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Sleepless nights ahead

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by Jez - Manager (U888427) 18 November 2006
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The Sports Cafe will be open throughout the night

What do you do when you want to watch the opening day of the opening Ashes Test in Brisbane but don't have Sky television at home or return flights to Queensland?

That's a question I think I've found the answer to.


For the majority of the series down under I'll be listening to the dulcid tones of Agnew and Blowers on Test Match Special before flying out to Oz on Boxing Day to watch the action from Melbourne and Sydney.

But before that I want to see the opening day's action live, and rather than intrude on friends with Sky who will have to work on Thursday morning I've decided to head to the Sports Cafe in London's Haymarket.

I wouldn't be attempting this if I was required to work on Thursday but the fact that I can spend my day off in bed catching up on sleep seems to work out brilliantly.

So what are your plans for Wednesday night, will you be listening to the radio under the duvet, watching live at home, travelling to Brisbane or simply drifting off to sleep in the hope of waking up to positive news from the Gabba over your cornflakes and coffee?

Perhaps I may catch up with you in central London in the early hours of Thursday morning, whatever you're up to, hope you enjoy!

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posted Nov 21, 2006

The Teddington Arms are being very helpful and recording the matches overnight and then playing them from 12 noon the following day.

I can see I'll be spending some time down there...

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posted Nov 21, 2006

Does anyone know anything/have experience with these live streams offered on the internet ? Any words of wisdom on any to avoid or any recommendations appreciated

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comment by gazzy3d (U5315959)

posted Nov 21, 2006

I will be staying up all night to watch it, I think skys coverage is brilliant apart from charles corville wish they get shot of him. I will be sleeping from 3pm and getting up at 12am, i am lucky in a way as i cant work as i am disabled and only reason I have sky sports is cos of the best cricket coverage I have seen over 29 years of watching it!!!

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posted Nov 21, 2006

Actually "soccer" isn't an American or Ozzie word. It is comes from Association Football as in the FA Cup. It is only quite recently people have thought it to be foreign.

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comment by ENS (U6647335)

posted Nov 21, 2006

does anyone wa time highlights r on sky?

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posted Nov 21, 2006

sky has them early evening, thats why bbc's is on late

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comment by sage40 (U6661227)

posted Nov 22, 2006

During a previous Ashes Tour 'down-under', a man was making love to his wife in the middle of the night. She suddenly said "What's that sticking out of your ear?" He replied "Shut up - I'm listening to the test match!"

There's devotion to the game.

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posted Nov 23, 2006

How long did you last Jez? Were there many in?

I watched the first session at my mates and then an hour on the radio. I was driven to bed more by Henry Blofeld than our iffy bowling.

Remain optimistic for tonight though.

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posted Nov 23, 2006

I know this is, like, completely obvious. But as someone who has been following cricket on the radio + highlights all summer, how superior it is to see the game unfold. Alright, it wasn't a great contest, but it was a real treat to actually see it! I await with impatience for the bbc to get the live rights of home tests back. Don't let me down bbc.

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