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Soup of This Day #150: Look Out On A Summer’s Day

March 11, 2012

Detail from van Gogh's Starry Night
Detail from Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry NightImage: Vincent van Gogh, 1889. Vincent van Gogh is not affiliated with Longworth72. Image cropped by Longworth72.

Getting to 150 not out in cricket is a creditable achievement but it tends to be 1 that gets only a brief acknowledgement. You see, getting to 100 is the big deal – Centuries are the mark by which we often measure the individual batting performances in all forms of the game. If you can double that up and make it to 200 then that’s pretty notable too but 150, while nice enough, is just a stepping stone to something bigger, a minor check box along the way.

Michael Clarke, the current Australian Test captain is an apt illustration of this. Prior to January of this year Pup had 17 centuries to his name – A very worthy resume for any Test cricket bat. On 4 of those occasions Clarke had gone past 150, twice making 151, once 166 and finally his highest knock to that point, a 168 in New Zealand. They were good innings for sure, particularly his 151 in Bangalore in 2004 as Australia stunned India on their home turf. Yet there were questions, whispered queries about when Pup was going to make good on his promise and snag a big score, a double or a triple. Those are the scores that define the Australian greats, the Bradmans, the Haydens, the Taylors.

In that company 150s are a dime a dozen. Nothing to celebrate outlandishly. Worthy of a simple raising of the bat and a nod to the pavilion. ‘Just doing the job, much more work to be done,’ is what should be conveyed.

Which brings me to this post, the 150th Soup of This Day.

It’s said that a picture is worth 1000 words. Here at Longworth72, I can confirm that a single picture is worth 1354 words. After 150 posts, each with 1 title image, that’s the average number of words per post.

Here then, representing the 150 posts and the 203,135 words so far written for this blog, is a mosaic of all of those images. It’s my raising of the bat and my simple nod, mostly for myself:

Van Gogh's Starry NightBouvet IslandLionel MessiThe Spion Kop, Natal, South AfricaNetball at the Bournville Club, 1910A giant traffic cone in SeattleHenri de Toulouse-Lautrec's 'The Bed'Belmont Cricket ClubPerth, Western Australia, from the ISSVarious potato cultivarsBaseball Park, Thornlie, Western AustraliaAncient Roman toilets at OstiaThe River Mersey and the Manchester Ship CanalLongworth72 on the Gascoyne RiverStockport ViaductThe River Mersey at StockportA Swiss Braunvieh cowEli ManningPort Said, Egypt1860's White HouseDeLorean DMC-12The Red-Legged Golden Orb-Web SpiderThe Australian National Sports MuseumJohn William Waterhouse's The Crystal BallThe 1923 White Horse FinalUnion Street Market, AberdeenFilitheyo Island, the MaldivesCaptain Robert Falcon ScottA hop yard in the Yakima River Valley, Washington StateThe Great Comet of 1882The WACA Ground in Perth, Western Australia, c1910The Kop, AnfieldCoinsAndrew Flintoff bowling for EnglandMersey River bridge, Nova ScotiaBrodskiys' 'Lenin'Xochicalco ballcourtIttoqqortoormiit, GreenlandSamoaWater buffalo race, BabulangA GwarderLiverpool bear and Apollo 11 Christmas tree ornamentsPacific Black DuckA GiraffeWelcome to Borden, Western AustraliaThomas MüllerAmerican Samoa beachAn orca porpoisingKaguVice-President Richard Nixon at the MCG in 1956Whistler's MotherDon Bradman and Stan McCabe at the WACANewlands Cricket Ground, South Africa2005 YU55Bill Shankley statue, AnfieldGolden Globe Race mapSpaghettiNick Jeffries at Creg-ny-Baa, Isle of Man TTMelbourne Cup 1881Scamozzi's trompe-l'oeilWidgiemoolthaLandscape with the Fall of IcarusWilliam Turner's 'Flint Castle'George W BushThe Philidelphians cricket teamLemonsChrysler VH Valiant ChargerA Northern CardinalBeverley Swimming PoolThe Asklepieion on KosA Merseyside DerbyTanka DawgBig Brook Dam beachBadger and TankaThe SpaceX Falcon rocketWedge-tailed EagleTooting Bec LidoApollo 17 landscapeJohn Collier's 'Lady Godiva'Alex Zarnardi at Brands HatchThe Charles River, BostonThe Altai MountainsTim WakefieldRussian firefighting trainFranz BeckenbauerThe 1905 All BlacksBilingual shop sign in QuebecWTC 'Tribute in Light'London Routemaster busPerth, Western AustraliaSnowboardersMark Webber at the 2010 Malaysian GPDavit OrtizGascoyne River islandsAsparagusBill Clinton and Richard Nixon in the White HouseRoyals Stadium, MissouriBon Scott memorial statue, Fremantle, Western AustraliaA goalkeeperTest cricketKelly SlaterPolish sausageAmerican AshThe BreedersTom Waits'Mad Max' InterceptorCase combine harvesterThe wreck of the 'Dimitrios'Thomas Moran's 'Chicago World's Fair'Giacomo PucciniThe summit of Mont VentouxTour de France 2011 route extractGrenoble, FranceA sleeping rabbitEnzo Plazotta's 'Young Dancer' and red telephone boxesSkyDome, TorontoGold precipitateAtatürk Olympic StadiumLalo SchifrinA basketball hoop and backboardJohn LackeyCharles Émile Joachim Constant Puyo’s 1906 'Montmartre'Mission Control after Apollo 13 splashdownSamuel Atkins 1794 'HMS Endeavour off the coast of New Holland'Houston, TexasThe Kop, Anfield500m Short Track Speed SkatingMark Webber in a 2002 MinardiMatthew Pavlich kicking for goalSkirmish near Creen CreekSuits of armourClarence ClemonsCombo Waterhole, QueenslandA lunar eclipseKirill Chvalko at the 2007 Bandy World CupThe Great Pyramid of GizaDuke Ellington at the Hurricane ClubNew Yankee StadiumIstanbul, TurkeyAaron Sandiland's bootsLance Armstrong at the 2010 TourMesserschmitt Bf 109G-6PeachesAsian elephant eyeFogg Dam Conservation ReserveMichael Schumacher in a 2007 FerrariLongworth72's birthdayThe pit lane at MonacoFenway Park grandstand sectionA flat tyre

For the record Michael Clarke notched a stunning 329 not out on January the 3rd of this year against India at his home ground, the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). 3 weeks later he added a 210 to that, again against the Indians, this time at the Adelaide Oval.

Nobody is whispering now.

As for my double century, I’ll square away this post with a quote from The Shawshank Redemption:

‘And if you’ve come this far, maybe you’re willing to come a little further.’

Thanks for reading – It’s been great fun writing this stuff. Maybe I’ll see you in Zihuatanejo.

Kind regards,

Look Out On A Summer’s Day

  1. It has been great fun reading this stuff.

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