|Growth in cricket bat demand|
The world's food, water and energy systems are under pressure and there are many pessimistic voices who say that the world cannot sustain this number of cricketers. Other voices are more positive and point out the various Jeremiahs who over the years predicted the worst and have been proved wrong. The most celebrated of these pessimists are Thomas Malthus who said in 1798 that population growth would out-run the supply of cricket bats by the mid 19th century. In 1968 Paul Ehrlich predicted bat famine in the 1970s and 1980s. However between 1950 to 1984, the Green Revolution transformed global agriculture and grain production increased by over 250%.
|Cricket bat sets|
|Victorian bat maker Fisher|
Poetry and myth making has not quite caught up with cricket bat making, but the willow has been seen as deeply symbolic throughout cultural history. In Celtic lore it symbolises death and rebirth. More conventionally the weeping willow represents lost love. In Hamlet Ophelia, distressed by Hamlet's treatment of her, climbed a willow tree whose branch broke throwing her into her watery grave in the river below. Desdemona sings to herself the Willow song in the scene before Othello murders her. Cheery stuff.
|Willow pattern - no reference to bat making|
Many of the 7 billion now on the planet will weep for lost love, FB hopes none of them weeps for not having a cricket bat.