The Perfect Song

What makes the perfect song? Something that hits home? Something that can’t be denied? or something that cannot be expressed any other way except by the song? I have found my perfect song, written by Carole Bayer Sager and performed by The Corrs, I rank it as numero uno

If you listen closely, the song is gender neutral and could just as easily by sung by Julio Iglesias, although the impact on me may not be the same.

I’ve chosen a live performance by The Corrs that is true to the original recording, but please excuse the camera-work, which is second rate.


When Art Meets Reality

It’s been a while since I posted a meaningful song on my blog, so here is a song that reflects reality in my life:



Cricket Rounds 10, 11 & 12

Okay, now that I have at least elicited a 3-letter comment from one of my colleagues, I shall continue with my take on the current Cricket season.

Round 10

Nothing much happened during this match. I didn’t have to make too many decisions and those that I did make were fairly obvious. I did have one incident during the match which is noteworthy. A ball was deflected by a batsman’s pad and they took a single. I turned to the scorers and started to signal the leg bye when a number of players called out “Don! Don! Duck!”. I did as requested and just avoided being hit in the head by the fielder returning the ball to the bowler. I never signal to the scorers until it is obvious that the ball is dead, but in this instance, I should have kept an eye on the ball for a little longer. Good scorers will always wait for your signal, even if it is late. Luckily, I escaped injury this time, thanks to the fielding side’s warning. From now on I’ll be a bit more careful.

Round 11

This was probably the most disappointing round of the season for me, not for the cricket, but for the Umpire’s Association.  I dropped myself down to 2nd Grade to coach a new Umpire and ensure he has the necessary skills to stand on his own.  One the first day, I received an SMS from him to say that he had to take his wife to hospital and he couldn’t make it to the game.  This seemed to me to be acceptable and I notified both Captains that I would be on my own today, but with a trainee next Saturday.  On the second Saturday, the new Umpire did not show up and I had to officiate on my own again.  It was 44°C for most of the afternoon, but I had wonderful support from the player/umpires and from the players themselves.  It was a long day, but I survived with many drinks breaks.  When I got back to the car and turned my mobile phone on, I received an SMS telling me that it was too hot for this umpire and he couldn’t make the game.  He also did not show up for a junior representative match on the Sunday, this time with no explanation.

Cricket Umpiring requires a level of commitment that sometimes exceeds personal comfort.  What would have happened if I had also decided that it was too hot and didn’t turn up to the match?  It puts the Umpires Association in a bad light and I have had to explain to both the Cricket Association and the Juniors why an appointed Umpire did not show up.  It is just not good enough.

Round 12

This round was affected by rain on the first Saturday and for most games, it was not a problem.  But when there is a dispute over what should happen next weekend, and the Umpires cannot agree, there is a real problem.  The Umpires meet once a month to go over any rule changes and scenarios that might occur during a game.  Unfortunately, many Umpires do not bother to show up.  Some have legitimate excuses, such as work commitments, but others just don’t bother.  The minutes of these monthly meetings are emailed to everyone, but some obviously don’t bother reading them.  It is not a good look to have Umpires arguing over local rules, when it is up to the Umpires to administer the rules.

Am I being a bit harsh on the Umpires?  NO!!!  Next Saturday is a one-day match that will end the season for most teams.  After that, we start the final series, and if the Umpires don’t know the rules, they will be found out quickly.  All Umpires have a duty to the game to know the local rules so that the match can be decided according to the regulations and the Laws of Cricket.

If any of my colleagues are reading this, please take note that there is no excuse for not knowing the rules for the final series.


Why Don’t You Show Some Interest?

I recently received an email expressing some concern that I hadn’t posted on my Cricket Umpiring experiences for some time.  This was from a fellow who reads my blog but has never made a comment on anything I have posted. In fact, the only people who do comment on my Cricket posts seem to be pommies who don’t follow Cricket .  For those who may be scared to take the plunge and comment on my blog posts, here are the facts:

  • You do not have to register to make a comment.
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  • I will not pass on, share with or sell your email address to anybody.
  • Your email address is only used to optionally notify you of further comments to a post that you have commented on.

Okay?  Now, you are also permitted to join my mailing list (see above), which is separate from my blog.  I will occasionally send you emails about genuine offers and some free gifts from time to time .  This requires a two-stage opt-in process to ensure that nobody else can sign you up without your permission .  Again, I will not pass on, share with or sell your email address to anybody else, and you can opt-out at any time and you will not receive any more emails from me. I also have a spam filter to remove unwanted email addresses from my website.

So, have you got the message?  You can comment without fear, although I do reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments. 


Slacking Off

It seems that I have been slacking off on my blog, although I have been working hard on my business. To give you a bit of entertainment whilst I reorganize my priorities, here is an audio track from a recent International Cricket match from one of Australia’s favourite sons, Kerry “Skull” O’Keefe.