TUI – Windge Fluester http://windgefluester.net/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 06:19:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://windgefluester.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png TUI – Windge Fluester http://windgefluester.net/ 32 32 Gedney Hill’s Elizabeth Sutton vows never to go abroad again after Tui’s Cape Verde trip turns into vacation from hell https://windgefluester.net/gedney-hills-elizabeth-sutton-vows-never-to-go-abroad-again-after-tuis-cape-verde-trip-turns-into-vacation-from-hell/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 06:19:00 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/gedney-hills-elizabeth-sutton-vows-never-to-go-abroad-again-after-tuis-cape-verde-trip-turns-into-vacation-from-hell/ A distraught woman has vowed never to travel abroad again after a planned seven-day stay in paradise turned into a vacation from hell. Health issues – thought to be caused by a pungent smell of ‘sewage’ coming from their room – led doctors to fear that Elizabeth Sutton could have a stroke. Elizabeth (46), from […]]]>

A distraught woman has vowed never to travel abroad again after a planned seven-day stay in paradise turned into a vacation from hell.

Health issues – thought to be caused by a pungent smell of ‘sewage’ coming from their room – led doctors to fear that Elizabeth Sutton could have a stroke.

Elizabeth (46), from Gedney Hill, traveled to Cape Verde with her mother Patricia Reid last month but holidaymakers quickly noticed a problem with their room at the five-star Rui Palace Hotel in Santa Maria.

Elizabeth Sutton (right) with mom Patricia Reid

“On the second day, we started noticing a horrible smell in the room, mostly when you flushed the toilet or ran water in the bathroom. It was horrible,” Elizabeth shared. .

“We were offered several rooms but they all smelled the same.

“I started having a headache that night and my mum was constantly using her inhaler. She lives in India for six months of the year but never needs to use her inhaler, only when it’s sunny. wet and cold, she struggles.

While travel agency Tui told them it would take at least 48 hours to move them, Elizabeth and Patricia slept that night with their bathroom doors closed and the balcony open in a bid to escape the stench.

“The next morning the smell was horrible. Like I’m in the part of a septic tank where the poo goes. It was that intense,” Elizabeth continued.

“I had a really horrible headache and it was hard to breathe. My eyes were bright red.

Elizabeth decided to go to hospital but said she ‘couldn’t breathe’ as she arrived, staff rushed her to a bed when she was put on oxygen and fitted with a cannula.

“They thought I had a stroke,” she said.

“I had a dangerously high heart rate, my blood pressure was skyrocketing and I couldn’t breathe.

“My mum phoned my stepdad and said ‘I think Elizabeth is coming home in a box’, that’s how bad that was.”

Elizabeth Sutton (60558573)
Elizabeth Sutton (60558573)

After spending 11 hours in a small hospital bed, 6ft 6in Elizabeth was allowed to check in at the Hilton Hotel opposite the hospital.

But soon after moving, she began to suffer from illness and diarrhea.

“The only place I had eaten was the original hotel,” Elizabeth added.

“The food there was not covered.

“I don’t eat a lot of meat, I don’t eat fish, I won’t touch salad and ice cream abroad, and I’ll only drink bottled water and Coke in sealed bottles. , but I really hurt.”

Another hospital visit followed before Elizabeth was able to return to her room, despite feeling unwell, later finding out she had also contracted Covid as well as her bacterial infection.

Cape Verde’s coronavirus rules meant she had to sign a form to say she wouldn’t leave her room – or risk jail.

But as the illness, diarrhea and headaches continued, Elizabeth was given a waiver to return to hospital.

At that time, the blood pressure medication she had been taking since she was 23 was running out, and due to taking large amounts of medication for her illnesses, she contracted oral thrush.

In total, a seven-day holiday saw Elizabeth and Patricia in Cape Verde for 19 days, resulting in additional costs of £6,500 on top of the planned getaway of £2,500.

Now back home but still not feeling fully healthy, Elizabeth has pledged never to let her nightmare repeat itself.

“I will never go abroad again,” she said.

“If I ever think about it, I’ll look at the pictures I took and it will remind me to stay here.”

Creating a Facebook group to share stories

After returning from Cape Verde, Elizabeth Sutton decided to create a Facebook group to tell others about her experiences.

She didn’t expect the high level of responses she would receive – with over 500 people sharing similar stories.

“I started a Facebook group and thought maybe 50 people would join me because I heard other people weren’t doing well too,” Elizabeth shared.

“The reason I started the group was to hopefully prevent other people from going there and having the same experience as me.

“There are now 536 people who have joined.”

