Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

…As a cricket fan (and occasional geriatric player for the New Zealand Rotary team) I’m sorry to say that, in terms of suitability, commercial short format games at Hagley Oval are just not cricket…

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…Now it’s 2013 and we’ve survived the end of the world three weeks ago, not to mention Xmas and New Year, and we’re confronting the really big challenge of being back at work, the watery dawn chorused on stage by the nude musical evangelists 45 years ago looks a little evanescent if not a tad false…


Can you imagine the disbelief on the faces of the winning All Blacks if, as the final whistle blew at the 1987 Rugby World Cup final, a defeated French rugby player fired one last shot: “24 more years mes enfants!”…


Murray McCully must be in line for a splendid gong from the Antediluvian Royal Society of Esteemed Stable Door Bolters for having the Auckland wharf ready for the Rugby World Cup’s Opening Ceremony a mere week after the opening closed…


From the Black Death, through to Blackbeard, who could teach them a thing or two,* to the disgraced import Conrad Black who was without a peer until Rupert Murdoch came along and who is now without a peerage, the blackguard English know a thing or two about the dark arts. As we now know the England team is to wear an all-black strip at the Rugby World Cup in their opening game against Argentina on 10 September…


The 101-strong Guard of Honour from the Welsh Guards, thankfully not all playing the trombone, have been instructed to think of England during their 4 hour stint on duty at next week’s royal wedding and, if necessary, to faint forwards while remaining stiffly at attention. This is not sauce for the gander, being contrary to the old fashioned imperial advice to new military wives to faint backwards, whether on bearskin rugs or not, although the injunction to think of Albion was the same (see classic spoof video below.)*

For those Guards who find the heat is really ontheir orders are clear. There