Tuesday, December 27, 2011

On the third day of Christmas ....

... I went to the cricket: day two of the supposedly traditional Boxing Day test. This year's ABC cricket magazine (one of the many periodicals which is the bane of the serial cataloguer's life, having changed its title from the perfectly respectable ABC cricket book and still popularly known as such) points out that the Melbourne Boxing Day test has been an annual event only since 1990.

During the tea break I dropped into the MCC Library as a change from visiting the Hugh Trumble courtyard bar. The library has a superb collection of sporting books, free fact sheets, the Yorker magazine and stunning views across Jolimont towards the city. It even has a special display of ABC cricket books.

Amidst all the noise and confusion of the Boxing Day test crowd, the MCC Library provides a place for reflection, contemplation and serenity - before the inevitable return to the Hugh Trumble.