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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Amazing Facts about the World Cup

I hope everyone enjoyed Saturday, X factor is such a great show isn't it? Oh yes the football.... The party was a big success. Everyone who was cheeky about me serving quiche, will be pleased to hear that I also served up sausages and beefburgers.

As I was offering friends a "Stella Artois". I was delightfully informed its known in the trade as, "wife beater". Not being a beer drinker myself, I found this strangely amusing. That got me thinking. I've been invited to go to Wimbledon in a few weeks. Should I ask the bar staff for "a glass of ram raider" or "a loitering with intent, please", will they know what I'm talking about? Do you?

So to stay with this World Cup vibe, here are some fascinating facts about football. Just throw them in to your everyday chit chat with your man. Having followed the game all his life, he will be staggered by your insider knowledge. In no time at all he will be telling all his friends down at the pub, how entertaining you are with your football trivia.

Red and Yellow Cards - In 1966, the year England won and hosted the world cup. All cards held up by the referee, had on them, a picture of Dennis the Menace, (yellow) and Norman Nasty Nose (Red). As a sort of nod to the famous British sense of humour. It worked though!

Half -Time - During all World Cup half times, the Queen always makes a quick phone call to the team. She speaks to them all, just for a couple of minutes. To wish them her very best Royal Good Luck.

Socks - Every player, including Peter Crouch and Ronaldinho, have to wear special prescription elasticated socks to prevent them from getting varicose veins.

Goalpost - The goal post used to be a semi-circle shape. But this was changed to the shape we know today, because the Goalkeeper found it uncomfortable to lean on.

Swearing - During France '98, officials introduced a swear box system to the players. But this was soon abolished, as nobody could understand all the swear words in different languages.

Good luck again tomorrow for England, I will be watching it with my friend, no party this time. More posts coming soon, including July H'scopes, Wimbledon outing and pictures. Keep your comments coming, they do make me smile. Heatherx

6 Comments:

  • At Monday, June 19, 2006 9:24:00 am, Blogger Saffyre said…

    Are these hoestly true?

    The Queen calling the football team?

     
  • At Monday, June 19, 2006 9:59:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Going to watch Wimbledon? But they're rubbish not even in the league, or do you mean the MK Dons?

     
  • At Monday, June 19, 2006 10:08:00 am, Blogger Heather said…

    Hi Saffyre, I'm glad you asked this. All completely true, just not common knowledge.

    The Queen assures me she does, and I'm sure she never tells fibs. Heatherx

     
  • At Wednesday, June 21, 2006 5:14:00 pm, Blogger Heather said…

    Dear anonymous at 9.59, yes I've been invited to go to Wimbledon, the tennis. Who are MK Dons? Is that an American Football team? Heatherx

     
  • At Wednesday, June 21, 2006 11:40:00 pm, Anonymous Pablo said…

    Hi Heather,

    MK Dons are what Wimbledon turned into when Pete Winkleman took them over instead of QPR.

    Now this is a big deal, massive deal, because we didnt want someone to just buy us and move us away from our West London home, yet he seemed adament that he could do, and even claimed he was our last hope, and that is now a number of years ago.

    We were meant to play a friendly with MK Dons, but obviously the fans were NOT happy, and due to our pressure the Chairman, Gianni Paladini, relented and called the game off.

    Thats the kind of club QPR are, passionate to the last. Not just because this attrosity of a club MK Dons could have been us, but also because it meant totaly destroying another teams fan base, shattering their dreams, and look at them now, hardly flying.

    We are only one of 7 or 8 teams to call off friendly games with the team, and it IS bad luck for the MK Dons fans, but the Wimbledon fans who have lost their side, i cant even imagine what it must be like, if you took QPR away from me i could never think of supporting another team.

    Hope your enjoying the world cup Heather!

    U Rsssssssss!

     
  • At Friday, June 23, 2006 10:59:00 am, Blogger Heather said…

    Dear Pablo, thanks, I am enjoying the World Cup. Interesting info about the MK Dons. Mr Winkleman doesn't sound very friendly. Those poor deserted Wimbledon fans, sounds a bit like how I was when Sex and the City finished. Heatherx

     

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