Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Blowers


Cricket is not to my taste but a few nights last week I fell asleep listening to the first test match coming from Cardiff in Wales. One of the commentators was Henry Blofeld, or Blowers as he is affectionately know. Of course I had heard of him but I knew nothing else about him.

I know a little more now, having looked him up on the net, but after listening to him, I certainly understand why he is somewhat of a legend.

He simply makes the game come alive and makes it interesting and colourful like no other cricket commentator I have ever heard.

This just proves a point that I have often thought. You can take the driest, seemingly boring and un-interesting subject and with the right person at the helm make it gripping viewing or listening.

You should have an opportunity to hear Henry Blofeld in the second Ashes test. Just take five minutes and hear a real professional entertainer.

17 comments:

  1. obviously his own genuine passion for the game forms his commentary.
    I knew of him, and the only other UK cricket commentor I know is Dickie Bird.

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  2. I agree. I love when someone can take something that is usually boring to you and make it fascinating.

    The opposite is annoying...people who can take what is fascinating to you and make it incredibly boring.

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  3. Do those British commentators still go on about the cakes their listeners send them at tea time?

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  4. That man sounds like my Microbiology Professor from University. He looked like that guy Peter Russel Clarke...he was animated and made the subject matter great to listen to, which in turn also helped us to learn a heck of alot..well, that is a goo thing right? :)

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  5. I have of Dickie Bird too FG. His name sticks in my mind for obvious reasons.

    I didn't think of that Dina, but of course, so true.

    Victor, that sounds very much like Blofeld.

    Yeah, Russel Clarke was another Cazzie. Of course Attenborough. You have to feel that they have a passion for what they are talking about.

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  6. Triple R has been fab :P

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  7. Triple R Jayne? Isn't that for the kiddies?

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  8. Cricket...he muct be a genius if he can make cricket sound interesting

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  9. I thought all Blofelds were Bond villains?

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  10. Rob, sorry, your reference to popular culture is over my head.

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  11. Blofeld already escaped 007's best attempts to shelve the villain once and has since dropped off the radar. Despite James Bond's obsession to track Blofeld, ...
    www.mi6.co.uk/sections/villains/blofeld2.php3

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  12. Dickie Bird, or Harold Bird is a retired umpire, not a commentator. Blowers and Aggers (Jonathan Agnew) are both great commentators. I've not watched a lot of the ashes because le tour is on, but i love sbs' mix of commentators and accents.

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  13. I'm not a big cricket fan either, but I must say I think the character commentators are the best thing about it. Presumably you've heard the radio clip from a test match in (I think) the 70s, where one commentator said, in all seriousness, "The bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willey" and then the two commentators realised what he'd said and howled with laughter for the next 5 minutes, completely unable to carry on.

    Thanks for the YouTube link re the Glasgow trams by the way - that's really interesting!

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  14. Thanks FG. You are FG. Got it now.

    Fenz, you are a sports fiend. I think I heard Aggers too. Last night they took a delivery of cakes.

    Jackie, I haven't actually heard it, but read it and heard it repeated. Sounds worth listening too. Glad you liked the Glasgow clip.

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  15. i've grown up listening to the cricket on the radio, possibly brainwashed by it!
    Often the little side stories and cake deliveries are more exciting than the cricket itself.
    Another amusing commentator is Kerry O'Keefe, you either love him or hate him and his wheezing manic laugh!! Reds Pereira is good, always has interesting things to add.

    "I've never got to the bottom of streaking." - Aggers!

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  16. Rather like the football Fenz. I am not interested in the football itself, but all the peripherals. I will pick up these commentators over the next few months or year.

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