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As a good English girl, I'm totally broken up by Scotchland going out of the Euros; such a terrible thing to happen - and so, so unexpected!  Please join with me in grieving for this totally horrendous outcoming!  And on a similarly disastrous level - have you noticed how a cloud went in front of the sun earlier today?  How dare they let this happen???  Holly (awaiting a suspension...) XXX

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@hottestwitch 

I couldn't give two hoots about football (sorry) ... I'm a cricket and rugby girl 🙂

I feel hesitant about raising this on a site where UK girls are outnumbered 5:1 by US girls, but did you follow the World Cup T20 Cricket match between England and the USA today?

It very much went England's way (including Buttler hitting five sixes in one over, and Jordan taking four wickets in five balls), but we'd better watch out in future 🙁

The USA shook things up on the way to the Super 8s, and I think they're going to be a force to be reckoned with down the line.

Now, where's that USA women's cricket team?

Ellie x

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Lady
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@ellyd22 I feel bad that we don’t know anything about cricket in the USA…it’s so popular in the rest of the world…🥴

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@chanel 

I think that's just very sloppy Chanel 😉 Cricket in America dates back to the 18th century!

The popularity of cricket in the USA appears to have diminished as a result of the Civil War and the fact that it's quicker for an army on the move to set up to play baseball than it is to prepare a cricket pitch - and to play a game.

The best thing about cricket is the tea break, if you ask me! 😉

 

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very @caroline2k 

"The best thing about cricket is the tea break, if you ask me!"

In the dim and very distant past, UK laws meant pubs were closed in the afternoon. But there were exceptions. if you could find a free local cricket match, with luck, there would be a beer tent set up 😉

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@emmat "Dim and distant past"... what?!!!

I remember very well having to wait for the pub to open. How old do I feel now?! Thank you very much Emma! 😜😁

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Lady
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@emmat Most of us had a pretty good idea where to go even if not to the cricket...  I remember the first day of all day drinking (though only barely, for obvious reasons!) but Leicestershire County Cricket Club was quite definitely a long time favourite... again for obvious reasons!!!  Holly XXX

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@chanel 

Yes ... and the rules are so easy to understand.

Laugh Sideways

Especially the Duckworth Lewis method.

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@chanel 

The names of the fielding positions are particularly wonderful, leading to commentary like this:

'Mike Gatting is at the crease. He's got two short legs and one behind.'

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@ellyd22 😂😂😂 it does sound fun!! Love it!

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@ellyd22 And the famous

'The batsmans Holding the bowlers Willey'

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@melaniejames

That's still one of my all-time favourites 🙂 

There's also this from a commentary by Trevor Bailey: 'the first day, Logie decided to chance his arm and it came off'.

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@ellyd22 Also when Botham knocked the bails off as 'he couldn't quite get his leg over'. 

 

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@melaniejames 

There's a very good Richie Benaud quote as well, but I can't include it here without violating site guidelines 🙂

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@ellyd22 intriguing, give us a clue😉

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@melaniejames 

I don't take much encouragement 🙂

In the full expectation that a fellow staff member will unapprove it, here it is:

'He’s usually a good puller but he couldn’t get it up that time'

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@ellyd22 we could start a thread on cricket funnies as so many, probably cos of its radio commentary.

Different sport, athletics, but my favourite by David Coleman.

'And there goes Juantorena down the back straight, opening his legs and showing his class'

He couldn't lose after that!

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Lady
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@ellyd22 Duckworth Lewis...  if any of the ladies out there on the wrong side of the Atlantic need that explaining, let me know - and ensure you have about 15 hours available, seeing as you won't have a chance otherwise...  Holly XXX

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Topically, and very sadly, Frank Duckworth (one of the two statisticians who devised the Duckworth-Lewis method back in 1992) died yesterday 🙁

I was following the over-by-over (OBO) Guardian coverage of the international women's match between England and New Zealand this afternoon when a reader  wrote in with this comment:

“I see that Frank Duckworth has died,” notes Bill Hargreaves, “aged 84 (or 95 had rain/overs permitted).”

