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Fire In Babylon

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As a beloved blogger and respected internet voice of cricket I was invited to the premiere of Fire in Babylon, the film documenting the dominance of the West Indian team of the 1970s and 80s. Or in more simple terms, my friend had a spare ticket. Hugh Grant was there. I didn’t see him.

It’s an enjoyable film, if not exactly life-changing, as Mark Nicholas the enthusiastic compere for the evening would have it. Put on a Charles Colville narration, slip it into a Sky lunchbreak and you probably wouldn’t notice the difference. Perhaps one aspect that distinguishes it from your standard ESPN fare is a bewildering succession of methuselan rasta men waxing incomprehensible about the former glories of their team. This includes a film-stealing turn from Bunny Wailer, one of Bob Marley’s Wailers, who appeared more concerned about various trespassers in his garden. Or at least I think he was.

Afterwards Nicholas hosted a Q & A session with four members of that celebrated West Indian side: Michael Holding, Colin Croft, Joel Garner and Gordon Greenidge, who is younger now then when he played test cricket. We learnt that Greenidge was late on stage because he had to do a shit, Holding thinks that today’s parents are rubbish, and that there isn’t a chair in the world that would comfortably accomodate Garner.

We also found all about Nicholas’ views on the degeneration of Caribbean cricket and his thoughts for its future. Which is of course what we all came to see.


Written by harrisharrison

May 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm

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  1. Mick Jagger was also with us too apparently.


    May 11, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    • At least we saw Chris Broad and a man in drag.


      May 11, 2011 at 9:34 pm

  2. Sounds like an amazing night (possibly with slightly too much Mark Nicholas)

  3. Hello,

    It would be great to get your support.

    CATCH is delighted to announce the launch of the CATCH Cultural Arts, Sports & Visual Literacy project, the brainchild of Sheromie Brewster of the Balance Project it represents an unprecedented partnership between Balance Project and two of London’s established youth education and cultural youth arts organisations: Photo View UK LTD and Defcon Workshops.

    The overall programme aims will be to address local and national youth unemployment, youth empowerment, vocational skills development, literacy and communication skills, core work-related transferrable skills and entrepreneurship

    The Catch Project embodies the work of its partner’s ongoing commitment to corporate social responsibility to young people here in the UK and around the world. Catch will launch a major new project in August 2011 with the support of Kensington Oval, National Sports Council, Barbados Olympic Association and the University of West Indies, Sport 4 Life, MCC Spirit of Cricket, City of Westminster College.

    This will enhance opportunities for younger, often less privileged peoples in Bridgetown: Barbados to access the Digital world. Catch is essentially a digital arts project that will provide young people with access to educational support in the area of Photography, Music, Visual Literacy, Filmmaking,communication skills and literacy, sport coaching.

    In addition it will provide them with access to the world of digital technology and professional expertise which will enable them to develop the content of their own On-line digital Cultural Arts and Sports based magazine. The magazine will be an evolving record of the project, providing an online community for debate, for showcasing work, for blogs interviews and reviews all based around the Olympic Values.

    MCC Spirit of cricket launching cricket coaching sessions for young people and the young people with sports mentors will be creating a promotional DVD for Kensington Oval history of cricket past, present and future.

    We have great support from UK and Barbados and would welcome more support.

    More information http://www.catchproject.wordpress.com

    Thank you


    Sherome Brewster

    May 28, 2011 at 5:33 pm

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