But here is a true great - a real treat. It has no cricketing references, but it is definitely the best thing that ever happened to Andrew Lloyd Webber.............heuch!
|Dancers dancing the Short Fine Leg|
|Dancers dancing the Short Fine Leg|
|Mozart at net practice|
Marriage of FigaroAnd if you can't wait for the Radio 3 festival to start, try this - as one of the greatest shots in cricket history. (The aria starts 2 minutes into the extract if you can't take the recitative). Truly miraculous - and an outstanding performance. Test Match Quality.
The Magic Flute
Symphony No 41 in C, K 551, the Jupiter
Piano Concerto in Dmin, K466
Piano Concerto in D K537, the Coronation
Clarinet Concerto in A, K622
Quintet for Clarinet and strings in A, K581
Serenade for wind in Bb, K361, the Gran Partita
Quintet for piano and wind in Eb, K452
Fantasy BobAs celebrities of the sporting, entertainment and business worlds flocked to the prestigious secret venue, the world wide audience held their breath while the jury deliberated. Earlier in the evening a complaint that the shortlist showed an unjustified bias towards
Shaun (Mr Barnacle) Barrett
|Tendulkar hears news of the award|
|Reason to leave the country|
|Denness - 28 Tests |
19 as captain
Batting average 39.69.
|DH Lawrence - body line |
I am working on a new novel that I fear will shock all our enemies, although that is not my purpose. You know how deep burns my belief that the close relations between man and woman have been capriciously misunderstood and misrepresented by writers. At last after years of painful and wasted labour I believe I have found the way to correct this and shine the light of truth into that conspiracy of darkness. I can have no truck with the nonsense that is conventionally spouted that a woman can have no conception of fast bowling. No - fast bowling can be the making of her womanhood. I will therefore show, with all the loving tenderness at my disposal, how, with appropriate introduction and encouragement, with careful coaching in the hands of one experienced and direct in his demands, a woman, even one with that carefully cultivated aristocratic langour that normally signifies a top order batter, can get the ball up round the batter's ears. Her first over will be strange but she will soon find herself possessed by an unmistakable physical thrill as her lower limbs spread naturally into the delivery stride. She will work on her seam position as she hits the track hard. She will master length.
My dearest, in rendering this truth I fear I will have to use a large number of cricketing terms - I cannot see that I have choice on this matter. I know that the prudes who stand in judgement over us will attempt to suppress my work. Let them - eternity will be my only judge. If they cannot stand to see in print words like off cutter, leg cutter, seam up, reverse swing - terms that they hear on every street corner, then I pity them. These words may seem crude to the beau monde but to my characters they are life itself.
I haven't decided on a title. What do you think of Lady Chatterley's Yorker?
Bowler (as ball hits batsman on thigh 2 ft outside leg stump) - Howzat!Kevin Telfer's book is called PETER PAN’S FIRST XI: The extraordinary story of J. M. Barrie’s cricket team and is published by Sceptre.
Umpire - Do you believe in fairies?
Bowler (aware of rest of team watching with interest) - Certainly not.
Umpire - Well, it's NOT OUT!
...........................Hello, Hello - calling International Rescue.At this point the signal went dead. But it came back shortly afterwards.
F A B - International Rescue read you.
(the voice is indistinct, out of breath, coughing and choking)..........You gotta send help.....it may be too late.........you gotta send help..............
This is Jeff Tracey International Rescue, please describe to me the situation.
........The Poms have us 98 all out........... Hussey failed for once........ Mitch Johnson is spraying it all over the place........I let the boys go out with only emergency spinner cover......... Strauss and Cook are looking solid for 157. .............. You gotta help us. ........... Marketing wanted a 5 day game.... looks like it'll be done in under 3............Please..........
Mr Hilditch I need you to be calm. Help is on its way...................
Well Brains have you come up with anything?Will it work? Desperate times require desperate measures.....don't miss the next episode. Thunderbirds Are Go.
Um, er, well, er, Mr Tracey. It's kinda difficult. I don't think there's um much we can er do. Even, um, even if Thunderbird 1 were to get Strauss and Cook quickly tomorrow um there is still KP and Bell to deal with. I don't er think Thunderbird 3 has um the firepower to counter them. We could send them International Rescue's top order batting package, but that is risky against Anderson and big first innnings lead. The sprinkler dance may be the only option.
FAB Brains. Virgil, Scott - get the cloudmaker into Thunderbird 5 and get moving. Get Lady Penelope over there to show them the dance moves.
|Top order batting on its way|
|GET OFF THE SQUARE!!!!!!|
|Dickens - what about the cricket?|
|Preparing the wicket|
|Go on, go on, go on, go on|
Mrs Doyle is a true Ashes Hero.Mrs Doyle: There's always time for a nice cup of tea. Sure, didn't the Lord himself pause for a nice cup of tea before giving himself up for the world.Ted: No, he didn't, Mrs Doyle!Mrs Doyle: Well, whatever the equivalent they had for tea in those days, cake or something. And speaking of cake, I have cake![Holds up a cupcake]Ted: No thanks, Mrs Doyle.Mrs Doyle: Are you sure, Father? There's cocaine in it!Ted: WHAT?Mrs Doyle: Oh, no, not cocaine. God, what am I on about. No, what d'you call them. Raisins.
|Sir Aubrey Smith KBE CBE|
|July 1936 - Errol Flynn is bottom left|
|Man of the Match - from zero to hero|
|Nelson at the crease|
|David Shepherd averting Nelson|
|'Stand at attention while the ball|
is bowled, m'boy'
a still from the British Council film
"But victory is the least that men play cricket for. They play it for a host of reasons, ill defined and hard to seek. On school ground, on city street, on village green, they play on. For the urge wells deep from quiet places in men and in the land they spring from."Well that certainly describes FB although the pleasure of victory shouldn't be underestimated.
|Is that a googly in your pocket?|