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  1. Speaking of batsman what happened to Renshaw? (Actually he is another player from my club here in Yorkshire, he and Root played together as kids). He looked to me a natural test opener and a good fit alongside Warner at the top of the innings. If he was registered for England, as he could have been, I'm sure he would have been capable to do a job perhaps in the Cook role.
  2. I think it is fair to say that the rankings are a pretty good reflection of the top 5 right now. Smith is clearly in a golden patch where his recent dismissal for only 40 odd was seen as a positive result for England. I’m biased in that I was Root’s first captain in senior cricket and batted with him on quite a few occasions when he was a youngster and it was always clear he had some magic about him. With his first ball in senior cricket he took out the middle stump of some great oik who had given him some lip when I ask Joe to bowl. It gave me immense pleasure to escort said buffoon back to the pavilion with a few choice Yorkshire phrases I hope he still remembers. Part of the problem for Rooty is the same reason Anderson is so high in the bowling rankings. The pitches and conditions in the UK are so bowler friendly that not many batsmen can score big often, particularly in the second innings. Last year the Windies knocked off odd 300 odd at Leeds but that was a compete fluke. Normally in tests these days in the UK 200 is the max to chase in the last innings. It seems that Rootys conversion rate in the second innings is really poor but I think this is part of the problem. It’s also no coincidence that Kholi is not half the player in England he is when in the sub continent, that’s not to say he’s not a sublime player, he is for sure. This problem of playing in seaming bowler friendly conditions in the UK is for me the main reason why we will/are get thumped by the Aussies this series. The minute the ball stops moving off the pitch or in the air we are buggered.
  3. “Cigars with the Boss, is this the name of Ken’s dream TV show? I would watch it, would also suggest “Fish and Chips with Kylie”
  4. Thanks Rob, good timing for me as I’m flying there tomorrow for a few days. Will give some of these a whirl and report back.
  5. If you are prepared to travel 50 minutes by car outside of Vienna you should check out Excalibur city (http://www.excaliburcity.com/en/) just over the border in the Czech republic. The widest selection and lowest prices I have seen anywhere in Europe.
  6. Not my top film ever (that's The Deerhunter) but bloody hell its good. Bill Murray (his best performance?), cigars, Japan, the loneliness of travel, Scarlet Johansson and songs from Elvis Costello and Jesus & Marychain. For those of you who have not seen it please do, the ending alone makes it worthwhile.
  7. On a recent trip to Spain I checked out 3 or 4 boxes at a couple of shops, all looked as rough as arseholes and all where sealed before I asked to check them. Not a big sample size I know but it convinced me that these were not all across the board winners and blind buying would be out of the question at this price.
  8. The good lady is flying in from London to join me so architecture it is. Thanks for the advice guys, much appreciated. Any south beach hotels I should consider ?
  9. I will be arriving into Miami International airport from Brazil in a few weeks at around 7pm on a Thursday evening, the next day I am driving on to Naples beach for a few days so I will want a hotel for the evening. Can anyone advise if I should stay at a hotel near the airport or is it better to go downtown or to the beach area and stop there for the night? Is it a lot of messing around just for the evening or worthwhile? Thanks
  10. I knew that guy!!!

    Was a year or two younger than a couple of the guys from Def Leppard at school. Nice blokes, sadly one of them no longer with us.
  11. Smoked one tonight. 6th from a box from our host. Caramel note is increasing for sure but the smoking time is not as all are so underfilled. A real pity as it ruins what could be a really great cigar.
  12. Sorry to hear this. He also made, in my opinion, the finest music film documentary ever - Stop Making Sense. RIP
  13. A brief update and thanks for all the advice, much appreciated. Yesterday my cigars all arrived, safe and sound to their new home in rainy London. They are now resting in the humidor to recover. I nipped out to JJFoxes in St James for a celebratory JL 1 in their super upstairs smoking room.
  14. Picked one up a couple of years ago but not smoked one yet. Here is the travel humidor packed this weekend, actually traveling to my new home in London right now. Waiting nervously

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