December 2nd, 2010
|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.
:) I'm very relieved - though slightly surprised to be so.
Aww it would have been great for us once-every-four-years fans
SC likes your post - he's most annoyed.
I can't stand Sepp Blatter. Assange - turn your eye on him please.
|Date:||December 2nd, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)|| |
I rolled my eyes at the Qatar and Russia picks, and I don't even like football. Pshaw, I say.
It's ridiculous. I wouldn't have objected if it was Spain.
The way you put it, I'm surprised India didn't get it.
I was going to say football isn't very popular there, but then the US got it.
But they had their chance with the Commonwealth Games.
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).
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)