Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Soccer Schmoccer

I absolutely promise on my combination plane collection that this will not turn into a World Cup Blog - there are more than a few out there already, should you feel the need. But after England's demonstration last night that Plan B isn't called Plan B without good reason, I felt in need of cheering up and thought I'd share. First of up, a World Cup song - have you any idea how many of them there are out there?! Everything from (Is this the way to) The World Cup by Tony Christie (can you say "cashing in"?) to Hansen's Eyebrows by The Turnstiles feat, MC Jabber (can you say "terrible defending"?). Hmm... But my favourite, if you have a sense of humour and aren't a jingoistic moron who takes some of the lyrics seriously (and frankly that is a bit of a worry with some supposed football fans) is Don't Mention the World Cup by The First Eleven (featuring John Cleese). The list of influences for this epic tell you all you need to know - Sousa, The Italian Job, Monty Python, Basil Fawlty, British Movies of the 1960s, British Comedy, Sven-Göran Eriksson. But you can have a listen too if you fancy. My favourite bit is to the tune of Rule Britannia

Rule Britannia
The penalty's gone wide.
Linesman with a little flag has ruled offside

Cole Porter eat your heart out...

Cecil B deMille might be looking over his shoulder too with this excellent Nike Football ad spoof. Well less of a spoof and more a homage perhaps. Watch out, it's a big file and will take a while even on a reasonable connection - assuming it works at all. Having just tried that link it's disappeared, but hopefully that's just a blip. Anyway, good to know students are racking up enormous debt for a good cause, eh?

I think I've just used up my quota of parentheses for the year in one off-topic entry...

Anyone else have any thoughs on the stick spacing, btw? Anything? Even if it's only "how can I tell with that lousy picture, Alf, you daft besom".


  1. Mike Wenzloff (MikeW)5/31/2006 04:00:00 pm

    Well, how can I tell with that...

    I liken the stick spacing to the debate of plane aesthetics. Or sharpening. Or ... You get the picture.

    If it were me, I would be fretting about it for a time. But it's not. So I don't mean to minimalize the decision that needs to be made. It's just that from my perspective it is going to look well and be well received no matter what the spacing. It is going to be a beautiful chair. One that looks inviting to rest upon.

    I think I would tend to go the the symmetry of an odd number. But that's me. Now whether they were all evenly spaced around the arms is another thing. I think I wold initially go for the tighter spacing on the arms proper, and at the back vary it a bit. Which could lead to dropping the odd number.

    No easy decision. But I would simply do what you have done. Tape 'em up, make a few alterations all the while looking at it and, well, make a choice.

    Take care, Mike

  2. Thanks for the 1st 11 link brilliant - sounds good enough for the terraces too.
    As for the sticks, they look good to me. Will you be painting them blue?


  3. MIke, yeah, fair point that it's rather in the eye of the beholder. At least you haven't said "oh my, no, not like THAT!" which is a help :~)

    Andy, painting them blue - ROTFL!


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