On the final day of the second Ashes Test at Lord's, England batsman Jonny Bairstow was given out controversially when Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey threw down the stumps after Bairstow walked out of his crease. The dismissal led to anger and frustration among England players and fans, and some MCC members confronted Australian players in the Long Room after lunch.
What did the Great Britain and Australian leaders say about this incident? A No.10 Downing Street spokesman reported that British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said, "The prime minister agrees with (England captain) Ben Stokes, who said he simply wouldn't want to win a game in the manner that Australia did".
Anthony Albanese tweeted, "I'm proud of our men's and women's cricket teams, who have both won their opening two #Ashes matches against England. Same old Aussies – always winning!" Let's head back a hundred years ago to what started it all….
" The Ashes" is named after the historic cricket rivalry between England and Australia, dating back to 1882. It originated after England's first-ever Test cricket defeat to Australia on English soil at The Oval (located at Kennington in the borough of Lambeth, in south London) on 29th August 1882. A satirical obituary in The Sporting Times stated that English cricket had died, and "the body will be cremated, and the ashes taken to Australia."
Subsequent series between the two nations became known as The Ashes. The teams now compete in five-match Test series alternately in England and Australia. The series is fiercely contested, symbolising cricketing pride, with the victor gaining possession of a small urn believed to contain the "ashes" of a cricket bail.
In the 1932-33 Ashes series, England's captain Douglas Jardine adopted a tactic known as "bodyline," involving fast and short-pitched deliveries targeting the body of Australian batsmen. This aggressive strategy, devised to 'out' Australia's most famous batsman, Don Bradman, sparked outrage and strained relations between the teams. The series witnessed intense on-field confrontations and accusations of unsportsmanlike behaviour. Despite England's victory, Bodyline left a lasting impact on cricket, leading to rule changes and a re-evaluation of the spirit of the game.
During this time, Sir Alexander Hore-Ruthven, the Governor of South Australia, was highly critical of the controversial tactics employed by the English cricket team. He condemned the bodyline strategy as unsportsmanlike and detrimental to the spirit of the game. Hore-Ruthven and many others felt that the aggressive and potentially dangerous bowling tactic, explicitly targeting the batters, went against the traditional principles of fair play in cricket. The Bodyline series created a diplomatic strain between England and Australia and brought the issue of sportsmanship and the ethics of cricket to the forefront of public discourse.
James Henry Thomas, a prominent British politician and member of the British Cabinet during this time, had expressed his concerns and disapproval of the controversial tactic. As the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs then, Thomas knew of the diplomatic tensions the Bodyline series was causing between England and Australia.
In January 1933, during a meeting with the Australian Prime Minister Joseph Lyons, Thomas reportedly apologised for the use of bodyline bowling by the English cricket team. He acknowledged that the tactics employed by the English captain, Douglas Jardine, were causing offence and strain in Anglo-Australian relations. Thomas was famously quoted, “No politics ever introduced into the British Empire caused me so much trouble as this damn bodyline bowling.”
Looking back over a century ago, it's fascinating to reflect on the origins of The Ashes and how this longstanding cricket rivalry continues to evoke intense emotions and contentious moments on and off the field. The series remains a captivating showcase of skill, passion, and national pride for both England and Australia, exemplifying the enduring appeal of this historic sporting spectacle.
Resource: Australian 1984 TV mini-series called ‘Bodyline’
Article Published By: World Protocol Magazine
Mumbai, the bustling financial, call centre and movie-making (Bollywood) capital of India, is known for its vibrant culture, diverse melting-pot population, and iconic local trains. Navigating these trains during rush hour, when the city is at its busiest, can be a heart-pumping exercise if you are new to this! However, with a bit of preparation and insider knowledge, you can turn this chaotic experience into a smooth journey. Here's your comprehensive guide to using Mumbai's local trains during rush hour.
