Tag Archives: Hampshire

Great Shame That ‘Bob Willis’ (70) Has Passed Away — He Was A Decent Bloke.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the ‘BBC’ coverage.

He had a beautiful action.

Screen capture from the YouTube video below. I remembered this, from 1981.

With him being just four-years older than I, we were contemporaries and he played all of his professional cricket while I was still living in the U.K. I saw a fair amount of him — live, mainly at Lord’s. I would have to assume that I must have seen him in one of the Hampshire grounds or Somerset (which I visited a fair amount) but I can’t remember.

I do remember, vividly, the time he came out to bat without a bat. That, however, was on TV.

Nice guy. Beautiful action. Great cricketer.

I had seen him ‘recently’ on ‘Sky Sports‘ doing post-game analysis. Always very sage.

Shame. 70-years old. They say ‘after a long illness’ but I haven’t found out (as yet) as to what it was.

He was a decent bloke. A TRUE, genuine Brit.

I will miss him.

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by Anura Guruge

Something To Be Happy & Proud About — HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier, Royal Navy’s Largest Ever Ship.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Queen_Elizabeth_(R08)

It sailed majestically into its home port, Portsmouth harbor, Hampshire (Hants.) on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. I was lucky enough to catch it on Sky News. It was quite the sight. Wow.

Something to be happy and proud about while Trump tries to lead the world into another war.

British pride.

Made my day. Watch the YouTube and marvel.

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by Anura Guruge

Arthur Ashe, The Incomparable, Won Wimbledon, This Day 42 Years Ago — I Remember It Well.

by Anura Guruge

Arthur Ashe, one of my abiding heroes,
is still the ONLY black man to have won the
Wimbledon men’s title.

Click to access BBC original from 2 years ago.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Ashe

I still remember that momentous day in vivid detail.

I was living in a picturesque cottage in Owslebury, Hampshire, that I was renting from a Major in the British Army. See below — though that lane has changed a ‘bit’ in the last 42 years!

It was my first Summer there having moved in Owslebury in September 1974 when I started working for IBM.

It was a sunny, warm Saturday. My in-laws were up for the weekend. The Major was extremely nice but was very particular that we maintained his ‘pride and joy’ in tip-top shape. So that Saturday all of us were busy getting the frontage to the road under control. So we labored in the sun while listening to the live commentary on the BBC.

I was so delighted when Arthur won. I cried. We watched the BBC TV coverage that night on my new Sony color TV.

I miss Arthur Ashe. He was A MAN — a great man. What a shame we lost him so young.

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by Anura Guruge

Flag-Burning, Trump-Inciting “Hampshire College” Is NOT, I Repeat, “NOT”, In New Hampshire!

by Anura Guruge


Google “Hampshire” for all the latest NEWS.


“Hampshire College” Website. Click to access.

“Hampshire College” is NOT in New Hampshire.

It is in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Yes, there is an Amherst, New Hampshire
BUT it is NOT there.

Here is a MAP to help you get your bearings.

Boston is in Massachusetts.

I am in New Hampshire.

OK? Clear?


I just heard CNN (no less) refer to “Hampshire College” in New Hampshire!

There is MORE to “Hampshire” than New Hampshire AND I am allowed to say that because I lived in Hampshire (Hants) for 9 years BEFORE moving to New Hampshire.

“Hampshire” predates New Hampshire. That makes sense, right?

The name comes from “Hamtun” — the original name of historic Southampton.

So now YOU know.

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by Anura Guruge

Giant Red Poppies For 2015 Remembrance Day / Poppy Day At London’s Waterloo Station.

2015redpoppybannerAnura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
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by Anura Guruge

This, the Waterloo Station, was MY railway station, for quite a few years of my life. I commuted to London 3 times a week for 2 years to get my Master’s and then for about 6 months when I worked for Sperry Univac. Given that I lived in Hampshire (very different to New Hampshire where I now live), this was my London station.



Related Images From Recent ‘Red Poppy’ Posts.

