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Saturday 20 June 2009

Sophisticated Boom Boom

Cricket fans everywhere will be tuned into the action at Lords tomorrow when Pakistan take on Sri Lanka in the 20:20 World Cup final. All eyes will be on Shahid "Boom Boom" Afridi after his match-winning performance for Pakistan against South Africa in the semi-final.

Afridi is not the first person to be given the nickname "Boom Boom". There was the boxer "Boom Boom Mancini", immortalised in song by Warren Zevon:

Then there was Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon, whose many hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s included the great "Tallahassie Lassie":

As well as Afridi, Mancini and Cannon there is plenty of evidence that a "Boom Boom" is a good thing. Why else would Basil Brush choose it as his catch-phrase, for example? And then there is this little number from John Lee Hooker:

But be warned. If you get too cocky and start adding extraneous booms, things can go disastrously wrong:

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