Saturday, 9 August 2008

Dressed to Impress (?)

Cricket is one of those strange games that evolves in to so much more than it is. Over the years, and it appears now more than ever, fans going to watch the game like to add an extra dimension other than just being at the cricket. This phenomenon is also known as 'dress-up day.'

When cricket became confused with a fancy dress party, no one knows exactly (especially not nightwatchgirl), but come every Saturday of a Test match (though there is no law limiting this to one specific day or form of the game -just to warn you), people all around the ground will be wearing some disguise or other.

And as with all dress-up associated outings, it is the journey to the intended destination that is the embarrassing part. Once sitting down in the ground, it seems that this self-awareness is forgotten, as they happily merge in to the crowd and get on with the intended duty of watching cricket dressed up as the Pink Panther or similar.

Most recently, a favourite has been Amy Winehouse (beehive wig, white vest, tattoos drawn on the arm, extra eyeliner), a seemingly easy, yet effective costume (and probably quite cheap). But it is also equally common to see pirates, beekeepers and cavalier knights (no, there is no link to the cricket - silly you, but sometimes that's the point). Even at today's game, a bride and groom made an appearance (both men), in a lovely white wedding dress and morning suit.

Nightwatchgirl has also had the pleasure of sitting with a gang of spidermen, and luckily for her, got to sit next to a man dressed as spiderwoman (no, it was not a pretty sight - skirt and all, oh the shame).

A special mention must be given to those men (as they always are), who seem to have become suddenly so organised, that they have t-shirts specially made, each with a single letter printed on the front. This very cleverly spells out a word (oh the wit). Commonly: Freddy (after Andrew Flintoff), or Monty or something else equally brilliant (nightwatchgirl's vote: tryhard). The highlight comes when the beer drinking and toilet-going outweighs the need/effort to sit in order, and the group end up spelling nothing at all, but look pretty ridiculous (and drunken).

Long live dress-up day.

4 comments:

Val Blundell said...

I love 'Fancy Dress' day...the sight of a dozen Amy Winehouses doing the conga through the Eric Hollies to be joined my an army of Mexicans is a memory i will cherish!

©hinaman said...

It would be funny if the inebriated letter-bearers ever displayed embarrassing anagrams even if inadvertantly?

AM SOBER
BOO MID TEST
RAMPANT YES NO

The Nightwatchgirl said...

nothing beats a bunch of Amy's drinking beer and staggering around the ground. Hang on, are you sure they weren't really Amy Winehouse in person?

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