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Friday, June 25, 2010

Ten Sportspeople The French Can Still Be Proud Of

1. Nicolas Mahut, world no.2 endurance tennis star
2. Monsieur Mangetout (Michael Lotito), extreme eating champ
3. Claude Makelele, inventor of the 'Makelele Role'
4. Philippe Petit, Twin Towers tightrope walker
5. Sebastien Chabal, rugby's Captain Caveman
6. Marie Sebag, chess grandmaster at the age of 22
7. Tony Parker, NBA star and husband of Eva Longoria
8. Helle Nice, actress/model/downhill skier/pioneering female racing driver
9. Bixente Lizarazu, footballer/winning hand in Scrabble
10. André the Giant (André Roussimoff), professional wrestler/graffiti icon

Richie Benaud's Scoring Record in the 1957/58 Test Series v South Africa

1. First Test, Jo'burg, first innings: 122 runs
2. First Test, Jo'burg, second innings: DNB
3. Second Test, Cape Town, first innings: 33 runs
4. Second Test, Cape Town, second innings: DNB
5. Third Test, Durban, first innings: 5 runs
6. Third Test, Durban, second innings: 20 runs
7. Fourth Test, Jo'burg, first innings: 100 runs
8. Fourth Test, Jo'burg, second innings: DNB
9. Fifth Test, Port Elizabeth, first innings: 43 runs
10. Fifth Test, Port Elizabeth, second innings: 6 not out

Total runs: 329
Average: 54.83
(Bowling: 30 wickets @ 21.93)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Richie Benaud's Scoring Record in the 1953 Ashes Series

1. First Test, Nottingham, first innings: 3 runs
2. First Test, Nottingham, second innings: 0 runs
3. Second Test, Lord's, first innings: 0 runs
4. Second Test, Lord's, second innings: 5 runs
5. Third Test, Manchester, first innings: did not play
6. Third Test, Manchester, second innings: did not play
7. Fourth Test, Leeds, first innings: 7 runs
8. Fourth Test, Leeds, second innings: did not bat
9. Fifth Test, The Oval, first innings: did not play
10. Fifth Test, The Oval, second innings: did not play

Total: 15 runs
Average: 3 runs
(Bowling: 68 overs - 19 maidens - 2 for 174)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Ten Things I Could Have Done Instead of Watching England v Algeria

1. Caught up on some sleep
2. Given my daughter a longer bath
3. Made a slow-cook lamb stew
4. Watched the brilliant Steve Winwood/Traffic documentary on BBC Four
5. Gone for a very long run
6. Listened to 30,000 vuvuzelas for 90 mins with the picture off
7. Watched a re-run of the Argentina game
8. Driven to Mothercare while it was empty
9. Did I mention sleep?
10. Watched paint dry

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Ten Features from Vanity Fair's August 1987 Issue

1. Is Rupert Murdoch's TV "network" too lumpen to survive?
2. Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent - A Chicago lawyer's first novel is this year's blockbuster crime read
3. Timothy Dalton, the new James Bond, is stirred but not shaken by 007's Aston Martin
4. The best of Burgundy (and California Pinot Noir)
5. Does it really make no difference how much you spend on an amplifier?
6. In the grip of AIDS, Roy Cohn maintained his fierce bravado
7. Introducing Conde Nast's Traveler, the insider's guide to the outside world
8. US Attorney Rudolph Giuliani, 43, is today's Eliot Ness, taking on organized crime, political corruption, and the big boys of Wall Street
9. Is Michelle Pfeiffer too beautiful to be a movie star?
10. Holy Sheen - Watching Charlie's phenomenal rise, does his father Michael feel a twinge about his own career?

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Nine Courses from Marie-Antoine Carême's Regent's Banquet, Brighton Royal Pavilion, 18 January 1817

1. Soupes
2. 8 Relevés du Poisson
3. 15 Assiettes Volants à Servir Aprés Les Poissons
4. 8 Grosses Piéces
5. 40 Entrées
6. 8 Piéces Montées
7. 8 Roasts
8. 32 Entremets
9. 12 Assiettes Volantes

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Ten Movies Featuring the Fictional Town of Shermer, Illinois

1. Weird Science
2. The Breakfast Club
3. Home Alone
4. Sixteen Candles
5. Pretty In Pink
6. Planes, Trains & Automobiles
7. National Lampoon's Vacation
8. She's Having A Baby
9. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
10. Dogma