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The Ashes Diary 2013

Dec 22 – A Death in the Family

“Graeme Swann retired, with immediate effect? Are you serious? Is this just another English prank?” The Captain had been rinsing his tattooed sleeve with coconut oil to bring out the greens. “It’s confirmed. The press conference just finished,” The Prof reported. “Half-way through a tour?” “The Urn is gone. It’s a dead rubber.” “But HALF-WAY through a tour? These last tests ...

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Dec 21 – Welcome to the MCG

The English arrived in Melbourne this morning as fresh as a blood-stained poultice applied to a mortal wound. The open-wound stretcher cases came first, then the hobbling wounded and those with dirty ill-fitting field bandages, then the bruised and battered, the shell-shocked and neurotic and the sick at heart. These fallen heroes who have flayed all who they met since ...

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Dec 20 – Domestics

The flight back to Sydney was uneventful enough.  I was travelling alone and there was plenty to do apart from recover from the celebrations.  The Prof is always giving me reading material [Ed. Not much is more important than financial statgements of the various Players’ Funds] or some gadget to test. This time it was his proposal for developing a junior ...

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Dec 19 – Moving On

With the Ashes secured, it was time to move on from Perth today.  It will always have a special place in our hearts – a hotel with airconditioning that works and winning The Ashes will do that for you. You really get to know the players.  Now that our personal financial situations allow it, The Prof and I always pay ...

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Dec 18 – The Aftermath

I caught The Freak by the pool sunning himself after completing, as he put it, a swift 2 kms in a ‘slow pool’. He had a half-eaten banana wedged between the middle pages of a well-thumbed volume of 18th C English Poetry. It had a lavish mouthful of lipstick on the cover and old dog ears someone had tried to ...

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