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WTF, mate. [20060525|15:14]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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The World Cup starts in just a few weeks time. Even if I weren't going to attend matches, I would know this, because of the zillions of England flags staring me in the face every time I walk outside. Suction-cupped to car windows, stickered onto the sides of construction lorries, taped to windscreens, hanging from pub walls, emblazoned on t-shirts. They're ubiquitous. Inescapable.

However, from the land of you've-got-to-be-taking-the-piss, I mean, Sainsbury's, I bring you the England Styrofoam wig, aka Tacky World Cup Merchandise, Exhibit A. They want ten quid for this thing!

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[User Picture]From: glassarmy
2006-05-25 14:16 (UTC)
I honestly wouldn't care if England were to win {even though I'm Scottish} were it not for the fact that they'd go on about it for ANOTHER forty fucking years. Argh!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-26 08:52 (UTC)
I know! Hey, maybe you should get one of these wigs. Whenever someone tries to talk to you about football, you could interrupt them and say they aren't allowed to continue unless they put on the wig. That'd shut them up. And if it didn't, you could amuse yourself by taking pictures from unflattering angles while they yammered on.
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[User Picture]From: returntosender
2006-05-25 14:18 (UTC)
So hot!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-26 08:34 (UTC)
They have a pompadour version too. Smokin'.
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[User Picture]From: cataragon
2006-05-25 14:59 (UTC)
Oh, that picture is priceless...

:-)

C.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-26 08:34 (UTC)
Or at least ten quid!
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[User Picture]From: repoman
2006-05-25 15:16 (UTC)
Ok, I'll be rooting for England like a lot of other people...even if I think without Rooney they'll have a tough time getting out of the first group stage...but even I won't be wearing something like that. My older home shirt is enough for me.

Sports seem to be taking an interesting turn in merchandising. It isn't enough to have the shirt, jacket, hat, flag, and other traditional items. I remember hanging out with some England fans after the US vs. England game and how their entire outfit had the St. George flag on it, down to their underwear. Now you have to own the silly belt buckle, foam hat, and condoms. The even worse part is there are people out there who will buy them.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2006-05-25 16:49 (UTC)
Yeah, 'cause Rooney is the god of football.

Can we not get two minutes peace from the constant reference to him, and the nightly "foot report"? Gods save us!
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[User Picture]From: repoman
2006-05-25 17:06 (UTC)
Wait, you don't like the oxygen chamber updates or the endless medical talk on how a bone heals with relation to how soon it is ready to be used in sports?

You, my dear, are a terrorist... ;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-26 08:41 (UTC)
I fear the loss to Belarus in the friendly bodes ill.

I dunno. I think fans of sport have always been insane about merchandising. I mean, my favorites at baseball games are always the older people, who have to wear extra clothing just so they can show off all the badges and pendants they've collected over the years. It's just the type of merchandise that changes, not the crazed desire to have every piece of it that gets issued.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2006-05-25 16:47 (UTC)
That's ghastly! We're all cringing in annoyance at the unfeasible number of times 1966 is mentioned even in completely unrelated context, and suppoting Trinidad & tobago because it's full of players from Scottish Teams.

Personally, I'm trying to avoid all football reference at all costs, and luckily I'm in America for most of it and they've never even heard of it anyway.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-26 08:48 (UTC)
Hey, we're supporting T&T because they're Marco's Caribbean brethren! ;-)

I'm enjoying the football craze. It's a fascinating cultural experience from my perspective, which I will have probably a total of once in my lifetime, assuming that I eventually move back to the States. At least it revolves around a game that's actually exciting to watch and doesn't involve stopping for two-minute breaks every thirty seconds, like American football.
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From: ripperlyn
2006-05-25 17:27 (UTC)
A deal at twice the price.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-26 08:36 (UTC)
Hey, for twice the price you can get the inflatable England chair, too!
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From: ripperlyn
2006-05-26 09:29 (UTC)
And does that come with a somewhat goofy looking american in it as well? ;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-27 12:16 (UTC)
You might have to bribe him with mojitos first.
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From: ripperlyn
2006-05-27 16:28 (UTC)
Did you know, I've never had a mojito?
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From: shniggit
2006-05-25 21:42 (UTC)
10 quid is a bargain for such an almighty hairpiece!


Pizza Hut are doing the england pizza... cheese and tomato with a pepperoni cross!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-26 08:38 (UTC)
That's what Marco said. I'm afraid he might be going back to get himself one. Although he may do the pompadour instead.

England pizza?! This country is nuts, I tell you. Crazy nuts.
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2006-05-31 14:17 (UTC)
We were in a chemist in Venray trying on the fluoro orange version for the Dutch fans. I ALMOST came back with a anime-inspired two-pigtail affair. We're it not for a cracked sideburn, the orange Elvis do might've made it back too.
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