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Lady
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@ellyd22 I didn’t know that he’d passed but as a cricket fan I love that humour! Wonderful!

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Lady
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@ellyd22 I hadn't picked up on the passing of Frank Duckworth - and not matter how much I (and surely everyone else!) had a problem with the Duckworth - Lewis method (no mention of Tony Lewis, seeing as I am VERY pro Welsh!) I can only express complete sorrrow at his passing.  And if rain had intervened, could you understand the way his passing could have worked?  Even the West Indies got that one wrong!!!  All in all though:  RIP Frank; you really will be missed...  Holly XXX

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Lady
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@chanel Not just popular in the real world - one of the three best sports there could ever be [football - REAL football, not that Wrong-Side-Of-The-Atlantic version] and [Greatest Ever!] Grand Prix motorcycle racing being the others...)  USA did really, really well in the recent T20 World Cup - plus the oldest continually contested sporting event in the world is USA v Canada at cricket!  I'm sure you (despite Alan Stamford...) will eventually see the light... though Test Match status ?  Not sure that will be coming...  Holly XXX

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@hottestwitch Football just doesn’t stand a chance over here with most Americans focused on watching baseball, American football, hockey, etc…besides- who would ever want to watch Americans play football??🙂

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@chanel hey Chanel, hope this will help:

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 thats 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 men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in.

There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.

When both sides have been in and all the men have got out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!

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@chrisfp99 I’ve got it!! 😂 my goodness! Thank you for the explanation Chrissie

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@ellyd22 Hi Ellie,

Thanks for the update on the tournament from a US girl.

Alice

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@aliceunderwire 

As far as I can tell the T20 Cricket World Cup is only available in the US on something called Willow TV. That's a shame, since the USA's win over the mighty Pakistan on 6th June was thrilling to watch and one of the shock results of the tournament.

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@ellyd22 Hi Ellie,  So I read.  As was said about non coverage of the T20 on any major tv. network.

Alice

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Lady
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@ellyd22 You are correct!  It was fantastic... but remind me about how England v USA went?  I'm sure we are all au fait with that... and Afghanistan are in - and Australia OUT!  Just how BRILLIANT is that!!!  (Sorry to any Aussie girls out there - remember,  I'm English!!!) Holly XXX

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@ellyd22 🤷🏼‍♀️ Who knew???

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@chanel 

England went on to get absolutely demolished by India, but we're keeping quiet about that 🙂

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Lady
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@ellyd22 Ouch! Sorry to hear it…I checked some results but don’t understand the scoring…

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Lady
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@chanel Oooohhh!!!  Let me know if you want to know how to fill in a scorebook - and please mke sure you have something in the way of a fortnight available...  To quote an old (and daft?) bit of doggerel..."The team that goes in and their players are in until someone is out and then someone else comes in.  They are in till they are all out and then the other team comes in until they are all out..."  All I can say is - watch as much cricket as you can - and you will end up LOVING it!!!  Holly XXX

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@hottestwitch 

Filling in a cricket score book was my favourite bit of the game. I love it.
Many years ago some of my Sunday League football mates started a cricket team, mainly to pass the summer away.

We weren’t exactly very good. We always had to put the opposition in to bat first just to make the game last a while. This was back in the days when pubs opened at 7pm on a Sunday.

It was remarkable the number of times we were all out at about 10 minutes to 7 

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Lady
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@lucyb112 10 to 7?  We always made it till 3 to 7... now, guess how many minutes away from the pub our home ground was...  I can now only remember 90% of the scoring regulations... runs for no-balls, how to record no balls... in fact, a hell of a lot of laws & regulations on no-balls and wides... plus I never did quite get totally u these about LBW...  (Please can everyone remember - Cricket has no rules - only Laws and "Regulations".) Cricket... mmmmm... Holly (usually at Long Leg - for obvious reasons....)  XXX

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@lucyb112 Lucy, I captained a team for ten years that had some good bowlers but very little batting so I always tried to talk the oppo captain into batting first xx.

