Netherlands 0-1 Spain

Nigel De Jong 'tackling' Xabi Alonso

Nigel De Jong taking out Xabi Alonso, Kung Fu style

Not the greatest World Cup I can remember, especially so as an England supporter, being spanked 4-1 by the Germans was an absolute shocker and we were utterly diabolical in general.

There was still plenty of drama and incident. What happened to the French is anyones guess, in particular how badly they played, but also how mad their coach is and what a farce the whole campaign was for them. Maybe a bit of karma for that handball against Ireland. It’s pretty amazing to think the two finalists from the last World Cup, France and Italy, both finished bottom of their groups.

I was disappointed to see Ghana lose to Uruguay with a missed penalty in the last minute after a goal line handball, no justice there. I thought Germany played really impressively, scoring a load of goals in the process.

The Spanish played some brilliant football despite never really taking any game by the scruff of the neck. I thought they deserved to win the final, not nice to see the Dutch resort to such cynical tactics, that De Jong tackle was particularly bad.

Roman Aqueduct in Segovia

Panograph of The Roman Aqueduct in Segovia

Panograph of Segovia

Been stitching together some composite photos in Photoshop recently including this one of Segovia which I took earlier in the summer. Needed quite a bit of post production, largely due to the high contrasts, and has ended up looking a bit like an HDR image.

The aqueduct on the right dates from the time of Roman occupation, it’s still an astounding piece of engineering.

Eduardo Chillida

Sculpture by Eduardo Chillida

Sculpture by Eduardo Chillida

Just back from Spain where I saw a lot of really great artwork. One of the highlights was probably my visit to the Museo Chillida-Leku near Donostia-San Sebastian in northern Spain which house artwork by the Basque artist Eduardo Chillida. There’s a massive outdoor sculpture park with some fine examples of his work, as well as a converted farmhouse with some smaller scale works including works on paper and some using felt.

I also visited the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao where I saw a brilliant show “I Want to Believe” by the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. I also picked up a great Cy Twombly book.