, baddest fish in the ocean. They will break your heart, they will break your soul, they will break your back, they’ll break your gear. It’s an emotional rollercoaster.”

Costa Films’ “Hooked on Bluefin” unpacks the centuries-old culture of fishing for bluefin tuna — one of the most highly-valued gamefish on the planet. A coast-to-coast adventure, this film explores everything it takes to bring one of these mighty fish from ocean to table.

1950’s British Racing: A V16 At BRMA Track Day (2022)

A BRM V16 at the 2022 BRMA Track Day, held at Blyton Park.

1950s

The V16 is very much still in development and despite Raymond Mays protestations, the V16 makes its racing debut at Silverstone in 1950 in front of a record crowd of over 150,000 and Their Majesties the King and Queen. The V16 shears a driveshaft and the Alfas dominate. It is later established that it failed due to the steel not being to specification. The Trust sells BRM to Sir Alfred Owen (the great Midlands industrialist) in 1952. Regulations are changed to F2 rules (2 litre un-supercharged) leaving the V16 with no long term Formula One race prospects just as its development was providing positive results on the track. Parnell wins the Goodwood Trophy in the V16. The last of the front engine BRMs and the birth of the new P25 with a 2.5 litre straight 4-cylinder engine. The P25 was to herald a change in BRM’s fortunes with Jo Bonnier winning their first Grand Prix at Zandvoort in 1959.