Effigies and Bollyline

This one is going to be a bit all over the place because I haven’t had a lot of time to blog lately. That sounds odd when I’ve had a couple of weeks off work but I found my head buried in around six books over the past couple of weeks and spent a lot of time just relaxing. I certainly found the motivation to write lacking.

I returned to work on Monday and have to say that I missed my afternoon nap, but with the heatwave we’ve had lately it’s been good to be back in an air conditioned environment. Plenty to do – audit has started, got a lot of stuff on with regard to new stadiums which will unfold during this year, and I’m also finalising this years budget around a month late.

My daughters get back from their holiday today but our regular Thursday night out has been postponed to Friday this week because they have visitors tomorrow night. My boys have been asked around for dinner a few times but have declined because they’re busy leading their own lives although we did go and see “I am Legend” together last week.

The cricket test match I spoke about last entry ended with an Australian win after a few controversial umpiring decisions went our way. An Indian player Harbajan Singh allegedly called Andrew Symonds a monkey denying that it was a racist comment but with the full knowledge that when the crowd in India chanted monkey at Symonds a few months ago, that it was regarded as a display of racism. Singh himself said in a TV interview that was replayed last week that that sort of behaviour was unacceptable. The Indians have spat the dummy and yesterday, after Singh was found guilty and suspended for three matches, threatened to cancel the tour. Looks like the International Cricket Council [ICC] have caved in and have decided to allow an appeal but have delayed that for 9 days which allows him to play in the next test in Perth.

Now let me say a few things. Firstly, cricket hides behind a facade of gentility. The expression “It’s not cricket” is used to denote unsportsmanlike behaviour. But like many sports, cricket has always been a hotbed of sledging or in the American vernacular, of trashtalk. Maybe cricketers have gotten away with it because it is a comparatively slow paced game played in the middle of vast arenas where voices haven’t carried to the boundary line. Australia has been a past master at it and in sport attempts to gain psychological advantages are acceptable tactics. If you can put someone off their game by talk where you get under their skin then so be it.

Years ago, racist comments were no doubt common place but times change and what may have been acceptable 10, 20 or 30 years ago isn’t now. Lines have moved and if people step over the line they need to accept the consequences. The Australian’s have been criticised here for having the audacity to make the complaint. I haven’t seen anywhere a comment from the Indians or from Singh that he did not say what he is alleged to have said, in fact one Indian journalist said that it was ridiculous to consider it racist because India is a Hindu country and monkeys are sacred over there. Sounds like crap to me.

Secondly, the Indians were in the receiving end of some bad decisions that did affect the outcome of the game – probably. But there have been many times when bad decisions happen in sport. The mark of sportsmanship is to accept that and move on. There were displays of gamesmanship and poor sportsmanship in this match that reflected badly on both sides.

I thought that Ricky Ponting [Australia captain] displayed juvenile petulance when given out leg before wicket when he clearly hit the ball, but failed to walk when he was caught behind after hitting the ball and when given the benefit of that decision by the umpire. You must take the good with the bad. If you’re not going to walk when you know you are out then you should cop the bad decisions when they go against you. But having said that I think the outcry from some people about his behaviour has been over the top.

Let’s also consider the response by the Indians who in an obvious tit for tat move have lodged an official complaint of racism against Aussie spinner Brad Hogg who allegedly called Anil Kumble a bastard. Maybe we should claim that bastards are sacred in Australia. I also bet that even if Hogg is found guilty that you won’t see people marching in the streets here burning effigies of Indian players like we have seen on the sub-continent over the past few days.

Photo from Cricinfo photos.

Effigies and Bollyline

This one is going to be a bit all over the place because I haven’t had a lot of time to blog lately. That sounds odd when I’ve had a couple of weeks off work but I found my head buried in around six books over the past couple of weeks and spent a lot of time just relaxing. I certainly found the motivation to write lacking.

I returned to work on Monday and have to say that I missed my afternoon nap, but with the heatwave we’ve had lately it’s been good to be back in an air conditioned environment. Plenty to do – audit has started, got a lot of stuff on with regard to new stadiums which will unfold during this year, and I’m also finalising this years budget around a month late.

