12
May
10

Some Thoughts, and Cricket

I come home each day, walk in the door, head through the living room and stick my wallet and Walkman in what is essentially the liquor cabinet. I just realized that this is a little strange.

Anyway, I was watching V for Vendetta again yesterday and I noticed some stuff. Being the blatant misogynist I am I just have to comment on that scene where Evey walks out into the rain in that “God is in the rain” moment.

It’s supposed to be the best scene in the movie. V, the male, comes into being by walking through a fire and then roaring like a lion with its tail caught in an escalator. Evey, the female, gets her moment some time later in the movie, and comes out by walking out into the rain and crying into it. The rain tries to add a little pizazz to the scene by throwing a few thunderbolts around, but she just kinda laugh-cries to rub it in.

Now for the cricket part.

Cricket is a strange beast. Like a platypus. I used to watch matches occasionally, but I haven’t managed to catch a single T20 from the current tourney. I just do not miss it enough. Not that I used to watch platipii too or anything. Cricket, like many other games, can unify people. Unfortunately this unification is pretty much a farce since they just unify so that hurling hatred at the other team is easier. For some reason India seems to stir up quite a lot of “dirty indian” sentiment. All I can say is, I take frequent baths. Sri Lankans I’ve run into generally fall into two categories regarding this; those who vehemently hate Indians come cricket season and those who secretly praise Indians.

Honestly, it’s scary. We brag about how many tamil friends we have and how great we are at ignoring that instinctive “noticing” of someone’s race when we see them. But play a match with them and it’s all “oh no buddy, we didn’t agree to any of this shit. Go crawl back into that cesspit you call a country, fiends!”

Is _that_ what you call well adjusted? Everyone complains about how racist everybody else is, about the government, about me posting less frequently and about SLT taking aeons to connect up my ADSL. Isn’t it written down somewhere that you have to improve yourself before taking issue with everyone else?

And on that note, Beyond Borders is doing another Forum Theater on, surprise surprise, racism. It’s called Elected, and the cast is quite liberal with capitalization. You should come. I’ll be there with a pen, to autograph anything you might bring along. Like your face. I do not have a thing for seeing my name everywhere.

Anyway, go here for details and come back here to comment on how nice the page looks. Ignore the cramped bottom right bit, that lot was pushed in at the last minute : http://beyondborders.lk/ft

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7 Responses to “Some Thoughts, and Cricket”


  1. 1 Whacko
    May 12, 2010 at 10:50 am

    we are suckers for superiority i guess. And you have frequent baths eh, that’s nice to know.

  2. May 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    My dislike for the Indian cricket team is ‘cos they come across as sore losers (most of the fans I’ve met definitely are)…it’s nothing to do with the fact that they’re Indian. I’ll accept that some Sri Lankans will consider us playing India as a ‘David vs. Goliath’ contest (in terms of size and power in the world, at least)…this is just a way to assert our superiority in something.

  3. May 31, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Why haven’t I commented on this?

  4. May 31, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    V for Vendetta is probably one of the best movies out there!

  5. May 31, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    3000 comments done!
    You are welcome!


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