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A cricket ball lurking behind UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected] Please feel free to deliberately place the cricket thing in the unusual place yourself. Ged Ladd was watching UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, being interviewed by Sophy Ridge On Sunday. “Just to the north-east of the cabinet minister’s ear, I can clearly see a cricket ball,” he said. This is not perhaps the most unlikely location for a cricket ball as Hancock’s affection f...
Tags: UK, Sex, Arctic, Bangladesh, Parliament, Ben Stokes, Hancock, Glenn Maxwell, Regulars, Matt Hancock, Ged Ladd, Cricket bats in unusual places, Ed Giddins, Matt Horne


Cricket bats in a jigsaw

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected] Feel free to put the cricket thing in the unusual place yourself. (In fact please, please, please do. No-one sends us any of those and they’re our favourite ones.) Ne writes: “Here’s a couple of cricket bats in an unusual place – a Sherlock Holmes themed jigsaw puzzle I bought myself because its a global pandemic at Christmas.” One week later, we asked Ne if he’d finished the jigsaw. H...
Tags: Sex, Sherlock Holmes, Holmes, NE, Jinja Uganda, Regulars, Cricket bats in unusual places


King Ghidorah being conspicuously indifferent to a pile of cricket books

Email readers: Sorry you’ll have to click through to the website to see the photo. Probably should have mentioned that about a year ago when we first realised that the ‘featured image’ doesn’t appear. Miriam writes: Here’s my cat King Ghidorah being conspicuously indifferent to a pile of cricket books. We found these books in the shed when we were looking for the baby set for the high chair. The books had probably been there since we moved in four years ago. They are now on the daybe...
Tags: Sex, Ireland, Leo, Miriam, Tribble, Regulars, Animals being conspicuously indifferent to cricket, Ghidorah


The 1997 Ridiculous Ashes – latest episode

Hopefully you’re aware that we (Alex Bowden and Dan Liebke) are doing The Ridiculous Ashes Podcast. Series 1 is about the 1997 series and we’ll add each of the six episodes to this page as they go live. Episode three features England operating on a higher plane of collapsification and Michael Bevan filth. The Ridiculous Ashes is an alternative trophy that is awarded to the side that produces the most hilarious and absurd cricket across an Ashes series. We first did it as a written thing ov...
Tags: Google, England, Australia, Sex, Manchester, Alex, Jason Gillespie, Ian Healy, Dan, Alec Stewart, Nasser Hussain, Michael Bevan, Dan Liebke, Regulars, John Crawley, Ridiculous Ashes


The 1997 Ridiculous Ashes – latest episode

Hopefully you’re aware that we (Alex Bowden and Dan Liebke) are doing The Ridiculous Ashes Podcast. Series 1 is about the 1997 series and we’ll add each of the six episodes to this page as they go live. Episode three features England operating on a higher plane of collapsification and Michael Bevan filth. The Ridiculous Ashes is an alternative trophy that is awarded to the side that produces the most hilarious and absurd cricket across an Ashes series. We first did it as a written thing ov...
Tags: Google, England, Australia, Sex, Manchester, Alex, Jason Gillespie, Ian Healy, Dan, Alec Stewart, Nasser Hussain, Michael Bevan, Dan Liebke, Regulars, John Crawley, Ridiculous Ashes


The 1997 Ridiculous Ashes – latest episode

Hopefully you’re aware that we (Alex Bowden and Dan Liebke) are doing The Ridiculous Ashes Podcast. Series 1 is about the 1997 series and we’ll add each of the six episodes to this page as they go live. Episode two features a really great Shane Warne/Steve Waugh thing plus some very fine inaction from Alec Stewart. The Ridiculous Ashes is an alternative trophy that is awarded to the side that produces the most hilarious and absurd cricket across an Ashes series. We first did it as a writte...
Tags: Google, England, Australia, Sex, Alex, Jason Gillespie, Ian Healy, Dan, Alec Stewart, Nasser Hussain, Dan Liebke, Regulars, Ridiculous Ashes, Alex Bowden, Shane Warne Steve Waugh, Waugh Warne Hindsight Corner


The Ridiculous Ashes is now a podcast

Do you remember the Ridiculous Ashes? It was a thing we did with Dan Liebke over at Cricket 365 for the 2019 series. It’s an alternative trophy that is awarded to the side that produces the most hilarious and absurd cricket across an Ashes series. Just to let you all know, we’re doing it as a podcast now. Obviously there isn’t an Ashes going on at the minute, but that’s okay because there have been a great many Ashes series for which we haven’t yet determined a Ridiculous Ashes victor. Thi...
Tags: Sex, Carter, Dan, Nasser Hussain, Dan Liebke, Regulars, Ridiculous Ashes, Tubby Mark Ealham, Hindsight Corner