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@chrisfp99 

We were the same, batting second was essential for us.

It wouldn’t be such a problem nowadays of course 🍺

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@ellyd22 Errrmm... India?  Cricket?  Don't understand those terms... till the next Test Match...

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@ellyd22 There are some US gals who follow both football and cricket (yours truly, for one!). In fact, I'm watching the SA vs WI match as I type this. (Well, waiting for the rain to stop it can restart. So many matches have been interrupted by rain during this WC!).

I don't care about either Scotland or England (sorry, UK gals!). I'm a huge C. Ronaldo fan so I root for Portugal. I think Germany might take this one again, but football is so unpredictable, especially during these one-off games!

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@sonal Hiya, Sonal; last year I went to Madeira - CR's birthplace... and they pointed out to me the exact house!  Mind - Lionel Messi is a far, far better player - and (from the viewpoint of a Leicester City fan) so is Jamie Vardy!  Holly XXX

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@hottestwitch I wouldn't get into a debate between Leo and Cristiano. I'm just happy that I've been lucky enough to witness two GOATs. I wasn't around to watch Pele and Maradona play, but these two more than make up for it. :-).

 I'll assume Vardy's name being spoken in the same sentence as the two GOATs is in jest and not to be taken seriously. While he had great potential, I think his decision to stay with Leicester instead of moving to a "bigger" club stunted his growth, albeit being a PL winner.

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@sonal I did get to see Pele when he played for the (now defunct) New York Cosmos. I saw a game up at Yankee Staduim, and Pele scored a goal on his world-famous scissor kick.

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@ellyd22 Well I just do believe I'll be quite chuffed to start up a baseball conversation then, shan't I?! 🤨

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@melodeescarlet 

*Looks innocent*

Baseball ... that's a bit like Rounders, isn't it?

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@ellyd22 Except for that we made it better - as evidenced that it's played globally. Not sure I know of too many international Rounders leagues. 🤔 😝

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@melodeescarlet 

You're right of course 🙂

I'd forgotten that baseball has a World Series, played between teams from the USA and teams from the rest of the  ... *checks notes* ... oh ... um ... the rest of the USA.

Sorry, couldn't resist 🙂

And before everyone from the other side of the pond piles in, yes I DO know about the World Baseball Classic.

I was only teasing about the Rounders (although I'd point out that IS now featured in the Commonwealth Games and my school has, over the years, contributed several players to the England Women's team). 

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@ellyd22 A bit like rounders - just not as exciting!

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@hottestwitch 

My nephew, despite being as English as they come and living in Somerset, is hugely into baseball ... and he says it's VERY exciting 🙂

I have to say he's never shown the same level of passion about rounders.

Until last year he played in a local league at Taunton, I think for the Taunton Pistols. And no, I've no idea why they're called that.

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@ellyd22 I think the Taunton Cider Apples would have been more appropriate - and believe me, that is a compliment...  Just a shame that he can't see that Rounders is far more interesting than baseball could ever be...

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@hottestwitch I’ve never seen a rounders match but I do enjoy baseball immensely. It’s very laid back, watch a little, drink some beer, watch a little…chat with your friend next to you…drink some beer…what could be more fun?

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@hottestwitch Stoolball is even more fun. I played in a league for a couple of years

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@ellyd22 Football? That's the game where they play the super one in a round dish where 1/3 of the people are there to see the game, 1/3 to see the multi-million dollar advertisements, and 1/3 to see someone sew some garments together very rapidly. Many years ago they had a wardrobe malfunction at halftime and that's when they really could have used the person to quickly fix the garment.

I know a little bit about Cricket, by Jimminy. They are a company that sells prepaid wireless. Must be for all the ladies who hate that metal in their bras.

As for the world cup, I don't give a hoot about what picture is on my coffee mug. I don't need to see a picture of the world on my coffee cup, a plain color works fine.

The USA has been done with the Super 8's a long time ago. They went to mini VHS tapes long ago, and then moved away to digital recording.

Wait, are we talking about the same thing? Never mind!

