Friday, September 10, 2010

Special Bonus: Me on Steve Waugh.

Ah, the good old days. I found this paragraph, which I must've written for some competition or other - the question was probably 'Why do you love Steve Waugh?'  I have one of my housemate's answers on file as well, so I wasn't just writing random panegyrics to Steve... not that there's anything wrong with that.
I love Steve because he is a stubborn, competitive and occasionally ruthless captain who has lead our team in carving a swathe of devastation through international cricket. Despite the nay-sayers bemoaning the lack of competitiveness, we love to win, and Steve gave us lots of wins. We will excuse a man much who succeeds, and fortunately Steve has not given us much to forgive him for. What he has given us is years of beautiful cricket as a player and as a captain. When he finally goes he’ll be sadly missed, but I know that his mark on Australian cricket will live on.
I probably wouldn't call his cricket 'beautiful' these days, but then again, I like Shane Watson, so maybe I would.

I miss Steve, and one of my highlights of being at Lords last year is that I walked past him.

Internet Driftwood.

Alternative title: lazy post. I am working on the next of the I-love-cricket series but it keeps changing, what with Current Developments. I've been clearing out fourteen years worth of electronic stuff that has accumulated at my employer, and found a document called 'Spam Philosophy.'

Once upon a time, we got spam at work which included random text in order to get past the filter. This text often made sense, which is how it got through, and I harvested any aphorisms that caught my fancy. I am not intending to start posting my 'best of' funny emails for the last fourteen years, but this is an emptying of the pockets before I delete all this stuff.  This is internet driftwood I've collected because the shape was funny, or beautiful, or particularly twisted, and now I'm returning it to the ocean. 

Where you tend a rose, a thistle will not grow.

The most exhausting thing you can do is to be inauthentic.

The wisest mind has something yet to learn.

Art washes the dust of everyday life away from the soul.

Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.

Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.

Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.

Communication without intelligence is noise; intelligence without communication is irrelevant.

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

To be feared is much safer then to be loved.

The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage.

The mind is slow to unlearn what it learnt early.

By perseverance the snail reached the ark.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

Persistence plus no dignity equals success.

Storms make trees take deeper roots.

Win hearts, and you have all men's hands and purses.

Where there is no hope, there can be no endeavour.

It's easy to stop making mistakes. Just stop having ideas.

Never mistake motion for action.

Call no man foe, but never love a stranger.

I think, therefore I'm single.

Life is too important to be taken seriously.

There is no failure – only feedback.

Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance.

Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can.