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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Local Football Round Up - 20th December

In a thrilling end to end encounter, Blackpool Wren Rovers had to fight back from 2 goals down to finish 3-3 in a their West Lancashire League Premier Division home encounter with Crookland Casuals. 

It was the first time this season that Wrens had failed to win a league game at home and with Charnock Richard winning 3-1 at home to Coppull Utd, it means that their near rivals now take over at the top of the table.

Elsewhere in the Golden Triangle of local football, Squires Gate FC drew 1-1 with Abbey Hey in the Premier Division of the North West Counties League - a result which leaves them seventh in the table.

AFC Blackpool's bottom three clash against Bacup & Rossendale Utd was postponed du to bad weather.

Squires Gate host AFC Blackpool in a local derby clash on Boxing Day in a 3pm kick off

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Book Review: "No Woman's Land - A Centenary Tribute To Inspirational Women Of World War One"

Most people will have heard of Edith Cavell – the British nurse who was shot by the Germans during World War One and probably Mata Hari as well - she was the Dutch exotic dancer who spied for the Germans and was shot by the French. Then there was Mistinguet, the famous French music hall  star  who has been said to have spied for the British and  was never shot by any one.

But what about Marie Marvingt – the French pilot who invented the idea of the air ambulance…?  Elsie Janis – the American “Forces Sweetheart” of WW1…? Or maybe Flora Sandes – the British woman who joined the Serbian army and fought against the Austro-Hungarians…? 

Contrary to what a lot of people seem to think, there were actually thousands upon thousands of women involved in all sorts of activities in and out of the various war zones during the First World War.  From nurses like Nellie Spindler to ambulance drivers like Olive King, from diarists like Mildred Aldridge – who “retired” to the Marne during the summer of 1914 in search of a quiet place to live… - to sculptress Kathleen Scott (widow of explorer Captain Scott) whose artistic skills helped the pioneer plastic surgeons develop facial reconstruction techniques….. and this book is packed with fascinating stories about dozens of these inspirational women.   

With photos and basic biographical details, this is an excellent starter book for anybody who is interested in the First World War.   It doesn’t set out to be an “academic” work but it does give the reader a broad taste of some of the different roles that women filled (not just nurses and munitions workers although there are some of them in here as well…) and is aimed at a general readership.

An “Inspirational Women - Volume 2” is planned for publication later in the centenary years and there is also a companion volume out now called “Female Poets Of The First World War” which looks at the lives and works of female poets during the Great War period.

You can buy by mail order “No Woman’s Land” by mail order HERE  and “Female Poets Of The First World War - Volume 1” HERE

You can also buy on Amazon HERE


There is lots more information about Inspirational Women at  http://www.inspirationalwomenofww1.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Local Football Round Up - 13th December

Blackpool Wren Rovers Reserves beat Eagley Reserves with a sensational last minute goal after the two sides had remained deadlocked at 1-1 for much of this West Lancashire League Reserves Division One encounter.

The win sees the Wrens Reserves move 3 points clear in 3rd place in the league table as most of the other games were called off due to the weather.

The Wren Rovers first team's game away at Crookland Casuals was postponed and Wrens remain top of the West Lancashire League Premier Division 1 point ahead of second place Charnock Richard who have played one game fewer. 

Elsewhere in the Golden Triangle of local football, Squires Gate FC's game away at Winsford in the NWCFL was postponed and AFC Blackpool were without a game.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Book Review: "Female Poets Of The First World War - Volume 1" Compiled by Lucy London

The TV and newspapers are full of the World War 1 centenary at present - and quite rightly so as we need to remember what went on a hundred years ago.  Much is written and said about the “soldier poets in the trenches” but hardly anybody mentions women in the conflict – except as nurses, drivers or munitions workers.

That fact is that there were hundreds of women who wrote during the First World War – as journalists, diarists and, indeed, poets. Some of the female writers included in this book - like May Sinclair - were very well know at the time of the war but have fallen from prominence since – and others like Agatha Christie have become well known since but nobody knows now that she actually wrote poetry back then.

So the good thing about this book is that tell us about all sorts of women who wrote poetry during the war - from the American doyenne Ella Wheeler Wilcox who many years beforehand had written the famous lines “laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone”  and toured the US army depots in France giving poetry reading and lectures on “moral hygiene” to the soldiers right down to teenage girls at Downe House public school like Audrey Lucas who would later go on to achieve great things in adulthood.

There are poets from all the main countries that took part in the Great War – British Empire, USA, France, Germany, Austria Hungary, Russia , Serbia & Italy and also from some that you may not even know were involved such as Portugal, China and Japan.

A great many of the poems are written in English but many of the foreign language poems have been left in their original language.  Compiler Lucy London has done this on purpose as she wants the original poems to speak for themselves as the writer intended, rather than putting a translator’s spin on them.  

This is not an “academic” work - it doesn’t dissect the poems and make comments about rhyming schemes and stanza structures   but what it does do is gives the reader a broad taste of the different poets and their works and is aimed at a general readership.  If, having read this book, you then want to find out more about the individual poets and their writings, you can go off and do so but, then again, if this is the only book you ever read about female war poets, then you will still have very good grounding.

A “Female Poets Of The First World War - Volume 2” is planned for publication during 2015 and there is also a companion volume out now called “No Woman’s Land – A Centenary Tribute To Inspirational Women Of World War One” which looks at the lives and deeds of non –poets  during the Great War period.

You can buy “Female Poets Of The First World War - Volume 1” by mail order  HERE  and “No Woman’s Land”  HERE
 

You can also purchase on Amazon HERE
 
There is lots more information about Female War Poets at  http://www.femalewarpoets.blogspot.co.uk/
 

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Local Football Round Up - 6th December 2014

In our featured match of the day, Blackpool Wren Rovers Reserves beat Ladybridge Reserves 4-1 in the first round of the West Lancashire League's Houston Cup in a game that was very close until the last couple of minutes.

League leaders Blackpool Wren Rovers first team lost 2-1 away at Garstang in the Premier Division of the West Lancashire League. 

Elsewhere in the Golden Triangle of local football, Squires Gate FC beat Silsden 2-0 to move into 7th place in the Premier Division of the North West Counties league.

AFC Blackpool were without a game and remain in 20th position in the league table out of 22 teams.

Photo: match action from the Wren Rovers Reserves v Ladybridge Reserves Houston Cup game.