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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Scot Nicola Sturgeon and the ..... 'gael force' !!

The British Press calls is ‘Gael force One” -  a gale is a very strong wind and there  are conflicting definitions of how strong a wind must be to be considered a gale.  Searches on ‘gael’ usually lead you to ‘gale’ or to ‘Gayle storm’ often encountered on Cricket field !
In Jan 2015  WI on a tour of South Africa experienced his brute power in T20. 

After  a slow start, with Gayle scoring 1 off his first six deliveries,  came the beating as Gayle made the  fastest fifty by a West Indian, from 17 balls.  In an unbelievable chase, WI mowed down a target of 232 and won by 4 wickets with 4 balls to spare.  Gayle made 90 off 41 and Samuels 60 off 39.  Darren Sammy the Captain finished it in style with a huge six of de Lange.   Kyle Abbot had figures of 4-0-68-0;   

In the WC 2015, Chris Gayle led them  to a 73-run victory over Zimbabwe in their Pool B clash with the highest individual innings in a World Cup match. 

His 215 included 16 sixes – equalling the ODI record – as well as 10 fours in a 147-ball innings that was the lion’s share of an ODI record 372-run partnership with Marlon Samuels. In the end the 35-year-old was dismissed with the last ball of the innings trying for a record 17th six. 


Back home in IPL, a  magnificent century from Chris Gayle laid the foundations for an emphatic Royal Challengers Bangalore victory over  Kings XI Punjab.  Gayle, driving and pulling with a combination of exquisite timing and effortless clean hitting, struck 12 sixes and seven fours in his 57-ball innings.

This no post on Cricket of Chris Gayle but on a woman who told ‘Loose women’ that  she had voice coaching from Sean Connery, the Iconic James Bond star.   The politician  appearing on ITV's Loose Women,  also admitted that she paid more attention to her appearance than she used to after reading some 'pretty derogatory stuff' about how she looked.  Loose Women is a British panel show that has been broadcast on ITV since Sept 1999. The programme focuses on a panel of four female presenters who interview celebrities and discuss topical issues, ranging from daily politics and current affairs, to celebrity gossip.

Nicola Sturgeon's triumphant group of Scottish National MPs arrived at UK Parliament  after flying to the capital together following last week's stunning election triumph. The new MPs boarded a single plane – dubbed 'Gael Force One' – to take up their seats in the Commons as the party bids to make good on its promise to shake up Westminster's 'old boys club'. It comes after Ms Sturgeon claimed her party – which won all-but three of Scotland's 59 seats in an historic landslide elections – was now the real opposition to the Tories and would work 'constructively' in Parliament.

The SNP's 20-year-old MP Mhairi Black was joined by Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and the party's leader at Westminster Angus Robertson at Parliament.  Ms Sturgeon, appearing on ITV's Loose Women, dismissed claims she was the 'most dangerous women in Britain' and pledged to make the 'Westminster system' work as best as she could. She has insisted the SNP's 56 MPs will be able to exert influence at Westminster despite the Tory majority.

Scotland's First Minister  insisted that she did not take any joy from the problems facing vanquished Labour opponents.  The SNP leader's remarks came after she defiantly insisted that the Tories would have to listen to the 'will of the Scottish people' despite Mr Cameron's unexpected victory in the election last week.  Ms Sturgeon said: ‘The polls have been showing that, all of our private polling had been showing that but some of these majorities we faced in Labour seats in the heart of Glasgow were massive.  ‘So I don’t think I ever expected to win 56 seats. The exit poll when it came out at ten o’clock projected we were going to win 58 seats and I quickly took to Twitter and said ‘don’t believe the exit poll, we’re not going to do that’, and I was right. We didn’t so we’ve still got some room for improvement.”

Ms Sturgeon spoke to the Prime Minister, but revealed he had not indicated to her that he was willing to move to offer Scotland full fiscal autonomy.  The Scottish first minister slapped down her predecessor, Alex Salmond, who had said her party's Scottish landslide had brought independence closer. She said that despite what he had said, the SNP was not 'changing its tune' on independence. But she warned that, if Britain votes to leave the EU in 2017's in/out referendum, that could be a trigger for another vote.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

12th May 2015.

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