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Cricket bats in Jinja, Uganda

Sam writes:

Please find attached a picture of several cricket bats in an unusual place, namely a glass case in a shop in Jinja, Uganda.

Cricket bats in Jinja

I took this picture as I was walking along the main road in Jinja, which is a fairly small town about an hour’s drive away from Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

I was with a friend who was looking for a swimming costume. She had entered into a detailed discussion with a shop assistant about the relative merits of a black two-piece bikini. Much as I would have liked to add my tuppenceworth and offer my photography skills should she be inclined to try the garment for size, I felt restraint would be the better part of valour and stepped out into the suffocating heat of the afternoon.

Sharp-eyed readers will notice there are several popular brands of cricket bat on offer here, and even a couple which are mysteriously wrapped in some sort of opaque covering. Uganda, unlike its neighbour Kenya, is not known for cricket. The football boots adorning the glass case only serve to further demonstrate this. You know you see those pictures where one thing juxtaposed with another thing illustrates some sort of poignant symbolism? This is a bit like that. If you squint.

I would say it’s unlikely that any of those bats will ever be released from their wooden prison. They will stay there for eternity, or until they rot away, like poor deformed orphan children, staring out into a country filled with youngsters who would kick a tramp’s head down the road if they thought it looked like a football.

I may or may not have had a drink with lunch before I wrote this piece.

Until next time, comrades.

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A cricket book in an unusual place

You’d all forgotten about our feature ‘cricket bats/stuff in unusual places’ – UNTIL NOW!

Ged sent us this:

Mike Atherton does write a delicious tome

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Remember the worst picture of all time?

If you don’t, it looks like this. And before that earned the title of ‘worst picture of all time’ there was this.

Both horrendous. Both making our spine do odd things even as they sit in unviewed tabs in our web browser.

Perhaps inspired by the fox-based horror in that photo, Dandy Dan sent us this:

Don't like looking away to write this caption IN CASE IT DOES SOMETHING

By way of explanation for this sociopathy, Dan writes:

Now on the face of it, not cricket related. But take a closer look. That’s some long barrier.

Saw it in a Steptoe-style shop yesterday and immediately thought of you. I’ve run the idea of buying it past Victoria, but I think my mallard duck shoe brush and various original Transformers dotted about the flat has filled my quota of, in her words ‘tat’.

Every time we look at it, we feel like there’s another one behind us. A moving one. With the same face. Looming.

No-one send us anything like this ever again.

England v Australia 2009 Oval Test match report

Bradders writes:

My wife Pauline and I were married on the 20th August 2009 in Adare, southern Ireland. Due to it being the first day of the final Test of the Ashes series, it was obviously a momentous day.

Having booked the wedding a year before (and prior to the Ashes schedule being announced) there was a moment of panic when I realised that I might miss something crucial in the cricket. However, with the careful use of modern day technology and a multitude of keen cricket fans in the wedding party, I was kept fully informed of the days happenings.

Here is a picture of the ushers checking the score:

The wedding score-check - we all know it

Exiting the church, we walked through an arch of cricket bats and hurleys (an Irish sport ridiculous in its violence and speed that Pauline plays).

This is a picture of the arch.

Most of us haven't seen this at a wedding though

A cricket bat from an unusual angle

Bobby K sent us this:

Is that really a bat?

We thought it might look pretty cool if we cropped out all the background.

Oh, yeah, I can see it now

It didn’t really, but we’re including the picture anyway.

You invest 10 or 12 seconds in cropping a photo and you want to share it with the world.

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