I was looking forward to seeing a titanic battle between (Sir) Ian Botham and the RSPB on Newsnight tonight. Given that Beefy is an all-rounder, would the RSPB field its Director, Scotland, Stuart Housden, to block the balls in Boycott-fashion or would Martin Harper be sent out to fire down a few bouncers at a padded-up Beefy?
Apparently Beefy can’t be found – #wheresBeefy?
It might be that Beefy is curled up with his copy of Sibley given that there is a Carolina Wren on the website where he has the nerve to suggest that the RSPB is a bit picky about which species of bird it features on its website. Hit own wicket?
Maybe Beefy didn’t have the balls to turn up, or the bat, or the knowledge? Retired hurt?
Perhaps he should look for his balls in the long grass – he has a history with grass.
I asked the RSPB whether Sir Ian was a member and they said that they weren’t sure but I reckon he had been called that a few times today.
But seriously, I remember years ago (obviously) going to watch ‘Both’ play for my home county of Somerset just down the road from here at Wellingborough School against Northants, and he was amazing. It was a great afternoon watching him and Viv Richards take Northants apart.
Being good, no, great, at cricket is not necessarily an adequate preparation for being able to argue the rights and wrongs of nature conservation. Sir Ian, I salute your amazing sporting past, you were a brave and inspiring sportsman, but you were wise to hide in the pavilion rather than face the opposition on such a sticky wicket.[registration_form]