Repair & Preservation of hand-made rugs

Restoration of Oriental, Persian, Turkish and Irish handmade rugs and carpets. Dedicated care for kilims, tapestries and embroideries. Liz Mansergh has over 22 years of professional experience working with antique carpets and tapestries, so you can rely on expert consultancy services and restoration.

Before: Antique rug in need of repair After: Restored, with no noticeable mend

Past clients include: Peter Linden Ltd, Blackrock; The Office of Public Works, Farmleigh; The Hon. Desmond and Mrs Penny Guinness, Leixlip Castle; Knight of Glin, Glin Castle; Mr Michael & Mrs Sarah Ramsden, Saskia Antiques & Sopwell Hall; Mr Alphonsus O’Meara, Dalkey.

Antique rugs, even old rugs, are becoming increasingly rare and so, if their condition is good, are ever more valuable. Heirlooms definitely should be looked after, but holiday souvenir rugs, too, can be rescued if accidents happen. And if the disaster is bad enough – a lovely rug can still be reincarnated as beautiful cushions.

Dec 07

His name was announced in the Golden State Warriors’ starting lineup but was obscured by a cloud of boos.

In the five games since Kyle Turris landed on in Nashville, the Predators’ newly formed second scoring line — also featuring Fiala and Craig Smith — has combined for 16 points, including seven goals. While we’ve already tooted Smith’s horn as a promising fantasy dark horse, Fiala merits his own turn. A breakout year could be in play for the 21-year-old sophomore.

While he isn’t seeing that much action, Kuemper is making the most of his opportunities with his new club in Los Angeles. Filling in for Jonathan Quick here and there, including a back-to-back start and relief appearance over the weekend, Kuemper sports a 1.62 goals-against average and .943 save percentage.

Every time he touched the ball: boos. At the free throw line: chants of “cupcake.”

The Warriors routed the Thunder and Durant was brilliant, but the night was emotional. Durant and his teammates walked off the floor wearing cupcake shirts, a returned volley toward the fans.

If the small sample size doesn’t scare you, Subban’s numbers through three earlier games (2.06 goals-against average and .936 save percentage) offer much appeal.

When Durant takes the floor Wednesday night, there will still be some boos and cupcake chants. But the visceral, vitriolic animosity between Thunder fans and Durant is largely gone. One, because they got it out of their system with that night in February. And two, because the Thunder organization has pressed the conversation forward, rather than backward.

There were a lot of examples, like general manager Sam Presti’s message of “carry on” the day Durant announced his decision to leave. Or the metaphorical reminders of passing out baseballs, or pictures of MacGyver. But nothing sent the message stronger than what the front office did.steelers_014

Dec 05

Manning is 17-8 as a starter against Washington.

New York snapped a three-game losing streak with its 12-9 overtime win against the Chiefs. Quarterback Eli Manning, whose pregame speech was credited with providing a spark, will try to make it two straight wins.

“It’s a short week, but everyone here is excited about the opportunity to go play on Thanksgiving,” Manning told the team’s website.

He has completed 493 of 841 passes (59 percent) for 5,934 yards with 28 touchdowns and 23 interceptions vs. the Redskins.

“We felt there were a lot of really good options in terms of what might be out there,” Lynch said. “But ultimately, none of those things other than C.J., who we are happy with, were concrete.

“An opportunity presented itself. From the compensation that we ended up doing the deal for, we just really felt like it was a no-brainer. Garoppolo was a guy that we had really coveted.”

The Saints can start scoreboard-watching, as they’ve climbed to within range of the Eagles and are even with the Rams and Vikings atop the NFC. (Not to mention just ahead of the Panthers.) They need to keep handling their business, and against a team that had no answer for the Vikings on the ground or in the air, they should with their newly-balanced offense. Washington is already in danger of losing sight of the NFC wild-card teams.

A good (and rare) Thanksgiving rematch, with the Lions having won last year on a last-second field goal. The Lions have won four straight on their traditional Thanksgiving date, a little treat for those who are perpetually looking for a reason to fire Jim Caldwell. It’s a tall order to pull off this year with the way the Vikings are playing right now on both sides of the ball. Matthew Stafford’s Lions still have a habit of putting themselves in position to have to come back late; they can’t get away with that against this team.nike_steelers_2617

Nov 30

I’m very unpredictable, and it separates me from everyone else.

Postgame, the Drunken Bears change out of their cleats and head off to their regular bar, Ranalli’s in Lincoln Park. Usually the Bears will reward the MVP of the night with a special trophy: a can of Natty Ice. Nobody really deserved the MVP can tonight, so by default it goes to the player who scored the team’s only touchdown. “Please don’t write anything like, what they lack in talent, they make up for in spirit,” a Bears player jokes before heading off the field.

Stiff Arms captain Barnes’ stat line: one receiving touchdown, two-and-a-half beers consumed. He and his teammates have one more game to play tonight. Then they’ll go to Corcoran’s, a bar a couple blocks away, to celebrate with some black and blues: Guiness mixed with Blue Moon.

