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In Homage to the Naas 7th. Brigade...

by Frank Schnittger Sun Jun 13th, 2010 at 01:46:04 PM EST


The gallant members of the Naas 7th. Mens Leinster League Tennis team succeeded in never winning a match, but were nevertheless successful in setting a rare standard of improvisation and camaraderie.  The improvisation stemmed from hardly ever having met beforehand, having little prior league team experience, and being informed of our selection on the night of the first match! Some were regrettably unavailable, but others stepped into the breach.  We struggled valiantly, but despite inspirational team talks, meticulous tactical preparation, and a rare application to the matters at hand, the opposition, mysteriously, always seemed to gain the upper hand.

I write it out in a verse -
McGettrick and Bonner
And McCudden and Doyle
with Killeen, Dunne and Schnittger
Now and in time to be,
Wherever white is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
Some terrible tennis was born.

(With apologies to William Butler Yeats: Easter, 1916)*



At least the grub was good, and the opposition friendly.  Unfortunately the pennants on the wall will not be augmented by our exploits.

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*Last Verse from Easter, 1916 by William Butler Yeats

Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
That is Heaven's part, our part
To murmur name upon name,
As a mother names her child
When sleep at last has come
On limbs that had run wild.
What is it but nightfall?
No, no, not night but death;
Was it needless death after all?
For England may keep faith
For all that is done and said.
We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead;
And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse -
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

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And with further apologies to all who don't like community blogs being gummed up with posts of essentially personal or local interest!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jun 13th, 2010 at 01:56:31 PM EST
Well I enjoyed your pics, your poem, and your post.  ;-)
by sgr2 on Sun Jun 13th, 2010 at 05:10:24 PM EST
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for better or for verse...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jun 13th, 2010 at 05:43:32 PM EST
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no; for better AND for verse . . .
by sgr2 on Mon Jun 14th, 2010 at 06:30:24 AM EST
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Delightful break from all the 'hard' stuff. :-)
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 14th, 2010 at 01:46:03 AM EST
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Frank, everything acquires new meaning in a new context...

There's a tendency for people to see media as isolated programs, items, clips, stories, narratives. That literal frame of different media is the limit of their little world.  Actually all these isolations form part of a continuous personal experience that includes what has happened before and is occurring around at the same time. Including what might be called real life.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 13th, 2010 at 02:39:16 PM EST
The thing I like about blogging is that it can work in so many different ways, and sometimes the form can be as interesting as the content...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jun 13th, 2010 at 03:40:04 PM EST
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Well I am a bit of a 'medium is the message' type of guy, so yes. It is, along with dirty jokes, on of the few bottom up (forgive the inevitable association) channels of communication - a true peoples medium.

I remember going to see 'Beyond the Fringe' in London, as a sixth former, and thinking 'this changes everything'. The same thing happened when someone showed me the Mosaic browser for the first time in late 93. And then Daily Kos.

We're still at the beginning, really. Lots more mind-blowing stuff to come.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 13th, 2010 at 03:55:05 PM EST
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* Frank BTW I think the real power of the intertubez will not be realised until we all start thinking of it as a local, rather then a global tool. Globally there's too much noise. But when virtual and geosocial communities get overlaid...

For me, a geosocial network would include ET - even if we are not all simultaneously in the same physical locality. But people and places are as much what happens here as anything else. Though some might disagree.

When I see Far Easterner's pictures of friends met on travels, LEP's family, or your tennis fellowship, I'm thinking - well I'd probably like to meet these people too. These people become by default part of my geosocial community.

The real bonds are with people you can physically touch or have touched. Those bonds can be extended electronically, but the node, the hot-spot, is the real bonds.

/old hippy rant

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 13th, 2010 at 05:04:44 PM EST
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Absolutely!
by sgr2 on Sun Jun 13th, 2010 at 05:12:54 PM EST
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He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
And rouse him at the name of Leinster.
...
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
...
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers...


"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mérite ni égards ni patience." René Char
by Melanchthon on Sun Jun 13th, 2010 at 03:07:17 PM EST
And you a Shakespearian scholar too!!!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jun 13th, 2010 at 03:38:17 PM EST
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No apology necessary. It is truly rare to find a team of anything proud of its unbroken winless record.

by shergald on Sun Jun 13th, 2010 at 05:09:14 PM EST
I think our consistency was the key...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jun 13th, 2010 at 05:30:26 PM EST
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Reminds me of the Really Terrible Orchestra.



Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Mon Jun 14th, 2010 at 12:46:59 PM EST
Ah now hold on, we weren't that bad...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jun 14th, 2010 at 02:15:17 PM EST
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