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    February 07, 2006

    Are England stuck in September 2005?

    It is not certain to me as yet if Giles is fit enough to make it to the big Award's night this Thursday, when he will be in line to receive his MBE from the Queen along with numerous other England fellows. I doubt he'd miss it, but if has to then it would obviously be a huge shame, another massive tragedy, to follow the one I discussed before.

    But whilst on the subject of that very Award's night, I'd like to take you to a different point, a point that Lawrence Booth made today in his regular Guardian column The Spin, which I am a big fan of and read with religious enthusiasm.

    He reckoned this ceremony at Buckingham Palace, given it comes virtually on the eve of England's departure to India (England team leave for Mumbai on Saturday), suggested England might in danger of remaining "stuck in September 2005" for too long.

    Knowing the inner workings of the House of Windsor as well as the Spin does, it's fair to say that the England management weren't able to be too choosy about the time and place of their appointment with Liz. And, yes, it is a touch harsh to blame Paul Collingwood for the fact that he beat Steven Gerrard to membership of the British Empire (the only three letters Collingwood might have expected after his name when he was picked for the Oval were l, b and w). But on the eve of a crucial series, England could really have done without another bout of post-Ashes glorification.

    When it comes to sport, the English have always been fantastic losers, mainly because they had so much practice. But they are also abysmal winners. This isn't necessarily aimed at the players. You can hardly blame them for accepting letters after their name when Terry Wogan and Bob Geldof have been happy enough to do so. But it says a lotabout English society (and let's be honest: this is English society we're talking about here, not Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish) that we feel the need to cover our successful sportsmen with so much glory that they can hardly breathe.

    Given I had read Jagadish's post earlier in the day, I thought this Booth analysis presented an interesting comparison of how England in their capacity had reacted and were continuing to react to their Ashes success.

    Thus spake Zainub Razvi @ 9:33 PM |
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    At least England recognise and reward their sportsmen and women. We have the opposite it Kenya - after someone has retired, they pretty much fade into obscurity. I'm pretty sure I can see which is better for sport!

    By Blogger Chemosit (08-Feb-2006, 5:21:00 AM)  

    chemosit: That is indeed very sad, especially considering Kenya's success in the 2003 World Cup! I am adding your Kenya Cricket blog to our cricket blogs list.
    zainub: I wrote something on those lines when Flintoff won the BBC Sport Personality of the Year award. Their fixation with beating Australia will eventually become unhealthy for their own development, in my opinion. I compared it with India's fixation [and inability] to beat Pakistan through most of the 1980s and 1990s. [I know you'll say it continues in the 2000s as well, but let us talk about that another day :)

    By Blogger Jagadish (08-Feb-2006, 9:36:00 AM)  


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