Week Thirty-Six: 2022 – Just One Last Thing

This week has been about the Quilt show, one way or another, so I thought I’d finish with this.

It’s a twelve foot square panel that had to be laid on the lawn and was tricky to photograph.

Can you focus in on the centre? Familiar? Maybe more to the Brits. It’s a representation of Grenfel Tower post the fire. One of the Dulwich Quilters created that panel in response to a challenge. Let me quote from the brochure to explain the context and the concept.

‘Constructed for the Festival of Quilts in response to the Quilter’s Guild stimuli ‘40 years, one moment’. Grenfell Tower was 40 years old when the refurbishment too place, the one moment what we witnessed on out TV screens 14 June 2017. The panel was gifted to artist Tuesday Greenidge and her teams who are constructing a series of quilts to mark the fifty’s anniversary of the fire.

The panel has now been incorporated into a much larger piece stitched in memory of an Italian family who lived in the tower.

This part of the memorial quilt is titled “Mum, Grenfell is on fire”.’

Eventually they hope the quilt panels will be two hundred and flirty metres long, the height of the tower. Quite something.

I spent Saturday at Lord’s Cricket Ground, watching the last domestic international cricket match with my fellow outlaws, my daughter in law’s parents. Neither are cricket fans but both wanted to experience a match and the ambience and atmosphere.

Things went well. The seats gave a good view, the coffee was perfectly acceptable and I managed to explain one or two of the odder of the nuances of cricket to them.

It was slightly unsatisfactory for them that they had to leave shortly before the end to go to dinner with their children; it was bubbling up to an interesting finale. Then the game came to an abrupt halt in a way that has caused a fair degree of controversy since. I could explain but I won’t. You’ll be asleep before I’ve set the scene; just know that one English batperson was ‘mankaded’, a rare form off dismal that was first effected in the 1940s by Vinoo Mankad against an Australian, Bill Brown and has been controversial ever since. I’ve never seen an example live before. Had I had to explain it and the historical reasons for its controversial nature, I fear I might have tainted their watching experience for ever.

This week is in two halves; the first part in the garden and the second in Italy for some walking. I may not blog as much if at all while I’m away, enjoy the excitement of an exchange rate that will make a cappuccino as costly as the aggregate of my holiday mistakes.

Meanwhile, the garden is looking perkier, even though we still have a hosepipe ban.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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29 Responses to Week Thirty-Six: 2022 – Just One Last Thing

  1. JT Twissel says:

    You’ll have to buy a helicopter so that you can get pictures of the quilt! Soon you may be able to get one cheap from the Russian army! (here’s hoping!)

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  2. iamthesunking says:

    Your garden is beautiful … and massive! And I love the quilt. A beautiful and moving piece.

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  3. joylennick says:

    The quilt design was a fitting idea and most attractive and well-made too. The garden is surviving well! Cheers.

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  4. Get a drone for the overheads! We spent Saturday at a football game, Eli’s (2 and 1/2) first. He wore ear mufflers because the noise was pretty loud – even I stuffed some paper in my ears. But he was cheering along, waving a pom-pom and generally was completely enthralled until it got to be nap time and he laid his head down!

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  5. Even your nonexplanation of the kerfluffle had me wanting someone to call me away. The garden looks terrific. That sunburst on the photo could be used as evidence of hosepipe regulation breaking. Burn it.

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  6. I had to look up mankading . Understandably very controversial and I can see both sides of the argument (a thing that annoys my wife incredibly!). Whatever happened to playing in a gentlemanly manner?

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  7. tootlepedal says:

    You need a drone, cheaper than a helicopter. That Mankad was a bad way to end a good match.

    The Grenfell quilt sounds astonishing. I hope that it all comes together.

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    • TanGental says:

      Yes re the quilt. I’m coming to the view that the issue with the mankad was the fact the batter was caught out rather than sneaky by the bowler. The umpires were satisfied so on we go..

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  8. I do wish I could have seen the quilt in more detail but that one is just huge. Glad to see the garden thriving again.

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  9. I think the bowler was within her rights to stop batwoman from nicking a run. Don’t think I could have done it without warning, though.

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  10. Looks like a nice perch just below the Media Centre 🙂
    I recognised the Grenfell thing immediately – it’s often in my mind for some reason and I wonder if anyone will ever be charged over it. The process seems very long …
    Enjoy Italia.

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  11. Pam Lazos says:

    Is a mankade like a blockade only person to person, perhaps? 🤔 😂

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  12. willowdot21 says:

    I think Little Tweaking is invading the oval and Dulwich… Good job your off to Italy …..

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  13. Hi Geoff, that is SOME quilt (ref Charlotte’s Web). Your garden is looking great and the intricacies of cricket went right over my head. Hehe. I have not got my head around Trussonomics. I am failing to see the benefits of dropping wealth taxes, given this has been tried and tested to fail before.

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    • TanGental says:

      I’m not sure our PM heads got her head round them either… it feels like her head is stuck up somewhere at the mo.
      Yes the quilt is terrific and you aren’t the only one to despair at the cricket!

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