My daughters get back from their holiday today but our regular Thursday night out has been postponed to Friday this week because they have visitors tomorrow night. My boys have been asked around for dinner a few times but have declined because they’re busy leading their own lives although we did go and see “I am Legend” together last week.

The cricket test match I spoke about last entry ended with an Australian win after a few controversial umpiring decisions went our way. An Indian player Harbajan Singh allegedly called Andrew Symonds a monkey denying that it was a racist comment but with the full knowledge that when the crowd in India chanted monkey at Symonds a few months ago, that it was regarded as a display of racism. Singh himself said in a TV interview that was replayed last week that that sort of behaviour was unacceptable. The Indians have spat the dummy and yesterday, after Singh was found guilty and suspended for three matches, threatened to cancel the tour. Looks like the International Cricket Council [ICC] have caved in and have decided to allow an appeal but have delayed that for 9 days which allows him to play in the next test in Perth.

Now let me say a few things. Firstly, cricket hides behind a facade of gentility. The expression “It’s not cricket” is used to denote unsportsmanlike behaviour. But like many sports, cricket has always been a hotbed of sledging or in the American vernacular, of trashtalk. Maybe cricketers have gotten away with it because it is a comparatively slow paced game played in the middle of vast arenas where voices haven’t carried to the boundary line. Australia has been a past master at it and in sport attempts to gain psychological advantages are acceptable tactics. If you can put someone off their game by talk where you get under their skin then so be it.

Years ago, racist comments were no doubt common place but times change and what may have been acceptable 10, 20 or 30 years ago isn’t now. Lines have moved and if people step over the line they need to accept the consequences. The Australian’s have been criticised here for having the audacity to make the complaint. I haven’t seen anywhere a comment from the Indians or from Singh that he did not say what he is alleged to have said, in fact one Indian journalist said that it was ridiculous to consider it racist because India is a Hindu country and monkeys are sacred over there. Sounds like crap to me.

Secondly, the Indians were in the receiving end of some bad decisions that did affect the outcome of the game – probably. But there have been many times when bad decisions happen in sport. The mark of sportsmanship is to accept that and move on. There were displays of gamesmanship and poor sportsmanship in this match that reflected badly on both sides.

I thought that Ricky Ponting [Australia captain] displayed juvenile petulance when given out leg before wicket when he clearly hit the ball, but failed to walk when he was caught behind after hitting the ball and when given the benefit of that decision by the umpire. You must take the good with the bad. If you’re not going to walk when you know you are out then you should cop the bad decisions when they go against you. But having said that I think the outcry from some people about his behaviour has been over the top.

Let’s also consider the response by the Indians who in an obvious tit for tat move have lodged an official complaint of racism against Aussie spinner Brad Hogg who allegedly called Anil Kumble a bastard. Maybe we should claim that bastards are sacred in Australia. I also bet that even if Hogg is found guilty that you won’t see people marching in the streets here burning effigies of Indian players like we have seen on the sub-continent over the past few days.

Photo from Cricinfo photos.

Effigies and Bollyline

This one is going to be a bit all over the place because I haven’t had a lot of time to blog lately. That sounds odd when I’ve had a couple of weeks off work but I found my head buried in around six books over the past couple of weeks and spent a lot of time just relaxing. I certainly found the motivation to write lacking.

I returned to work on Monday and have to say that I missed my afternoon nap, but with the heatwave we’ve had lately it’s been good to be back in an air conditioned environment. Plenty to do – audit has started, got a lot of stuff on with regard to new stadiums which will unfold during this year, and I’m also finalising this years budget around a month late.

My daughters get back from their holiday today but our regular Thursday night out has been postponed to Friday this week because they have visitors tomorrow night. My boys have been asked around for dinner a few times but have declined because they’re busy leading their own lives although we did go and see “I am Legend” together last week.

The cricket test match I spoke about last entry ended with an Australian win after a few controversial umpiring decisions went our way. An Indian player Harbajan Singh allegedly called Andrew Symonds a monkey denying that it was a racist comment but with the full knowledge that when the crowd in India chanted monkey at Symonds a few months ago, that it was regarded as a display of racism. Singh himself said in a TV interview that was replayed last week that that sort of behaviour was unacceptable. The Indians have spat the dummy and yesterday, after Singh was found guilty and suspended for three matches, threatened to cancel the tour. Looks like the International Cricket Council [ICC] have caved in and have decided to allow an appeal but have delayed that for 9 days which allows him to play in the next test in Perth.

