Tuesday, June 13, 2006

World Cup - Australia vs Japan

Football, football, football. As much as it may seem like football is the flavour of the month down under, imagine what it’s like here. I actually can’t explain the hype, fever, excitement and party atmosphere that grips Europe and the London currently – and more surprising is I’m loving soccer right now. However, I still think that soccer is a close relation to such sports as watching grass grow and the ever stimulating paint dry marathon.

One of the hardest things to understand about soccer is the offside rule. Not meaning to be sexist, but it does tend to take women a little longer to understand this rule than men, but it does take you ladies a lot longer with everything really. Here is the offside rule explained for women:

You're in a shoe shop, second in the queue for the till. Behind the shop assistant on the till is a pair of shoes which you have seen and which you must have.
The female shopper in front of you has seen them also and is eyeing them with desire. Both of you have forgotten your purses. It would be totally rude to push in front of the first woman if you had no money to pay for the shoes. The shop assistant remains at the till waiting.Your friend is trying on another pair of shoes at the back of the shop and sees your dilemma.
She prepares to throw her purse to you. If she does so, you can catch the purse, then walk round the other shopper and buy the shoes. At a pinch she could throw the purse ahead of the other shopper and,"whilst it is in flight" you could nip around the other shopper, catch the purse and buy the shoes. However until the purse had 'actually been thrown' you are not allowed to move in front of the other shopper - (otherwise you would be 'Offside')...

Australia vs Japan











Unfortunately I couldn’t get to the pub for the Aus v Japan game, but snuck down to the work cafeteria at 3pm to watch. There hasn’t been a battle between these two countries that has held this much importance since The Battle of the Coral Sea. For those of you that missed it, all you need to know is the result went the same way as it did about 60 years ago. Three late goals from a triumphant Aussie team cemented our position as the Group F leader!

Bring on Brazil.



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