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Ironic that you should choose such a defensive action as iconic of Dutch football given their former reputation for playing the most exciting and attacking (total) football and their recent collapse into aggression and boring defensive style. A shot of the foot of (was it van Bommel?) going through Xabi Alonso's chest in the 2010 World Cup Final would perhaps be truly iconic.

 

 

That was indeed an awful match. And much of the critique afterwards came from within the country. That said, finals rarely live up to their promise, the only one I have covered which was a really good game being the 2011 womens final between Japan and the USA. I thought I had a shot of de Jong's kick... must be going senile.

 

I find the psychology of sport interesting. How a germ of doubt can spread an become a self-fulfilling prophecy. For the Dutch the penalty shoot out was for many years their achilles heel. Players talking about it would use words like 50/50 chance and very often lottery. Between 10 years ago and these finals the attitude changed. In this series you could see the players believe they would win the shoot out. In this shot, he has the eye on the ball and he is going to save it. The opposition had more of an attitude that they had done well to get so far. In the next round the Dutch seemed to have loose the belief and it hasn't returned since. They are playing later... the expectations are muted.

(Excuses for any hijacking)

 

 

Interesting thoughts and yes it was de Jong and not van Bommel although both displayed behaviour that would have still have Cruyff endlessly turning in his grave - perhaps we could resume this discussion elsewhere at some point.

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Just the one, but this is what it feels like nowadays:

 

 

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I'm dreading having to try to explain it to the Germans next week.

 

Edited: well the Germans were polite enough not to ask, of course, but we did explain what "the elephant in the room" meant.

 

Cattle being driven to milking, Bowness-on- Solway. They graze on the salt marsh. You could have spread the farmer's accent on your toast.

 

 

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Beer pumps at the Twice Brewed Inn on Hadrian's Wall.

 

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These may be seen in our neighbor Canada also so let's just say North America....

 

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ERM61R  American Bullfrog

 

 

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FCN0FF American Magpie

 

 

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E8B12F  Rodeo Cowboy

 

Paulette

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I'm going with my adopted home for the last 8 years of Berlin and things I love about the city

 

Modern architecture - here on Potsdamer Platz

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Green spaces - here the Jewish Cemetery at Weissensee

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and abandoned architecture, here an old railway roundhouse

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My Native Land - or, to be more specific: New York, USA

C2PNWD View from 30 Rockefeller Center, NYC

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- Ann, from Long Island

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Three from Bahrain. Home for eighteen years.

 

Gareth

 

Al Khamis Mosque - oldest in the country.

 

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Dilmun-era burial mounds.

 

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Tree of Life

 

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3 images from my Munro bagging days in Scotland on visits back, all from pre-digital era...

 

1. Quartz capped summit of Stob Ban in the Mamores.

 

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2. Black Cuillin ridge in Skye on a hot day.

 

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3. The Horns of Alligin.

 

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Black Cuillin, ah that reminds me - One of my favourite locations

 

1. Coire Lagan - Glaciated mountain corrie and lake high in the Black Cuillin mountains, Glenbrittle, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK.

 

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2. The old and the new. Reflections of the Old Custom House in modern building windows, Ipswich Dock, Suffolk, England, UK.

 

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As I am living in Cambridge my three are of the city and around.

 

 

Market Square city centre.

 

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Punt on river Cam passing Magdalene college.

 

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Grafton Fitzroy Street entrance at night.

 

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Allan

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Yaquina Bay Bridge at Newport, OR

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Desert View. Grand Canyon, AZ

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Queen's Garden Trail, Bryce, UT

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I chose this photograph because I think it represents the best in my country, the USA, good things that get lost in all the hoopla surrounding the upcoming presidential election. I am not submitting this to make a political statement, but because it shows how Chappaqua, the small town in New York where I live, honored a fallen soldier, who also happened to be an immigrant from South Korea. The young man honored in this photograph, SSgt Kyu Hyuk Chay made the ultimate sacrifice defending his adopted land. This photo shows Secretary Clinton with his mother, father and his brother, a young naval officer who went to high school with my daughter, and an army veteran - a cross section of the population of our diverse land. There's been so much going on lately that makes me ashamed to be an American, but this scene makes me proud of my native land. 

