He did not know why the French should deem Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles worthy of national rejoicing, but he saw no reason to decry their enthusiasm. They are French after all. They do not play cricket. That seemed explanation enough. If they wish to celebrate Fruit Pastilles, let them.
|Another assist for Murray Mints|
There was of course then a bit of a tizz about whether Murray Mints should be banned as a result but the ICC thought better of it. If they banned Murray Mints they would have to ban every other sweet and gum - indeed they might have to ban spit altogether. FB is unsure why they didn't do that - the spit ball is illegal in baseball.
FB has never tested the impacts of Murray Mints on his own bowling. It would be a waste of a good sweet, for his bowling is beyond help.
But this brings to FB's mind another sweet from the distant past which directly celebrated cricket. Sports Mixtures, small chewy things in the shape of various pieces of sporting equipment, were a feature of his childhood and serious addiction was a significant risk among his classmates. There were two cricketing pieces - the bat and a set of stumps beside which was a ball. FB is of course referring to the original Lion Sports Mixtures, not the more recent versions by Maynard which has kept the bat but not the stumps. Cricketers should hold out for Lion.
|Lion's Sports Mixture - showing the bat (yellow) and stumps (green)|
Liquorice Catherine Wheels
Let the French celebrate Pastilles - FB will continue to campaign for a national day in honour of these delights. Vive le Rhubarb Rock!