It is said that the atmosphere of a cricket game is unsurpassed by that of Lords on a sunny day. And with the first team playing New Zealand the tension was there in a wonderful match which, according to the cognizant, “could have gone either way”. Anyway England won. As a first time visitor of the real thing: and one who normally listens to the wireless whist weeding the garden I found the close arena of different buildings of all ages and architectural merit and all with this similar function, of viewing for hours on end nearly static beings and a red ball. The hum from those stands gracefully not fighting each other was always there and gave to the completeness of a place that is restful and a incomparable joy in that English way, that is if you happen to like the game of cricket. Thank you to my host and for the initiation.