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by Sunny on 1st July, 2006 at 9:50 am    

C’mon…. anyone? Oh. Wait. I think this is it. Ermm… *whistles nonchalantly*
Whatever it is, get it off you chest. As long as it’s not about religion. Or politics. But football is ok. Unless England lose. In which case this will be the mourning thread. Lord help us.



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  1. Vikrant — on 1st July, 2006 at 10:12 am  

    Sunny you cynic…. we CANT lose.. especially with Deco out of action! The only match to look out for is Brazil-France… i sincerely hope we meet froggies rather than Brazilians…

  2. Kesara/StrangelyPsych — on 1st July, 2006 at 10:46 am  

    Tis the London Pride Parade today…caused a bit of angst on the Chilling board when I notified folks of it :D

    Oh well! *dons feathery tangle*

    (its not gonna be a pretty scene in london if england lose though :/)

  3. Kesara/StrangelyPsych — on 1st July, 2006 at 11:09 am  

    http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/events/salaam2006

    As part of the 21st Music Village Festival - Salaam - Kew welcomes visiting performers from 11 countries across the Islamic world in an inspiring programme.

    The 2006 Salaam Music Village will reveal the breathtaking diversity of artistic forms generated by Islamic communities around the world as an expression of their faith and to celebrate their immense contribution to the world’s intellectual and creative heritage.

  4. El Cid — on 1st July, 2006 at 11:21 am  

    Where’s Jay and the Colonel?

  5. Katy Newton — on 1st July, 2006 at 2:25 pm  

    I just switched contracts to 02 and they have given me a PDA, which is very clever. It can make tea and everything.

  6. MatGB — on 1st July, 2006 at 2:46 pm  

    Bah, that’s no good. Now, if it made coffee…

    Was looking at mobile phones today, I got bored with all the contract options and decided to dealy it again…

  7. Johnny — on 1st July, 2006 at 2:56 pm  

    Muslims-only day at Alton Towers. What do you think of this?

    http://nordish.net/blog/?p=108

  8. Johnny — on 1st July, 2006 at 2:57 pm  

    “As long as it’s not about religion. Or politics”

    Oops, sorry didn’t see this. Please delete if you feel it’s inappropriate. Thanks

  9. Vladimir — on 1st July, 2006 at 6:46 pm  

    hi hi hi tauba tauba tauba, England all the way (he he)

  10. Katy Newton — on 1st July, 2006 at 6:59 pm  

    We’re out of the World Cup.

    Which means, tragically, that my lovely Saturday afternoons of getting to Brent Cross from my house in under fifteen minutes are over for the year.

    Sure, everyone will be angry with Rooney for being sent off and losing the game, but has anyone thought about ME in this?

    This is a very difficult time for me.

  11. Katy Newton — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:00 pm  

    (Actually, perhaps blaming Rooney wholesale for losing the game is a little bit harsh.)

  12. Johnny — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:02 pm  

    Very sad for England. *sobs*

  13. Amir — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:02 pm  

    I hope Christiano Ronaldo gets his legs smashed to tiny smithereens when he returns to England. Fucking cunt. When Fergie’s back is turned during training, I hope Rooney drives a stud down his groin (and worse).

    Christiano Ronaldo is a fucking disgrace to the beautiful game of football.

  14. Amir — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:06 pm  

    Sure, everyone will be angry with Rooney

    What game were you watching Katy? ‘Yellow card’ at the most. But a red card? Come on…

    Christiano Ronaldo deserves a ‘hate campaign’ against him. I just wanna smack his smirky little face and pound it to a pulp. Whatever happened to sportsmanship?

    I support ad hoc punishments against football players who (a) dive; (b) fake injuries; and (c) provoke players.

    Christiano Ronaldo violated all three

  15. Rohin — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:10 pm  

    I have wanted to beat the shit out of Ronaldo for ages. In fact I sent my mate a text earlier during the match saying how much I want to see him suffer. What a complete and utter cock. I’ll write more about the World Cup soon, but I’m not really in the mood right now.

    Another four years.
    Another exit on penalties.
    Nothing changes.

