Chris’s Sport on Freeview Guide – Issue 7.5

Chris’s Sport on Freeview Guide – Issue 7.5

Hello – welcome to this week’s guide which includes an interview with Craig Whitfield, creator of www.janeavril.net – see, you come on here looking for listings about sport… and we educate you in the process, that’s what it’s all about!  The site is well worth a look – so, we asked Craig to tell us more about the site, and asked him about his love of sport along the way…

Chris – So your website is www.janeavril.net – how did it come about?

Craig – The website came about as a result of my interest in post impressionism art and more specifically Toulouse-Lautrec. He had many muses over his short lifetime and one of these was the red headed beauty Jane Avril.  She would appear in a total of 38 works he produced and I posed the question over time. Who was she? So, I embarked on a period of research using books and other sources as there was limited information on the internet and such information that I did find contained errors and inaccuracies.

The question was left, what should I do with all the information? The answer was the creation of the website. Hopefully, this will ensure that others who share an interest in Jane will discover all they want to about her in one place.

Chris – You also have a page on there called Craig’s blog – what can readers expect to find?

Craig – The blog is an opportunity to update readers with new information about Jane and her time. I tend to throw in a book review or 2 provided they relate in some way to the subject matter. Lately, I have found myself researching those whom Jane knew such as Teodor de Wyzewa a pioneer of the symbolist movement in France who had a close relationship/friendship with Jane.  Provided I can link the content in some way to Jane then it makes the cut.

Chris – How do you think the site will evolve over the next couple of years?

Craig – In terms of evolving the site it will no doubt continue to grow in a natural way dependant on any fresh knowledge that comes my way. The site is here to stay so I’ll always look to update and improve appearances if it is felt necessary. The beauty of the site is that so far I’ve managed to repel repeated requests to advertise on it. That was never the intention for the site so will remain advert free.

Chris – Is there anything out there that you would love to discover/see about Avril?

Craig – I guess the Holy Grail is being contacted by someone related to Jane (if such a person exists) or perhaps by someone who is related to someone who knew her and has further stories about her life or possess rare pictures of her. Since she died in 1943 I suspect it’s unlikely that someone would have actually known her directly so this is the best I can hope for.

In a way I see my website acting as a fisher’s net being cast into the open sea with the hope that it catches a real whopper of a fish.

I’ve been fortunate to have had contact with a variety of people from different walks of life from all over the world who have used the website to aid projects of one sort or another and by those who just admire Jane just as much as I do.

Chris – Back to sport – what sport do you like watching on TV?

Craig – In terms of sport I love to watch any sport played at the highest level. If you were pushing me to be more specific then it has to be Snooker, Football, Tennis and Golf.

Chris – How do you think coverage of sport on Freeview channels fares in 2014?

Craig – I do miss the days of 3 channels. I recall being able to watch the World Heavyweight Boxing clashes back in the day on BBC1/2 for nothing. It seems to me that the BBC has lost a lot of the sports we took so much for granted and in response to this they tend to “big up” other minority sports. Take the Boat Race for example. Does it really merit a full afternoon of coverage?

I think free view has gone some way to bringing sport back to the people. A good example would be the snooker coverage which now covers many of the Ranking Tournaments from abroad and the lesser PPT tournaments.

I can only hope that if the BBC one day loses the World Professional Snooker Championship then Eurosport do the business and retain the rights to cover it. Time will tell.

Chris – What’s the sporting event you’ve not been to that you would love to go to one day?

Craig – That’s a tough question as I’ve been lucky enough at attend The Crucible for the World Snooker Championships and Wimbledon for the ladies final. I guess I would like at attend the Men’s Wimbledon Final with perhaps Roger Federer surpassing Pete Sampras’s record of 7 titles which off course Roger shares at the moment.

Chris – So, a quick reminder – the website is www.janeavril.netso, go right now, take a look and a big thank you to Craig Whitfield for a fantastic interview, we will keep in touch with Craig over the coming months.  I won’t put a picture of Jane on this page – for those curious minds out there, you’ll have to visit Craig’s site for yourself to discover more 😉

Here’s this week’s listings now – look out for the start of Formula E on ITV4 this Saturday…

Saturday September 13th 2014:

