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Have You Heard Of ‘Nelson Mandela Bay’ In South Africa?

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia:

Click to ENLARGE and study. That is where it is.

Watch this video and be entranced and captivated.

As with the “Nelson Mandela Capture Site Museum” that I talked about yesterday, I saw references to “Nelson Mandela Bay” while watching cricket from South Africa, on Willow TV (on my Roku 3). That name appeared as a logo on some of the ‘painted-on-the-grass’ ads that are now part-and-parcel of cricket grounds.

Every Time I saw it, I was reminded of the ‘Mandalay Bay‘ hotel in Las Vegas. So, I thought that it must be a fancy resort and wondered what it took to get his name. I did, however, make a mental note that I was going to look it up — when I had the time.

I did so yesterday.


Established in 2001. Wow. A population of 1.2 million. This SO GREAT. I am so proud and happy.

I wanted to make sure that I shared this with you. Take a look. There are good things happenings all around the World.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Nelson Mandela Capture Site Museum’ With An Amazing, Huge Sculpture Of The Great Man.

by Anura Guruge

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I happen to see a commercial for this “Nelson Mandela Capture Site Museum“, on Willow TV (on my Roku 3), last week while watching (intently) the South Africa vs Australia 2nd Test Match (that SA, to my relief, won).

I was intrigued. I went back and watched the commercial a number of times.

LOVE the huge metal sculpture. Wow. So clever and so realistic. BRAVO.

I, as some of you already know, am a HUGE fan of Nelson. So, this was right up my alley. IF I ever make it to South Africa I would, of course, make a point of visiting this.

I just wanted to share with YOU since I am not sure that the existence of this great museum is that well known.

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Cricket, Afghan Cricket At That, Gets Talked About On The Floor Of The U.S. Senate — Today, Thanks To Rand Paul.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Rand Paul used a variant of this slide, from his “Waste Report”, on the Senate Floor.

As some of you know, I am a political and news junkie. So, I have been intrigued by Senator Rand Paul’s (R-Kentucky) attempts to do a filibuster of sorts, on the floor of the U.S. Senate, to force another U.S. Government Shutdown at midnight.

It is not getting the wall-to-wall TV coverage it deserves.

I happen to catch a snippet of it on CNN around 6pm.

Rand Paul (of the busted ribs) was talking about cricket, Afghan cricket and this supposed televised cricket league.

His contention is that this is a waste in that most Afghans do not have TV. I am not sure that is true. Yes, of course, there will be many, many rurals areas without TV but there are also large urban centers.

Plus, cricket in Afghanistan is thriving and is, understandably, a source of great pride. So, in this instance Rand Paul might be doing an disservice and injustice to Afghans — in particular the cricket fans.

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Tom Brady Illustrates Why American Football Is NOT Cricket.

by Anura Guruge

From the U.K. “Daily Mail”.
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Click image to ENLARGE and read snippet here.

Handshakes are de rigueur among crickets,
especially the professionals.

Google “cricket teams shaking hands” for more images.

Per British lore horse racing is the sport of kings, and cricket that of gentlemen (though we now have ladies galore, from around the world, playing it at the highest levels).

There is much emphasis in cricket on sportsmanship, so much so that there is indeed a British adage ‘just not cricket‘ to describe bad behavior of the Donald Trump/Tom Brady variety.

The teams shaking hands, all around, with nary an exception, is now part of the overall formalities at the end of the game. The game ends with the teams shaking hands. Such a nice gesture. It is not unusual for the opposition to make a point of shaking hands with a batsman that makes a good innings.

So Brady’s petulant, puerile behavior would be unthinkable in cricket. The management would have been all over him. But, this is why American sports is NOT cricket.

Kind of a shame. Cricket could add so much gentility and class to American society. Donald Trump would never dream of acting like he does IF he ever had the fortune of being exposed to cricket.

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Did YOU Hear That ‘Cape Town’, South Africa Is Going To Run Out Of Water This April — “Day Zero”?

by Anura Guruge

The imposingly picturesque “Cape Town”, South Africa — with its iconic Table Mountain.

