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Aug 10 – Going Nowhere

Another day stuck in Nottingham before we can move along to our next stop in Northampton. Our opponents have moved on (as The Prof and I found out when we tried to scam some more free wi-fi at their hotel this morning) as they get a week off while we have to slug it out while stuck in our Midlands ...

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Aug 9 – Stuck in the Midlands With You

And You, and you. [Ed. And YOU] What should have been Day 4 of the Fourth Test was instead the first day that we hold The Ashes no more. [Ed. Don’t forget we only hold them figuratively. They never left England even when we “held” them for 16 years straight.] Coach2.0 was so upset with the team after the “Omnishambles ...

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Aug 8 – Fourth test – Day 3

“I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita… ‘Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’” (J Robert Oppenheimer, 1944) At 5.30am, 16 July, 1945 the first atomic bomb, Trinity, was tested in a desert wasteland in Nevada, USA. It worked better expected vaporising the steel tower from which it had been dropped and turning sand into ...

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Aug 8 – Alastair’s drinks invitations

In the shadows of The Captain’s retirement I was persuaded by persons unknown (note 1) to publish Alastair Cook’s 3 invitations to The Captain to join his team for post-match drinks. They are a blend of politeness and outright skulduggery one expects from public schoolboys thrown a bat and ball and told to go play in the back oval. They ...

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Aug 7- Fourth Test – Day 2

Disaster tumbled into the second day with the same unstoppable force it had on the first morning at Edgbaston and before it at Cardiff. In hindsight, Lords was like a false Arctic thaw, a splash of warmth before darkness closes in and every living thing hugs the earth until winter spends itself. Unrepentant, disaster has rolled on like a vicious ...

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