Gangs Vs.Greg , and Floods in Vijayawada

September 24, 2005

Umm, it took more than a week to write my next post. It is not as if I was very busy, I kept my self busy by reading whatever is being said on the internet about Ganguly-Chappell fall out. That’s quite something, isn’t it? To see a coach so pissed off about the captain and the captain who chose to bring it out into the open.

Our dear friend Shyam Sundar a.k.a. MP (write to me privately if you don’t know what MP is) has penned a nice note on what could have transpired between Gangs-Greg.

MP: if you are reading this, why don’t post your “work” on this blog, please!

Let me steer away from cricket now, lest our “non-cricketing” friends shut out. The next thing that comes to my mind is the recent floods in coastal Andhra. Just when you think you have seen it all – the floods in Mumbai, the flooding of roads in Hyderabad (you don’t actually need floods “to flood” Hyd roads, a rainfall of 4 cm is enough), the floods in coastal Andhra came along, out of nowhere. The TV channels are showing most of Vijayawada getting flooded, and the people “wading” around on the streets with their lungi’s lifted to the waist level. Jokes apart, it was really surprising to see such a deluge of water, just for a 3-4 day rain fall. Even more surprising (rather shocking) is that inspite of such wide-spread damage, the relief work was very minimal. You can call Chandrababu Naidu many other things, but in situations like this he would have ensured that the state govt. people worked their ass off round-the-clock.


Flintoff – a role model for now-defunct "Secret Seven"

September 14, 2005

You guys remember “Secret Seven”/”Elegant Eight” from our RECW days? am wondering how many of the “Secret Seven”are still following the rituals, i.e. smoking/boozing binge. Now coming to Flintoff, just read on, no comments from my side (this is a current fashion i.e. not to comment on the obvious, a la Richie Benaud during the “Ashes” coverage)

“Flintoff drinks for England” By Philippe Naughton, Times Online

Not content with winning the Ashes, Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff has displayed his mastery of England’s real national sport: binge-drinking.

After cracking open the champagne as soon as the umpires removed the bails at the Oval at 6:15pm yesterday, the Lancashire all-rounder carried on the celebrations with teammates throughout the night.

London’s Evening Standard reported today that after downing more champagne in the dressing room, Flintoff moved on to beer back at the team hotel near Tower Bridge before hitting the gin and tonic in the early hours and then the vodka and cranberry juice.

At 7am, while most of his teammates were trying to sleep off their hangovers, he reportedly ordered another beer for breakfast.

An English team source said that Flintoff, voted man of the series, had drunk so much that he was virtually unable to talk when BBC Radio 4 asked for an interview this morning.

The boozing continued on the victory parade – where Flintoff stood on the team’s open-top bus swigging champagne beside his wife, Rachael, who has been credited with keeping his partying in check.

Flintoff appeared to take a bit of a break during the celebrations in Trafalgar Square, where he told David Gower, the former England captain: “To be honest with you, David, I’m struggling. I’ve not been to bed yet. Behind these glasses there are 1,000 stories.”

But from there it was a short bus ride down to Downing Street, where Flintoff was caught by television cameras relaxing on a deckchair in Tony Blair’s back garden with another bottle of beer.

Clearly thrilled with helping to bring home the Ashes, he told reporters that he was also being awarded the ancient honour of the freedom of his home town, Preston.

“That means I can drive a flock of sheep through the town centre, drink for free in no less than 64 pubs and get a lift home with the police when I become inebriated,” he said. “What more could you want?”