SXSW 2007

This is my travel blog. It started as a way for people to keep up with my trip to Australia to watch the 2006/7 Ashes series, and continued with my trip to SXSW 2007 in Austin, Texas, and Las Vegas in March '07.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Today was the sort of day that you travel to the other side of the globe for. From the first ball to the last England were on top. Collingwood not only made his ton but powered on to his double. Pietersen was relatively subdued and somehow managed to end up on 158 for the third time in his career. A few lusty blows from Freddie and Gilo set up a 10 over spell at Langer and Hayden. Freddie produced an absolute snorter of a delivery to dismiss Langer who proceded to have heated words with some of the members on the way back to the dressing room. The only shame is we don't have Monty on board to put the pressure on over the next few days. The fact that England did well yesterday and today does not come as a surprise to Moz and me as we have realised that their improved form stems from the change in our own routine. For days 1-3 in Brisbane I was up before Moz & made my sandwiches first, thereafter Moz has made his first. I rest my case. We shall of course continue with the lucky sandwich making routine until the Ashes are safe.
The weather was cooler today - sunny but not too sweaty. If fact perfect for cricket watching. In fact the only fly in the ointment was the self declared armchair god of cricket who was sitting next to Moz for most of the day with his girlfriend. Somehow he managed to disparage England throughout their total of 551-6. Takes some doing even for a one eyed Aussie.
Last night we went to a pub (which tend to be called hotels here)not far from our hotel. It was rather similar to the Beehive back home - dark, smoky and rather eclectic. There was a band playing, locals I think. They were a 6 piece on a tiny stage, with 2 saxes, drums, bass guitar, lead guitar/vocalist and keyboard player (who also played accordian). The style was very psychedelic/1970's. Not my cup of tea but good musicianship none the less.


At 10:35 AM, December 02, 2006, Blogger Chazza said...

A fantastic day for England! Stayed up until KP got his ton, then the bed beckoned... Top effort from Moz being the first for something...that also means he must get out of bed fairly early?

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