Ivory Coast Cheating, or Brazil?

I am not sure I am well qualified to speak about this, but I am watching the Brazilians play the Ivory Coast. I have high hopes for Brazil – they play with such flair… normally.

In the 89th minute, Kader Keita¬†from the Ivory Coast ran into Kaka from Brazil, and then fell on the floor clutching his face. Kaka did nothing wrong, and certainly didn’t raise a hand to his opponent’s face. With much writhing on the floor and wringing of hands, a row erupted, and the ref sent Kaka off the pitch.

How can this possibly be right?

The game has deteriorated into a pass time for cheats if this is normal behaviour. Shame on you, Kader Keita. You have brought the good name of the Ivory Coast into disrepute.

Science Alive

On Wednesday this coming week (23rd June) the new ‘Science Alive‘ centre will open its doors for the first time and we’ll see visitors coming to see what it is all about. Based in the new buildings erected in the grounds of Harlow College, along Velizy Avenue, Science Alive will present a number of unique spaces and activities, including a studio space set up by Cleveratom.

The studio will be a Chroma Key experience, using a live chroma system from Reflecmedia. Visitors will be able to stand in front of the specially designed screen and talk to camera, which will have a ring of green LEDs attached, providing the essential ‘green screen’ effect. From there, the image taken by the camera will be fed into a Reflecmedia ‘Ultimatte’ box which will deal with the removal of the backdrop, and then send the image to a computer for video capture.

The captured video can then be edited (using an iMac and Final Cut software) and popped out to DVD for the visitor to take with them before they leave.

Cleveratom have been doing this kind of work in schools for many years, and our good friends at Reflecmedia have been extremely generous in supporting the project with their excellent technology. I’ll be there on Monday, setting the space up, and there again on Wednesday to see it be used for the first time.

Elsenham Golf and Leisure Club

I have been looking for a small, friendly and (mostly) affordable golf club to join. I found Elsenham Golf and Leisure Club just north of Stansted airport and have been going there recently to play a few rounds, and to use the driving range.

I am quietly impressed with this place – there is a nine hole course that has enough tee spots to play 18 holes without using the same tees for both 9’s, and is an interesting little course. In general, those who play with a slight draw will find the course easier than those with a slight fade (or more likely, a vicious slice), but there is enough of interest to keep you going. I particularly like the 6th, 7th and 8th holes, but what I enjoy more than anything is that there is a wide range of wildlife in and around the fairways. I should take my camera one day…

There is a small pro shop, bar and a decent little gym all attached, and plans are afoot to add a swimming pool and better overall facilities.

What sets it apart is that it is friendly, and the membership won’t kill your bank account. There is no ‘enrolment’ fee and annual membership, it’s just a simple, single payment after which you can wear the greens out.

Superb. Suits me just fine!