“The way you govern in this country is by being in the middle. I fully expected him to move to the middle and really provide leadership on immigration, secure the borders. But I was just appalled, right after his inauguration, how things started out, [with him] being more divisive and really being more polarizing on religion and immigration.”

“The roof bump, which got me 100 million views and is probably my craziest stunt of all-time, is a part of who I am,” said Janela. “I wouldn’t go back and change it.

Janela built momentum organically, and was asked to wrestle in the prestigious PWG Battle of Los Angeles this year.

“I’m shutting up a lot of the doubters,” said Janela. “People characterize my style as ‘garbage wrestling’ because of the roof bump, but Combat Zone Wrestling is what I grew up on and it’s what I loved in my teens. Why not live out my dreams?
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Nov 27

The way he’s handling himself? I would call it perfect.

One common-sense rule change that could at least contribute to preventing hits like this would be adapting the college rule: Once your knee hits, you’re down. If Flacco dives head-first, he has a first down.

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans: He enjoyed the week’s highest score, at least through the 4 p.m. ET games, with 36.4 PPR and 28.4 non-PPR fantasy points. Amazingly, neither threatened his personal bests (44.8 and 35.8, in 2014 Week 13), and in fact Hopkins’ PPR score was only his third best in 71 career games. Still, it marked his fourth consecutive game with a touchdown, and it put him on pace for 337.4 PPR and 234.5 non-PPR fantasy points, which would shatter his previous career highs of 331.1 and 220.1, set in 2015.

Paul Richardson, WR, Seahawks: Well, few people saw that coming, evidenced by the fact that he was active in a mere 5.05 percent of ESPN leagues on Sunday. Richardson broke through for a career-high 28.5 PPR fantasy points, fueled by two touchdowns as well as a remarkable 48-yard catch on the game-winning drive.

“I love the way that A-Rod does things,” Ortiz says. “He’s a guy that works extremely hard at what he does. I have learned so much from him. To me, that’s my goal, to be able to get to his level. He’s been doing this for a while, and he’s extremely smart.”

On air, Rodriguez has subjected Ortiz to only good-natured hazing. In fact, he spends much of his time putting him in position to succeed – teeing up a point for him, then allowing him to connect with it.

Taylor rejoined the Giants on Wednesday. The strike officially ended the following day, the players union capitulating on all major issues. But the league decided that only the players who had crossed before the union folded would be allowed to play in that weekend’s games.
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Nov 25

The Jaguars were already setting up to be snug against the cap in 2018

The original trademark was made by North Carolina State University, whose fans use the “Wolfie” hand gesture while cheering on their sports teams, known as the Wolfpack.

The Week in Wrestling turned to Sports Illustrated legal expert Michael McCann, who was asked to explain the legalities behind the cease and desist.

“It’s hard to give a declaratory answer without reading the letter,” said McCann. “As I understand it, NC State trademarked the hand signal, but the issue could be copyright.

McCann explained that if WWE has copyright interest in the gesture, they can then argue that the hand gesture is their intellectual property.

Further, it is believed that Jones feels Goodell is too iron-fisted with player suspensions. Until recently, Jones was a steadfast backer of Goodell. But the suspensions have made him increasingly angry. He also cannot fathom how Goodell won’t put his foot down and force players to stand for the anthem. If players don’t stand, Jones is said to think, then so be it—they shouldn’t play.

Skating with Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau, in the role of the departed Jaromir Jagr, Dadonov is having just as much success as Jagr did with the young stars. He is up to 11 points in 10 games, and his 18 percent shooting is actually lower than the 22 percent he managed in Russia last season.

The Jaguars were already setting up to be snug against the cap in 2018, and there’s still the little matter of quarterback as they approach an offseason in which multiple quality QBs could be available for the first time in a long time.

Aaron Rodgers was enjoying another outstanding year (13 touchdowns, three interceptions, 103.2 quarterback rating) until he suffered what may be a season-ending collarbone injury in Week 6 against Minnesota. Rookie running back Aaron Jones has asserted himself well with rushing performances of 125-plus yards in two of Green Bay’s past three outings.
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Nov 23

Dallas and Axel are both miscast in Miz’s entourage.

WWE has placed them in main events and key programs alongside Miz on Raw, but it is difficult to suddenly treat their characters with any sense of legitimacy after years of futility on the roster.

Ziggler and Ryder are stars in their own right, have personalities that would mesh perfectly with Miz, and could even have challenged (and perhaps won) for the tag team titles, ultimately adding more credibility to The Miz while also keeping two other talents fresh.

I was new as coach. They were listening. They were following. But the next year, you fall apart again. Maybe you still want to be coached, and to play together, but you also want to try out different things on your own. That is the natural progression of a team growing apart.”

A Steelers touchdown later, Detroit found itself in the same position, got stuffed on two Dwayne Washington runs and chose to then kick a field goal. Then, with just over two minutes to go, Detroit was back in the red zone, down five, and again went four-and-out, opting for passes short of the sticks and an ill-advised Theo Riddick draw play.

