OT: Rugby World Cup - go you good thing!

Old Nov 17, 03, 10:57 pm
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OT: Rugby World Cup - go you good thing!

I need some advice (please ) from the regulars here at one of my favourite places on FT.

Please imagine yourself in your favourite pub next Saturday morning, watching the (pick the obvious winner here) Wallabies annihilate (pick the obvious loser here) England.

My question is:

How would you expect the token Australian in your pub to behave?

All advice appreciated!
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Old Nov 17, 03, 11:00 pm
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"How would you expect the token Australian in your pub to behave?"

With dignity...No one likes a gloating winner

Will the pub be open at that time though...Isn't it on at 09:30 ish?

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Old Nov 18, 03, 3:09 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by willyroo:
Please imagine yourself in your favourite pub next Saturday morning, watching the (pick the obvious winner here) Wallabies annihilate (pick the obvious loser here) England.

My question is:

How would you expect the token Australian in your pub to behave?
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Is FT an appropriate place for purely academic discussion?

Ever since the last (football) World Cup pubs here have been opening at the most unusual hours for sporting events. There was a spate of controversy about the licence extensions being granted (or sometimes refused) to allow them to serve alcohol at 7 am - which rapidly died down as soon as pubs reported that the vast majority of customers were only ordering coffee anyway.
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Dave Noble:
[BWill the pub be open at that time though[/B]</font>
Kick off at 09:00 GMT most pubs are opening at 08:00 GMT.

Willyroo, are you over this way?
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I've been trying to explain to people here in the UK how emotional I am over this game. Then I ask them "Imagine England playing in a football world cup final, how emotional would you be ?" and then I say "Now imagine you are playing Germany", and they then see my point ....
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Old Nov 18, 03, 3:51 am
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with the final in 4 days time,
there is no inappropriate place to discuss the game in my eyes!

For South Londoners ... the Clapham Grand is opening its doors at 8.30 and is showing the game on a 42 ft screen!!

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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by willyroo:
My question is:

How would you expect the token Australian in your pub to behave?

All advice appreciated!
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And in answer to your original question Willyroo, I find I get more satisfaction by not saying much, rather than whooping about how great we think we are.

It also helps if (God forbid) the final score isn't what we want - you get people coming up to you saying what a great game it was instead of jeering at you.

Just my thoughts on how to enjoy a hopefully spectacular game of Rugby!

Edited for grammar

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Old Nov 18, 03, 4:05 am
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uh oh, if i remember rightly, last time thadocta started a thread like this it came back to bite big time!!
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Old Nov 18, 03, 4:55 am
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Ahh - I've just returned from a great session at the BNE Qantas Pub, and received some further tips.

The last big rugby event was Lions v Wallabies final in 2001, and I was over for my brother-in-law's wedding near Morpeth (north of Newcastle). One of the pubs was open, and I recall having a pint or 2 of John Smiths - and nearly had to run when the winning Wallaby try was supported 16,000km away with the expat's words "go you good thing".

Bards can add text now to describe the silence in that room...

So yes, I do expect to be in a UK pub, probably near Ross on Wye, drinking pints of bitter (none of this lager rubbish) on the day of the RWC final.

(Edited for shpelling deranged by HPs in the QP)

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Pretty much every pub round here in Richmond/Twickenham is opening at 8ish for bacon and eggs and beer (separately). Lots of expats around here, but they are used by now to England beating them.....they'll be fine!

A JOKE

* An Englishman, an Australian and a South African are drinking in a Richmond/Earls Court/whatever pub. They drink their beers, then the South African pulls out a gun and shoots all their glasses to smithereens. He growls: "Where I come from in South Africa, we have so much bl**dy sand to make glasses, we don't need to drink from the same one twice".

They order more beers, drink them, then the Ozzie draws a gun; repeat performance: same little speech.

Another round of beers, then the Englishman draws his gun and shoots the Australian and the South African dead. He orders another pint and replaces his gun, remarking: "Round here we have so many bl**dy expats, we don't need to drink with the same ones twice!"



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Old Nov 18, 03, 6:35 am
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It doesn't really matter what you say when the Ausies beat the poms this weekend. The really important games were last weekend when the kiwi's were sent packing and the froggies got their flogging.
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by NM:
It doesn't really matter what you say when the Ausies beat the poms this weekend. </font>
In your dreams I am looking forward to "bill" being brought back to England.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by NM:
It doesn't really matter what you say when the Ausies beat the poms this weekend. The really important games were last weekend when the kiwi's were sent packing and the froggies got their flogging.</font>
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Please discuss this quietly. Him Indoors is (as we speak) sitting in a CW seat on his way to SID. For all the banter here, I wanted him to watch England win something. He has a place to stay - and yes a ticket. I have pulled in a real favour for that one, but it was promised and it has materialised.

I bought him his flights. No, he is not on a staff ticket (there aren't any at the best of times) and I am so interested in the whole proceedings that I am off to Lisbon. he is with his best mate, and I am going with a best girl friend.

I hope that all of you who adore this will have a wonderful time. After Sunday, I have nearly finished apologising to the neighbours for the noise from my house. His colleagues are green with envy, and I am probably soft headed and soft hearted for spending that kind of money on him.

How many tier points will he get for this? Will I be able to go on using the loungees with him?
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