Advocates Irwin Mitchell now represent 100 holidaymakers, using the group’s feedback and experiences to help their cause.

Jennifer Hodgson, Irwin Mitchell’s specialist lawyer supporting those affected, said: “We are working with over 80 people whose holidays have been ruined by illness.

“Many of them continue to suffer from lingering symptoms after returning to the UK.

“Gastric diseases can lead to long-term health problems and their effects should never be minimized.

“Understandably, those we represent have many questions about how they became ill, while many in the group have asked why they weren’t informed of the illness at the hotel, prior to arriving at the resort. .

“We are determined to establish the answers our customers deserve and to support them all after what has been a terrible experience.

“If during our investigations any issues are identified, it is essential that lessons are learned to ensure that other travelers do not end up with a ruined holiday and potential long-term illnesses.

“As part of our work and to help us in our investigations, we would be delighted to hear from anyone else who may have also been affected by the disease during their stay at the Riu Palace Hotel, Santa Maria, Cape Verde. “

Tui ‘sorry to hear experiences’

Responding to the claims, a spokesperson for Tui said: “We are sorry to learn of these experiences at the Riu Palace in Cape Verde. As this is now a legal matter, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.

“We would like to reassure guests that we regularly audit all of our hotels for health and safety, including hygiene.”



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Simon Wilson: Coming down from the Ruby Tui high https://windgefluester.net/simon-wilson-coming-down-from-the-ruby-tui-high/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 06:12:30 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/simon-wilson-coming-down-from-the-ruby-tui-high/ Ruby Tui celebrating victory. Photo/Getty Images OPINION: Still getting off your Ruby Tui high? That’s pretty cool, huh? I think the red swatch in my hair will last another week before I have to decide to let it go or redo the color. Hmm. What would Ruby do? I didn’t expect to hear a rugby […]]]>

Ruby Tui celebrating victory. Photo/Getty Images

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Still getting off your Ruby Tui high? That’s pretty cool, huh? I think the red swatch in my hair will last another week before I have to decide to let it go

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Black Ferns joker Ruby Tui cracks up PM with ‘Ardern’ pun https://windgefluester.net/black-ferns-joker-ruby-tui-cracks-up-pm-with-ardern-pun/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 07:16:43 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/black-ferns-joker-ruby-tui-cracks-up-pm-with-ardern-pun/ Ruby Tui made Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern laugh after she used her surname to joke about a potential future in politics. Tui, a jokester for the Black Ferns squad ahead of the Rugby World Cup this weekend, posted a video on social media of her and her teammates with Ardern last night. Sitting next to […]]]>

Ruby Tui made Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern laugh after she used her surname to joke about a potential future in politics.

Tui, a jokester for the Black Ferns squad ahead of the Rugby World Cup this weekend, posted a video on social media of her and her teammates with Ardern last night.

Sitting next to the Prime Minister, Tui – using a heavy accent – prepares her joke for “Aunty Cindy”.

“I was just wondering, when you’re done being prime minister, can you give me Ardern? [a turn?]”

The punchline elicited a laugh before Ardern gave his approval, leading Tui to let out a victorious “yes” in response.

The lighthearted moment came after Ardern, in his role as Prime Minister, spoke fondly of the Black Ferns during a stand-up with the media yesterday after revealing she would not be able to attend tomorrow’s final at Eden Park because of his duties.

READ MORE: All the pressure on the Black Ferns? Not if Ruby Tui can help her

“They mean so much to us as a country and I’ve been inspired for a number of years by them as a team and what they stand for,” she said.

“But I’m going to see them now so I can at least share my support and best wishes with them for a really big week.

“We are so proud of them and we have been for a long time, long before this World Cup.

“They are tenacious and incredible sportsmen both in the way they play but also off the pitch.”

Ardern also had kind words for Tui.

“After a game, seeing Ruby Tui there for a very long time wanting to sign every shirt or ball or thing that’s presented to her because she doesn’t want anyone to miss – that’s the kind of spirit you see through all these players.

“I think they’re an incredible team and they deserve all our support.”

The Black Ferns take on England in tomorrow night’s final at Eden Park, which kicks off at 7.30pm.