  16. Rakhee — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:11 pm  

    Amir, couldn’t agree with you more. He’s such an evil git. Rooney should lamp him one.

    Have to say though Lampard was apalling - am trying to find the no of times he’s tried to score and missed in the World Cup - I know it’s a huge amount.

    Man of the match for me was Rio Ferdinand. Just played good, solid football all the way through. Thought l’il Lennon did good too.

    How depressing :(

  17. Amir — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:12 pm  

    Good riddance to Sven Goran Erikson. Throughout his miserable tenure as England manager, I thought his player/team selection was a disgrace; the 4-5-1 formation didn’t play to the strengths of his team; and, to make matters worse, his motivational skills are near zero. I mean – who the fuck wants to a Lazio-style-defensive-mentality for a ragbag of players who’re used to attacking and penetrating defences?

  18. Rohin — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:16 pm  

    I wouldn’t decry entire tenure as miserable, but certainly poor and he deserves the blame for THIS exit.

    The lunacy of choosing two other strikers, one of whom is unproven, with an injured Rooney and Owen was exposed. His refusal to alter the clearly failing 4-5-1 was unforgiveable and his tactics were unimaginative and boring.

    However I doubt his successor’s going to bring much more to the table. I really thought we had a great squad this year.

  19. Vladimir — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:19 pm  

    I have to agree with Amir the 4-5-1 formation did not work at all for the benefit of Engoland, but then again was Sven prepared to put Theo Walcock on? I think not, as much as I wanted to see the unknown player perform.

    I agree Ronaldo is a cock, but at least he’s good at it, unlike certain England players at playing the game.

  20. Sunny — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:19 pm  

    I feel like Victor Meldrew!

    I don’t belieeeeeeeeeeeeve it!?!?!

    Rooney needs his arse kicking for being such a twat. I’m depressed. And now I shall be rooting for France against Brazil because their women are better looking :|

  21. Katy Newton — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:21 pm  

    Oh, look, Amir, I thought that the red card was an overreaction as well, but Rooney played into the ref’s hands by losing his temper. Because he is a tit. A footballing genius, yes, but a tit.

  22. Amir — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:22 pm  

    Rakhee,
    Lampard was awful. Me and my mates thought Carrick should’a started ahead of him from the beginning. Super Frank had 22 shots on goal and no success. His long-ball passes were overhit and his movement off-the-ball was nowhere near as good as it is for Chelsea.

  23. Ravi Naik — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:23 pm  

    Amir, you can blame the Portuguese all you want, but football at this level is not just about strength and technical ability, but a lot of mental fitness to cope with pressure. Rooney (like Ronaldo) are just too imature. And what do you feel about the fans in the stadium chanting and provoking the adversary? It’s all part of the game. The dismal performance at the penalty shootout was the reason you lost.

    For the record, I am a portuguese-desi and I am obvious delighted for our win. Though I would have supported England all the way had it won, even though I believe both Portugal and England do not have the calibre of a Brazil or Germany.

    So, now Amir, you can gracefully see us lose against Brazil. Pity we don’t have a striker like Eusebio this time. :)

  24. Amir — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:27 pm  

    Katy – the accidental (and awkward) landing of Wayne Rooney’s foot was a yellow card at most. Rooney had every right to tell Christiano Ronaldo to fuck off. You don’t go up to a referee and try to influence his decision. It’s bad sportsmanship.

  25. Rohin — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:29 pm  

    I’m in the ABP (anyone but Portugal) camp now, join me.

    Rooney was foolish but the decision - it was for the push not the stamp - was overly harsh. Saying Ronaldo is a cunt is not blaming him for our exit. We are to blame for our exit, we should’ve beaten them. Sven and a few mediocre performances sent us out. That and our inability to take pens.

    But don’t tell me not to be angry at the Portuguese for having a team consisting of several dicks.

  26. Vladimir — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:30 pm  

    I agree with Amir it is bad sportsmanship on Ronaldo’s part, but it was seen before with Germany vs Sweden and Portugal vs Holland.

    And I would real have liked to have seen a better attitude on behalf of Rooney in those circumstances, after all it has been said he is a world class player.

