Ding and Higgins in Tibet …

I promised to talk about exhibitions, and these ones, involving Ding Junhui and John Higgins are certainly worth mentioning.

Indeed, as reported on weibo, Ding and John are in Tibet. Here is the (automatic google) translation of the article:

Lhasa Public Welfare Joy Launch Ding Junhui Shu Bao Xi Jin Sixiu Tibetan Dance

Star Online  Posted on 2018-06-30 15:01:45 Report
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Superstar Online News 2018 “Ride” Snooker “Fighting to the Peak” series of charity events was first held on the morning of June 30 in Beijing Middle School in Lhasa. The event was hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and the Tibet Development Foundation for Assistance, the Tibet Autonomous Region Sports Bureau, China Vision Sports Entertainment Co., Ltd., the Lhasa Sports Bureau of the Tibet Autonomous Region, and Daqing Guoyu Culture Media Co., Ltd. Group Co., Ltd. provides public welfare support for snooker events; it is worth mentioning that this is a world-class snooker tournament.

At 10:00 on June 30 in the morning, Vice Chairman of China Soong Ching Ling Foundation Dunquan, Deputy Secretary-General Aid Tibet Development Foundation Songshi Zhen, Beijing State-Ju Lee Chun Holdings Ltd chairman save the country, Reid Holdings Ltd chairman Huangyu Bing, etc. Leaders and world’s leading players in the 80s, “China Dragon” Ding Junhui with 13 large ranking champions and “Wizards” with 4 world champions joined as the ambassadors to enter the city of Lhasa Beijing Middle school sports hall. The

Throughout the course of the activity, two snooker star with the same students had a very pleasant interaction: not only quiz on general knowledge of snooker, Ding Junhui and Professor Higgins also personally pitched snooker combat skills, even They also took a counter-attack against the killing. The two star players showed a completely different temperament on the playing field, playing the best of their ability, provoking children’s laughter and screaming, and the scene atmosphere was continuously pushed to a new climax. In addition to interacting, they also donated snooker tables and other billiard equipment to the school.
The students on the other side also prepared wonderful performances for the guests. There are not only fashionable modern dances but also Tibetan folk dances. Tibet is known as the “sea of ​​song and dance,” and Higgins from a foreign country was deeply attracted by this beautiful dance. He could not help but take out his mobile phone to take pictures. At the end of the event, the enthusiastic children invited guests to join in, so everyone danced in a circle and laughter filled the entire Beijing high school.
In fact, this is not the first time Ding Junhui has been to Lhasa. He joined his family and went into the nearest place to heaven a year ago. Unlike previous travels, Ding Junhui, who traveled as a public welfare ambassador, took on different responsibilities and had different hopes: “Snooker is a quiet and focused sport. With the development of billiards in Tibet We hope that more children will join this healthy sport and that they will reap the joy of growing up.”

This is probably the highest altitude ever attended Higgins snooker activity, and has 43-year-old “witch doctor” admits that for him really is not a small challenge: “Last night I could not sleep over and over again, intolerable headache But today I saw such enthusiastic children. They are fantastic. I’m proud of them.” In the last Tibetan dance, Higgins was very devoted and also jumped like a model, and he spoke with impatience: “I’m a great dancer and I’m jumping very well!” (Mr. Alex)

And there were more images shared on weibo as well.

Now, I know that the way China has treated Tibet and its people has not always been friendly and fair, far from it. Things have happened there in the past that were really atrocious, be it about the people’s rights, their living conditions, the crushing of their culture and traditions, the environmental damage and more. But I do hope that as China evolves – even if there is a lot of things that need to be done and improved yet – Tibetan people and their culture will find their right place in the country. I hope – and believe – that initiatives like this one are a sign that we are getting there, or at least closer. So, well done Ding and John.

And, just as a reminder, our European past is far from perfect: think Crusades, Inquisition, pogroms, Shoah, colonialism, slavery (including massive deportation of Irish Children to English rules territories in 17th and 18th centuries), countless wars and destructions … Actually our present is far from perfect.

