Tonker Taylor, Soldier, Spy

9th October 2014

Wagging the Tail  – lower order contributions

So far this has been exclusively a cricket blog, but I think I’m going to allow myself the indulgence of writing or referring to other subjects, as long as I can justify it by finding some kind of cricket connection. The below satisfies that new rule (or being a cricket blog, perhaps I should say ‘Law’?):

Huw Turbervill is an accomplished sports journalist for the UK’s Daily Telegraph, and is also a fine cricket writer – including the highly recommended The Toughest Tour: The Ashes Away Series 1946 to 2007. Huw also has his own personal blog, on which he writes about sport in general, and another passion of his, quality television.

Yesterday he wrote a thoroughly enjoyable piece about his love of the BBC TV series Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. It inspired me to immediately respond with my own recollections of this first-rate drama. And for good measure, my Dad (who introduced me to it, and to John Le Carre generally), also adds his four-penny worth.

You can read all of our opinions on Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley’s People on Huw’s blog here:

And having made my self-indulgent little witticism about Essex’s former Captain, you can find nice little references to him here within Mike Selvey’s obituary of Keith Boyce for Wisden, which I came across on ESPN Cricinfo while researching for ‘Around the World in 2’ earlier this week:

David Oram

David Oram is the resident ‘statto’, and sometime presenter of ‘Mason & Guests’ – Voice of Barbados’ weekly cricket talk show, the leading cricket radio show in the West Indies – hosted by the Caribbean’s principal  radio commentator, Andrew Mason. You can tweet me at DavidOram@colblimp1983.





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