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I liked the chant, but then I just like that style of music.

I wish I could learn to actually chant the psalms.


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Sorry, I had been away for a couple of days and not noticed this until now. Some of the lines are pretty funny, but actually I am feeling really tense about the cricket in Nagpur at the moment, so not in laughing mood. England get a draw, they win the series 2-1. A win, which they aren't even trying for and have no reason to, 3-1. But lose, and they have a 2-2 draw. Frankly, I would have taken it before the series started, but not now. They shouldn't lose from the position they are in, and I will be very disappointed if they do. However, being an England cricket fan has two consequences. It makes you pessimistic, and nervous. Tomorrow is the final day of five, and all will be decided. Even though nobody wants to know, I will advise the outcome. Unless we lose, when silence will be answer.
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Tomorrow is the final day of five, and all will be decided. Even though nobody wants to know, I will advise the outcome. Unless we lose, when silence will be answer.


As a former player on a uni club side and an England fan regardless of sport (unless, of course, it's Canada vs England!), I'll be interested, win, lose or draw.

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'Monarchy can easily be ‘debunked;' but watch the faces, mark the accents of the debunkers. These are the men whose tap-root in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach - men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire equality, they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.' C.S. Lewis God save Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, etc.! Vive le Très haut, très puissant et très excellent Prince, Louis XX, Par la grâce de Dieu, Roi de France et de Navarre, Roi Très-chrétien!
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Anxiety wouldn't let me sleep and for the first time in this four-match series I was up before lunch (six in the morning UK time) to check on proceedings. I've been singing ever since. The not out batsmen overnight still in, 240/3 at lunch, even the most nervous fan (me) must concede that that's it. Series win, the first for any visiting side in India since 2004 and for England since 1984/5, is in the bag. A fantastic achievement, India is perhaps the most indomitable fortress in world cricket and it is very, very hard for any visiting side to do well, never mind win. The whole England team have shown character, skill and determination and the new captain Alastair Cook, who has featured in these pages before, has not only put in individual performances that were straight out of the Boy's Own Book of Cricket but led his side with intelligence and perception to a famous victory in his first contest as permanent captain.
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But some rules of cricket has been changed now.
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They do change from time to time, as most things do. Now this is what I call a crushing victory. Note the score of the KC Gandhi English School #2, a world record in any form of cricket.
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They do change from time to time, as most things do. Now this is what I call a crushing victory. Note the score of the KC Gandhi English School #2, a world record in any form of cricket.


Damn! I just saw that and was about to post for you. 1009 runs!? Amazing!

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Fastest ever (and a day in all probability) to a 1000 in the calender year, a total that pulverizes  Victoria's' 1107 runs for the team record as well, and the previous individual record holder was born in India as well.
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The more I think about it and examine a few records in Test and ODI matches, the more amazed I am at this lad's feat!
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The extremely funny and even more extremely statistically obsessed Andy Zaltzman on the boy wonder's heroic feat. Well worth a read, and should give a fair few chuckles along the way.
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Peter, thanks ever so much for that. The writer is delightful!
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'Monarchy can easily be ‘debunked;' but watch the faces, mark the accents of the debunkers. These are the men whose tap-root in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach - men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire equality, they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.' C.S. Lewis God save Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, etc.! Vive le Très haut, très puissant et très excellent Prince, Louis XX, Par la grâce de Dieu, Roi de France et de Navarre, Roi Très-chrétien!
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I love him, glad you enjoyed the piece. Here's an earlier, and younger, schoolboy playing cricket; the Prince of Wales, aged eight.

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Thank you for sharing the picture!
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