June 23rd, 2010
|05:07 pm - England Slovenia|
By gum that was torture. I mean watching the last half hour of the England - Slovenia game, worrying that Slovenia would score a fluke goal. But when the torture stopped, what remained was delight. At last we see England playing as they can and ought. The USA managed a late goal in their simultaneous match against Algeria, and this means they now top the group. This could be a good thing for England, as it might mean we meet Ghana rather than Germany in the next round.
I was going to go home to watch, but a last minute request for a briefing came through from the Department. I put that in motion as quick as I could, and there is a big screen set up at work in the Board room so I watched the match there with three of our Directors and four or five others. I like watching communally, and it was a good match as well as a good result.
Coming back to my desk I see not one email has been sent to me in the last two hours - yes, the entire country is on hold.
Anyway, the pain and joy of supporting England.
I've got the USA in a sweepstake and they're doing better than I expected!
Yes, they certainly are. If they win the whole thing I will eat my non-existent hat :-)
I actually heard the goal, as I was walking through the village at the time. A local hostelry erupted, and those of us on the street laughed.
I can't believe you didn't watch it! I know football isn't your main sport. We had two rooms with TVs at work, and the other one was digital, hence they heard us roar a few moments before they saw the goal, which is a bit of a shame.
Sounds like you had fun in the office! :-) I am embarrassed to say I fell asleep after the goal. Since SA were out of the running I've found it hard to get into...
It was a laugh. But I was the only woman there apart from Mandy who is leaving today to go and live in Sweden.
As a result of the England game, or is this pre-planned?
'That's it, I'm emigrating'
I have told her Sweden is full of murderers, but will she listen
Yeah - I hope she'll be really happy. There's loads of cool crafts there so her knitting fetish will be fuelled! :-)
Hope today wasn't too dire. I spent a good morning with a bunch of secondary school pupils who've been doing scientific inquiry outdoors with data loggers of various sorts to solve real world problems. Was good.
They gonna miss me when I'm gone
Of course, I know I am nothing at all but a conduit for the knowledge of a community. That's not false modesty, it's a meaningful function. My point is that this isn't something you can replace once it's been dismantled.
I've never felt any connection to the England football team, even when United players are in it. But I bumped into some happy Ghanaians with flags on my way to a hostel in London on Wednesday night, so on impulse I'm now supporting Ghana.
What happened today? I was on a train from 14.55 to 16.53. I saw people in England gear outside pubs while I was on the bus home, but their demeanour seemed neither celebratory nor despairing.
Ah - just caught the end of the one-day international, in which England beat Australia for the third time in six days, and the commentators said something about the contrast with "bitterly disappointing" events in Bloemfontein.
I'd better try to watch Doctor Who now, before my guest arrives.