Toxic relationship with money an elephant in the long room at Lord’s | Jonathan Liew

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Lord’s works the senses so thoroughly that attendees of England v New Zealand barely notice it working their wallets

The second evening at Lord’s, and the day has begun to sag a little. The cricket begins to lose its grip on you, a day of breezy sunshine has made you sleepy, and so you decide to stretch your legs and take a stroll. You stop for a cup of tea, which costs £3.10. Tap. Bleep. The tea merely draws attention to your empty stomach and so you join the ragged queue for a portion of fish and chips at £12.50. Tap. Bleep.

You walk a little longer, past the pasty stall, past the gin concession, past the souvenir shop and Great British Fudge emporium. A little way beyond there’s a charity collector shaking a tin. An invitation to book a tour of the ground. Tap. Bleep. It’s all so easy and frictionless, a sunlit orchard of card readers all arching their boughs towards you and promising you a little pleasure.

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Written by Jonathan Liew at Lord’s
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2022/jun/03/toxic-relationship-with-money-elephant-in-long-room-lords-first-test-england-new-zealand under the title “Toxic relationship with money an elephant in the long room at Lord’s | Jonathan Liew”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.