What are the main challenges facing the new government? You mean apart from a total lack of political nous and knowledge of the real world? The central problem is the lack of true radicalism. When this country was great, we didn't have the welfare state, a National Health Service or free education. What we did have was an empire, no income tax and a fucking big navy. You don't need a PhD to work it out, do you?
Great bowler and some brilliant performances for England. I always enjoyed his analysis on the Verdict - he definitely told it as he saw it, warts 'n all.
He had looked gaunt when he was last on in the summer. His family have apparently asked for donations to prostate cancer research so it looks as though he lost the battle against this horrible disease.
Post by ilfracoombestokie3 on Dec 4, 2019 18:08:08 GMT
WE were actually having an inter house cricket match in that 1981 game against the Aussies, but 1 lad who loved his cricket brought in a radio ( let's face it , we had no chance ), put it on the boundary full blast, as every wicket England took, the people playing started to get more interested in the radio, than the game themselves, as it got closer & closer, people started to get out on purpose just to come & listen to the radio.
Eventually, even the teachers didn't give a toss, abandoned the matches & we all listened together, when that final Aussie wicket fell, everyone including the teachers just went mental, a day in my life I will never forget& that was 38 years ago.
I began to get interested in cricket in the late 60s and Bob was one of the players who arrived on the scene just after I discovered the joys of TMS.
I remember when the unknown Bob was called up as a late replacement for the 1970/71 Ashes series in Australia where he played the last 4 Tests as 2nd or 3rd change behind John Snow and Peter Lever and then after 3 or 4 injury ravaged seasons it was actually a bit of a surprise when he battled back to become a Test regular from the 1976/77 tour of India for the next 7 or 8 years.
I can confirm Bob was a top bloke and this is sad news indeed.
Whilst serving in Cyprus (Around 1989/90) we got a signal from a Mediterranean Cricket Cruise, yeh I know, wondering if they could play a game against us. Amongst their players were Bob Willis and Bob Taylor! Of course we jumped at the chance. 20 over game where everyone bowls and bats two overs. Even at that age, during his two overs, the batsmen were edging towards the square leg umpire as he came in to bowl! Luckily I came in to bat just as he finished!
So on to our clubhouse afterwards. Both Bob's were really excellent company talking to us with no edge on them at all. As the beers flowed one of our lot mooned Bob, God knows why, and straight out he said. "Hope you piles get better soon, son!"
He may have had this miserable persona but he was an educated, kind and very funny man!
Not a big fan of cricket, but Bob was a joy to watch. Dead pan, especially in that marvellous win over the Aussies. R.I.P. Had a few favourites over the years, Colin Milburn being another, but as I say Bob Willis was a pleasure to watch!
Very sad news. He was a very good fast bowler - I always thought that he had a bit of a funny run up. He never exactly broke into a gallop, but took quite short strides, with that mop of hair flopping around.
Anyway, whenever my hair is due for a cut, you can guarantee that my wife will say something like "It's getting to be a bit of a Bob".