1. Understand the Mumbai Train Network: Before you embark on your rush hour adventure, familiarise yourself with the Mumbai local train network. These trains serve a larger number of stations and have longer routes, connecting different parts of the city and extending into the outskirts and out to cities such as Bangalore, Delhi or Ahmadabad. Tickets are less expensive than the metro, and the cost will change if you choose first, second-class or air-conditioned carriages. The city is served by three main lines – Western, Central, and Harbour. Each line connects different parts of the city and has its own set of stations. See the Wikipedia Map
2. Navigate the Local Metro Train Network: Mumbai has two types of train networks (formally known as Bombay). Mumbai suburban trains operate on traditional rail technology, while metro trains use modern rapid transit technology with features like driverless trains, all carriages are air-conditioned, and bags are searched upon entering the station. Being a relatively newer system, Metro trains may experience less crowding, especially during non-peak hours and are slightly more expensive. Metro lines are designed to connect specific routes to reduce travel time within the city. See Metro Train Map
3. Identify Your Route: Determine your starting and ending stations and the line you need to take. Mumbai locals operate on a slow and fast train system, with slow trains stopping at every station and fast trains skipping some stations. Plan your route accordingly to minimise travel time. I recommend you do this the day before you actually travel.
4. Check the Train Schedule: Mumbai locals run on a tight schedule, and knowing the train timings is crucial. Numerous apps and websites provide real-time information on train schedules, helping you plan your journey more efficiently. The best app to use is m-Indicator, which I have seen numerous locals use (myself included) on their phones to check the progress of their train so they don't miss their stops while scrolling or watching the occasional Bollywood movie. m-Indicator will also direct you to the platform that you need to be on if you are changing trains as many of signs are written in Hindi and can be unclear even to locals.
5. Purchasing a Ticket: Yes, for those that are not local...you might have to line up at the ticket counter! I have found that the one dispensing tickets is very helpful and quick. Here are some tips to get you to and back from your desired destination. Have the station name on your mobile ready to show if they cannot understand the name of the station you want to get to, also, have ready cash to pay for the ticket. Locals will become anxious if you start to dig around your bag holding up the line and may push in. You will also need to indicate whether you will be going one way or want a return ticket, and do you want to be in first class or second carriage?
6. Arrive Early: Rush hour in Mumbai is no joke, and trains can get incredibly crowded. Arrive at the station well in advance to secure a good spot in the line and increase your chances of finding a seat on the train. Mumbai locals have a designated ladies' compartment. If you're a woman or travelling with female companions, take advantage of this facility for a more comfortable journey. There will be signs along the breadth of the station to indicate where the carriage will stop for you to alight.
7. Mind the Gap: Be prepared for the mad rush when the train arrives. Westerners are used to standing clear of the doors and letting passengers alight before boarding. In Mumbai, it happens very differently; you will be pushed to go inside as the train. Please make sure that you take a step up onto the train; otherwise, like me, you can get your foot caught under, only to fall on the person in front of you. The train only waits a minute for passengers to alight. Keep valuables close to you, such as placing your bag in front of your body, so you can keep a one on it. Stay alert for your stop. Mumbai locals have a quick turnaround time at each station. Keep a close ear on announcements or your live app so you're ready to disembark. Get prepared early before you arrive at your stop, pushing your way near the door, so you get off before the train starts to leave for the next station.
8. Embrace the Chaos Whilst Travelling: When entering the train, if you have got on the train in peak time, there is a chance there will be no seats. The best place to stand, without getting shoved or yelled at, is in the aisle or walkway; if that is blocked with people, then you will have to stand between where people are seated. Comfortably, you will be able to stand three people in seated rows! If you are travelling non-peak, then you will be seated on metal or hard foam chairs; you may see people sitting on the floor or sleeping across seats. You will also get sellers bringing a huge hanging stand of products such as socks, scarves, earrings and essential items that you may not find at your local supermarket or bizarre. I have done my best shopping with these types of sellers.
Embrace the chaos, strike up a conversation with fellow commuters, and enjoy the unique experience that defines Mumbai's rush hour. While Mumbai's rush hour can be overwhelming, mastering the art of using local trains during this time is a rite of passage for anyone visiting or living in the city. With the right knowledge and a bit of patience, you can transform your commute into an adventure and appreciate the vibrant spirit of Mumbai. Safe travels!
Sustainable etiquette...you heard right! Is there such a thing? In an era where environmental consciousness is at the forefront of global concerns, individuals are increasingly seeking ways to integrate ethical and sustainable practices into their daily lives. Sustainable etiquette offers a pathway for eco-conscious consumers to align their actions with their values. This blog explores practical tips and guidance for incorporating sustainable habits into various aspects of daily living.
