It just keeps getting better and better
Great news about the Ashes returning to Old Trafford
As I say above the good news just cannot stop rolling in. The ECB have announced today that in 2013 Old Trafford will stage a Test Match in the Ashes series against Australia as well as a One Day International. After all the excitement of the last few weeks this is the news which everyone had anticipated but could not be totally sure about. The focus can now be on ensuring that all the re-development work is completed on schedule and that Old Trafford will be the place to be for yet another Ashes Test Match.
In 2014 there will be a Test Match against India along with a One Day International v Sri Lanka. 2015 will see a further Ashes series but Old Trafford misses out on a Test Match staging a One Day International against Australia as well as a 20/20 v New Zealand. In 2016 Pakistan will be touring and Old Trafford will stage a Test Match and a 20/20 match.
I am pleased about that little bit of excitement because this has been an odd week – with no cricket. My last game of the season was to have been tomorrow at Lancaster RGS where the JH Memorial Trophy Final will be played between Lancaster and Bolton School. My good friend Nigel Warne has agreed to look after this match as I am otherwise engaged sorting out matters to do with misdemeanours in and around Bury.
Now what about the change of photograph for this Blog. Well after 30+ Blogs all showing me in my back garden I felt the need of a change. The problem was that photographs of me are as rare as hens' teeth. I have searched back through the archives and the only one’s existing were taken whilst on holiday. These few fall into two main categories. In the first they show me in some part of the world clutching a camera or with one around my neck. The other group show me grinning madly at the camera with either a bottle or glass in my hand. Probably the latter would be considered unacceptable so it left a choice of five photographs from the last ten years.
I will leave it to you to decide where in the world the photograph was taken. Well yes it was on a ship – and a pretty big one at that - but which ship. It was a number of years ago as I am pretty sure I am not as sylph like today.
Big game for the Shakers this weekend. We need to halt the slide down the table by beating MK Dons at Gigg Lane. It will be the first time the Heaton’s – Sophie, Tom and yours truly have been able to watch a League match together now that Sophie’s cricket scoring has concluded.
This will be the last match for a few weeks for me as I am off with the Mrs for a well deserved holiday. We have seen two Queens over the past two weeks in Liverpool. This time it will be the other Queen (Victoria). We hope to rendezvous with her in the harbour at Civeitavecchia (Rome).
Back to my photograph. As always with my Blogs I let the good lady read through to see if there are any major grammatical or spelling errors. Well just now she looked at the "new" picture of me looking much younger and slimmer, and all I got was - to use an old Lancashire saying - "You're skenning like a basket of whelks". Now I think I look quite debonair, and of course the photograph was taken before the need to wear spectacles.
Yes - it was taken on the Queen Mary 2, somewhere at sea, and the year - 2006.
For now - Up the Shakers.
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