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It Grieves Me So To See Ian Botham Shamelessly Sporting A HUGE Gut. Oh, Ian!

by Anura Guruge


From this August 6, 2018 YouTube video — BELOW. Most recent example I could find. I have seen him, the last two days, on the England vs. India 2nd Test coverage from Lord’s. That is when I noticed it.



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I have, of course, been watching the engrossing England v India 2018 series with increasing fascination. The Tests have been so amazingly gripping that I have been trying to watch as much ball-by-ball coverage and pre-/post-match commentary as possible in addition to my usual consumption of the 1-hour ‘highlights’. That is how I had come to see full, body shots of Ian. It is NOT a pretty sight. I only saw the above video (from August 6, 2018), which quite clearly shows his overspilling belly, when I went looking for a picture to illustrate my point.

Ian and I are British contemporaries, in reality he 3-years my junior. I saw a LOT of him, some in the flesh (in Somerset (with Viv), in Hampshire and at Lord’s), and tons on TV. I like Ian. What is there NOT to like. He is the cricketer’s cricketer.

That is why I am distressed.

Why Ian? Why?

He knows better. He has a daughter with Type 1 diabetes. We also now know that he suffers from impotence! That sounds like an oxymoron. How can OUR Ian Botham be impotent?

This is NOT right.

Yes, he is not the only famous ex-cricketer lugging around a hefty gut.

But, Ian.

Yes, he was ‘BEEFY’ all his adult life. But, never like this.

Yes, I need desperately to lose 20 – 30 pounds. But, luckily (and it just pure luck) my gut is not as big as his — as yet. So, I too suffer.

Please, Ian …


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Huge Sling TV Outage On Tuesday, April 3, 2017 Spreading Into April 4.

by Anura Guruge


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Curt message at ‘help.sling.com’.


This was around 12:45am, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. It was more widespread a couple of hours earlier.


This on Twitter, BUT also on Facebook. A lot of angry and unhappy customers.


In my case the ‘Sling TV‘ outage, on my Roku 3, was from 9:55pm to 11:05pm (Eastern) on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. But, from what I can glean from the Web it is still down for many — into Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Ruined my night … as it did for many.

I was SO looking forward to watching the last day of the eventful 4th Test match between South Africa and Australia while I had my dinner.

Sat down with my dinner and fired up Willow TV, on Sling.

Program came up but there was no video. Waited, waited, waited … nothing. Tried a few other … nothing. After 10 minutes I knew something was wrong. Did all my diagnostics and recycling at my end. Nothing. Other Roku channels working FINE. Checked PC. Saw that others were also having issues.

So, I was forced to eat dinner watching the news! That was frustrating.

At 11:05 I tried again. It worked.

I got to see the highlights of the last day. Made my day.

So, heads up.


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A Ton Of Cricket Coming Up on Willow TV — In My Case On Sling TV On Roku.

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From ‘willow.tv/fixtures’ — click to access.


IF you want LONGER list as a PDF.

A lot of cricket on Willow TV over the next few months — starting next week. Two Test Series BOTH of which should be good to watch: South Africa v Bangladesh & Pakistan v Sri Lanka. Starting September 28, 2017 I will have a backlog of cricket to watch — which might take me all the way into 2018! I will only watch the highlights BUT if there are two Test matches at the same time, that is 2 hours of cricket/day for 3 – 5 days (and NOTE how I did say 3-days!). I can, at best, only watch 1-hour/day so I will be in catch-up. Not complaining.

So, you have a heads-up. Go for it.

Willow TV is getting better. Sling not as much.

The Roku Rocks.


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Roston Chase: For The 2nd Time In 9-Months I Doff My Hat In Total Admiration.

by Anura Guruge


Roston Chase is THE MAN!

The exciting new face & talent of
West Indian cricket.

Latest century was a beaut; a classic.

Bravo!

You, Roston, is a CHAMPION.