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‘God speed and tailwinds all way’: TUI captain’s moving speech at Doncaster Sheffield Airport control tower is audio recorded as the last flight departs https://windgefluester.net/god-speed-and-tailwinds-all-way-tui-captains-moving-speech-at-doncaster-sheffield-airport-control-tower-is-audio-recorded-as-the-last-flight-departs/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 10:18:34 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/god-speed-and-tailwinds-all-way-tui-captains-moving-speech-at-doncaster-sheffield-airport-control-tower-is-audio-recorded-as-the-last-flight-departs/ Aviation Youtube channel Airliners Live shared the audio recording of the conversation between the cockpit and air traffic controllers as the plane, registration G-TAWW, prepared to depart on Friday evening, along with footage video of it rolling to take off on the runway. G-TAWW operated TUI’s last movement to Doncaster Sheffield, an inbound flight from […]]]>

Aviation Youtube channel Airliners Live shared the audio recording of the conversation between the cockpit and air traffic controllers as the plane, registration G-TAWW, prepared to depart on Friday evening, along with footage video of it rolling to take off on the runway.

G-TAWW operated TUI’s last movement to Doncaster Sheffield, an inbound flight from Hurghada in Egypt, and the captain was then instructed to depart empty to Manchester Airport, from where the aircraft took off. resumed service on its way to Malaga the following day.

In the moving speech, the anonymous pilot identifies G-TAWW as a seven-year-old Boeing 737 that has been flying since 2015 before beginning its control tower address.

TUI plane at Doncaster Sheffield Airport

“Doncaster, on behalf of all of us at TUI – thank you for your support and for being part of our team. Together we have delivered wonderful experiences for our customers over the past 17 years.

“The runway and the buildings make up an airport, but it’s the people that are really at its heart. God speed and tailwinds all the way.”

The tower responded on behalf of air traffic control, fire and engineering departments: “It was an absolute pleasure working with you and we hope we can do it all over again.”

The airport is now closed to commercial traffic, although the National Police Air Service base remains operational until they agree a departure date.

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Save up to £150 on an all-inclusive Tui Christmas holiday – with prices from £80 pp per night https://windgefluester.net/save-up-to-150-on-an-all-inclusive-tui-christmas-holiday-with-prices-from-80-pp-per-night/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/save-up-to-150-on-an-all-inclusive-tui-christmas-holiday-with-prices-from-80-pp-per-night/ THERE IS STILL time to book if you want to get away for Christmas this year. And if you don’t like to cook, Tui offers all-inclusive holidays from £80 pp per night – and some have up to £150 off the normal price. 2 Tui is currently offering deals for the Christmas holidaysCredit: Getty You […]]]>

THERE IS STILL time to book if you want to get away for Christmas this year.

And if you don’t like to cook, Tui offers all-inclusive holidays from £80 pp per night – and some have up to £150 off the normal price.

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Tui is currently offering deals for the Christmas holidaysCredit: Getty

You can find all Christmas offers here.

One of the cheapest we found was for a 7 night stay at the 3* TUI SUNEO El Trebol in Lanzarote.

With flights departing Newcastle on December 18, the all-inclusive holiday is £560 pp, or £80 pp per night.

While it can be a little chilly to take advantage of its four pools, the hotel offers a busy entertainment program with plenty of sporting activities to keep you busy.

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You can also go to the 4-star Flamingo Oasis Hotel in Benidorm for a little more at £563 pp.

The offer is for a 7 night all inclusive stay, with flights from Manchester on 20th December.

There is a weekly entertainment program and there are plenty of shops nearby to buy your souvenirs.

If you plan to travel for the New Year, the prices are even cheaper.

For a 7-night all-inclusive stay at the 3* Paradis Palace Hotel in Hammamet, Tunisia, you’ll pay just £524 per person.

Return flights from London Gatwick on December 30 are also included.

Or try the 3-star Marhaba Salem Hotel in Sousse, where a 7-night all-inclusive holiday starts from £550 pp.

Flights also depart from London Gatwick on December 30.

You can find all other offers here.

Jet2 Holidays offers all-inclusive holidays with free child places from £49 pp.

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Butlin’s is currently offering its best deal on holidays.

Travelodge has launched its Christmas sale with rooms from £8.50 pp.

Many destinations are offered, including the Canary Islands

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Last TUI flight from Teesside Airport for 2022 holiday leaves as 2023 goes on sale https://windgefluester.net/last-tui-flight-from-teesside-airport-for-2022-holiday-leaves-as-2023-goes-on-sale/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 12:01:00 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/last-tui-flight-from-teesside-airport-for-2022-holiday-leaves-as-2023-goes-on-sale/ The last passengers of the summer season fly out of Teesside as the airport reflects on a successful 2022. But Teesside Airport is now eagerly awaiting a take-off in ticket sales for next year’s expanded timetable. The airport, in Middleton St George, recorded its biggest summer in nearly a decade this year, in which passenger […]]]>

The last passengers of the summer season fly out of Teesside as the airport reflects on a successful 2022.

