Dan Biggar trots across the pitch during the Autumn International rugby series in the northern hemisphere, the Australian Wallabies played Wales in Cardiff in November, 2021. Wales’ fly half played a major role in Wales beating Australia in a tight contest. Biggar’s kicking and game management were crucial. He kicked two conversions and four penalties, edging out Australia, 29-28 in a torrid match in front of an almost full crowd at Principality Stadium in the Welsh capital. In this image he is trotting back to his position and looking up at the boisterous Welsh crowd.
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Comedian, Rachel Parris, was recently in Oxford to speak at Blackwell’s about her freshly published book, Advice from Strangers. It’s loosely based on advice she collected from people who attended her stage show, delivered to her on bits and pieces of paper/cardboard, old train tickets, etc. Some of which she treasured and other bits, well, she either left out, or explained why it was not that good of advice.
I had the pleasure of making some portraits of Rachel Parris on the evening. Just in case you didn’t know, she is a BAFTA-nominated comedian, musician, actor, improviser, and, of course, published author. She is best known for her role on ‘The Mash Report’, which after 4 seasons migrated from the BBC to Dave, as Late Night Mash’. As a big fan of the show, Rachel kindly brought me up-to-speed, and to my dismay I discovered that Nish Kumar (aka Dishy Nishy), the long time host of the show, has stepped away to “concentrate on other projects”, or “to spend more time with his family”, or something like that. She was very tight-lipped about who would replace Nish in the new season.
Anyway, back to the real story, and that is that Rachel was very funny, honest, warm, and entertaining. In a brilliant, almost hour-long interview by journalist and fellow-author, Nell Frizzell, we learned much about Rachel – for instance, that she once worked at Blackwell’s music shop in Oxford. Which is no great surprise when you learned that she studied music at Oxford University. She read from her book, took questions from the audience, and serenaded the gathered crowd with a song. If the book is half as funny as she was on the night, it’ll be a very enjoyable read.
In late 2019 the world was alerted to a new Covid virus strain – COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). It is thought to have begun in China, but this remains a controversial assertion. The book, titled Vaxxers, details the inside story of the team, led by the authors, which developed the AstraZeneca Covid19 vaccine at the University of Oxford. Prof. Gilbert and Prof. Green wrote the story of AstraZeneca, which became a crucial tool in combating the first pandemic in 100 years. The authors of Vaxxers visited Blackwell’s in Oxford to sign hundreds of copies of their book in mid-2021.
Dame Professor Sarah Gilbert and Professor Catherine Green led a University of Oxford team which used existing vaccine technology to quickly develop a specific Covid19 vaccine after initial reports of a new virus strain emerged. Importantly, this new vaccine overcame some perceived shortcomings of other vaccines on the market. Firstly, it didn’t require storage at very low temperatures, making it easier to distribute, especially in the third world. Also, it was sold at a minimal cost in an effort to make the vaccine more accessible to poorer nations.
Dame Professor Sarah Gilbert is a Professor of Vaccinology at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, within the University of Oxford. She is also a co-founder of Vaccitech, which is a spin-out company from the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, one of the most prestigious vaccine research centres in the world. Professor Catherine Green is also attached to the Nuffield Department of medicine at the University of Oxford. She is a biologist who specialises in Chromosome Dynamics at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford.
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The ACT Brumbies met the NZ Crusaders in Canberra during round 12 of the 2013 Super Rugby season. The Crusaders beat the Brumbies in the Sunday afternoon match, played on 5th May, defeating the home team by 30-23, with 3 tries to 2 advantage. The defeat ended a season-long home winning streak for the Brumbies at their Canberra Stadium home ground.
In this image, NZ Crusader’s centre Ryan Crotty is tackled by ACT Brumbies fly half Matt To’omua and lock Peter Kimlin.
The Crusaders managed to stay ahead of the home team with the aid of the ever-dependable boot of Dan Carter. The fly half didn’t miss a single kick during the match, with 3 conversions and 3 penalties. The ACT Brumbies’ flanker George Smith played a crucial role for the home team. Smith managed several crucial turnovers and completed many tackles in what was his 137th Super Rugby match. However, the Brumbies suffered from a lack of possession, losing out to the visiting team, 40% to 60%.
The Brumbies and Crusaders are the most successful rugby franchises in their respective countries and are long term rivals.
The Brumbies remained on top of the Super Rugby table despite the loss. As the Brumbies were within 7 points of the Crusaders on the scoreboard, they managed to salvage a losing bonus point.
The Brumbies’ loss was in front of a sizeable 16,544 crowd at Canberra Stadium on a sunny afternoon.
The Brumbies went on to compete in the Super Rugby final of the 2013 season. They eventually lost to the Hamilton-based Chiefs, 27-22 in a hard-fought final in New Zealand.
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