  27. Amir — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:30 pm  

    Ravi,
    Yeah, whatever. Did you see Christiano Ronaldo’s sly wink after Rooney was sent off? Did you see him head-butt Rooney when the referee’s back was turned? Huh?

    If you think that kind of behaviour is ‘part’ of the game, then I pity the future of football.

    Young kids watching today’s players can only arrive at one conclusion: cheating works.

  28. Amir — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:34 pm  

    Henry’s ridiculous dive against Holland?

    Cheating.

    = Free Kick… goal.

    Cheating (diving, faking injuries, provoking players, trying to influence referees, etc.) is now just as important as the team performance.

  29. Katy Newton — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:34 pm  

    Amir…

    *pats Amir’s shoulder*

    There there. No one is saying that Ronaldo wasn’t horrible as well and it is all very unfair. Rooney getting upset didn’t help, that’s all.

  30. Rakhee — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:35 pm  

    Thanks Amir. 22 shots hey. What a prat.

    French women are better looking than Brazilian? Really? I’d have thought it was the other way round.

    Thank god for PP -it’s quite therapeutic really….

  31. Amir — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:36 pm  

    [mental note: calm down, calm down, deep breaths, deep breaths]

    Rohin - I’m in the ABP (anyone but Portugal) camp now, join me.

    Sign me up.

  32. raz — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:36 pm  

    Not only did England lose at the football, they just got absolutely fucked in the cricket:

    What a weekend for English sport!

  33. Katy Newton — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:37 pm  

    And spare a thought for Colleen, eh? She’s the one who’ll be up until 6am watching miserably as Rooney downs his own weight in raw spirits and forces her to relive the episode over and over and over and over

    and over and over and over

    and over and over

    and over

    again.

  34. Rohin — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:41 pm  

    But hey, Andy Murray’s winning against Roddick.

    Oh, he’s Scottish.

  35. Rohin — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:48 pm  

    OK let’s have a sweepstake. How much damage will England fans inflict tonight?

    I’m going for a round million Euros.

    I’d loved to be proven wrong, but as sure as we lose penalty kicks, our fans have a stereotype for a reason.

    Over on Football365, someone just said “Walcott played better than Lampard.” Agreed.

    Read this: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/euro_2004/england/3840067.stm. Painful, eh? If you didn’t look at the date…it even says “if Rooney had stayed on, what might’ve happened?”

    Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony - Morpheus.

  36. Rakhee — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:52 pm  

    Ha! I reckon it’d be around that mark too.

    There are a lot of bad losers out there. Can’t understand it really - you’d think that after losing so much we’d be used to it by now…..

  37. Vladimir — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:54 pm  

    Raz, sad about England but I hear some good news too in rgard to Cricket:
    http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/wivind/engine/match/239923.html

    ANd Rohin I bid at £1 Million and not Euro’s

  38. Ravi Naik — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:57 pm  

    “Did you see Christiano Ronaldo’s sly wink after Rooney was sent off? Did you see him head-butt Rooney when the referee’s back was turned? Huh?”

    I am not going to defend bad sportmanship, and the head-butt was disgraceful no doubt. I agree with you that such incidents should be penalised ad-hoc because they represent bad sportmanship. But I don’t agree it was cheating. The “wink” and “influencing” the referee is your interpretation of the events and I am sure it the tabloids as well. And again, England didn’t lose because of that.

  39. Nyrone — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:57 pm  

    That’s a £million pounds down the drain for Britan’s Economy. No feel good smiles on the streets anymore, damn. I agree with the formation being the problem, and considering they didn’t have Rooney, Becks and Owen, I thought the team played really well.

  40. Nyrone — on 1st July, 2006 at 7:58 pm  

    and the wink. That could have been crafty sensationalist editing, what was it in reference to? We’ll probably never know.

  41. Robert — on 1st July, 2006 at 8:30 pm  

    I’d just like to point out, that in the backwards, local, parochial Scottish pub where I watched the game, England were cheered all the way.

    Then we switched over to BBC2 to watch Murray break Roddick’s serve to win the second set.

