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lanciatore
Feb. 10th, 2011 10:37 am (UTC)
I used to be convinced Murali was a chucker and I was outraged when the laws were changed to accomodate a greater degree of flex for spin bowlers. Then I saw a video of murali bowling in an arm brace
made of plastic and steel rods.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDxRhcpBZio

Fair play to the guy, he's a genius. Can't wait to see him turn out for Gloucs CC. He'll like bowling at Bristol, it's always turned there (short boundaries though). Mind you, he could probably turn it bowling on glass.
wellinghall
Feb. 10th, 2011 10:49 am (UTC)
This might tempt me to go along to a 20-20 for the first time.
philmophlegm
Feb. 10th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC)
I completely agree. The single best thing to happen to cricket in the last twenty or thirty years is the return of the spinner as a match-winning bowler.
clarienne
Feb. 10th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
That Daily Mash article made me laugh. :)
philmophlegm
Feb. 10th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Yes!

Having said that, I do feel there is an issue for democracy if political parties receive payments _in return for_ favourable policies. It's worse if individual politicians receive payments _in return for_ favourable policies. But then it's difficult to tell if a correlation between donation and favourable policy is because "people who don't like socialism" are simply more likely to donate to an anti-socialist party or because the party changes the policy to get the donation.

And of course any discussion of this issue would be one-sided if it didn't mention trade union funding of both the Labour Party and individual Labour MPs.

If it was up to me, I'd put a cap of maybe £10,000 on donations from any one person or any one organisation to each political party and ban completely donations to individual MPs or their 'offices'. True, the party machines would be smaller and this _might_ have a detrimental effect on the quality of their research, especially when in opposition (no access to civil servants then), but think tanks, universities and pressure groups could take up that particular piece of slack.
philmophlegm
Feb. 10th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
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