Richie Benaud meant so much to so many people, and despite his extreme modesty you know he accepted the good humour of it all. And unlike many of his contemporary ex-player-turned-commentators, you could never accuse him of being a curmudgeon.
In the US they have March Madness. The 64 team knockout contest in men's basketball where fans fill out their bracket and attempt to pick, before the tournament commences, all 63 winners right down to the Championship game. In that futile tradition I give you my February Foolishness, as I attempt to pick the winners of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Some photos from my personal archives demonstrate how the presence of the Gatorade has evolved, and ultimately deteriorated, at the drinks break of Test matches during the Australian summer. (And probably how the standards of mobile phone photography have improved.)
Victoria Bitter? No, that's just the advertising.
New South Wales defeated Victoria by an innings and 48 runs in two and a half days at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 14 February 2014. This was despite the best efforts of Glenn "The Big Show" Maxwell who scored 94 for the Vics in their first innings of 218.
Actually around six weeks old but that's how long I take to discover things. By Steve Breen of the San Diego Union-Tribune:
Twitpic did not cease to exist on September 25 as recently anticipated.
The Twitpic twitter account announced on September 19 that the business had been purchased. To date the identity of the buyer has not been made public.
We're happy to announce we've been acquired and Twitpic will live on! We will post more details as we can disclose them
— TwitPic (@TwitPic) September 18, 2014