But Teesside Airport is now eagerly awaiting a take-off in ticket sales for next year’s expanded timetable.

The airport, in Middleton St George, recorded its biggest summer in nearly a decade this year, in which passenger numbers on holiday flights averaged more than 90 per cent of capacity.

He said figures showed he was also one of the only airports in the North to see customer numbers climb above pre-pandemic levels, serving 23,358 passengers in August 2022, up from 12,284 in August 2019.

Teesside was also named the country’s punctualest airport in July, at the height of its busiest season, with no flights canceled during the month.

Read more: Teesside Airport was ‘the most punctual airport in the country’ this summer

He believes the hard work has paid off, with passengers praising the airport and its facilities.

Regular flyer Ginette McGouran from Acklam said: “We have flown three times this year from Teesside to Alicante.

“It’s the best airport. It’s perfect for us!

Fellow passengers Yvonne and Martin Rose said: ‘We live in Darlington and normally always fly from Leeds Bradford.

“This time we chose Teesside. What a great little airport, it’s so fast.

“We finished in a few minutes.

“We would like more flights from here, Malaga or Tenerife in winter would be perfect.”

The season officially ends this weekend as British Summer Time comes to an end with the clocks set back an hour earlier on Sunday (October 30).

But the airport said holidaymakers can expect a new TUI route for 2023, to Antalya in Turkey.

These flights are now on sale, alongside those to Palma, Mallorca.

Flights to Palma are scheduled every Tuesday from May 9 to October 24, with flights to Antalya every Thursday from May 25 to September 21.

Ryanair’s summer 2023 flights to Palma and Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca, as well as flights this winter to Alicante, are also now on sale.

Flights to the Greek island of Corfu and Faro in the Portuguese Algarve are expected to be bookable in the coming weeks.

The Northern Echo: Ginette McGouran, right, and her friends anxiously await the holiday flight from Teesside Airport Photo: TEESSIDE AIRPORTGinette McGouran, right, and her friends anxiously await the holiday flight from Teesside Airport Photo: TEESSIDE AIRPORT (Image: Teesside Airport)

Read more: Teesside Airport ‘shouldn’t be asking for money anymore’ after £20m raise

Balkan Holidays is also offering trips to the sunny shores of Bulgaria, initially every Sunday from May 21 to September 17, which will be joined by a second flight on Thursdays from June 22 to September 7.

Further afield, KLM’s twice-daily service to Amsterdam Schiphol connects more than 300 destinations worldwide.

The Northern Echo: Yvonne and Martin Rose, from Darlington, about to board a holiday flight at Teesside Airport Photo: TEESSIDE AIRPORT Yvonne and Martin Rose, from Darlington, about to board a holiday flight at Teesside Airport Photo: TEESSIDE AIRPORT (Image: Teesside Airport)

Closer to home, Loganair offers flights to popular destinations like Aberdeen, Belfast and Dublin.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “With the nights coming and a definite chill in the air, it’s around this time that people start planning their summer vacations.

“After an incredibly successful 2022, Teesside will start again next year with another busy schedule of flights to the places locals are crying out for, now including Antalya, Turkey.

“We have also proven that our £3million terminal transformation has paid off, with happy passengers moving from check-in to departures in no time.

The Northern Echo: Happy holidaymakers about to take off on one of the last holiday flights of the 2022 'summer season' from Teesside Airport Photo: TEESSIDE AIRPORT Happy holidaymakers about to take off on one of the last holiday flights of the 2022 ‘summer season’ from Teesside Airport Photo: TEESSIDE AIRPORT (Image: Teesside Airport)

“Air traffic control and airside teams have done their part to keep everything going as well and, thanks to everyone’s efforts, we continue to be one of the most punctual airports in the UK.”

He added: “By nearly doubling our passenger numbers before the pandemic, it’s clear the people of Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool are supporting their local airport and we look forward to an even brighter 2023.”

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Tui Flower’s Legacy Continues to Nurture Generations: 2022 Funding Round Available https://windgefluester.net/tui-flowers-legacy-continues-to-nurture-generations-2022-funding-round-available/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 21:16:00 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/tui-flowers-legacy-continues-to-nurture-generations-2022-funding-round-available/ Thursday, October 27, 2022, 10:16 a.m.Press release: Tui Flower Foundation Home is where the heart is – as the age-old saying goes – and the legacy of a passionate, socially-minded pioneer is now supporting a new round of charitable grants that will help invest in homes and healthier and more functional families. The Tui Flower […]]]>

Home is where the heart is – as the age-old saying goes – and the legacy of a passionate, socially-minded pioneer is now supporting a new round of charitable grants that will help invest in homes and healthier and more functional families.

