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Many happy returns of the day, a bit belatedly, to haphazardmethod. I hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend and enjoy your duvet day.

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(1) I am watching the extended act of desecration and necromancy that is The X-Factor's Michael Jackson night. I beg the contestants neither to sing Earth Song nor attempt to moonwalk. Particularly that pasty chuffer Olly Murs.

They're playing Disney wish fulfilment music behind Joe McElderry's intro. I think they think he's going to win. He's going to win despite a musical backing which even Luther Vandross would have rejected as emetically sweet in 1983.

They're not even trying to find synonyms for "this could be the most important song I ever sing" any more.

(2) David Beckham is advertising for the California tourist board or whatever it's called now. They must be rich – they're buying advertising time in X-Factor. He's been everywhere lately. Yesterday he was at the World Cup draw, him, Charlize Theron, and some suit from FIFA.

It's a pretty good draw for England next summer; the headline in The Sun this morning:
England
Algeria
Slovenia
Yanks

Oh, Sun, Sun, you've heard of hubris, surely. They seem to be forgetting that the United States is one of the few teams to beat the European Champions, Spain, and to put two past Brazil. It's not going to be an easy game. Slovenia eliminated Russia in the play-offs. The Sun has England in the World Cup final already. Anyway, it's a kind draw, but not an easy one.

(3) Oh The Thick of It, how are you the best thing on my TV all week, every single week? I would never have believed you could make me feel sorry for Malcolm fucking Tucker

Jeg er trett. Ha det.

Comments

marakara
Dec. 6th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
It is funny, ESPN (our big sports channel) thought the US would only have one tough game and that's England. Poor Slovenia/Algeria - no respect.

I don't think the US papers figured out the "EASY" headline but we refer to ourselves as Yanks much (unless it is the Yankees baseball team).

The pageantry of the draw was sort of surprising to me. That looked like the Academy Awards.

Take Care
Mara
infinitemonkeys
Dec. 6th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
I think you underestimate Slovenia at your peril (not that it's stopping the British press) because they have the same virtues as the US -- really fit, organised and play as a team for each other. However, I think it would be a shock if the US and England didn't make it out of the group stages.

The pageantry of the draw was sort of surprising to me. That looked like the Academy Awards.

I think that about eight years ago they suddenly realised that the 200 million people that are interested in the world cup might watch if you gave them something to see. Hence Charlize Theron and buckets of spectacle.

Plus it's the first ever African World Cup, and South Africa are determined to make it something special, like when Australia got the Olympics. If they can crack the crime problem, it's going to be terrific.
kirbyfest
Dec. 6th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
I'm sorry. I know fuck-all about soccer (it's soccer, you crazy person. Football is big hulking guys standing around then running for five minutes, and it's dull), but K, your icon rocks my entire universe and has made my day a thousand times brighter.

That may be a slight overstatement, but only slight.
infinitemonkeys
Dec. 6th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Would you like the icon? I am happy to share. No one else has it on account of it is MINE muahahahaha.

Oh, the wrongness that is the word 'soccer'. It has aristo origins and is all wrong
ropo
Dec. 6th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
Yeah. If you call us "Yanks," we'll call it soccer. ;-)
infinitemonkeys
Dec. 6th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
Think yourself lucky it's not the Army nickname for the US. Although that would be two S's and EASS only spells SEAS