Archive for July 7, 2017

Natwest T20 Blast: Glamorgan v Hampshire 

Posted in Cricket on July 7, 2017 by telescoper

After a quick pint after work I headed to the SSE Swalec Stadium in Sophia Gardens for the first of this year’s games in Natwest Twenty20 Blast.

I was a little late getting there and two overs had already been bowled. Hampshire, batting first, were already 30 without loss; an over later they were for 0. At that rate they were going to reach 300!

However, three wickets fell quickly and Glamorgan managed to restrict Hampshire to 167 for 4, a decent score but not impossible.

During the innings break I took a wander and chose a different view for the Glamorgan innings, more or less opposite where I was for the first 20 overs, under the big screen.

Glamorgan got off to a terrible start, losing two wickets in the first over from which they never really recovered. Though Wagg scored a bright 50, and the they never  looked like getting the runs. Afridi was the pick of the Hampshire bowlers, taking 4 for 20 off his 4 overs.

Glamorgan finished on 145 for 9 so Hampshire won by 22 runs, a narrower margin than looked likely when Glamorgan were 47 for  5…

Despite the score, and the fact that it wasn’t proper cricket, it was quite good fun. About 7000 people were there.

Anyway, time for an early night. I have to get up with the lark tomorrow to head to London for some proper cricket.


Tainted Love

Posted in LGBT, Music with tags , , on July 7, 2017 by telescoper

And now for something completely different…

A little bird told me that it was exactly 36 years ago today, on 7th July 1981, that the single Tainted Love was released in the UK by Soft Cell. The record climbed rapidly to Number 1 and was the biggest-selling record of the year. Here it is being performed on Top of the Pops..

I was still at school in July 1981, having finished my A-levels; I would return to school after the summer break to take the Cambridge entrance examination.

Here’s a scary fact for those of you who, like me, remember this record from the time of its release: July 7th 1981 is closer to the end of the Second World War (August 1945) than it is to the present day (July 7th 2017).

And on that note I wish you happy weekend!