A cricket bat in a wrestling match

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected] Feel free to put the cricket thing in the unusual place yourself. (In fact please, please, please do. No-one sends us any of those and they’re our favourite ones.) Today’s cricket bat in an unusual place is from NXT TakeOver: WarGames, a WWE thing that happened at the start of the month. The main event saw The Undisputed Era take on Team McAfee. (Somewhat disappointingly, the latter te...
Tags: Sex, Yoko Ono, Birmingham, Stephen, McAfee, Dunne, Burch, Anthony McGrath, Regulars, Cricket bats in unusual places, Kim Barnett, Pete Dunne, Danny Burch


A cricket bat lurking on a street corner

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected] Feel free to put the cricket thing in the unusual place yourself. (In fact we actively encourage it – we don’t get anywhere near enough of those ones.) Daisy writes: Ged and I were driving home from a funeral at the end of Covid Lockdown 2.0 – our only social interaction that month. Nearing home, I spotted . This is most certainly unusual in our neighbourhood. Ged reports ...
Tags: England, Australia, Sex, Daisy, Chester le Street, Regulars, Cricket bats in unusual places, Covid Lockdown


A ‘totemistic’ cricket bat in the topsy-turvy world of heavy rock

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected]o.uk. Feel free to put the cricket thing in the unusual place yourself. (In fact we actively encourage it – we don’t get anywhere near enough of those ones.) The sight of a rock band manager. The sound of a telly being smashed. The smell of linseed oil. Face facts: in the topsy-turvy world of heavy rock, having a good solid piece of wood in your hand is often useful. If that kind of an e...
Tags: Sex, David Willey, Regulars, Cricket bats in unusual places


Cricket on the back page of a newspaper being read by Yoko Ono in Imagine

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected] Feel free to put the cricket thing in the unusual place yourself. (In fact we actively encourage it – we don’t get anywhere near enough of those ones.) Jonathan drew our attention to Yoko Ono reading The Sun in the 1972 film, Imagine. “Filmed in 1971, possibly it’s from the 1st Test against India at Lord’s where John Snow came in at 183-7 and hit 73,” he said. “[It was] also the T...
Tags: Sex, India, Yoko Ono, John Snow, Jonathan, Ian Harris, Regulars, Cricket bats in unusual places, Michael Mainelli Imagine


A cricket helmet on an Indian police officer

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected] Feel free to put the cricket thing in the unusual place yourself. (In fact we actively encourage it – we don’t get anywhere near enough of those ones.) The other day Aju John got in touch with us to highlight a number of instances where Indian police officers have worn cricket helmets. It seems to be quite a common thing. Most of the examples we found were officers… it’s hard to d...
Tags: Sex, Lucknow, Nicky Boje, Regulars, Cricket bats in unusual places, Hazratganj, Aju John, Nadwa College


A cricket bat in the hands of a German nihilist

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected] Feel free to put the cricket thing in the unusual place yourself. Thanks to Chris for reminding us of a cricket bat in an unusual place – in the hands of a nihilist in The Big Lebowski. (The big challenge here will be to refrain from veering off topic for 1,200 words about how Walter Sobchak is a quite magnificent arsehole. We will do our best.) The nihilists in the Big Lebowski were o...
Tags: Sex, Chris, Karl Hungus, Franz, Walter Sobchak, Lebowski, Regulars, Cricket bats in unusual places, Kodi Cricket


A cricket pad in an unusual place/a baby in an unusual cricket place

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected] Feel free to put the cricket thing in the unusual place yourself. Miriam writes: Here is a photo of my new baby daughter Clementine in a cricket pad. She is being conspicuously indifferent to cricket, but ALSO this is a photo of cricket equipment in an unusual place, namely around a sleeping baby. Also, as Clementine was born in the middle of the pandemic summer, this is ...
Tags: Sex, Ezekiel, Clementine, Miriam, Zachariah, Regulars, Cricket bats in unusual places


Cricket pads on Lord Buckethead

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected] Feel free to put the cricket thing in the unusual place yourself. The Smudge writes: Please find attached a picture of Lord Buckethead, Intergalactic Space Lord, wearing wicket keeping pads. This picture was taken after the Maidenhead constituency count when Lord Buckethead stood against me (and Theresa May) in the 2017 General Election. (Here’s another shot of him.) I...
Tags: Sex, Theresa May, Farage, Maidenhead, Buckethead, Stig, Regulars, Cricket bats in unusual places, Brexit Party, John Harvey He


