Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Day at the Cricket

For the third year in a row I got myself along the the picturesque Adelaide oval to watch some test match cricket; this year it was against India, and was the fourth and final test of the summer – in a series which Australia had dominated; it was, prior to the Adelaide test, 3-0 in our favour.

The powers-that-be, in their infinite wisdom, had scheduled the test to begin on a Tuesday, a truly mindboggling decision given that the vast majority of people don't actually take time off work to go to the cricket, preferring to go on the weekend. Yes, it would mean that the third day would be the Australia Day public holiday (falling this year on the Thursday), but if they'd made that the first day, they'd have gotten that huge crowd plus good ones on Saturday and Sunday – should the match go into its third and fourth days.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The week that was #26

Was out and about a bit this week – I saw a film, a musical and a gig – so I thought it was worth a week-that-was post to bring it all together.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

I'd been looking forward to the Sherlock Holmes sequel ever since I saw the first one (I have a feeling that by the time I saw the first one they'd already announced there was going to be a sequel – and I probably saw it no later than a week or so after it came out at the cinema; it was also set up with a 'sequel hook' at the end) and all the previews I'd seen and buzz I'd heard/read indicated that they'd done a good job of it.

Plus there was the casting news: Stephen Fry was to be portraying Holmes's even-cleverer brother Mycroft, and Jared Harris1 – who I've liked in everything I've seen him in, particularly his recent appearances in the television shows Fringe and Mad Men – was to be playing his arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty.