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Scott Powers

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  1. No matter what you’re in the mood for, London has it. As I mentioned prior, I am from the boondocks of Southern Ontario and am used to having to put in some real effort not to be bored back home. Here in England, it is a totally different game. Because I work just over 40 hours per week (something most North Americans in the turf industry are not used to), I have plenty of time to do whatever I wish. So naturally over my first month here I prioritized going to as many sporting events as I could. My first sporting event had to be a “football” match. Even though I didn’t really know what was going on it was still great to see the third league conference championship between the David Beckham-owned Salford City FC vs. Fylde. To top it off the match was played at Wembley Stadium, a pretty decent spot to watch my first live soccer game. Although only a quarter of the stands were filled, it was still ridiculously rambunctious. The rumours ring true: the English do not mess around when it comes to their ‘footie’. What I thought was a bit ridiculous was their effort to control the rowdiness: alcohol was not allowed to be consumed in the seats or where you can actually see the field. We had to follow the rules, so to ensure we got our money's worth and didn’t miss any of action we had to make sure the beers flowed very efficiently. Wembley Stadium Although the soccer was a hell of an experience, a true European sport that has been on my bucket list for years was darts. I was fortunate enough to find my way into the Premier League Darts Championship at the “o2” in London. If anyone here has ever watched darts on TV, the insanity you see is no exaggeration. This was without a question the best live sports atmosphere I have ever been a part of. Match 1 - Michael Van Gerwen vs. Daryl Gurney To dial back a bit after a wild darts night out my next excursion was to a sport I have never considered a real sport: cricket. With the World Cup currently taking place in London and hanging out with the other Australian cricket-crazed interns, I had no choice to attend my first match between Australia and England in Southampton. It made for a great day out. The rules are still very blurry in my mind but I like to think of it as a mixed-up version of baseball. The Ageas Bowl in Southampton The final weekend of May I attended one of the largest horse races in the world: the Epsom Derby. The best part about this was it was 100% free and literally steps away from where I live. A five-minute walk. Derby Day 1928 (above) and 2019, below. Since the course is on public land, it was free for all to watch. There were over 100,000 people in attendance which in turn resulted in downtown Epsom hosting a good night out. Although difficult to see in the photo, the racetrack is in the shape of a “U” and was a flat race on natural turf. This was the first derby I have ever been apart of and even Queen Elizabeth decided to join in on the action. After seeing the ridiculous outfits sported by some of the attendees, I instantly fell in love with the sport. All this action in just my first four weeks here! May was a month to remember.
  2. Hello all, As many of you already know I am interning at the Royal Automobile Club in England and will be doing some blogging for TurfNet while I'm here. I have recently graduated from the University of Guelph and decided to shake things up by moving across the pond. The 18th at the Royal Automobile Club. The Royal Automobile Club is situated just south of London in a little town called Epsom. Being home to just over 30,000 residents, the town has the perfect balance of big city amenities with a true small-town feel Although it might look like Epsom is a ways away from London, it really isn’t. On an average day I can get from my doorstep into the heart of the London within an hour via train. Once into the big city then the “tube” or subway is the best way to get around. The transportation system here is chaotic but somehow works extremely well. Being from the middle of nowhere in Southern Ontario I have only been exposed to public transport for one year in Toronto... which I found extremely difficult to navigate at the time. By London standards, it was a piece of cake. Toronto subway map Little did I know what I was getting myself into in London. But two months in I am finally getting the hang of it. The map below illustrates not only the spaghetti bowl of subway lines but overall vibe of the city: organized chaos. London subway map When I’m not exploring the city, I am back in Epsom riding my noble steed wherever I need to go. Whether that’s the pub or gym, this old girl takes me there. I picked her up a couple train stops over for only 30 quid (about $55USD) and it has been the best investment I’ve made here. The club is just over 3 km outside of Epsom and makes for a very scenic and peaceful daily bike ride in. My local transportation around Epsom. When I’m not menacing the streets of Epsom on my budget pedal-powered Harley, I’m in my room (below) back at the club Facetiming my friends and family back in the great white north. What is the deal with the rope hanging from my ceiling? That’s the makeshift clothesline I rigged up because clothes dryers apparently don’t exist in England. My room is in a wing of the iconic clubhouse. The staff kitchen is three floors below so it’s very convenient to get my complimentary meals, and it’s only a 2-minute walk to the maintenance facility. My living quarters, outlined in yellow. I look forward to sharing more of my intern life here over in the UK with you. Cheerio for now! *The Big Smoke
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