Re: Straw pole
- From: Ewan Scott <ewanscott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 16:47:35 +0100
On 26 Jun 2006 06:02:21 -0700, "Steve Smith"
that was aimed at the moaners and whingers. I don't understand teh
transpotters at the end of london bridge platforms. Apparently sane men
(all men) often in suits etc before work writing down numbers in the ir
notebooks and taking pictures of apparently identical trains. They have
magazines in the newsagents, they have model railway clubs in the town
hall. If i wanted to, i could get wound up by them But it has no effect
on me at all. Just as my loving the world cup has no effect on the
Your loving the world cup has no effect on me (as a football hater, or
at least not a football lover), but the fact that it is there has
several effects on me.
1) It is virtually impossible to turn on the TV without football being
on at least one channel.
You have another dozen or more to choose from.
2) To give a specific example, Top Gear has been cancelled for five
weeks because the World Cup is on.
What? Okay, I'm converted, let's have more football if it means less
3) Other sporting events (WRC Rallying for example) have been cancelled
or postponed because the world cup is on.
4) There is a sickeningly ugly and vulgar commerciality to the whole
thing that is rivalled only by Christmas, except that it lasts longer.
The actual football (dull as it is) is merely a sideshow to the main
event of advertising opportunities.
That however is the case with almost all TV sports though.
5) At the supermarket last weekend, it was not possible to buy the
brand of teabags that I wanted without getting a "free" football-shaped
mug! I gave it to a kid at the checkout.
I wouldn't have bought the Tea.
6) The image of brits abroad has been tarnished yet again by the
actions of fat, lager filled hooligans in England shirts all over
Germany. I know that the number of arrests is low compared with the
number of people there, but they still make the headlines. Anyway,
from what I've seen of the allegedly "well behaved" ones, I still
wouldn't want them holding their "carnival" in my street.
Nah, that's rubbish, you cannot tarnish the image iof the Brits abroad
any more than Tony Blair has done by helping invade Afghanistan and
All relatively minor things, you might think, but enough to give me the
right to moan, whinge and compain. Call me a miserable git if you
like, you're probably right. :-)
Nowt wrong with being a miserable old git - we have earned the right
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