Until they went to an predictable walloping Down Under, the England cricket team had won three Ashes series on the trot.
In assessing their performance and planning the way forward after this winter’s humiliation, it would have been reasonable to expect the England Cricket brains trust to have looked at what the Aussies did to rebuild, after their disappointments. But no, that can’t have happened, or if it did, they took nothing from it.
How do I know this? Well it’s self-evident; the Australians would never react to a defeat by getting rid of their best player.
The very definition of a bad loser.
Watching ‘Pointless’ the other night, (yes I know) I heard a young contestant remark that he had just completed a university degree and as a consequence was twenty thousand in debt, so a share of the jackpot would come in handy.
I may have said this before but I’ve no worries about saying it again. Any developed nation that allows such a situation should be ashamed of itself. If we don’t invest properly in our young talent then we are ******.
I’m involved in this very interesting new project in April. It’s set in a beautiful location and well worth supporting.
We travelled on two trains yesterday; in comfort in ordinary Turista on the Spanish AVE from Figueres to Barcelona, then in a shoddy and under-catered First Class carriage on Cross Country from Newcastle to Dunbar. UK train operators are taking the piss, they really are.
Paul Rodgers : The Royal Sessions. I don’t throw the word ‘great’ around too much, but he surely is. Album of the year, and it’s only just February. So good I’ve got to stop working and concentrate on it.
My friend’s partner is a Spurs fan. He will be walking on eggshells today, but her anger is justified. Her team were always going to lose last night, but to be walloped thanks to the second-worst penalty decision of the season, that takes some accepting.
The worst call of the season is the penalty awarded to Chelsea in the last minute of injury time vs West Brom, a howler for which the referees’ boss apologised. The same ref gave last night’s spot-kick to Man City, but only after he had awarded (correctly) a corner kick, and then allowed himself to be over-ruled by his linesman. His sin was compounded when he red-carded the Spurs player involved, thereby cheating everyone who had paid to see a much-anticipated eleven-a-side encounter. There are millions riding, in various ways, on every Premier League game. If a referee’s confidence is so low that he can’t back his own judgement, then he should not be out there. As for the flag-wavers, they should stick to their own job, which is difficult enough. If they’re asked for a view, okay, but they should never be allowed to contradict a referee once he has given a decision.