We've done Santa.
We've done Spanish Cardinals.
We've done the Flintstones.
We've done Biggles.
We've done Star Wars.
It's one of the biggest decisions of the year and it simply cannot be rushed.
Well, if I have achieved nothing else today, I reckon that the thorny issue of what fancy dress we are going to wear on the Saturday of the Trent Bridge test match has now finally been decided.
Yup. We're going to do "Zulu".
Well, we're going to do the British soldiers from "Zulu" anyway. I don't imagine that anyone is that keen to go as a Zulu warrior (which if memory serves me correctly is a costume that consists of a grass skirt and some grass leg warmers).
It's a pretty simple costume to put together too: red jacket, pith helmet, medals, white straps.... perhaps even a sabre or service revolver or two.
Most importantly of all, it's a costume that allows plenty of scope for ludicrous facial hair.
What do you mean it might be a slightly culturally insensitive choice for a game against India? Surely it's clear that we're aiming for the British Army on the Cape, not the British army on the sub-continent?
To my eyes that's a wholly different set of atrocities, isn't it?
And we get to pretend to be Michael Caine all day too. Who could object to that?
Altogether now: "Stop throwing.....those bloody spears.........AT ME!"*
* yes, I'm aware that Caine doesn't actually say this in the film. But everyone thinks he does, and that's what matters.
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