Codswallop War

Euro ReferendumLeaving work last Thursday, I jokingly said that by the next time I saw my colleagues we could be out of Europe and out of the Euros and now feel rather guilty that the embarrassment felt at half our countrymen and the whole of our football team is all my fault as a result.

Last night’s match has caused much hilarity on social media, and rightly so, although for me it seemed inevitable that our players would catch the prevailing mood of toothless humiliation and exit with a whimper.

Me and Mrs P have been supporting Iceland since the group stages and I actually laughed when they scored their equaliser within two minutes of England taking the lead. Then part of me rejoiced when they got their second after a splendid move of classy football. It summed up our national self-delusion that we somehow have a right to succeed and that we are better than we really are.

Hey ho – France up next for the Icelandic trawlermen.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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  • rhymeswithplague 28th June 2016

    Ian! Don’t say “Me and Mrs P” (objective case) — say “Mrs P and I” (nominative case ) when it’s the subject of the sentence. I would expect such an error from an American (it’s all too common here) but not from an Englishman!

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  • Yorkshire Pudding 28th June 2016

    To my fellow pedant – Professor Trog Brague of The University of Canton, Georgia, I say hear hear! I also say that if you and Mrs Parrot like Iceland so much then why not emigrate there before Brexit truly kicks in? Iceland played well- strong men working together as a proper team. Well done to them! But as a pedigree Yorkshireman, the only footballing country I will ever root for is England.

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  • rhymeswithplague 28th June 2016

    Billy Paul is (was) one of those Americans to whom I alluded, one much more prone to slaughtering the Queen’s English than a loyal subject of that Queen should ever be. He was born in Philadelphia and died earlier this year in New Jersey. You were not and did not, so there is still hope (and time) for you to come to your senses!

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  • rhymeswithplague 28th June 2016

    Unless you plan to learn Icelandic before emigrating, of course.

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  • Roger Green 30th June 2016

    Me and Julio down by the school yard. For proper writing, it’d be Julio and I, but it lacks POETRY.

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