Saturday, September 19, 2009

Lord Bonkers' Diary: The public stoning of Billy Bowden

After Wednesday the Lord has placed...


At the opera house in Oakham for a gala to celebrate England’s Ashes victory.

We are treated to an excerpt from Swann Lake, an opera about a promising young off spinner who overcomes his “bad boy” image and problems against short-pitched bowling to become a trusted member of the team – Carlos Acosta’s Peter Siddle is particularly moving.

Other items in the programme include a selection of Strauss waltzes and the international premiere of Bopara’s Duck Quintet. Jimmy Anderson’s “O Superman” (a tribute to Andrew Flintstone) is perhaps a little avant-garde for some tastes, but it behoves one, in these days of bakelite and reverse swing, to move with the times.

The evening closes with the public stoning of the irritating umpire Billy Bowden, so we all leave in good spirits.

Lord Bonkers was Liberal MP for Rutland South-West, 1906-10.

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