A cricket book in the Ekoin Monastery Temple in Koyasan, Japan

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected] Feel free to put the cricket thing in the unusual place yourself. Daisy writes: Ged and I visited one of the holiest places in the Shingoan Buddhist world; the beautiful pilgrimage town of Koyasan in Japan. Ged encapsulated the journey from Kyoto to Mount Koya in the form of ten haikus. Ironically, Ged was reading the book Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket while we wer...
Tags: Japan, Sex, Kyoto, Daisy, Swanton, John Arlott, Lawrence Booth, Koyasan, Regulars, Mount Koya, Cricket bats in unusual places, Ekoin Monastery Temple, Koyasan Japan, Shingoan Buddhist, Ekoin, Rumtek


Cricket gloves on Cybermen in Doctor Who

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected] Feel free to put the cricket thing in the unusual place yourself. Andrew pointed out to us that back in the Sylvester McCoy era of Doctor Who, the Cybermen wore batting gloves sprayed silver. Batting gloves? pic.twitter.com/6WH16QlzS1— Andrew Milner (@AndyMilner1980) March 4, 2020 The Cybermen are a species of emotionless space-faring lads who’ve swapped out most of their soft fl...
Tags: England, Sex, Yorkshire, Jonny Bairstow, Andrew, Sylvester McCoy, Regulars, Cricket bats in unusual places, Andrew Milner


A cricket jumper on Donald Trump

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected] Feel free to put the cricket thing in the unusual place yourself. Commander Brian Sausage got in touch with us to draw our attention to this. It’s a creepy painting of Donald Trump in a cricket jumper. According to Wikipedia, “The Visionary” supposedly depicts the insecure, small-handed, orange testicle wearing “a white tennis sweater” – but last time we checked, tennis players hav...
Tags: Sex, Wikipedia, Brian, Donald Trump, Sachin Tendulkar, Allan Donald, Regulars, Cricket bats in unusual places, Brian Sausage


A copy of Wisden (and more) in A Clockwork Orange

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected] Feel free to put the cricket thing in the unusual place yourself. Wisden makes a cameo appearance in A Clockwork Orange. Thanks to Andrew for pointing this out to us via Twitter. A Clockwork Orange pic.twitter.com/6fZIX2u1yq— Andrew Milner (@AndyMilner1980) March 4, 2020 The Wisden bit is of course not the only time cricket features in the film. Malcolm McDowell said: “One da...
Tags: Sex, Malcolm McDowell, Andrew, Wisden, Regulars, Cricket bats in unusual places, Twitter A Clockwork Orange, Andrew Milner, Stanley -LSB- Kubrick


A cricket bat on the wall of a pub

First published in February 2009, this was the first entry in our long-running cricket bats (and other cricket items) in unusual places feature. Brian writes: This account was written on the insistence of my counsellor. He says I have to face what I have done; to see my actions and their consequences for what they are. It is, to the best of my knowledge, true. I am in Oxford on my holidays. I am surrounded by book readers, deep thinkers and philosophers – my kind of people. We smile at each ot...
Tags: Sex, Oxford, Jesus, Brian, Alastair Cook, Jason, Graham Gooch, Gary, Jimmy Nail, Goochie, Mark Howard, Regulars, Cricket bats in unusual places, Paddy McAloon, Chris Gayle Graham Gooches


A cricket book on a Bullet Train to Kyoto

Remember travelling? Going from one place to another place? Ged writes: “Here is a cricket book in an unusual place – a Japanese Shinkansen Bullet Train to Kyoto. “Ironically, given that Cricket **** Cricket is about the 1986/87 Ashes tour of Australia, Daisy and I found ourselves alone in a carriage with an enormous group of mostly enormous young Aussies.” Ged “embargoed” this piece. Until November 8. 2018. Ged said at the time (October 2018) that imposing an embargo...
Tags: Australia, Sex, Kyoto, Regulars, Cricket bats in unusual places


A cat being conspicuously indifferent to the Boxing Day Test

AP Webster writes: “Please find attached two pictures of my parents’ cat, Dusty (sadly not named after Dusty Rhodes), being conspicuously indifferent to the Sky pundits at lunchtime in the First Test at Centurion. “He is also showing considerable indifference to the pile of Christmas presents in front of the TV, and does not appear to be showing the Christmas crib the level of respect that some would say it deserves. “Feel free to choose your ‘favourite’ to use, based on which you fee...
Tags: England, Sex, Ireland, Leo, Strauss, Dusty Rhodes, Owais Shah, Regulars, Animals being conspicuously indifferent to cricket, AP Webster


