John Howard ICC vice-presidency bid – Mani reacts

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To some people, Mani is Ehsan Mani, former president of the ICC and a man who once mistakenly shook hands with special correspondent Dad. To us and to many of our generation, Mani is ex-Stone Roses bassist, Gary Mounfield, now with Primal Scream and also working on Peter Hook’s hilariously-named Freebass project – so called because it features three (‘free’) bassists.

All of which is just our way of saying that we feel a little disorientated when we read quotes like this:

“I think the lessons to be learnt for Cricket Australia would be big ones after this incident,” Mani said. “Australia threw all their eggs into one basket over the last few years and it’s come back to bite them because they lost support from other boards while pursuing the BCCI.”

Wise words from the man who brought you the distinctive, timeless opening to I Wanna Be Adored as well as the rumbling threat of Kowalski.


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  1. I’m very old and have no idea what most of that pop drivel was about.

    I’m assuming they were crocodile eggs that they Aussies threw in the basket and the baby crocs came back to bite them, am I warm? As a clue I’m in southern California.

  2. It’s not age that’s led to your musical ignorance; it’s living in a cultural backwater like southern California.

    We’ll ask Mani about the crocs next time we see him at Stockport station.

  3. I googled John Howard quotes and found this:-

    “I don’t think there’s any reason on Earth why people should have access to automatic and semiautomatic weapons unless they’re in the military or in the police.”

    Is this a reference to King Cricket’s famous Kentish Captain pictured below?

    This sort of pontification is exactly why the marxist guerilla axis of Southern Africa voted against him.

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