It’s Not Cricket.

“It’s not cricket.” Did you know that the first recorded use of that expression in England was early in the seventeenth century when folk were accused of playing cricket on a Sunday. That was one way out of a Laurel and Hardy “revolting development.” An excuse was needed to avoid God’s wrath. Regarding the rulesContinue reading “It’s Not Cricket.”

Memories Of A Second Class Cricketer

A Good Innings  III “Look after that shine please!” John Blomley, Brilliant Swing Bowler Attribution: Wiki Commons I have explained earlier, in my personal cricket narrative, that in 1958 I gave up my sporting ambition and returned to teaching. My appointment at a one-teacher school in the outer reaches of the Hunter Valley, with week-dayContinue reading “Memories Of A Second Class Cricketer”

Tea Break From The Cricket

Poems Through A Glass Starkly   A Word On The Yellow Press That picture above of the Yellow Kid is linked to the reason we have the current term “Yellow Press.” The cartoon character was the creation of Richard Fenton Outcault who was working in the 1890s in the United States for the extremely racistContinue reading “Tea Break From The Cricket”

Memories of a Second Class Cricketer

A Good Innings II  One of the most captivating aspects of the Victorian age was its tendency to confuse issues which ought not to have any logical connection at all. Among these the concept of the Gentleman loomed like a cloud over the landscape, permeating every backwater of social intercourse, tilting the balance of debate.Continue reading “Memories of a Second Class Cricketer”