Now let me say a few things. Firstly, cricket hides behind a facade of gentility. The expression “It’s not cricket” is used to denote unsportsmanlike behaviour. But like many sports, cricket has always been a hotbed of sledging or in the American vernacular, of trashtalk. Maybe cricketers have gotten away with it because it is a comparatively slow paced game played in the middle of vast arenas where voices haven’t carried to the boundary line. Australia has been a past master at it and in sport attempts to gain psychological advantages are acceptable tactics. If you can put someone off their game by talk where you get under their skin then so be it.

Years ago, racist comments were no doubt common place but times change and what may have been acceptable 10, 20 or 30 years ago isn’t now. Lines have moved and if people step over the line they need to accept the consequences. The Australian’s have been criticised here for having the audacity to make the complaint. I haven’t seen anywhere a comment from the Indians or from Singh that he did not say what he is alleged to have said, in fact one Indian journalist said that it was ridiculous to consider it racist because India is a Hindu country and monkeys are sacred over there. Sounds like crap to me.

Secondly, the Indians were in the receiving end of some bad decisions that did affect the outcome of the game – probably. But there have been many times when bad decisions happen in sport. The mark of sportsmanship is to accept that and move on. There were displays of gamesmanship and poor sportsmanship in this match that reflected badly on both sides.

I thought that Ricky Ponting [Australia captain] displayed juvenile petulance when given out leg before wicket when he clearly hit the ball, but failed to walk when he was caught behind after hitting the ball and when given the benefit of that decision by the umpire. You must take the good with the bad. If you’re not going to walk when you know you are out then you should cop the bad decisions when they go against you. But having said that I think the outcry from some people about his behaviour has been over the top.

Let’s also consider the response by the Indians who in an obvious tit for tat move have lodged an official complaint of racism against Aussie spinner Brad Hogg who allegedly called Anil Kumble a bastard. Maybe we should claim that bastards are sacred in Australia. I also bet that even if Hogg is found guilty that you won’t see people marching in the streets here burning effigies of Indian players like we have seen on the sub-continent over the past few days.

Photo from Cricinfo photos.

I don’t like cricket


I love it. At least the long form of the game. Test cricket is what I’m talking about and I certainly won’t try and explain it to people not born to it because unless you know the culture it is virtually impossible to explain a game that goes for 5 days but may not produce a result. Here is one of the more succinct explanations of the game –

You have two sides one out in the field and one in.

Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out.

When they are all out the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out.

Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When both sides have been in and out twice including the not outs , THAT’S THE END OF THE GAME!

I hope that explains it.

Australia is currently playing a test series against India and is one up in the series with the second match having begun in Sydney today. If we win this one it will equal our world record of 16 consecutive test match victories. For those who don’t know, this is a remarkable feat and shows the dominance this team has had over all other test playing nations in the recent past. Admittedly they include places like Bangla Desh and Sri Lanka – the latter of which is playing pretty good cricket at the moment. But there is also New Zealand, England and South Africa included in that run of victories.

In the first session of the match this morning India were on top and in the early stages of the afternoon session they took four wickets for 16 runs leaving us in a precarious position of 6 for 134 – no I’m not going to try and explain that. If you know anything at all about the game you’ll know it means that India were on top and that Australia was struggling, if you know nothing, then you’ll just have to take my word for it.

As I sit here now though Australia has recovered to be 7 for 354 which is a remarkable and stunning recovery. This was due to a fine seventy odd by a bowler Brad Hogg and an even better 138 not out by Andrew Symonds.

But, believe it or not, this isn’t a post strictly about cricket but about mixed metaphors because listening to the radio earlier today a commentator said when Symonds had just come to the crease that “He may well fall on his sword but he will go down with all guns blazing”. Now that may not be my favourite mixed metaphor but it comes close.

My favourite is by a young lady whose name escapes me, who said on radio 3AW many years ago – “That opens the floodgates to Pandora’s Box of worms.”