A cricket jumper in an episode of Seinfeld

George Costanza would bowl Ian Blackwell-esque flat, non-spinning spin. He would bat at number nine and make regular 20s but never pass 50. George Costanza would frequently be involved in run outs. George Costanza would spend a lot of time off the field with the team doctor in the mistaken belief that he was suffering from lupus. George Costanza would play in some of the more obscure T20 franchise competitions under the name “Art Vandelay.” George Costanza would be a ma...
Tags: Sex, George Costanza, Regulars, Cricket bats in unusual places, Ian Blackwell, Vandelay George Costanza


A cricket ball in Netflix’s Designated Survivor

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected] Hoopy writes: After deciding I was going to waste a Saturday between mowing the lawn, chatting shit to mates, finishing Borderlands 2 (again) and watching telly, I came up with this. It’s a scene from a telly programme called Designated Survivor. It’s on Netflix and seems to be based around close-ups of Kiefer Sutherland taking his glasses off and looking a bit pensive (h...
Tags: Sex, White House, US, Netflix, Kiefer Sutherland, ICL, Lasith Malinga, Borderlands, Regulars, Cricket bats in unusual places, Hoopy, Denbigh Town Hall


Stumps in a Salford toilet

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected] Ged Ladd writes: The Manchester Tennis and Racquet Club is dedicated to racket sports (real tennis, rackets and squash), plus eating and drinking by the looks of the web site. Nothing to do with cricket. I have now visited that Salford establishment several times to play real tennis. I have also availed myself of the changing room toilet facilities on several occasions. ...
Tags: Sex, Salford, Racquet Club, Regulars, Ged Ladd, Cricket bats in unusual places, Manchester Tennis


A cricket being conspicuously indifferent to the Home of Cricket

Ged writes: I was showing some guests around the Lord’s pavilion on a non match day. In the Committee Room, I pointed to the chair upon which Her Maj (The Queen, not King Cricket’s Mother) sits when she visits Lord’s. There I spied this little cricket, which was being conspicuously indifferent to the home of cricket. Not only was it signally failing to look out upon the field of dreams, it was also negligently hogging the Royal Seat. I hope this is not a sign of declining standards in societ...
Tags: Sex, Ireland, Mother, Leo, Tribble, Regulars, Animals being conspicuously indifferent to cricket, Committee Room


Leo being conspicuously indifferent to tickets to Ireland’s first men’s Test match

Chuck says that Leo’s indifferent to everything except food. The tickets were used for this match. If you’ve got a picture of an animal being conspicuously indifferent to cricket, send it to [email protected] Related posts: Strauss being conspicuously indifferent to Strauss’s selection ahead of Owais Shah for England’s final warm-up match before the first Test against New Zealand A pigeon being conspicuously indifferent to Rob Key Clive being conspicuously indifferent to Shivnarine ...
Tags: Chuck, England, Sex, Ireland, New Zealand, Leo, Strauss, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Owais Shah, Regulars, Animals being conspicuously indifferent to cricket, Rob Key Clive


Clive being conspicuously indifferent to Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s arrival and departure

Ged sent us a photo of Clive showing extreme indifference to the arrival of Shivnarine Chanderpaul at the crease. This was during this season’s Essex match, so we asked Ged whether there were any signs of life in response to Shiv’s almost immediate departure. Ged said: “Very similar lack of reaction to Shiv’s almost immediate departure.” If you’ve got a picture of an animal being conspicuously indifferent to cricket, send it to [email protected] Related posts: A pigeon being conspicu...
Tags: England, Sex, New Zealand, Essex, Strauss, Clive, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Shiv, Owais Shah, Regulars, Animals being conspicuously indifferent to cricket, Rob Key Strauss


A cricket bat in the back of a van

Edwardian writes: Here’s a conspicuous cricket bat in the back of a van. Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected] Related posts: Cricket bats in unusual places A cricket book in an unusual place A cricket book in an unusual place
Tags: Sex, Regulars, Cricket bats in unusual places


In Praise of Regulars and of Nobu Matsuhisa -- Because People Who Work Hard Are Cool

There's this half-joke in the Midwest that living the American Dream amounts to refurbishing your basement by putting a bar in it. My little brother called from the Chicago suburbs last year to tell me his home bar was complete and he could now die a happy man. When I last visited him, we spent our time down there every night after he put his three-year-old to sleep. We weren't necessarily even drinking. The home bar is a national aspirational treasure not so much because it's a b...
Tags: Books, Music, Atlanta, Chicago, Hospitality, Nobu, Nobu Matsuhisa, Regulars, Nashi, Matsuhisa, Omotenashi, Nobu: a memoir, Nobu Matsuhisha