Click to access the “Huffpost” coverage. Google for more.

Click for “Bloomberg” coverage. Google for more.

South Africa is one of my favorite cricket teams. I never miss any of their games on Willow — my 24×7 cricket channel on Roku. Plus, I usually read any news I see about SA.

So, I was very surprised the other day when I came across this “Day Zero” story. I Googled and read a couple of articles to make sure I got the drift.


Earlier in the month I had watched the 1st Test Match, SA vs. India, from Cape Town. The ground looked lush and everybody seemed happy and prosperous. No indication, whatsoever, that they were all staring at an abyss.

Yes, a 3-year drought. I guess some are hoping for non-stop rains in the next 2-months to avert this disaster.

4 million people.

This could be serious. Very serious.

You would have thought that SA, not a poor country by any means, could have done more. I guess water can be shipped in. Not sure how much water they have in the entire country. It is not a small country.

I will keep you posted.

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South Africa v. India 3rd Test (Johannesburg) — The Pitch Was ‘Spicy’, But Didn’t Warrant Umpire Intervention.

by Anura Guruge

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In South Africa’s 2nd innings Dean Elgar got peppered and it was him getting hit on the helmet that resulted in the umpires taking the players off.

Today’s cricketers, with their helmets and American football like padding, are getting SOFT and act like SISSIES.

The umpires are worse. Yes, we don’t want players getting unnecessarily hurt BUT cricket, especially at the International level, is meant to be a CONTACT SPORT. And we played without helmets.

The umpires continually checking the pitch and then taking the players off on the 3rd Day of the 3rd Test match between South Africa and India was WRONG. Totally uncalled for. There was no valid reason. The ball that hit Dean Elgar on the helmet was SHORT and he played it badly. Come on.

We have seen cricket been played in much more VICIOUS conditions. I am old enough to remember that GLORIOUS Summer of 1976 and the West Indies quickies peppering the English batsman, Brian Close in particular. And they did NOT wear helmets like they now do.

Brian Close, sans helmet, ducking another short ball.


Brian Close shows off his bruises from getting hit …

The consensus is that on this dodgy pitch South Africa, already 1 wicket down, will be incapable of scoring the requisite 241 runs and will lose — though they have already won the series.

Yet again, as they did on Day 4 of the 2nd Test, South Africa made a LOT of mistakes, dropped catches and bowled BADLY. They deserve to lose.

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IF South Africa Loses 2nd Test To India — DESERVED To Lose For Playing Like Pillocks.

by Anura Guruge

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I am writing this U.S. Eastern Time (21:00) having only seen half of the Day 4 highlights. Plan to watch the rest within the next hour — while having my customary late dinner.

I like South Africa (and the players) and as you can see here celebrated when they won the 1st Test.

I can’t believe some of the stupid mistakes they have made in the 2nd Test — especially when batting.

Vernon Philander’s runout was INEXCUSABLE. It is not like he is new to the game. What had he been chewing? His bowling was also below par.

Hashim Amla’s runout broke my heart. He was run out. He is such a phlegmatic, nice guy. He should not have gone for that run. If he hadn’t been run out he would have easily scored another 40-runs — easy. That would have made all the difference.

AB de Villiers, of course, batter well, in both innings BUT his dismissal in the 2nd innings, caught behind, off his glove, was NOT worthy of a player of his experience, talent and stature. Come ON. You could have weaved out of the way better, or stepped back and whacked it. It is dismissals like that that lose matches.

IF they WIN, Virat Kohli, as ever, deserves a huge amount of praise and credit. It would NOT have been just his large century, it is his irrepressible, ebullient presence.

Mike Brearley, one of the BEST Test captains ever — and certainly the most cerebral and educated —  used to say: “there are captains that wait for things to happen, and others that make things happen”. Kohli definitely falls into the latter category. Just his presence in the field seems to make things happen.

I am keeping my fingers crossed …

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