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Mick Harper
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It's obvious for the next World Cup we're going to have to eliminate some of the weaker teams to ensure competitive matches. What about a sub-Continent team, an Australasia team and a South Africa/West Indies team?
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July is here, and time for Scottish clubs to take their annual Grand Depart from Europe to concentrate on domestic matters. Do they have a Match of the Day up there or is it more like the situation on Hackney marshes where it is invidious to single people out on the basis of ability?
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Earthquake stuns Galaxy in Californian Clasico

I'm not sure either. It may be a disaster movie or possibly they are two superheroes, they have been proliferating recently under the strangest of names. The name of the cinema is a nice nod to Mexican heritage.
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Golfers ousted by boom in outdoor swimming Guardian


This concerns somewhere from my old stamping grounds, Beckenham Place Park.



A 285-metre-long swimming lake opens in south London next weekend, creating a natural recreation area for one of the poorest parts of London and putting the south-east suburb on the map for outdoor swimming enthusiasts.

Dunno about 'poorest', we never used to go near Beckenham in case we got beaten up by toffs. Some local biggie seems to agree with this view

Sophie McGeevor, cabinet member for the environment at Lewisham council, said the transformation created a much-needed green space for the local communities. “A lot of people didn’t realise the park was publicly accessible when it was a golf course."

That is absolutely true!

"It was mostly used by old, white males. We wanted a space that appealed to the whole community, 65% of whom are BAME,” she said.

Being an old white male I would not salivate quite so enthusiastically at our banishment but anyway I'm getting me swimmies out for old time's sake while it's still nice out. But what's this?

The lake is open to all swimmers over the age of eight, although they will have to book.

Eh? It's a lake. What are we booking for? Municipal water wings? Suddenly I sense socialist bureaucrats coming between me and my visions of wild swimming for the urban masses. I'm gonna take a chance and just dive in. I've always been a rebel. You'll never take me alive, parkie. Though I might ask my brother to come along. He was very useful that time we hid our canoe in the reeds at Peter Pan's Pool and the bloke came after us with a boat hook. So, the half hour was up, it's not a capital crime, is it?
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There is no fair way to decide between teams that have tied for a world cup. If it has "super" or "gold" in the name it won't last as, err....I say it again....there is no fair way to decide between teams that have tied.

It has to end in misery, with folks crying. It has to be unfair, and humiliate the losers...like a penalty shoot out.
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Yes, in the case of a tie lets go one better and have the cricket teams taking penalties.
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(Wicket keepers in goal, obviously.)
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Mick Harper
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Wrong. When a football match is tied, they should have golden overs. We'll never lose to Germany again. But seriously, when a fielder's throw hits a running batsmen's bat a dead ball should be declared. But well done, Stokes, for making it look accidental.
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Worse! He should have scored five not six so England didn't actually win. It's a law of physics that England can win a major trophy only if there is a scandal.
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Mick Harper
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I'm not a pedant and I will not have England's lustre besmirched by one. They had completed the second run when the ball crossed the boundary. Therefore six runs. You're thinking of when it hits a fielder's helmet or other piece of apparel not attaching to said fielder. Now clear off back to New Zealand. Or worse. If there is a worse. Which reminds me, there was talk in the Long Room of holding the next World Cup in Afghanistan. They all served there with the Khyber Rifles.
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England... the only team in the World to have won all three mens' World Cups: Football, Rugby and now Cricket.
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Mick Harper
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It makes one proud to belong to a nation that can produce such a nerd.
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aurelius wrote:
England... the only team in the World to have won all three mens' World Cups: Football, Rugby and now Cricket.


The Cricket and Rugby (Union) "world"s are different to the Footballing "world".

The world of baseball is different again. The World Series is normally won by an American team, so I am told. The World Baseball Championship has only been won by Japan and Dominican Republic.

The World handball championships are currently Denmark. The first world handball champions, in 1938 were the Nazis who beat Austria in the final. Many so called historians both revisionist and orthodox, choose to ignore the undoubted significance, to this day.
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It makes one proud etc etc
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The days of the week so blur into one another that I found myself working it out by which day of the British Open it was. It's given me an idea for opening a chain of sportswear shops called Thank God It's The Second Day Of The British Open except you're not allowed to call it the British Open, it's The Open, and Thank God It's The Second Day Of The Open just doesn't make a lot of sense. Another one for the discard pile, I think.
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