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Aug 15 – Aus v Northampton – Day 2

The decommissioning of old warships starts with the pomp and ceremony the ship’s company attaches to its final berth in home waters. The crew lines the sides of the ship, the highest ranking Naval Officer and The Captain give tidy speeches about the glory days of those who have sailed with her and the whistler cuts a tune in the ...

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Aug 14 – A Win and a Washout

The Southern Stars romped it in by 161 runs today, skittling England for 101 in Kent. The weather stayed fine for them in the Sou’ East, and they’ve now got one hand on the Ashes. Those Ashes. Whatever. As for us, up in the Midlands it was raining when we woke up. Yesterday’s air of nonchalant indifference towards the game became damp ...

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Aug 13 – Padding Up?

The general air of nonchalant indifference surrounding the Tour game tomorrow has been magnified by the weather forecast – rain. It’s fine enough today – more training – but there’s doubt about the start of the game tomorrow. “So, is is Nor-Thampton, or North-ampton?” asked The Prof as we sat in the shade after our net sessions. “Low care factor,” ...

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Aug 12 – A dead day

I remember the first time I went snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. The boat was big enough, although neither the reef shark nor the return trip in the late afternoon in a rollicking swell  did much for my constitution. Whilst the boat swayed to the rhythm of the ocean, I hung out the side completely nauseated laying a trail ...

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Aug 11 – Defending The Captain

“Reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” (Albert Einstein) The Captain was dreaming. The only safe place at the moment where he was not being carpeted by ghosts of the past, or the twitter playground, was next to his wife in bed in the safety of the team hotel. Why was retiring so difficult? He was back in ...

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