Tag Archives: South Africa

Tribute to Smith

On Friday, Graeme Smith led South Africa out in a Test match for the 99th time. Including another Test as captain of the World XI (vs Australia in 2005), that made him the first person to captain in 100 tests. … Continue reading

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Dusting

Having been away for a two-week holiday back home, and then trying to settle back into a cold-weather routine, posting to the blog hasn’t been a top priority. When I have thought about it, it’s been along the lines of … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Honourable Draw

Test Cricket has a side to it that is missing from the vast majority of sports (including one-day Cricket). It’s the notion of a draw that is hard-fought: a positive result for a team that is struggling to compete. A … Continue reading

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Following Your Nose

This is probably going out on a limb a little, with a somewhat tenuous link to reality, but please try to bear with me for a few minutes, if you wouldn’t mind. With that out of the way, here’s a … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Wonga?

Wonga is a micro-finance company operating in the UK. They have the worst adverts that have ever been produced, and provide a service which no sane person would ever want. And yet they’re doing so well here that they’re branching … Continue reading

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The Great Camping Trip of 1838

It’s a joy to see that my children (and especially my daughter) are fitting in to life in England pretty well. But occasionally, something comes up that gives me a twinge of guilt. There we were, in the Ambassador theatre, … Continue reading

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Indian Summer

I remember hearing the phrase “Indian Summer” for the first time seeing a movie trailer for a film of the same name back in the early nineties. I never saw the film, and I never bothered to find out what … Continue reading

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