Journey through rugby – Simon Shaw

first_imgI was sitting on a toilet when an earthquake hit. We’d gone on holiday after the World Cup in New Zealand and on the first day my wife, Jane, and I went to the supermarket – the only four-storey building in Bali! – to get essentials like nappies. I went to the loo and that’s when the earthquake struck. The mirrors smashed and the toilet came out of the wall and the floor. Then I had the ultimate dilemma: get myself together when there’s a chance I could die or run out into the middle of the supermarket with my trousers around my ankles!I decided to take my time and when I found my wife hiding under a clotheshorse we ran out of the building. I persuaded a taxi driver to take us back to the hotel to see if the kids were okay. He was listening to pop music so I got him to put on the news so we could find out what was going on. Bizarrely there were still roofers on houses putting down tiles! The quake measured 6.8 on the Richter scale, but luckily the kids were fine.My best rugby moment came with Wasps, not England. For me the game is about playing with mates and achieving something with guys who you play with week in, week out. So after the years I had at Wasps, the 2004 Heineken Cup victory against Toulouse stands out as the best.Mark Regan was very nervous about meeting the Queen. We went to the Palace after winning the 2003 World Cup. He was okay meeting the Queen, then we went into a big hall where there were lots of dignitaries and a big buffet. A footman, in all his regalia, approached myself and Ronnie and said, “Earl Grey?” Ronnie replied, “Mark Regan, pleased to meet you.” Any moments with Ronnie are memorable!DID YOU KNOW?Shaw is the oldest player to represent England at a Rugby World Cup. He was aged 38 years, nine days when RWC 2011 kicked offThis article appeared in the April 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. 17 Sep 2000: Simon Shaw of Wasps in action during the Zurich Premiership match against Gloucester at Loftus Road, in London. Wasps won the match 43-23. Mandatory Credit: Dave Rogers /Allsport LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click hereFor Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 Shaw reckons he’s lost an inch and a half in height over the years of scrum impactsCountry: EnglandAge: 38 (1 September 1973)Position: Second-rowBorn: Nairobi, KenyaA three-time Lions tourist, Simon Shaw spent 14 years at Wasps and has represented England in 71 Tests and at three World Cups. Here are a few things you might not know about Toulon’s newest lock…I needed a change. The move to Toulon came at the right time because I wanted a new experience. I needed something completely different and I came with an open mind. I’m enjoying life down here and I want to immerse myself in the culture.Life’s more relaxed in France. Every time I go back to the UK I go into overdrive. As soon as I get to the airport I’m thinking about where I have to go next, what time, and so on. Here it’s very laissez-faire.I used to speak Swahili. I was brought up in Kenya but remember little of the language now. I can also speak Spanish as I spent time in Spain. I’m trying my best with French but my schooling was many years ago and I don’t recall much. I pretty much understand everything but can’t converse very well yet.The kids love it here. I wanted the kids (Samantha, 8, Tyler, 7, Beau, 5, and Sienna, 2) to have a different experience. At home it rains a lot but over here the weather’s fantastic and they can play outside. The chance for them to learn another language is great. Everyone said they’d be speaking French in three months, so I expected them to be able to speak a third of French in a month! They’re doing well and are ordering meals for us.France has a lot of incredibly large players. Even at 6ft 8in and 18st 8lb, I often find that I’m no longer one of the biggest or heaviest on the pitch – I’m fourth or fifth on the list. I thought the game might be a lot faster in France, but it’s slower than I expected and all French clubs have a tough pack up front.Back in the day: Wasps v Gloucester, 17 September 2000Our trampoline ended up in the swimming pool. I spent a day and a half constructing this 13ft trampoline in the garden for my kids and the Mistral blew the thing in the air and it landed in the pool. It’s supposed to be a coastal breeze, but it’s a very hefty wind that comes out of nowhere.I’m not in any hurry to retire. It’s all doom and gloom out there and Toulon are interested in signing me for another year. I’ve also got a corporate events company, Set Piece Events. We’re launching a sevens festival in Brighton on 8-10 June (, which should be great. People concentrate on age too much. Lots of sportsmen and women achieve their ultimate goals in their 30s, such as Kelly Holmes, Linford Christie and Steve Redgrave, who won the last of his Olympic gold medals at 38.My first rugby memory is a bit random. I was playing football in the garden when my dad and our Welsh neighbour started swearing at each other across the porch for ten minutes. It was only later that I found out it was half-time during a Five Nations game between England and Wales.I hope rugby doesn’t become like football. I wouldn’t want players to ever be separate from fans, the people who watch and love the game. To socialise with fans is part of rugby. As soon as that stops rugby will be like football and other sports where players are so ‘big’ they’re untouchable.last_img read more

