USA 2011 Chapter 10 – Philadelphia: pub quiz and prison

As originally posted on my Tumblr site while travelling around the USA in 2011…

Only 90 miles south of New York, a quick train journey deposited me in Philadelphia for three nights. Philadelphia is a pretty historic place and was actually once the second largest city in the British Empire, is where the US Declaration of Independence was signed and was also the US capital for a while until 1790, when Washington took over. A decent sized city of 1.5 million, I really enjoyed visiting its mix of traditional sights coupled with top notch entertainment in a more relaxed (but not too much!) and friendlier environment than I’d just encountered in New York.

Rocky Steps

Now the most famous view in Philadelphia: the “Rocky steps”. Apparently this annoys the Philadelphia Museum Of Art quite a lot. Well maybe if they had knocked out at least one of Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang or Ivan Drago, they would be equally cherished.

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Hot Burritos #1 and #2: Perth Ashes Test, 11th to 18th December 2013

As originally posted on my Tumblr site just after the events of each Ashes Test in 2013/14 – now only 3 Tests in and the Ashes have already been surrendered…  Cricinfo match scorecard here

Perth, Perth: where do it all go wrong? After a very enjoyable first day in Western Australia, it all went downhill from there really. So, let’s start at the beginning then. My first full day in Perth at least was highly enjoyable – pretty hot but not too bad and helped by a relaxing cruise down the Swan River, with a cricket function later, where I heard from luminaries such as Graham Gooch and Glenn McGrath, before then heading to the nearby town of Fremantle to see a gig by Pond (great psych rock band, actually from Perth, who also play in the slightly better known Tame Impala), who were superb, and in a pretty good venue too, sort of like a halfway mix between the Garage and Koko, for those familiar with such London haunts. So, a great first day, putting me in a very good mood for the rest of my stay here.

Then came the weather and the cricket. (And apologies in advance for the negative tone of the next couple of paragraphs…)

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It’s not just the British press that lead with the weather: “Meltdown” in Perth with a heatwave coinciding perfectly with the Test.  46 degrees (celsius not fahrenheit)?  Just not cricket…

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