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Dog loves watching Rugby..

Dog watching the Rugby, originally uploaded by My dog is obviously a big " All blacks" fan. I came into the room yesterday to find him glued to Sky sports,who were showing the New Zealand v Wales rugby game. As you can see he is watching the commentry, and proceeds to watch some of the game before deciding he needed a sleep.

Wimbledon Qualifiers 2010

I spent last week working at the Wimbledon Tennis Qualifiers at Roehampton. This was my 17th year doing the warm up exercises for the ball boy/girls at this event. As always we had a great time and the students were able to work through the tournament despite the long days and aching limbs.

250 tennis players from around the world battled it out in an attempt to secure a place at Wimbledon. Many well known tennis players have come through the qualifiers; including John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Lleyton Hewitt. Who knows, perhaps another qualifier will lift the trophy this year!

Here are some photos from the week.

What is Vinyasa?

David Swenson describes Vinyasa as the "marriage of breath & movement". The linking of yoga poses while flowing with the breath is vinyasa.

The asanas (poses) cease to be separate from the breath while practising this form of yoga; thus allowing a yogic dance of breath and movement. Ashtanga Vinyasa is one of the best known forms of this style of yoga practice.

The Suryanamaskas (sun salutaions) are often described as vinyasa, as is linking upward facing dog and downward facing dog. Vinyasas are placed in between poses to bring the body back into a neutral position in this yoga practice

Vinyasa flow classes - sometimes called flow yoga classes - are becoming increasing popular. This is because there is freedom to create various sequences. These sequences are not random, but linked poses flowing from one to another. Repetition is a key feature in vinyasa yoga.

Every entrance and exit to a pose is made with an inhalation or exhalation. Transition from one pose to another is …

The Elephant Parade

There are currently 260 life-sized baby elephants dotted around London. They have been designed by people from the world of fashion and art such as: Julien MacDonald, Lulu Guinness, Alice Temperly and Nina Campbell, to name but a few.

The Elephant Parade hopes to raise 2 million pounds for The Elephant Family charity. Mark Shand, the author of “Travels with my Elephant” heads up this charity and the funds raised will help to create migratory corridors for Asian Elephants to prevent human/elephant conflict.

The elephants will be on display collectively at the Chelsea Royal Hospital from the 23rd of June until the 2nd of July and will then be auctioned at Sotherbys as highly collectable works of art.

This colourful elephant spotted in Holland Park Avenue in West London.

Make Me a New Face

I would like to share this with you. Neil Bulstrode, Consultant Plastic Surgeon and the Clinical Lead for Plastic Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, has participated in the filming of a documentary by Ben Fogle that will be aired on BBC2 on Wednesday 9th June at 9-10pm. If you cannot watch it then, it will be repeated on BBC2 on Monday 14th June at 7-8pm.

The documentary, titled Make Me a New Face, is about the charity trip to Ethiopia that Neil was part of; which saw a team of highly-skilled medical and surgical professionals travel to Addis Abeba in order to carry out surgery on children with severe facial disfigurement... A very worthwhile cause, as I am sure you will agree! The charity that organised this trip is called Facing Africa.

Quote of the day ...

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.

Grace Kelly Exhibition

The Grace Kelly Exhibition is currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

A collection of clothes, shoes, jewellery and bags worn by one of the most photographed women of the 20th century. Grace Kelly appeared in many films along with Hollywood legends, such as Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, and Clark Gable. Grace met Prince Rainier of Monaco while attending the Cannes Film Festival and they married a year later.

The exhibition shows her transformation from Hollywood actress to Princess of Monaco. She had a beautiful understated fashion sense and some of the film footage at the exhibition shows her wearing a number of items that are on display. She certainly brought them to life, and looked stunning in her Dior couture. The Hermes "Kelly bag" was named after her and is synonymous with classic beauty, as indeed was the woman herself.

I would have loved to have seen Kelly's wedding dress on display, but sadly this was not to be. The designer Vera Wang describe…

King of the Cup

Today I have a guest blogpost from my 17 year old football fan (and player) son, Jake.

Rio Ferdinand has been ruled out of the World Cup, but England have a ready-made replacement in Ledley King. I believe the Tottenham captain is more than a decent replacement, as King was one of the stars of the Premiership as he led Tottenham to Champion's League football.

Yes, Rio will be missed around the camp for his experience and humour, but I don't think he will really be that missed on the pitch. I believe that if Ledley King didn't have so many injury problems, he would be a certain starter for the England team on a regular basis.

I have heard many different opinions such as "Now our captain's gone, that's it" and "big loss to lose a key man", but I still believe that Rios departure will not affect England's chances at the World Cup. Some fans have said that now the captain has gone, the team won't know how to play together and get information in…