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Post by Corlyss_D » Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:39 pm

"The fact that three out of the four initial bombers were born and bred in Britain -- and that until their conversion to Islam they were most notable for their enthusiasm for soccer and cricket -- has shaken Britain's belief in its multiculturalism, its assimilative powers... Last week, London's mayor, 'Red' Ken Livingstone, said, 'I don't just denounce the suicide bombers... The bombings would never have happened if the West had simply left the Arab nations alone in the wake of the First World War, rather than trying to control the flow of oil.' You only have to imagine Rudolph Giuliani uttering these words to see the gap between British and American politics" -- John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge writing in the L.A. Times.

JM & AW are Economist's US bureau chiefs and authors of The Right Nation on the conservative trend in American politics for the last 50 years.
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Post by Ralph » Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:34 pm

I think the real issue is the colossal waste of time expended on soccer and cricket or any other sports.
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Post by Haydnseek » Wed Jul 27, 2005 7:03 am

Ralph wrote:I think the real issue is the colossal waste of time expended on soccer and cricket or any other sports.
Now I know what it's like to have one's religion insulted. Beware infidel!
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Post by jbuck919 » Wed Jul 27, 2005 7:51 am

Ralph wrote:I think the real issue is the colossal waste of time expended on soccer and cricket or any other sports.
Sports is what we would have left if totalitarianism had triumphed. Orwell and Huxley were obviously themselves too besotted with football, cricket and rugby to realize that.

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Post by Haydnseek » Wed Jul 27, 2005 8:33 am

jbuck919 wrote:Sports is what we would have left if totalitarianism had triumphed. Orwell and Huxley were obviously themselves too besotted with football, cricket and rugby to realize that.
The world’s most popular sports have their origins in Great Britain as does modern representative government and economic liberalism. Coincidental? I don’t think so. Remember the tyrant Napoleon met his end at Waterloo, the battle that was “won on the playing fields of Eton.”
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Post by Corlyss_D » Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:30 am

Can anyone here explain cricket in 50 words or less and why it may take days to play a match?
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Post by Haydnseek » Wed Jul 27, 2005 9:51 am

Corlyss_D wrote:Can anyone here explain cricket in 50 words or less and why it may take days to play a match?
Can’t do it myself. I like to watch it but my understanding is limited. This link may help:

http://www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/hosking/ ... htm#basics

The skills required to play are basically the same as for baseball. I’ve been amused to see that cricketers, when they are interviewed, seem to have the same sort of personalities and ways of expressing themselves as baseball players do no matter where they come from, be it the UK, India, Australia, Caribbean, Africa or wherever. There is a bat and ball sport "type."
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Post by Corlyss_D » Wed Jul 27, 2005 10:10 am

Thanks, Haydn. I was going to try to catch a cricket match on cable but it was PPV, and I didn't care that much.
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Post by Ralph » Wed Jul 27, 2005 11:18 am

Haydnseek wrote:
Ralph wrote:I think the real issue is the colossal waste of time expended on soccer and cricket or any other sports.
Now I know what it's like to have one's religion insulted. Beware infidel!
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Bring it on Infidel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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