On Thursday 23 June Britain (well, England and Wales – the Scots are seemingly more sensible) voted to leave the European Union.
As the stark reality of what the nation had thrust upon itself sunk in I was in a rather depressed state of mind. At work I couldn’t even stomach my bacon buttie such was my frustration with the plebiscite.… Read Full Article
Almost every cricket fan will have heard the famous quote, attributed to Brian Johnston, “The Bowler’s Holding, the Batsman’s Willey”. Whether or not this really was said live on air no longer matters a great deal, it is brilliantly representative of the many double entendres that have featured in cricket commentary before and since. That latest in this fine tradition was offered up yesterday by Charles Dagnall in his commentary on the Champions Trophy match between Pakistan and South Africa, when, in describing the 7ft1 Mohammed Irfan of Pakistan, he announced “He’s just got a monumentally big handle… so to speak”. After a good chuckle I set about compiling a list of some of my favourites, which I present below.
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What originally got me following international cricket was an early exposure to Test Match Special. As we all know, test cricket isn’t always the most breakneck paced sport, and filling in the time between overs, the drinks breaks, lunch, tea, and “British-summer” inspired interruptions is not an easy challenge. TMS has done this so well it pretty much justifies the license fee on it’s own. In the most recent 2‑match series I’ve enjoyed “ask the umpire”, I’ve learned about bulbs that repel moles from your garden, and probably the highlight of TMS in 2013, I heard a wonderful “sermon”, written for a cricket loving groom who was getting married whilst the 2nd test was being played. Thank you to TMS for broadcasting this, and thank you to the Revd Stewart Fyfe for writing and sharing it with the nation via TMS.… Read Full Article