The Tui Flower Foundation was established for the benefit of New Zealanders to support community projects or a curriculum in the areas of home science, nutrition, home arts, family care and welfare.

Alongside some of Tui’s friends, family and confidants, Foundation Trustee and Director Perpetual Guardian is currently undertaking the second round of annual grants in the name of Tui Flower’s legacy.

The goal of the Tui Flower Foundation is to provide access to education or mentorship that will help support the home and family in areas such as budgeting, proper nutrition, common sense approaches to home environments managed and skills development to support healthy homes and family life.

For Tui Flower, as the founder of the Foundation, the main driving force behind its creation was the house as the core of the family. Tui highly valued “home” as the place where a family lives, eats, cares for each other, and does life’s work. She was also very aware of environmental impacts and focused on waste management as well as nutrition and household financial management.

Tui Flower was a prominent figure in cooking and food writing who was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Public Service in 1983 and was instrumental in forming the New Zealand Food Writers Guild in 1988. As editor and test kitchen manager of the Auckland Star newspaper and New Zealand Woman’s Weekly Tui has also written and edited several cookbooks. In 1982 Tui established the Star-Woman’s Weekly School of Cooking.

Grants in the 2022 cycle can be awarded to eligible community organizations and individuals as scholarships to pursue relevant qualifications. After informing the Foundation’s deed of trust of its commitment to all aspects of the home, including food, nutrition, family care and the proper management of household finances, the Foundation’s trustees and recipients of last year’s first cycle of grants agree that Tui would now consider developing the skills and training to support healthy, well-run homes is more important than ever, so that families have the basic foundations on which to build. to build.

Robyn Martin, Advisory Trustee of the Tui Flower Foundation, says, “I am Tui’s protege, and she sits on my shoulder to regularly remind me of her wishes. Tui was very clear about what she wanted the Foundation to accomplish. She had a ‘don’t waste, don’t want’ mindset and was very adamant about the importance of budgeting in a well-run household. The effect of inflation on food prices makes it an essential life skill now more than ever.

“The Foundation is open to supporting a wide range of organizations that provide relevant courses, professional training and scholarships. These are assessed equally with no age limit to apply, as these are skills that are important and can be acquired at any stage of life.

Kirsten Kilian-Taylor, Head of Philanthropy at Perpetual Guardian, says: “One of Tui Flower’s primary goals when establishing the Foundation was to pursue and honor her immense passion for cooking and to provide advice common sense. But also, to help individuals and families have a better chance of achieving balance in their homes – because if we don’t have access or the ability to develop our skills in family caregiving, budgeting, nutrition and general household management, the rest of life can be very difficult.

“Building on the $36,000 distributed last year, the $90,000 grant round in 2022 will be directed to have further impacts in Tui’s preferred areas. It is our privilege as administrator and manager to ensure that Tui, who was so important and accomplished in her field, is not forgotten, and that her legacy is upheld to help people learn a range of skills and skills that make healthier homes and families around New Zealand.

Organizations and individuals wishing to apply for the 2022 grant cycle are encouraged to register and create an account in the Perpetual Guardian Funding Hub. Once registration is complete, applications must be submitted by October 28, 2022.

Fact sheet

  • The Tui Flower Foundation was established by deed of trust in November 2003 and activated through a bequest from the remaining estate of Lucy Tui Hampton Aiken, affectionately known as Tui Flower to family, friends and the public. Tui Flower died at age 91 in August 2017 and the Foundation went into effect.
  • Under the terms of the Foundation, there are four charitable purposes for which income must be paid or applied to:
    • a) To provide a scholarship or scholarships to enable one or more residents and citizens of New Zealand to undertake a course of study in the general fields of domestic science, nutrition, homemaking, family care and welfare -be.
    • b) To promote the dissemination of advances in knowledge made in domestic science, nutrition, homemaking, family care and welfare.
    • (c) Permit the publication of information in the form of books, articles and visual (or other) means for the purpose of promoting the public benefit of increased awareness of home science, nutrition, homemaking, family care and welfare.
    • d) Support other such activities, which the Trustee considers charitable and compatible with these objects.
  • Organizations that receive grants will have a track record of adding value to their sector(s); have the capacity to carry out the proposed project; and demonstrate strong governance and management, clear financial strategy and reporting.
  • The proposed project(s) will be feasible and financially viable; provide a clear public benefit; and have the support of the community in which they operate.
  • Individual scholarships can be awarded to:
    • Adults with a clear record of academic achievement, evidence of dedication and high work ethic, and commitment to family/whanau and community and with difficult financial and/or other circumstances.
    • The subject of the scholarship should prioritize nutrition and dietetics, but may also include horticulture and agriculture.
    • Grants can also support job training when it closely aligns with the charitable goals of the trust.

