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It Is Vivian Richards, ‘The Master Blaster’ Celebrates His 66th Birthday Today. Happy Birthday, Viv.

by Anura Guruge



IVA Richards — Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, a man that has given me much joy, entertainment and inspiration. He was the man.

That great HOT Summer of 1979 and he missed the Lord’s Test (which I attended, on the Saturday), because he had ‘mono’, no doubt from kissing too many girls.

He has done much for cricket, his native Antigua, the ‘West Indies’ and the cricketing world in general.

I feel honored that I got to meet him, in person, a number of times.

Happy Birthday, Viv. Thanks for all the GREAT Times.


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Lord Mountbatten, The Last Viceroy Of India, Was Tragically Assassinated This Day 38-Years Ago; August 27, 1979.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Mountbatten,_1st_Earl_Mountbatten_of_Burma


Romsey Abbey, Hants, where he is buried. One of my favorite Abbeys. Very intimate and serene.


“Broadlands” the family Country House in Romsey, Hants. Used to visit it often. One of my adoptive mother’s favorite destinations in England.



This was CLOSE TO HOME in many respects. Romsey, Hants. — where he would be buried and the location of their Country Home — was but 4 miles from where I used to work at IBM.

I also liked and respected Mountbatten. He was quite the guy and a good one at that.

Suffice to say I was NOT a fan of the IRA. This was a sad day.


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Margaret Thatcher (My 2nd Favorite Female PM) Was 1st Elected Prime Minister This Day 38 Years Ago; May 3, 1989.

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Click to ENLARGE and enjoy here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_general_election,_1979


From the Wikipedia post as above. The ‘Blue’ was Thatcher’s Conservative Party. It was pretty much a landslide. I voted in ‘West End’ — to the NE of Southampton. I marked it on the map. It was a pretty BLUE area. {SMILE}


 

I do remember this. It was a big day. I voted. Made sure I did. Those days I never missed a chance to vote.

Wow. 38- years ago. Seems like a long time ago.

THANK YOU Mrs. Thatcher. You were great.


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Sir Viv Richards, ‘The Master Blaster’ Turned 65 Today. Happy Birthday, Viv. Thanks For All The Joy.

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What a MAN!

Because of Viv, I still remember that glorious, Sun-soaked Summer of 1976.

I was at Lord’s for the 1979 World Cup and saw him bat
with Collis King.

Saw him, live, quite a bit in Somerset, Hampshire and at Lord’s.

Happy Birthday Viv.


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New History Channel ‘Roots’ (2016) Miniseries Is Not A Patch On The 1977 Original.

by Anura Guruge


The NEW 2016 History Channel ‘Roots’.

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The OLD 1977 ‘Roots’.

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Wow. Wow. Wow. The new 2016 miniseries is NOTHING like the 1977 original. As different as chalk and cheese.

When I had seen the commercials for ‘Roots‘ on the History Channel I had no idea that it was to be a new miniseries. I just assumed that they were going to reshow the old one — possibly remastered. I had seen the original in 1977, in Britain, and had become hooked. I also watched the 1979The Next Generation‘. Though I was somewhat au fait with the controversies that surrounded Alex Haley’s book, I still thought it told a good story. I wanted the kids to see it. Hence why I recorded the new one.

Right from the start it did not look right. I kept on thinking I can’t remember it being like this. Then Deanna worked out that it could not have been the original.

The original was not as ‘edgy’ as the new one. The new one, visually and dramatically, is too harsh. In an effort to be clever and cute they have overshot. There is nothing appealing about it. Just too brash. I am also convinced that it is anachronistic. What is portrayed as bustling West African city in ‘1750’ just does NOT look right. Looks too European. Ditto for the costumes.

Great shame. Nothing wrong with the original. The History Channel just wasted a lot of money. They would have been better off just showing the original. I guess I will just have to buy the original, on DVD, from Amazon.


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I Watched ‘TEN Cricket’ In The U.S., On My TV, Last Night Using Skybox TV. It Was GREAT!

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The Skybox TV next to the DirecTV Genie. It is pretty small. The tall box directly below that is the DirecTV Wi-Fi ‘modem’ and next to that is my 2nd DVD/VCR player. On the shelf above is a Philips DVD player/Sound Bar. The 47″ Philips TV is above all of this.


