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Cricket: Basil Fitzherbert Butcher turns 80

   Basil Fitzherbert Butcher turns 80

By Dmitri Allicock

Basil Butcher
Happy 80th birthday to Basil Fitzherbert Butcher! Born September 3, 1933, Port MourantBritish Guiana now Guyana is a former West Indian cricketer who played in 44 Tests from 1958 to 1969. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1970.

Basil Butcher was a wristy batsman and was a consistent number 4 and 5 in the West Indies side. He made an immediate impact on the international scene with 64 not out on debut against India in 1958-59 and finishing with 486 runs at 69.42. He struggled until the 1963 tour of England, where he rediscovered his form by making 383 runs which included an innings of 133 from a team total of just 229, helping the West Indies to a draw at Lord’s.   [ read more]

“Empire Of Cricket” – The West Indies – 6 videos

BBC Cricket Documentary:

The English invented cricket, created its rules and a whole moral code for the game. They then exported this elegant game of bat and ball to the wider British Empire. But England began to struggle when the natives began to play the game so much better.

The English game was also divided by class and held back by its own traditions. Until the 1960s, cricket was literally divided between upper class gentlemen, the amateurs and lower class players, the professionals.

Even the way players addressed the ball had class connotations, with exuberant off-side shots being presented in training manuals as somehow having greater value than more workmanlike leg-side scoring.
In telling the story of cricket in England, Empire of Cricket explores the careers of great cricketers from Grace to Hobbs, Hutton to Illingworth, Botham to Pietersen.  It also shows how cricket in England has been influenced by historical and cultural factors that have shaped the game we know today.  (BBC)

“Empire Of Cricket” – The West Indies

Note: Part 1 of 6 is above – look at at the other five parts below:   Continue reading

The Forties in British Guiana – Our Age of Innocence

The Forties in British Guiana – Our Age of Innocence
Nostalgia 430 – by Godfrey Chin.…godchin1@aol.com….

 Dedicated to my ‘Geritol Posse’ incl Dr Vibert Cambridge – Pluto Martindale, Cecil Glasgow, and Peter Halder – and of course ‘the Overseas GuyAspora’. Please feel free to share – Ya think it easy!

 The Decade of the Forties – like milk – can truly be called ‘half and half. During the first half, the World on the Road to Ruin – the second half was on the Road to Recovery.

 In my Homeland British Guyana, the Forties was ‘Our Age of Innocence’. Many reading this, ‘were not even born yet’ – They were a germ in their father’s sperm – a glint in their mother’s eyes – justifying this Nostalgia.

 1940 while WW11 engulfed Europe, The Correira’s Family opened the magnificent Astor Cinema at Church & Waterloo St with ‘Golden Boy’ starring William Holden and Barbara Stanwyck.

 The Mudland had begun to suffer the effects of ‘blocked sea lanes with several shortages of fuel, foodstuff, spares and our first ‘genuine ‘buy local – eat what you grow was expected. Grow More Food Campaigns as well as regular Blackouts were instituted Our mainstay was ‘ ground provisions – cassava – cassava bread, eddoes & yam – callaloo and ochro – with fish and poultry. St Vincent de Paul distributed ‘free loaves of bread’ at St Mary’s R C school on Brickdam, whenever shipments of flour were available.

 The Local Government instituted some censorship of mail, cables, and telegraph – while prices were controlled to limit profiteering on scarce commodities. Even bar salt soap for washing was scarce and I remember my mother giving every visitor to our home ‘a wafer slice’ as a goodwill gesture. Her heart was bigger than her eye. ‘Greedy man usually vex twice’ was her favourite quote.

 The Lend Lease Program March 1941 permitted the US Seabees to commence construction of the Air Base 25 miles up the Demerara River which was named Atkinson Field after Major Atkinson, who headed the construction team. By 1943, a long cigar like Zeppelin crossed the city twice daily to patrol for U-boats off the Coasts. The Bases in Jamaica, Trinidad and B.G. acquired under the Lend Lease Program were intended to be the USA outer defense,

 Dr. Vibert Cambridge advised that ‘Drums of Fu Manchu – the native’s favourite action serial opened at the Astor Jan 1941. ‘Drums’ was released in Hollywood 1939 – which indicates that shipping  lanes   lanes were open to BG for the first two years of the war. This is corroborated in that ‘Gone With the Wind’ which opened in Atlanta Dec 1939 was released at the Metropole Feb 1941. (Thanks Vibert for this nylon )  I conclude therefore that the sea lanes to the Caribbean were not blocked until after the Lend lease program commenced March 41 and USA  declared War vs Japan after Pearl Harbour –  and also Germany. 400 Ships were sunk in the Caribbean as Bauxite from Surinam and BG, as well as Oil from the Aruba Refinery were invaluable to the War effort at that time there were less than 20 miles of paved road in rural Guyana. Most were 2 strips of concrete inlaid in the center of a one lane red burnt earth – dusty strips in the dry season – muddy quagmires when the rain fell.. Of course there were less than 500 motor cars and approaching traffic would share the outer concrete strip. Recording car numbers were a favourite past time of schoolchildren. Bicycle and dog licenses were compulsory.     ..  continued

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