Blues beat Wolf Pack with four tries from Lloyd @RugbyOntario @WolfPackRugby @CalgaryRugby

Dan Moore, Ontario Blues, hands off a tackle by Adam Bontus, Prairie Wolf Pack in their Canadian Rugby Championship game at Calgary Rugby Park.
© J. Ashley Nixon

Mississauga winger, Kainoa Lloyd scored four tries to secure a win for the Ontario Blues against the Prairie Wolf Pack in the Canadian Rugby Championships at Calgary Rugby Park on Sunday.

The other winger, Dan Moore opened up the scoring for the Ontario side after ten minutes of intense pressure on the Wolf Pack line. Andrew Ferguson scored the first of several conversions, just one part of his excellent game at scrum-half. Carl Pocock, from the Calgary Rams, failed with his first penalty kick but slotted one in after 23 minutes to make it 3-7. The score might have gone in favour of the Wolf Pack after 26 minutes but a certain try was pulled back after the referee called a crossing obstruction.

Two minutes later, Shawn Windsor broke through and loaded off to Lloyd for his first try. A box kick by Ferguson was charged down in the Blues own 22m leading to a scrum. The Wolf Pack won possession and threw the ball out left for winger Brandon Baker to go over. Pocock converted to close to gap to four points. Soon after the restart, the Blues won the ball in the line out and spun it out left for Lloyd to score his second try. He was over there in the corner again five minutes later to make it a hat trick and give the Blues a 28-10 lead at half time.

The Wolf Pack got off to a cracking start for the second half. The crowd in the stand saw Number 8, Jeremy Kyne charge over the line. It may have looked like he scored from a distance but the closer eyes of the linesman saw, correctly, that the ball was not properly grounded. “No, no, no”, he shouted loudly and no try was awarded.

After 19 minutes, Ferguson took the ball himself from the scrum and charged through two tackles to put the ball down in the left corner. It was a bit far out for his conversion but the Oakville player had moved the score up for the Blues to 33-10.

Five minutes later, a handling error by the Wolf Pack backs was capitalized on by Shawn Windsor, who ran over to the right of the posts for a try. Lloyd got his fourth try after 29 minutes when he fly-kicked a loose ball, raced past two defenders and grounded another one to the right of the posts.

The game was set to run away from them but the Pack picked up the pace and pressured the Blues line in the last ten minutes, resulting in a try by Calgary Saints and Canada international centre, Mozac Samson and a second by Carl Pocock. Time ran out for the Pack though, and the Blues won 45-22.

For more photographs of this and other games, please visit the Rugby gallery at J. Ashley Nixon Photography.

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Druids tongue-tried for 50 by Canucks @CalgaryRugby Park @CanucksRugby @Druidsrfc


Canucks winger, Hosam Mobaruk scores the first of his three tries against the Strathcona Druids at Calgary Rugby Park.
© J. Ashley Nixon

A hat trick of tries by Canucks winger Hosam Mobarak tied up the Strathcona Druids in their Division 1 game at Calgary Rugby Park on Saturday. The scoreline began in favour of the Sherwood Park visitors after 18 minutes when the Druids fly half picked up a dropped ball 30 m from his own line to run down the pitch and score. Five minutes later, the Canucks forwards capitalized on a yellow card and penalty to the Druids, setting up a rolling ruck from the line out to go over for a try in the left corner.

Mobarak’s first try came after 27 minutes, running hard 40 m out through two attempted tackles to touch down. At the break it was 10-5 to the Canucks.

Canucks prop Logan Jones put on the jets three minutes into the second half to take a well-timed pass from centre, Derek Arnold and plunge through several tackles to score. Full-back Connor Tweed ran in another try after 11 minutes and with the conversions, the score moved on to 24-5. The Druids were not done though, scoring their own try five minutes later. That was the spell to trigger the Canucks into action.

Mobarak got his second try after 24 minutes then made it a hat trick shortly after. He almost got a fourth but for a forward pass.  Two more tries, by Trea Hande and Ruairi O’Farrell, both under the posts were converted to make the final score Canucks 50-10 Druids.

For more photos from this and other games, please visit the Rugby gallery at J. Ashley Nixon Photography

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Hornets sting Canucks 27-24 @HornetsRugby @CanucksRugby #YYC #Calgary

Action from the Hornets vs Canucks game (Div 2) at Calgary Rugby Park.
© J. Ashley Nixon

Three try come back

Going into the half time break, the Calgary Canucks were looking to be in control. Up by 24-10, four tries in the bag and lots of control of the possession. That was the last of the Canucks scoring and the Hornets started to fly. Showing lots of confidence to run the ball out from their own 22 m, the Black and Yellows ran in three tries and stole the game, 27-24.

For more photos from the game, please visit J. Ashley Nixon Photography


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Exploring for knowledge at the Riddell Library @mountroyal4u @MRULibrary

A climbing decorator prepares for his ascent of Mount Royal. Riddell Library and Learning Centre, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
© J. Ashley Nixon

Ascent of Mount Royal

Earlier this summer, the brand new Riddell Library and Learning Centre opened for the business of study at Mount Royal University in Calgary. For a short while, the doors were open, books could be borrowed but the staircase was closed. The painting had to be completed and that was a task for the climbing decorators (also known as rope access technicians) of Quantum Rope Access.

The climb up through the blue light and airy stairwell leading to the fourth floor of this beautifully designed LEED Gold building was facilitated by mechanical ascenders using a slingshot technique.

The stairwell is now open. Students can explore for knowledge in a more leisurely fashion.

