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I have been at home since Wednesday, watching wee Polish Stan and his taciturn mate reduce my garden to a mess of rubble at a cost of OHMYGOD pounds.

I have been up early and yet unable to go out until 6pm and it is driving me insane. On the plus side, my doorstep of a book is almost finished and I have watched arty Canadian movies and more "Stargate" than you can shake a stick at.

Why is it always the episode with the wee white mime troupe who paint random Adam Ant lines on people and the singing and the bizarre phallic plant growths whenever I watch? Is this some kind of bizarre punishment for offending the TV deities? Do I like list shows too much?

So I watched the England v Trinidad and Tobago match in my front room just now.

I thought I was going to have to sit morosely with my bottle of Hoegaarden all night, softly singing "you couldn't score in a brothel" [tune: Guantanamera ] and "we're shit, and we know we are" [tune: Go West! ] to myself as Sweden thumped Paraguay, for that was how shite England were, but NO!

At 83 minutes in, that lanky streak of piss Crouchinho scores with a header and then Stevie Gerrard looses a *belter* of a shot to make it 2-0 to the (not at all) mighty Eng-er-land.

If we were any jammier we'd be dodgers. That's all I am saying.

Now we are through to the last 16 where we will play either Ecuador (football gods be kind) or else Germany, who are not invincible but have huge home advantage. We're just lucky we don't have to face Spain next. Anyone who fancies a flutter, I'd put your cash on Spain to win. They're the best team I've seen so far.

It was so weird -- the street outside my house was silent the whole time the game was played; almost no one drove past, there were no kids out, nothing. Now there are a bunch of the little kids from this street, who are of a score of different descents but mostly in England or Poland shirts, all pretending to be Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard and commentating very loudly on their own inexorable progress goalwards (the goal is the gate of the carpentry shop opposite) Cars keep stopping play.

One of them just yelled "Five-two!!!" and the other yelled "Five-three, you cheating bastard!", which at least shows that they have been watching the professionals. (Oh no, a lorry just drove into the goalmouth and parked. Red card, ref, surely...)

In other news, Green & Blacks' Organic Chocolate and Orange ice cream is ambrosia, the bee's knees, the cat's pyjamas, the dog's bollocks. It is gorgeous. I have a pint in my freezer AS WE SPEAK and you don't. I believe that calls for gloating.

I shall be eating some later, along with a little light and very late email-answering.

So tell me how you are.

What are you reading, what are you listening to, what's your favourite colour? Who do you want to win the world cup? Do you care? What should I be watching?

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corianderstem
Jun. 15th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
:shifty-eyed:

How do you know what's in my freezer? I could have 10 pints of it in my own freezer!

Okay, I don't. But I'd like some.

I don't care about the World Cup, but I love that the world is so into it. Except us, of course. But we suck. We all know that. *g*
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 15th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
How do you know what's in my freezer?

Superpowers.

I don't care about the World Cup, but I love that the world is so into it. Except us, of course. But we suck.

If you split that paragraph into separate posts and then added three posts of "We beat you in 1950"; "If it ever becomes a national sport then the USA will win the World Cup every time"; and "why don't you snaggletoothed sons of bitches play a real men's sport instead of this sissy no-contact stuff" you would have the entire content of the commentisfree website's world cup section every time the USA plays *g*
noelleleithe
Jun. 15th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
What are you reading, what are you listening to, what's your favourite colour? Who do you want to win the world cup? Do you care? What should I be watching?

I'm a good American girl. I watch baseball. *g*

Reading: mostly clinical crap for work, sadly. Re-reading the novel version of the original "Star Wars" trilogy in my copious free time because my brain can't handle anything deeper right now.

Listening to: see above re: brain not handling much. Also, headachy. Silence is golden.

Favo(u)rite color: these days, the colo(u)r of money.
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 15th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
HMmmmm. I am glad to hear you are doing better anyway, even if you don't like the world cup. Take it easy.
sophia_helix
Jun. 15th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
I am reading Throne of Jade, because the Temeraire novels are as awesome as promised. Yay.

I am listening to a playlist of the Shins, Death Cab, Keane, and other similar bands, because that's the soundtrack my current story-in-progress requires. Also, these days I really dig Lily Allen please-don't-hit-me.

I don't have a favorite color!

I also don't know who I want to win the Cup. I like the Koreans a lot. I was pulling for Cote d'Ivoire, and Trinidad/Tobago this morning (the fact that they held y'all scoreless for 81 minutes is pretty awesome, and sad), but then I tend to go for underdog teams. A. likes Sweden and Spain and England, due to his family ties, but I find the European teams boring in the same way I have no interest in the Yankees and the Red Sox. I don't want to see Germany win, because I don't like their attitude, but I won't mind if Brazil takes it again because they are cheerful and justifiably confident.

