> No-one seems to have learnt: the cricket supremos will keep planning
> washed-out matches in rain-soaked areas, while agriculture is suffering
> drought in dry places while no cricket is being played.
> Anyone with any nous vis-à-vis cricket and precipitation* knows that
> where fifteen men (or women) dress-up in certain apparels and undertake
> rituals with willow clubs and balls of leather-encased bamboo root, that
> dance sequence will almost certainly conjure precipitation.***
Oh, yes ! Cricket as rainmaking ritual. I like it.
> This lack of nous inevitably leads to poor grain crops, beet with
> reduced sugar content and so-on.
> Why don't...
> *I say 'precipitation' rather than 'rain' because cricket will conjure
> hail, snow and other meteorological** anomalies
> ** or meteorillogical
> *** or sometimes such cloud as to lead to the cancellation or suspension
> of said rituals.
"The whole plan hinged upon the natural curiosity of potatoes" - S. Lem
My email address is at http://qualmograph.org.uk/contact.html