Diving Italy wins the World Cup Farce

World Cup football is an absolute farce. Italy, France, Portugal, Holland all cheated to get where they ended up.

I supported Italy from the start, but after their diving exhibition against the US, I stopped supporting them. There is no other way to describe diving: it is cheating – plain and simple. Italy beat Australia by cheating. And trust me I’m not an Australian supporter.

Like any decent South-African, I find it difficult to support England, but from now on I will do just that. The players’ behaviour throughout the tournament was exemplary. I don’t know of one instance where they cheated by diving. Kudos to the Poms. Just keep it up – you’ve won many fans and you’ll win many more.

The Italian club scene is allready in serious trouble because of a different kind of cheating (match-fixing) and now they have won the World Cup by cheating. But they are not alone. All of continental European teams bar Spain are as guilty.

FIFA have been disturbingly weak by not addressing this. There has been talk of bringing in video to try and stop the cheating. I really hope that FIFA have the guts to do this because presently international football is a farce and not watchable.

No sympathy for Pamplona casualties

I am sorry but I have no sympathy for anyone who gets hurt in the Pamplona bull run. If you want to play with fire then you will get burned.

I do feel very sorry for the bulls though. Yet again the Spanish have found a way to exploit animals to provide them with entertainment for their dismal lives.

I would much rather prefer to attend the Running of the Nudes in Barcelona. Barcelona also has my vote because they have recently anounced their intention to become a bull-fighting free city. This is outstanding news.

Dorset: the best town(s) in England

Bournemouth from the air

LenT spoiled me with a weekend away in Poole and Bournemouth in Dorset.

I am disappointed that we only discovered Dorset 1 month before we’re going home. This is now my favourite place in England. It beats the previous winner, Cornwall, by a long shot. There aren’t any waves to speak of, but the beaches are fantastic – almost as nice as in SA – and the water is lovely. The towns (I’m not sure where they stop/start) are the cleanest towns that I’ve been to in the UK. The people also look much more healthy than in London. We loved it so much, that if we didn’t go home in 4 weeks, we would have seriously looked at moving there.

The photo was taken from a hot-air balloon.

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