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Lynne (Lynne)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 6:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That gives you within a very few miles or two of where I live and as our shop is on the main road through the county I can expect you to visit!
Lynne (Lynne)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 6:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oh, my daughter is in Kent - is she all right?
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 6:06 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

She is absolutely fine unless she lives in .. and ..
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 6:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I think that, if Lynne's daughter is at the university in Kent that I recall she was going to attend, it may be worth checking that she is all right :)
Lynne (Lynne)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 6:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hmmm..... she's in Canterbury
Any loss of life?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 6:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Not in that part of the country, according to the news reports. The situation was rather worse in the north-west (since I was driving back from Glasgow yesterday, this was not much fun :()
Lynne (Lynne)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 6:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

We get our wind from the Urals and we were hardly affected this past week
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 7:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Canterbury is the place but we are looking for a specific location in that City. You may not have heard about it but something happened to something famous.
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 8:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The Cathedral?
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 8:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The Cathedral?
No - it's something that USians would not normally be terribly familiar with (but I hope that doesn't deter you)
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 8:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Unfortunately that's about all I remember from my holiday there--it was during my callow (ok then, more callow) youth in the misty distant past and all...

Without resorting to elgooG or anything, a castle? Deal, maybe?

Was it a largish structure? Built within the last 20 years? 50? 100? Earlier?

Is it an historic sort of place (I can't remember where the old post office was, but I seem to think it was in the southwest somewhere)?
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 8:52 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Unfortunately that's about all I remember from my holiday there--it was during my callow (ok then, more callow) youth in the misty distant past and all...

Without resorting to elgooG or anything, a castle? Deal, maybe? No, but your memory serves you well from your callow past and elgoog will be perfectly in order in case you haven't heard of it

Was it a largish structure? Built within the last 20 years? 50? 100? Earlier? It is largeish and goes back over a century I would imagine.

Is it an historic sort of place (I can't remember where the old post office was, but I seem to think it was in the southwest somewhere)? It is an historic and cultural setup that is associated with a sporting pastime
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 9:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sporting, eh...lawn bowling? Fishing? Riding? Ice hockey? Cricket? Hunting? Sailing?
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 9:44 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Cricket
Arjun Rangarajan (Jun)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 9:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are we talking about Lord's?
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 10:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are we talking about Lord's? No

I apologise that this puzzle is a bit restricted by somewhat specialist knowledge but I am gratified that you have heard of Lords which is actually in Middlesex (Greater London).

The Ground that we are talking about here is in Canterbury, Kent
Lynne (Lynne)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 10:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ah, my daughter must be OK as I can't imagine her ever going near a Cricket ground.
Arjun Rangarajan (Jun)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 10:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I, on the contrary, have played and followed quite a bit of cricket. My apologies for overlooking the Canterbury part. But don't get time to keep with the recent happenings they way I'd like to (but given the way the Indian cricket team has been playing recently, I don't really regret it).
Thankfully, the Lord's is safe. I almost imagined something happened before I could visit the Mecca...
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 10:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

India have a wonderful team - they are the only side to have seriously worried the Aussies in the last six or seven years. They have some up and coming talent and Virenda Sehwag is a tremendous batsman!
Arjun Rangarajan (Jun)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 10:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Glad you like Sehwag!! He's one of my favourite batsmen too...India's definitely talented, but only fail to deliver as a team on too many occasions :( . Managed to catch a glimpse of South Africa - England while in India a while back. There's no cricket on TV here though :(
Arjun Rangarajan (Jun)
Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 10:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oooo...sorry couldnt help googling. That's too bad. Check email.
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 12:39 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

******************** SPOILER ******************

Canterbury County Cricket Ground boasted the only 1st class ground in the country to actually have a tree on the pitch. This tree became a popular cultural feature of Kent cricket for many decades untril finally and sadly it was blown down by the record breaking winds in recent days.


The remains of the unique Lime tree

End of the Unique Lime Tree at Canterbury
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 12:51 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Canterbury County Cricket Ground boasted the only 1st class ground in the country to actually have a tree on the pitch

Wash your mouth out with soap this instant, young Simon :) The tree was on the field, not the pitch - if it had been on the latter, even Deadly Derek Underwood might have had difficulty spinning a ball around it :)

Discussion in the pub this evening concerned plans to plant a new lime tree on the spot where the old one stood. Grown men almost came to blows over whether this was (a) sensible or (b) sacrilege. Sometimes it's difficult being English, but it's always fun.
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 8:46 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"Wash your mouth out .."

Thank you David, this has been duly done.

Yes of course, I didn't mean the actual wicket itself. At the time of writing I was thinking terminology with reference to our American cousins and for some reason I came up with "pitch" instead of "field" or "ground".

As a matter of interest which term would Americans use to describe the outfield rather than the key area of play? Would "outfield" or just "field" be suitably descriptive enough?

What are the various terms used in baseball for the equivalent areas of play?
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 2:10 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm not an expert, but infield and outfield are used for those areas, infield being the area within and including the bases and outfield being the part beyond that. The outfield is typically divided into three parts: left field, center field and right field (the perspective being from home plate). There's also the baseline, which is pretty much the area between any two bases out of which one mustn't go when running, and the three bases (1st, 2nd and 3rd), the pitcher's mound (or just "mound"), home plate, 1st- and 3rd-baselines, and the dugouts (where they sit when they're not playing). The 1st- and 3rd-baselines are particularly important when a balls in motion after being hit by a batter, typically, and are effectively an extension of the lines from home plate to 1st and 3rd bases; any hit which does not stay within the area delimited by the two lines is considered a foul ball (not in play). When a hit leaves the park (a home run), it must still have been between the lines when it left (they use poles to provide a vertical reference).
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 2:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oh, and there's a semi-pro cricket player right here where I work--I'll ask him where one might see cricket hereabouts, Arjun.
Arjun Rangarajan (Jun)
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 5:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks Tim. I actually did manage to play a couple of games last summer. They bay area has probably got more cricket than anywhere else in the US thanks to the large number of Asians (and the weather, of course).

But sure, you can ask your colleague if they need a top order batsman ;-)

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