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The Ashes Diary 2013

Jan 1 – Incoming!

The bus wound it’s way through the city streets, picking it’s way through the debris of the night before. While we were tucked up safe in our beds, it’s clear that Sydney went on a post-fireworks bender, with a small army of council workers now sweeping slowly through the rubbish, broken glass and still-sleeping revellers under an overcast sky.  The ...

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Dec 31 – New Year’s Eve

We made it to Sydney on the last stop of the Test series, which has turned into a triumphant Grand Tour.  Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney.  Only the final verse remains to be written. [Ed. Apart from some meaningless ODIs and odious T20s.] New Year’s Eve in Sydney is a ‘thing’, with nearly 2 million people leaving the comfort of ...

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Dec 30 – The Morning After

I have a headache. We have headaches. I don’t know what was in that cocktail last night. No, it wasn’t beer or anything I’ve tasted before. I don’t remember. I don’t remember anything. I think we won. Are you sure? The Age says we did. Read it. I need my sun glasses. It’s too bright out here. Can you read ...

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Dec 29 – Day 4 – Fourth Test

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” (A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens) The Prof was on the phone to his bankers. The Dalmatian Coast hotel, the main investment in ...

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Dec 28 – Day 3 – Fourth Test

Cricket is a funny game. The England fans were clutching at straws yesterday, as England dominated Day 2.  They were trying to gain some comfort from the possibility of a “5-3” aggregate over the two series – as if that would mean anything now that Australia hold the Ashes.  It doesn’t matter whether we keel over from boredom and only ...

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