This blog covers all aspects of the rich history of rowing, as a sport, culture phenomena, a life style, and a necessary element to keep your wit and stay sane.
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Friday, November 2, 2012
A Real Treat!
I was surprised to find that the day after Sandy, the Frankenstorm, had passed, the postman showed up with mail. The day after that, he brought me a real treat, the 104-page book Canon Noel Duckworth: An Extraordinary Life by Michael Smyth. HTBS has written about Duckworth and Smyth's book earlier in August and September, but I cannot help pushing for this book as it is a thrilling piece of work about a most amazing man - and the book is as marvellous as HTBS has mentioned before! Author Michael Smyth and publisher Churchill College, Cambridge, are to be congratulated making the story about Noel Duckworth available for us all. And, yes, if you are wondering, Noel was born on Christmas Day 1912. Read more about what HTBS published before, here (where you will also find a link to order this book, at £8.99 + pp).
‘Hear the Boat Sing’ (HTBS) was founded in 2009 by Göran R Buckhorn, a Swede living in Connecticut, a magazine editor, culture scribe and a rowing historian. In 1990, Göran co-founded the Swedish rowing magazine, “Svensk Rodd”, for which he is now a contributing editor. He has written numerous articles on rowing, and is one of the Directors of Friends of Rowing History and a member of BARJ, the British Association of Rowing Journalists. Regular contributors to HTBS are: rowing historians Tim Koch and Greg Denieffe, both in England; Hélène Rémond, France; and Philip Kuepper, Connecticut. Besides writing articles on The Boat Race, the Henley Royal Regatta, the Wingfield Sculls, and the Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race, Tim has made some rowing documentaries. He is also a Director of the Friends of Rowing History and a member of BARJ. Greg is an Irishman who specializes on Irish rowing. Some of his finest pieces are on HTBS. Hélène, who wrote her thesis on British rowing, has covered The Boat Race and the Henley Regatta for French papers and HTBS, also shooting beautiful photos for this blog. Philip’s poems on rowing have topics about everything between the daily life and the divine.