Erm. Obviously, I care. *g*

The only thing I watch which I don't think you've see is Bones, and that's just for fluffy fun.
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 15th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
I don't mind if you like Lily Allen. I am fond of LDN myself but I can live without her. She's a bit slappable.

I also don't know who I want to win the Cup. I like the Koreans a lot. I was pulling for Cote d'Ivoire, and Trinidad/Tobago this morning (the fact that they held y'all scoreless for 81 minutes is pretty awesome, and sad), but then I tend to go for underdog teams.

We're all trying to pick a second team for when England gets knocked out. Alas, most of the really excellent second teams (like T&T, unless they blitz Paraguay and England smash Sweden into a bloody pulp) will go at the group stages. I fancy South Korea to make it to the last 16 and maybe the quarters.

I won't mind if Brazil takes it again because they are cheerful and justifiably confident.

But that's exactly like rooting for the Yankees or Manchester United. Brazil are the world's biggest confidence tricksters. They've won it five times already, whereas Spain haven't won at all and England have been crap for 40 years

::goes into a sulk::

I watched Bones while cofax7 was here and was put off by the magical science.
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musesfool
Jun. 15th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
I am reading "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky atm. It is very interesting. I'm also finally finishing off "Finding Serenity," the book of essays about Firefly I bought because it has an essay comparing the show to "The Tick." It's interesting, and also sometimes irritating, much like fandom.

I have been listening to a lot of Vienna Teng lately, anxiously awaiting her new album, and also some Kane, and as of yesterday, a lot more Carbon Leaf than expected.

I would like all the soccer to go away from our sportscasts (and sports bars) now. I realize this marks me as a typical Ugly American, and in this case, I'm okay with that.
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 15th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)

I am reading "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky atm.


I wondered about that one. I've read "Cod", which was surprisingly interesting for a book about fishing.

I have been listening to a lot of Vienna Teng lately, anxiously awaiting her new album

This is excellent news. I saw her play at a tiny cafe in Earl's Court last year and she was fantastic -- such a warm, assured stage presence.

I would like all the soccer to go away from our sportscasts (and sports bars) now.

And you live in a country which ignores the world cup, compared to the rest of the footballing world. Here we have had our star player's broken metatarsal leading the news since he broke it on April 29. Ye gods.
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dine
Jun. 15th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
I am immensely jellis of your freezer with ice cream in - mine doesn't have any, and it sounds FABulous!

What are you reading, what are you listening to, what's your favourite colour? Who do you want to win the world cup? Do you care? What should I be watching?

I'm currently reading Kildar by John Ringo (v. good, rather violent) and listening to The Killers. my fave colour is green (dark for preference), I'm rooting for England (but think Brazil has a better chance) and think you should totally be watching Jeeves & Wooster (if you've already seen them all, maybe NCIS?)
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 15th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
Dark green is a fine colour. Also J&W is on one of our cable channels and I keep meaning to watch to see if it's one of the ones I haven't ever seen. It is very good.
veejane
Jun. 15th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
I've got a soft spot for Spain, but would be just as happy if some tiny tiny country like T&T win it. I am reading hardly anything at all currently, being bowled over by story-writing instead; and am listening to just my iTunes (on my hard drive, no iPod) alphabetically.

Although I should thank to high heavens whoever YSI'd "The Song They Sang When Rome Fell" by Anais Mitchell, because I always skip ahead to that one. (M.? Shrift?)

My favorite color is blue, and there is currently nothing on TV because all the seasons are over or starting for the summer in two weeks. WHich is lucky, because I've been too busy for TV, and I'm terrible at remembering to tape things. (I have been catching up on Supernatural reruns, but I expect you would find that show appallingly midwestern in nature. Speaking of musical cues -- I think I heard Journey, last week.)
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 15th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
Spain is a good choice.

I am resisting Supernatural because everyone else isn't. Which is perverse, I know.
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vivwiley
Jun. 15th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
If we were any jammier we'd be dodgers. That's all I am saying. This made me laugh for utterly no good reason since it went entirely over my head.

Reading: Isabelle Allende's Zorro which got off to a wicked slow start chock full of Exposition. It's picked up considerably.

Listening to: the usual random assortment of flamenco, Nanci Griffith, Prokofiev, Dar Williams, and, inexplicably the last two days - Billy Joel. Don't ask. My brain is a morass within a swamp. As, apparently, are my musical tastes... :-P

World Cup? Is that some kind of sports thing?

I'm just happy with my case of crayons...
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 15th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
Clearly, you need to have jammy dodgers in your life.

I direct your attention to this fabulous website, A Nice Cup of Tea and A Sit Down, which is for the biscuit cookie connoisseur.