Mindful Consumption: Begin by re-evaluating your consumption habits. Opt for products that are ethically sourced, environmentally friendly, and produced with sustainable practices. Consider the lifespan of items before purchasing and invest in quality, long-lasting goods to reduce overall waste.
Waste Reduction: Embrace the mantra of "reduce, reuse, recycle." Minimise single-use plastics and disposables by trading it for reusable alternatives. Explore creative ways to repurpose items and participate in recycling programs within your community. Composting is another impactful method to divert organic waste from landfills.
Sustainable Wardrobe: Fashion plays a pivotal role in sustainable living. Choose clothing made from eco-friendly materials, support ethical fashion brands, and consider second-hand shopping, which I totally love. Regularly assess your wardrobe to avoid unnecessary purchases and contribute to a more sustainable and mindful approach to fashion.
Eco-Friendly Travel: When exploring the world, adopt eco-conscious travel habits. Choose sustainable accommodations, support local businesses, and minimise your carbon footprint by opting for public transportation or eco-friendly modes of travel. Respect the natural environment and local cultures during your journeys.
Green Eating: Consider the environmental impact of your dietary choices. Opt for locally sourced, organic, and seasonal produce (so much better for the body!). Reduce meat consumption or explore plant-based alternatives to lower your ecological footprint. Being mindful of food waste is equally crucial for sustainable living.
Community Engagement: Join local environmental initiatives or create your own. Engage with like-minded individuals to share ideas, resources, and tips for sustainable living. Participate in community clean-ups, tree plantings, or workshops to promote awareness and collective action. I love to make cuttings re-pot them and give them away to family and friends a few months down the track, once the cuttings have bloomed and grown.
Educational Outreach: Share your knowledge and enthusiasm for sustainable living with friends, family, and your community. Social media platforms provide excellent avenues to raise awareness and inspire others to adopt eco-conscious practices. A collective effort can amplify the impact of sustainable etiquette.
Embracing sustainable etiquette is not only a personal choice but a collective too. By making mindful decisions in daily life, we contribute to a healthier planet and a more sustainable future. As eco-conscious consumers, let us continually seek guidance, educate ourselves, and inspire others to join the journey towards a more ethical and sustainable world.
So, you've decided it's time to hire a virtual assistant - the unsung hero of modern productivity. But hold on, before you dive into the vast sea of websites, let's chat about a few things that might just save you from the chaos of a misaligned partnership. Because, let's face it, finding the right virtual assistant is like finding a needle in a digital haystack.
Skills and Expertise
Consider the required skills. Identifying the essential skills tailored to your business is paramount. Assess your business needs and look for a virtual assistant with the specific skills required for the tasks at hand, whether it's administrative support, social media management, or specialised technical skills. Specialised technical skills, if needed, warrant a candidate proficient in the relevant tools, ensuring task precision and efficiency.
Clarity and Responsiveness
Effective communication is crucial. Ensure the virtual assistant is proficient in the language you operate in to avoid misunderstandings and errors. Look for clear communication and responsiveness during the hiring process. A virtual assistant who communicates well from the start is likely to maintain this throughout your working relationship.
Check if the virtual assistant is proficient in the tools and software relevant to your business. This includes project management tools, communication platforms, and any industry-specific software. Adaptability to New Technology: Assess the virtual assistant's ability to adapt to new technologies. A tech-savvy assistant can quickly learn and integrate new tools, contributing to increased efficiency.
Budgeting for a Virtual Assistant
What tasks do you need help with? How much are you willing to spend? Virtual assistants offer a wide range of services, so it's important to find one that fits your specific needs and budget. Find the right fit for your business needs and work culture. Take the time to speak to your VA to ensure a successful and productive working relationship.
So, there you have it - the virtual assistant hiring circus. Remember, finding the right one is a bit like online dating. You need communication, compatibility, and a shared love for gifs. But with a little humour and a keen eye for these crucial factors, you're on your way to hiring the perfect virtual sidekick. May your inbox be organised, your tasks be completed, and your virtual assistant be the unsung hero you always dreamed of.
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