It was GREAT! It made my day.

To be able to see all my West Indian and Indian ‘buddies’ in action again, FULL-SCREEN on my 47″ TV, in near HD quality, with none of the jerkiness associated with streaming video.

This was a delight. I was so happy.

The picture quality is sure better than what I was getting with DISH.

So it is indeed possible to get ‘TEN Cricket‘ on your TV independent of ESPN 3. That is real good news for us in the U.S.

I was using the Skybox TV device kindly provided to me by ZEE TV USA.

It is a little box that connects to your TV using HDMI and gets its content over the Internet using Wi-Fi. It is extremely easy to setup. Just two cables: power and HDMI. Then just type in your Wi-Fi network password. Bingo. Bob is your uncle. I am currently getting about 25 International channels — one of them TEN Cricket.

I can’t rhapsodize enough about the quality. I am always skeptical about video quality with streaming. The quality with SkyBox TV is beyond acceptable. As good, if not better, that what I got with DISH. No ghosting. No delay. No jitter. Just like broadcast TV.

I got to watch the 60 minute highlight package of the 2nd West Indies Tri-Nation Series played on June 30, 2013 between the West Indies and India. It was a good, tense match with some great hitting and some good wickets.

Johnson Charles played an innings of a lifetime. At the start he made Chris Gayle look pedestrian. His first 20 runs were all in boundaries. In the end he hit four sixes and eight fours. Though he perished, unnecessarily at 97, it was an innings of a lifetime. Reminded me of Collis Kings, unforgettable 86 (off 149) at the 1979 World Cup Final with Viv. I was THERE. I still remember the electricity of that innings and most of all Viv applauding Collis when he was finally out. Viv made a century but it was Collis’ that won the match. Johnson Charles’ innings was as worthy as that — and yes the West Indies won by 1 wicket with 2.2 overs to spare. Chris Gayle disappointed again. Of course I love Chris when he is firing on all cylinders, but as I have said before I have major doubts about his technique. And yet again in this match it was his technical ineptitude that let him down. That is why Dhoni has an average over 50 and Gayle has an average below 40. Ditto for Pollard and Samuels and possibly even Sammy. But it was a real fun match. So glad I got to watch it. 

I will write more about this Skybox TV as I spend more time with it.

Right now, I am so happy to be able to watch TEN Cricket on my TV in the U.S.

Thank YOU ZEE TV USA.

Tri-Nation Series: ESPN CricInfo Claims To Have A Free Highlights Video Of Chris Gayle (West Indies) Destroying Sri Lanka In Jamaica.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access ESPN CricInfo video page.

With ESPN, as we are all beginning to appreciate, to our loss, there is ‘theory’ and then there is ‘practice’ — with no apparent connection between the two. This morning’s (i.e., June 29, 2013) CricInfo video page claims that there is a free ‘Highlights: West Indies defeats Sri Lanka comfortably led by Chris Gayle’s brilliant century and a four-wicket haul by Sunil Narine (03:54) | Jun 29, 2013’. Well I clicked on it till I was blue in the face and that takes some doing given my tan — even during this rainy, gloomy June in New England (thanks to my tanning lights).

Nothing. The video shows as 0:00/0:00. That means it hasn’t been uploaded. It is very frustrating. The ICC should be deprived of their collective balls for giving these TV rights to bloody ESPN.

I like watching Chris Gayle and over the last 6 months (using my 80 hour recorded cache from TEN cricket) I had watched a lot of Chris Gayle. He is something else. I was lucky enough to have seen the likes of Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge and Collis King. [Yes, I was there and saw his 86 at the 1979 World Cup, my abiding memory being Viv applauding him, with genuine appreciation, when we was finally out).

None of them had the physical dimensions and strength of Chris, never mind that railway sleeper that he uses as a bat. I often wonder how Viv and Gordon would have fared if they also had modern, super-heavy bats — they, in their time, resorting to the latest and greatest of that era such as the scoop bat and the Jumbo. Chris’ technique, however, always amuses me. His technique at times is worse than mine, and like him I too could hit the ball, a very long way, if it was just right — it was all the other balls that were my undoing, as is the case with Chris. Interesting that he is allowed to get away with it. But, when he clicks he sure does click.

