EDitorial ± 20-Jun-2006
World Cup 2006, Day 12
On Five Live shortly before The Big Match, a reporter was giving us 30 seconds of all you ever wanted to know about Cologne but were afraid to ask. There was mention of the cathedral, apparently once the tallest building in the world, and how it took over 600 years to complete. He observed that this was in danger of being overtaken by the new Wembley Stadium, narf!
Do you get those rolling news updates on your DAB radio display? Looked up to catch "Sorry England slump to defeat" though kick-off hadn't yet kicked off. But we didn't. In fact, we won the group, remained unbeaten, job done. One of those rare situations where everyone's a winner: great, we're through, and yet there's plenty to moan about.
One of my personal high spots was the customised Honda ad with that tached fella riding his moped, zooming along in his speedboat, etc, all sporting attached England flags. Even had the inspirational lyrics picked out in red & white and a one-off Garrison Keillor "Come on, England" message. Sweet.
Some muttering about why Rooney wasn't replaced by The Boy. Well, it's a school night so Theo headed bedwards at half-time and we read a few pages of Mr Pod And Mr Piccalilli. He *could* be available for Sunday's game.