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I heard lots of booms this morning. I don't know whether it was the military practicing for an emergency, or practicing a 21 gun salute or what. I suppose it might have been someone doing some very intensive dynamite fishing. Either way, it was a little reminiscent of Belfast in the bad old days. I was almost nostalgic. Almost.

Meanwhile, having missed week 3 somewhere along the way I'm happy to say that in week 4 Tirana's only fantasy cricked team put up a fine performance. While we haven't breached the 2000 barrier since the glorious days of two weeks ago we are now at 2745 - a jump of about 600 on week 3. A strong performance from my all-rounder Trego helped, but this week it was mainly a team effort.

Unfortunately, on the strength of the first two days of the current round of matches I don't think we will be making any more progress this week. Indeed, unless some of my team start to come good in the next couple of days we will probably be slipping back down the league.


traveller one said…
It wasn't me doing target practise either!
Anonymous said…
"I was almost nostalgic. Almost."

I know what you mean. After 97 people couldn't fall asleep because they were used to the gunshots.

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