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A Delicious Slice Of Johnners by Brian Johnston

By Brian Johnston

Following Brian Johnston's loss of life in 1994, top Minister John significant looked as if it would converse for the state whilst he remarked that 'Summers is absolutely not the same'. To an Englishman's ears, the sound of leather-based opposed to willow will constantly be heavily linked to the joyful tones of Johnners' voice.

But there has been a lot more in his existence. From the excessive jinks of Eton and Oxford he graduated to being a urban gent within the family members espresso enterprise. Later, as Technical Adjutant within the Grenadier Guards, he contributed to the battle attempt together with his personal 'Dad's Army'. as soon as demobbed in 1945, he begun a broadcasting occupation that brought him to a group of British eccentrics from locations visited in Down Your Way, and finally took him to the cramped, snug and chaotic cricket commentators' field the place gaffes, bad jokes and gales of laughter have been by no means far-off. alongside the way in which there has been a wedding to 'a very appealing blonde' and 5 children.

Lovingly edited by means of his eldest son, Barry, this can be a splendidly stress-free compendium of 3 of Johnners' most sensible enjoyed books, the autobiographies It's Been loads of enjoyable and It's a humorous Game, and Rain Stops Play.

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G. Cartman 1980: 26–7). Nor was New Zealand cricket assisted by climatic conditions. As with Andrew Hignell’s examination of English cricket, there is equally a case to make that wet or cold weather contributed to the financial vulnerability of the New Zealand game as playing hours were lost and spectators less inclined to brave the conditions. Various surveys suggesting a correlation between lower batting averages and lower bowling averages on wet or damp wickets and outfields are also applicable.

Other events of the 1950s also dwarfed the status of a first cricket Test victory. Edmund Hillary’s completion, with Tenzing Norgay, of the first ascent of Mt Everest in 1953 was quickly mythologised as very much a New Zealand contribution to perhaps the last great imperial achievement (Hansen 2000; Booth 1993). At the end of the decade, Peter Snell embarked on an athletics career that yielded six world records and three Olympic gold medals in 1960 and 1964. 2 This chapter is inevitably about such contrasting fortunes.

And Edwards, K. (2002) Eddie Gilbert: The True Story of an Aboriginal Cricketing Legend, Sydney: ABC Books. Dale, L. (2000) ‘Mainstreaming Australia’, in R. ) The Australian Legend and Its Discontents, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press. Day, D. (2001) Menzies and Churchill at War, East Roseville, NSW: Simon & Schuster. Derriman, P. (2000) ‘Cornerstone of sport, cricket’s averages just keep getting batter’, Sydney Morning Herald, 10 March, p. 40. Dossier: Inside Cricket (2001) ‘The white man’s game’, The Australian, 2 April, p.

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