Chapter Fifteen 1963-15 Hippy Hippy Shake Three Returns to Bradford please You lot paying together?

No by ourselves The conductor weighed us up. Each of us carrying our packed lunch and Michael with his flask as well as he had packed lunches everyday at school so was equipped for eating out. Off t’see the cricket then lads? Yes, Park Avenue; we want to see Hampshire and Boycott. Do we need to get another bus there? Tha's like them youngsters then? Yes we do thank you. But I know the way, said Michael, we can walk there. You can get a Number 4, I'll tell ye when t’get off. Don’t worry I'll set ye reight, you wont miss any of Yorkshire's batting. We'd already been to the Test match at Headingley but Dad had taken us. The Australians batted all day and the highlight of the day was a catch by the substitute, Alan Rees of Glamorgan. They'd batted even longer at Manchester, not even losing a wicket on the first day of the Test. So we were off to see some young Yorkshire men get some runs for a change and this time we were on our own. Three young lads carrying their packed lunches getting the number 36 for the first time and expecting the bravery of others to see us right. Seven years later I'd be working as a conductor on the very same bus in a very different mood but today was a glorious summer day and that horrible winter, if not the Australians, was behind us. We got off where the clippy told us to but then Michael took over. We can go this way and save the fare. Is it far? About twenty minutes I would guess. Come on. I loved Michael taking charge, it was like being in an Enid Blyton story, or, better still, Biggles; we were heading off on a mad adventure. For Goodness sake! Dinky let rip I got the Hippy Hippy shakes You're glad to be off the bus then! What's that you're singing? The Hippy Hippy Shake. Its great! Hippy Hippy Shake? Who's it by?

The Swingin Blue Jeans. Swinging Blue Jeans! What a great name! Where are they from? You two aren’t talking about pop music again, are you? interrupted Michael. Of course we are. Pop Music is very important. Anyway everyone likes it in our family so you've got to keep up. Well everyone except my Dad. Same at our house! said Dinky, We all listen to pop music in our house, Mum's got the radio on all the time and our kid's got his record player and he's got loads of good stuff. They are from America. Who's from America? The Swinging Blue Jeans. Have to be with a name like that. Blue Jeans come from America. Our kid’s got some Levi's, he knows about these things. What are Levi's then? Jeans. Levi’s are jeans from America. You can’t get them in Harrogate, he had to go to Leeds to get them. They last for years, they never wear out, they have rivets on the pockets. They have what on the pockets? Rivets, metal rivets, the pockets are rivetted to the jeans so they last forever. Its so your pieces of gold don’t rip the trousers. Michael and I looked at each other; more unbelievable teenage things. A bemused silence overcame us at the rivetting news and we dutifully walked towards the ground alongside Michael. How long Mike? About ten minutes, Look you can see the floodlights from here. Floodlights! At a cricket ground, are you sure? Course I am, the floodlights are next door at the football ground. The two grounds are side-by-side. Oh! You know at Bramall Lane the Cricket Ground is inside the Football Ground! My Dad took us to see Spurs there and only three sides of the ground had seats. Jimmy Greaves got a hattrick. Of course he did, said Dinky who supported Spurs hip hip I hope you two aren’t going to talk about pop music all day No said Dinky we're going to sing it! I got the shakes, I got the hippy hippy shakes You're not going to sing that Hippy song all flippin day are you Dinky? I think so. That Hippy Hippy Shakes is real music, all the way from America. Anyway I cant get it out of my head. That's the point of pop music. Wait til you hear it you'll be the same. Its

unforgettable. You'll definitely like it Fred. It's got really good drums. We got ourselves into the ground, I bought a scorecard and we found ourselves a seat on the boundary in line with one of the wickets, which was where we usually sat; we would decide on runouts and stumpings. We were fascinated by the twin sports grounds at Park Avenue, but needed to catch up with the cricket. Michael had his green scorebook, he was very professional, and started scoring ballby-ball right away. He kept his counsel when the match was in play. With a scorecard I had to go and ask a couple of old duffers to help me catch up with the fall of wickets, there had been two and they made sure I copied the details down correctly. They agreed that Fred Trueman had been the star that morning, which pleased my emerging Fredself. We got through until lunch with Dinky only occasionally breaking out into Hippy Hippy Shake again. Oh I cant stand still with the Hippy Hippy Shake yeah I feel my fill now with the Hippy Hippy Shake yeah its in the bag the Hippy Hippy Shake I love the summer holidays. NO school. After one more of his hippy hippy outbursts Michael said; Dinky, I've had enough, go off and walk around and see if you can get us into the football ground later. OK! Nothings happening whilst Glamorgan are batting anyway. As it was coming up to tea I asked Michael about scoring. Do you play OWZAT? Course I do! It’s not very realistic though is it? Yes it is, you've boundaries and wickets and everything. Yes but most balls are dot balls, look at your score book, I bet I ts mostly dots. Yes it is, so what? Well there are no dot balls on OWZAT. Of course not, you've got 1 2 3 4 OWZAT and 6. That doesn’t leave room for a dot ball. Exactly, which is why its no good. I've got my own version of OWZAT. I only use the OWZAT dice when I get an appeal as it’s not bad for wickets; doesn’t have a run out though. What's your version then? Oh I haven’t finished it yet, I keep changing the rules to make it more realistic, but basically you can’t do anything in an over

until you throw a six, that way most balls are dot balls. Its much more realistic. It must be boring, at least something happens on every ball in OWZAT. It’s not boring at all, it’s just like cricket! How do you record it then, you don’t write down every dot ball do you? Yes I do, but I've got my own way of scoring, I don’t think scorebooks are very good records of the match. Yes they are! They are much better than scorecards, he said pointing to mine. Oh yeah they're much better than scorecards but they don’t tell you very much. They tell you every run scored, that tells you everything. Anyway isn’t it boring recording dot balls? Yes! Recording dot balls is boring, but I provide a commentary each time I throw the dice, so that makes it exciting. A commentary? Like what? Like… and Truman's coming in to bowl to Barber who has failed to score on the on side from him at all this morning, oh and there it goes again! Fred's beaten him outside the off stump and Barber barely moved that whistled by so fast. Unlucky there Fred! And you do that for the whole innings? Yeah of course! Because loads of things happen on dot balls, and then of course when something actually happens it gets really exciting. Like what? And… just when Trueman was on top Barber steps across and drives him to deep long on, don’t think it will go for four as Padgett's given chase and he should cut it off. Three to Barber there takes him on to 29 not out, Warwickshire still in trouble at 53-3 thanks to Trueman's earlier efforts. Will he be rested before lunch I wonder? Must take hours. Oh not really, I write really quickly and I keep changing the rules to make it more realistic, so there is lots to do. What are you two talking about? Cricket, scoring, OWZAT, dot balls. Dot balls are boring. Get your sandwiches out its lunch! OK then. What have you found out? We can go and sit on the balcony and look over at the Football ground Yeah? That’s great! Later, in the closing session, we watched a wonderful opening partnership from Hampshire and Boycott, runs all over the place, mostly from Hampshire, it turned the match around. We agreed they were a dream partnership and much better than watching the Aussies

at Headingley. Dinky was inspired by Boycott's forward defensive that day and thereafter used it to take 20 minutes to get his first run, even when playing against just the two of us! It was so boring that sometimes Michael and I refused to bowl to him. Imagine that! Two bowlers refusing to bowl to a batsman who refuses to bat! And people say that cricket is boring!

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