* To those outside the USA, I'm doing an Emily Litella impression. Emily Litella was a character played by Gilda Radner in the early years of Saturday Night Live giving an opinion on the news segment, often based on a misheard phrase (such as supporting violins on television - misheard of violence) until she was corrected, and ended her segment by saying Never mind!

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@alison-anderson  

Your clarification is appreciated, Alison. 

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@denimwear As a further explanation, the "sew some garments together very rapidly" was a reference to Taylor Swift, whose current boyfriend was playing in the game. She flew in from her Eras tour in Tokyo just to be there for the game. A lot of people tuned in just to see her, and the cameras did show her many times during the game. Many sports fans complained.

The "wardrobe malfunction" was an incident at the halftime show in 2004 when Janet Jackson's breast was exposed and broadcast to many millions of households.

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@denimwear 

Indeed. It's all so much clearer now 🙂

Although I still don't understand all of this hype about a 'superb owl'.

I mean, just how special can it be?

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Lady
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@ellyd22 for a while the game was so uncompetitive it was dubbed the “super bore”….

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@ellyd22 I'd much rather spend four hours looking at a superb owl than have to sit through that snorefest that they have on the wrong side of the Atlantic every year...

 

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@hottestwitch 

*Ellie feels that she should issue Holly with a health warning at this point, and gently remind her that US members - many of whom are VERY passionate about their baseball - outnumber UK members by around 5:1*

Holly ... do you have some sort of safe house that you can retreat to if things turn ugly?

Ellie (and her Superb Owl) x

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@ellyd22 Thanks for the warning - but I've never experienced anything less than love and humour from the lovely ladies out there on the other side of the Atlantic - I doubt that I'm going to have to go into Witness Protection!...  But please remember that the worst game of Cricket I've ever seen was still three times as good as the best game of baseball there has ever been...  And as an Leicestershire fan, I've seen some real stinkers of Cricket matches...  Finally;  Owls are absolutely fantastic creatures - who can't love them?

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@alison-anderson Emily was awesome, played by the late Gilda Radner.

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@ellyd22 England in the semis!  If this were footy, we'd be losing on pens to the Germans...  Incidentally, you'll probably be aware that the oldest continually contested sporting contest in the world is... (drum roll) Canada v USA at cricket!  I'd always suspected that there was some civilisation in North America - and the existence of cricket over there just proves it!  Good on both of them - especially the US folk for finally starting to embrace the worlds equal second greatest sport (level with footy but quite a bit behind motorcycle racing...)  And yes - where is  that US Women's cricket team?  I've no doubt there must be one, but they need to step up a few notches and get themseves into the next World Cup - the last one in New Zealand was brilliant... but we won't talk about the result in the final... B****ig Australians - they take so much fun out of it...  Holly XXX

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@ellyd22 Note that the Cricket tournament is being played in a county (Nassau County, NY) where Transwomen are prohibited by law from participating in organized sports at county facilities.   Still being fought but the county executive (Bruce Blakeman) is a complete transphobe.

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@lauren114 Prohibited by law?  I thought this was the 21st century, not the 17th...

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@ellyd22 You UK girls want to stir up a can of worms? O.K, how's this! Can anyone in their right mind explain the craziest Commonwealth Sport in the World- Australian Rules FOOTBALL! What the hell is that!                                                                                    I have a Kiwi NZ friend down under who ventured next store to Aussie Land and went to a match with a mate; He turned his head just as an important play was made that totally screwed up his head and turned to his friend and said ... " What the hell just happened?'

Don't even both try OMG!. They did a 15-minute segment on our American 60 minutes and I still didn't understand the game or the rules (which btw there are none)

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@meghan47 Actually, I quite enjoy Aussie rules - but also cannot understand any of the rules... and I rather suspect that you are right in thinking there aren't any!  See if you can look up Jim and Phil Krakouer; first saw them in the 1980s when watching an interesting (if slightly boring) game on the telly; they came on as subs and within 5 seconds the violence level had increased 1,000%!  Not claiming they did anything outside the (non-existant?) rules, but the tempo raised beyond belief and no-one on the pitch got a seconds rest!  Almost made me a fan of Aussie Rules... 

