Feeds

US woman @theashes gives in to Twitter, flies to Sydney

Wisdom of crowds turns nanny into cricket connoisseur

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

A US children's nanny whose boyfriend gave her the twitter handle @theashes, prompting a flurry of confusing messages by cricket-loving tweeters as a result, has made it Down Under for the final test match in Sydney.

Ashley Kerekes, 22, had turned on text notification for new messages on her phone. As a result she received a series of perplexing messages in the middle of the night inquiring about the score of the first test in Brisbane back in November.

The Massachusetts woman initially responded tetchily when her feed was swamped with talk of runs, wickets and innings. "This is not the account of the cricket match. Check profiles before you send mentions, its[sic] incredibly annoying and rude," Kerekes wrote.

The young woman normally tweets about looking after children, knitting and TV shows such as Glee.

But as Kerekes' follower account swelled from 300 to 13,500 plus and the inadvertent culture clash became an internet sensation, her mood improved, especially when the commercial offers came rolling in. Some of her new followers began a #gettheashestotheashes campaign to send her to Australia. Qantas airlines offered her a flight, which she initially declined, successfully holding out for a seat for her boyfriend as well. Kerekes also launched a line of T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan: "I am not a freaking cricket match".

Kerekes, who almost missed her flight as she fought through snowstorms to make it New York's JFK airport, made it successfully to Sydney in time for this week's final test. While there she met Aussie cricket legend Steve Waugh, former Aussie prime minister John Howard and actor Eric Bana before taking in the game.

The 22-year-old Westfield resident was interviewed by the BBC's Test Match Special. She told presenter Jonathan Agnew that she was staying neutral between England or Australia. She also expressed a new-found enthusiasm for leather-on-willow action. "It's like chess and baseball combined," she said.

Meanwhile, out on the pitch, England are three wickets away from wrapping up a convincing 3-1 win over the old enemy. Barring miracles, Friday will mark the team's first test series victory in Australia for 24 years and England's greatest sporting triumph since the national rugby team's victory in the World Cup, also in Sydney, back in 2003. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'
'I have benefited from the sacrifice of others'
MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer
And, um, don't sleep with other men. If that's what worries you
Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth
They're insured for $1m, before you thirsty folks make plans
Now: The REAL APPLE NEWS you need to know
OMG! Gravity's totes amazeballs. Calm down, George Clooney, not your film
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
Let's make an app that POSTS your POO to APPLE HQ
Plus: It's OPEN WARFARE in the Linux greybeard world
Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries
And hipsters are finally defined as self-loathing. Sort of
Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet
Her Maj opens 'Information Age' at the Science Museum
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.