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Saturday November 15 2008

England lost.  England lost.  Spurs lost. Quota photo from a happer day two months ago, taken on South Bank near Wheel.  They’re photoing Big Ben, Parliament, etc.:

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Am ill.  Am going to bed.

England lost, also.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/feedarticle/8026958

Posted by Michael Jennings on 15 November 2008

And again:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/england/7732666.stm

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 17 November 2008

The Indians who run the shop where I buy Coke/milk,/chocalate bars etc have developed large smiles. I wonder how much longer India have to win for before they go to “cocky”, and hove long after that before they go further to “onoxious”? That’s a way off yet, I think.

Posted by Michael jennings on 17 November 2008

I a similar experience when I was in India - the Indian lady who cooked my lunches claimed no interest in cricket most of the time, then suddenly came over all patriotic when India were beating England in a test match.

(The game was rained off the day I planned to go and watch it in Bangalore. Shame. I’m not a cricket fan, but I expect the atmosphere of an Indian test match crowd would be quite something, and the stadium in Bangalore is *huge*)

Posted by Alan Little on 18 November 2008

These guys come from the “cricket fanatic” school of Indian. They have a TV on in the shop at all times, complete with Sky and an assortment of strange subcontinental sports channels. If there is any cricket game of even the slightest importance being played anywhere in the world, they are watching it.

Posted by Michael jennings on 19 November 2008

That reminds me of my (alas, one and only!) Portuguese vacation, only EVERY shop was like that Indian bodega you describe. They all had sports’ channel on at all times, with football match instead of cricket, of course.
I had a nice lunch is relatively expensive restaurant in Lisbon - impeccable gentlemen with gold cufflinks seated at the next table, two waiters per guest - when suddenly they all, staff and customers, jumped up and screamed “goooooooooooooooooool!”

Posted by Tatyana on 19 November 2008

There is a large Portuguese community in Stockwell in South London. I have occasionally been known to a bars and cafes there when the Portuguese national football team is playing. It’s much more enjoyable than watching England play in the company of England.

For that matter, England are playing Germany this evening. I must remember to raise the drawbridge.

Posted by Michael jennings on 19 November 2008

> England are playing Germany this evening.

Indeed they were. I personally couldn’t have cared less, but my son raised the topic in the car on the way from kindergarten to swimming (this being the closest I generally get to a Lads’ Night Out these days)

My son’s take on the matter: “Daddy, I come from Germany. And Germany is a better team. [Not last night as it turned out. ha!] But I’ll still give the cup to England even if they lose”. He is kind to his dear old dad.

Posted by Alan Little on 20 November 2008

Alan, what would he say if England was playing Russia? Juggling loyalties...Pray it’d never come to that.

Posted by Tatyana on 20 November 2008

I am not married and have no children. This makes me sad, as I would like to be married to someone I am fond of and to have children with said person.

With respect to sport, I would like my children to prefer cricket over the wretched round ball game. But if they were raised in England, for them to support England would be right and proper, much as I would never support England myself.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 21 November 2008

Michael, child’s loyalties (at least until 10yo, roughly) are with his parents, not country of residence. As it should be.

Posted by Tatyana on 21 November 2008
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