notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Boring Cricket

For all our US readers, I think this explanation is all you need to know the basics of cricket. It's a bit like baseball but people really celebrate when they get someone out. At the moment, the cricket world cup is in progress. This involves the shorter version of the sport, the "One Day Match" which is LIMITED to just one day. This is opposed to the Test Match, which takes place over 5 days, and involves each team batting twice. A Test Match, is one of a 5 match Test Series which can take months to complete.

For most, its a chance to get drunk, stay drunk, and improve Australian/English relations. Our England hero and Vice Captain Freddie Flintoff also often enjoys a drink: it's ok when he's pissed holding his baby over the side of a bus, but his antics almost caused the biggest scandal the world cup has seen; let's hear what happened from Freddie himself:

"There was water involved and a pedalo as well. But I don't want to go into detail. I don't think my life was in danger."

He got drunk, stole a pedalo, and had to be rescued after he got into difficulties at sea.

This sordid little incident was still the main story when it was announced that Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer had been rushed to hospital. It thereafter shrank considerably when it was announced soon after that Bob Woolmer had died. It appeared he may have been suffering from stress, or may have encountered difficulties with his diabetes it was speculated by the press. Then the police said they were requesting a second opinion, and were treating the death as suspicious.

It was announced soon after that he had suffered a broken neck, and had indeed been murdered by strangulation.

To have a coach of a team die during a tournament is pretty horrific. For him to be killed and the whole tournament proceed as the back drop of a murder investigation is boggling. Match fixing is currently the most popular motive, and this type of act does have precedence in sport.

Updates will appear here, and next time you think about cricket, think less of square legs and googlies but more of mystery and murder.

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