Tuesday, June 06, 2006

World Cup: The Scots vs The Auld Enemy

It seems like there’s going to be a third member to my lift scheme. He gave us a lift today which meant I was sitting next to a different driver this morning while D, my usual one, snored at the back. Since it was the first time I’d met the guy, there was quite a lot of ‘getting-to-know-you’ conversation. No rocking back and forth for me this morning! His World Cup anecdote, involving his Scottish father, was rather amusing:

New Lifter’s Dad: I sent my entry in for the Daily Telegraph’s World Cup competition.
Lifter: Oh, what did you have to do?
New Lifter’s Dad: They want to know the name of the aeroplane flying the England team to Germany.
Lifter: How do you know the name of that?
New Lifter’s Dad: I don’t but I said the ‘Titanic’.

Had he said the ‘Lusitania’, it would have been even funnier but no one wants to mention the war, do they?

Jokes aside, read here, here and here about Scottish attitudes towards England in this year's World Cup.


Blogger Qenny said...

Bloody cheek! When England get put out of the world cup, their fans will go along to every match that Germany plays and support whoever is playing against Germany. So, the Scots have a problem with the English. Who knew? The English seem to harbour a lot more hatred towards many nations, particularly the French and the Germans, so there's more than a little bit of the pot calling the kettle black here!

Of course, I don't really think in terms of "The English". Perhaps I should qualify it with "brain-dead Sun-reading English people", rather than tar the whole nation with the same brush. That's probably who I really mean, and after all, some of my best friends, etc.

Incidentally, I was highly amused to see the desperate effort that Mars are making in Scotland to prevent their world-cup related rebranding (changing the name from Mars to Believe) from back-firing north of the border. They've hastily stuck up posters with the blue and white flag of St Andrew in the background, a photo of the "Believe" bar, and the caption 2010. Sure, rub salt in the wound and we'll buy more of your bloody chocolate bars.


10:46 am  
Blogger nyasha said...

Lusitania would have been far more
fitting than Titanic :)
btw, i could watch Fawlty Towers over and over and over (i feel like there are over 50 episodes when in reality there are only 12...)
so, still on the "hooligan hunt" for a summer fling? ;)

12:01 pm  
Blogger nyasha said...

and if this is the new travelling arrangement, at least it should be a taaaaad more entertaining....

3:11 pm  
Blogger andrea said...

Don't mention the war! Especially on 6-6-6. I saw an old John Cleese movie (made for TV probably) from the mid '70s last night (The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It). My son thought it was a scream even though many of the references were lost on him. The boy has good taste.

9:16 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

qenny: I wonder if the English/British are the most xenophobic of the nations of the West? As for Mars (I don't like them anyway), talking about putting the boot in!

coffee addict: definitely more appropriate for two reasons: German boat and an name indicative of Portugal, a very worthy football foe even if they're England's oldest allies. As for looking for another hooligan, I have others to contend with even if they're not of the football variety. And, as for travelling arangements, it remains to be seen if they improve. But, if they do, how will I get my beauty sleep and trances?

andrea: Fawlty Towers is a timeless classic which will have ongoing appeal even though some of the references are rooted in the seventies. Very good taste in that boy of yours - he can't take after his mother! *DUCK*

9:56 am  
Blogger fifa2006 said...

I’m very exciting for today, If Rooney is fully recovered, of course he should play in the group stages.what do you think? How about tomorrow?
Anyway,Thank you for your site about world cup site and By the way,I’d like to exchange message with you,and nice weekend

Nickname of team
Angola: Palancas Negras (Black Antelopes)
Argentina: Albicelestes (White-Sky Blues)
Australia: Socceroos
Brazil: Seleçao Canarinho (Canary Selection)
Costa Rica: Ticos (from the local linguistic habit of creating diminutives by adding “tico” instead of “tito” to the end of words)
Croatia: Vatreni (the Fiery Ones)
Czech Republic: Lokomotiva (the Locomotive, rarely used)
Ecuador: La Tri (Tricolors)
England: Three Lions (rarely used)
France: Les Bleus (Blues)
Germany: Die Nationalmannschaft (National Team)
Ghana: Blacks Stars
Iran: Team Melli (National Team)
Italy: Azzurri (Blues)
Ivory Coast: Les Eléphants (Elephants)
Japan: Blues
Mexico: El Tri (Tricolors)
Netherlands: Oranje (the Orange)
Paraguay: La Albirroja (White-Red)
Poland: Bialo-Czerwoni (White-Reds)
Portugal: Seleçao das Quinas (Selection of the Shields)
Saudi Arabia: Al Akhdar (the Green)
Serbia and Montenegro: Plavi (Blues)
South Korea: Reds
Spain: La Furia Roja (the Red Fury)
Sweden: Blagult (Blue-Gold)
Switzerland: Die Eidgenossen (the Oath Comrades)
Togo: Les Eperviers (Sparrow Hawks)
Trinidad and Tobago: Soca Warriors
Tunisia: Les Aigles de Carthage (Carthage Eagles)
Ukraine: Zbirna/Sbornaya (Selection, in Ukrainian and Russian)
United States: None, really, but we’ve been using Yanks and Amerks.

Dr Han (Super football fans)
PAIN IN BRISTOL-- www.backachetherapy.co.uk

10:48 pm  
Blogger fifa2006 said...

1: 0 England's winning the first battle. But looked in the heart is melancholy. Originally thinks England, war of the Paraguay with Germany, war of the Costa Rica is an edition competition.

The result is has not been anxious, but anticipates is England's outstanding performance, the result... ... Disappointed!

The Lu Nepal, England as if has not been short the fighting spirit, the entire field ball kicks softly. The forbidden area passes on the quality barely satisfactory, entire audience besides saw Clouch goes all out the form, other English people all love the often appearance. I did not know this glossary uses is whether appropriate, but England's performance lets me say is plays with fire the self-immolation, certainly, the lucky victory has avoided "the self-immolation" ahead of time performance. Perhaps was England has a low opinion of the enemy!

Only enters the ball to mention thought and is unworthy rejoices, because this is XX, the small shell free kick Camarra is pulled by opposite party goes against oneself goal.

Looked perhaps the competition, I in fantasy this only am Ericksen's scheme, the group match intentionally display in the condition, Paraguay do not take am not the difficult matter, nonessential investment percentage hundred.

. What also can say? Come on! England! Come on! Cross regiment's warriors! Had waited for 40 years champion, still needs to the hand fights with all might!

Dr Han (Super England football fans)
PAIN IN BRISTOL-- www.backachetherapy.co.uk

10:24 am  

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