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December 2nd, 2010


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07:24 pm - A Question of Sport
What do Qatar and Russia have in common? Pick only one.

- Among the finest footballing nations on Earth
- Inclusive welcoming attitude to all ethnic and religious groups
- Will use occasion of a major international sporting event to support the human rights and prosperity of their humblest citizens
- Award massive building contracts on the basis of bribery and intimidation, suppress labour unions and tolerate widespread official corruption

Put it like that, I'm amazed Britain didn't get it.

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From:steepholm
Date:December 2nd, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
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:) I'm very relieved - though slightly surprised to be so.
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From:communicator
Date:December 2nd, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
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Aww it would have been great for us once-every-four-years fans
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From:happytune
Date:December 2nd, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
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SC likes your post - he's most annoyed.
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From:communicator
Date:December 2nd, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
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I can't stand Sepp Blatter. Assange - turn your eye on him please.
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From:tehomet
Date:December 2nd, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
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I rolled my eyes at the Qatar and Russia picks, and I don't even like football. Pshaw, I say.
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From:communicator
Date:December 2nd, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
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It's ridiculous. I wouldn't have objected if it was Spain.
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From:hawkeye7
Date:December 2nd, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
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The way you put it, I'm surprised India didn't get it.
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From:communicator
Date:December 2nd, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
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I was going to say football isn't very popular there, but then the US got it.
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From:trixieleitz
Date:December 3rd, 2010 09:53 am (UTC)
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But they had their chance with the Commonwealth Games.
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From:communicator
Date:December 3rd, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
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Sepp Blatter does care about corruption - some countries act like it's a crime! He won't be visiting them. South Africa were at least massively enthusiastic, and fun (or it seemed on the telly).
From:huskyscotsman
Date:December 3rd, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
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I think you'll enjoy this Language Log post if you haven't seen it already.
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From:communicator
Date:December 3rd, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Excellent. I used to read Language Log all the time and I have got out of the habit, must take it up again. I particularly like his addendum on disabling comments:

"I will be spending the weekend hunkered down in hiding with Julian Assange at a secret location outside London, avoiding the many forces around the world who would like to hunt down Language Log writers and kill them for daring to speak out on irregular plurals."

Edited at 2010-12-03 02:41 pm (UTC)

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