The Joy of @BBCTMS

Saturday, July 18th, 2015 03:00 pm
miss_s_b: (Who - Five (Cricket and the crotch))
There's an article on the BBC website called How to Get Into Cricket and I can't help but think they've missed a trick. How a lot of people I know have got into cricket goes like this:
  1. Do something which requires you to have the radio on while you're doing it. Cooking, perhaps, or filling in forms.
  2. Despair of the shoutiness of 90% of radio these days, and the regrettable tendency of radio 4 to have things like Claire In The Community and The Archers on it.
  3. Think "It was always nice and restful when I was a kid and my [insert relative here] used to listen to the cricket".
  4. Stick TMS on, and fall deeply in love with its whimsical wonder, and effortless drifting between topics, all of which are treated with reverence and geekery (today's topics have included James Bond, aeroplanes, rugby, men's fashion, cake and many other things).
  5. Decide you'd better learn something about cricket so that you can understand the brief interludes when the TMS team are actually talking about cricket, as opposed to the myriad other topics they cover.
OK, so you need to be the sort of person who is slightly prone to nostalgia, and likes to have a reliably soothing radio programme on, but it works.

The number of people who can be listening to TMS all day and have absolutely no idea what the score is, or occasionally even which team is batting and which fielding, but have learnt amazing things about (for example) what it is and is not safe to feed one's dog, or how Ian Fleming came to name the characters in his books...
miss_s_b: (Who - Five (Cricket and the crotch))
I spent pretty much all of last week horrifically ill with nasty, misery-inducing spotty disease. I was just about coming out of it by yesterday, so in order to cheer me up [personal profile] hollymath took me to the home of Cricket to see the third day of the test match. it gets long under this here cut )
miss_s_b: (Britishness: cricket)
... is the randomness of the discussions generated by the regular short gaps in play. Inspired by this quote
it's interesting that you see humble pie as a savoury dish (meat and potato, steak and kidney etc). I always imagined that humble pie to be more of a dessert, potentially served with custard.
from the BBC live text commentary, then, I present a poll:

Poll #13903 Humble Pie
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 24

Humble Pie is...

sweet
4 (16.7%)

savoury
13 (54.2%)

a construct and thus devoid of flavour
7 (29.2%)

miss_s_b: (Britishness: cricket)
Having a discussion on twitter with Neil Monnery about whether Doctor Who or cricket is more quintessentially English. My view on this is strictly rationalist:
Doctor Who can contain cricket http://fwd4.me/r21 Cricket cannot contain Doctor Who. Therefore Who more English QED
But there are other things which are quintessentially English. So which of them would you pick?
Poll #5255 Quintessentially English
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 26

Which of these is Quintessentially English?

Cricket
22 (84.6%)

Doctor Who
22 (84.6%)

Gin
13 (50.0%)

The Last Night of the Proms
20 (76.9%)

Radio Four
19 (73.1%)

Rugger
8 (30.8%)

Tea
17 (65.4%)

Brian Blessed
16 (61.5%)

The Beatles
15 (57.7%)

Queen
14 (53.8%)

The Queen
16 (61.5%)

Hammer Horror
9 (34.6%)

Pimms
17 (65.4%)

Ticky Boxes
8 (30.8%)

Something Else
3 (11.5%)

Which of these is THE MOST Quintessentially English?

Cricket
5 (19.2%)

Doctor Who
3 (11.5%)

Gin
0 (0.0%)

The Last Night of the Proms
3 (11.5%)

Radio Four
6 (23.1%)

Rugger
0 (0.0%)

Tea
4 (15.4%)

Brian Blessed
1 (3.8%)

The Beatles
0 (0.0%)

Queen
2 (7.7%)

The Queen
1 (3.8%)

Hammer Horror
0 (0.0%)

Pimms
0 (0.0%)

Ticky Boxes
1 (3.8%)

Something Else
0 (0.0%)





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miss_s_b: (geekiness)
Am watching the debate. How bad is it that I am agreeing with John Redwood (Tory) and Tom Watson (Labour) and there's not a ONE of our MPs yet spoken against this abortion of a bill, despite the emergency motion that so many people worked so hard to push through conference?