    Sorry to sat, but I’m definitely not going for the ABP sect. Brazil, Germany and Italy have all won the trophy before. I’m looking for a New Kid on The Block. That would be good for the game, I reckon.

  42. Robert — on 1st July, 2006 at 8:33 pm  

    Quick question: What’s the deal with Desi Football? Whats the explanation for no team from the sub-Continent qualifying this time? Is it simply “Indians don’t like football” ? I don’t know anything about the cultural significance of football versus, say, cricket.

  43. Zak — on 1st July, 2006 at 8:36 pm  

    Robert..no investment..no culture of obsessive interest ..and no players in foreign teams. I do think there is a genuiane curiosity in the matches, but it doesn’t translate into good players.

  44. alison — on 1st July, 2006 at 8:58 pm  

    What HE says (Amir comment 13 & 17)

  45. MatGB — on 1st July, 2006 at 10:17 pm  

    I gather from headline news (and various other blogs) that there was a game on today. Didn’t know until someone told me “we” lost. What is this “we” thing? In what way does a bunch of sports types of dubious ability at anything off the pitch reflect me or my country?

    Ah well. Someone locally is doing fireworks and stuff, guess they bought them on the off chance “we”‘d win and they could celebrate them. Meh.

    Still, at least all the defaced flags’ll disappear soon. Shame we won’t keep up the non-defaced ones, but that’s a different issue.

  46. Katy Newton — on 1st July, 2006 at 10:24 pm  

    I notice that Vikrant has been strangely quiet since post #1.

    Oh Vikrant, perhaps next time you will not taunt Fate.

  47. Miguel Filipe — on 1st July, 2006 at 10:30 pm  

    Here is the story about the chosen one. Read it and stop being such sore losers. He deserved what he got.

  48. Amir — on 1st July, 2006 at 10:36 pm  

    Miguel Filipe,

    There was nothing at all intentional about Rooney’s ‘misplaced foot’. He was falling to the ground during a messy scrap and (unfortunately) the Portugese bloke was underneath his feet.

    Is Wayne Rooney expected to defy gravity or something?

    Yeah… whatever.

  49. Amir — on 1st July, 2006 at 10:41 pm  

    I hope that lying, cheating toady they call ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ is unable to complete a move abroad. Let him stay in the Premiership so that the English crowds can chip away at his self-esteem. I hope Wayne Rooney brakes his bones in training.

    Twat.

  50. jonz — on 1st July, 2006 at 10:43 pm  

    Everything was off-side. The whole match.

  51. Desi Italiana — on 1st July, 2006 at 10:43 pm  

    “Robert..no investment..no culture of obsessive interest ..and no players in foreign teams.”

    Not true. Vikash Dhorasoo, midfielder for France:

    http://uk.sports.yahoo.com/fo/profiles/2641.html

  52. Desi Italiana — on 1st July, 2006 at 10:46 pm  

    More Desis:

    For the Netherlands, Kiran Bechan and Prince Rajcomar.

    Read about more Desi players here on “Ultra Brown”:

    http://www.ultrabrown.com/posts/reviving-international-level-soccer-in-india

  53. Katy Newton — on 1st July, 2006 at 10:49 pm  

    Amir, I have never seen you so upset.

    Well, I have never seen you.

    But I have certainly never seen you so upset.

  54. Amir — on 1st July, 2006 at 10:56 pm  

    Katy, I need a hug. :-(

    [wiping tears from his puppy-dog eyes].

    I just… I just… I just [gasping for air]… need an honest woman to reform my salacious ways.

  55. Amir — on 1st July, 2006 at 10:58 pm  

    I need to be reformed.

  56. Miguel Filipe — on 1st July, 2006 at 11:05 pm  

    “There was nothing at all intentional about Rooney’s ‘misplaced foot’. He was falling to the ground during a messy scrap and (unfortunately) the Portugese bloke was underneath his feet.”

    He kicked Carvalho’s groin and he got a red for it. Yes, that’s what you do with a team full of dicks (see #25), you kick them in the groin. It didn’t help that the referee saw him pushing Ronaldo as well. But you probably didn’t see that, as you were more preoccupied with Ronaldo’s evil evil “wink”.

