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the May 2009 archives


To explain today’s posting

Cricket, Internet

I’ve been doing all this blogging while listening to the T20 on the radio, which I jinxed. Before I started writing Hampshire where 95/4 chasing 126 and collapsed to 110/9. Then Hamza Riazuddin (who’s been bowling really well lately) comes in, scores 13 off 8 balls leaving us 1 short of a draw. Bugger.

More reasons fundies suck


Leviticus 20:13
If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

OK leviticus is one of the nutty ones, you wouldn’t get anything crazy in one of the big ones…

Exodus 35:2
2Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.

Oh, well that must put reverends in a bind, shouldn’t their parishioners put them too death? But these are Old Testament, the New one’s what the young people are into…

1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor practicing homosexuals nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Isn’t that nice, you don’t have to kill these types of people, but they’ll spend an eternity in hell, Cristianity – it’s a religion of peace™.

Should Phil Woolas be allowed in the country?


Note: I started writing this a couple of weeks ago, the government sorted it out before I posted it. Although not because it was the right thing to do, but because they got caught thieving a lot of cash.

His pointless defence of his illegitimate ruling that Gurkhas shouldn’t all be allowed British citizenship is just embarrassing.

But Phil Woolas, the immigration minister, said it had never been the government’s plan to grant settlement rights to all retired Gurkhas. If that policy was adopted, there would be a risk that up to 100,000 people could move to the UK.

100,000 isn’t many, The Polish government expects 133,000 Poles will be returning home by the end of this year so there will be plenty of space (oh, and 200,000 British left in 2006). And anyway that’s not the point, simply by joining the regiment they’ve earned British citizenship, but lets have a look at what the government think they need to do:

either one of the following…

  • Three years continuous residence in the UK during or after service
  • Close family in the UK
  • A bravery award of level one to three
  • Service of 20 years or more in the Gurkha brigade
  • Chronic or long-term medical condition caused or aggravated by service

… or 2 of the following

  • Awarded a UK MoD disability pension but no longer have a chronic medical condition
  • Mentioned in dispatches
  • Service of 10 years, or a campaign medal for active service

With the exception of the first 2 (which he had no choice about) Phil Woolas has done none of those, in fact the only thing of note he has done is join the Anti-Nazi league, which he did 30 years after WWII so wasn’t putting himself in much danger. So apart from the lucky accident of being born here he doesn’t really have strong links with the UK…

On the other hand
Tul Bahadur Pun after his entire platoon was kill by Japanese machine guns ran through 30 yards of mud straight at them and killed 3 of the soldiers manning them (the other 5 where so scared they ran away).

Or Sher Bahadur Thapa who, singled-handed, stopped several machine guns firing, covered a withdrawal and saved 2 wounded men.

Another choice is Ganju Lama who took out 2 tanks, with the 15kg PIAT gun which he was carrying with a broken wrist. And after that he killed everyone trying to escape from the tanks.

How about Bhanbhagta Gurung whose plan to stop a sniper pinning you down is to stand up and just shoot the guy. His plan for people shooting at him from foxholes is less nonchalant but equally effective – run at them throwing grenades, until you run out of grenades then you just drop a smoke bomb and stab anyone leaving the bunker.

And saving the best for last, you see a lot of people winning the VC for doing stuff single-handed, Lachhiman Gurung really did. After throwing back 2 of the grenades that landed in his trench the 3rd blew off his fingers, and broke his arm, and cut his face, body and right leg. So he spent the next 4 hours firing at the Japanese with his rifle & 1 good hand killing 31.

But I guess these aren’t the sort of people we want in the country.

Liveblog – Hants v Sussex Day 3


6:23 – Gone off a bit early for bad light. 230/6

5:50 – Hamilton-Brown just bowled by Tomlinson for 15. 209/6

5:42 – Prior’s century brings a big exodus around the ground. Bit of a bugger we’d be doing well without it.

5:37 – Just brought up the 200 to avoid the follow on condeming the game to a draw. Prior on 99.

5:02 – Nearly missed it, but Cork just got Hodd, now 177/5. Follow on looks unlikely.

3:40 – Prior just got his 50, they’re 113/4

3:18 – Goodwin run-out by Taylor, the classic batsman hits it straight, bowler gets a finger to it and runs out the non-striker who’s out of his crease.

3:13 – 50 partnership is up with Prior getting 40 of them. Cork could’ve had a wicket the ball after Joyce it either didn’t carry or was dropped. Several variations of fuck were heard even from this distance.

2:02 – And Cork’s just bowled Joyce for 3. 46/3.

1:57 – Nash out bowled Tomlinson caught by Adams for 33. 46/2. And the sun’s out again.

1:45 – Cork just got Yardy plum lbw for 7. 32/1

1:14 – Sussex got to 31/0 at lunch, Tomlinson had a few go past the outside edge but not a lot of great chances.

12:20 – Either Nic Pothas reads this blog or, slightly less likely, my mind. Hants have just declared on 350/8.

11:58 – Play just about to start, still miserable weather. I’d get to 350 for the bonus point then try to bowl them out cheaply. The only chance we have of winning is if they follow on.

11:09 – Due to a delayed train I’m still waiting for the bus, and to make it worse it’s very overcast. On the plus side I haven’t missed any cricket as it’s been delayed with an inspection on 20 minutes.