Ara Malikian (and his violin) have been around the block: touring with Boy George; playing Jewish weddings in Germany as a bemused teenager; and now fetched up in Madrid. He is the living rebuttal to Theresa May's crass and offensive remark that "If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere," More of that later.
When my younger boy was six or seven years old, his favourite cricketers were not Freddie Flintoff nor Kevin Pietersen (though he did like the unkempt Matthew Hoggard). When cricket was on the television ( most of the time in our house), he would only ask me about two players: "Malinga the Slinga" and "Murali". The attraction to the quick was easy to see; the wild hair, the stump-exploding yorkers, the ritual of kissing of the ball at the top of the run up — he was a star.
If the Big Bash League isn’t your thing, you might be one of us dwindling band of cricket cognoscenti. We are a happy worldwide sect – well, not conventionally happy but we do rejoice in being miserable – and with good reason. Unlike the ex-player broadcasters who barfed banalities about the Melbourne Test, we have learned The Art Of Watching Dull Cricket. Perhaps my first lesson in the art was given by a dedicated teacher in this field, the legendary Chris Tavaré, at Old Trafford in 1981.
@collinsadam I remember feeling virtuous / begrudging in the 80s when I cocked a snook at Stellenbosch wine #boycott. Not sure foregoing my fiver helped the long walk to freedom, but I wasn't about to convert my pounds into rands. I've drunk plenty since mind!
The trouble with @prodnose's interview with Michael McDonald is that I've turned it off and now I'm listening to Aja. Because the moment anything "Steely Dan" comes to mind, you stop what you're doing and play Aja.
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