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Hi Sarastro, I hope you are well. I see you were the GA reviewer for the Okęcie Airport incident article a couple years ago (that funny Polish one with the drunk goalie), so I thought I'd drop you a line to let you know the article is now up for FA status. If you're interested your thoughts would as always be more than welcome. Thanks and I hope you're keeping well! Cheers Cliftonian (talk) 23:46, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

I too hope you are well. Your sudden absence from our pages is a bit worrying, and I hope all is OK. Tim riley talk 19:23, 14 September 2014 (UTC)
I'd like to echo those sentiments. JH (talk page) 20:49, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

I'm alive and well, but some other things have been keeping me occupied, as well as other real life stuff. In addition, I've been a bit stale recently, so I'm taking a bit of a break. I'm still around, I keep an eye on this page, and am available for anything like reviews, etc. Just don't expect anything too quickly! Sarastro1 (talk) 20:12, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Precious again[edit]

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Thank you for quality articles on cricketers, such as the first black West Indian George Headley (suggested as TFA), and for thorough copy-editing, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:02, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

Two years ago, you were the 257th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:47, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

Echoed from me :-) Cassiantotalk 19:05, 29 September 2014 (UTC)


Thanks for the link. I knew about the series, but not that it was now freely available online. Back in the late 1990s, Peter Griffith actually invited me to review one or two volumes in the series (even though I wasn't an ACS member), and I'm afraid that those are the only ones that I actually own as I got review copies and didn't have to pay for them! One was about Fred Tate, I recall. Back then, they tended to be heavily statistics based, with not much about the player's personal life. I don't know if that's still the case. JH (talk page) 08:52, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

I'll try to take a look at the article tomorrow. JH (talk page) 21:04, 7 October 2014 (UTC)
I've now looked at your latest additions. Reading what Hart has to say, I can't help seeing parallels to the KP affair. He seems to have been a similar sort of character. I suppose Leweson Gower is the equivalent of Cook, and Lord Alverstoke of Paul Downton, though I don't see a parallel for Andy Flower! A couple of thoughts follow. There may be more once I've had a chance to reread the whole article:

There was some controversy over his eligibility to play; New South Wales initially protested, but Victoria had previously decided to ignore a rule which required a three-month qualification period, and the New South Wales Cricket Association (NSWCA) Executive Committee accepted this, to the displeasure of the full NSWCA. That's slightly confusingly worded. Does it mean: There was some controversy over his eligibility to play; New South Wales initially protested, but Victoria had previously decided to ignore a rule which required a three-month qualification period, and the New South Wales Cricket Association (NSWCA) Executive Committee had accepted this, to the displeasure of the full NSWCA, thus setting a precedent.? (Suggested added words in bold. I'm assuming that the displeasure of the full NSWCA was regarding the Victoria occasion that had set the precedent, rather than about the Crawford case.)

It is unclear what his role was at this time; he seems to have had no official cricketing role and it is possible he worked as a teacher simply to maintain his amateur status. Not clear what is meant by "role" here.

JH (talk page) 09:26, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

Incidentally, either Alverstoke was not as powerful as he has generally been portrayed or else he was less reactionary regarding the place of professionals. I've just looked up on CricketArchive the matches in which Tom Hayward captained Surrey and there were a surprising number: 2 in 1905, 2 in 1909 (including that match against the Australians), 2 in 1913, and as many as 9 in 1914. I don't think that either Rhodes or Sutcliffe was ever named as captain of Yorkshire when the regular captain was unavailable, were they, even though they were comparable in experience and the respect in which they were held to Hayward? JH (talk page) 10:41, 8 October 2014 (UTC)
One more thing. In his book Cricketers of My Times A.A. Thomson mentions that he was present at the Oval on the day in 1919 when Crawford and Hobbs had their famous opening partnership against the clock. I'm undecided whether it's worth quoting in the article some of what he says about it. He mentions "a steamy drizzle and horrid light" (which could well have handicapped the bowlers (wet ball) and fielders more than the batsman, I guess). He writes: "...there was no swiping, no thrashing about. The hitting was as deadly and as precise as machine-gun fire; the placing might have been the work of two snooker players of world class. There seemed to be nothing that the fielders could do." That's from p122. JH (talk page) 17:32, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

I've finished going through the article now. I've made a few changes, almost all very minor, and also mentioned one point on the Talk page. One other thought. You refer to Hart writing of him: Hart comments: "Crawford's financial dealings with the SACA reveal him both as mercenary and as an awkward 'cuss'. The latter aspect of his personality needs to be taken into account lest he be considered merely an establishment victim in his parting with Surrey. I wonder if some of that ought to be brought forward into the section dealing with the dispute with Surrey to give a better balance. I know that Benny Green became a noted cricket historian, but some of what you've quoted of his strikes me as being very partisan on the side of Crawford. JH (talk page) 18:25, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! You're very generous, as you've done at least 90% of the work. JH (talk page) 19:41, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

