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the question some of us are asking -
is Peter Goulding multi-tasking?"

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

World Cup 2010 – D-Day minus 1

There’ll be bawling, caterwauling,
When the striker is sent sprawling,
Each tackle will be analysed to death.
Much hair-tearing, constant swearing
And ridiculous hat-wearing,
More passion than the third act of Macbeth.
There’ll be crying, rueful sighing,
Fervent dreams of qualifying,
Rhetoric a-plenty from the panellists.
There’ll be drama, instant karma,
Prayers to Allah and to Brahma
And total contradiction from the analysts.

There’ll be betting on goal-getting,
Realistic target-setting,
A million little hands will fill in charts.
With time nearing, there’ll be cheering
Or great hopes fast disappearing,
As horses trundle sadly after carts.
Is Maradonna really gonna
Leave the tournament with honour?
Tears of disappointment, tears of mirth,
Anticipation, condemnation,
Nation battling against nation –
Roll up for the greatest show on earth!
Friends, farewell. I go now to a bettr place in front of the telly. Back in a month.


  1. Ah yes, wahoo! That gets us in the mood, Pete. C'mon Ireland!!!

    Oh yeah, Henri.I forgot. Meh!

  2. I have drawn honduras and mexico in the work sweep stake - do I have any chance at all at all?

  3. We've got the Horrid Henry wall-chart. That's about as excited as I get until England is in the semi-final penalty shoot-out.

  4. Saw Dermot Bolger recently saying he still can't bear to watch football after Henri.
    Niamh, yes, you're definitely in the money. Honduras to pip Mexico in the Final...

  5. Titus,
    I think, given their draw, England might well reach the semis.
    I'm up for Switzerland (for my mam) and Denmark (for Poetikat)

  6. Kevin's in a pool at work. He's got Brazil pegged as the big winner. What do you think? (Oh, and Argentina in the final.) Is your mom Swiss?
    I'd kind of like to see if Maradona goes through with the "naked in the streets" promise, if they win.
    I miss Ireland.


    (Just popped in to see your Paypal set-up actually.)

  7. Yes, my mam was Swiss, so I have to be up for them, even though they're worse to watch than Northern Ireland!