PETER CHRISTIAN

My dear old things, finally someone has taken note of sartorial elegance as I have now become the resident style advisor for Peter Christian. Peter Christian is a classic Gentlemen's Outfitter, their range includes men's trousers, jackets and suits and a unique range of Harris Tweed. For information on my role follow the below:

https://www.peterchristian.co.uk/askblowers

BOOkS

I have diligently been putting pen to paper for the best part of the last thirty years so you need never be stuck for a gift item again!

Cricket on Three Continents

Between 1967-69 Henry Blofeld was fortunate to witness cricket on three continents.  He followed the great West Indies side captained by Garry Sobers through its home series against England - to the 1968-9 Australian tour, and finally their early summer '69 tour of England.   
Two main themes are explored throughout: The gradual demise of the West Indian side that included the likes of Lance Gibbs, Basil Butcher and Deryck Murray - but which also saw the emergence of future greats such as Clive Lloyd - and the link between a country's topography, style and endemic characteristics with the type of cricket it plays.  These threads are skilfully woven together to highlight some great cricketing moments and analyse the humour and style of both the Australians and West Indians with thoughtful insight.  

The Man Who Coloured Cricket

When Kerry Packer appeared on the cricket scene in the late seventies he revolutionised the game.  Today's followers are used to coloured clothing and all the other razzmatazz that is now a part of cricket.  But back in 1977 Packer's intervention was divisive and nearly broke the game completely.  Players were ostracised by their nations and for a while it looked as if cricket might not survive.

Son of the newspaper tycoon Sir Frank Packer, the wealthy businessman shook the cricket world to the core.  Henry Blofeld observed the goings on from his position as both a commentator and writer.  In 1978 he compiled a detailed account of the events that unfolded, aided by his interviews with Packer, as well as the deposed English captain Tony Grieg.

He witnessed at first hand the Packer Tests in Australia; The Australia-India Test series; MCC play Pakistan and New Zealand; and finally the young Australian side that took on the 'Packer-filled' West Indies.  In a mere seven-week period he witnessed all the then six Test-playing nations playing Test cricket.  The first time that had been possible.

The Man Who Coloured Cricket is Henry Blofeld's detailed account of the developments that occurred throughout 1977-78.  It also shows concern for the human dimensions of the controversy.  The varied reaction of the English county players; overseas players; the legal tussles; the complex and surprising character of Packer himself; and the establishment figures with whom he did battle, are strands of the story expertly woven together to make a dramatic and moving story.  Complete with a new afterword in which Henry reappraises his thoughts, The Man Who Coloured Cricket  is a truly enthralling read for new and old cricket enthusiasts alike.

 

Squeezing the Orange

Born in Norfolk and educated at Eton and Cambridge, Henry Calthorpe Blofeld OBE, nicknamed “Blowers” by the late Brian Johnston, is best known as a cricket commentator for Test Match Special on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. His distinctively rich, cut glass voice and his vividly eccentric observations of life on and off the pitch, have made him a household name, not only in Britain but around the world, wherever cricket is played. Blowers has been close the the heart of the game for over fifty years and his career has taken him to the far corners of the earth. This autobiography, stuffed to the gunwhales with delicious anecdotes, brings his astonishingly colourful story bang up to date.

 

Not shy of a word or two, here are the rest of my various jovial publications... 

  • Blofeld, Henry, My Dear Old Thing: Talking Cricket, 1988
  • Blofeld, Henry, Cakes and Bails, Henry Blofeld's Cricket Year, Simon and Schuster, 1989
  • Blofeld, Henry, A Thirst for Life, Hodder & Stoughton, 2001
  • Blofeld, Henry, Cricket and All That, Coronet, 2001
  • Blofeld, Henry, Cricket's Great Entertainer's, Hodder, 2004

If you want your book signed, please contact my splendid agent, Ralph Brünjes who can arrange for me to do the honours for a small fee.  He can be reached on 0207 820 9332.

WINE

Ever fond of a tipple, the delightful people at The Wine Company have allowed me to rummage around the vineyards of Europe and I can more than recommend the following: 

WHITE
2012 Blowers' White Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc, Côte Chalonnaise
In common with most of the region's white wines, this is of course made from Chardonnay. Made from grapes grown in the Montagny area, this is a Bourgogne Blanc which exudes real charm and drinkability. Soft orchard fruits are in evidence on the nose, with an appealing, rounded, almost creamy character. The palate shows luscious flavours of apple, peach and pear, with gentle hints of spice and a lively citrus freshness. A very versatile food wine - has the touch of minerality which would suit fine shellfish and seaood, as well as the weight and richness to suit fuller flavoured fish and white meat dishes. 

  •  £15.00 a bottle (£17.50 signed) 
  •  Case (6 bottles) £85.00 Save £5.00
  •  Case (12 bottles) £160.00 Save £20.00

RED
Blowers' Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages 'Massif d'Uchaux'
Massif d'Uchaux is one of the 'cult' villages in the Cote du Rhone - no surprises then it is a strong candidate for elevation to its own village appellation.  The wine has been a universal hit with our buying team - absolutely bursting with spicy blackberry and plum fruit, and one of the best value wines we have tasted this year.  A bold, brambly, juicy red with real character and great depth of fruit, with its bright aroma, luscious texture and super balance.  The broad palate and warming fruit flavours are ideal with grilled meats from the barbeque and big-flavoured Mediterranean vegetables. 

  •  £15.00 a bottle (£17.50 signed)
  •  Case (6 bottles) £85.00 Save £5.00
  •  Case (12 bottles) £160.00 Save £20.00

Delivery is free for an order of £99 in value, otherwise £9.99 will be charged. UK Mainland only.

The Wine Company also have a selection of gift packages available. Please click here, to see the full range. 

 

MUGS

Charming vessels from which to take a refreshing post-match beverage.  Acquire yours for the sum of £5.00 plus postage and packaging via either the contact form on the website or by contacting my charming agent Ralph Brünjes on 0207 820 9332. 

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