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PROJECT FRONT FOOT: AUTUMN 2020 NEWSLETTER

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A message from my friend Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart, Greetings from Berlin. Hope all’s well with you. Alles gute here, although I remain chained to my laptop for another day or so getting the latest project news down the wires. … Continue reading

Project Front Foot: A Message from Vic Mills

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A message from my friend Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart, Greetings from Berlin. I won’t bother dressing this up. No point. This seemingly innocent email is in fact a far-from-cunningly disguised funding appeal. Over our twelve years of existence we’ve tried … Continue reading

Project Front Foot December 2019 newsletter

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A message from my friend Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart, Season’s greetings from Berlin and Project Front Foot. The busy end to our project year is mirrored in the attached newsletter and includes: our annual kit appeal timed for spring 2020, … Continue reading

Whinging (Champagne) Poms: 19th Century England tours to Australia and Pommery Champagne

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It has long been widely believed that “pom” – the not always well-intentioned Aussie term for somebody from England, and often joined with the adjective “whinging”  – was an acronym from “Prisoner of His Majesty” or “Permit of Migration”. But … Continue reading

The results business

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The cricket season has started, which means that I spend more time at The Oval and Lord’s than a grown man should. I caught the last hour or so on Monday of Surrey’s 4-day match against Northamptonshire, which ended in … Continue reading

Book review: Young Wisden: A New Fan’s Guide to Cricket

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Tim de Lisle and Lawrence Booth 128pp John Wisden £9.99 Lawrence Booth, who will edit Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack for 2012, has updated Tim de Lisle’s 2007 inaugural edition. Young Wisden “consists of 60 double-page spreads, divided into eight parts” (p.5). … Continue reading

Book review: Sphere of Influence by Gideon Haigh

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My review of Gideon Haigh’s Sphere of Influence: Writings on cricket and its discontents has just been published by the Times Literary Supplement.

Project Front Foot Mid-season Report

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A message from my friend Vic Mills: “My visit to Mumbai in late February, a second in five months, was with the specific aim of taking the balance of kit from last summer’s appeal.  Currently in its second year, the … Continue reading

Tresco up close

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The strapping bloke in the picture below is Marcus Trescothick, former England opener and now captain of Somerset. He was at Lord’s on Saturday 5 March to promote Mongoose bats at the Lord’s Retail Show. In particular he was demonstrating the … Continue reading

Book review: The Official MCC Ashes Treasures

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Bernard Whimpress 62pp Carlton Books £30 This splendid-looking slipcased volume is a visual (rather than literary) history of The Ashes, using reproductions of much previously unpublished memorabilia from the MCC’s archives. Most of its 62 pages feature an insert, or … Continue reading