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naibob
Post subject: Something in the Hunters....
PostPosted: 00:13 on 2nd Apr 2010

Joined: 19:40 on 1st Dec 2008
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Location: London
From my limited experience of watching England overseas I have always come away feeling encouraged that I have met like minded souls who enjoy not only the cricket but the experience of travelling and encountering new cultures etc. This tour was no different. As mentioned elsewhere the cricket was at best mediocre but, for me, the experience was superb.

I met some great new people, caught up with old friends, learnt a little about a country, and it's people, that I hadn't visited before and, generally, just sat back and soaked up the environment.

I maybe slightly biased, being a big fan of the sub-continent in general, but the vibe I got from other people as a whole was pretty similar.

Normally the post tour threads are full of positive thoughts as we all come down from a unique shared experience and dwell on the good times.

Upon return I was gobsmacked by the tone of the threads on here .....Have I missed something..?? Why does it suddenly matter where you want to sit? Or what shirt you wear? Or what the fuck you eat or drink.....?? I like the variety of people you meet at the cricket, it's part of the attraction.

I don't like overzealous patriotism, like you find at football, which is why I fell in love with supporting England cricket.....it allowed me to be actively patriotic in a sporting environment without being surrounded by racists and yobs. I still believe this....but reading some of the posts on here you could be misled into thinking otherwise...

To all other cricketing nations WE, the travelling fans, are the barmy army. Literally, I think, in their eyes we must be barmy to be that devoted and we travel en masse. I think that's what Swanny meant....is that so bad?

I can only put this angst anomaly down to the chemical ridden beer we were drinking.... it took me a few days to detox but now I feel fine (hence the soppy post....)

Anyway, Happy Easter one and all.....
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whiteensign
Post subject: Re: Something in the Hunters....
PostPosted: 01:11 on 2nd Apr 2010

Joined: 22:13 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 1268
Location: Redditch/Sydney
I think the forum fall out was far worse after Sri Lanka '07, not so bad after India '06 though, and everyone had respect for those that still went out to India in '08. It's a sub continent thing I think, some people are always going to take issue with what they see as disrespectful behaviour.
You don't get it after South Africa or Australia, where I guess that because the locals are more boisterous, it's obviously far more acceptable to be disrepectful ;)
I wasn't in Chittagong, but it's my view that 99.9% of the behaviour of the travelling support I witnessed in Dhaka was respectful and in good taste. The 0.1% only being minor things like refusing to sign autographs, someone (male) in full female local outfit sat in the GP one lunchtime (not sure if he went out like it, which I would find offensive!!) and pulling the steel fence apart at the entrance to the CH stand because they couldn't wait a couple of minutes for someone to open the door!!!
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable trip, to somewhere I wouldn't of otherwise travelled to, and if my work had allowed my leave request for South Africa (somewhere I have previously watched England play cricket) , I wouldn't of travelled to!!!

Roll on the next tour (not Australia, as that's like a home series for me now)
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regbarmy
Post subject: Re: Something in the Hunters....
PostPosted: 21:36 on 2nd Apr 2010

Joined: 17:41 on 3rd Dec 2008
Posts: 74
naibob Wrote:
From my limited experience of watching England overseas I have always come away feeling encouraged that I have met like minded souls who enjoy not only the cricket but the experience of travelling and encountering new cultures etc. This tour was no different. As mentioned elsewhere the cricket was at best mediocre but, for me, the experience was superb.

I met some great new people, caught up with old friends, learnt a little about a country, and it's people, that I hadn't visited before and, generally, just sat back and soaked up the environment.

I maybe slightly biased, being a big fan of the sub-continent in general, but the vibe I got from other people as a whole was pretty similar.

Normally the post tour threads are full of positive thoughts as we all come down from a unique shared experience and dwell on the good times.

Upon return I was gobsmacked by the tone of the threads on here .....Have I missed something..?? Why does it suddenly matter where you want to sit? Or what shirt you wear? Or what the fuck you eat or drink.....?? I like the variety of people you meet at the cricket, it's part of the attraction.

I don't like overzealous patriotism, like you find at football, which is why I fell in love with supporting England cricket.....it allowed me to be actively patriotic in a sporting environment without being surrounded by racists and yobs. I still believe this....but reading some of the posts on here you could be misled into thinking otherwise...

To all other cricketing nations WE, the travelling fans, are the barmy army. Literally, I think, in their eyes we must be barmy to be that devoted and we travel en masse. I think that's what Swanny meant....is that so bad?

I can only put this angst anomaly down to the chemical ridden beer we were drinking.... it took me a few days to detox but now I feel fine (hence the soppy post....)