About the Perpetual Guardian

The Perpetual Guardian Group is New Zealand’s largest statutory trust company and leading trust services company.

With seventeen branches nationwide, we’ve been a trusted advisor to Kiwis for over 135 years, helping families protect and grow their heritage, plan for the future, and successfully pass that legacy on to their children. and their favorite philanthropic causes.

The group comprises six companies, offering specialist services to support our clients at all stages of their lives: Perpetual Guardian, Openly Investing, New Zealand Trustee Services, Helio and Givealittle.

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Are there any other Rugby World Cup contenders? https://windgefluester.net/are-there-any-other-rugby-world-cup-contenders/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 04:11:19 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/are-there-any-other-rugby-world-cup-contenders/ The Black Ferns face a tough challenge to retain the Rugby World Cup trophy with the strongest contenders coming from the Northern Hemisphere. Before the tournament started, the bookmakers had England as favorites and their record of 27 consecutive wins is hard to ignore. The Black Ferns crushed Wales in the pool game to seal […]]]>
The Black Ferns face a tough challenge to retain the Rugby World Cup trophy with the strongest contenders coming from the Northern Hemisphere.

Before the tournament started, the bookmakers had England as favorites and their record of 27 consecutive wins is hard to ignore.

The Black Ferns crushed Wales in the pool game to seal their place in the quarter-finals, while England edged past France to book their place in the playoffs.

After watching their Six Nations rivals go head-to-head, Black Ferns assistant coach Whitney Hansen said favorites England were “beatable”.

“It probably just showed the different style of rugby they try to play compared to what we are.

“You can either look at that and see that defending France was something quite special, I think we did that. The other side to look at is England are beatable and I think that the teams are going to look at that and think that now too.”

Black Ferns assistant coach Wes Clarke agreed the world number 1 team was beatable, but he still believed they were the team in World Cup form.

“I’m not great at math, but I’ve had 27 straight wins and I think we’re down to eight or nine,” Clarke said.

“They have a game plan that works for them, they hardly make any mistakes, they found what they like to do. I think there were 52 kicks in that last game [against France] so it works for them and they succeed.”

Black Ferns away full-back Ruby Tui said England and France had been impressive and she thought the tournament was more open than many pundits might suggest.

It was rare that the Black Ferns weren’t title favorites. But Tui said they rose to the challenge to defend their crown and keep New Zealand ahead of the pack.

“We have a job to do and that is to show the world what we have got.”

England full-back Holly Aitchison didn’t want to take too much credit for the Red Roses’ winning streak as it had only recently gone from seven to fifteen – making her debut against the Black Ferns last year.

She said the unbeaten run is barely mentioned within the team.

“To be honest, we don’t talk about it a lot, we talked about it once before we broke the record, but we just said we’d talk about it once and then we’ll bring it to mind because it’s not about records or anything like that, it’s about winning the next game.”

Being part of what is called a ‘one-generation team’ is what made the 25-year-old Olympian focus on fortnights.

“Anyone on this team could be named World Player of the Year, we’re so lucky with the amount of talent we have and that’s one of the main reasons I said I wanted to come. when I had the chance.

English prostitute Amy Cokayne spent time in New Zealand as a teenager captaining Fielding High School First XV to a 53 game winning streak.

She credited her school coach Rob Jones for helping her and Black Ferns Sarah Hirini and Georgia Ponsonby get this far.

Cokayne is in her second World Cup and has noticed the improvements in women’s football in recent years.

“The competition between all the teams was really different. The first week there were probably shocking performances and close scoring, but I think it’s really good, now we have 12 really competitive teams in the tournament.”

Tui agreed the tournament had already been a huge success for the sport.

“This tournament has shown that world women’s rugby is about to explode. Jump on that waka or you’re going to miss it,” Tui said.

The Black Ferns complete the pool game against Scotland at Whangarei on Saturday afternoon, while England face South Africa at Waitakere on Sunday.

