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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt
    Haha, good to see the UK isn't the only killyjoy nanny state nation in the world.. Heard the fellow nearly got arrested for being "in possesion of a trumpet"
    I imagine that's a joke on the part of the person writing the quotes column on cricinfo, actually. It's not illegal to have a trumpet, even in Queensland. He may however have been threatened with being arrested for refusing to leave the ground when asked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superkingdave
    The guy with the trumpet is getting a bit over the top over it imo. He wasn't allowed to take it in to the grounds this summer in England. (i think part of the reason for the ban on musical instruments over here is the proliferation of air horns last time Pakistan toured - though the official reason was safety)

    Much better would be if they designated a certain area/stand where musical instruments were allowed.
    I agree. It's been all over the meedja & it's being presented like an attempt to undermine our British way of life! QLD police gaffer said on Sky there's been a long standing ban on musical instruments & the trumpeter (by his own admission) actually was warned before being ejected. He said he'd been told it was no go in the morning session, had another crack in the afternoon so, IMHO, deserves what he got.

    I'm pretty ambivalent (at best) to musical instruments at sports grounds anyway. Our England band who constantly played The Great Es-fugging-cape at football matches were a national embarrassment.
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    I think the Barmy Army are amusing, it adds a whole new atmosphere to the cricket and makes it sound like a soccer stadium. Besides they are loud and like to have a good time but it's not often that they cause any serious trouble, quite good when they start singing You All Live in a Convict Colony.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steds
    No instruments allowed. No mexican wave. No singing no dancing no beachballs NO FUN. This is why so many people I know don't like cricket. People go to a sporting event to be entertained, and as cricket is such a slow moving game, much of the time people have to make their own entertainment. "Oh, let's watch Steve Harmison trudge 30 yards back to the end of his runup. That's fun."
    Yes, so one bloke once punched an old lady instead of a beachball. So what? That's one random idiot and it's his fault, not the rest of the crowd's. People get hit by cricket balls when sixes come their way occasionally. Should they play with a sponge ball for health and safety reasons instead? Yes, those ****ing plastic horns are annoying, but this guy didn't have a ****ing plastic horn.
    Seriously, Australia should stop being so gay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superkingdave
    The guy with the trumpet is getting a bit over the top over it imo. He wasn't allowed to take it in to the grounds this summer in England. (i think part of the reason for the ban on musical instruments over here is the proliferation of air horns last time Pakistan toured - though the official reason was safety)

    Much better would be if they designated a certain area/stand where musical instruments were allowed.
    They do that in PE.

    I liked the music from the band playing while a fast bowler is running in. Especially if nothing is happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steds
    No instruments allowed. No mexican wave. No singing no dancing no beachballs NO FUN. This is why so many people I know don't like cricket. People go to a sporting event to be entertained, and as cricket is such a slow moving game, much of the time people have to make their own entertainment. "Oh, let's watch Steve Harmison trudge 30 yards back to the end of his runup. That's fun."
    Yes, so one bloke once punched an old lady instead of a beachball. So what? That's one random idiot and it's his fault, not the rest of the crowd's. People get hit by cricket balls when sixes come their way occasionally. Should they play with a sponge ball for health and safety reasons instead? Yes, those ****ing plastic horns are annoying, but this guy didn't have a ****ing plastic horn.
    Seriously, Australia should stop being so gay.
    We had a thread for such rants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig
    They do that in PE.

    I liked the music from the band playing while a fast bowler is running in. Especially if nothing is happening.
    Yeah, they also tried to ban them, but they are back by popular demand thank goodness..

    They are also a proper band, as opposed to a few beer swilling louts with a trumpet..
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    Apparently so is this guy (Billy Cooper) for the Barmy Army is a fully fledged musician.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superkingdave
    The guy with the trumpet is getting a bit over the top over it imo. He wasn't allowed to take it in to the grounds this summer in England. (i think part of the reason for the ban on musical instruments over here is the proliferation of air horns last time Pakistan toured - though the official reason was safety)

    Much better would be if they designated a certain area/stand where musical instruments were allowed.
    We have an area for that over here, it's called 'The Sydney Opera House'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steds
    No instruments allowed. No mexican wave. No singing no dancing no beachballs NO FUN. This is why so many people I know don't like cricket. People go to a sporting event to be entertained, and as cricket is such a slow moving game, much of the time people have to make their own entertainment. "Oh, let's watch Steve Harmison trudge 30 yards back to the end of his runup. That's fun."
    Yes, so one bloke once punched an old lady instead of a beachball. So what? That's one random idiot and it's his fault, not the rest of the crowd's. People get hit by cricket balls when sixes come their way occasionally. Should they play with a sponge ball for health and safety reasons instead? Yes, those ****ing plastic horns are annoying, but this guy didn't have a ****ing plastic horn.
    Seriously, Australia should stop being so gay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig
    Apparently so is this guy (Billy Cooper) for the Barmy Army is a fully fledged musician.
    I heard he played for the London Philharmonic, thought that might have been a journo talking out of their backside.
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    Respect them. Create one hell of an atmosphere.
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    Let's be honest - you can only get so much "barmy army...barmy army...barmy army...repeat 1000x" before you get really annoyed. There isn't great variety, and quite frankly there's a distinct lack of nice looking women amongst them to at least please the eyes. As they are scattered about their trumpet player is no doubt honking in the ears of people who'd care not to listen to the same 2 tunes all day long. Threatening to boycott the tour though? Hey, at least we're letting them in the grounds....picking up your bat and ball and going home is a bit weak.

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    ECB threatens Barmy Army

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    Am I the only one who's a little over the Barmy Army? It was fine & dandy when they were a loose collective of fans who happened to turn up, but they've got all a bit too official now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79
    I heard he played for the London Philharmonic, thought that might have been a journo talking out of their backside.
    I think it might have been "He plays the harmonica with a homeless bloke in London called 'Phil'"

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