Anyway, Happy Easter one and all.....

i thought The Sub-Continent were a band playing at scumfest suporting Third World Country.But as a real fan of the sub-continent,could you clarify the going rate of a bannana,as it would sort out a few of the arguments on here and implement world peace.p.s.he didn't die for for me
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wickets
Post subject: Re: Something in the Hunters....
PostPosted: 22:41 on 2nd Apr 2010

Joined: 22:49 on 30th Apr 2008
Posts: 1026
Location: Swindon
I'm not too good at implementing World Peace, however I'll have a go.
No good at bananas, but grapes are Tk120 per kilo.
Does this help?
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Something in the Hunters....
PostPosted: 22:44 on 2nd Apr 2010

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2367
regbarmy Wrote:
But as a real fan of the sub-continent,could you clarify the going rate of a bannana,as it would sort out a few of the arguments on here and implement world peace.


I paid 5 Taka each at chai stalls in Central Dhaka, although I was only ever buying them in ones and twos. I suspect that if you bought them in larger quantities from a specialist fruit and veg bazaar, you could probably have negotiated a cheaper price. At a chai stall I was probably paying a premium rate for a sit down banana. I was only there on a short trip, so I could afford to splash out on such luxuries.
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Welsh Dan
Post subject: Re: Something in the Hunters....
PostPosted: 00:58 on 3rd Apr 2010

Joined: 15:27 on 12th Oct 2008
Posts: 240
Big Harvey Wrote:
regbarmy Wrote:
But as a real fan of the sub-continent,could you clarify the going rate of a bannana,as it would sort out a few of the arguments on here and implement world peace.


I paid 5 Taka each at chai stalls in Central Dhaka, although I was only ever buying them in ones and twos. I suspect that if you bought them in larger quantities from a specialist fruit and veg bazaar, you could probably have negotiated a cheaper price. At a chai stall I was probably paying a premium rate for a sit down banana. I was only there on a short trip, so I could afford to splash out on such luxuries.


When I spent the night in the Sheraton in Dhaka I got a complimentary bowl of fruit, wrapped in cling film no less, so I got 2 very nice bananas for free (or for about US$20 each, depending how you look at it).

Don't remember buying any bananas before that.

Clarky and Longy might know the going rate - their hotel in Chitters was pretty much on top of the banana bazaar.
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barneybear
Post subject: Re: Something in the Hunters....
PostPosted: 07:20 on 3rd Apr 2010

Joined: 11:26 on 9th Nov 2008
Posts: 154
Harvey, perhaps you frequented the same banana stall as me in Dhaka, turn right out of the Ramna, about 1 mins walk.
I made the rookie mistake of giving him 10 taka and getting just 2 bananas as well, however subsequent enquires led me to believe that the correct price was 4 taka, and I then bought 5 for 20.

They were in my experience cheaper in Chitters, ranging from about 15 taka for a bunch of 10 near the station to a bit more near the ground.

However the cheapest I know of was Mr Fish who had 2 bunches which he had bought for 8 tk each in a market in Srimongal.
But they were small bananas. And small bunches.

So basically, as there is no fixed price, it would seem that the price depends on various factors-

1) Your bargaining ability

2) The size of the banana

3) The proximity to either the cricket ground/ or Dhaka.

I hope this clears everything up
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Eggmanfoo
Post subject: Re: Something in the Hunters....
PostPosted: 07:54 on 3rd Apr 2010

Joined: 13:35 on 20th May 2008
Posts: 231
well, I thought the fruit in the desh was bloody expensive, considering how close to source it was.....cheaper for a full deshi breakie than 2 bananas!!!!! :lol:
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fish
Post subject: bananas
PostPosted: 10:04 on 3rd Apr 2010

Joined: 16:52 on 15th Jul 2008
Posts: 67
the srimongol nanas were pretty cheap and very small but were perfect for giving away on shove on class!
by far my best deal was in the market near mirpur stadium where i got 12 lovely sizable nanas for 30 taka.
this contrasted with the egg man whose bananas were substandard yet provided more viewing pleasure as some local geezer devoured about 8 in 2 minutes...
so i think the spectacle should be considered when ascertaining the true banana value and for me the egg wins the day
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regbarmy
Post subject: Re: Something in the Hunters....
PostPosted: 10:10 on 3rd Apr 2010

Joined: 17:41 on 3rd Dec 2008
Posts: 74
so anything from under a taka to $20.taking into concideration the sit down bananna and entertainment. is there anything under a taka?i remember the first time in india you could get a cup of chai for 50paises(spelling?)and aload of schrapnel change.matches were 10.must still exist?i think the going rate now is between 2to 5 rupees
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