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Rugby World Cup: tears flow as men fall for women’s rugby https://windgefluester.net/rugby-world-cup-tears-flow-as-men-fall-for-womens-rugby/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 23:35:00 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/rugby-world-cup-tears-flow-as-men-fall-for-womens-rugby/ Crowd favorite Ruby Tui poses with fans after the Black Ferns beat Wales 56-12 in their second RWC2021 match at Waitākere Stadium. Photo/Getty Changing roomBy Jim Kayes Witnessing the magic of the Black Ferns made Jim Kayes, a die-hard men’s rugby enthusiast, fall in love with the women’s game at this Rugby World Cup. And […]]]>

Crowd favorite Ruby Tui poses with fans after the Black Ferns beat Wales 56-12 in their second RWC2021 match at Waitākere Stadium. Photo/Getty

Changing room
By Jim Kayes

Witnessing the magic of the Black Ferns made Jim Kayes, a die-hard men’s rugby enthusiast, fall in love with the women’s game at this Rugby World Cup. And he is not alone, he writes.

Sometimes it’s okay to make a woman cry.

On Sunday, around half an hour before the Black Ferns kicked off against Wales in their second World Cup game, I ran into World Rugby’s Alison Hughes in the stands at Auckland’s Waitakere Stadium.

As we chatted, I mentioned that I had returned to Auckland after spending two nights with my brother and four brothers-in-law.

A boys’ weekend, which on Saturday night saw us happily settle in front of the TV to watch England play against France. In women’s rugby, of course.

“We planned the day to make sure we were back to watch it,” I told Hughes. “Six middle-aged guys watching women play rugby.”

That’s when her eyes filled with tears and she started apologizing, unnecessarily, for being “unprofessional.”

“But it’s 20 years of work right there,” she said, of the battle to get women’s rugby taken seriously.

We loved watching this game on Saturday and, with beers in hand, offered versions of the same “informed” commentary we make watching any men’s game.

It was the same in the crowd on Sunday. At one point a frustrated guy stood up in the stand and loudly protested to the referee: “She’s off her feet ref”.

There’s a lot to love about women’s football and even more to enjoy about the Black Ferns.

Yes, their scrum was wobbly at times, although official stats show New Zealand won four of their five scrums and Wales only nine of their 13. The Black Ferns scrum was much better when Santo Taumata, 19 years, came early in the second half.

Black Ferns' Santo Taumata in action against Wales.  Photo / Photo port
Black Ferns’ Santo Taumata in action against Wales. Photo / Photo port

The fitness for the front row continues to be work and the peloton continues to be way too high in the mauls.

It’s also true that the Black Ferns struggled with their kicks on goal (they made three of 10 conversion attempts), but introduced the cross kick pass into their game to great effect.

Coach Wayne Smith lamented the lack of discipline which saw the Black Ferns penalized 17 times with two yellow cards.

He said the Black Ferns would not win the World Cup with those kinds of penalties. He also worries about his squad’s ability to stop England and France when they get practice – as Wales did to score twice on Sunday.

It’s a legitimate concern, but I think Smithy also likes to talk about it a bit, just to keep his platoon on edge. He knows how England will play, but he also knows that if the Blacks Ferns can get the ball and just a bit of space, they will take a while to stop.

I really don’t want to compare them to the men’s game, but sometimes it’s worth doing because Portia Woodman’s 18 tries are now the most of any New Zealander at a World Cup – three more than Jonah Lomu.

She won’t want to watch the recording of either of them because she really should have switched to the unmarked teammate on the outside. It didn’t matter against Wales, but it could in the tougher games to come.

Woodman and Ruby Tui score great tries and both are tough on defense. Tui is not massive, but if she is light, she competes with as much courage and efficiency as a heavyweight.

Ruby Tui celebrates with her Black Ferns teammates.  Photo / Photo port
Ruby Tui celebrates with her Black Ferns teammates. Photo / Photo port

Smithy had told me that the front five and co-captain Ruahei Demant were top notch and she certainly commanded against Wales, with shrewd positional play, some revealing touches on the ball and good defending. His passing and supporting game were exceptional. The ball she threw to wing Renee Wickcliffe in the 48th minute was a peach and she stayed in support to keep the momentum going as the Black Ferns surged 80 yards for Sylvia Brunt to score her second try of the game .

The Blacks Ferns attack is formidable, but the defense win big Test matches as England showed when they limited France to just one decent chance on Saturday – which the French took advantage of. And France were equally impressive defensively.

On Sunday, the Black Ferns had 74 tackles and missed just seven, and some of those were hard-hitting shots that were enjoyed by the decent-sized crowd almost as much as tries.

The truth is, and it took me 700 words to figure this out, I am a late but now passionate convert to women’s football.

