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Thread #109916   Message #2304251
Posted By: GUEST,Tom Bliss
02-Apr-08 - 04:22 AM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
Oh dear - it's such a shame that we so often find ourselves here.

Richard: No - "professional" is the antonym of "amateur" which have the definitions you cite. "Professionalism" mean to behave in a professional manner, as if professional even when not being paid.

But you're right about the rest - I'm not going to repeat myself because i think i maid the points very well above.

Diane: You can't reinvent the wheel. We are here because we are here - and the tribe (and I use that word deliberately) that you despise are here for very good cultural and historic reason, and as I've said every cog, of whatever size, has to turn for the machine to function.

Where I think you ARE right - and if only everyone would just go with this we might stop this constant bickering - is that there is a time and a place for everything.

Sometimes the passion matters more than the performance. Sometimes it's the reverse. Sometimes the standards are around participation, sometimes they are about presentation.

There is room for all, and as long as people have a little think about where they are, and who is listening and why, before striking up there should be no problem.

Would and could test cricket exist without village cricket? Of course not.