Bad Letters

Yesterday I come home and there are two letters waiting for me. One from University of Liverpool politely declining the interest i had expressed in them. The other from the College saying I didn’t get a teaching fellowship I had applied for.
A little disappointed. Just had such a great run lately, with the awards and the support etc.
Back to the grind. Who wants Liverpool anyways??

400!!

I cannot believe that. 400 runs scored by one man. This is incredible. This is bigger than 61* or 72 (or whatever Bonds is on now). Brian Lara faced 582 deliveries; hit 43 fours and 4 sixes. He was on the crease for 773 minutes – 12 hours of batting concentration. It was a flawless inning against an England bowling that had devastated W.I. in the last two tests.
This is the sort of performance that will resurrect the sinking ship of Carribean cricket.
on a related note, Pakistan stands to collect on the Musharraf-Vajpayee trade-off (you take one-dayers and we take tests). i kid. i kid.

Basmati Rice

I had no idea that Pakistan was important BEFORE Sep 11, 2001. Listen to Rice’s testimony: “America’s Al Qaida policy wasn’t working because our Afghanistan policy wasn’t working, and our Afghanistan policy wasn’t working because our Pakistan policy wasn’t working.” In fact Pakistan was mentioned 27 times by Rice, while Iraq only got 26 shout-outs. so there.
In fact, the WTC in ’93, the embassy bombings in Kenya, the Cole attack in the Persian Gulf, the Khartoum fiasco, it all did NOT result in a comprehensive Al Qaida strategy because America had shoved Pakistan under the rug since 1989.

Indeed.

I am becoming a big fan of the various domino scenarios the administration brings out. Pakistan / Afghanistan / Taliban or Iraq / Syria / Iran / restofthemiddleeast.
States capitulate and change course because the comprehensive game plan of the administration leaves them no recourse. When is Iraq inviting Syria and Iran for democracy sleep-overs?

more later.
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