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It begins. [20060609|14:19]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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It's 1:15 PM on opening day of the 18th World Cup of football. It's hot and sunny and the air crackles. Acres of tender white skin exposed in the local park have begun to redden. Instead of the usual desolate assortment of terminal drunks and tourists, the pubs are filling with people of every socioeconomic class, skiving off work to get sauced in preparation for the evening's festivities. Everywhere I turn I see England flags flying from balconies, cars and awnings. A man has wrapped a cast on his arm with orthogonal red strips of velcro. Another has painted the rearview mirrors on his red moped with St. George's cross. A sign in a business window reads "Cum [sic] on you plucky English heroes!!!"

More than one and a half billion people are expected to watch the opening game. Some of the rest seem to take pride in deriding the spectacle, in being jaded and weary or in being just plain uninterested. I don't have any great passion for football but I think I prefer to take unironic part in the excitement and the festive atmosphere.
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[User Picture]From: impix
2006-06-09 13:39 (UTC)
i have to say, i hate every second...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-06-09 14:34 (UTC)
I'll shoot video, too, if I can. "Fucking come on then!" Oh yeah.
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[User Picture]From: moosedevil
2006-06-09 13:55 (UTC)
I wish Scotland were in it! I'll vaguely follow it through people at work keeping me up to date and stuff, but it's not the same when your national side aint a part of it!

C'mon Trinidad & Tobaga ;) Nothing against England though - T&T have a player called Jason Scotland y'see :D
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-06-09 14:36 (UTC)
I find it rather hard to care that my national side IS a part of it, which is a bit sad really.

Hehe, I like your rationale. T&T are Marco's Caribbean brethren so we're supporting them too.
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[User Picture]From: omniana
2006-06-09 18:00 (UTC)
me too, I don't really care about the US team, which I find a bit strange.
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From: ripperlyn
2006-06-09 15:22 (UTC)
...oh god. I just realized I'm going to be walking alone halfway across town at eleven tonight at some point unless I find a way to get out of going to the pub and the theatre.

I already didn't want to go to the pub or the theatre. And if I back out of the theatre, I let down the trav in front of the japanese playwrights (who were damn cool if I do say so myself) and if I back out of the pub darren will get snippy 'cause he's only up for the weekend (he's moved to wales and on to london soon).

I don't want to walk across town with drunken world cup fans out on the prowl.
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2006-06-10 19:44 (UTC)
I'm absolutely loving living in a football mad nation during the World Cup. ESPECIALLY as my country is in it for the first time since I was born. I'm even forgoing my general Spewabout ban and going down to watch all our games there....yep, all 3 of them...

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