[Dixielandjazz] Ashes

Robert Smith robert.smith at mitransport.no
Wed Sep 14 03:28:34 PDT 2005

Hello Jim

There are no actual ashes. Here's the explanation:
"In affectionate remembrance of English cricket which died at The Oval, 29th 
August, 1882. Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and 
acquaintances, RIP. NB The body will be cremated and the Ashes taken to 
Australia's first victory on English soil over the full strength of England, 
on August 29, 1882, inspired a young London journalist, Reginald Shirley 
Brooks, to write this mock "obituary''. It appeared in the Sporting Times.

Those who know their cricket will know the type of wood used in the 
manufacture of cricket bats, so all the pommies are now going round singing 
"Weeping Willow Blues", and all the cricketers who know their blues singers 
will know who sang that lament over Australian cricket.


Bob Smith

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