Aussie Culture Tips 1

The MCG! Legendary cricket ground where many a Test has been won and lost. Now super-science ensures that all the grass blades receive their own special care.

The MCG! Legendary cricket ground where many a Test has been won and lost. Now super-science ensures that all the grass blades receive their own special care.

Australians take cricket very seriously. On a recent jaunt to Melbourne I was wandering about in the MCG (The Melbourne Cricket Ground) and this picture shows how obsessed Aussies are about playing on the perfect grass.

This massive framework supports huge sun lamps which can be positioned to ensure that those parts of the ground that get more shade than the other sections receive adequate light for even growth.

The whole thing looked quite surreal and I did feel that perhaps the extreme attention paid to almost each blade of grass a trifle over the top.

As Australia recently suffered its worst defeat in a test match in all of cricket history I also wonder if this attention to the grounds has done any good at all. Sigh.

Anyway…the picture looked cool.

 
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16 thoughts on “Aussie Culture Tips 1

  1. Lovely grass indeed! Sincere condolences on the recent disaster – being in England at the time, I was caught up in the gloating, though not being an avid follower of cricket, I probably didn’t feel the pride I should have done. And as a Welshman, it didn’t really matter either way…

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  2. Ah yes, Edgebaston, as they say, “I was there!”
    As a gentle reminder to Curtis from a fellow Welshman, it’s ok to support ‘you know who’ in cricket, it is after all to give it it’s correct title, the “England and Wales Test and County Cricket Board.” 🙂

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  3. As an American, I haven’t a bloody clue what’s going on in a cricket game. Wonderful photo, really captures the immensity and grandeur of the place. Of course, it’s just a game. What we create for these kinds of events, seeming to be our last shared culturally ritual. It really strikes home when the stadium is empty.

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    • Cricket is one of the remaining hangovers from an age of leisure where you could take 5 days to play 1 game. I was only just talking to someone the other day who said exactly what you have here about sport being one of our last shared rituals. I wish instead it was art and literature. Sigh… 🙂

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    • It can be fascinating, but also terribly tedious if it drags on for days and days. Sitting in sweltering heat on the summer holidays eating grapes and watching cricket on an old black and white tv is on of my enduring memories of childhood.

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