Monthly Archives: July 2014

Authors and actors revive cricket rivalry

Lovely article about a team of famous actors taking on a team of famous authors, as happened long ago in the days of Wodehouse & Conan Doyle.

Authors and actors revive cricket rivalry
26 July 2014
By Justin Parkinson
BBC News Magazine

  • “I tend to think that cricket is the greatest thing that God created on Earth” – Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter
  • “Cricket is a game played by 11 fools and watched by 11,000 fools” – Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw
  • “Hail Cricket! Glorious, manly, British game! First of all Sports! Be first alike in Fame!” – British poet and playwright James Love in 1744’s Cricket: An Heroic Poem
  • “Cricket remains for me the game of games, the sanspareil, the great metaphor, the best marriage ever devised of mind and body” – British novelist John Robert Fowles
  • “I understand cricket – what’s going on, the scoring – but I can’t understand why” – American author Bill Bryson
  • “Like the British constitution, cricket was not made: it has ‘grown'” – Sir Neville Cardus, writer and critic

Tennis player Gulbis says abolish what now?

Go on, vamp it up a bit
Evening Standard Wimbledon Diary

Ernests Gulbis got himself into a tangle this week by mistaking an interview question about abolishing umpires for a question about abolishing vampires. Gulbis said he is against vampires, although the diary has no idea why.