snow in christchurch

all very pretty today!


I read yesterday in the newspaper (The Christchurch Press Your Weekend supplement) that sitting is bad for you.  One person quoted talked of sitting as the new smoking.  Apparently we are sitting too much and even 30 minutes excercise a day isn’t enough to stove off the effects of sitting.

It got me thinking.  Some years ago medical people suggested that a glass of red wine a day is good for you and then within no time at all we were told it is bad (I have ignored the second level advice).  We were told to eat more veges and fruit – and we did.  We were told to quit smoking so we did even if we hadn’t started.  We were told to get our cholestral levels down and we did only to find that they have set a lower level.  Now we can’t sit.

I want to know who these people are and what will finally satisfy them.  I wonder if we stop living will we have reached their target?  But by then, in all the effort to stay alive, will we have lived?

Crusaders win overnight

It was well worth getting up early to watch the Canterbury Crusaders rugby team play the Cape Stormers in South Africa.  I did tape the game but was up at 6am to watch the game before my church activities at 8.30am.

The fact that the team hasn’t been able to play a game in Christchurch because of the earthquake damage made this year’s season look like being too big – but now they are set to play the Queensland Reds in Brisbane in next weekend’s final – yet another away game.

Who knows whether they will prevail then but they have climbed a very steep mountain and the summit is in sight.

It is hard to pick one or two outstanding players this season – almost everyone in the team has stood up in different ways at different times – but surely Zac Guildford has done enough to earn a starting position for the NZ All Blacks World Cup team.  His combination of skills – speed in attack, quality of defence, and his hunger to get involved in the action whenever possible, is in my mind a few rungs ahead of his competitors for the jersey.

I am glad not to be a selector, but the following Crusaders would be in my starting All Black team: Guildford, Ritchie McCaw, Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks, Ben Franks, Andy Ellis, Dan Carter, and Sonny Bill Williams.  I would have Brad Thorn, Matt Todd, Sean Maitland and possibly Wyatt Crockett and Kahn Fotuali’i in the reserves.  The squad might also have room for Corey Flynn.  That is 15 of the 30 strong squad.  What a team!  And wouldn’t be great if Israel Dagg made it back from injury as well.