September 3, 2008

Greece

Greeks open their eyes to Britons and cricket

Will Luke

Like most nations, Greeks have been baffled by Britons and their bizarre ways of life. And cricket is just one example of a sport that dumbfounds the ignorant bystander. But Greece is changing, and although their deep-rooted traditional way of life is unlikely to change (thankfully so), they are showing a greater adaptability to the west. To Britons and their silly game of cricket.

Expats in Greece sometimes struggle to understand our hosts, just as much as Greeks are baffled by the British. Greeks at the cricket followed our lead of occasional polite applause with puzzlement. "And you sit and do just this for five days?" said a bemused friend.

For Greeks, life, and especially sport, is to be shouted about with tears of joy or sadness.

Socially they respect our professionalism but are amused at our punctuality. They don't understand our irony, or our self-effacement, and think we are aloof.

Michael Cooper's piece in today's Telegraph, which only uses cricket as a vague hook, is well worth a read.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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