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