Henry ‘Blowers’ Blofield’s super 7 cultural picks
PUBLISHED: 13:17 05 November 2019 | UPDATED: 13:17 05 November 2019
Copyright: Archant 2017
For decades he was the iconic voice of English cricket. Here Henry ‘Blowers’ Blofeld shares his Super 7 cultural picks
Cricket broadcasting legend Henry Blofeld returns to Norfolk this month for two special events in one day - the launch of his latest book My A-Z of Cricket at Jarrold in Norwich, followed later that night by an appearance at the Maddermarket Theatre as part of his Dancing Down the Wicket tour with sidekick and former England spin bowler Graeme Swann.
Blowers, as he is affectionately known, grew up on the family estate at Hoveton, and while he might have retired from the commentary box, there is clearly little sign he is putting his feet up.
His rich, rambling, witty and first class commentary for BBC radio's Test Match Special made him an iconic part of English cricket, from his unrivalled knowledge of the game to his theatrical, meandering and vivid observations and descriptions of the comings and goings around the ground and on the wicket.
My A-Z of Cricket by Henry Blofeld, published by Hodder & Stoughton, £20; Henry Blofeld will be at Jarrold on Sunday, November 3, 11.30am. Tickets £18, (including copy of book) jarrold.co.uk; Dancing Down the Wicket, 7.30pm, £25. Box office 01603 620917. maddermarket.co.uk
Where I am going
I've just started a theatre tour with former England cricketer Graeme Swann - Dancing Down the Wicket - which is taking me all over England. And when I have time, which is rarely, I like going to Menorca, where I have a house.
What I am eating
I love the Italian restaurant Lucio's in the Fulham Road in Chelsea. I eat a lot of pasta and fish. I love a really good Dover sole, but can't afford it very often.
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What I am listening to
I listen to Radio 2 a lot because I'm driving all over England for my theatre tour. I also like classical music on Radio 3 and from time to time Radio 4.
What I am singing along to
I don't really sing along - when God made me he said 'thou shalt not sing'. I am not blessed with a good voice but just occasionally I'll sing along to 50s and 60s hits but only if I am alone.
What I am reading
A book called Our Man in New York by Henry Hemming, about the British plot to bring America into the Second World War. It tells the story of William Stephenson, Britain's legendary spy master in the US during the war. It's brilliant.
What I am wearing
I always wear very bright, often clashing colours. I like hats - a panama in the summer, a flat cap in the country and brown homburg when I'm in the city in winter.
What I am watching
I don't watch much television, but I do enjoy old detective series such as a classic Agatha Christie, like a Hercule Poirot story. I prefer to read books.