|Just waiting for the plasterer |
to get back to us
Well, FB guesses the authorities forgot to ask him which weekend he had in mind. An early spurt luring them into the false impression that progress was being made. Then a little break 'Problems with the suppliers, guv, could go somewhere else but it's inferior, I wouldn't recommend it.' Then the need to consult the architect, 'This plan, guv, see, it shouldn't have that wall there. That's where you want your en suite. That wall should be somewhere else.' It's just one thing after another. Then there is only a voice message, and no one returns the calls. And there you are, with less than 3 weeks to go before India and England are due to play in the World Cup, you've got an unrenovated stadium no seats, no toilets, no stairs. The ICC descend and decide to move the match to Bangalore. Perhaps the paint job was the better option after all.
Eden Gardens is the oldest cricket ground in India, cricket was first played there in 1863. Now it is the second largest cricket stadium in the world after the MCG, with a capacity of 86,000 (although its record crowd is said to be over 130,000 in the days before no one really bothered with health and safety and all that stuff. Perhaps people were smaller in those days.) Douglas Jardine's MCC side played the first Test match there in 1934.
|Laxman and Dravid|
Despite its name, Eden Gardens is no Garden of Eden. It has a reputation as a highly charged venue and riots by the crowd are regular excitements. The 2 most celebrated incidents were both in the 1990s. The 1996 World Cup semi-final was called off when Sri Lanka were on the verge of victory over the home side after an Indian collapse and the crowd set fire to the stands. More renovation needed! And in 1999 Sachin Tendulkar was run out after colliding with Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar. The crowd thought that Akhtar had impeded Tendulkar and rioted, forcing the police to evict the spectators. The match continued in front of an empty stadium.
Sometimes even Fantasy Bob has to have sympathy with those in the building trade. Things can just happen on the building site. Try this link for an example - Gerard Hofnung's superb Bricklayer's Lament. Test Match Quality