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Chris Gayle: Same Shtick, Different Day

Left alone, the Yiddish word “shtick” isn’t meant to be pejorative. The way we use the word, however, is often different. We bolt on secondary associations that aren’t meant as compliments, such that shtick starts to imply hackneyed, crude, dull. … Continue reading

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Ashes to Ashes: R.I.P. Phillip Hughes

Australia is a mighty long way from England. Yet the cricketing competition these two countries contest is cherished across the oceans, from rainy Manchester, in the north of my country, to sun-baked Perth, in the south-western tip of theirs. The … Continue reading

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England Versus Germany: Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before

I’m scared of the German football team. They always set an example that the rest of us should follow, but we never do. Why don’t we? It’s troubling… after a while (say, the ‘best’ part of 50 years), it starts to seem like … Continue reading

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The *Other* Reason Why England Are Out of the World Cup

So far in the 2014 World Cup, all England footballers combined have scored, in two games, the same number of goals as Luis Suárez has scored in his one game against England. Two. All of which, inevitably, has led to … Continue reading

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Best England Cricket XI of the Last 20 Years (The Bottom Five)

…Ok, after this, I think I’ll take a little breather from all things cricket. (Well after the Sydney test, anyhow.) It’s taking up an awful lot of time! First, however, this: the all-rounder and bowlers of my favourite England XI … Continue reading

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Best England Cricket XI of the Last 20 Years (The Top Six)

Am watching the cricket – Australia currently 48/0, needing another 183 to win. They’ll get ’em. Probably. Anyhow, is all pretty depressing… can’t really not watch (it is the Ashes, after all), yet doing so is awful, crushing, and painful. See … Continue reading

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Reasons to Be Optimistic After England Lose the Ashes (Part Two)

Right then, the Ashes are gone. No point crying over spilt catches. (A shame, mind, that a few more weren’t at least attempted…) The thing now is to get better – quickly, before Australians remember that beating England in the … Continue reading

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