Kapi-Mana News : January 10th 2012
4 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 10, 2012 NEWS FEATURE This summer we're running on half our usual water storage for Porirua, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Wellington, while we upgrade our storage lakes. But if we all take measures to use a little less water, it should see us through. Save water around your home: 1 Only run full loads in the washing machine or dishwasher 2 Turn the tap off while you brush your teeth 3 Save water with every flush by putting a 1-litre plastic bottle (full of water and with the top on) in your single-flush toilet cistern Find more tips at gw.govt.nz/water There's less water to go around this summer Use a bit less, make a big difference GRW 1059 4276625AB NZQA registered and accredited Teaching Level 1, 2, 3 and a selection of Level 4 Elementary = 38 weeks Advanced = 24 weeks (Courses staggered throughout the year) PHC030W WELLINGTON 336 High Street, Lower Hutt Ph: 04 570 0960 www.hairdressing.org.nz email: email@example.com Government Loans and/or Student Allowances available for course fees and living expenses. PREMIER Hairdressing Courses Next course starts: 7th Feb 2012 Enrol Now! Criteria applies Too much talk and Hitting big: Bruce Murray is described by cricket bible Wisden as ''unflappable and somewhat dour'', which Murray says is unfair. ''I don't think whoever wrote that saw me bat.'' Here, he smashes one over midwicket during his 123 against Surrey in 1969. Photo: COURTESY OF BRUCE MURRAY. Cricket tragic and student of history KRIS DANDO breaks bread with ex-international test opener and Tawa Historical Society chairman Bruce Murray about the value of town halls and facing one of the world's fastest bowlers with a towel as an inner thigh pad. CONTINUED Page 5 My favourite cricket autobiogra- phy is John Wright's Christmas in Rarotonga. Got it for my birthday not long after it was published in 1990 and laughed and laughed -- it opened my eyes to the inner workings of the New Zealand cricket team in that dry, witty way Wrighty's known for, telling precious anecdotes you couldn't wait to share with your mates. I think Bruce Murray, if he wrote a book, would dedicate it to his thigh pad, too. He wouldn't dedicate it to his helmet because he never wore one. He was too early in the game (13 tests between 1968 and 1971) and his bats were not the flashy, sponsored kind. But he has that same droll sense of humour as his fellow opener. I faced [English quick bowlers Fred] Trueman and [Frank] Tyson at 18 [years-old, Basin Reserve, 1958] and that wasn't very funny. I went out to bat with a thigh pad my mum had made from Para rubber -- I didn't have the money to buy one -- and a towel draped around my back leg. No arm protectors or chest protectors like they have today. Trueman had a decent wind behind him, this little creep of a wicketkeeper was chirping at me from behind the stumps and I have a thin little cap on my head between the ball and my brain if Trueman hit me. I think I top scored . . .'' I could talk to ex-cricketers, especially from these past eras, forever. There's a romance about the game from the 1960s to 1980s and, bar the legends of 1991, this is missing from the modern era. In cricket today, there is a glut of one-day and T20 stuff, to the detriment of test match play, especially where NZ is concerned. The Kiwis play a handful of tests but dozens of limited-overs games. Murray agrees, saying this is a problem the Black Caps have in tests -- his entire first-class career consisted of batting for time, to accumulate, which the McCul- lums and Ryders don't seem to want to do. He still enjoys the great game as a spectator of the internation- als and supporter of his aspiring grandchildren but modern players leave him a little cold. Murray was aghast at the lead- up to the just-concluded test series, which the Kiwis ultimately got something out of. He heard way too much hot air. I wish these guys would speak with their actions, not words. Yes, the media have a part to play, but the players need to just be quiet and do what they have to out on the pitch and in the field.'' Murray says test cricket remains incredibly exciting to him and it was something he sought from a young age. At Hutt Valley High we had a groundsman, HJM Stirling was his name, who was the school's groundsman from 1926 to 1959. He prepared the most amazing wickets for us, as well as a wonderful practice block, and I think because of him, five of us Hutt Valley High boys played for Wellington. It was a real nur- sery.''
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