After much deliberation late last year, I’ve decided to start a series of posts here on the ‘Spill. Inspired in part by Philip King’s (he of Scullion fame) weekly show on RTÉ Radio 1, South Wind Blows, I’m going to take anyone who decides to follow the series on a rambling journey through whatever the hell is interesting me at the moment. This could be music, books, films, life, interestingly-shaped clouds…
(On that note, when typing this I accidentally wrote “interestingly-shaped clods” and yes, I may indeed discuss Wayne Rooney, being as I am a Utd fan and all that…)
And continuing the theme of interestingly-shaped clods, I’m going to start this inaugural miscellany with a childhood hero of mine, Mr Shane Warne. Despite looking like a shambling, good-natured slacker, Warne was a sublime spin bowler. Here’s him bowling the ‘ball of the century’, the young player’s first ball on English soil, which dismissed the redoubtable Mike Gatting (apologies for the poor video quality):
And here he is demonstrating his brilliant fielding abilities in his favoured position of slip (for the benefit of those who come from non-cricketing nations, the three slip postions are arguably the hardest positions to field in because you’re very near the batsman, so you have to react incredibly quickly to stop – let alone catch – the ball):
One of Warne’s most appealing characteristics was that despite his bulk (there’s an oft-repeated story that at the beginning of his career, when he was 12th man – that’s basically a substitute – for Victoria, two cricketers walked by as he sat on a bench watching a match. One was one of his teammates, the other was a respected Australian international, possibly Alan Border. The teammate pointed at Warne – a hefty, almost baby-faced teenager – who had a margarita in one had with a cigarette fixed between two fingers and a slice of pizza in the other, and said “See him? He’s one to watch.” The senior player replied “Nah, he’ll never play for Australia.”) he was always incredibly agile. More to the point – at least from the perspective of three-year-old me – he always looked like he was having fun.
Since his retirement from international cricket, he has worked as a commentator for Sky. This is always guaranteed entertainment: he’s remarkably insightful about cricketing matters and I’m sure any other cricket fans on here will agree that it’s a great treat to get him and Michael Holding commentating together. Of course, being Shane Warne, he’s also prone to spectacular gaffes. One time, discussing a Pakistani Muslim bowler who had completely lost his form, Warne stated (quite reasonably) that the player was probably over-thinking his technique and training too hard, which would only make his performance worse. He then added “He needs to relax, have a few margaritas…” to which his fellow (and equally gaffe-prone) commentator David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd (the nickname says it all…) replied “I think you’re missing something here, Shane…”
This is all by-the-by. The real point that I’m driving at is that we had the Australian open on the TV the other day when this happened:
Face it, the man’s a legend!
So, on to today’s music. Some of you may have noticed me raving on RR about getting the opportunity to interview Hearts Under Fire for my university’s newspaper, so of course I’m beginning today with the girls’ most recent single We’ve Come Too Far To Live In The Past:
It’s an appropriate sentiment to begin the new year with, and one that’s very close to my heart at the moment.
Continuing the theme of new beginnings, here’s The Gaslight Anthem with 45:
News of a Fall Out Boy reunion has been doing the rounds over the last few days, even trending on Twitter. Of the music blogs and websites I frequent, Property of Zach say it’s happening, Alternative Press and Punknews aren’t sure and Rock Sound haven’t mentioned it. Lead guitarist Joe Trohman took to Twitter to say it wasn’t happening, but everyone knows not to believe a statement about the band until it’s confirmed by Pete Wentz. Given that his ex-wife has announced she is to release a new single called Bat For A Heart (an obvious reference to this image, which at various points has been the logo for Wentz’s label DecayDance Records and his clothing company Clandestine Industries), Pete will probably be re-entering the musical fray in some way, shape or form later this year to engage in a slanging-match with the missus. Can’t wait.
Property of Zach concluded their article on the potential reunion with the lines: “Stop refreshing for a journal update. Welcome, it’s here.” Here’s what they were referring to: Thriller by Fall Out Boy feat. Jay-Z: