The future is upon us
He might be little remem-bered as a sportsman, but 19th century Scottish golfer Jack McCullogh is causing a stir with a novel that appears to eerily predict the modern era, a report said yesterday. A previously unknown 1892 novel by McCullogh, Golf in the Year 2000, or What We Are Coming To, which tells the tale of a man who sleeps until 2000, depicts such things as digital watches, bullet trains, televisions and women's equality, the Times newspaper said. The book is among books being sold at an auction in Edinburgh later this week. "The book is a cross between Nostrada-mus and the tale of Rip van Winkle, because the main character goes to sleep," said Philip Gregory from auctioneers Lyon and Turnbull. Among McCullogh's predictions -- many of them golf-related -- were driverless golf carts, professional players and a golf competition between Britain and the US, much like the Ryder Cup which began in 1927. Other ideas were the digital watch, high-speed bullet trains, working women who dressed like men and a large glass screen that plays images, much like a television.
Kiwis to build village
New Zealand Cricket hopes to donate more than US$698,000 dollars to tsunami relief from the World XI series starting in Christchurch tomorrow as Sri Lanka's stars appealed for more assistance for their stricken country. The aim is to fund the building of a new village, New Zealand Cricket Players Association executive manager Heath Mills said. Four of Sri Lanka's highest profile players -- Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas and Kumar Sangakkara -- already arrived for the three-match series.