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Post 16441

Icy North

Cricket is essentially gladiatorial, but the real reason we love it is that it graces our village greens. What other sports can you enjoy while sitting outside the pub with a pint?


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Post 16442

Pastey

"... all weekend."


There, finished that for you Icy smiley - winkeye


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Post 16443

Icy North

Only a skinflint would make their pint last all weekend smiley - biggrin


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Post 16444

Pastey

That'll be me then smiley - biggrin


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Post 16445

Pastey

Actually, I'm so tight I started my own brewery so I could get cheap beer smiley - winkeye


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Post 16446

swl

Did gladiators stop for tea breaks and to fiddle with their balls?


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Post 16447

Recumbentman

That is a fascinating article. For me its principal fascination derives from the procedure of naming many possible explanations for the appeal of cricket, and demolishing them, while omitting the most simple and obvious one.

Competitive sports are a sublimation of warfare.

By applying rules, wars may be conducted in less threatening ways. Even warfare itself is generally bound by rules, even if they are often broken: prisoners are to be kept alive, medics are not to be targeted, and so on.

My eldest son, when he was about eleven, was horrified to hear about these rules. To him, if a war was fought in anything less than all-out, no-holds-barred fashion, it wasn't war at all, it was a game.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood made the point in 'Two Tribes' that wars are totally unnecessary: just put two champions in the ring together and abide by the result.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXWVpcypf0w

This has a long history; think of David and Goliath. The bloody battles in the Irish saga , Táin Bó Cúailnge, are successions of impressive acrobatic 'feats', unhappily culminating in death. But even with blood flowing, war is a game, and the prototype of many quieter games.

http://www.askaboutireland.ie/learning-zone/primary-students/looking-at-places/louth/tain-bo-cuailnge-the-catt/

However far cricket may appear from total warfare, it scratches that itch, for those who like that kind of thing.


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Post 16448

logicus tracticus philosophicus

"Did gladiators stop for tea breaks and to fiddle with their balls?"

Well in Vinnie and Pauls case the tea break was not needed http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/Paul-Gascoigne-Football_71255.jpg


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Post 16449

Baron Grim

I'm an American, we call it "soccer", and even I am familiar with that image. smiley - laugh


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Post 16450

Bald Bloke

Good old Psycho! Just Vinnie's method of saying hello smiley - laugh


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Post 16451

Pink Paisley

Proper footballer.

PP.


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Post 16452

Icy North

BBC News website servers suffer glitch which reverts the date back to April 1st:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-30458480


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Post 16453

Pastey

I've been looking at that and trying to work out how the heck they came to that conclusion smiley - erm


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Post 16454

Bald Bloke

Must have been the Xmas party at the mailbox last night.


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