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It's Just Not Cricket Old Bean

It's Just Not Cricket Old Bean

A Scottish friend recently reminded me of a time and a place I enjoyed while playing tourist.  In my company was Joomla founder Johan Janssens and Rochen founder Christopher Adams.

Our group had ventured to Saltaire, a World Heritage site, famous for its socialistic roots created by Sir Titus Salt.  Salt had built a massive linen business with two huge knitting mills.  He built a town around the enterprise.  Workers were all given a house in which to live, schools were built, and sporting facilities added.

A tea-totaller, no pubs were built.  The nearest pub was high up on the vale of the valley.  The owner of that pub built an inclinator to make the trip comfortable for Saltaire types, much to Sir Titus' chagrin.  At it's peak it was the busiest cable car in Europe.

In town, there are two lions made of sandstone.  The story goes that they had been the original blanks made out of sandstone and meant to be bronzed for Picadilly Circus.  But the lions were rejected because they had all their "tackle" in place.  Not the kind of thing that was considered appropriate in Victorian times.  Salt bought them from the London designers at a bargain price.

We took Johan and Chris to see the locals playing cricket.  The "funny" rules of cricket were explained:

You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.

Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out.

When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in, and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out.

Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out trying to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in.

There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.

When both sides have been in, and all the men have out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!

Something Johan will never forget.  The look on his face — priceless!

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