Blowers: hanging up Test Match headphones just start of a new chapter
Grand to see the magnificent ‘Blowers’ making the most of hanging up his Test Match Special commentary headphones. Retirement? You’d never guess it.
And of course the force of nature that is Henry Calthorpe Blofeld will keep on keeping on. He was even messing around on BBC Radio 4 at the weekend showing why experts tend to stick to their own tried and tested turf.
In this case he tried his hand at tennis commentary. It didn’t turn out well.
We will of course miss him in the commentary box but rest assured Blowers is likely to continue making stage appearances and as anyone who has seen him in action in An Audience with Henry Blofeld can testify that’s a wondrous experience.
Hanging up his headphones is likely to mark the start of a new chapter in his performing life.
Blowers in full flight is a sight to behold. He is in his late seventies, has had four hip operations and can grump for England about old age. But his wit, wisdom and knowledge about cricket and life in general remain undimmed. Of course any of his appearances are likely to include Blowers thoughts on the latest batch of scandals to hit the headlines. Those responsible for ‘Elf and Safety’ will be firmly put in their place as will those who spy and sneak on all were do.
Ironically Blowers has quite a connection with spies, well certainly the most famous fictional secret agent of them all - James Bond. For Blowers dad was a good friend of Bond author Ian Fleming - who borrowed the name Blofeld for the sinister head of SPECTRE - the terrorist organisation that glories under the rather telling name of the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.
The real Blofelds of course were about as unlike their on-screen namesake as it is possible to be. I certainly can’t see Blowers sitting in some exotic lair fiendishly plotting world domination. He’s far too fond of the good things in life for a start and Bond villains are notoriously lacking in taste.
Were he to meet 007 Blowers would most likely say something like: “Ah Mr Bond. My dear old thing, would you care for a glass of Chateau Mouton Rothschild?”