Friday, 5 September 2014
Members of the League are clear in their conviction that the empire biscuit is the piece of choice in all circumstances, including imminent torture by leg spin bowling.
However FB's loyalty has recently been put under severe strain during a recent visit to the National Galleries of Scotland.
FB will spare his world wide handful of readers the fairly obvious observation that cricket is poorly served in the NGS collection of pictures. Nor is there any representations of the empire biscuit - surely a fitting subject for artists.
Cricketers may therefore feel weary treading through its galleries, as did FB. They may repair to the coffee bar, as did FB.
They will overcome their sense of disappointment that amongst the array of cakes presented there, the empire biscuit is noticeable only by its absence.
It was at this low point that FB found himself with a flapjack on his plate. FB has always tolerated the flapjack as a workaday player; a journeyman county player; unlikely ever to merit Test selection. All too often it is a solid lump of oatmeal and vegetable fat .
Not on this occasion. This was straight into the Test squad - a moist fruit laden masterpiece. It was full of apricot, prune, pumpkin seed and glace cherry. A masterpiece.
FB has therefore formed a new organisation - the League of NGS Flapjack Loyalists. Joint Membership with the League of Empire Biscuit Loyalists is available now.