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A MONTH IN SOUTH AFRICA — SUMMARY

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Quite a bit’s happened since my last post. In fact I’m home now, struggling to adjust to the dark, wet evenings of a miserable, mild British winter. But before I provoke too much sympathy dear reader, I should tell you … Continue reading

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A MONTH IN SOUTH AFRICA — DAY 14

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SLOW TRAIN A-RUNNING It’s Tuesday morning and I’m on the Prasa Group Premier Classe train from  Cape Town to Johannesburg . It’s a trip just shy of two thousand kilometers, and it takes twenty-seven hours. Or it did until minutes ago, … Continue reading

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TEN DAYS IN CAPE TOWN — DAY TEN

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There’s been a change of plan. For reasons I cannot divulge due to the need for confidentiality (that may sound intriguing, but the reality is far from it) I’m not going home today. I should be on the 20.20 (yep… … Continue reading

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TEN DAYS IN CAPE TOWN — DAY 8

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Funny old game cricket. Sunday was a day that will live long in the memory; Monday a day instantly forgettable. ‘You cheated,’ jokes Allan back at the Commodore. ‘Cheated?’ I ask. ‘Dipping out today.’ ‘Guilty as charged,’ I reply, ‘I … Continue reading

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TEN DAYS IN CAPE TOWN — DAY 6

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TEN DAYS IN CAPE TOWN — DAY 6 It’s Sunday and the second day of the Newlands Test. I wasn’t going to write much about the cricket, but I’ve decided that I will. Because, afterall, that is why we are … Continue reading

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TEN DAYS IN CAPE TOWN — DAY ONE

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Day One Heathrow, Terminal 3, Monday 28th December 17.35 and our ancient, overladen British Airways 747 begins to trundle down the runway. Someone once told me that if you haven’t left the ground after forty seconds, you are in deep … Continue reading

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FIVE LESSONS WE HAVE LEARNED FROM THE ASHES

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Five lessons We Have Learned From the Ashes  One England should play all home Tests against Australia either at Edgbaston or Trent Bridge. This may not suit southerners but there is sound logic to this: 1)        Both are geographically placed … Continue reading

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WILLOW TALK: DEATH IN A FAR-OFF FORGOTTEN HOTEL ROOM.

“To play county cricket,” Sir Gareth Sobers once said, “you have to love eating salad three times a day.” Is it salad that drives so many cricketers to end their own lives or is it the game itself, as cricket … Continue reading

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PAVILIONED IN SPLENDOUR AND GIRDED WITH PRAISE?

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Here, among the very old, the very young, the unemployed and the unemployable, I sit in the part conference room, part railway waiting room quasi-splendour of Lancashire CCC’s new pavilion, opened on Tuesday afternoon prior to the YB40 match against … Continue reading

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THE MEANING OF TEA

There must be a reason for this. Because it couldn’t happen anywhere else. Let’s be clear, cricket over-rides the rules of life. Nothing, but nothing, gets in the way of tea. It’s day 4 of a rain-affected well and it’s … Continue reading

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