05:45 – 06:40 Channel 4 General NFL Rush Zone – New series.  Animation.
06:40 – 07:35 Channel 4 General Trans World Sport
07:35 – 08:00 Channel 4 General The Grid
08:00 – 09:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing The Morning Line
08:00 – 10:30 ITV4 Motorsport Forumla E LIVE – 1st round of the season – the world’s first electric racing series from Beijing.
10:30 – 10:55 ITV4 Football Champions League Weekly
12:10 – 12:50 BBC1 Football Football Focus
12:50 – 13:00 BBC1 General Saturday Sportsday
13:00 – 16:30 BBC1 General Invictus Games LIVE
13:00 – 16:00 ITV Cycling Tour of Britain Stage 7 LIVE
13:40 – 16:10 Channel 4 Horse Racing Channel 4 Racing LIVE – From Doncaster and Chester.
14:30 – 18:00 601 Football Final Score
16:25 – 18:00 ITV4 Motorsport British Touring Car Highlights
16:30 – 17:10 BBC1 Football Final Score
18:00 – 19:00 ITV4 Motorsport Formula E Highlights
19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Motorsport Vuelta a Espana – Stage 20 Highlights.
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour of Britain Stage 7 Highlights.
22:50 – 00:25 BBC1 Football Match of the Day – including Arsenal v Man City

 

Sunday September 14th 2014:

00:25 – 01:45 BBC1 Football The Football League Show – including Charlton v Watford.
05:40 – 06:35 Channel 4 General Street Velodrome – Cycling action
06:35 – 07:30 Channel 4 General The American Football Show (Repeat from last Tuesday)
07:30 – 08:00 Channel 4 Motorsport Motor Racing – British Formula 3 action
08:00 – 08:30 Channel 4 Motorsport World Superbikes Highlights
12:15 – 13:00 BBC1 Football MOTD2 Extra
13:15 – 16:15 BBC1 General Invictus Games LIVE – Final day of the event.
15:00 – 17:55 ITV Cycling Tour of Britain Stage 8 LIVE
20:00 – 22:15 BBC2 General Invictus Games Closing Concert
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Rugby Union Premiership Highlights – (Highlights repeated on ITV at 11:20pm)
21:00 – 22:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour of Britain – Stage 8 Highlights
21:00 – 23:00 Challenge Wrestling TNA Wresting
22:00 – 23:00 ITV4 Cycling Vuelta a Espana – Stage 21 Highlights.
22:30 – 23:20 BBC1 Football Match of the Day 2 – including Man Utd v QPR
23:00 – 23:30 Challenge Wrestling Wrestle Talk TV

 

Monday September 15th 2014:

06:00 – 06:50 ITV4 Football The Big Match Revisited – from 1979.
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Motorsport MOTO GP Highlights – San Marino Grand Prix
21:00 – 22:00 ITV4 Motorsport The Motorbike Show.
23:00 – 00:05 Channel 4 General The American Football Show.
23:00 – 00:00 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights
23:35 – 00:20 BBC1 Rugby League The Super League Show (network repeat on BBC2 on Tuesday at 1pm).

 

Tuesday September 16th 2014:

06:05 – 06:55 ITV4 Football The Big Match Revisited
19:30 – 22:00 ITV Football Champions League LIVE – Liverpool v Ludogorets Razgrad
20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Motorsport World Rally Highlights – From New South Wales
22:40 – 23:40 ITV Football Champions League Extra Time

 

Wednesday September 17th 2014:

06:00 – 06:50 ITV4 Football The Big Match Revisited
22:00 – 23:00 BBC4 Motorsport Grand Prix – The Killer Years.  Documentary.
22:00 – 23:00 Quest Golf Ryder Cup – Medinah Memories

 

Thursday September 18th 2014:

06:00 – 06:50 ITV4 Football The Big Match Revisited
13:00 – 15:00 601 Sailing World Championships from Santander.
17:30 – 22:30 ITV4 Football Europa League LIVE – Partizan Belgrade v Tottenham/ Everton v Vfl Wolfsburg
22:00 – 23:00 Quest Golf Ryder Cup – Medinah Memories

 

Friday September 19th 2014:

06:00 – 06:50 ITV4 Football The Big Match Revisited
13:00 – 15:00 601 Sailing World Championships from Santander.
18:00 – 19:00 ITV4 Football Europa League Football Highlights
19:30 – 21:30 601 Rugby Union Scrum V Live – Cardiff v Ulster
22:00 – 23:00 Quest Golf Ryder Cup – Medinah Memories

 

My TV pick of the week – Roxy Music at Frejus, a concert from 1982 – BBC4 Friday 19th Sept at 11:50pm!  Songs include Avalon, Love Is The Drug and Jealous Guy.

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