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From cricket to cremation

By , 3rd September 2009 17:07

On the eve of cricket’s recently-concluded test series, Mike Selvey wrote this fascinating blog post in the Guardian Online highlighting the link between England’s humiliating defeat by the Australians at the Oval in 1882, the origins of “the Ashes” and a late-19th Century campaign to legalise human cremation as an alternative to burial.

Clearly the exploitation of sport in support of political ends is nothing new!

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