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Make the most of loss

When you lose electricity, and are without a generator, blogging shuts down. I passed rapidly into a lovely candlelit age, and back out again. Make the most of darkness. It can be lovely.

On the other side of the world, the Telegraph reports that the "Barmy Army" is making the best of England's total defeat to Australia, which won the first 5-0 Ashes Cricket Sweep in 86 Years.

"The more we lose, the more we sing," roared David Grimes, 27, from Lincoln, a stalwart of the Barmy Army, as he witnessed the final moments of defeat at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"It's either go home feeling downhearted or make the most of it," he added.

That seems to be the defining sentiment of England's Barmy Army, which travelled in full force to Australia. The Army, if not the team, left Aussies speechless. Sponsors expect capacity crowds to fill the stands at this summer's Lord's Tests, too, first against the West Indies and then against India.


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