World Cup? Is that some kind of sports thing?

And a drinking thing. And being a beered-up chavtastic idiot-thing if the pubs round Wanstead were anything to go by this evening.

I wanted to try Zorro. Do please let me know if it moves past its exposition addiction.
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ropo
Jun. 15th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Hellooooooo!

I love it when you post. Please do it more often; thanks in advance.

That ice cream sounds good, though of course the word "organic" makes me think it tastes like unbleached wheat or something.
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 15th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
Hellooooooo
It's only the cocoa that is organic. It tastes very inorganic.
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infinitemonkeys
Jun. 15th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
Hello. I am sorry we are supporting England, for we all know they will disappoint us in the end. What's that Nick Hornby quote, the one about it not being the disappointment that kills you in the end but rather the hope *g*
vonniek
Jun. 15th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
Hellooooo!

I am doing fair-to-middling, which is better than the usual "oh, life, why you so sucky?" You sound cheerful, despite the construction woes.

Reading: "Black Powder War" by Naomi Novik. I'm still boggling at how much I'm enjoying the series, despite my OMGWTFDRAGONS bias. Next up is an old Connie Willis, "Lincoln's Dreams," I think.

Listening to: The Notwist, belatedly, plus some Patti Griffin, random stuff I got off your downloads last time, and Lucky Boy Confusion's "Broken" (which I DL'd after watching that Jim Halpert Tribute non-vid) on a continuous loop.

Fave colour: NOT turquoise. Err, blue-gray.

TWC: I suppose I should be rooting for South Korea but they have a snowflake's chance in hell of making it to the 16. I'll be watching their match against the Swiss this Sunday though. I don't have other favourites, although it'd make me happy if France or Germany didn't win. Heh.

Watch: Well, I won't go into more The Office US pimpage because it's frankly getting embarrassing how fangirly I am about the show, so... have you tried Deadwood? I thought of you instantly when I first watched the show, esp. re. the creative cursing. It's brilliant and dark--a Shakespearean non-western.
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 16th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
I'm going to have to read Temeraire I think, though I share your OMGWTFDRAGONS bias.


You don't think Korea will make the last 16? I would put money on it. I think they're going to turn over the French on Sunday because *that's* a team in trouble. And if they don't, they will beat Togo and still go through, and that will make me happy because I like them much better than any other side in that group. Maybe I'm being overoptimistic but I hope not.

Watch: Well, I won't go into more The Office US pimpage because it's frankly getting embarrassing how fangirly I am about the show, so... have you tried Deadwood? I thought of you instantly when I first watched the show, esp. re. the creative cursing. It's brilliant and dark--a Shakespearean non-western.

SEP has given me S2 on DVD but I am being thwarted in my attempts to get hold of a good copy of S1 to watch first. I shall have to try The US version of The Office as it does show here (on and off) and gets good reviews.
lucie_p
Jun. 15th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
reposted, just because
Am glued to the screen, I admit. But then the tv stations have been shouting the slogan "It's your Heimspiel" at us for months now, so that somehow we have come to believe it.

(And I admit I would have watched anyway, am a sad sports-on-tv addict.)

Once this madness is over I might actually get back to reading things.

I don't have any FANCY ice cream in my fridge, in fact, I don't have any at all, but I do have one glass of strawberry limes left and will soon enjoy that. Cheers!
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 16th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
Re: reposted, just because
Am glued to the screen, I admit. But then the tv stations have been shouting the slogan "It's your Heimspiel" at us for months now, so that somehow we have come to believe it.


It's been marvellous so far, right from that Lahm goal in the first match to the flurry of last minute goals today. It certainly hasn't been as dull and cagey an opening as Japan/S Korea was, don't you think?

It's also the first tournament where I haven't felt as though I had to cringe over the behaviour of England fans (well, mostly) and that has been a nice change too.
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timesink
Jun. 15th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
Reading: your LJ. And I finished "Game of Shadows," the Barry Bonds book, just in time for 715. I know that book would fascinate you as much as a history of cricket would me. {g}

Listening to: that ring tone I can't hear.

Favorite color: I have a bag of paint chips and I love them all.

World Cup: Since it won't be the U.S., either England (because I watched that game and I gasped on your behalf when the one pale guy kicked to the other pale guy who headed it into the net, and that last-second goal was such an in-your-face) or a Hispanic country with crazy-ass fans.

Do I care: Sorta. I wouldn't be watching if it wasn't on during work, though. And yesterday I watched a baseball game, anyhow.

What you should be watching: Those little kids on your street sound fun. And the Tour de France is coming up!
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 16th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
1) And I finished "Game of Shadows," the Barry Bonds book, just in time for 715. I know that book would fascinate you as much as a history of cricket would me. {g}

*g* I can imagine. Though I did read Field of Dreams once. When you said Barry Bonds I thought, "isn't that the steroids guy?" So much for his reputation.

