The year has nearly run its course and Christmas is just round the corner. It is, then, a good time to write about the inconsequential and leave the weighty issues of politics and religion for another time. This week’s piece is consists of a few observations and reflections on the game of cricket; quite a timely choice as another ‘Ashes’ test series is underway in Australia. Most North Americans will need a glossary of terms by their sides in order to know what I am talking about. My Canadian grandchildren have no comprehension of a game that can last for five days and not yield a winner. When I tell them that such games are often the most exciting, their level of bafflement increases.
A brief last glance at World affairs shows us that the Thais are rioting in the streets, trying to bring down their government, Ukrainians are doing likewise. The carnage in Syria goes on. Most of the Arab World is in turmoil. China is feeling its oats and generally throwing its weight around. Its latest game is to declare that a large chunk of airspace over the East China Sea should come under its control and that others using the area should ask for permission. Needless to say, the neighbours are right pissed off. The West has struck a deal with Iran in which the latter will pretend to give up its nuclear weapons ambitions in order to get out from under international sanctions. This will alarm Israel to such an extent that she will probably try to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities, thereby provoking even more upset and confusion in the Middle East.
Pope Francis has invited Cardinal George Pell to chair a committee to look into child sexual abuse in the Church. If ever a fox has been invited to take on the role of gamekeeper, this must take the biscuit.
Messrs Abbott, Harper and Cameron, right wing prime ministers of Australia, Canada and Britain, respectively, are getting up the noses of their repsective electorates and look set to lose the next elections. This is surprising in the case of Phoney Tony for he has only been on the job for ten minutes and has already brought about serious breeches in relations with his neighbours and is doing a fine job breaking election promises. He made his mark as opposition leader by merely saying, ‘No,' to everything the former government proposed and casting Ms Gillard, ex-prime minister as Juliar!
But, ’tis the season to be jolly and the antics of pollies and Popes ought not to concern us too greatly at this time.
This week’s piece: Cricket
Friday, December 6th 2013.