So my question to you dear readers is what is your favourite mixed metaphor?

And finally here is a song form my past by 10CC

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Picture of Andrew Symonds from Pictopia

I don’t like cricket


I love it. At least the long form of the game. Test cricket is what I’m talking about and I certainly won’t try and explain it to people not born to it because unless you know the culture it is virtually impossible to explain a game that goes for 5 days but may not produce a result. Here is one of the more succinct explanations of the game –

You have two sides one out in the field and one in.

Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out.

When they are all out the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out.

Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When both sides have been in and out twice including the not outs , THAT’S THE END OF THE GAME!

I hope that explains it.

Australia is currently playing a test series against India and is one up in the series with the second match having begun in Sydney today. If we win this one it will equal our world record of 16 consecutive test match victories. For those who don’t know, this is a remarkable feat and shows the dominance this team has had over all other test playing nations in the recent past. Admittedly they include places like Bangla Desh and Sri Lanka – the latter of which is playing pretty good cricket at the moment. But there is also New Zealand, England and South Africa included in that run of victories.

In the first session of the match this morning India were on top and in the early stages of the afternoon session they took four wickets for 16 runs leaving us in a precarious position of 6 for 134 – no I’m not going to try and explain that. If you know anything at all about the game you’ll know it means that India were on top and that Australia was struggling, if you know nothing, then you’ll just have to take my word for it.

As I sit here now though Australia has recovered to be 7 for 354 which is a remarkable and stunning recovery. This was due to a fine seventy odd by a bowler Brad Hogg and an even better 138 not out by Andrew Symonds.

But, believe it or not, this isn’t a post strictly about cricket but about mixed metaphors because listening to the radio earlier today a commentator said when Symonds had just come to the crease that “He may well fall on his sword but he will go down with all guns blazing”. Now that may not be my favourite mixed metaphor but it comes close.

My favourite is by a young lady whose name escapes me, who said on radio 3AW many years ago – “That opens the floodgates to Pandora’s Box of worms.”

So my question to you dear readers is what is your favourite mixed metaphor?

And finally here is a song form my past by 10CC

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Picture of Andrew Symonds from Pictopia

I don’t like cricket


I love it. At least the long form of the game. Test cricket is what I’m talking about and I certainly won’t try and explain it to people not born to it because unless you know the culture it is virtually impossible to explain a game that goes for 5 days but may not produce a result. Here is one of the more succinct explanations of the game –

You have two sides one out in the field and one in.

Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out.

When they are all out the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out.

Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When both sides have been in and out twice including the not outs , THAT’S THE END OF THE GAME!

I hope that explains it.

Australia is currently playing a test series against India and is one up in the series with the second match having begun in Sydney today. If we win this one it will equal our world record of 16 consecutive test match victories. For those who don’t know, this is a remarkable feat and shows the dominance this team has had over all other test playing nations in the recent past. Admittedly they include places like Bangla Desh and Sri Lanka – the latter of which is playing pretty good cricket at the moment. But there is also New Zealand, England and South Africa included in that run of victories.

In the first session of the match this morning India were on top and in the early stages of the afternoon session they took four wickets for 16 runs leaving us in a precarious position of 6 for 134 – no I’m not going to try and explain that. If you know anything at all about the game you’ll know it means that India were on top and that Australia was struggling, if you know nothing, then you’ll just have to take my word for it.

As I sit here now though Australia has recovered to be 7 for 354 which is a remarkable and stunning recovery. This was due to a fine seventy odd by a bowler Brad Hogg and an even better 138 not out by Andrew Symonds.

But, believe it or not, this isn’t a post strictly about cricket but about mixed metaphors because listening to the radio earlier today a commentator said when Symonds had just come to the crease that “He may well fall on his sword but he will go down with all guns blazing”. Now that may not be my favourite mixed metaphor but it comes close.

My favourite is by a young lady whose name escapes me, who said on radio 3AW many years ago – “That opens the floodgates to Pandora’s Box of worms.”

So my question to you dear readers is what is your favourite mixed metaphor?

And finally here is a song form my past by 10CC

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Picture of Andrew Symonds from Pictopia