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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The weekly News Magazine for
No. 122 - 22nd November 2006
Week - [September
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- Business of the Week]
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[Friends Across The Pond - For Sale - Autumn by Mike Arnison - Football
- Rugby - Weather]
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Across The Pond (written before article on page one)
has been difficult of late and this past week in particular
has been a real strain for me in one way or another. I nearly
resorted to temporarily pulling the whole web site down
on Wednesday due to a serious issue, which cost me a fortune
in stolen bandwidth . . .
do occasionally (when I am really angry at it) mention the
copyright and bandwidth thieves in Wyenot News but nowhere
near as often as the thefts actually take place. This week
alone I have discovered no less than a further ten of my
photos being pulled and used on other web sites without
permission. What most of those responsible do not realize
is that when one of my photos is inserted in another web
site by 'hot linking', not only have I lost any due royalties,
I actually have to pay for the bandwidth used when the offending
web site gets visited. This can be thought of in the same
way as somebody you don't know running up your telephone
photo of the knight below left, which I took at Goodrich
Castle in 2004 is the most stolen photo on the whole of
Wyenot.com. It comes up on the front page of 'Google Image'
when people search for 'medieval knight', a very popular
search. As a result, there is not a week goes by when I
do not find it on somebody else's web site. And that is
without looking particularly hard.
. . .
week, the photo was stolen and used as a logo on a hugely
popular American Football magazine forum web site and this
caused me a serious problem. The offender, an 'Oklahoma
Sooners' fan with over 6,000 postings on the forum, 'hot
linked' it from my own server and for 36 hours in total,
it was being downloaded between one and three times per
tried every angle to try to get it removed but, as to be
expected, the owners of the web site infrastructure blamed
the football magazine publisher and they in turn blamed
somebody else and I could not get to the bottom of it in
the time available. The bandwidth bill was running up in
the mean time, to the point where I very nearly resorted
to temporarily pulling down the whole of Wyenot.com just
to stop it escalating out of control. I renamed the file
several times but every time I did that, the thief changed
his 'hot link' to the new file name. Once he realized he
was costing me money, he went out of his way to make sure
he continued doing so. After all, how could he get caught?
(His unique I.P. address at home is: 182.68.228.xxx, his
internet provider is 'Cox.net' and he lives in Oklahoma.
Further study of my server log now that I am no longer under
time pressure would tell me what he ate for breakfast on
the end, I changed the photo completely, exchanging it for
the image shown above, right (amongst others). That made
a difference. The image was seen by thousands of American
football fans all over the continental United States and
somebody else, a nice American young lady wrote to me saying,
'Did you know that you and have become an internet celebrity
posting on the forum entitled, 'International Incident'
which included a photo of me, electronically adapted so
that I was wearing a lime football helmet was posted on
the football web site and the downloads stopped within hours.
Things are currently back to normal and my through my joking
with the football supporters via the forum I have made many
new friends in the USA. Especially after showing them this
one on the Jehovah's
Witness web site (guess which image is being
pulled from my server).
copyright and bandwidth theft does my head in but it is
nice to resolve things in a friendly manner, whenever possible.
Especially when friendships can be formed along the way.
I do like Americans really - they are OK when they are asleep.
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Ross Juniors Receive Award
Juniors Football Club, who provide football activities for
both boys and girls, has just received notification from
the Football Association (F.A.) that they been awarded the
prestigious F.A. Charter Standard Club Award.
club was formed as recently as June 2004 and has gone from
strength to strength, catering for over 100 children from
the age of 5 to 13 years of age every weekend with training
sessions during the week. Numbers of children attending
the sessions continue to grow.
addition the Club has just started to provide training sessions
for special needs children. This is an area that the Club
is looking to develop through Amanda Willetts, a coach who
is specifically trained for this activity. Amanda understands
that special needs children have a wide range of abilities
and needs that have to be taken into account when coaching.
. . .
club, driven forward by a very keen and dedicated volunteer
workforce of parents has joined forces with the F.A. to
develop quality procedures and practices such as implementing
a recognized club constitution, child protection policy
and procedures, appointment of a designated child protection
person, CRB, codes of conduct for players, parents, managers,
coaches and club volunteers and F.A, qualified coaches.
Carpenter, Herefordshire Football Associations Football
Development Officer commented, 'this is a fantastic achievement
by Ross Juniors. From day one, the club, driven forward
by a fantastic committee and a dedicated team of club volunteers
have been an absolute pleasure to work with. It has been
obvious that the motivation behind Ross Juniors is to provide
the opportunity to take part in safe, fun, structured football
activities whether as a child playing or adult coaching.
