Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 14, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
20 THE LETHBRIDGt HERALD Octobir 14, 1970 In My inion By CHRISTINE PUHL Herald Staff Writer masterpiece is a rough, gray vessel of clay which towers IVt feet into space somewhat like the Tower of Pisa. And no one had dare contradict its beauty. This whole situation started innocently with my first lesson at the Lethbridge Oldman Potter's Guild. I grew a little suspicious of what was developing upon the realization that, within one week, I had re- turned to the potter's room, to see my hyo-inch pinch pot on the drying shelf not once, not twice but three times. Even without an analyist's help, I knew my be- havior was questionable. In all honesty, I can say it certainly isn't lugging the 20-pound block of clay from place to place that gives me pleasure. What pleases me is the nod of approval everyone gives when I slam the clay to the floor with a resounding smack. At times, working with the high, soft clay walls is very trying as I do not possess a great deal of pa- tience. When the final' touches are finished, what a sensation. I nearly feel like a new mother (not that I know what that is Susy, my -little has already been the victim of the unpredictable temper of an artist (referring to After giving Susy a terrible tongue-lashing for leaving her paw signature on the bottom of a clay dish, I decided I rather liked the effect and gave her a hug. I'm sure-she was a confused little puppy. There are triumphs, but, as with everything else, there are also those colossal flops. Oh well, they can always be pounded into coarse particles -and soaked in water until the raw clay challenges you once again. Even though there are many methods of hand- building pots, my favorite is the slab, preferred be- cause it is very simple. Just roll out the clay like dough and wrap it around a pleasing shape. Easy as long as it is not wider at the bottom or4he clay doesn't stick and tear down the centre, or any other of the million ways a pot can be ruined. But after all, how could I ever be expected to sweat over those tedious rows and rows of coils which would probably crack anyway, with my luck? It is still a good feeling when your work is com- pleted and you feel even better as you walk through the ceramic department of a store and look at the price tags. To Abstain Or Not That IB The Question Sluggish Athletes Blamed On Bed Bouts By LEWIS LEVENDEL LONDON (OP) It started even before the time of Sara- son and Delilah and comes right down to the modern mus- clemen. Does an athlete get rid of too much energy in bed. Tlie ancient question of sex- before-oraipetiUon for athletes has been revived by British newspapers after a soccer manager blamed his team's poor start this season on some players being too engaged with wives. Harry Catterick claimed the recent marriages of three play- ers as the reason why Everton, last year's Football League champions, lost six out of their opening seven games. "We always keep stop- watches on the players during training and the ones who mar- ried during the summer have been more sluggish than the he said. Maureen Harvey, 21-year-old wife of one of the recently-wed Everton players, got into the argument by saying: "Colin takes his football very seriously and would not let anything interfere with it." EXPERTS AT ODDS On the subject, Dr. William Masters, the American sex re- searcher and author of Human Sexual Response, commented 'that provided the athlete has a recuperation period of one to five minutes after a sexual ex- perience, he should be able to perform at peak physiological But Dr. J. L. Blonstein, pres- ident of the medical commis- sion of the International teur Boxing Association de- clared: "Sexual abstinence is almost essential for, sporting success. Even out of training, athletes should not have inter' course more than three times a week." Most athletes today are be- lieved to practise abstinence of some sort before a competition. It is standard procedure for Italian soccer clubs to take their players into "ritiro" from Thursday to Monday because they believe that sex would harm their performance in weekend matches. Jean Lee, who has been mar- ried to English forward Fran- cis Lee for eight years, said she can't imagine anyone dedi- cated to the game doing any- thing "silly" the night before a match. MUST BE MEAN British heavyweight cham- pion Henry Cooper feels he has to go away for six weeks to a training camp prior to a big fight. "It's not just sex. If you want to win a fight, you've got to go into the ring mean, and for that you've got to go without home comforts." Stirling Moss, retired motor racing driver, said he never made love 48 hours prior to an event It was a matter of discipline." "I didn't drink and I didn't smoke much, so if a race got really tough and I knew I hadn't had sex for a couple days either, I'd think, 'If any- one deserves to win, it's me.' But English soccer goalkeep- er Peter Bonetti reacted to the non-sex idea by declaring "It's a load of rubbish." "I certainly wouldn't abstain before a he said. "It's