Whilst many sports fans will be sat on their sofas this afternoon watching the Men’s Wimbledon Tennis final, the British Grand Prix or the second test between England and South Africa, thousands of amateur cricketers will be ‘plying their trades’ on village greens across the country. However falling participation numbers, the closure of some of the country’s longest-running cricket leagues and the slimming down of clubs that used to represent the very heart of their communities has left the village game facing an almost unprecedented crisis. More and more cricketers are deciding that their weekend afternoons could be better spent elsewhere. Participation numbers will also not have been helped by the recent eye-catching headline: ‘Cow stops play'. As this bizarre clip shows, umpires and players were forced to run for cover when an ill-tempered cow ran amok during a recent Cheshire Cricket League match between Kerridge and Mossley. Apparently the cow had calmly been spectating beyond the boundary ropes before deciding to canter onto the playing area. Cricketers among The Weekly readership will be pleased to hear that the animal left the field of play via ‘Cow Corner’.

Industrial warehouses used to be simple to build. A steel portal frame with a reinforced concrete floor and most occupiers were happy. But times are changing. Warehouse construction is now going ‘underground’. Amazon, under a newly filed US patent, are proposing to store goods in sealed containers in pools, reservoirs and lakes, only bringing them to the surface for delivery. The move aims to cut their high overheads associated with its large warehouses, potentially including business rates and payroll. A lake close to their Seattle HQ is named as a possible location in the patent. And then this week it was announced that Formal Investments have won planning consent from Hounslow Council to build a nine metre high underground warehouse with 180,000 sq. m. of space at Rectory Farm (near Heathrow Airport). Unsurprisingly the development of the warehouse will be done in phases, with the entire project expected to take in the order of ten years to complete. That’s probably got something to do with the fact that three million tonnes of gravel will have to be extracted from the site!

In an age of fabricated 'theme/awareness days', it seems that every day of the year now features celebrations for picnics, pirates and pancakes, just to name a few. It was therefore perhaps inevitable that ‘emojis’ would eventually get recognised as well. Coinciding with National Ice Cream Day in the US, World Emoji Day tomorrow celebrates the plethora of digital faces used by billions of smartphone and social media users around the globe. To celebrate the day, Twitter released some data showing which emojis are used the most in different countries. The most-tweeted emoji in the US, Britain and Canada was not a smiley face but one that looks distinctly unhappy. This negative mood contrasts greatly with Turkey, where a big smiley face was the most tweeted symbol. In Australia and Germany, the thumbs-up sign was number one. South America was partial to musical notes, while France, Italy, Japan and Saudi Arabia all favoured variations on the heart. Twitter also released which emoji is the most tweeted, month by month. Not surprisingly, hearts rule during February for St Valentine's Day, and Christmas trees are tops in December. But why is January happier than July? Something to ponder tomorrow on World Emoji Day...

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