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Pretty spectacular Test career — as he is played as an allrounder.

Only played in 10 Tests and he has scored 3 centuries and 3 fifties! That is 6 significant innings in 10 matches. Not bad. He has also taken 17 wickets.

He has already done the century and 5 wickets in an innings in the same Test already — in his 2nd Test.

The West Indies could have saved the 3rd Test against Pakistan. C’est la vie.

To think that he is the next Sobers is way too premature. But he is going in the right direction. Maybe the next Carl Hooper.


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India’s Blanket Refusal To Use Cricket’s Umpire Decision Review System (DRS) Is A Travesty In Tests Against Sri Lanka.

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India’s pigheaded, totally irrational opposition to DRS may have cost them a Test Match — one that they dominated for much of the time!

I never understood India’s opposition to DRS. DRS, like most things in cricket, cuts both ways. It is all swings and roundabouts, BUT by and large DRS gets it right, for both sides, and more often than not eliminates really bad decisions.

Plus I do not think that one side should be given the right to oppose DRS. DRS should now be mandatory for all Tests and ODIs. ICC must enforce that. Bad umpiring decisions have always been the bane of cricket. BUT now we have the technology and DRS to help avoid some of them. Not to use DRS is stupid and a travesty. India has again learnt this lesson the hard way. I just finished watching the 2nd Test match. A number of decisions should have been reviewed.

This should go down in history as the last Test series that was played without DRS.

 


Doesn’t Anybody Go To Watch Sri Lanka Super 4’s Twenty20 Matches At The Venue?

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I don’t normally watch any domestic cricket, from any country, preferring to get my daily fix from international games, ideally Tests and failing that ODIs.
But, until we get the DVR-like 30-day ‘Catch Up TV‘ feature on the Skybox TV, I have to watch what is being ‘broadcast’. Today TEN was focused on the Sri Lanka Super 4’s Twenty20. I had never even heard of it since I am not that partial to T20 — unless the West Indies are batting.

So I ended up seeing parts of two separate matches, both from the R. Premadasa Stadium (which I used to know as the Oval). In both cases the stadium was empty. I didn’t even spot a dog. I used to go to British county games, mid-week, in the 1970s (though I was supposed to be working at IBM). There wouldn’t be many folks around but there was certainly at least a 100 more for those games than I saw at the Premadasa. That is pretty bad, especially for a T20. Yes, I am sure Sri Lankans have had a surfeit of International cricket over the last few years and now, as opposed to when I was growing up (when Ceylon did not have TV), they can always watch it on the telly. It is kind of a shame. International players in an empty stadium. Some pretty decent cricket too. If nothing else, we can belt a cricket ball (better than most).

Premadasa moderately populated for what looks like an ODI. Today, in marked contrast, all these stands were empty and I mean not a soul in sight, not even a stray dog — never mind the proverbial ‘a man and a dog’.

Do Hospital Medical Labs Really Test Your Blood?

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Getting my blood test that said my Glucose was 102 got me paranoid about this, all over again.

Yes, I am a cynic’s cynic, but if you walked in my shoes, for as long as I have done, across so many countries and so many walks of life, you also would be one. Trust me.