Juniors will continue to work with us at the FA to ensure
that the high standards they have set are maintained and
As well as demonstrating to members, parents and the public
that you are a safe, well structured club, Charter Standard
benefits also include a starter pack, access to kit and
equipment grants as well as many other benefits including
ongoing support from the FA Working with clubs like Ross
Juniors is what football development is all about at grassroots
Juniors Chairman Jim Loftus said, 'This is a phenomenal
accomplishment for a club that is still in its infancy.
The club owes an immense amount of gratitude to Amanda Willetts
for being proactive in ensuring that the club earned the
award. Paul Carpenter from the Herefordshire Football Association
has been brilliant to us in terms of supporting and guiding
you wish to join Ross Juniors Football club or would like
further information on how the club is run, please contact
the secretary Mrs Cindy Payne on 01989 568933. If you are
interested in any form of sponsorship with the leading Junior
Football Club in the area please contact Jim Loftus on 01989
Park 0 Ross-on-Wye 27
travelled to bottom of the table Cotham Park on Saturday
looking for their sixth consecutive league win and hopeful
of supplanting Dursley at the top of the table. Although
bottom of the table, Cotham Parks recent results had shown
sign of a recovery and Ross where careful not to underestimate
the home team.
the kick off Ross were the quicker team out of the blocks,
with both Tara Barnett and Mike Davies showing their ball
carrying skills. Diving hard at the Cotham defence, Ross
were looking to secure quick ball to release their dangerous
back line but were frustrated by Cotham's ability to slow
the ball down. Without quick ball Ross began to get frustrated
and as a consequence the error count began to rise. With
all the territorial advantage Ross were the first to open
the scoring. After a destructive scrummage from the Ross
eight, the ball was picked up by the Cotham eight. In an
instant both Ross breakaways, Richard Russell and Gavin
Oates tackled him and won the penalty for not releasing.
Chris Gage converted giving Ross a 3-0 lead.
Cotham Park did attack they were well marshalled by the
Ross defence, with Nick Rawlings and Wayne Williams putting
in some big hits. After regaining the initiative, Ross put
together the best move of the match. After Richard Russell
won a lineout on the halfway, the Ross pack set up a driving
maul and Dave Mince took the ball up into the midfield.
From the resulting quick ball Tom Gainsford moved the ball
to the left and some great hands from Adam Clements put
Wayne Bishop clear to score. Unfortunately the ref blew
for a forward pass and Ross went in at half-time 3-0 up.
break seemed to benefit Ross more than Cotham. Straight
from the kick off the Ross pack were quicker in deed and
thought. After a midfield break from Huw Bellamy took them
into the Cotham twenty two, the Ross pack took over. First
Gavin Oates and then Wayne Williams took the play to within
5 yards, which set up Tara Barnett to crash over. Chris
Gage converted putting Ross 10-0 ahead.
the fresh legs of Matt Redman and Paul Hayward entering
the frame, the Ross pack tightened their grip on the game.
This created space for the Ross backline from which the
next score came. After another dominant scrum, Simon Gwynne
moved the ball right. Some quick hands from Adam Clements
and Huw Bellamy set Alistair Rees away to outpace the cover
defence to put Ross 15-0 ahead.
were now in complete control and Chris Gage added another
try to put Ross 20-0 up with less than ten minutes remaining.
Ross saved the best try till last. The Ross pack once again
delivered quality ball to Tom Gainsford who fed Simon Gwynne.
A double dummy switch held the Cotham defence, which enabled
Chris Gage to slice through the defence before delivering
a beautiful scissors pass to Matt Jones. The lock galloped
under the posts to give Ross a 27-0 victory. The victory
was marred by an injury to Nick Rawlings who suffered a
dislocated tongue. Training will be very quiet this week
and some may say it's a blessing.
Ross are in league action next week away to Cheltenham Saracens.
Kick off is at 2.30.
Weather Station Readings
Ross-on-Wye Weather Station is located by the tennis courts
and bowling green at 'Crossfields' and is one of the important
stations around the country which regularly sends data to
the Meteorological Office. This is why Ross-on-Wye is sometimes
mentioned on the BBC weather reports. It is currently still
a manually monitored station and readings are taken twice
per day by husband and wife team, June
and Rex Swallow.
for week commencing Monday, 13th November 2006
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
Temperature at 30cm Depth (°F)
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