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Ellie, must've missed this post. I'm not much of a football fan (just hate the players' behaviour) but of course we're suddenly all fans as of yesterday. I'm very much a rugby and cricket girl (watching the test as I type, unfortunately not in a nice dress). Played rugby as a youngster and have played cricket all my life up until a couple of years ago. Captained for ten years. I love to watch the women's rugby and cricket.

Hugs, Chrissie xx. 

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@chrisfp99 

 of course we're suddenly all fans as of yesterday

Nope ... still not.

However, like you I'm currently enjoying watching England hammer the West Indies at Lord's 🙂

It's Rugby and Cricket for me too.

Ellie x

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@chrisfp99 

The dilemma for me is that I’ve always loved football, but like you, I can stand the players behaviour these days.

Luckily, I follow a team from the lower leagues where it’s not as bad. 

My main sport these days is cycling. When you see someone crash in the Tour de France, they usually get straight up, body covered in road rash, and the only tantrum is if the bike’s bent and they can’t get straight back on and catch up with everyone else.

 

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@lucyb112 Lucy, my local team Bromley made it into the football league this year. Yay! I used to support them as a youngster xx.

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@hottestwitch 

Ooh, Holly, do be careful "People who live in glass houses  ... ", and England have still to play.

I'm not a great footie fan, but enjoy it at this level  because it can often showcase  ( any ) sport at it's best ( or not !!!).

I just wish we had a proper National Anthem to sing instead of a dirge.

 

Emma xxx

 

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@emmat We need an anthem like the Italians, something you can dance to!

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@emmat I'm more than aware of England's fragility... and would be more than surprised if we progressed more than one round out of the group stage.  Despite what all the media are saying, we really aren't that good at all!  Now - you mention a National Anthem being a dirge - sorry, but you have to be more specific - "Flower Of Scotland" or "God Save The King"?  Frankly, they are the two worst songs I've had to suffer through for many a year...  If you want a decent National Anthem, try "A Soldiers Song", "Risen From Ruins" or Государственный гимн СССР - they knock our awful versions into a cocked hat;  Frankly, "Land Of My Fathers" is nearly as good - but that's almost as unlikely to be heard at another footy tournament as is "Flower Of Scotland"...  Holly XXX

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@emmat 

I just wish we had a proper National Anthem to sing instead of a dirge.

I think we should just put some suitable words to the 'Archers' theme 🙂

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@ellyd22 

Hah, ha ! Are you thinking of Billy Connolly's excellent sketch, Ellie ?

(search "Billy Connolly National Anthem You tube")

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@ellyd22 Didn't Billy Connolly advocate that some years ago. Dah Dah Dah de Dah de Dah....

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@ellyd22 I thought the lyrics were "Rumty, tumty, tumty tum, puddly, puddly pom!"  (A cinch to recognise for anyone who say Lenny Henry on Tiswas in the late 70's...)

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@hottestwitch I can sense the sincerity oozing from your pores as you pour out your heartfelt anguish Holly 😁

But lets face it, England haven't really been brilliant so far and my partner's home team - France - are just as lamentable! So, as far as my interest in 'Soccerball' goes, we should perhaps consider that thing about those living in glass houses playing with footballs... 🤔😼

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@caroline2k Glad you picked up on the sincerity - I've spent years learning how to fake that!  Once Mbappe is back, Rance will pick up - he's more than jut a brilliant player himself, he inspires the rest of the team.  Oh - and France will go further in this tournament than England - I'd be willing to bet 5p on that...  Holly XXX

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@hottestwitch 

As a proud and pragmatic Scot, the result comes as no surprise to me. I reserve my support for those more deserving such as my sisters here.

With regard to your heartfelt and sincere comments, Holly, I simply refer to my earlier name suggestion.

