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Mountain Mama: A Paddler’s Journey

first_imgBooks fall into one of two categories for me. When my three-year old falls asleep sprawled across my lap on a cross-country flight most books remain tucked in my carry-on that’s stowed under the seat. Only certain books beckon to be read in such a way that I risk waking up my little guy to retrieve them and then proceed to plow through  cover-to-cover before the plane lands. On a recent flight from North Carolina to California, Bryant Burkhardt’s memoir, A Paddler’s Journey: Adventures on the water and wisdom gained along the way, proved to be one of those risk-wake-sleeping-toddler-one-hour-into-flight reads.Bryant Burkhardt is a badass kayaker by all accounts –- he’s instructed instructors how to teach paddling, he was a member on the Olympic polo team, he’s an accomplished expedition-style sea kayaker, and he’s paddled the whitewater gnar. To get there, he’s sacrificed a mainstream career path. He takes readers on a sometimes humorous, sometimes white-knuckling ride down rivers and through ocean waves. He makes his tales accessible to non-paddlers, while still making sure that diehard kayakers aren’t eddied out by long explanations or definitions.Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 9.57.30 AMWhile I found Bryant’s kayaking anecdotes amusing, my favorite aspect of his writing is the way he squares up to uncomfortable questions even when he doesn’t have the answers, like the emptiness he felt with the opportunity to embrace the paddler’s dream of fun-employment and spend his days paddling.  Bryant’s willingness to talk about his loneliness coming home to an empty house and having nobody to share his adventures takes a rare type of courage too rarely displayed by adrenalin sport seekers – vulnerability. At the same time, he grapples with his need to push himself and experience the ups and downs of living a full life. He ends with the most insightful and true realization. “Kayaking is part of who I am.”Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 9.57.02 AMBryant signed a copy of his book for me. He wrote, “One of these days we’ll have to get on a river together.” Indeed, I hope we will.  If it goes like most paddling encounters, it’ll be when we least expect it, at the take-out or while scouting one of us will call out to the other and we’ll hug and have a good laugh, as if we’re old friends. Although we’ve never met, we have so much in common, the deep and abiding love for kayaking.For paddlers looking for a good read or those intrigued about the sport, A Paddler’s Journey: Adventures on the water and wisdom gained along the way, is available at Bryant’s website, http://www.bryantburkhardtkayaking.com.last_img read more

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Valtteri Bottas stuns team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win the 2019 Australian Grand Prix

first_imgBy the virtue of this win, Bottas got his revenge against Hamilton for what had happened at last season’s Russian Grand Prix. He had to surrender his lead to Hamilton as he was no longer in the championship fight while Hamilton on the hand was in red hot form. He has indeed made a strong statement in the opening race of the season by winning his fourth Grand Prix.The 29 -year old Finnish is confident about being in the fight for the World Championship. However, in order to make it happen, he will need to get the better of his team-mate and current World Champion Lewis Hamilton on a regular basis.READ: K T Irfan Becomes First Indian From Athletics To Qualify For Tokyo Olympics SUBSCRIBE TO US Karthik Nair COMMENT Last Updated: 24th June, 2019 16:03 IST Valtteri Bottas Stuns Team-mate Lewis Hamilton To Win The 2019 Australian Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas gets the better of team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win the opening Grand Prix of the season 1 year ago Arjun Kapoor just summed up Malaika’s stunning picture in three words and we couldn’t agree more! 1 year ago ‘It took us eight years to be at the same point’: Samantha Akkineni opens up on her relationship with Naga Chaitanya First Published: 17th March, 2019 18:15 IST The 2019 Formula One Grand Prix is off to a great start as Valterri Bottas of Mercedes has stunned his team-mate as well as five-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to win the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday.Mercedes has been dominating the F1 circuit for a long time. The ‘Silver Arrows’ have won five consecutive World Constructor’s Championships in a row and with Bottas getting the better of Hamilton, it will only boost their morale heading into the next race.WATCH | ‘Our Aim Is To Win The Trophy’, Says Delhi Capitals Player Ishant SharmaBottas started his F1 career in 2013 with Williams. He was roped in by Mercedes during the 2017 season to team up with Hamilton after Nico Rosberg had announced his immediate retirement post his Driver’s World Championship triumph in the previous season.  He obliged his employers by finishing at the third position in the season’s first race i.e. the Australian Open Grand Prix.  As the season progressed, he went on to register three Grand Prix wins for Mercedes in Russia,  Austria and Abu Dhabi respectively. Bottas was so amazed after his Australian Grand Prix win that he was left completely speechless and had no idea about what had happened. At the same time, he also mentioned that it was his best race ever.He also took to Twitter to express his happiness post his convincing win. LIVE TV 1 year ago Salman Khan gives Ranveer Singh top billing, mentions him in the same league as SRK, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE Written Bylast_img read more