Hundreds expected to turnout for Paedar O Donnell weekend in Dungloe

first_img WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – October 18, 2014 Homepage BannerNews Twitter Pinterest Facebook Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleUCD defeat Derry City at Brandywell – Hutton’s reactionNext articleListen Back to the latest Weekend Edition News Highland Facebook Hundreds expected to turnout for Paedar O Donnell weekend in Dungloe The life and legacy of Peadar O’Donnell is being remembered in Dungloe this weekend with a series of debates which the organisers say provide an alternative to the McGill Summer School.Peadar O’Donnell was born in Meenmore in 1893, and died at the age of 93. He was a republican socialist, and an opponent of the treaty who was elected as a Sinn Fein TD for Donegal in 1923 while in prison.The weekend includes a number of local and national speakers. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Vladimir Padrino: Power in the Shadows in Venezuela

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo May 19, 2020 Venezuelan Army General Vladimir Padrino, minister of Defense for the Nicolás Maduro regime, was among the U.S. Department of Justice’s March list of wanted individuals, accused of being part of the Cartel of the Suns’ narcotrafficking and terrorism network.Padrino controls food distribution and leads 11 of Venezuela’s 32 ministries. He is practically a head of government in the shadows, and he has even managed to outweigh Diosdado Cabello (head of the illegitimate Constituent National Assembly), Mexican newspaper El Universal reported in March 2019.“The United States, Canada, and the European Union have sanctioned almost 75 percent of the Venezuelan military’s high command,” Rocío San Miguel, head of Venezuelan nongovernmental organization Citizen Control, a security and defense watchdog, told Diálogo.Padrino not only takes advantage of his position to allow narcotrafficking aircraft to fly over Venezuelan airspace, but has also set up at least 24 companies in the United States and Venezuela through his wife and family members. He also profits from lucrative state contracts, investigative journalism organization Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project said in its April 10 article The General and His Corporate Labyrinth.“What is surprising is that Padrino has reached this level of recklessness by placing his relatives in formal structures to make them untouchable, laundering illicit money from drug, arms, mineral, and hydrocarbon trafficking,” Jorge Serrano, a scholar at the Center for Higher National Studies in Peru, told Diálogo. “The military officer is the strong man who holds Maduro in power.”“The minister of Defense has two sides: one as an exemplary and patriotic service member, and the other as a corrupt service member who conducts espionage activities on U.S. soil with the support of Cuban advisers and strategists,” Serrano added. “The Venezuelan intelligence service is totally infiltrated by Cuba.”Padrino was part of the Chavista government and maintained his loyalty to the regime during the 2002 coup that ousted Hugo Chávez for a few days. He moved up through the ranks until he became Maduro’s right-hand man.“For several years he has been responsible for supervising the Bolivarian indoctrination in all the vocational trainings, institutions, schools, and universities of the Armed Forces to exert direct control over soldiers,” Serrano said. “Padrino should already be retired, because he has served five years in the Ministry of Defense, but it’s not easy for Maduro to make changes while facing so much fear; he prefers balance in power,” San Miguel added.Serrano and San Miguel agree that there is no real loyalty and trust among Maduro’s inner circle. “That loyalty is driven by economic profit, not ideology. The senior military leaders are addicted to the economic profits they obtain from the state and its companies,” Serrano said. “It’s not only the high command that fills their pockets with millions of dollars. Corrupt money trickles down to mid-levels in the Armed Forces.”“This doesn’t impact the National Bolivarian Armed Forces’ true soldiers, so the transition will be decided by Venezuelan service members. They are the key to this process,” San Miguel concluded.last_img read more

Hey Sydney! Here’s what a $4 million apartment should look like

first_imgGreet each evening with a cool beverage and this view for just $4 million.We realise $4 million isn’t pocket change, but you’d be hard pressed to find anything like this penthouse apartment at 901/21 Pixley Street, Kangaroo Point for the same dollars in Sydney.Catch an evening on the terrace…with this view.Sydneysiders should be turning a particular shade of Kermit as they check the 494sq m of living area — almost half of which is outdoors terraces to enjoy our balmy weather and the outlook.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoRetire to the open plan living, again with this view.By the way, the midwinter mercury is set to hit 21 degrees here today. It’s so chilly we might be tempted to put on a long-sleeved T-shirt.Good morning sunshine!Back to the penthouse where the four-bedroom, three-bathroom curved floorplan means you can barely enter a room without being slapped in the face by our stunning city skyline and its adjacent waterway.Another great place to entertain.There’s even four-car accommodation which allows you and your significant other to store a weekday motor AND a weekend convertible…each!The kitchen opens onto the living space. Not surprisingly, it has a view too.How’s that working for you Sydney?By the way — this is what our typical winter weather looks like:Another oppressive Brisbane winter outside the Courier Mail office.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more