Derbyshire in Barbados: Mark Eklid's tour diary
CAN there be anything crueller than to take delight in the misfortune of others?
Yet we are all guilty of that at times.
How often, for example, does a great roar of delight sound from the crowd as an unfortunate batsman is, as Peter West used to say, hit amidships, leaving him crouched and still, praying for the release from pain that only death will bring.
Does that stop the opposing team gathering around him to snigger or his team-mates yelling unhelpful comments from the pavilion? No.
We love to see other people temporarily reduced to an undignified state of helplessness. That is the only possible explanation why "You've Been Framed" is still on TV.
The reason we love it is because we know it could so easily happen to us – but it didn't.
The Germans have a great word for this – schadenfraude – and there has been a fair bit of schadenfraude on show in Barbados in the last couple of days.
You see, it really is pretty hot out here. Around 26-27 degrees and very sunny. That's not gloating, that's just to put the next bit in context.
When it was pointed out to the sweaty travellers out here that much of Britain is back in winter's icy grip and that huge swathes of northern Europe is in chaos, let's just say that sympathy for those affected by this unpleasantness was thinner than the snow on the ground.
Yes, it's wrong but that's the way it is and do not pretend that you would have reacted any differently if you were in our flip-flops.
On behalf of the entire touring party – players, staff and supporters – I can only apologise and wish you a speedy release from this very disagreeable weather.
If you could get it sorted out before we all have to come home, that would be appreciated.