Post WW2 China was devastated by floods, epidemics, extreme poverty and ignorance for most of its citizens and political disarray. The challenges the country was facing were gigantic. The ones they face today are still huge. Mao Zedong revolution was brutal, caused a lot of death, suffering and injustice. But so was the French Revolution if you come to think of it. I don’t ever condone or excuse violence and hatred, but I do believe that the answer to it isn’t returning violence and hatred.  So I’m glad to see initiatives like the one above, even if it’s only a drop in the see…

Kilkenny, Ireland – 28 June 2018

Ronnie has now won the Irish Tour 2018 series against Mark Allen as he leads by 4-1 ahead of the last leg to be played in Belfast tomorrow. Here is Conor’s report on the evening.

Fifth leg in Kilkenny started off with Ronnie making a century against his amateur. The match against Mark started then and Ronnie had back to back centuries to take a 2-0 lead. Ronnie took the next to stretch the lead to 3-0 and Mark had a fantastic century clearance to reduce the deficit at the interval to just two frames at 3-1. Mark came quickest out of the blocks after the interval taking the next two frames to level at 3-3 which included a wonderful 105 break. Ronnie however got in first in the next two frames with some incredible safety and long potting to close out a 5-3 win with a 137 total clearance and a 98 in the last two frames. John Virgo had prior engagements so the great Tony Knowles stepped in as trickshot maestro and MC. Last night of this tour on Saturday night in Belfast!

And he also shared those lovely pictures with us …

Once again thank you Conor!

Cork, Ireland – 27.06.2018

Fourth night out of six, and Ronnie leads Mark Allen by 3-1 in their exhibitions tour …

Here is the organiser, Conor O’Boyle, report on yesterday night

Good night again with Ronnie winning 5-3. Four centuries in the match, two for Mark and two for Ronnie. Ronnie had a maximum attempt and just lost position on his last red which rattled in the jaws. Great crowd and atmosphere tonight and it was JV’s last night of the tour as he has other commitments but Tony Knowles is here and taking over for the last two nights! Now 3-1 to Ronnie in the series with two nights left, Kilkenny on Thursday and Belfast on Saturday 😃

And Conor also shared a few images. Thank you Conor!

And here is Ronnie’s last red miss (thanks to Rodkor for finding this!)

Also Ronnie did an interview with Gary Spike OSullivan and Kevin Byrne and this, I suppose, can only be about boxing …

Anyway, going by what he shares on his Instagram, Ronnie is loving the Irish Tour, his snooker, the interview, the interviewers, and … the food (who would have thought? lol)

 

Limerick, Ireland – 26 June 2018

Ronnie and Mark Allen were in Limerick yesterday evening for the third leg (of six) of the Irish Tour 2018.

Here is Conor O’Boyle’s report on the night. Conor is the organiser of this tour.

Great night in Limerick both players played well. Ronnie went 4-0 up with a century included. Mark came out after the interval and made back to back centuries to make it 4-2. Ronnie then made a great break to win the match 5-2. They decided to play another frame which Ronnie won with another century. It’s 2-1 to Ronnie now in the series with Cork tomorrow night!

Thank you so much Conor!

Pictures by Conor

Ronnie also found some great Thai food, to consume at the restaurant, to take away and to make us hungry by sharing on his Instagram

So it’s onto Cork tonight…

Mulligar, Ireland – 25 June 2018

Ronnie and Mark Allen resumed their Irish Tour yesterday in Mulligar.

Here is Conor O’Boyle’s account on the night. Thank you Conor.

Mark won 5-3. Mark had 3 centuries and missed a maximum attempt on 88. Mark went 3-1 up and Ronnie got back to 3-3 and Mark finished with two centuries to win 5-3. Great night and now 1-1 in the series between Ronnie and Mark.

The pictures above were shared on social media by Conor, Ronnie and a a fan.

An article in the Chinese press

Ronnie is still in China actually, he’s currently in Shanghai and, apparently, very busy and very happy. He’s coming back on Friday, and back on the road next Monday for the second leg of his Irish Tour with Mark Allen. He’s looking forward to that one too!

