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PMs XI 2009 – some thoughts

By johnboy - 31 January 2009 21

[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

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21 Responses to
PMs XI 2009 – some thoughts
Disposable 1:41 am 31 Jan 09

Granny said :

There’s nothing like a good RiotACT t-shirt when you’re meeting up with other Rioters, Disposable! You guys should have come to the hotel afterwards.

I never thought of that. Time to order a shirt me thinks.

I wanted to go to the Kingo but my sunburn wouldn’t allow it.

BerraBoy68 3:11 pm 30 Jan 09

I have just two words to say about this: “Jealous”

Granny 1:00 pm 30 Jan 09

Gungahlin Al said :

Hmmmmm … prison roof … cricket … prison roof … cricket …. Even I would go with the cricket!

But you had to think about it didn’t you? 🙂

I have to think about how to find my way to the ladies’ room!

LaLa 12:58 pm 30 Jan 09

Granny said :

Hmmmmm … prison roof … cricket … prison roof … cricket …. Even I would go with the cricket!

I’d go with the prison roof personally.

Gungahlin Al 12:56 pm 30 Jan 09

Hmmmmm … prison roof … cricket … prison roof … cricket …. Even I would go with the cricket!

But you had to think about it didn’t you? 🙂

Danman 12:16 pm 30 Jan 09

Ahh now the flaps makes sense – I was thinking if swinging teh door 24 times to clear the smell of the previous tenant.

If 24 is your record – I scored a paltry 5 or 6 at Australia day celebrations.

Granny 12:11 pm 30 Jan 09

Hmmmmm … prison roof … cricket … prison roof … cricket …. Even I would go with the cricket!

Gungahlin Al 12:03 pm 30 Jan 09

So how is the choice to subject oneself to a whole day in 37 degree sun for the cricket different from what the 2 remand centre prisoners chose to do this morning?
(Except for perhaps the beer)

chewy14 11:51 am 30 Jan 09

Danman,

when using a portaloo, the flap valve at the bottom opens when a certain amount of urine has filled the bowl, making a noise as the bowl empties. The valve then closes.
Repeat procedure.
i dare say 24 flaps is quite the record.

Danman 11:43 am 30 Jan 09

Whats this flaps business ? Anyone care to explain to this simpleton

djk 11:33 am 30 Jan 09

24 flaps is impressive. I believe the record at a bucks day I went to at Canberra Racecourse was 19.

Growling Ferret 11:08 am 30 Jan 09

The highlight of the day was the lunch break swim in Manuka pool. Sensational bit of forward planning by my group!

It was a pretty good game as well, and teh partnership between Langer and Butterfingers Bailey was the only reason that the PM’s XI was the key.

I have some interesting sunburn patterns today where sunscreen just missed a few little spots…

Granny 11:03 am 30 Jan 09

There’s nothing like a good RiotACT t-shirt when you’re meeting up with other Rioters, Disposable! You guys should have come to the hotel afterwards.

Disposable 10:57 am 30 Jan 09

I was there with my cricket club and was looking for you guys all day. Turns out you were sitting pretty close to us. I blame the heat.

I asked a bunch of guys, who where mostly wearing straw hats, if they were the riotact group. They stared blankly at me and thought I’d offended them somehow.

It was a fantastic day and everyone in the crowd seemed to be having a fun time, can’t wait for next year.

Thumper 10:54 am 30 Jan 09

VB tastes pretty good out of a plastic cup in insane heat

Indeed, it did!

And kudos to Peter Fulton for putting up with some razzing for a fair while down there at fine leg.

The other thing one would have to say is that NZ pace bowler Kyle Mills is a man mountain. he made Alfie Langer look like a hobbit, which he probably is anyway.

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