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  1. Another good stand from Root and Malan but with Root out for 62 and Malan shortly afterwards for 80, collapso cricket takes over again. Pope out for 5 and Buttler who is having a shocker of a test out for a duck I am afraid I can feel another innings defeat coming up as at tea England trail by 276 and only have 4 wickets in hand.
  2. DEMS, Defence Explosives and Munitions School? Bl**dy heck what a job, brave man.
  3. One thing that always amazed me in India was that at whatever time you traveled on the roads there were always throngs of people about, even at 3:00 am when going to catch a flight, people everywhere and roadside hawkers plying their wares. Yes Jill, Freo (as the locals call it) is a beautiful city at the mouth of the Swan River, a suburb of Perth but a city in its own right. Was your father in the navy? as Freo was the largest submarine base in the southern hemisphere during WWII. The city has done a great job of preserving its Victorian and Edwardian buildings. It has a very pleasant cl
  4. Yes, and cows being a sacred animal have absolute right of way and woebetide you if you give them a clonk or a nudge to get them to move out of the way. Motorbikes with six people on board are another hazard. It is also not unusual to have people fall off a bus in front of you too.
  5. They certainly need some practice and leadership. I have never seen such a lacklustre fielding effort. It was 38 deg, 100 in the old money but a wicket keeper that didn't encourage his bowlers and fielders and a captain that wandered around like a stunned mullet is not what they need. Already one wicket down for 12 runs. Still haven't grasped the concept that you don't have to play at a ball that is 18 inches above the stumps.
  6. Yes, you could always tell which team had won from that inflection. Forfar 4 - East Fife 5
  7. It is common to drive with dipped headlights on country roads here in OZ as it improves the visibility of your car to others. Nowadays of course they all have daytime running lights which are a great invention. Worked in India for a while, never game to drive there, I did learn that road markings and traffic lights were for decoration.
  8. Who remembers this? It's Saturday, it's five o'clock, it's Sports Report with John Webster and then the great James Alexander Gordon
  9. I did not know that. End of play for today 2 for 221 Labushagne not out just short of his 100. According to the statisticians 95% of the balls bowled by England would not have hit the stumps??? WTF is the captain and the coaches doing they were bowing way too short.... again.
  10. Ben, What about Fiery Fred Truman? Who would you have as captain? All we have to do is shout down the shaft of one of the local collieries and up will come a world class fast bowler. Oops! I forgot, we don't have pits any more do we. Still watching but it is painful, Australia are doing it easily. Warner has just got out on 95, Labuschagne looks very comfortable on 70. Australia 2 for 176 This English bowling attack would struggle against Bentinck Colliery reserves. Some of those lads would put them into the pit sidings.
  11. Back in the sixties a mate of mine had a two stroke SAAB 96. When we were at tech, one night after a few beers he was a bit worse for wear and asked me to drive him home. I'd never driven a two stroke car before and when approaching a greater than 90deg corner somewhat faster than I should have done I confidently dropped it down two gears to slow the car and nothing happened except that the rev counter nearly went off the scale. A rather panic application of the brakes and the fact that there was nothing coming the other way served to help save the day. Apparently he told me later that it had
  12. Here we go again, one early wicket and now the Aussies are looking very comfortable against a rather pedestrian English five bowler? pace attack. The whole of the English cricket system, including the English Cricket Board, the selectors, the management and advisers, the coaches and lastly the players need putting in a bag and giving a good shake up. If this is the best team England can put out for an ashes test match series then English Cricket is in a sorry state. Joe Root looks out of his depth as a captain and to go into a test in Adelaide with no specialist spinner is unforgivable. T
  13. Is it just me or does Tell Me When sound a little bit Freddie and the Dreamersish.
  14. What is the most useless Christmas present in Australia this year? A ticket for the 5th day of an Ashes Test.
  15. What a great weekend for Nottinghamshire football. It really is starting to go right for the reds, a 4-1 away win at Swansea now leaves them only four points from a play off place. It makes a change from struggling at the wrong end of the table. C'mon you Reds County with a 4-1 win over Southend sees them further consolidate their play off position. Their next league game is away at top of the table Chesterfield. I hope it is a good game with no trouble from the fans. It will certainly test them and a win will help their chances of securing the automatic promotion spot. Go the Maggie
  16. Corned beef fritters or a toasted corned beef and cheese sarnie, yummo
  17. After a good day yesterday with Joe Root and Dawid Malan holding off the Aussie attack and both scoring in the eighties, England turn up today and play collapso cricket losing 8 wickets for 74 runs leaving Australia just 20 runs to win. At least it was not an innings defeat. In summary :- Can't Bat Can't Bowl Can't field Otherwise not a bad team
  18. Many countries including OZ should do what Singapore has done. Make those that are not vaccinated that catch Covid pay for their home and hospital treatment.
  19. Sadly it looks like England have sent their normal test team out here again for the Ashes. All out for 147 with yet another pathetic batting performance. Batsmen that look as though they are playing in concrete boots and can't move their feet, dangling the bat and wafting at balls outside the off stump and absolutely no idea of the height of balls coming at them and playing at balls that are a foot above the bails. Quick bowlers that appear not to understand the concept of making the batsmen play at the ball by bowling at the stumps. Australia are now, 147 for one wicket it is g
  20. Not here, every Sunday except when we are away from home. The kids and grandkids want to know why grandma is not cooking Sunday dinner. The fact that we are out with friends is not a sufficient excuse to miss Sunday dinner.
  21. It seems that there are a number of cases of miserablegititis going around Notts at the moment. If people want to brighten up their homes with Christmas lights then good on them. Have a look at the faces of the kids when they see them, that alone makes it worthwhile. Some bright lights and well done displays surely brighten up the dark gloomy days of a UK winter. Here it is the exact opposite, many decorate their houses with lights and displays but the littlies have to stay up until after nine to see the full effect. After almost 50 years here I still can't get used to goin
  22. (Give Me A) Home Among The Gum Trees - John Williamson
  23. Blidworth Miners Welfare Social Club is still going, unfortunately not the magnificent building that used to be at the top of the hill when coming from Mansfield but still a thriving club, as is Rainworth Miners Welfare still in the original building when the pit was working.