My old nanny, who looked after me and my brother when we were children, who I saw as a young child more than my own parents, has stopped taking medication for her bowel cancer.
She wanted to stop because the medication was making her too ill. In the time after that decision she has done many things, visited Lourdes on a pilgrimage (she is very Catholic), been to Wimbeldon to see the tennis, and spend Christmas with her son in Spain on his farm, but now she is back in Scotland and is frail.
I worry about her being in pain because I care so deeply for her. I love her just as much as my own Grandmothers both of whom died of cancer.
I want to know what is going to happen because my family are very taboo about death and suffering. I’m a journalist, I need to know about things to make sense of them and to be productive.
Any help would be wonderful. Its a very sad thing that touches everybody in some way.
She doesn’t want to go back to medication,, she and her friend Rosemary said that they’ll "just have to pray harder". She’s an old lady who loves to be busy and I understand that. Sadly I don’t share her religious convictions and so I can get no comfort from that.
What I really want to know is for an old lady, how much longer has she got for the things she loves like gardening and writing letters and visiting people? What must it be like?
Thank you so much for your comments thusfar.
Tennis has 4 Grand Slams played in four different countries….aren’t there any good enough courses in Spain, France, Australia ETC??….even the unofficial ‘5TH’ Major @ Sawgrass is in America!!!
I know probably a silly question but just something that bugs me!!
Footwork is an important part of tennis and is the main reason why tennis is such an effective cardio workout.
Here are some helpful tennis footwork drills that provide a great way to break a sweat as well as help you during a tennis match:
1. Direction drill:
Begin by standing in the middle of one side of the court (this will be home base). Sidestep to the right until you touch the fence; sidestep to the left towards home base until you touch the opposite fence. Sidestep back to home base and backpedal all the way to the fence, followed by running towards the net. After touching the net backpedal back to home base where you will run in place for 30 seconds. Repeat the steps 2-3 more times. This is a great drill because the player emulates the footwork that is used during an actual point.[simpleazon-image align=”right” asin=”068418298X” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51K2KAAWXSL._SL160_.jpg” width=”105″]
2. Back to the middle drill:
Start with one foot to the right of the baseline tee. Have someone feed a ball to the forehand side about three to four steps away. After hitting one shot, sidestep back to the middle, then run to the ball and hit, sidestep back to the middle and repeat the process. A series of five balls can be fed, followed by a short break. Repeat the drill on the backhand side. Four sets of five balls is ideal. Footwork and hand eye coordination are key components of this drill.
3. Sidestepping and anticipating:
This drill may seem simple but it is an important part in anticipating the next shot and moving to the next shot. One person is standing on the baseline with a partner directly facing them and either saying forehand or backhand. Once a command is given, the person on the baseline is to run and swing a forehand, sidestep back to the middle and wait for the next direction. This works well when the partner giving the directions rapidly orders each shot. Running to the ball and sidestepping back to the middle helps the footwork, but the key to this drill is preparation, and the faster the command is given, the better the player will be in preparing for the shot.
[simpleazon-image align=”right” asin=”B005TVOSMG” locale=”us” height=”120″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51w5Ovz4jFL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]Practicing these tennis footwork drills will give any tennis player an incredible advantage over many opponents. It is usually footwork that every tennis player needs to work on. Once you have these footwork drills down, the better your groundstrokes will be. Getting the footwork down gives you more control and more time to react to each ball that comes your way.
please can someone help mee!
i need to translate these sentences into German buht have no idea as i am rather crap at nearly every language….
1. i like listning to music.
2. it is foggy and it’s raining.
3. i eat my breakfast at 8:15.
4. yesterday i played tennis.
5. i flew to spain.
6. i would like 2 tickets to Hamburg return.
7. i have lost my sunglasses.
8. i have a headache and i am tired.
9. i dont like eating strawberries.
10. the chemist is opposite the cake shop.
Best answers get 10 POintss! =P
Basketball, Handball, Volleyball, Hockey, Cycling,…etc. It seems like it’s all about football, cricket, rugby, polo and golf here; even sports with average following (tennis i.e.) do not seem to be represented by competitive sportsmen in the category. Other European countries, like Spain, despite being less populated and comparably poorer…perform better in a wider range of sports, so,…can anyone explain it?.
Spain has been world champion of: Handball, Hockey, Five-a-side football, Basketball, Cycling, F1, Rallying, Motorcycling, Waterpolo,…we also have Golf Champions, a few decent athletes and gymnasts, very good tennis players, won a european football cup, reached a final in 84, have the most successful football club in history,…etc.etc. Overall, considering all sports,it is superior to England (but in Rugby), despite being poorer and less populated. But that is not my question…my question is why some sports, that are huge worldwide (basketball as the most clear example), have minimal or non existant following here.
Many tennis coaches often find it difficult to keep kids focused during a tennis lesson. Kids tend to have short attention spans and find other things more amusing than what they should be paying attention to–like their tennis coach that is trying to start the next activity. Now picture a kids group tennis lesson with 6 kids with similar mind sets. That might just be a tough one to handle for the poor coach.
The key to keeping kids focused while still having fun is to have tennis drills and games that the kids will love. It is essential to have these tennis drills for kids because it is what keeps them in the tennis mode. It is especially fun for them when the drills turn into games; it brings out the competitiveness in them.
These tennis drills for kids can be your secret weapons to use at all kid group lessons.
1. Jungle Ball- This drill can be played with several kids on the court at the same time. Many of students love this game because it is very interactive and competitive at the same time. Two groups are playing against each other. Each team is spread out on each side of the court (half at the service line and half on the baseline). The students should be aiming to hit the back fence, but the ball has to bounce first. It is considered out if it hits the side fences. It is almost like volley ball where the kids can take turns trying to get the ball over to the other side. As a defense, the other team should try to touch the ball before it hits their side of the fence to prevent the other team from scoring.
2. Bouncing Game- This drill is good for warming up the kids. The aim of the game is to bounce the ball on the racket, ground, or racket then ground. The kid with the highest number of bounces wins. Simple, yet fun. This game is great for hand-eye coordination.
3. Alligator- (It helps when these tennis drills for kids are catered to them with interesting, cool names). Put the kids on one half of the court, and the coach will be tossing the ball from the other side. Have the students stand in a line at the net (4 students maximum). They each start off with a volley and make their way back towards the baseline. If they miss the volley, they “lose an arm” meaning they are restricted to one arm and the other is behind their back. As they back up, if they miss the next toss, they “lose a leg.” This involves balancing on one leg. On the next miss, the student has to sit down and attempt to hit the next toss while sitting down. One more miss, and the kid is out.
Simply put, tennis drills for kids are games that get their body moving while putting the fundamentals of tennis in motion.
I know some hang on to it for self preservation by joining golf clubs, tennis clubs etc but are we becoming classless generally?
Do all countries have different social classes i.e. France, Spain, Germany etc. is having social classes a limiting factor to progress? Is England worse than other countries?