on Ukraine

football match is played
so you've been relegated
'now, in other news'

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n.b. I do understand that we need variety in our diet of news, but come on media people, try to keep some perspective. Women from England win tournament, versus women in Ukraine have their children murdered and mutilated; no contest, surely?

CLP 01/08/2022

on time

someone chose sixties
but each day's spin could have been
played out in nineties

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CLP 12/12/2021

On Playing (xi)

Why is it that teams

comprise eleven players?

Perfect for cricket.

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n.b. I had a look on-line and the answers are pretty dumb given the fact that it was a rural game codified in 1744 and the story that Edward VIII had only eleven courtiers is a complete red herring. Cricket teams of eleven were in place long before that short-reigning monarch abdicated in 1936, never to return to live in England.

We know that football followed cricket’s lead when it came to team size, as it was promoted as the winter game for cricket players.

Famous examples of football clubs formed by cricketers include Aston Villa FC (formed in 1874) and AC Milan (1899).

The question of why eleven players were decided on for cricket remains unanswered.

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CLP 25/01/2021