Brian Close — I Am Sorry; What A MAN, But 84 Was Quite The Innings.

.Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail

by Anura Guruge

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>> Richie Benaud passing.
>> “We didn’t start the fire” …

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Ain’t this the truth? What a GUY. One of my all time heroes.

Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” tribute.


Yes, I saw this, LIVE, on TV in 1976 —
Close and Edrich at Old Trafford against Holding, Andy Roberts and Daniels.
I remember it well.

NOTE: NO Helmets. These were REAL men.


YouTube video of Brian Close getting peppered by Michael Holding, at Old Trafford, in 1976.
I watched this, IN AWE, live, on TV. I still remember it.
Now this was REAL cricket. NO helmets. Real men!

Brian Close — What a MAN.



Given our difference in age I only saw him towards the end of his career.

But, of course, he was a legend. A giant. I saw him during the 1976 West Indies Test Series. That was a turning point in my life. I was 23 years old and was working for IBM — at Hursley in Hampshire. I belonged to Hampshire Cricket Club (as a non-playing member, of course) and for the first time in my life getting the chance to see a lot of professional cricket. Gordon Greenidge and Andy Roberts both played for Hampshire and I knew them. So the 1976 Test Series was big. I followed it avidly. Yes, I went to Lord’s for the Saturday of the Test. That became my ‘thing’. Saturday of the Lord’s Test Match. That ’76 Series was epic. Changed my life. That is when I really became addicted to cricket. I still have so many books about that series INCLUDING the big Bob Frindall’s Score Book.

This (->) is how I will always remember Brian. That is what he looked liked (mainly) in the mid-1970s. I saw him at Somerset and in Hampshire. In those days I watched Somerset, in Somerset, whenever I could. I spent many weekends in Bristol and Somerset was ‘next door’. So Brian is no stranger to me.

84, even by his standards, wasn’t a bad knock. So I can’t complain.

I will miss him. What a guy. They don’t make them like that anymore. When I see batsman ducking into the ball, as did Eoin Morgan on Sunday, it makes me so mad. Helmets have been the bane of cricket. Batsman think they can handle the short stuff because they have the protection. They NEVER saw Brian and John Edrich. Now that was cricket.

Thank YOU, Brian. That, as you must know, was quite the INNINGS. You will always be ‘Not Out’ in MY book.

Lynn Anderson, Clive Rice & Cilla Black, All Gone In The Space Of 5 Days — Icons From My Youth.

.Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail
by Anura Guruge

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I remember all three, vividly, from the 1960s to the 1980s — living in Britain.

So I thought I will share a YouTube each with YOU in tribute to ALL the good they each did.

They will be missed.

Click on the image to access the YouTube video.


This used to be one of my favorite songs! I think I might still have the LP from 1973. Wow. Lynn — the Aussie.


I remember Clive mainly from him playing for Notts. I used to watch a TON of county cricket live, with Hampshire & Middlesex, in those days. Very nice guy. I liked Clive.


In the late 60s and all of the 1970s she was everywhere — TV and radio. You could not miss her. What a lady.

Ten In New Hampshire: Town Names Carried Over From England.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

.by Anura Guruge

A series of personal lists to share ‘MY New Hampshire’ with any interested reader.

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This is not a complete list, not even close, and excludes those prefixed ‘New’, e.g., New London. In alphabetical order.

Writing my earlier post on ‘Portsmouth‘ promoted doing this list today, though it had been on my list of lists to do.

Town Names Carried Over From England.

Exeter Cathedral.

Exeter Cathedral.

.1. Alton. 

.2. Bedford.

.3. Chester.

.4. Dover.

.5. Durham.

.6. Epsom.

.7. Exeter.

.8. Peterborough.

.9. Portsmouth.

10. Rochester.

Alton, Hampshire. Population: 16,500.

Alton, Hampshire. Population: 16,500.

The original Portsmouth, the big difference is the high rise buildings. Population: 207,100.

The original Portsmouth, the big difference is the high rise buildings. Population: 207,100.

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.

  by Anura Guruge

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.