    Oh, and what’s this about Ronaldo wanting his “mate” to get a red? Wouldn’t Rooney want Ronaldo to be sent off as well? Would be bloody hypocritical to say otherwise! Anyhow, Ronaldo is close to get a contract in Real Madrid and so he may not get abuse from sore losers.

    VIVA PORTUGAL!

  57. Rohin — on 1st July, 2006 at 11:20 pm  

    Not a team FULL of dicks Miguel, I said several. I am a big fan of Maniche, fantastic player, and quite a few of the others. But Ronaldo is a dick. If you want to call Rooney a dick, hey I’d probably have to agree with you. No double standards from me.

    Vive la France, what a performance. My WC post coming soon…

  58. Katy Newton — on 2nd July, 2006 at 12:03 am  

    I was all for reforming you yesterday, Amir, but then there was the whole cheese thing and suddenly I’m happier with just patting your shoulder gingerly.

  59. Amir — on 2nd July, 2006 at 12:15 am  

    Katy,
    I’ve got the cleanest, meanest penis – you’ve never seen this stoke of genius!

    [note: I may have plagiarised that line of ‘Ready to Die’ by Notorious BIG]

  60. Sid — on 2nd July, 2006 at 12:18 am  

    Viva Las Vegas!

  61. Amir — on 2nd July, 2006 at 12:21 am  

    Comrade Miguel,

    I’ll be wearing a big T-shirt with Amilcar Cabral’s face on it and ‘Go France’ written underneath.

    I also have a T-shirt with Agostinho Neto’s face and ‘Screw Portugal’ written underneath.

    I hope France fight the Portuguese like the PAIGC.

    Viva la revolution!!!

  62. Sunny — on 2nd July, 2006 at 12:21 am  

    Rooney got a red for also pushing right IN FRONT OF THE REFREE! Stamping is one thing, it could be accidental, but why does no one mention his pushing when the referee was still hanging around and say Rooney push some Portugese player? The guy is an absolute juvenile imbecile. Simple as. If you can’t control your temper then don’t call yourself a footballer. There is no control.

    And Lampard. Oh god, what can I say. He should have been dumped the first time around when I pointed out his rubbishness (Rohin :p )

    The Portugese did not play amazing and they will soon be knocked out by France. I’m rooting for France now :D

  63. Katy Newton — on 2nd July, 2006 at 12:26 am  

    Sunny, he got the red for pushing.

    If the referee had seen, he would also have got a red card for:

    - pulling two Portuguese players to the ground with him and tripping one of them up

    - stamping on Ronaldo’s, er, front bottom. And to me it looked pretty darn deliberate.

    Sorry, Amir. I know you will feel betrayed when you read this. If it is any consolation, I admire your squeaky clean penis.

  64. Amir — on 2nd July, 2006 at 12:30 am  

    If it is any consolation, I admire your squeaky clean penis.

    [sniff, sniff] Thank you Katy [sniff, sniff]. And yes: it is a consolation.

  65. Amir — on 2nd July, 2006 at 12:33 am  

    Sunny - “he guy is an absolute juvenile imbecile.”

    No, he’s not. Rooney’s got passion; he’s strong, determined, technically gifted, and 100% committed to the English fans.

    The teensy-eensy, itty-bitty push against Cristiano Ronaldo was an understandable (and yet quite natural) response to a deliberate attempt by Ronaldo to sway the referee’s decision. And it worked. The cheating fuck got Rooney sent off.

    Anyone see the wink?

    I rest my case.

  66. Rohin — on 2nd July, 2006 at 12:36 am  

    He stamped on Carvalho, not Ronaldo. He didn’t pull anyone to the ground though Katy.

    I did mention the push above Sunny.

    Anyway, as I said - blaming individual players achieves nothing. It’s Sven and a lack of team performance.

  67. Rohin — on 2nd July, 2006 at 12:37 am  

    Amir, he is a juvenile imbecile. One touched with genius, but he has problems.

    Gazza, anyone?

  68. Amir — on 2nd July, 2006 at 12:43 am  

    Amir, he is a juvenile imbecile.

