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Cricket, cakes and geology

University fundraising efforts enliven England vs Pakistan Test match

The BBC live commentary on the first day of the England vs Pakistan third Test match was enlivened by more than the cricket (exciting though that was). There was very likely the first use of the phrase 'heuristic lexicographical developments' in any cricket reporting anywhere. Even that was overshadowed, though, at 12.03, when England were 39 for 2 (just before things went from bad to worse for them), as the following was broadcast to the world:

"I'd like to congratulate the great baking efforts of the staff and students of the Geology department at the University of Leicester who've contributed to a fine spread of cakes - that Aggers and co would be proud of - to raise money for those affected by the Pakistan floods."

That's publicity for the very best of reasons - and without any help from dinosaurs, meteorites or volcanoes. So far, £180 has been raised from the effort.

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