Oh, are we playing them both at the same time?
A week after England played Trinidad and Tobago in the World Cup, I got my first visitor from those beautiful islands, giving me my 111th flag. Even though I’m supporting England in the World Cup, I’d have been very happy had they been beaten by Trinidad and Tobago that night. Being the smallest country ever to qualify, they entered the tournament as the underdogs. I like underdogs.
Yesterday, I got home early enough to watch a bit of Richard and Judy (*). Richard was wittering on as usual and, at one point, regaled the audience with Judy’s ignorance of things geographical and football-related. On hearing that England were playing Trinidad and Tobago last Thursday, she asked:
‘Oh, are we playing them both at the same time?’
I must admit to not knowing too much about the place myself apart from it being the birthplace of V S Naipaul, an author I admire and like a lot even if he is a crotchety, arrogant, old bastard. But, with such an exotic name, being located in the Caribbean and with the people having that lovely accent I associate with West Indians, I'm sure that the place must be wonderful to visit.
(*) I’m not a fan of their programme but I find Judy much more palatable than Richard. They’re a British TV institution and are back on our screens after a run of the Paul O‘ Grady Show. Paul O‘ Grady used to be hilarious as Lily Savage but is loathsome as himself.