Meanwhile this has filtered on weibo (google translation)

Liang Wenbo set up an exhibition match to return hometown friend O’Sullivan

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More stars will come to Huizhou in the future
Born in the northeast, Liang Wenbo grew up in Huizhou and eventually went to the world snooker stage. He gratefully acknowledged that he had started an exhibition match with Rockets O’Sullivan in the near future and stated that he will continue to invite more top stars to bring more exciting snooker feasts!

On the evening of June 16, 2018, the “Wonderful Huizhou· Wonderful Goose City” snooker world champion Liang Wenbo – O’Sullivan City Tour held its first place at the Jinshan Lake Stadium in Huizhou, Guangdong. A large number of Huizhou local audiences and billiard lovers at home and abroad visited the world championship. Snooker star Liang Wenbo from Huizhou to the world is grateful for this treasure in this way, and promised to make the competition a traditional project and bring many snooker superstars to benefit his hometown.

The theme of this event is “Grateful Huizhou Wonderful Goose City”. As we all know, Huizhou is the second hometown of China’s famous snooker star Liang Wenbo. Born in the northeast, he grew up in Huizhou and went to the world stage. Therefore, he also chose this as the first stop of the event to let more people pay attention to this treasure in Huizhou and expressed his gratitude to Huizhou. Feelings.

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In the afternoon of the same day, the new “Rock” O’Sullivan’s new book-sale ceremony was held. The most popular snooker player today has naturally attracted hundreds of billiard lovers to queue up for a bid. .

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At 8 o’clock in the evening, world champion Liang Wenbo finally staged the O’Sullivan’s exhibition match with great expectations. The unprecedented warm atmosphere also made both players excited. In the 4 games of the 4th round, the 2-2 draw between the two sides in the first half was tepid, after which O’Sullivan burst into power and ended the game with a perfect single shot of 121 points and 110 points. Atmosphere reaches a climax.

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In this event, CCTV’s famous billiard commentary, Mr. Jiang Yi, also made a special trip from Beijing to Huizhou. After the match, Jiang Yi also had a relaxed interview with the two superstars. O’Sullivan stated that Liang Wenbo invited him to visit his hometown on several occasions. This time he finally had the opportunity to realize that he knew how beautiful Huizhou was. city. He also did not hide his close friendship with each other. O’Sullivan admits that the two have known each other for more than a decade. In the past two years, they have frequently communicated and contacted WeChat almost every day. He even saw Liang Wenbo as his lifelong brother. The event ended successfully at 11pm.

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In an interview, Liang Wenbo told reporters that the successful organization of the event was just a beginning. They had reached a consensus with O’Sullivan and signed a long-term entry agreement, and from next year will also invite more top Snow. Star players bring more top-notch snookers to Huizhou. In addition, Liang Wenbo also said that the ticket proceeds from this event will also be used to establish a sports development fund that cares for his hometown, focusing on promoting the popularization and development of billiard sports in Huizhou.

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Exhibitions news … and naughty spirit.

Eventually some news filtered from the exhibition(s) Ronnie did in China. He was in the Hong Kong area seeing friends, amongst them Liang Wenbo as well as Patsy Cheung and her family who, in the past, have been closely involved in the organisation of the General Cup in Hong Kong .

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This venue is actually the Huizhou Olympic Stadium

Both Huizhou and Hong Kong are situated in the area of the Pearl River Delta, a region that is densely populated but also offers some stunning scenery if what Ronnie shared on his Instagram is anything to go by. The pictures above were also shared there.

Anyway… Ronnie and Liang did an exhibition in Huizhou, which Ronnie won by 4-2, making two centuries in the process, 121 and 108.

Patsy shared some images and a short video on her Facebook page. The video shows Ronnie, almost disappearing behind a gigantic bouquet of flowers made his entrance in the venue… She also allowed me to share her pictures. Thank you Patsy!

And Ronnie was quite active on twitter yesterday evening and in naughty spirit! Indeed he suggested that he might get to 999 centuries and then stop making them until he feels in the mood to clinch the 1000th … He also claimed that his 5’20” 147 was “disgusting” – mainly because he wasn’t in control of the white and was playing recovery shot after recovery shot to keep it going – and should be removed from youtube!

Oh and he’s looking forward to go back to Ireland to play mark Allen and get a good  bashing at his hands… he also intends to leave the 147s to Mark and take care of the 146s