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Izzardesque
192938.  Thu Jul 19, 2007 9:09 pm Reply with quote

But then, he could have made it all up... :)

 
Ian Dunn
424620.  Sat Oct 18, 2008 2:46 am Reply with quote

Who Wants To Be A Millionare? is to have its own version in Afghanistan. At the the moment, one million Afghanis is worth around 11,690. However, the average annual income in the country is less than 200, so it is quite a lot of cash.

Story from the Daily Telegraph

 
mikemcleod
510241.  Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:42 pm Reply with quote

On the subject of words with consecutive letters, this being my first post and that I consider myself more of an understudy than a superstud, I would not want to show off by overstuffing a post with a string of words with four consecutive letters. Just off to Chelmno in Poland to get away from my cremnophbia!

 
suze
510252.  Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:59 pm Reply with quote

Welcome, mikemcleod!

Since it's your first post, I shall be gentle and refrain from sounding a klaxon in your ear. But a Pole does not consider the town which you name to contain four consecutive letters of the alphabet.

The town is called Chełmno. The letters ł, m, and n are adjacent in the alphabet, but ń comes between n and o.

 
mikemcleod
510256.  Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:07 pm Reply with quote

Suze... thank you and I stand corrected but my atlas is to blame... With your alphabet there must be words with at least six consecutive letters...

 
suze
510282.  Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:13 pm Reply with quote

Well yes, atlases produced in the English speaking world do have an unfortunate tendency to get the Polish alphabet wrong, and I expect it just says Chelmno.

The sequence of vowels and consonants does actually make long sequences of consecutive letters unlikely. The best I can immediately do is Tuwy; there's no <v> or <x> in Polish, so these letters are consecutive. There's a republic within Russia which in English is spelled Tuva (Russian Тува or Тыва), and in Polish that is spelled Tuwa. Its genitive case form is Tuwy; in the unlikely event of it ever being needed, its nominative plural probably would be as well.

 
Ian Dunn
669200.  Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:00 am Reply with quote

Afghanistan has a quite interesting relationship with cricket, like many other countries in the area.

The Afghanistan Cricket Federation was founded in 1995 and it became a member of ICC in 2001. Despite little experience, the team is seen as a rising star in the sport.

In 2008, they won Division Five and Division Four of the World Cricket League and in 2009 they won Division Three. If they can get to the final of the World Twenty20 Qualifier, they will appear in the next World Twenty20 finals in the West Indies which take place in April-May, and could face England in the first round.

While President Hamid Karzai is the figurehead of the cricket board, team coach Kabir Khan has said the he had to explain to the president was that the LBW rule was not called the BMW rule.

Interestingly, on the day I write this the Afghan cricket team played the US cricket team in a World Twenty20 Qualifier. The Afghan team won by 29 runs.

Sources: The Independent and The Hindu


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Zebra57
669340.  Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:19 pm Reply with quote

They also beat Scotland. Cricket is very popular in Afghanistan.
QI is that it has been played in the area since the 1840s having been brought to the country when British soldiers occupied parts of Afghanistan.

 
Ian Dunn
669936.  Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:22 am Reply with quote

They've done it! Afghanistan have qualified for the Twenty20 World Cup.

BBC Sport

 
Zebra57
671530.  Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:23 pm Reply with quote

QIers could dip into the Quite Interestrings Taliban section for a more robust perspective of Afghan life.

Like Ian Dunn I look forward to following the Afghans in the Twenty20 World Cup. QIers may like to consult this weblink:

http://www.afghan-web.com/sports/afghansportsnews.html

 
Zebra57
1120891.  Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:41 pm Reply with quote

Beating Scotland in the cricket World Cup is a major success for this war torn country.

 
tetsabb
1120912.  Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:06 pm Reply with quote

I can almost hear Bill McLaren -- "There'll be dancing on the streets of Kandahar"

 
suze
1121066.  Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:53 am Reply with quote

Well, there'll be strolling around feeling reasonably pleased with themselves, at any rate.

Dancing is illegal.

 
Zebra57
1121650.  Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:21 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Well, there'll be strolling around feeling reasonably pleased with themselves, at any rate.

Dancing is illegal.


The Taliban are warming towards cricket!

 
PDR
1121659.  Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:12 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:

Dancing is illegal.


I knew they were primitive and puritan, but I never realised they were Presbytarians. Life just deals them whammy after whammy, doesn't it?

PDR

 

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