Friday, November 24, 2006


I may not be posting as much over the next few weeks. Because over on the far side of the world there is a contest taking place that will take a lot of my attention.

Today, in the eyes of many, he has become Australia's foremost folk–hero and a symbol of national pride. Certainly, Ned possessed qualities that far surpassed the other bushrangers of his era. He was an expert with a “running-iron” on stolen, unbranded stock and was a deadly–accurate shot with a revolver or a rifle. Despite being a largely self–educated man, he was surprisingly articulate, boasted an almost poetic turn of phrase and a sardonic sense of humour. Ned’s family meant everything to him and he was the man of the family at the age of twelve. He was fiercely loyal his friends and supporters, to the extent that he would risk his own skin to ensure the well-being of an ally.

"Surprisingly articulate" Australians may well have a lot to talk about .........It will be up to England's cricketers to cope with the "poetic turn of phrase".
I thought they called that "sledging"?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of my sisters has even gone there to watch the matches (or one of them, anyway). Bit extreme, even though Sky have the rights?

10:33 AM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I wouldn't mind watching a cricket match one day with someone who knows the game.

I don't know about "surprisingly articulate," but I have recently posted about Australians' pleasant penchant for humorous crime novels.

Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder is More Fun Away From Home"

7:52 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Maxine, does your sister play cricket? England might need her by the Third Test, unless the ageing antipodeans all succumb to injuries.

Peter, if you are ever down Taunton way [Somerset County Cricket ground] I will only be too pleased to explain the intricacies of the game to you.
Tom, the son of friends, was invited by his American friend, and future best man, to Fenway Park and Boston broke an 86 year drought and won the World Series. He invited the American to Lords Cricket Ground in London, and although Australia won that game, England won the series and regained the Ashes after a 16 year break.

Losing to Australians for 16 years seems like 86 years, as they do crow a bit.

6:30 AM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks for the invitation. Any sport that features a competition called the Ashes has much to be said for it.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder is More Fun Away from Home"

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ageing antipodeans ..... I laughed when it was pointed out that if our team are all doddering old fools, how must your team feel after the first test :)

But we do crow, and sometimes it can be a mite embarrassing - I have a vague memory that the last Ashes series we won the first test and then promptly went on to play like a bunch of big girls blouses, so today, as we've finally started in Adelaide, I sit here with a slightly impending sense of doom.

Seriously though, I do hope that other states have a slightly more grown up attitude to the Barmy Army and the Fanatics than Queensland. Listening to the Ashes last year, tucked up in bed in the middle of the night was great - the first test at the Gabba was quiet.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Karen, I think the Barmy Army will become louder as the series progresses.
I am sorry but the total disparity in age between the teams means that youthful England will win 2-1, as the Aussies tire.
Poor Glen McGrath looked every year of his age in the closing overs of day 1, and missed a catch that someone 10 years younger would probably have caught. Sad but true.

6:58 AM  

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