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Monday, June 05, 2006

Are you ready for the World Cup?

Thank you for more ideas about which football team I should support. It's very helpful in my search. I'll know when I find the right one, you just do don't you? The latest suggestions are..
  • Aston Villa - sounds good, may be a bit far for me to travel? Is there some sort of air-bus shuttle that could get me to games? I live just outside London.
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers - Distance problem again. Someone pointed out that black and gold were sooo 80's, I agree. Colours are important to me, but as a true football fan, I will be taking other things into consideration as well.
  • Leicester City - Blue and white, very nice. Is it a family friendly club? Would there be a creche available? and somewhere for me to exercise the dogs?
  • Southampton - Red and white, even better. Do they have good coffee/cappuccino making facilities, fresh croissants etc?
So only a few more days to go now, but are you really ready? Here's my checklist.
  • Have you decorated your house? Flags,bunting and banners are all eye catching. Giant inflatable footballs are good for tying to your chimney. Perhaps you could ask Coke Cola if they would like to attach one of their stadium size advertisement boards to the front of your house?
  • If you're not serving up traditional football grub like, canapes, quiche and tiramisu. What about a themed feast for our first game? Try recipes from "The Naked Cook! - Mrs Gomez's Pararguayan kitchen" by Mrs Gomez Senior. Your guests will be surprised and entertained by your creativity.
  • Have you got the correct heavy duty wall brackets and screws, for your 70 inch plasma screen and speaker system? Yes I know its a little excessive, and you might have to jiggle the furniture around a bit, even knock through to the dining room. But think of the value that sort of kit could add to your home!!
  • Have you stocked the cellar full of all your favourite non alcoholic beverages? Including tomato juice for any vegans. A good hostess is never short of enough refreshments to go round.
  • Have you downloaded any football anthems, ready for a good old sing song? No football party should be without such classics like "La La Eng er land" by the Cheeky Gits and "We're on the ball" by Ant and Dec.
  • Have you learnt how to explain the offside rule? There's always someone that needs it explaining to. So why not dazzle your friends and really study the whole concept of offside, and what it means in football. There is an excellent book, "Offside through the ages - Volumes 1 and 2" by Alan Beeswax. If you're really keen, you could sit a City and Guilds exam in the subject. That might not be possible before Friday though, you would have to speak to them.
  • Have you thought how to entertain your guests at half time? Here's a really fun idea! Have ready prepared lots of old newspaper, glue, brushes and gold paint etc. Then ask each guest to make their own paper maiche World Cup! Set the timer for 15 mins, and tell them there's to be no football until you have a World Cup in your hands. No cheating though, nobody likes a party pooper.
More posts coming soon. Heatherx


    • At Tuesday, June 06, 2006 12:44:00 pm, Blogger Muslim said…

      excellent written post!

      I cant wait till the world cup, it's gonna be fun. I think Brazil are favourites, but there's also very good teams out there who can win it too.

    • At Tuesday, June 06, 2006 2:06:00 pm, Anonymous JeTSy said…

      H re the Leicester support I think the home dressing room for the creche and the pitch for the dogs would be adequate.

      Now re Southampton, allegedly they do serve a very good cup of nescafe but mine comes disguised as carlsberg. Have not seen croissants but they have Pukka pies.

      Have just been presented with a 1 metre tall battery operated inflatable referee for the tournament.

      I was contemplating buying the 66 World Cup Final DVD to watch Saturday morning to get in the mood for what will be the greatest tournament and hopefully a bank holiday in July when we win.

    • At Tuesday, June 06, 2006 6:37:00 pm, Blogger serendipity said…

      I can't give advice on a home team, other than to say if i were going to support someone it would be my home town or county.

    • At Tuesday, June 06, 2006 9:06:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      Has anyone suggewsted Queens Park Rangers yet? They are the first team that springs to mind when you say "family friendly." Fun team to watch, friendly atmosphere, good kit and good looking players. What better combination?

    • At Thursday, June 08, 2006 7:23:00 am, Blogger Saffyre said…

      I have added you to my blogroll. Great blog!!!!

    • At Thursday, June 08, 2006 12:36:00 pm, Blogger Heather said…

      Dear Jetsy, am pleased that Southampton serve coffee. Maybe you could put my idea about serving hot croissants in their suggestion box. I'm afraid QPR are top of the list at present, then possibly S'hampton or Leicester. I do love the strip though, so maybe you could send me some photo's? Enjoy Saturday, Heatherx

    • At Wednesday, June 21, 2006 11:07:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      I've just knocked the wall through for the plasma screen and the wife has gone nuts. How do you get women to realise how important football is?


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