Rule Britannia!

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    Aug 23, 2009 7:57 PM GMT
    Normally, as regular readers will know, I despise nationalism. But there is one thing that I think the English have a right to be nationalistic about and that is winning the Ashes, which we have just done. Anyone who has spent any time with Australians knows that virtually all of the Australian national pride is bound up in beating England at Cricket and it is tedious to say the least.

    (I notice there's no Cricket forum in the sports sections)

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    Aug 23, 2009 8:49 PM GMT
    I had to look up what The Ashes is...

    The Ashes is a Test cricket series played between England and Australia. It is one of international cricket's most celebrated rivalries and dates back to 1882. It is currently played biennially, alternately in Australia and England. Since cricket is a summer game, the venues being in opposite hemispheres means the break between series alternates between 18 and 30 months. A series of "The Ashes" usually comprises five Test matches (the number of matches has varied from 1 to 7, but is now generally expected to be 5), two innings per match, under the regular rules for international Test-match cricket. If a series is drawn then the country already holding the Ashes retains them.

    The series is named after a satirical obituary published in a British newspaper, The Sporting Times, in 1882 after a match at The Oval in which Australia beat England on an English ground for the first time. The obituary stated that English cricket had died, and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. The English media dubbed the next English tour to Australia (1882–83) as the quest to regain The Ashes.

    During that tour a small terracotta urn was presented to England captain Ivo Bligh by a group of Melbourne women. The contents of the urn are reputed to be the ashes of an item of cricket equipment, possibly a bail, ball or stump. Some Aborigines hold that The Ashes are those of King Cole, a cricketer who toured England in 1868.[1] The Dowager Countess of Darnley claimed recently[when?] that her mother-in-law, Bligh's wife Florence Morphy, said that they were the remains of a lady's veil.[citation needed]

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    The urn is erroneously believed by some[who?] to be the trophy of the Ashes series, but it has never been formally adopted as such and Bligh always considered it to be a personal gift.[2] Replicas of the urn are often held aloft by victorious teams as a symbol of their victory in an Ashes series, but the actual urn has never been presented or displayed as a trophy in this way. Whichever side holds the Ashes, the urn normally remains in the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum at Lord's since being presented to the MCC by Bligh's widow upon his death.[3]

    Since the 1998–99 Ashes series, a Waterford Crystal representation of the Ashes urn has been presented to the winners of an Ashes series as the official trophy of that series.

    England currently hold The Ashes, after beating Australia 2–1 to regain them in 2009.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_ashes
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    And apparently no cricket bats either...

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    Caslon-bashing begins in 3...2....
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    Aug 23, 2009 10:24 PM GMT
    Congratulations on the Ashes.

    Cricket is an underrated stud-fest and the Aussies are, well, arrogant Aussies. Kudos to England.

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    Aug 23, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    with marmalade and jam....
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    Aug 23, 2009 10:41 PM GMT
    Caslon, the one bit of information you left out was that a test match last 5 days (normally, not this time, beat em with a day to spare), & often ends in a draw due to rain (when played in England).
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    Aug 23, 2009 10:45 PM GMT
    I hate nationalism too. Maybe this was because I grew up in an environment where such delusions such as Rule Britannia (rules the waves- ie the oceans), Land of Hope and Glory and William Blake's poem, Jerusalem were regarded as true.
    The fallacy that Jesus Christ once trod the green and pleasant land has no support from the Bible and there is absolutely no historical evidence to back this up. Yet I have argued with churchgoers on this issue. They maintained that Britain, and particularly England, were the people of God, and England was God's special nation as a result of the Lord setting foot upon it.. Therefore, they had the right to invade foreign countries, fight any resistance by the indigenous people who own the land, and set up the empire "in the name of the Lord" with every God-given right to rule. And all this coming not just from my father's generation, but also from MY generation.
    As an Italian teenager (born in England but with both parents from Italy), many times I was told to "Go back to your own country, Spaghetti!" They also resented blacks and other ethnic minorities entering THEIR land, forgetting that they never questioned their morality in invading lands belonging to others.
    To this day, at any international sports event I always support any country playing against England (which include Scotland who HATES the English).
    I am sad that Australia had lost the Ashes at the Oval this year.
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    Aug 24, 2009 2:21 AM GMT
    When England starts playing Aussie Rules and beats them at their own game, i'll give ya a cookie... until then, i'll continue oggling the Aussies and praying that they don't open their mouths to speak in the process...
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    Aug 24, 2009 2:29 AM GMT
    TigerTim said Anyone who has spent any time with Australians knows that virtually all of the Australian national pride is bound up in beating England at Cricket and it is tedious to say the least.





    It is? Wow. I think I missed that class at school.