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Friday, 6 February 2015
I've always enjoyed the 'noble art' of Boxing, not only when I boxed myself, but also watching the greats such as Ali, Henry Cooper, and Brighton's own Chris Eubank.
When I was still at Prep' School (late 1950's) the two greatest boxers of the day were Swede Ingemar Johansson and American Floyd Patterson, and their big fight in June of 1959 was a massive international event.
I clearly remember being allowed to watch the fight on TV in the matron's room at school. Johansson won the bout after having knocked Patterson down several times. He became a true hero of the ring.
So why am I writing this? Well, my late mother-in-law (also a Swede) actually went to school with Johansson. She was always very proud of the fact that she'd once punched him on the nose, and sent him home crying. She claimed to have won his first ever fight. Had they met 20 years later in the ring, things might not have been quite the same; but who knows?
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone (except the obdurate and dictatorial) is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 50 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live between an ancient cottage in a tiny village in perfectly tranquil French countryside, and a bijou townhouse in Brighton UK. In France we have plenty of fruit trees, all situated amongst a view that takes the breath away, in the UK we have a handkerchief sized patio. We also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!