Arts & Elbows

A catalogue of commentary on events in Thanet and occassionally the rest of the world.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

One Nil to the EN-GER-LUND

For those who haven't been paying attention our glorious lads won their match against Paraguay this afternoon despite the usual antics of the footy drama queens we so often have to endure. Another endurance is the nonsense spouted about our loyal fans and their daring to use our nation's flag, often slighted as jingoism, incorrectly linked to violence and sadly sometimes portrayed as an indicator of inherent racism.
If any of these dodgy allegations were true it would be immediately evident if, as I did, you took a nine-year-old around your town with a massive flag to the numerous post-match celebrations to take a few snap shots. Surely they'd beat us both up and steal the camera. Actually everyone was wonderful, exceptionally friendly and only too happy to pose for a picture with my son. Click on the pictures for a larger version and witness the joy.
There was no hint of elitist belligerence to it, our new found chums included just about every type of citizen; young, old, black, white, drunk, sober, groups, pairs, loners, even an Albanian plus any other label you might choose to apply. They are, and shall remain, the very reason why regardless of all else we can all be proud to be English.

















4 Comments:

Blogger Snailspace said...

Shame they didn't score it

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these photos are fab, you should get a turner prize nomination

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That photo of the lads fronting fot the camera is brilliant. And thanks for the tour of the town.

11:05 PM  
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9:06 PM  

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