martina the musical

Have you read today about a new musical which is opening down under this week? Incredibly it’s about the life of Australian spin bowler Shane Warne, or ‘Warnie’ as he is affectionately known by Bruce and Sheila. You’d think that a musical celebrating anything to do with cricket, even one about the greatest spin bowler ever (well, from Melbourne), might be a little humdrum but this is supposed to be a hoot. It’s less to do with his cricketing skills and everything to do with his love of food, bleached hair (and subsequent hair transplants), shagging  women other than his wife, cheesey flirty texting, pill popping, sledging, illegal Indian bookies, smoking and boozing. Yep an everyday tale about yer average Ozzie bloke. Except this one’s famous and, as the Carling ad might put it, probably the best (ie only) liked Australian cricketer outside Kangaland. Warnie himself thinks it’s an outrage but it sounds outrageously good fun to me and I’d love to see it. Continue reading

rugby world cup; upset on the cards?

Great result for England last night and today it’s Wales’ and Scotland’s turns to qualify for the QF stages. Come on you Celts. After an indifferent start by the Home nations (make that crap in England’s case), the tournament is just brewing up nicely now. The only blemish is the form of Ireland who really do look out of sorts. Something’s not right in that camp. The match against Argentina will be really tough. If all clicks they could do it but all their key players have got to hit top from simultaneously you feel. But come on you Greens. Continue reading

Is it just me or should we…. bring on Australia then!

Well England finally find a bit of form and put in a decent display to beat Tonga. Phew. England have been rubbish at this RWC but they can’t be running into a bit of form and confidence just as the tournament gets into top gear, can they? Crikey the Aussies might just be beginning to have slight misgivings dya’ think? Nah you’re right, it’ll all end in tears at the QF stage as usual. But as John Lennon would have said ‘I am the Walrus’. Sorry I meant ‘Imagine eh’. I added the last bit of course.

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thank goodness for will greenwood

Well all those misgivings about facing S Africa prove to be accurate. Did you watch England’s humiliating performance last night losing 36-0 to the Boks? When was the last time a significant test team (and we are World Champions after all) failed to score a single point? We never even looked like scoring one to be honest. What a shambles. Is it just me but surely the game’s up for Farrell – did he do anything but hoof it up the pitch, conceding possession and imediately handing the initiative away? At scrum half Perry inept performance was made even starker by the brilliance of Du Preez – what a game he had. And how sad to see the only English player playing with any heart and commitment, Robinson, end the game (and probably his career) bloodied and with a torn hamstring. The only positive on the night? Surely the touchline commentary from Will Greenwood – refreshingly different, funny, insightful and pointed. An absolute natural. We’ve found one new star at least. Well done ITV for getting their team selection right. Brian Ashton to note please.

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RWC – what did you expect?

Well it’s been an interesting start to RWC 2007. Even with my limited knowledge of the finer details I can see that the southern hemisphere sides, NZ, Oz, SA and to a slightly lesser extent Arg are basically frigging awesome. Nobody amongst the the 6 Nations sides has been anywhere near as impressive. In fact they’ve been bloody average at best. The good news is that the 6 Nations sides can only get better; the bad news is that they start playing the black/gold/green buggers very soon.

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