In order to prevent my incandescent fury from making me explode, I present something that the government is trying to take away from us: a copyright infringing fandom collision. Ladies and gentlemen, here is Vincent Price on the basics of cricket:



((hat-tip [livejournal.com profile] burkesworks))
miss_s_b: (Default)
... I'm going to be good and not go and stalk Sam West tomorrow. I can't afford to, for one thing (£20 on tickets is a couple of rounds of drinks on thursday even at London prices, I'd wager) and for another thing it's going to be difficult to sort out the Shrub-sitting, and Ian will just be difficult.

And I'd only sit there and stare and go red anyway...

Stupid self

Had a lovely time watching TG with [livejournal.com profile] puddingcat last night; we practically laughed ourselves sick.

Hurrah for the cricket!

* happy dance *

Watched the last bit of Castrovalva this morning - hurrah! for Ainley!Master flashing bare flesh!

I did pants at climbing this afternoon, don't know why. Am going to go and soak in a hot bath and try not to think too much about the chipmunk that they've cast in Ant's part for season 29 of Who, or the fact that I've just chosen Sandi Toksvig over Sam West.

* smoochies for [livejournal.com profile] crashmatt anyway for the offer *

You'll have to come over for a drinkie one evening.

OMG the cricket

Friday, February 9th, 2007 11:00 am
miss_s_b: (Default)
* bites nails *

ARGH. There's no such thing as a comfortable win for England, says the commentator. He's not bloody wrong.

ETA: 11 to win off 11 balls and four wickets in hand... COME ON!!! We can do this...

8 off 8... we're cutting this a bit fine... come on. COME ON! YES A FOUR!!! COME ON COLLINGWOOD!!!

Four runs needed off the last over. We can do this. We can do it.

Two runs off five balls... One off four...

HURRAH!!! WE'VE BEATEN AUSTRALIA!!!

* dances madly *

Is it Bad that...

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 12:01 pm
miss_s_b: (Default)
... Every time I see something about that cheating twat Darrell Hair in the news I keep singing the theme tune from the musical Hair?
miss_s_b: (Default)
The Cricket! Woe, The Cricket!

* shakes angry fist in the general direction of Australia *

Quote of the Day:
My ideal Christmas would start with me waking up to Noddy Holder opening the curtains on Christmas morning shouting "IT'S CHRISTMAS!" and ending with David Tennant closing them, turning down the duvet and saying "Come and get your present, dirty bitch."

One can dream.
Yeah, apart from the Tennantness (but, yanno, there's a Loooooooooooooooooong list of substitutions to choose from) I can dig that.
miss_s_b: (Default)
GO MONTY!!!!


I SAID they should have picked him all along...
miss_s_b: (Default)
307 for 3, eh? That's better I was expecting. Woe for a lack of Monty, though.

* luffs the Monty *

Ah well, I'm off to bed with BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra...
miss_s_b: (Default)
The arcane names of the fielding positions:
Silly point, Silly mid-off, slip, square leg, etc.
And the various other cricketing terms:
Crease, leg-bye, googly, yorker, chinaman, out for a duck, tossing high on the wicket, maiden over... O:-)

Even if a batsman is legally out, the umpire won't call him out unless the fielding team shout loudly.

Everything stops for tea.

The match can be a draw even when the scores are different.

LBW - preferable than being given out for "handled ball" *snerk*

"The bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willie" and commentators in general

Cricket is the quintessentially English game: ridiculously complicated, with ancient and arcane rules which you need many years of study to even begin to understand. It offers many fine opportunities for innuendo, which the commentators never fail to grasp. It's lyrically slow and comforting to watch (or listen to) and what's more, we're beating Australia at it, both in the ladies' and the men's.

:D

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