How deep is your love for the sport ?
I hope it is deep because when you listen to the radio, it is difficult to know what is happening in the world. Of course, there is football, but the “tour de France” has begun, and the Olympic Games will begin in a couple of weeks. If you don’t like sport it can be difficult until the middle of August. So be patient!
Tonight, it is the final.
How deep is your love for France to support the French team?
I have a suggestion for you to show your love.
And how do you read that? IFF?!!
There wasn’t really some thing to read. As I haven’t something blue except a Chimay (which isn’t French) I put a baguette, because the word begins with a B like blue.
F can mean many things: Food, foot, French, France, flag and proud (in French), and whatever you like…
Thank goodness sport isn’t all about football. Murray wins Wimbledon Froome wears the yellow jersey on the tour Hamilton wins the British Grande Prix and we (UK) have had a very successful European Athletic’s championship (16 medals). This is, of course all due to Brexit ;) Even more importantly, we have now selected (or have had selected for us) our next Prime Minister; Theresa May. She is a very astute lady (we hope) who may well turn out to make Margaret Thatcher look as warm and soft as a fluffy toy. Even her own colleagues refer to her as; ‘a… Read more »
Actually, the weather has not been too bad in the last few days, but we would no doubt welcome any amount of good weather you could send our way!
As to the “selection” of your next prime minister, I’ll be posting something James-Bondish about it soon…
Ah ah ah! James-Bondish, that’s a well-chosen nickname! You are right Philip, there are plenty of other sports! I don’t know if it is the Brexit effect or because the French team was qualified for the final, but those last days on the French radio, there was only one! Football, of course! Believe me if you want, but after the French victory in the semi-final, the reporter announced that there would had a special edition until 1.00 in the night! Pejman, I thought my previous comment was perfect because it appeared first without any pink touch, and now I have… Read more »
Ah yes, but if England had managed to reach the final I would have still been talking football and not the other sports. I am just trying to divert attention away from our abject failure. Now, have I tried to explain the game of cricket to you yet? It really is time that the French took it up seriously. Then again, who else but the English (and her former colonies) would play a game that lasts from 11am to 6pm+ each day, for 5 days. It really is the greatest game in the world indeed, many lovers of the game… Read more »
Now I am really trying to be very very diplomatic here… but come on Philip! Cricket? An art form?!
But if you are game, why don’t you go on and make a post about cricket… we’ll perhaps learn to like it, who knows…
And may I remind you – very tactfully – that we’re (well, I am) still waiting impatiently for your comment on this?
Here is why: As a rule, all the posts and comments are held for moderation (= they are not immediately published), so that I can have a look at them and make corrections if necessary. The exception to the rule is when someone comments on their own posts, in which case, unfortunately the comments are automatically published without moderation. I have been trying to find a way around this for sometime now, with no success. So, when you comment on your own post, chances are I may miss the comments as they do not appear in the moderation queue. I… Read more »
I remembered that I played cricket when I stayed with an English family in 1981. I really loved playing this game after having eaten my lunch box. But I don’t remember the rules. So Philip, I think you should refresh my memory and explain the rules to us.
No, in truth, I cannot even start to tell you the rules of cricket, it is a game of infinite subtleties and, yes P.H. beauty. Ask a cricket loving englishman, New Zealander, Aussie, West Indian, Indian or Pakistani about watching a great batsman play a perfect ‘cover drive’ or a great bowler bowl a googly or a ball with reverse swing. You will see their eyes glaze over in a what can only be described as true love. This only comes with cricket. Football used to be a beautiful game but now there is too much cheating, diving, shirt pulling… Read more »
About that you-know-who, you can also add him standing in the technical area as a sort of second coach (in full view of the cameras of course) instead of sitting on the bench…
If you ask me, his injury was what cost France the final. Portugal were a much better and much more coherent team without him. They put in a great shift, worked their socks off, and won the match. And guess who all the cameras focused on when the final whistle blew?
Good choice of word Philip: pathetic.
Here you are: The rules of cricket as told to someone who has never played the game; You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When a man goes out to go in, the… Read more »
If you didn’t understand a word of the above explanation about cricket, don’t panic, don’t adjust your TV sets, you have not lost your sanity, there’s nothing wrong with you…
There’s perhaps something slightly wrong with cricket though… ;-)
I didn’t understand a lot or to me more exact almost nothing! ;-)
I think the best way to learn the rules is by playing cricket at the same time.
I can’t understand the word “though” in your last sentence Pejman.