3 3 Joint third: With eight consecutive wins in the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 respectively, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Lazio and Marseille can boast the third longest winning streaks in Europe’s top 10 leagues in the 2014/15 season. Click the arrow above, right, to find out which club has the second best run of league wins this season! – Arsenal’s eight-game winning streak in the Premier League came to an end last weekend with a 0-0 draw against Chelsea, scuppering Gunners hopes of matching their Premier League record run of consecutive victories, set in 2002. Lazio’s eight game run lifted the club from sixth to second in Serie A, coming to an end with defeat against champions-elect Juventus on 18 April, but they are currently a point clear of third-placed city rivals Roma. Marseille won eight games in a row early on to lead Ligue 1, but relinquished top spot early in 2015 and are now on a run of four consecutive defeats, dropping them to fifth and leaving Champions League football a fading possibility. Only Bayern out of this quartet sit top of their league, with Pep Guardiola’s team already crowned champions. As are the next team in our list click right to find out who they are! In second place, with 11 straight Eredivisie wins, it’s Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven, who won 11 on the bounce to help secure their first Eredivisie title in six years. Click the arrow above, right, to see which club has enjoyed the best sequence of victories in Europe’s top 10 leagues this season – Winning their 22nd Eredivisie title this season, the Red and Whites went three months unbeaten, until their 11-game winning streak came to an end with a 3-1 defeat to second placed Ajax. Still, they won the division comfortably! Only the top 10 leagues in Europe included, as per UEFA’s national co-efficient rankings.All statistics correct on 28 April 2015. In first place, it’s Real Madrid, who notched up 12 Liga wins in a row between September and December 2014 – From their 8-2 win away to Deportivo La Coruna on 20 September to a 4-1 win at Almeria on 12 December, Carlo Ancelotti’s side couldn’t stop winning in the Spanish top flight. This spell included a 3-1 Clasico victory over Barcelona at the Bernabeu and in those 12 consecutive league games, Los Blancos scored a whopping 68 goals. At time of writing, though, they trail Barcelona by two points with five games to go, thanks to the Catalans winning 14 of their last 16 league games, while Real lost two and drew one of four games in March. Madrid are now on a run of five consecutive Liga victories and will probably need to extend that run to 10 if they are to overhaul Barca. 3
Wednesday, May 23, 6:30pm – 8:00pmOld North Speaker SeriesOccupational Hazards: 20 Years as Old North’s LeaderSpeaker: The Rev. Stephen T. AyresCo-sponsored by the Old North CongregationRegister hereThe Vicar of the Old North Church has two occupations, as spiritual leader of a North End congregation and as director of one of the most famous historical sites in the nation. Have you ever thought about the occupational hazards involved in leading two distinct, but intertwined institutions? The Rev. Stephen Ayres is both the vicar of the Old North Church and the Executive Director of the Old North Foundation. Vicar Ayres has led thousands of worship services, preached over one thousand sermons, married nearly a hundred couples, baptized over a hundred babies, and presided over dozens of funerals. At the same time, Vicar Ayres has helped transform the Old North Church from a brief stop on the Freedom Trail into a respected and professional historic site that teaches history and civic values to hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.Questions to be addressed in the lecture include:*Advertisement* What is a vicar and what does that occupation entail?How do the values inherent in a spiritual calling impact the practice of managing a historic site?Given the American tradition of separation of church and state, how can one person occupy a sacred and secular calling at the same time without going crazy or at least driving his spouse crazy?Afterwards, please join us for an outdoor reception in the Washington Courtyard while hearing about Old North’s upcoming projects.The Rev. Stephen T. Ayres has served as Vicar of the Old North Church since 1997 and as Executive Director of the Old North Foundation since 2012. Vicar Ayres was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1980 and has served parishes in Missouri, New York, and Massachusetts. He has an undergraduate degree in Comparative Religion from Hamilton College, an M.Div. from the Episcopal Divinity School, and an MA in Urban Policy from Tufts University. While at Old North, Vicar Ayres hosted the state wide prayer service after 9/11, gave the opening prayer at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004, and gave the infamous tour of the church to Sarah Palin, after which she promptly flunked her history quiz. In the course of raising millions of dollars to preserve the Old North, Vicar Ayres led the effort to change federal preservation policy, enabling active historic houses of worship of all faiths to access federal preservation grants. He lives near the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown with his wife Lisa and son Matthew.