Another slightly uncomfortable night, alleviated, to some extent, by the cricket commentary from Australia. I mentioned the problem of my arms and legs are getting weaker and this is making it much more difficult to turn over in bed which I need to do to take the pressure off the painfulÂ shoulder or other joints. It’s the friction between my nightshirt and the cotton sheet that makes it difficult for me to twist round so we going to try either one of those nasty nylon sheets, or even a silk sheet, on the bottom, to see if that makes it easier for me to slide over onto my side-I cannot sleep on my back..
Anyway, my nightâ€™s diversion, the second day of the final test match, proved to be really exciting. Australia, had a reasonably good start at 134 for 4, and 171/5, then, after seeing the wickets tumble, ended with a respectable 280 all out, having added 91 runs for the last three wickets. England started well enough but lost Strauss for 60 when the score was 98.Â Â Â Trott, the star of the previous test, was out, for the first time ever in his test career, in the next over for a duck (no score). Pieterson was next in and scored 36 before being bowled by Johnson when the score was then 165/3, shortly before close of play when Jimmy Anderson had to come in as a night watchman and fortunately survived the ordeal. With England at 167 for 3, being 113 behind Australia with seven wickets in hand, the match is nicely poised. On balance I would say it was probably Australia’s day with their tail end batsmen having performed Â so well.
Although I receive a trickle of comments on my blog from various readers on most days, Â I am surprised that some of my recent entries have not caused more controversy and therefore comments. Recently, I have launched off into extraneous topics merely in the hope of making the blog a little more interesting. It was these excursions I anticipated would generate more discussion but maybe everybody is too busy to comment, particularly over the holiday season.. For example, here is a recent list of such matters I have dealt with.
3Â December – FIFAâ€™s surprise selection of Russia, in 2018, to host the next World Football series followed by Qatar in 2022 when the UK bid was by far the most attractive..
8 December – my discussion on Prof Stephen Hawking’s book The Grand Design. I thought that this would provoke some comment from creationists.
9 December – a discussion concerning the morality of telling someone they have a terminal illness.
12 December – a discussion on bribery and corruption, mainly in the Third World.
18 December â€“ naturism.
21 December – the origins of Christmas.
25 December – a typical Christmas Day in the UK.
1 January – a discussion on the effect on the young of violence and explicit sex on the television, DVDs and video games,.
I hope that, at least, my readers enjoy these types of diversions even if they do not have time themselves to comment on them. If, on the other hand, a large number of people consider these are irrelevant in terms of my blog then I suppose I would find that equally as instructive.