Correction, the match of 15 women. The Black Ferns Sevens have been sensational for a long time, but I’ll admit I wasn’t that worried about the 15s team.

I’ve reported on over 200 All Blacks Test but after watching the Blacks Ferns lose to England in 2001 the pre-RWC match against Japan at Eden Park a few weeks ago was the first full Test that I have watched in 21 years. since.

It’s embarrassing, really, but I know I’m not alone.

These black ferns captivated me. During the test in Japan, I texted poor Wayne Smith with my thoughts on the amazing blindside Liana Miakele-Tu’u.

Then I moved on to Charmaine McMenamin, who was No.8 that day, only to have them switch positions for the RWC opener against Australia (they were still great).

Smith will soon be blocking my texts because I didn’t start with the Bremner sisters, Chelsea and Alana, or the ever-smiling Stacey Fluhler.

“[Fluhler] has to start in midfield with Amy du Plessis,” one of the brothers-in-law said on Saturday night. I almost dropped my beer at the passion behind the comment.

It’s not so much a revolution that happens every weekend in Auckland and Whangārei, but a realization that women’s rugby is really fun to watch.

For the opening matches at Eden Park, I took my teenage daughter and three of her friends. They went to see Rita Ora. They left as Black Ferns fans.

I know that feeling.

This story originally appeared on Newsroom.co.nz and is republished with permission.

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Autumn holidays: Belgians are rediscovering non-European destinations and, for the first time, a different school calendar in the south and in the north https://windgefluester.net/autumn-holidays-belgians-are-rediscovering-non-european-destinations-and-for-the-first-time-a-different-school-calendar-in-the-south-and-in-the-north/ Sun, 16 Oct 2022 14:17:03 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/autumn-holidays-belgians-are-rediscovering-non-european-destinations-and-for-the-first-time-a-different-school-calendar-in-the-south-and-in-the-north/ The last-minute trend persists, more bookings every week Belgians’ desire to travel remains unchanged. On the other hand, the time of booking is no longer comparable to that before the health crisis. September was then the favorite month to book the autumn holidays, while today it is October. As in the last two years, TUI […]]]>

The last-minute trend persists, more bookings every week

Belgians’ desire to travel remains unchanged. On the other hand, the time of booking is no longer comparable to that before the health crisis. September was then the favorite month to book the autumn holidays, while today it is October. As in the last two years, TUI sees that the tendency to book very late persists and, for the past few weeks, it has seen many bookings for the autumn holidays. Spain remains the favorite destination but non-European countries that were not offered during the health crisis are popular because of their traditionally excellent value for money. The French-speaking community, which benefits for the first time from two weeks off, takes full advantage of the advantageous travel rates for the first week.

After the health crisis and the end of travel restrictions, Belgians have rediscovered the pleasure of traveling abroad. Their enthusiasm is also expressed for the upcoming autumn holidays to take advantage of the warmth offered by southern destinations.

Reservations arrive quite late and for the most part, they are only made in October, a few weeks or even a few days before departure. This trend is not new because, for two years, the various measures related to the coronavirus have explained this caution. Today, the last minute trend is linked to the feeling of uncertainty caused by the energy crisis. TUI also notices this in the choice of destinations: Belgians choose countries outside the European Union more than usual because they offer the best value for money. These countries, which were not offered during the pandemic, are now experiencing a real revival. Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia are very popular, as is Senegal, a newcomer to TUI’s offer, which perfectly complements the program of exotic holidays at low prices.

This year is also the first time that the school calendars of Flemish and French-speaking education no longer coincide. The autumn holidays for French speakers last 2 weeks and start a week earlier than those for Dutch speakers. French-speaking families have clearly opted for the first week of vacation, which is more advantageous. Many of them have also chosen destinations like Crete or Rhodes or Mallorca because they are still part of the summer offer and are currently offered at a low season price. Two weeks of rest also give the possibility of leaving for longer, to a distant destination for example.

Belgians spend an average of €1,413 on their holidays by plane, 19% more than in 2019. The average budget allocated to car holidays is €245 (+13%) and that for trips to town is €361. (+11%).

  • Top 5 air travel (countries): Spain, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey and Morocco.
  • Top 5 air vacations (regions): Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Turkish Riviera, Costa del Sol and Hurghada.
  • Top 5 driving holidays: France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain.
  • Top 5 driving holidays (regions): Belgian coast, Sauerland (Germany), Alsace, Normandy and Luxembourg.
  • Top 5 city trips: Paris, Rome, London, Lisbon and Amsterdam
October 16, 2022

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