Allie smiles benignly at Holly's customary attempt to wind up the Scottish girls. We've heard it all before 😊

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@alexina O.K:  it's all a bit old hat from me, I suppose, but give me a break - I've been an England fan all my life and there's only the dim and distant memory of 1966 to keep me going - and no real hope for the foreseeable future...  And I've just noted that Angela mentions the Scotch wearing skirts... I think you'll find that more than half the English do as well (pretty much all the women and a lot, lot more of the men than most folk recognise!)  Holly XXX

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@hottestwitch 

In my younger days I naively assumed that the Scots would support us English in a tournament if they weren’t there and vice versa, so I always tried to support them, particularly after I married my Scottish wife. 
How stupid was I?

In 2001 I was in Glasgow for a family wedding on the day of some qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup. 
Scotland were playing Croatia in the afternoon in a must win match and England were away to Germany in the evening.

Before the wedding I watched a bit of TV and they interviewed some Scot’s fans on the way to Hampden for their game. When asked what their preferred result was, to a man/woman and child they all said “England losing”, not even a mention of their own match. 

Needless to say I was quite pleased when they drew with Croatia and failed to qualify, and my day got even better in the evening after England’s fifth goal went in against the Germans!!!! 

Can’t see that happening again any time soon 

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@lucyb112 Aaaahhh... I remember the day well; I was at Lords watching my beloved Leicestershire County Cricket Club badly blow their chance in the Cheltenham & Gloucester final...  If any non-LCCC fans out there want a good laugh, google "worst over ever" and please try to find some sympathy for Scott Boswell - it almost destroyed him.  And if there are any other LCCC fans out there - I apologise for reminding you of one of the most traumatic experiences you have ever had...

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@hottestwitch I bet our friends north of the border are now devastated

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@hottestwitch 

Holly,

I gather that, as of today, the sale of Spanish flags has gone through the roof north of the border 😂 😂

They’ll also be putting the Dutch ones up on eBay that they bought last week 

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No suspension as they are very out and proud to wear skirts....

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I'm not bothered. I used to support Scotland if England got knocked out early and they were still in a competition (I know, doesn't often happen), but after seeing a groups of Scots a few years ago wearing ABE shirts, I no longer do it. ABE means 'Anyone But England'. Tough on anyone though, who loses in the last 20 seconds, as they did.

 

PS With apologies top our American friends, who probably have no idea what we are talking about.

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Scotland are also allowed their own anthem while England have to have the U.K. anthem of God Save the King. Scotland also being part of the U.K. 

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@denimwear 

The Scottish 'anthem' (Flower of Scotland) is REALLY hard to sing though!

I did my first degree in Scotland, and unless the Scottish team were playing England I used to go to Murrayfield to support them.

There was a group of five girls I used to go everywhere with (yep, I was an 'honorary girl', even at Uni) and they tried to give me lessons in singing the damn thing properly ... but the breaks in the tune are just really weird!

Ellie x

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@ellyd22 There is a knack to singing 'Flower of Scotland'. It comes in two parts, One - You have to be a Scot. Two - You have to have had a good few 'Wee drams' , then it's a breeze.  Of course wearing a skirt and a few drams could suffice.

As for the National anthem there is a trend to use 'Jerusalem' for English teams to show patriotism. 

I can show support to Scotland as my gran was a Scot so can wear a tartan skirt with pride  to my cultural heritage.

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@ab123 Unfortunately, you are correct about "Jerusalem":  it may be a pretty good song, but it's not the English National Anthem!  The usual opinion now is that the "dark satanic mills" Blake was writing about was a metaphor for the suppression of female sexuality...  And NO - "Land Of Hope And Glory" is not our National Anthem either!  Apparently, Edward Elgar was furious when he was informed about the lyrics that had been put to his tune:  "wider still and wider, shall thy bounds be set"???  I'd hope everyone here viewed the age of Empire as merely a shameful part of human history.  All in all, if you want to wear a tartan skirt, Angela, then you go for it!  I'll still wear a skirt, but I don't think tartan will be involved...  Holly XXX

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@ellyd22 so, what you have to know is Flower of Scotland is sung in English. Hen Wlad fy Nhadau is Welsh and sung in Welsh. So much for Scottish “independence “?

