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In musings,rants on July 12, 2010 by Gabor


That’s how I feel.

Betrayed by the nasty way the Dutch team played in yesterday’s final. I am glad Spain won.

1974 was my first World Cup. The Dutch team lit up that tournament with their exhilarating Total Football. They should have won, but ran into Germany, the hosts, in the final.

4 years later, ditto, but they ran into the hosts Argentina in the final.

Since then I have held a torch for Holland as a football nation. I have had a policy of switching support to Holland as soon as England go out.

That is why I wanted Holland to win: for Cruyff, Neeskens, Krol et al. For Van Basten, Rijkaard and Gullit. For Bergkamp.

But yesterday we did not see a flair performance by the Dutch. It was nasty. It was 1982 vintage Germany: anyone remember Schumacher and Stielike? And as for that whinging git Robben. If Holland had won it would have been a travesty.

Before the end of the first half of yesterday’s final I had fallen out of love. I think it unlikely that I will be automatically switching my support to Holland next time England go out of a major tournament.



145 – Tuesday 25 May 2010 : nucular

In rants on May 25, 2010 by Gabor

Many misuses of the English language really annoy me.  If not top of the list, then very close, is when people say “nucular”.

No dear, it’s nuclear.  Pronounced “new-clear”.  There is only one u in nuclear.

We were at Cafe Scientifique in Portsmouth tonight.  The speaker was talking about nuclear fission and the environment.  Interesting talk, lots to think about.

When it came to questions, this woman popped up.  Never mind that she had her own agenda and plainly hadn’t listened to a word the speaker had said.  Her long statement, sorry question, included the word “nucular” at least 5 times.

Afterwards I was so tempted to say that the speaker had answered questions about nuclear fission when he had been asked about nucular fission, would he mind dealing with that?  I bit my tongue.