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Old 21st October 2020, 11:06   #5801
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Happy Birthday to Sir Geoffrey B - a legend with bat and microphone.

I lament his lack of appearance on TMS.
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Old 23rd October 2020, 12:52   #5802
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Jog on Geoffrey, you flog.
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Old 3rd November 2020, 22:45   #5803
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Lord Botham gave his maiden speech in the other Lords venue today.
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Lord Botham gave his maiden speech in the other Lords venue today.
What did he say?
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Old 4th November 2020, 14:11   #5805
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What did he say?
Mainly talking about the effect Covid has had on sport and charities.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/news.sk...peech-12122851
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Mainly talking about the effect Covid has had on sport and charities.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/news.sk...peech-12122851
Did he not mean the effect the government response to Covid has had on sport and charities ?
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Old 6th November 2020, 23:46   #5807
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Did he not mean the effect the government response to Covid has had on sport and charities ?


COVID itself has had a massive effect on sport and charities. England did a fantastic job in summer/autumn getting cricket underway in international and domestic cricket in all formats. Having spectators in the ground was a step too far at that stage. Hard to see what any government could have done. Have you seen the crowds in UAE at the IPL? But who knows what will be possible next spring?
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Old 10th November 2020, 14:17   #5808
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COVID itself has had a massive effect on sport and charities. England did a fantastic job in summer/autumn getting cricket underway in international and domestic cricket in all formats. Having spectators in the ground was a step too far at that stage. Hard to see what any government could have done. Have you seen the crowds in UAE at the IPL? But who knows what will be possible next spring?
I'd suggest that banning indoor practice this winter was a severe overreaction from the government.

Also - where are the plans for next summer - with the vaccine imminent surely it should be a normal summer.
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I'd suggest that banning indoor practice this winter was a severe overreaction from the government.

Also - where are the plans for next summer - with the vaccine imminent surely it should be a normal summer.
The bulk of the crowd for the County Championship will most likely be among the first wave of vaccinations at least.
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Beefy vs the woke metropolitan do gooders

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Not sure Wisden need to report that, or are they going to become a vehicle for all Botham's political opinions now?
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Ian Chappell had Beefy's number a loooong time ago.
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Not sure Wisden need to report that, or are they going to become a vehicle for all Botham's political opinions now?
He's not quite the man of the people he once seemed. All he cares about now are his rich friends and their need to kill things.
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He's not quite the man of the people he once seemed. All he cares about now are his rich friends and their need to kill things.
I remember reading an interview with Paul Weller some years ago, in which the interviewer seemed to raise an eyebrow at the fact that Weller was paying for his son to go to a public school. Weller's response was basically that you can't judge the choices made by rich people until you've been one yourself. Poor dears, it must be terrible for them.
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Old 18th November 2020, 10:03   #5815
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He's not quite the man of the people he once seemed. All he cares about now are his rich friends and their need to kill things.
Did you read the article ?

Lots of metropolitan snobbery on show - glad the countryside has people like Beefy to stick up for them.
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Did you read the article ?

Lots of metropolitan snobbery on show - glad the countryside has people like Beefy to stick up for them.
I was brought up in the Countryside, my mother still does 'picking up' with her retriever on pheasant shoots. I don't approve.

The place would quite happily exist without venture capitalists coming down from London in their 4x4's twice a week to shoot things.
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Did you read the article ?

Lots of metropolitan snobbery on show - glad the countryside has people like Beefy to stick up for them.
Botham presents a party political broadcast from the Countryside Alliance.
He talks garbage about the countryside and garbage about heather moors.
Grouse for instance are forest edge inhabitants naturally - they dont live on open moorland unless forced to by intensive farming - which has driven all the other species onto the moors in the first place.
Vast heather moorland isnt natural - its artificial,left to itself the moors in England would quickly revert to scrub and then tree cover - except in the odd area.Comparing the burning here to the practices of indigenous people is utter claptrap...Im being polite here.
Gamekeepers are responsible for poisoning and trapping large numbers of rare birds of prey and arent the paragons of virtue he says they are.Most know little about the countryside and, as the name suggest, are there solely for maintaining the most suitable conditions for raising game birds for shooting.
And before you call me a "Woke townie" - Ive spent a grand total of 9 years out of 60 living in anything remotely resembling a town.
Botham speaks for the rich - not countryfolk.
Wisden has no business printing that article and Ive fired off a stroppy E.Mail to calm me down a bit
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I was brought up in the Countryside, my mother still does 'picking up' with her retriever on pheasant shoots. I don't approve.

The place would quite happily exist without venture capitalists coming down from London in their 4x4's twice a week to shoot things.
Im sure the local butchers, ghillies, caterers, hotels, pub owners, drivers and all their suppliers disagree.
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I'd suggest that banning indoor practice this winter was a severe overreaction from the government.

Also - where are the plans for next summer - with the vaccine imminent surely it should be a normal summer.
ECB announce a full summer of international fixtures in 2021.

Announcements about the county season - Bob Willis Trophy etc - assume no problems. But of course, as you intimate, where, when and how will the players be able to prepare for the summer season?
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I’m sure the local butchers, ghillies, caterers, hotels, pub owners, drivers and all their suppliers disagree.
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Perhaps those who purport to speak for the countryside (and are not me) are simply pretending, as a cover for furthering their own dastardly agendas in the sacred name of the countryside.
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