For more photos from this and other happenings in the Summer of ’17 please visit

J. Ashley Nixon Photography


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We are all Villagers! Ice cream in Marda Loop, Calgary @Villageicecream

Summer birthday treats at Village Ice Cream, Marda Loop, Calgary.
© J. Ashley Nixon

Do you recall a moment in your childhood about ice cream and summer? Maybe a cone on the beach, when the sand got mingled with the runny deliciousness to give it that unwanted gritty feeling? Or the angst, and maybe tears, when your saved up spending money-just a few coins for the week- went down the drain, literally, when you spilled your double scoop onto the pavement?

Both of those happened to me. And then there were afternoons going down to Brontë Ice Cream in Haworth. My friends and I would pause from our game of football or cricket and head down the cobbled Main Street and over the bridge of the River Worth and the railway line to the shop. My favourite was a ninety-nine, a scoop of the real dairy with a Cadbury’s flake stuck into the top.

Ice cream treats in Marda Loop, Calgary at the Village Ice Cream shop.
© J. Ashley Nixon

That taste memory came back to me in Calgary yesterday during a visit to the Marda Loop shop of Village Ice Cream. It was my daughter’s birthday treat and with a family of willing sharers, it gave me the chance to sample a few of the handcrafted ices made right here in Calgary. We sat down in the shade in front of the cool counter and tried out strawberry, vanilla bean, and the more adventurous Earl Grey flavor. Delicious, stylish, artisanal craft.

Village memories recalled. We are all Villagers!

For more images of ice cream and the summer of ’17, please visit J. Ashley Nixon Photography

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Happy Yorkshire Day to all Tykes & Yorkshire lovers around the world #yorkshireday

Happy Yorkshire Day! Here is a short selection of photos to celebrate the broad acres of the biggest county of England and its people, The Tykes, wherever you hang out in the world. Please visit my earlier blog post to explore ten things to do on Yorkshire Day. A recipe for Yorkshire Pudding is included!

Yorkshire Dog: Arya the Airedale

After my early years in Haworth, I went to school in Keighley, Airedale. Many years later, in Canada, when my children begged and begged for a dog, I relented on one condition-I chose a right good Yorkshire breed. Arya the Airedale Terrier (the largest of the terriers) joined our family. Here she is (above) as a puppy and she still often acts like one, four years later. A lovely, yet strong character dog carefully named after the most compelling character in Game of Thrones, Arya Stark. You can read more about Arya the Airedale here and here.

Yorkshire Roots: Haworth Moors

Haworth Moors.
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I was born and bred on these Haworth moors, a landscape made famous in Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Fond memories of my Mum and Dad, seen here with their granddaughter, Jennifer.

Yorkshire Folk

Yorkshire folk and cycling fans watching the Tour de France in Leeds, July 2014.
© J. Ashley Nixon

This photograph was taken on The Headrow, Leeds amongst huge crowds out to see the first of two days of cycling in Yorkshire during the Tour de France, 2014. You read more about the Tour in Yorkshire here. And here is an article about beer and bikes.

Yorkshire Beer

A fine selection of Timothy Taylor’s beers ready to be served at The Grouse pub in Oakfield, across the valley from Haworth, Yorkshire.
© J. Ashley Nixon

This photograph, taken at The Grouse pub in Oldfield, Yorkshire shows off the fine selection of @timothytaylorsbeer including a special brew Le Champion made for the Tour de France, that ran two stages in Yorkshire in 2014. Landlord is their famous championship ale which, regrettably, I am unable to sup today all the way away in Calgary, Canada. Still, I have some good substitutes. One will be a nice pint of Show Pony, a delightful quaffing pale ale from Last Best The other is an IPA from Wildrose Brewery.

Yorkshire Art and Talent

Two Piece Reclining Figure: Points 1969-70, one of the bronze sculptures created by Henry Moore and on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
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Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a fabulous place to walk around and explore some of the best sculpture in the world. Creations located in open-field and woodland landscapes include works of art by Andy Goldsworthy, Anthony Caro, KAWS, Sol Le Witt and Yorkshire-born Henry Moore. Two Piece Reclining Figure: Points (1969-70) is one of Moore’s beautiful bronze sculptures to see alongside the grazing sheep.

For more photographs of Yorkshire and other fine places, please visit J. Ashley Nixon Photography


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Bellflower to pick at Calgary Folk Music Festival @calgaryfokfest @BellFlowermtl

Em Pompa of Bellflower performing at the Calgary Folk Music Festival.
© J. Ashley Nixon

As the end of July comes around, it’s time once again for the Calgary Folk Music Festival to turn over Prince’s Island into a smorgasbord of music from around the planet. One of the most exciting thing about being there is to experience a band you have never heard of and then rush into the CD tent to buy a recording because you have just been blown away by what you have heard.

That was the feeling when I heard Bellflower, an Indie Jazz, electro-pop/folk fusion that hails from Montreal.  They have two recordings I was able to find: The Season Spell that came out in 2016 and The Lotus Factor from 2013.

Bellflower’s horn section and clever bass and rhythm lines speak volumes of the band members roots, as jazz students, at UdeM. Add in some novel percussion, such as the big brass bell in Cyclone Waltz and soaring harmonies sung by Em Pompa and Kathryn Samman and there’s something special going on here.

The initial warm-up on stage with some beautiful, skin-tingling flugelhorn had me thinking that Efterklang was in the park (a brilliant prospect!) and that hooked me in to sit down and listen attentively as I was taken my photographs. You can see more of those and other Festival photos on  J. Ashley Nixon Photography. Please take a look and help me with a question. Are the tattoos on Em Pompa’s arm and the motif on top of the bell the same design? Just curious!

A young music fan, moving perfectly in time with the music of Bellflower at the Calgary Folk Music Festival.
© J. Ashley Nixon

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