2) I can hear that ring tone. Only just but I can. I was all "Yay! I am unexpectedly youthful" or more likely, yay, I have not yet destroyed my hearing with the iPod despite being well over 30.

3)Since it won't be the U.S., either England (because I watched that game and I gasped on your behalf when the one pale guy kicked to the other pale guy who headed it into the net, and that last-second goal was such an in-your-face)

The US has a very unkind draw. Do you not recognise Beckham? (Pale guy numero uno) He's so ubiquitous here the thought of someone not knowing who he is is quite refreshing. As for the second goal, Stevie G does that ALL THE TIME for Liverpool. I am quite in love with him for it.

I'm trying to think of a US sporting equivalent but I am not sure there is one. It's the player who is the beating heart of the team and when you're down in the last minute of the game, he's *always* the one who scores and drags the team out of it by the scruff of their necks. If we can get Gerrard playing like that for England, there's the slightest whiff of a chance that we can get somewhere in the tournament.

And the Tour de France is coming up!

Yes and they're going to have a UK stage in 2007, which will be excellent
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mischa
Jun. 15th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
helloo! long time no comment :) but, i'm glad someone else on LJ is watching the Cup, i'm lookin' forward to hearing what you think.

let's see...Well, if Germany keeps being as laggy as they were against Poland, i'd say y'all stand a pretty good chance in the next round. :)

Watching Sweden vs. Paraguay on TIVO right now. This is actually the first time ever I've watched the WC from the group stage and i'm up to two games a day (and will probably watch all three tomorrow). I don't really know fuck-all about the soccer world, but it's refreshing to watch a sport for once where there's continuous action.

The American commentators are shit, though (they actually said the US *could* win against Italy! HA!), so I might switch to watching the games on Spanish TV.

I'm a bandwagon Brazil fan, but I may swap my colors for Spain (esp. if Ronaldo can't get his ass out of the kitchen...poor guy). Plus, David Villa is hot. Which is, essentially, why i really get into the World Cup in the first place. ;-)
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 16th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
Hello there. Nice to see you about the place.

The American commentators are shit, though (they actually said the US *could* win against Italy! HA!), so I might switch to watching the games on Spanish TV.

I suppose the US could win -- US = 4th in the FIFA rankings; Italy = 14th, therefore the FIFA rankings are rubbish -- but God, the Italians are looking fantastic and the US isn't looking as organised and sharp as it did in 2002.

I would totally watch the Spanish TV versions, because their commentators are so enthused (or the ones we get to hear are)

I may swap my colors for Spain (esp. if Ronaldo can't get his ass out of the kitchen...poor guy). Plus, David Villa is hot. Which is, essentially, why i really get into the World Cup in the first place. ;-)

A friend of mine was commenting on that the other day -- how the Germans were distressingly unbeautiful this year and so are the Swedes, particularly that one with the sad, lopsided mullet/rattail hair combo. Spain, OTOH, are very pretty. *g*

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curiouswombat
Jun. 15th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
Reading? Well it was Kate Adies book about Foundlings - which, probably very apositely when you think about it, I have put down somewhere, and can't find!

Favourite colour? This week I am mostly doing deep pink - by next week it may well be black. We will be in mourning. We were supporting T&T, and it looks as if they will be going home. Shame really - my teenaged daughter had £2 on them at 1,000:1 to win the whole tournament.

You're right about Spain, but otherwise my household are also supporting the Czechs - and they have a better chance than T&T! (She has £3 on them - at 33:1!)

What should you be watching? Football of course!
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 16th, 2006 12:20 am (UTC)
T&T could still win, if England thump Sweden and T&T beat Paraguay, who are already out. It could happen. Keep the faith! *g*
loosehorses
Jun. 15th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
What are you reading, what are you listening to, what's your favourite colour? Who do you want to win the world cup? Do you care? What should I be watching?>

Reading: Right now, an article on the PROactive trial on diabetes drugs. So. Exciting. Book-wise? I've been rereading Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, my favorite book ever.

Listening to: I've been on a live music kick lately -- Peter Gabriel, U2, Indigo Girls, etc.

World Cup: I think England should win because it's the only team I'm actually accidently following because I get my international news off BBC. That tall skinny guy with the giant teeth keeps popping up.

What Should You Be Watching: I always think people should watch more "M*A*S*H," but barring that, the Jacques Cousteau Pacific series is out, and I'm also starting through "Ren and Stimpy."
loosehorses
Jun. 15th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I'm clearly very tired too and down with a stomach ache, as my lack of ability to negotiate HTML tags shows. Let's hear it for italics. ;-)
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