Test Match Special

Ok, in the spirit of transparency, I’m only posting this so that I don’t have to bother searching for the link to the footage next time I fancy watching this. Which will probably be in about ten minutes.

For last Sunday saw probably the greatest conclusion to an Ashes Test Match in history. Scrub that: the greatest conclusion to any Test Match in history, but made just that bit sweeter because it was against “the old enemy”.

Needing to reach a record-breaking score of 359 in the second innings, and after having been bowled out for a frankly rather pathetic 67 in the first innings, things didn’t look promising for England.

Step forward the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019 (surely…?), Ben Stokes:

Once you get past Sherbet’s Howzat, there aren’t that many songs about cricket.

Thank goodness, then, for The Divine Comedy‘s Neil Hannon and his side project, The Duckworth Lewis Method (the name of which I’m not even going to attempt to explain):

The Duckworth Lewis Method – Test Match Special

More soon.

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Sunday Morning Coming Down

It’s official, I’m rubbish.

When you start blogging, the two things you are obliged to remember and commemorate are:

  1. John Peel’s birthday
  2. The date on which John Peel died.

On 30th August, John Peel would have been 80.

And I missed it.

But sharing a birthday would have been Kitty Wells, who would have turned 100.

So you’ll forgive me for posting something by Kitty, because her back catalogue far outweighs anything Peel released (and I know he won’t mind me saying it):

Kitty Wells – I Heard The Juke Box Playing

More soon.

Late Night Stargazing

The thing with having to listen to/reassess all of your music as you re-upload it onto your laptop is this: you suddenly hear songs which you haven’t heard for a long time:

Take tonight’s selection: I really hate the title track from this album, but I understand said song is one of this band’s most loved.

They’re both produced by Brian Eno, though, so I figure tonight’s choice is more in keeping with his ambient heritage; it’s sparse, it’s beautiful and it’s worthy of note.

James – Out to Get You

The opening track to a million break-up mix-tapes.

More soon.