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Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews on next season, Blues winning Cup: ‘No part of me that was happy’

first_imgBlackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had a lot to say this week about the rival Blues’ run to the Stanley Cup, his personal resurgence last season and his team’s focus heading into the 2019-20 season.A few excerpts from his interview Thursday on “Waddle and Silvy,” an ESPN Chicago radio show: Unimpressed Toews”No, there was no part of me that was happy,” Toews said of the Blues going from last in the league to Cup winners. “To me, them tanking at the start of the year was a huge underachievement. I’m not ready to give them as much credit as everyone else was this year. “It hurts to see St. Louis win the Cup, but I think that’s what gives you the hunger to go back there and be better.”Aside from the divisional rivalry, Toews’ lack of enthusiasm could be attributed to the Blackhawks going 4-1 against the champs last season, with three of the wins coming after regulation. MORE: Blackhawks bring back veteran Andrew ShawAging ToewsToews knows as well as anyone that missing the playoffs is unacceptable, especially for a storied Original Six franchise, so when he was asked about how he is approaching his offseason at age 31, he offered this perspective:”Well, I would say it would probably be less intense and not as much of a workload, but we’ve missed the playoffs the last few years and I’d say I have been on the ice more than anything. It’s mid-July, the sun is out, it’s beautiful and I’m heading to the hockey rink. I think that focus is there.”NHL FREE AGENCY 2019: Complete list of all 31 teams’ UFA, RFA playersChicago has experienced a lot of success under the leadership of Toews and Patrick Kane; they helped the Blackhawks win the Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015. The two stars are still putting up big numbers, too —- Toews recorded a career-high 81 points last season and Kane had 110.”I was definitely in a more offensive role [last season] — quite a bit of power-play time,” the 12-year veteran noted. “I think once we get our power play clicking, it seemed like even if you’re not having a great night, maybe the legs aren’t there, you’re still going to have a chance to produce and get on the board. So it’s nice to score those points. It keeps you motivated, it keeps you going and it keeps you hungry.”Experienced ToewsAs one of the squad’s elder statesmen, Toews brings not only leadership but playoff experience as well; however, he also knows what the Blackhawks’ young players can contribute next season. He’s hoping they’ll help send the franchise on another long Cup run. “We need to give ourselves a chance for that experience to take over,” Toews said. “At the same time, we got some youth, we got some guys that are eager to prove themselves. Young guys and veterans alike, everyone wants to prove themselves in the postseason.”That’s the best time to be playing. To get there is the No. 1 goal, and for us, that’s when the real season actually starts.”Under Toews’ logic, the season never really started last year — or the year before that. His focus is on not allowing that trend to continue.last_img read more

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Vast Daniel O’Donnell collection discovered at royal residence

first_imgKincasslagh crooner Daniel O’Donnell is one of Ireland’s most famous singers, having amassed fans from across the globe and selling tens of millions of records.His wife Majella was surprised to learn that Daniel’s fan base also extends beyond the walls of the British Royal Family’s regal abodes!In a letter to the i Newspaper, photographer David Cruickshanks described how he discovered a collection of Daniel O’Donnell videos at Clarence House, the late Queen Mother’s residence! After having a chuckle at the recently released list of Osama bin Laden’s film collection, which included the kid’s movies ‘Antz’, ‘Chicken Little’, and ironically a copy of the documentary ‘Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?’, the English man was reminded of a visit he paid to Clarence House.Cruickshanks had been sent to the regal residence to photograph the Queen’s painting collection for Country Life Magazine when he stumbled upon her vast collection of Wee Daniel’s performances.“After I had finished snapping the work of George Stubbs and others, I happened to glance down at a coffee table where my gaze was met by a collection of Daniel O’Donnell videos,” he wrote.“I wonder if the Queen Mum ever sang along to ‘Dear Old Galway Town’ as she looked at her priceless art collection?” Majella tweeted “Had heard Daniel had a fan in the Royal Family!” – and a rather big fan at that!The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall currently reside at the regal residence. We wonder if Queen Elizabeth passed on her love of Irish music to her grandson – it’s possible that hits such as ‘Destination Donegal’ continue to resound through the halls of the palace!Know someone with a similar taste in music to Queen Elizabeth? The CD and DVD collection, ‘Christmas with Daniel O’Donnell’ has set to fly off the shelves ahead of the festive season. Get ahead of the crowd by pre-ordering today!Fans can pre-order the Amazon Exclusive gift here: Christmas With Daniel O’Donnell [Amazon Exclusive]Also available to pre-order now is the limited edition vinyl release with a signed Christmas card from Daniel. Christmas With Daniel O’Donnell [Amazon Exclusive] [VINYL] Vast Daniel O’Donnell collection discovered at royal residence was last modified: November 6th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:daniel o donnellqueen motherroyallast_img read more

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