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New Zealand Diary

New Zealand Diary

Bungee jumping reminds us of the essential absurdity of life. So does honking in a traffic jam.

Hardy Hadlee

Christchurch is home to the great Sir Richard Hadlee as well as former India coach John Wright. Either Hadlee has mellowed or—to quote Groucho Marx—my watch has stopped. Now 63, Hadlee still looks fit enough to play in the World Cup. More startlingly, he came across as one of the boys, and spending half a day with him was an unalloyed delight. It began at the Hagley Oval, venue of the inaugural match of the World Cup, and continued on the Avon river, where a punter was overjoyed to have the cricketing legend in his boat.

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