A scorcher!

I have been following the World Cup football matches and so far (I write on 24 th) I have watched all of them live on television, all except one which I had recorded to watch later in the evening on Saturday. E and I had an evening at The Little Theatre in Southport to watch a young people’s dance academy’s presentation in which our granddaughter participated. It was held on two evenings, Friday and Saturday. The music was great and so were the dancers who ranged from about six to sixteen years of age with the older instructors taking stage in one or two of the routines. The theatre is run by The Southport Dramatic club and performances of music, drama and of course dancing are presented there throughout the year. It is a small theatre seating probably no more than five hundred people. For history click here http://www.littletheatresouthport.co.uk/history/ . Anyway we didn’t return home until late but nevertheless I watched the recording of the missed football match though I have to admit I speeded up the replay a few times when the play became pedestrian in parts. Today, that is Sunday, I am presently watching the second of the three daily televised games, Japan against Senegal (screenshot below as Japan draw level at 1-1) having seen England’s win against Panama, 6-1. After that match I spent an hour on the patio in the scorching heat of the day before returning indoors to see the next game. I had gotten up early and after breakfast spent an hour watering the front garden before spending time out in the rear garden just relaxing mainly. As I am writing this the first half of the current game has finished. I have fifteen minutes to make a coffee before the second half begins. Once this game has finished I have an hour before the next one begins. This has been the same pattern for my days over the last week or so, I do all my relaxing, exercising, going for walks, work, shopping and chores in the mornings and watch the football in the afternoon and early evening. It works for me as although the weather has been great these past few days I find I cannot sit out in it too long before I get bored. If I get bored I look for things to do and watching a few football games conveniently stops me from working! No doubt when the games are over the weather will change and get cooler and wetter……….that will be just fine for me.

Shirley Anne

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Football

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UEFA European Football Championship appearances by country. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the benefit of my American readers (and anyone else who doesn’t know) I mean the game which you actually play with your feet and not the version you play with your hands. Come on, how can a game played with the hands be called football? I am referring to the game you know as soccer. At the moment UEFA (the Union of European Football Associations) are holding the European Championship games, this time being held in France, for those countries which have qualified for the tournament by getting through the preliminary knock-out matches. For anyone liking the ‘beautiful game’ as it has become known, these current couple of weeks must be proving very enjoyable for the genuine supporters of the game. I myself like to watch a good football match and so far there have been many of them with more to come. I have been able to watch three matches on each of the days that I have had the good fortune to be at home in the afternoons and evenings. Many European countries have qualified to take part and it is interesting to see the differences in their approach to the game. Some teams seem to be more aggressive in their style of play than others and some teams seem to waste golden opportunities more than others. There are some aspects of the game which I dislike, too much foul play and constant back-passing of the ball are two but generally most of the games are good to watch, if you like football that is! Not everyone does. I am wondering which country will win the competition and I should favour my own country, England, but I have my doubts as to their capability to do so. Perhaps they will prove me wrong. I would like to think so anyway. Time will tell. There are still many games left to play and I might get to see most of them. Perhaps I will just make the time….

Shirley Anne

Not following

Football with Flag of Uruguay

I like football, that is watching the game but not all of the time, in fact I get bored if I watch too much. I haven’t been following the world cup games just as I didn’t take an interest in the qualifying games. I couldn’t even tell you when they took place either. However I did watch the England match against Uruguay, a match they needed desperately to win. Six of the players taking part all play for Liverpool but the only one Liverpool player on their side (Suarez) scored the winning goal! In fact he scored the first goal of the match. I watched as Uruguay scored that first goal which happened in the first half of the game. In the second half England pulled one back through a Manchester United player (Rooney) but soon afterward Uruguay scored again and despite trying hard to score another equalizer England failed. I knew in my heart they would. A few days ago I told E that they didn’t have the capability to get far in the competition. It’s not that they haven’t got good players or a good team but for me I just don’t think they are good enough and there are many other better teams in the world. I was accused of being too pessimistic but I was just being honest. I would have loved them to do better and to go on to even win the trophy but I had to be realistic and honest about it. At this point in the proceedings England now have to rely on the results of the other teams in their group being favourable for them to remain in the competition. I think that isn’t good enough. No team should have to rely on the results and failures of others. Life’s like that, we are all responsible for our successes or failures, we cannot blame others for our own deficiencies. So I haven’t been following the games but will still keep an eye on England’s performance, good or bad. At the end of the day it is only a game. Now it is Friday evening and the England football team will be returning home having being knocked out of the competition by the Costa Rica and Italy result where Costa Rica won the game. Oh well, there’s always 2018 to look forward to!

Shirley Anne