    Wayne Rooney, for me, represents the true spirit of football. In an age when the great game is metamorphosing into a non-contact sport, Wayne Rooney is a constant reminder that physical strength and gumption are very much part of the game.

    Patrick Vieira said the same thing about Paul Scholes in his biography: He gives a lot, but takes a lot too.

    Why do you think the Lazio fans worship Paulo Di Canio?

  69. Katy Newton — on 2nd July, 2006 at 12:44 am  

    The truth is that football players in a team strip all pretty much look the same to me.

    Perhaps I can sum it up by saying: a man in an Engand strip was bad to people in Portuguese strips.

  70. Amir — on 2nd July, 2006 at 12:52 am  

    Katy

    a man in an Engand strip was bad to people in Portuguese strips.

    No he wasn’t. Carvalho should start acting like a man and stop sulking. John Terry’s head collision with Maniche was a lot worse than Rooney’s unintentional stamp.

    He missed his genitals anyway. In rugby, you get stamped all the time, especially if you’re impeding the opposition during a ruck.

    Footballers are mostly wimps.

    Referees pander to their wimpiness

  71. Sunny — on 2nd July, 2006 at 12:57 am  

    Heh, I like Katy’s attempt at simplifying everything. There are a lot of pros in doing that I reckon. She is my new mentor. All hail Newton!

  72. Miguel Filipe — on 2nd July, 2006 at 1:04 am  

    “but why does no one mention his pushing when the referee was still hanging around”

    Sunny, I did in #56.

    “I also have a T-shirt with Agostinho Neto’s face and ‘Screw Portugal’ written underneath.”

    Amir, these t-shirts have gone out of fashion since the 1970s. :) But let me congratulate you on your maturity and thanking you for not turning your disapointment for England’s loss into a series of attacks against one of Portugal’s most difficult times when it was ruled by a dictatorship regime. Thank you for once again not disappointing.

    France played very well in one of the most exciting matches of the World Cup, and I am glad it beat Brazil. I don’t care if we are going to lose against France - we are in the semi-finals! It’s an achievement for us to come all this way after beating Mexico, Holland and now England. I hope the final matches are just exciting as this last one.

    PS> Oh, and that’s: “Viva a Revolução!” Otherwise, you sound like a bad remake of Zorro. :)

  73. Sunny — on 2nd July, 2006 at 1:06 am  

    Amir, quit the excuses. You’re pissing against the wind. And that is never a good idea :)

  74. Sunny — on 2nd July, 2006 at 1:08 am  

    And although we lost to Portugal, they have some really fit women in their country, and I have some really nice Portugese friends, so the pain is less. I couldn’t imagine losing to the Germans. The Portugese will of course lose to France, who will end up beating Italy for the Cup. That is my prediction.

  75. Amir — on 2nd July, 2006 at 1:14 am  

    Comrade Filipe,
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!

    I don’t care if we are going to lose against France

    Good, coz you won’t be disappointed when you lose. Portugal – along with Argentina and Paraguay – are the wimpiest and most un-sportsmanlike teams in the tournament.

    Oh, and that’s: “Viva a Revolução!” Otherwise, you sound like a bad remake of Zorro.

    Hey: Spain has contributed bucketloads to European civilisation. ‘Zorro’ is a case in point. [I apologise to Ravi Naik for what I am about to say]… Portugal’s most precious contribution is a fucking jellyfish!! :-)

    D’ya git me? ;-)

  76. Amir — on 2nd July, 2006 at 1:16 am  

    Sunny,

    Pissing against the wind is not good - no! ;-)

  77. Rohin — on 2nd July, 2006 at 1:16 am  

    Why do you think the Lazio fans worship Paulo Di Canio?

    Because they’re racist thugs and so’s he? Pro-Mussolini neo Nazi prick.

  78. Miguel Filipe — on 2nd July, 2006 at 1:20 am  

    “He missed his genitals anyway.”

    He also missed scoring a single goal in the tournment and in the qualification phase. Will you give this guy a break?

  79. Amir — on 2nd July, 2006 at 1:21 am  

    Rohin – Oh yeah!! Shit. I forgot! Ha ha!