The Mavs’ win over Memphis on Wednesday is their only win during a home-heavy opening stretch — now they hit the road for five of their next seven. Dallas is the league’s worst rebounding squad and the defense has been porous. Dennis Smith Jr. has turned some heads with his nose for the rim, but Harrison Barnes has been inefficient.

While the league waits for an outcome on Eric Bledsoe’s pending departure from Phoenix, the Suns played a downright dignified brand of basketball last week, picking up a couple of home wins over Sacramento and Utah. Though there haven’t been any individual standouts in the inefficient offense, Mike James has been a pleasant surprise. Now the Suns take the road for four games this week.
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Nov 20

Some great drama in the Red Sox’s division-clinching win over Houston on Saturday.

Late Thursday night, Elliott’s attorneys filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Texas to vacate whatever suspension results from the appeal process. The lawsuit’s main contention is that there was a “league-orchestrated conspiracy . . . to hide critical information.”

A few minutes later, every Raven and every Steeler stood at attention for the anthem. (There also was an Air Force flyover.) No booing then. During the first TV timeout, a serviceman was introduced to massive cheers. During the fourth quarter, seven servicemen appeared on the field, to more cheers.

After the yearlong investigation, the league determined Elliott had been physical with his accuser three times during the week of July 17.

Game 1 of the Boston-Houston ALDS series: Chris Sale at Justin Verlander. Now that’s going to be a good event, and New Englanders are likely hoping it will be a day game, saving them from channel-flipping with the Patriots in a Thursday-nighter at Tampa Bay.

In game 161 of the 162-game season, David Price (the highly paid one, who came back from an arm injury and was made an Andrew Miller-like lefty specialist who could pitch anytime in relief) came out of the bullpen in the top of the seventh, up 5-2, tying run at the plate, no outs, to try to save the division title. Price got three outs without allowing an inherited runner to score, in the rain, with Price striking out George Springer, a New Englander from Connecticut who went to UConn, for the last out. Pretty good.
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Nov 17

Deshaun Watson had led the Texans to 90 points in the past two games

There’s also a scenario in which the 49ers play this beautifully and end up with the quarterback they wanted all along and extra picks in the process. Let’s say Cousins doesn’t get the franchise tag, hits the market, and wants to play in San Francisco. If Garoppolo plays poorly, the 49ers kept the trade compensation low enough that they can wipe their hands of the deal and just end up with Cousins anyway.

As the rain refused to relent in the second half, Dallas leaned on its ground game to burn plenty of clock, but repeatedly couldn’t turn drives into touchdowns, only field goals. That allowed Washington to remain in the game, but the competition ultimately became a battle of two sloppy teams playing in sloppy conditions, with the winner being just a little less sloppy.

“To know that other schools are losing programs, it’s kind of scary knowing that this huge part of my life could have been gone and nonexistent,” Robles says. “I don’t know what I would do without football, honestly. I know other schools are losing it, I just can’t imagine what they might be going through.”

That’s more points than 16 teams have scored this season.

The Bills are 3-1. Coach Sean McDermott has made a very big deal (some inside the team would say an obnoxiously big deal) about not turning the ball over. The Bills turned it over on their first possession of the season, a tipped interception. In their 43 possessions since: zero turnovers … including another clean game in Sunday’s 23-17 upset of Atlanta.
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Nov 16

I asked Villanueva how he felt being the unwitting face of this controversy for a few days.

The Star-Telegram reported that Roberts recommended no suspension for Elliott, and her recommendation was ignored. The interview Roberts conducted with Elliott’s accuser was extensive. Transcripts of some of the conversations with Elliott’s accuser, which were obtained by the Dallas Morning News, show that Roberts thoroughly questioned Elliott’s accuser about discrepancies in her account of these events.

A transcript of the appeal hearing obtained by the Dallas Morning News reveals that Elliott’s representatives did attack that point doggedly.

She’d moved back to her hometown of Vinton, La., to help take care of her parents when her father began showing signs of early Alzheimer’s disease, before she was diagnosed. The hospital where she was being treated was in Shreveport, close to a four-hour drive away in the northern part of the state, so family members pitched in to drive her once a month, and then once every other week, as the frequency of her treatments increased.

So where the Panthers wanted to work on reprogramming Newton, they couldn’t. And when they wanted to build timing between him and new left tackle Matt Kalil, or him and rookie Christian McCaffrey—the Swiss Army knife drafted to provide those easy completions-turned-big gains—they didn’t always get the reps they needed for it.

That explained why Newton was, in the staff’s eyes, uneven through the first four weeks of the season. It should also illustrate why the New England game was his breakthrough—that was the first week he threw in full during all three days of practice, and led to Newton’s freakish ability flashing again. Against the Patriots, he uncorked one throw from the left hashmark to the right sideline that made Rivera say, as he recalls, O.K., I like what I just saw.
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