Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Last Post

Neville Cardus – later Sir – was the greatest of cricket commentators and writers, and equally famous as a music critic. He worked in these two fields for most of his 87 years. In his soft west-country burr, Cardus would often correlate these two interests in his commentaries. (Of W. G. Grace: “He orchestrated the folk music of cricket”.) On retirement, he closed his final cricket commentary without a dramatic farewell. He said, as he always did, “I’m now handing over the commentary to…”

A fellow-writer with Cardus at the Manchester Guardian was a young Lancastrian named Alistair Cooke – later Honorary Sir - whose goodbye to broadcasting was equally unpretentious. In his 95th year, he closed the longest-running series in broadcasting history as he had done for the previous 58 years: he said, in his gentle mid-Atlantic voice, “Goodnight”. His 3,000 scripts, totalling some seven million words, will soon be available on-line.

As an admirer of both journalists, but with a mere three years of bloggery and only 117,717 words (including these) on the clock, you will appreciate that I would have to emulate their lack of sentimentality.

Last post by Riviera writer on Tuesday, January 06, 2009.

58 comments:

gillieB said...

What do you mean ... LAST Post ???!!!

riviera writer said...

Well spotted Gillie. Thought I'd better mention it: with Cardus and Cooke, millions knew in advance, so they could afford to bow out discreetly.

Ed R said...

Oh, no. You'll be missed, Ted.

ted said...

Not as much as I'm missing the blog Ed - but needed to get on with some serious stuff. When - or if - that's done, I'll be back - but don't hold breath.

Ed R said...

Beats not being a friend by a long shot, Ted;)

ted said...

Funny - now I don't blog I get lots of blog ideas!

Ed R said...

That's the way it works, Ted;)

justin said...

I hope you have a good break, and that you return to blogging one day, Ted.

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