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Reflections upon a birth and FM radio...

In his formative month, Little Henry took a shine to HO FM radio, and listened to it throughout the day for his first three weeks. He loved its mix of classic rock, 80s and 90s nostalgia and modern hits. In fact, he was born whilst listening to it. As I was perched on the bed, clutching a thigh and watching the top of a head emerge from indust2’s privates, I reflected on what song would be playing when he was officially born. As I first glimpsed the head, Johnny Farnham was singing “Burn for you”, I crossed my fingers hoping he’d stay in a bit longer (he did). Part of me hoped that “Stairway to heaven” would be strung out long enough for him (it wasn’t), “Take it easy” by the Eagles quickly zipped through, the came “Great southern land”, (which I wouldn’t have minded), but I wished the abysmal “I wish I were a punk rocker” song would have ended more quickly than it did. Regardless, he remained wedged firm through the Beatles “Get back”, Jewel’s “You were meant for me”, John Cougar Me

Introducing Henry

This is Henry. He's screaming right now, but he's happy here... 

Brett Lee is rubbish

I worked this out in early December, and have decided to post it here now because it's all very sparse. Brett Lee’s test bowling: 1–10 tests: 930 runs for 48 wickets @ 19.37 11–20: 1166 r 32 w @ 36.43 21–30: 1283 r 32 w @ 40.09 31–40: 1481 r 42 w @ 35.26 41–50: 1342 r 42 w @ 31.95 51–55: 583 r 17 w @ 34.29 His first 15 tests Lee had conceded 1523 runs for 65 wickets @ 23.43 . Since then, he has conceded 5262 runs for 148 wickets @ 35.55 . For a total of 6785 runs for 213 wickets @ 31.85 . As a comparison: AJ Bichel: 1870 r, 58 w @ 32.24 . DW Fleming: 1942 r, 75 w @ 25.89 . JN Gillespie: 6770 r, 259 w @ 26.13 . (First 35 tests @ 26.24 ; Second 36 tests @ 26.03 ). MS Kasprowicz: 3716 r, 113 w @ 32.88 . GD McGrath: 11787 r, 549 w @ 21.46 . PR Reiffel: 2804 r, 104 w @ 26.96 . Other bowlers and their averages who’ve played around the BLee era (albeit with far fewer games/opportunities): J Angel, 46.30 ; NW Bracken, 42.08 ; SR Clark, 17.39 ; SH Cook, 20.28 ; AC Dale, 31.16 ; BP