a personal matter, but I wouldn't think sex the night be- fore affect anyone's game- It has certainly never troubled me." SEES NO EVIDENCE: Dr. John Williams, a British authority on sports medicine, said: "There is absolutely no evidence to indicate the sexual exercise has any deleterious ef- fect on sporting performance. "Obviously an athlete can't roll out-of bed onto the starting blocks and hope to set a world record, but there's no physio- logical reason why he should not make love the night before or even the morning before an afternoon event." Asked why abstinence bad become a fetish, he replied: "You have to make a crucial distinction between the mind and the body. A top-clan in- ternational sportsman may feel strongly that he wants no dis- traction of any sort before a big competition and that be excel only if he en the big event and nothing else. "Now if he feels like this, then sexual intercourse can be a disaster but for psychologi- cal, not physiological reasons." The last word on the subject goes to American baseball per- sonality Casey Stengel, who once said: "It ain't the girls that bother the players. It's the booze they drink and the time they waste chasing them." ami r l ow-< y Day Care Still Needed By Thousands Of Mothers OTTAWA (CP) The tho ands of working mothers wi children under two years of a Continue to increase, but the leed for day care services has jeen virtually overlooked b practically all elements brth American society. 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"Such oversights mean thi infants are subjected to unstar dardized care provided b neighbors, relatives and baby sitters-" NEW PRESIDENT Mrs. Huth Markus was recently elected president of the So- cial Credit Women's Aux- iliary for the coming term. Other officers are Mrs. Daisy Dogterom, first vice-presi- dent; Mrs. Ellen Gillies, sec- ond vice-president; Mrs. Clarice Halmrast secretary- treasurer; Mrs. Kay Pater- son, publicity; Mrs. Beatrice Shield, sunshine convener and'Mrs. Ida Adams, educa- tion. love is... dropping every- thing when he wants to an out. CATCHES THIEF NORWICH, England (AP) ore detective Pauline Colgate me up with a suspected shop- ter's "third arm" as evi- e n c e in magistrates court ainst Lionel Downing, 47, ac- sed of stealing meat, whisky d mashed potatoes worth 88. The extra arm was a rub- and wire contraption that iiuuu n tujjcuat MICCVC while a concealed arm dealt with goods Downing's wife slipped him, ho conceded. Sentence was de- ferred pending medical and pro- bation reports. Studies clearly showed the need for more careful consider- ation of working mothers with infants. Not only were these infants subjected to fluctuating and often hazardous day care situa- tions, but they could also be re- turned to the care of mothers constantly unhappy and worried about the safety of their infants during the working day. Mr. Adams put the responsi- bility for bettering the situation "squarely on the shoulders of the policy-making institutions." He also suggests that funds be provided to develop training programs on infant care, and that all persons hired to give day care for infants be licensed. He advocates strict legal re- quirements and enforcement methods to prohibit a licensed person from providing day care to more than three infants. Hazard For Wrong Age Group Toys' Safety With Parents OTTAWA (CP) The re- sponsibility for the protection of children lies with parents as well as toy designers, manufac- turers and legislators, Mrs. A. B. R. Lawrence, president of the Canadian Toy Testing Coun- cil, says. In an article written for Ca- nadian Consumer, a magazine published by the Consumers As- sociation of Canada, she says that almost any toy can be un- safe if it is misused or given to the wrong child. "Parents must anticipate the accidents that can occur, par- ticularly in a family where there is a wide age span, and teach older children to keep many of their toys out of the reach of younger ones. "This is true, not only of ob- viously dangerous toys such as chemistry sets and dart games rat of many seemingly harm, less toys. A marble, for in- stance, can mean hours of slay to a nine year old boy and death to a baby. "In addition, an intelligent as- sessment of the possible misuse of a toy is in order. For exam- ple, a pull toy is an excellent one for a toddler but should never accompany him into a ilay pen or crib where the cord could get caught around his neck and strangle him." PAHENTS WARNED Mrs. Lawrence, wife of the Ontario minister of financial and commercial affairs and mother of four, says parents should also realize the dangers inherent in some toys. "They should warn school- age children who are using electrical toys such as wood- burning sets not to operate such toys when their hands or cloth- big are wet. They should see that inflatable water toys are never used by non swimmers in water beyond their depth. "Finally, that most innocent- appearing toy, the balloon, has been known to asphyxiate sev- eral children who inhaled in- stead of exhaling while blowing them up." 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