Thursday 21st June 2018


Tom Bowline and Jack Tar.

Thomas Dibdin

Here a sheer hulk lies poor Tom Bowling,
The darling of our crew;
No more he’ll hear the tempest howling,
For death has broach’d him to:
His form was of the manliest beauty,
His heart was kind and soft.
Faithful, below, he did his duty,
And now he’s gone aloft,
And now he’s gone aloft.

Tom never from his word departed,
His virtues were so rare,
His friends were many, and true-hearted,
His Poll was kind and fair:
And then he’d sing so blithe and jolly –
Ah! many’s the Time and oft –
But mirth is turn’d to melancholy,
For Tom is gone aloft,
For Tom is gone aloft.

Yet shall poor Tom find pleasant weather,
When He, who all commands,
Shall give, to call life’s crew together,
The word to pipe all hands:
Thus death, who Kings and tars dispatches,
In vain Tom’s life has doff’d,
For though his body’s under hatches,
His soul has gone aloft,
His soul has gone aloft.


Argentina 0 Croatia 3 

Luka Modric another of my favourite players put in a fine individual performance punctuated with an 80th-minute goal that resembled the sort of strike that Messi has made his hallmark. Modric received the ball on the edge of the area, took two touches, then quickly swerved to find just enough space to bend a shot past Cabellero.


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