While waiting for ESPN to load the video you may want to check out the photo gallery. There are some good pictures. This picture cracked me up:

And here here is one of Gayle.

Livid About ESPN’s Lack Of TV Coverage Of The ICC World Twenty20 2012. I Am Beyond Bummed!


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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ICC World T20 Finals

Click image to access the ‘ESPN Video’ 15 minute highlights of the ICC World T20 Finals between Sri Lanka and West Indies, October 7, 2012.


What a GREAT uplifting image … from AFP posted at ‘cricinfo’. Click image to see FULL size image


As far as I can remember, all my life, I have been cricket MAD. It is still the abiding passion of my life, a just very few things getting precedence over my addiction to cricket. As a boy growing up in Ceylon I played some form of cricket everyday; if it was raining making do in our garage. My desire to study and analyze subjects in depth, to be a ‘guru’ on a subject, started with cricket. I would study the science of cricket for hours on end. I was good at reading games. Yes, I played, never that well BUT always memorably to all concerned. Yes, people would come to watch me, at all levels, just for the sheer entertainment value I would provide. Nobody, especially me, would be sure what I would do, but invariably there would be a flash of genius followed by long periods of ignominy. But, those flashes, though always fleeting, amused people. I played with gusto. All heart. No discipline. Non-stop action. I watched a LOT of cricket too. I was a member of ‘Hampshire Cricket Club’ and ‘Middlesex Cricket Club’ and was a regular fixture in the Grandstands at most home games.

I saw, in person, all of the GREAT players on the 1970s and 1980s; Barry Richards, Imran Kahn, Mike Proctor, Richard Hadlee, Andy Roberts, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge and all the British players. I ‘knew’ many of them from all the times we would be at the same place at the same time. I was there in Southampton the day a 19 year old Malcolm Marshall made his debut on a cold, April day. He bowled terribly and dropped a catch. Me, from my customary perch in the Stands, shouted out: ‘give him a bucket’. I cried when he died.

My son’s middle name is ‘Gordon’, after Gordon Greenidge. I was blessed to see a LOT of Gordon, both for Hampshire and the West Indies. Given that Gordon, Andy and Malcolm, all played for Hampshire (to which I belonged) and Viv played for Somerset (which was my 2nd home in those days), I was a HUGE West Indies fan.

Yes, I was there in 1979 when they won the World Cup.


That very, very briefly was a BIT about me and cricket before I moved to the States in 1985. During the first 10 years I still followed cricket quite a bit. I used to have the London ‘Sunday Times’ air mailed to me. I used to also get both cricket magazines from the U.K. delivered. Plus, I used to go back. During my first two years I used to fly back for weekends — and get a day of watching cricket in, at Lord’s, on Saturday! Fly out Friday night, fly back Sunday afternoon. back at work Monday morning.

Two years ago, I ditched Metrocast and got DISH. DISH offered 3-channels of 24×7 cricket for $20/month. Since this is my only indulgence is life, I rationalized that I can afford it. So, I have the DISH cricket package.

When I first subscribed, DISH did not bother to maintain the Program Guide for those 3 networks; i.e., you had no idea what was going to be shown. All that the ONLINE program guide would say was: cricket, cricket, cricket …

Took me 3 months to get that FIXED. They just could not understand. I had to keep on explaining that it would be like subscribing to HBO and having the guide just say: movie, movie, movie …

I did chronicle my woes … here. Check it out.



So we now come to the ICC World Twenty20 2012 T20 world cup that was held in Sri Lanka (the country of my birth) from September 18 to October 7, 2012.

Willow, Ten Cricket nor NEO Cricket had coverage of it.

The bloody ICC had sold the U.S. and Caribbean rights to SBOs at ESPN. What the heck do the clowns at ESPN no about cricket. Cricket is way, way too subtle and cerebral for those that can only appreciate crash-AD-bang-AD-wallop-AD sports.

I can’t find any bloody TV coverage of the T20 World Cup by ESPN. I don’t want to watch it on my PC. Yes, I have a 27″ HD screen, and yes it looks good, BUT I have a 47″ HD screen and that is where I want to watch the cricket — FULL SCREEN.

Bloody ESPN. May all of them get the POX.