 

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Two more:

The beauty of a sunset over the Hudson River, not far from where I live:

 

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I think NYC is even beautiful on a rainy night:

 

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Here's some of mine from Germany. 

 

Carnival celebrations in Düsseldorf

 

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A young German-Turkish woman flying a German and a Turkish flag in front of Cologne Cathedral, Kölner Dom

 

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The former Berlin Wall with a mural of Honecker and Breshnev kissing.

 

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Blue Whirpools, Bieszczady National Park, Polandblue-whirlpools-reserve-on-wetlina-river

 

 

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It's nearly impossible for me to describe my city in three photos, much less the entire country, so I'll just go with New York.

 

 

From my rooftop

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Street Style: Bowery Mural by American Artist Ron English

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Tourists in Times Square

 

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Here are my three from my hometown of Newmarket in Suffolk, UK, famed as being "The home of horse-racing"

 

 

Racehorses out on the gallops at dawn on a frosty winter morning:

 

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"Help for Heroes" charity worker collecting money for injured soldiers

 

 

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Horse racing on Newmarket's July Racecourse

 

 

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Kumar

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Wide-angle panorama of Rhone glacier, whose tongue is extending into a small lake. Obergoms, Valais, Switzerland

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Alpabzug: Alpine transhumance in Switzerland. Cattle being driven from the alpine meadows down to the valley in autumn

 

 

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Alpine spring crocus (crocus vernus albiflorus) flowers in white and violet in front of a patch of snow. Alps in the background

 

 

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View of Moscow Kremlin in winter. All the colors are real. )

 

Here you can see the follows.

Let's start from the Kremlin towers topped with red stars.

From left to right:

Troitskaya (Trinity) tower - main tourist gates to the Kremlin.

Borovitskaya (Pine Forest) tower - main official (the president and staff etc.) entrance.

Nikolskaya (St. Nicholas) far in the background. It faces Red Square.

Vodovzvodnaya (water pumping) tower (the round one in the center). The water pumping equipment was installed in the tower in old days to supply the Kremlin with water.

Spassky (Savior's) tower far right. It has chimes and faces Red Square.

 

Grand Kremlin Palace behind the Vodovzvodnaya tower. Ivan the Great bell tower right of the palace. Archangel cathedral right of the belfry.

 

Large Stone Bridge is in the center. The Moscow river covered with ice.

Variety Theater to the right.

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The CONTEST closes in another 6.30 hours, approximately

Kumar, India

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That's a lovely photo of Moscow Broken Pixel. It makes me want to pack my bags and go there. 

Colin

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That's a lovely photo of Moscow Broken Pixel. It makes me want to pack my bags and go there. 

Colin

Thank you very much, Colin!

That view is really unbelievably beautiful.

Will you please have a look at this one. EY1MPW

I asked the woman to stay still for a couple of seconds. )

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Here are three pics of mine from Wales, UK.

 

 

Brecon Beacons National Park – Talybont Reservoir, Powys.
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Brecon Beacons National Park – Abercynafon, Powys.

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Pembrokeshire Coast National Park – Stackpole Quay, Pembrokeshire.

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ENTRIES to the CONTEST are now CLOSED.

The last entry was by Graham Morley. Thanks.
The voting page is being prepared and

shall be released later today.

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That's a lovely photo of Moscow Broken Pixel. It makes me want to pack my bags and go there. 

Colin

Thank you very much, Colin!

That view is really unbelievably beautiful.

Will you please have a look at this one. EY1MPW

I asked the woman to stay still for a couple of seconds. )

 

 

From your portfolio it looks like you live in Moscow - get on that bridge and milk it for all its worth. The shot of the girl taking the photo is great and eminently sellable.  

Colin

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That's a lovely photo of Moscow Broken Pixel. It makes me want to pack my bags and go there. 

Colin

Thank you very much, Colin!

That view is really unbelievably beautiful.

Will you please have a look at this one. EY1MPW

I asked the woman to stay still for a couple of seconds. )

 

 

From your portfolio it looks like you live in Moscow - get on that bridge and milk it for all its worth. The shot of the girl taking the photo is great and eminently sellable.  

Colin

 

 

Thanks, Colin! I have already took a lot of photos of that view and the view in all the directions from that bridge. And I take a photo every time I cross that bridge. Congrats to all the (would be) winners of this competition. )

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