It is not like I haven’t been ‘stiffed’ by medical test results. The story of my false high PSA reading from Huggins is on here. Among my many health issues I am prone to bronchitis. I get it a couple of times a year. In the mid-1990s I used to go to a medical practice in Milford. My doctor was female, unmarried and roughly my age. She liked me; you could tell. In those days, when I was in my mid-30s, I was quite likeable. Even if I went there with a sore throat she would insist on giving me a full physical exam — and given that I flew incessantly and did lots of full-day seminars, I did get sore throats. So, I go to see her one afternoon with a bad chest. She says time for a X-ray. She takes me into the X-ray room and she does the X-ray. She then looks at the film and says that I have major issues! I am in a daze. This is bad stuff. I am waiting for the birth of my son and this doctor basically is passing a death sentence or close to it on me. I immediately call up my mother in Paris, as I was wont to do in those days. She is devastated. She calls up her brother, the doctor, in Sri Lanka. He calls me up. He says NO WAY. He says, I can assure you from here: ‘no way, she is wrong‘. As I have mentioned in this blog, he was GOOD. You don’t become the personal physician to a succession of Prime Ministers and Presidents without being good, just because you are a fun person — which he also was; life of the party who lived to party! So, I am now going around in a daze. I had been basically told, that I was screwed. Three days later, to the day, she calls up, all bubbly: ‘Good news. You are fine. The radiologist checked the X-ray. Your lungs are clear and clean. Nothing there‘! Bloody bitch. I was too shocked to speak, which doesn’t happen often. I stopped going there. I thought about suing her, but I really never wanted to see her again.

These things happen to be all the time. Just 2 years ago, after another X-ray, again of my chest, again for bronchitis, a doctor (at a very prestigious institutions in NH) tells me that I have an ominous dark shadow under my lungs and that I need every possible scan that money can buy. I go to Huggins, because of the convenience, for the scans — which cost me, with my high deductible, $1,900. A 4 days later, no results. I call up Huggins. The next day, I am in the car, Deanna was driving. A doctor from Huggins calls. Not my doctor. He says: ‘I hear you are worried about your Cat-Scan results. You are fine. Nothing there. You have some fat deposits on your liver. That must have been the dark shadow.’! It transpires that a half-way competent radiologist or doctor should have been able to determine what that dark shadow was on my original X-ray. No. They thought I was going to get my scans done at their facility. Bloody crooks, all of them.

I have lots of other stories. We had a similar situation with Deanna and gestational diabetes. It appears that IF NOT for a nagging doubt that I had, and acted upon, we could have had a bad experience — and Deanna already had had one! Again, lab testing! Yes, sometimes it really does pay to be as cynical as me.

Given that I know that all hospitals are profit motivated, I always wonder whether they try to cut corners with the lab tests. OK, we know that the test, with labor, equipment, chemicals, overhead and markups, cost ‘$60’. They bill insurance $260 and get paid $160. So they still pocket a nice $100 profit. No lets say they DON’T do the test, or do it on the cheap. They might save $20. But, they will still bill $260 and get paid $160. They now made an additional $20 profit. That is an example. A ‘$20’ here, and a ‘$20’ there and 100,000 tests later you are talking some respectable money.

I have already been told by my cardiologist (and by another) that my 97 reading last year and 102 reading this year, are within the margin of error for the test. The only difference is that 97, because it is less than 99 is not marked HIGH.

Last night I found that that this ‘range’ in the glucose test results depends on the ‘PACKET’ of chemicals they use for that test. Different packets, different results! Also, the glucose test results vary, albeit by a small amount, depending on how long the blood sat around before it was tested. Yes, again for convenience, I get my blood drawn at Alton rather than Huggins. They courier it up later that day.

I think you get the drift. Yes, I checked on the Web. Yes, people get different results, on the same test, from different labs.

If I had the resources, this is what I would LOVE to do. Have two sets of vials drawn out and each sent to a different lab. Have you ever had this done? Same day, same time. So blood drawn at the same time with no intervening variables.

IF somebody could help me get this done, I am game. I have plenty of blood — now that the Red Cross won’t accept my blood because I am a Brit! Yes, the U.S. Red Cross, categorically refuses blood from Brits! Check it out. It first started as a 10 year ban — if you have visited home in the last 10 years, we don’t want your blood. A couple of years ago, for the 1st time in my life, I met that criteria. I had not been back for 10 years. Thye had changed the rules during that time. C’est la vie.

U.S. Red Cross exclusion of us Brits. From their Web site. Go check if you don't trust me. Just click.

U.S. Red Cross exclusion of us Brits. From their Web site. Go check if you don’t trust me. Just click.