    Duce! Duce! Duce! Duce!
    [joke]

  80. Amir — on 2nd July, 2006 at 1:24 am  

    Comrade Miguel,

    Will you give this guy a break?

    As Amilcar Cabral put it: ‘Will the Portuguese ever give dat’ jellyfish a break?’

  81. Katy Newton — on 2nd July, 2006 at 1:27 am  

    Moving away from football for the moment, I found an old foot spa whilst clearing some stuff out and decided to give it a go. It feels a bit odd. Why do people want to put their feet in a vibrating washing up bowl? Who first thought of doing this? And why? Or should we not go there?

    *baffled*

  82. Miguel Filipe — on 2nd July, 2006 at 1:42 am  

    “Good, coz you won’t be disappointed when you lose. Portugal – along with Argentina and Paraguay – are the wimpiest and most un-sportsmanlike teams in the tournament.”

    I won’t feel disappointed when we lose. I promise you that. But I can tell I would be if we were beaten by England even without Deco or Costinha. I don’t agree that Argentina or Portugal are the wimpiest and unsportsmanlike team in the tournement. Not more than the likes of Brazil, France and … grrr.. Holland. :)

    “Hey: Spain has contributed bucketloads to European civilisation. ‘Zorro’ is a case in point. [I apologise to Ravi Naik for what I am about to say]… Portugal’s most precious contribution is a fucking jellyfish!!”

    Oh, ethnic fight? This is from a guy that complains about unsportmanship. But I love India. And I could not possibly sink so low. :) Anyway, Zorro is a work of fiction by an American writer. And to make things worse, Zorro’s main quest was to fight against the corrupt spaniards.

    As for our contribution. Well, there is saying that goes something like this: God created the white and the negro, and the Portuguese made the mulatto. :)

  83. Amir — on 2nd July, 2006 at 1:46 am  

    Katy,

    Why do people want to put their feet in a vibrating washing up bowl?

    It’s rhythmically relaxing, I suppose? Moist and rhythmic. Yes, that’s it, moist and rhythmic. Very few women can resist that combination. ;-)

  84. Don — on 2nd July, 2006 at 1:47 am  

    Katy,

    Same reason they stick candles in their ears.

  85. Amir — on 2nd July, 2006 at 1:50 am  

    Comrade Miguel Guevara,

    But I love India.

    I don’t. Fuck India!

    Well, there is saying that goes something like this: God created the white and the negro, and the Portuguese made the mulatto.

    We also have a saying in Britain: God created the white and the negro, and the English made the mullet.

  86. Amir — on 2nd July, 2006 at 1:55 am  

    I was only joking about India…

    I love India.

    Their women are just soooo eazzzy!

  87. Miguel Filipe — on 2nd July, 2006 at 2:00 am  

    “Comrade Miguel Guevara”

    Why the commie reference in all your posts? :) Don’t take me wrong, the che guevera reference is hillarious and very witty. :)

  88. Miguel Filipe — on 2nd July, 2006 at 2:19 am  

    “Why do people want to put their feet in a vibrating washing up bowl?”

    Katy, I am not sure how effective these vibrating washing up bowls are, but in my opinion there is nothing better than a foot massage when its properly performed. That’s something guys (and girls) could learn in order to pamper their partners. ;)

  89. Amir — on 2nd July, 2006 at 2:37 am  

    Che, I totally agree with you…

    Katy – try a hot bath instead… oils, rubber ducky, Mills & Boon novel, candles, etc.

    The rubber ducky is especially important [does anyone remember that Bert and Ernie song…?]

  90. Chairwoman — on 2nd July, 2006 at 8:17 am  

    Amir - it’s the naughty corner for you.

    Katy - I’ll speak to you later.

  91. Ravi Naik — on 2nd July, 2006 at 11:39 am  

    “In rugby, you get stamped all the time, especially if you’re impeding the opposition during a ruck. Footballers are mostly wimps.”

    “Katy, I need a hug. :-(
    [wiping tears from his puppy-dog eyes].”

