Thursday, 1 August 2013

Writing and sport. (Keep Your hero fit)

Another test match begins at Old Trafford, Manchester today.

England v Australia

Essentials
Australia must win or face losing the Ashes. All England need is a draw to retain them.

Haiku
Ashes Cricket

Leather on Willow
An expectant steamy day
Ashes from the stumps.

The Ashes


The Ashes urn is a small terra cotta artifact standing only 11 cm high. It was presented to Ivo Bligh, the captain of the English Cricket Team, during the 1882-83 tour in Australia as a personal gift. The urn has come to represent “The Ashes of English Cricket” which is a term first coined in 1882 and is explained further below.
On 29 August 1882 Australia defeated England in a cricket match played at Kennington Oval, London. There was a great deal of dismay felt by the English about this loss and a few days later an obituary notice appeared in the Sporting Times which read:
“In affectionate remembrance of English Cricket which died at the Oval on 29th August 1882. Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances. RIP. NB. The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia." It was the first time the term “the ashes" had been mentioned.
It had previously been arranged that a cricketing team captained by Ivo Bligh would tour Australia in 1882-1883 and this team became the English hope of victory. Before leaving England for Australia, Bligh pledged to bring back “The Ashes” of English cricket".
Three main Test matches were played. The first was in Melbourne and was won by Australia. The second was also in Melbourne and won by the English. The third match was in Sydney and was again won by the English. After this it was generally acknowledged that the English were the victors. There was a fourth Test match played in Sydney but there is some debate about whether this should have been counted in the overall results. There were also other matches played between the English and the individual State cricketing teams over the tour.
During the 1882-83 tour the Urn was made. It consists of a very small red terra cotta artifact which some believe could be a perfume bottle. On it is pasted two labels. The top label says “The Ashes”. The lower label is a verse cut from Melbourne Punch of 1 February 1883 which reads:
"When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn;
Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return;
The welkin will ring loud,
The great crowd will feel proud, Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn;
And the rest coming home with the urn."


The names are of members of the English cricket team.
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In writing the Steele novels I set him up as a physically active individual who attended gym and did a lot of running. As I've said in numerous other blogs my intention was to avoid him turning out like Bond and so when he is picked up by the Gurentai, rather than super powers of fitness and aggression I persuaded him to take up Aikido and Ki-Aikido.


God Bless