Saturday, 6 February 2010

A cool blog

Di introduced me to this blog, it's very cool. Oli is cycling from the UK to Brisbane carrying a cricket bat, Cycling to the Ashes. Instead of trying to explain what the Ashes are, here's the Wikipedia entry:

The Ashes is a Test cricket series played between England and Australia. It is one of international cricket's most celebrated rivalries and dates back to 1882. It is currently played biennially, alternately in the United Kingdom and Australia. Since cricket is a summer game, the venues being in opposite hemispheres means the break between series alternates between 18 and 30 months. A series of "The Ashes" comprises five Test matches, two innings per match, under the regular rules for international Test-match cricket. If a series is drawn then the country already holding the Ashes retains them.
The series is named after a satirical obituary published in a British newspaper, The Sporting Times, in 1882 after a match at The Oval in which Australia beat England on an English ground for the first time. The obituary stated that English cricket had died, and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. The English media dubbed the next English tour to Australia (1882–83) as the quest to regain The Ashes.
During that tour a small terracotta urn was presented to England captain Ivo Bligh by a group of Melbourne women. The contents of the urn are reputed to be the ashes of an item of cricket equipment, possibly a bail, ball or stump.

I suspect he might be an avid cricket fan. Oli has some interesting adventures along the way but I thought this was a wonderful entry, thanks Di for sharing. Make sure you check out the rest of the blog, there's some good clips as well.

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