Torchwood: Children Of Earth!

Erin and I recently watched the five part mini-series of Torchwood that was aired in the UK the previous week. Of course we had to download it because it’s only available on BBC America here in the US of A and that’s a subscription that isn’t in our budget at this time! As always it was a great storyline and having five linked one hour episodes was amazing but the content is worrying. The idea that the governments of the world would so willingly give up 10% of the worlds children to an alien race that use the children as a narcotic. I would hope that if that situation did arise in the real world governments would rather fight than give up the children so willingly because they believe it’s a battle they can’t win. But I fear that governments would be willing to sell out the people they represent to save their own skins. One funny moment I did like was the comment by an American military general saying “the president is furious that he wasn’t notified” – read between the lines and he said “how dare these aliens land anywhere else than the USA?”. If you’ve ever seen Monsters vs Aliens, there is a funny yet topical line a reporter utters “Aliens have landed in the United States, the only place where aliens ever seem to land” – this is something I have been saying for ages and finally someone else has realised it!

Good news from Lords, the English cricket team have taken a 1 – 0 lead in the 2009 Ashes series. After being bowled out for 425 on the second day; England went on the attack with the ball and bowled out the Aussies for only 215 with only Hussey breaking the half century mark for the tourists. James Anderson took four wickets while Graham Onions took three wickets to help dismiss Ricky Ponting’s XI in 63 overs. England’s second innings wasn’t great but good enough to make 311 – 6 declared with Matt Prior top scoring with 61. England set the Aussies a second innings total of 522 to win over the next two days. England started brightly on day four turning over five Australian wickets for 128 before Clark and Haddin dug their heels in adding 185 runs before the wicket of Haddin finally fell for 80. Clark’s wicket fell 43 runs later but not before hitting 136 from 227 deliveries and guiding the Aussies into day five. Johnson continued the good work of Clark and Haddin but could only add 63 before being clean bowled by Graham Swann. Johnson’s wicket signalled the end of the game and England’s first win in an Ashes series since Trent Bridge 2005. England ran out being worthy winners with a margin of 115 runs, even Australia skipper was gracious in defeat saying that his team was outplayed! Can England now take this victory and go on to win the Ashes back from the men from down under?

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