Saturday, 19 July 2014

Anglo-Indians/Stuart Binny

I am absolutely fascinated by the concept of anglo-indians: those people of [ahem] english origin who, to use the horrible term 'went native', and chose India as their home. Very little is made of it in comparison to those who chose the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia & South Africa. But they exist, even though they are somewhat smothered within the entire population of India.

This was drawn to my attention by the fact that the current India all-rounder in the Test series against England is one Stuart Binny (okay, I let the surname spelling go). But if ever a cricketer should be playing for Scotland, it is he - and I would also like redress on the term "anglo-indian".

Monday, 7 July 2014


When it comes to the English National Cricket team, I will admit I am firmly in the KP camp.

If it is a choice between the two, England can select any opener to get out for twelve after choosing to bat, KP [okay not always, sometimes he gets out stupidly for not many runs] can knock the other team into next week.

Cook can not.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sunday: BBC Radio 4 - 6th July 2014

This morning on "Sunday" the spokeswoman for the United Reform Church spoke in a manner not often heard from ecclesiastical people.

She spoke eloquently about how their wish to be open to new members [in this case gay peoples] might alienate other members of the church who are not so open.

But she was very frank about the difficulties of the Church in keeping both, and it was not as simple as ticking a box.

If more religious leaders were like this and not so lecturing, I would have a lot more respect for more religious leaders.