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England in the Caribbean – 17th February 2019

 February 17, 2019
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Barbados seems largely comfortable with the superficiality of its reputation as land of excess, of vacations and beautiful beaches. Like a model who makes a living from her looks, Barbados smiles and accepts the fees. Not that there isn’t the odd ‘snap’ at those who take things for granted. There’s plenty of that – there […]

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England in the Caribbean – 16th February 2019

 February 16, 2019
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It doesn’t happen often, but occasionally there really is a day off. A full day off, completely. On such days, mostly, it becomes important to do one of two things: As much as possible – or nothing at all. Or a combination of both. The ‘Cool Runnings’ Catamaran does a pretty simple thing. Drinks, snacks […]

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England in the Caribbean – 15th February 2019

 February 15, 2019
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So, back to Barbados. Early morning flights are an occupational hazard of touring some parts of the world but are most common in India and the Caribbean where seats are in great demand (the former) and  limited (the latter). The snag lies at the other end when a 30-minute flight from St.Lucia results in a […]

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England in the Caribbean – 12th February 2019

 February 12, 2019
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England’s victory duly arrived a little earlier than anticipated following Joe Root’s spontaneous and possibly emotional declaration at the fall of his wicket for 122. Jonny Bairstow was already swinging his bat at the bottom of the staircase in anticipation of breezy hit when he was sent back upstairs. Ben Stokes might also have been […]

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England in the Caribbean – 11th February 2019

 February 11, 2019
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You can’t keep a good man down for long and Joe Root is one of England’s greatest, not now, but ever,” said Nasser Hussain on commentary as the England captain drove the ball sweetly to the long off boundary to register his 16th Test century (to go with his remarkable collection of 41 half centuries.) […]

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England in the Caribbean – 10th February 2019

 February 10, 2019
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One of the brightest moments of humour on tour occurred towards the end of our stay in Barbados for the first Test match when Steve Harmison was invited along to a ‘Barmy Army’ function at a local hostelry – private room and all. Far from the happy-go-lucky, randomly gathered together bunch of eclectic supporters which […]

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England in the Caribbean – 9th February 2019

 February 9, 2019
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As each hour goes by in St.Lucia it’s becoming increasingly difficult to imagine becoming frustrated with anything. It’s far from perfect, but the people looking after us are ridiculously relaxed and calm. I left my wallet in the hotel before leaving for the ground and the taxi driver said: “No problem. You can pay me […]

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England in the Caribbean – 8th February 2019

 February 8, 2019
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Few islands in the Caribbean extend the hand of welcome and friendship quite like St.Lucia. Not only have the people from the Tourist Board offered to provide all our transport on the island for the next nine days, but they hosted a function in TalkSport’s honour at the St.Lucia Yacht Club having arranged a ridiculous […]

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England in the Caribbean – 6th February 2019

 February 6, 2019
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So it’s good bye to Antigua and the St.James Resort. I’ve left many places over the last quarter of a century convinced I’ll never return only to do so ten or a dozen years later. But I’m pretty sure there will be no return to St.James. Hopefully I’m wrong. I’ll miss the tiny, brightly coloured birds which have […]

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England in the Caribbean – 5th February 2019

 February 5, 2019
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It was back to English Harbour again today – couldn’t resist it. The run is 6km each way (back pack of water bottles, obviously) but it’s the sights along the way, as well as the historical ones at the destination, which make it so interesting and compelling. Even more ‘super yachts’ had arrived overnight and […]

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