Monday, 18 April 2016

How Kiwis Can Watch The LPGA Swinging Skirts Streamed Live - For Free!

In December 2015 Coliseum Sport Media promised that Kiwis could watch Lydia Ko's title defences Live & Free through their streaming service WorldGolfPass.com.

They have honoured this pledge and here is how you do it:

Step One:

Go to WorldGolf Pass.com






Step Two:

Click on the subscribe button which will take you through to here.






Step Three:

Click on 'Single Week Pass' to highlight it and then click 'Subscribe Now'.








Step Four:

Add the promotion code CLEARWATER into the package selected panel and click Check.

Then complete the World Golf Pass Registration online form or sign in if you are a current user.

If you already have an account simply sign in.












Now you will be able to see the golf rounds live and for free. That's all there is to it, except to say #GoKo !

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Old Singapore - New Book

I have just produced a publication showcasing old Singapore postcard images.  It's quite fascinating to see how Singapore was in days past.

Click on the book to view of use this direct link.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

The Art Of Golf - When Twin Passions Come Together

I have written before about my my late and growing interest in watching the LPGA. The main reason for this 'sporting flowering' being the rise and progress of New Zealand's own golfing superstar, Lydia Ko.

To see someone so young achieve so much, in such a short space of time, has been quite extraordinary.  She is a credit to her family and a proud Kiwi, which her adopted country greatly appreciates.

A growing interest in golf reminded me of the unique shape and patterns of golfing paraphernalia and the figures in action which lent themselves to artistic interpretation.

The result is this coffee table book which records recent art works based on a golfing theme.  As I stated in its introduction I make no apologies for the eclectic mix of styles.  They were used as the mood took me!


Click on the book above to see a preview or go directly to the publishers here. The art works illustrated in the publication are also available as quality prints from TheGolfStore.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Digerarti IV - New art book

My new art book published today. Click on the pages to view the contents

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

How Kiwis Can Watch The Australian Women's Golf Open Live & For Free!

In December 2015 Coliseum Sport Media promised that Kiwis could watch Lydia Ko's title defences Live & Free through their streaming service WorldGolfPass.com.

They have honoured this pledge and here is how you do it:

Step One:

Go to WorldGolf Pass.com






Step Two:

Click on the subscribe button which will take you through to here.






Step Three:

Click on 'Single Week Pass' to highlight it and then click 'Subscribe Now'.








Step Four:

Add the promotion code ausopen16 into the package selected panel and click Check.

Then complete the World Golf Pass Registration online form or sign in if you are a current user.

If you already have an account simply sign in.












Now you will be able to see the golf rounds live and for free. That's all there is to it, except to say #GoKo !

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Gullible Gourmands And Other Pretensions

The world's most expensive ice cream, according to a television programme I recently watched, earns its title due to the fact that its ice is sourced from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The appropriately named Absurdity Sundae made from this ice cream is a mere 'snip' at $US 60,000 per serving.  Just how pretentious is that, and how jaded must be the appetites of the nouveau riche!

The Absurdity Sundae
Mind you, the sundae in question does come with a first class ticket and a souvenir t-shirt.

In keeping with these these gourmet pretensions I thought I would suggest a couple of equally far-fetched additions to the menu:

  • The Salty Caramel Surprise -  using sea salt scooped up from the depths of the Mariana Trench by a replica of Jules Verne's Nautilus.
  • Roar Coffee  - forget the Vietnamese weasel coffee, kopi luwak, made by collecting coffee beans eaten & passed  through wild civets.  My version is made from beans eaten and excreted by a reverse engineered chicken-to-dinosaur.
What all of the above goes to prove is that some people have more money than sense.  I would suggest the super rich try a good New Zealand hokey pokey ice cream.  It even tastes good when served in a private jet.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Confessions of an Armchair Golfer


I used to be asked by friends & colleagues “What is your golf handicap?”  To which my usual, response was one word “Golf”.

My earliest recollections of the game were accompanying my father, as he and a band of other hardy stalwarts transformed a large area of North Taranaki sand dunes into a playable 18 hole links.  So as a youngster I equated the term ‘golf’ with gorse & thistles, wild rabbits and exhausting toil.

In truth this impression has never left me. When I look at what LPGA professionals have to endure on a weekly basis I am amazed that they do so well – choking local haze, travel fatigue, lost luggage, fractious fans & family commitments.

My father was a good amateur golfer and had the build to make it so. His height helped him master a better than average swing and he did reasonably well in tournaments. I by comparison, inherited the worst physical attributes of both my parents.  Short in the arms, middling in stature and built like the rugby forward I later became, any chance of a good golf swing was born to fail, quite literally.

Junior golf tournaments started for me at age ten and fortunately terms like ‘cut’ at that time did not enter the local vocabulary. By age thirteen I knew everything I needed to know about replacing divots, getting trundler wheels out of sand and hacking through lupins in search of my ball.  My adolescent study of poetry also found me agreeing with Wordsworth when he uttered the immortal words “Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness”.

In short, by the time I was ready for high school I was also ready to pack away my clubs for good.
So what you may well ask is giving me a renewed interest in golf?

Put simply, a chance twiddling of the TV remote a couple of years ago drew me to a young Lydia Ko winning her first pro tournament in Taiwan.  It was one of those rare free-to-air showings on New Zealand television and my interest was piqued.

After watching the Swing Skirts tournament unfold I was hooked; and I have been following the LPGA tour ever since.  In particular, we Kiwis admire Lydia’s rapid rise to the top of women’s golf.

In a country that is dominated by male sporting achievements – principally rugby – having a woman world number one is a great source of pride to many Kiwis. It is her demeanor on and off the course as much as her golfing prowess that impresses us.

We shouldn’t under estimate the impact of this success on the growth of, and interest in, the game in New Zealand.

George Harper of New Zealand Golf is quoted as saying that the ‘Ko Effect’ has had a real impact on the growth of the Junior Women and Secondary Women’s game.

Junior women have seen an increase of nine per cent since 2013 and secondary women has risen 17 per cent.

Given golf's raised sporting profile I am almost tempted to go out and buy a new set of clubs…..almost

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Today's Art Work - Discovery

Discovery
Print on Canvas
Roger Smith
Copies available here.