[First filed: January 30, 2009 @ 10:32]
So having survived seven hours in as blazing sunshine as you’re ever likely to see here are some thoughts on this year’s PM’s XI.
- — Manuka Oval appears to be using washing machine hoses for their boundary rope
— Kiwi’s are generally better sports than their Australian counterparts. Special props to Pete Fulton who put up with our section of the crowd and even gave us a couple of waves.
— Justin Langer really knows how to pace an innings.
— Kids today might get a bad rap but the college age blokes next to us not only walked to Coles and back in the lunch break to lug in bags of ice, they also shared the ice freely with everyone around.
— At 11am it was hot enough to melt our drinks tray.
— In those conditions port-a-loos get insanely hot inside. 37 degrees seemed positively cool once one got out. (Can anyone top 24 flaps?)
— Beer helmets are always cool (modelled here by one J Stewart)
— VB tastes pretty good out of a plastic cup in insane heat.
— The crowd in the stand’s ability to conform to the available shade put the flight of birds to shame in terms of mass coordination.
— The Kingston Hotel’s air conditioning is truly a wonder of the world after 7 hours sitting in the sun.
— A broad brimmed $12 straw hat from the shop on the ground floor of the Canberra Centre is the best investment you will ever make.
— Roll on sunscreens (as will fit in a pocket) are a close second.
— It’s a crying shame we don’t get more top flight cricket in this town