POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 28, 2014 AT 22:08 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 28, 2014 22:08 IST

A simple hashtag #putoutyourbats is all it took. And what a collective worldwide outpouring of grief for Phillip Hughes it resulted in.

Hughes died yesterday, just days before his 26th birthday, having been struck by a Sean Abbott delivery two days earlier, during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia.

Sydney father Paul Taylor started the trend when he posted a simple image of his cricket bat and blue Australian cap resting beside his front door.

"We've all played cricket in one way or other. We've all grown up with a bat and ball," he wrote.

"This is our way to connect and show our sadness."

Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist posted a photograph of his kids' miniature bats lined up on the front gate along with a simple message: "From the Gilly kids xxxx".

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 28, 2014 AT 22:08 IST, Edited At: Nov 28, 2014 22:08 IST
POSTED BY OWD ON Nov 27, 2014 AT 19:58 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 27, 2014 19:58 IST

 

Watching Phillip Hughes, so boyish, cheerful and amiable, was all about the future. There was barely any past...

He had the attitude. He had the look. Here was a cricketer, we told ourselves, with time on his side. Perhaps he assuaged his disappointments the same way. Certainly, he handled himself as first reserve with dignity, patience and enthusiasm.

Thus the intensity of the shock at his loss. Hughes is the tomorrow cricketer who will now form part of history. He is not the youngest Test cricketer to die. That tragic mantle still belongs to Manjural Islam Rana, the Bangladeshi spinner who was 22 when he died in a traffic accident in March 2007.

But he has become the first to be cut down, as it were, before our very eyes — in the act, in full bloom, in the presence of his mother and sister, by a delivery from a bowler who just six weeks ago was his teammate in a one-day series in the Gulf.

Forever young, that’s how we’ll remember Phillip Hughes
Gideon Haigh in the Australian

 

It's not been the same for the world Cricket community since Nov 25, and today was a tragic reminder of the fragility of life:

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POSTED BY OWD ON Nov 27, 2014 AT 19:58 IST, Edited At: Nov 27, 2014 19:58 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 25, 2014 AT 02:44 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 25, 2014 02:44 IST

Kesari, the RSS mouthpiece in Kerala, has stirred up a fresh controversy by carrying an article in its October 17, 2014 edition, which suggests, albeit indirectly, that Nathuram Godse made a mistake in killing Mahatma Gandhi, when his target should have been the country’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. 

B. Gopalakrishnan, who fought and lost the Lok Sabha elections for the Chalakudy Lok Sabha constituency on a BJP ticket, suggests in the article that Nehru’s selfishness was responsible for many of the problems the country faces even after seven decades of independence. 
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POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 25, 2014 AT 02:44 IST, Edited At: Oct 25, 2014 02:44 IST
POSTED BY OWD ON Aug 22, 2014 AT 18:31 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 22, 2014 18:31 IST

On the 94th birth anniversary of Ray Bradbury, best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, here is a 1963 documentary on the writer by David L. Wolper -- Ray Bradbury: Story of a Writer which captures all the contradictions that the late writer embodied.

Happy Watching.

From archives, also see: Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), R.I.P.

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POSTED BY OWD ON Aug 22, 2014 AT 18:31 IST, Edited At: Aug 22, 2014 18:31 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 13, 2014 AT 08:13 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 13, 2014 08:13 IST

Lauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Perske) was 89, but for the fans of classic Hollywood films, she would forever be remembered for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks that were first heard and seen in her 1944 screen debut To Have and Have Not, when she famously met Bogart and "taught him how to whistle."

‘You don't have to say anything, and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.’

It has been rated the 34th greatest movie quote of all time by the American Film Institute.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 13, 2014 AT 08:13 IST, Edited At: Aug 13, 2014 08:13 IST
     
 
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