    I wonder if rugby fans are less wimps than football fans… ;)

  92. El Cid — on 2nd July, 2006 at 4:49 pm  

    Oi Miguel, it should be Felipe you Atlantic Coast sardine-sucking donkey fucker! Only joking collegui.
    Actually, my grandfather was born in Olivenza, a town Portugal still refuses to accept as Spanish.
    But I don’t think I could bare Portugal winning the WC, given the number of past Spanish failures. The Spanish don’t usually give a toss about Poor-too-gal (unlike vice-versa, you know small country big country thing). But that could change (on the other hand it might inspire us).
    Putting my England cap back on — Amir, I sympathise with your sentiments. Ronaldo was a nasty cunt. He deserves a broken leg-type injury. And the Portuguese kept diving. However, did we really deserve to win the game? Don’t think we covered ourselves in glory this campaign. And without Rooney in the semis, well imagine this scenario: Henry vs Crouch (shudder)

  93. El Cid — on 2nd July, 2006 at 4:58 pm  

    P.S.
    Since this is an open thread and since I completed my 2nd British 10k today, I would just like to point out the following pre-run “entertainment”:
    http://www.swaminarayangadi.com/smpb/
    Who the fuck are these people? Don’t mean to be rude, but it was slightly surreal, if very British!

  94. Miguel Filipe — on 2nd July, 2006 at 10:33 pm  

    Hola hermano! So you have a Portuguese grandfather. :)

    So what is the deal with Spain and football? Can’t say I was disappointed that Spain didn’t make it. It’s good to know that we are better than Spain in something, since you beat our asses in everything else. :)

    Anyway. Love how the tabloids are spinning yesterday’s performance. Ronaldo winked, and Rooney got a red. Yeah, right. Saw the highlights today, and it’s clear that the kick was deliberate, and he deserved a red for that. Even Terry Venables said so. In fact, he deserved 3 yellow cards for being such a fool. ;)

    Oh, and yesterday’s game was the first in world cup history where a goalie managed to save 3 penalties. So I am not sure if that means we have a wonderful goalie, or that the English team… well, wasn’t so lucky.

  95. Rohin — on 2nd July, 2006 at 10:40 pm  

    “Oh, and yesterday’s game was the first in world cup history where a goalie managed to save 3 penalties”

    Switzerland didn’t net any of their 4 penalties against Ukraine, but I can’t remember how many were saved or how many missed.

  96. writer wallah — on 3rd July, 2006 at 12:12 am  

    cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid! Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer inwaht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh, and I awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt.

  97. Amir — on 3rd July, 2006 at 12:14 am  

    Writer Wallah - that’s the most amazing contribution ever!!

    Genius

  98. writer wallah — on 3rd July, 2006 at 12:17 am  

    yaar, I wish it were a product of my mind, but I’m not that clever. I was emailed it. Fucking amazing, no?!

  99. Amir — on 3rd July, 2006 at 12:20 am  

    Taht’s ttolaly fckunig azamnig!

  100. Amir — on 3rd July, 2006 at 12:25 am  

    Hey Sunny, here’s one for you…

    Mciultuultralism is a plie of wnak

    Inida can scuk my ccok

  101. Amir — on 3rd July, 2006 at 12:25 am  

    9)

  102. Amir — on 3rd July, 2006 at 12:25 am  

    I mean…

    8)

  103. Amir — on 3rd July, 2006 at 12:36 am  

    Taht was a jkoe by the way.

    I lvoe Idnia…

    The grlis are sooooo esay!

  104. Rohin — on 3rd July, 2006 at 1:10 am  

    Yes, I remember reading about this a few months back. Useful Cambridge research once again!

    I’ve been reading a lot about Freddie Trueman today. He was in Dad’s Army and of course Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with the legendary Henry Blofeld. And he played football for Lincoln.

    “I don’t know what’s going off out there”

    You don’t get cricketers like him these days, his dislike of ODIs notwithstanding.

  105. Ravi Naik — on 3rd July, 2006 at 9:59 am  

    “Switzerland didn’t net any of their 4 penalties against Ukraine, but I can’t remember how many were saved or how many missed.”

    Read it here or here.

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