Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy 70th Birthday Muhammad Ali

ALI ON HIMSELF

Rnd 1 - I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I'm so mean I make medicine sick.

Rnd 2 - There's not a man alive who can whup me. I'm too fast. I'm too smart. I'm too pretty. I should be a postage stamp. That's the only way I'll ever get licked.

Rnd 3 - I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.

Rnd 4 - I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own.

Rnd 5 - If you dream of beating me, you'd better wake up and apologise.

Rnd 6 - There are two things that are hard to hit and see. That's a spooky ghost and Muhammad Ali.

Rnd 7 - One of these days, they're liable to make the house I grew up in a national shrine.

ON JOE FRAZIER

Rnd 8 - Frazier is so ugly he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wildlife.

Rnd 9 - Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn around and go down the back of his head.

ON GEORGE FOREMAN

Rnd 10 - I've seen George Foreman shadow boxing. And the shadow won.

Rnd 11 - It's a divine fight. This Foreman - he represents Christianity, America, the flag. I can't let him win. He represents pork chops.

ON FLOYD PATTERSON

Rnd 12 - I'll beat him so bad, he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.

ON SONNY LISTON

Rnd 13 - Sonny Liston is nothing. The man can't talk. The man can't fight. The man needs talking lessons. The man needs boxing lessons. And since he's gonna fight me, he needs falling lessons.

ON HOWARD COSSELL

Rnd 14 - You're always talking about, Muhammad, you're not the same man you were 10 years ago. Well, I asked your wife, and she told me you're not the same man you was two years ago!

ON GOLF
Rnd 15 - I'm the best. I just haven't played yet.

With thanks to Eurosport

Friday, January 6, 2012

Revisiting Scott of the Antarctic


Expedition photographer Herbert Ponting

The fated five men at the pole took this last picture with a string attached to the camera before setting out on their last journey




Captain Robert Falcon Scott became a national hero after his expedition to be first to the South Pole in 1912 ended in tragedy. Having successfully reached the Pole he discovered Norwegian rival Roald Amundsen had beaten him there by five weeks.

On the 800 mile return journey the five man team encountered deteriorating weather, frost-bite, snow blindness, hunger and exhaustion. First, Edgar Evans died after a fall, then Lawrence Oates, hampered by a war wound to a leg, left the tent to walk into the blizzard with the immortal words, "I am just going outside and maybe some time."

Reduced to three, the team covered a further 20 miles before making their final camp. Trapped by a fierce blizzard for nine days their provisions finally ran out. Waiting for death Scott wrote many letters, to his wife, his mother, his old commander, to many dignitaries and penned a Message to the Public explaining their predicament and finally his last scribble which read:

"Last entry. For God's sake, look after our people."

Of the five men, Scott was the last to die on the 29th March 1912. His memory was celebrated across the British Empire and he became a hero and a legend to be known forever as Scott of the Antarctic.

Now the Natural History Museum in London is staging a major exhibition celebrating Scott's three year journey to the Pole and his many scientific achievements on the trip. They have gathered all his specimens and artifacts, tools, diaries and clothing alongside a life-size representation of Scott's hut.

It runs from 20th January to 2nd September 2012 and celebrates an era of exploration and courage.