Wayne Rooney's foot and other English obsessions
Trip Start Jun 09, 2005
36Trip End ??? ??, 2006
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I will fess up to knowing the names of more English Football wives, than I do members of the Australian football (yes, I am now used to calling it 'football', not 'soccer', as for some reason this seems to mortally offend people)
I have NEVER seen anything like England's obsession with World Cup football. There are St George flags on everything you could possibly think of: shirts, cars, buses, g-strings, etc. etc. There is a new line of world cup sandwiches in the store, and you can even get football shaped coke bottles. Our work has set up a big screen in our boardroom, so we can all watch England play at work. Great! Love seeing the poms get worked over! It is completely out of control. Someone told me, that really, it wasn't about the football at all, but another chance for the English to beat the Germans???????? And yet for all the hysteria, they are sooo critical of their team. The moment they make one mistake, everyone starts moaning and groaning about what happened last world cup, and the one before that, and the one before that, and how rubbish the team is, even though they haven't lost a game yet. No wonder the poor buggers never win the cup.
The other English obsession is of course, the bloody weather
Summer has been pretty funny to watch though - the fake tan bottles come out, and the majority of the population is a rather eery shade of bright, streaky orange. Either that or they are bright red, usually in pretty unflattering places. The shirts are stripped off (for the guys, although the girls make a good go of it too) to reveal beer bellies in all their glory, the short skirts are out in force, and there is not a scrap of empty space in London that hasn't been turned into a beer garden. It was 28 degrees the other day, and the headlines read 'heatwave - London swelters'. Muppets!
As usual, there are various photos from my wanderings attached. Hope you enjoy!
Gee, it's hot today, innitt?