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@shannaxdress Ignoring that the song was only composed in the 1960's (this still being just another point in those interminable dark ages before the Internet was invented, after all), I'd imagine that's so that the sassenachs can actually realise that it's about the the English being defeated 🙂  Can you truly be the winner if the loser doesn't know they've lost? 😀  I bet that song has extra significance at a certain Six Nations match!

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@finallyfiona Apparently, every Celtic language has a word similar to "Sassenach" - and they are all derived from the term "Saxon"!  Leipzig may be a very beautiful city but I'd prefer not to be reminded of my cultural relation to that country that far too often end up beating us at footy...

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@ellyd22 

The Scottish 'anthem' (Flower of Scotland) is REALLY hard to sing though!

Ah, but had you consumed the statutory half bottle of whisky and eight pints of lager? That way you only have to repeat the occasional line slightly out of time with the majority just before bursting into tears and declaring undying love for whoever happens to be standing next to you.

Allie x

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@alexina 

Ah, but had you consumed the statutory half bottle of whisky and eight pints of lager?

I now see where I've been going wrong.

I've never got beyond half a bottle of whisky and seven pints of lager.

I feel like such a lightweight 🙁

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@ellyd22 

Don't beat yourself up about it, Ellie. It's a little known fact that there was only ever one family who knew, and could accurately sing the song in its entirety and cadence, and they were all hung in 1807 for cannibalism.

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@ellyd22 Yes, musically the whole thing is in a relatively simple time signature (6/8) but the lengths of the phrases and particularly the final note in each one are all over the place!

I had to learn the Welsh national anthem (in Welsh, of course!) for the encore of a play I was once in -  the first verse that normally gets sung, anyway.  But I'm proud to say I can still remember it! 

Fun fact, the Welsh, the UK, the Austrian and the US national anthems are all rather unusual in being in 3/4 (waltz) time.  Many others derive from marching songs and are in 4/4.

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@finallyfiona 

Waltzing to 'God Save the Queen' (or 'King' as it now is) would be an especially depressing experience 🙁

Additionally, we always have to sing it at school prizegiving ceremonies. If everyone in the hall started waltzing with each other instead of standing to attention I don't think it would go down very well with the headteacher.

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@ellyd22   Alright, Fiona and Ellie,  I caught up to you two.  As you know , as a descendant of the cradle of civilized society. I am sympathetic as to the quaint sporting events you follow.  A nod to Caty, Australian rules, and  rugby  are sports of gentleman playing a ruffians game.  Only the Irish would have a game,( hurling  I believe it’s called) where opponents  with no pads, can beat each other with a club.

 I submit  for your consideration, American College football. I say this as opposed to professional as the rules make for more strategy in the game.  The amount of time going into preparation for a game is staggering.  As an example, part of a playbook I saw had 87 pages devoted to the “ cover two defense”.  This is one defensive formation, there are dozens.  This is only the schemes for half of the defense in a passing situation.  I have been a student of the game for 65 years, going back to the “Chinese Bandits”, ( you die hard yank fans know them), and I marvel at the new wrinkles put in every year.  Given, it is violent, but, it is truly a very cerebral game of coaching much of the time.  Ok, your turn .  

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@missylinda There is also shinty, a Scottish game similar to hurling.

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@annaredhead I’ll have to look at videos.  Do they beat each other with clubs also?

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@missylinda it's not  unknown

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@missylinda 

Hi, Lorraine.

 As an example, part of a playbook I saw had 87 pages devoted to the “ cover two defense”.  This is one defensive formation, there are dozens.

I took up golf 4 years ago and watched YouTube videos, read books, the works. I now set up a flipchart, containing the 37 essential things to know, at every tee so that I can make sure that I'm following the advice to the letter.

I'm currently looking to join a club further afield as I've been banned from all the local courses.

Allie x

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@alexina were you banned for delaying play while reading thru the flip chart with each shot?

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