"And it's now passed FA." Yes, I saw that. Congratulations! :) "Thanks for all your help on this one." My pleasure. I wonder if the minutes from the Surrey committee meetings in 1909 survive. They would probably make interesting reading. JH (talk page) 16:23, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Yep. If I understand Wikipedia's policies correctly, we wouldn't actually be able to use them for Crawford's article, as it would count as a primary source and/or original research. JH (talk page) 18:15, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
There might be something in the 1910 Surrey Yearbook (which I don't have), though I imagine it would only give the committee's view of things. Another possibility might be the review of Surrey's season in the 1910 Wisden (which again I don't own), assuming that then - as now - each county's section was preceded by a brief review of the season. And of course the press of the period is likely to have had something; no doubt favouring the committee in The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Cricketer, but possibly taking Crawford's side in the more "down market" newspapers. But all this is just idle speculation on my part, as I don't intend actually to do anything. JH (talk page) 09:47, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Crawford review[edit]

Great to see you back! I'll try to look at the article over the weekend. Also, I'm glad that your favorite teams are doing better than mine. At least somebody has a title to celebrate. Giants2008 (Talk) 17:14, 10 October 2014 (UTC)

Cardus and Rhodes[edit]

"The Yorkshire captain was not a good cricketer though a very nice man—an amateur of course, for even Yorkshire continued to observe the custom that no first-class county team should be captained by a professional; even Yorkshire carried a "passenger" for the sake of social distinction. But he was a figurehead; the leadership was a joint dictatorship: Rhodes and [Emmott] Robinson." – from Cardus, Autobiography, p. 154 (publication details as per the Cardus article).

It seems very likely that the "Wilfred's declared" story comes initially from Cardus, but it's not in the autobiographies and I can't remember where I first read it. It is of course quoted, second-hand, in the Rhodes article. Brianboulton (talk) 22:24, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

And now, a review request[edit]

Not, I'm afraid, a cricketer, a music hall artist, or even a French composer, but...a politician! Wikipedia:Peer review/Ellen Wilkinson/archive1. More interesting than many, I think, and I'd be very glad to have your comments. Brianboulton (talk) 23:12, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

The Surrey Poet[edit]

Yes, I created the Albert Craig article. When I clicked on the link that you provided it asked me for a username and password, so I'd be very grateful if you'd email me the article. (I'm sure that when CricketArchive first made the Cricketer archive available a year or so ago that it was freely accessible, but I suppose that was too good to last.) JH (talk page) 16:25, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Ellen Wilkinson[edit]

Just a note to thank peer reviewers and let them know that I've now closed the review and opened an FAC page here. Brianboulton (talk) 22:28, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

PR request[edit]

Hi Sarastro, I was wondering if you could take the time to review September Morn, which is up for review at Wikipedia:Peer review/September Morn/archive1. As this article has been controversial in the past, I'd understand if you didn't feel up to it. Thanks. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 14:47, 9 November 2014 (UTC)

Peer review request for Dave Gallaher[edit]

Hey Saratro. Understand you get a lot of these requests but I've put Dave Galaher up for peer review and would greatly appreciate any comments you have here. You're feedback, especially on prose, is always very valuable. Cheers. -- Shudde talk 07:01, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Fancy a bit of Eng Lit?[edit]

If so, Wikipedia:Peer review/A Handful of Dust/archive1 awaits. I regret that due to an obvious oversight there's no cricket in it. I will of course await my turn. Brianboulton (talk) 13:32, 30 November 2014 (UTC)

  • I'm not sure if you're around at the moment, but if you are, the article is now at FAC. Brianboulton (talk) 22:35, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

Merry Christmas![edit]

A very happy Christmas and New Year to you! Scrooges third visitor-John Leech,1843.jpg

May 2014 bring you joy, happiness – and no trolls or vandals!

All the best

Gavin / SchroCat (talk) 09:47, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

A Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Sarastro, and a very Happy New Year! Enjoy yourself and have a really great one. Peace on Earth and goodwill to all men. Love from all the Asher household. —  Cliftonian (talk)  10:09, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

Season's Greetings![edit]

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Hello Sarastro1! As we gather to celebrate the changing of years and reflect on the meaning of life, the universe, and everything, I would like to wish you and yours a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Attached is a small snack which I hope will give you the energy to continue being an amazing person and editor in the coming year.

Happy editing,
 — Crisco 1492 (talk) 13:46, 20 December 2014 (UTC)