Tim Bresnan near a pirate’s fantasy

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Not as exciting as it sounds, but probably a little bit funnier. Damith of The Fly Slip drew our attention to a photo of Tim Bresnan standing near a really expensive cake called Pirate’s Fantasy.

We’ve always felt that Tim Bresnan isn’t as chunky as people think he is. We felt he suffered because of his genial baker’s face and his muscular physique.

Our sympathy has waned a bit since seeing this photo though. As a rule of thumb, if you’re given a bit of stick for looking tubby, don’t seek out giant cakes and pose for photographs with them.


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  1. But Mahela, Tillakaratne and Kumar are also present, KC.

    Had the other attendees been Samit, Sanath and Arjuna, you’d have really been on to something.

  2. At the Nottingham test last summer we watched the bowlers warming up on Day 1. Not knowing who would be playing, we wondered about the identity of one of the bowlers. He looked a bit like Bresnan, but we rejected that idea on the basis that the man in question was genuinely slim and athletic, whereas Bresnan is unquestionably chunky.

    And guess what? You’ll never guess. You’ll be amazed when I tell you who it was. It was, and hold onto your hats people, because this is amazing… it was, and I can’t quite believe it myself… it was Tim Bresnan! I know, unbelievable. You’re probably very shocked at that revelation, I’m sure.

  3. I’m not sure i want to eat cake full of nose rings, toe rings and zuccini, Bresnan is chunky

    1. We were never on cake. We hate cake. That is a recurring theme here.

      It’s almost like you don’t know us at all any more.

    2. KC, are you, like me, the type who would focus on the sandwiches during a cricket tea rather than the cake?

      For me a constant complaint of the average cricket teas are that there are not enough sandwiches.

    3. Bradders, the sandwich is one of the greatest inventions of all time.

      Sam, since when has late-90s anything been verboten round here?

  4. It isn’t “The World’s Most Expensive Cake”. It is a mildly expensive, fairly vile sounding cake full of jewellry. If I plonked the Koh-i-noor diamond in the middle of a bowl of rice pudding and surrounded a replica of it with cricketers of various statures, would I have created the World’s Most Expensive Bowl of Rice Pudding? (Note this works with almost any dessert or confection if combined with something of sufficient monetary value, and almost any type of sportsman)

    1. Why go for expensive jewels *and* cricketers? Coat Sachin Tendulkar with said rice pudding and you got yourself the world’s most expensive dessert.

    2. I’m not sure Sachin would be the most expensive dessert made from a sportsman – a more expensive cake could be made from coating a certain Barcelona football player with icing, although it could get a bit Messi.

      Boom boom

      Sorry, mentioned football. Still, I hear he purveys end-scores quite well.

    3. We do appreciate those who excel in other sports and make no mistake, Lionel Messi is an excellent points-scorer.

    4. Little known fact; Lionel Messi is named after Lionel Blair. It turns out that Give Us A Clue was surprisingly popular in Argentina in the late 80s.

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