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'Never fly a toy helicopter into a wig'

Essential New Year wisdom in our Twitter round-up this week

Alex Bowden

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If you're wondering what the world's cricketers had to say about New Year, there was lots of talk about positivity and what a great year it's going to be. Words like "hopes", "dreams" and "success" featured in most tweets. In short, everyone was really, really dull.

The New Year
Graeme Swann expressed it best.

"I hope 2013 is better than cheese on toast with a blob of brown sauce for you all x"
@Swannyg66

The playlist
Shane Warne (@warne888) has a reputation as a guy who likes a party, but what would be the soundtrack? This week he made a new playlist. Here are the tracks he felt he could share with us…

"In a Big Country" by Big Country
"Welcome to the Boomtown" by David and David
"Don't Pay the Ferryman" by Chris de Burgh
"Midnight Blue" by Lou Gramm
"Real Gone Kid" by Deacon Blue
"Kiss This Thing Goodbye" by Del Amitri
"Just Can't Get Enough" by Depeche Mode
"The Boys of Summer" by Don Henley
"Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer
"Soul Kinda Feeling" by Dynamic Hepnotics

Someone confiscate his MP3 player. He can't be trusted.

The "what if"
Kraigg Brathwaite envisions a better world.

"What if cars could do wheelies??!"
@K_Brathwaite

The why
Andre Adams witnessed New Zealand's 45 all out.

"Why did we bat?!?"
@AndreAdams

Presumably because Brendon McCullum wanted to both bat and bowl on the first morning, in which case he got his wish.

The bright side
Scott Styris didn't think it was that bad.

"Australia made 47 last year full strength. NZ makes 45 half strength. #moralvictory?"
@scottbystyris

At least he was realistic enough to include the question mark.

The retirement
Michael has finally called it a day - Vaughan, that is, not Hussey.

"Breaking news.... I have retired from Kite surfing...."
@MichaelVaughan

Details are hard to come by, but it's safe to assume that Hussey's cricket career was longer and more successful than Vaughan's kite-surfing career.

The doctor
Feeling under the weather? Ask Dr Kevin Pietersen.

"If u have the flu, go for a 5mile run, do 100 sit ups in sets of 20s, 100 star jumps & 50 one arm push ups.. #easycure"
@kevinpp24

Stick to cricket.

The lie-in
Matthew Hoggard has a plan.

"Is putting your kids clock back an hour so they have a lie in pure evil or genius ?"
@Hoggy602

It's genius until the evening when they won't go to sleep.

The lesson learnt
Stuart Meaker has some advice that could prove of enormous value in the future, so pay attention.

"#meakerpearlofwisdom #1 never fly a toy helicopter into a wig. It tangles. You are now officially wiser."
@SMeaker18

So what are we supposed to fly helicopters into and what are we supposed to fly into wigs? This advice is incomplete.

Tino Best's modesty corner
"Use me as an example of determination in 2013 and go hard at you're GOALS keep pushing don't matter what you're dreams are Keep Believing"
@tinobest

Tino Best feels that Tino Best is the ideal role model, even if he doesn't know the difference between "your" and "you're".

What's your philosophy?
Shaun Pollock wishes you a happy New Year.

"My wish for you in 2013 is that you keep strife out your life! No peace , no power, Know peace, know power!"
@7polly7

That only really works as written philosophy.

Nando's Watch
Didn't see any references this week. Perhaps 2013 really will be a different year…

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