I was almost too upset to post a blog this week but unlike the England defence I’ve fronted up. That was actually a joke, I refuse to criticise the England team for throwing everyone forward in trying to grab an equalizer. For memories of a happier moment at the World Cup watch The Guardian’s brilliant Lego inspired recreation of Jermain Defoe’s goal v the football might of Slovenia.
Of course Germany fully deserved their win but at what cost? As a responsible parent I’m constantly stressing the importance of playing by the rules and maintaining a sense of fair play. The German goalkeeper openly admitted he saw Lampard’s shot go over the line and his first thought was to try to con the referee and linesman by picking the ball up and firing it down field as quickly as possible. Unfortunately FIFA’s inaction over the Thierry Henry handball goal sent out a clear signal that cheating is part and parcel of the game and the big fellah upstairs had to take over and send France home in disarray with their tails nowhere to be seen. The same fate is about to befall Germany with Lionel Messi sticking a hat trick right up ‘em where the sun don’t shine!
Fortunately help is at hand courtesy of our long-standing client – Moorfields Eye Hospital. Moorfields Dubai is a branch of the world-famous London Hospital which has been solving vision problems for over 200 years. They have a really excellent facility here staffed by top-notch consultants and we think they are the best people to sort out the officiating mess at this year’s World Cup.
It was sad day for Dubai’s multitude of brilliant football watching venues that England has taken their leave. I’m a sucker for live sport so I’ll continue watching (my earlier blog tipped Spain) but probably more at home than out and about. Being at home I’ll be in position A to cheer Andy Murray to his first Grand Slam and see England white washing the Aussies at cricket (I never thought I would be able to say that!).
Staying in – Dubai Spectrum on One has just released a summer offer, 50% off food and beverages. Now that is a good deal and a sign of things to come. On a more depressing outlook, my bank insider has told me there may be big trouble ahead as banks finally accept that the big developers who they lent millions to will never be able to pay off their debts. Ouch and ouch again. Certainly the mood is sombre as 50% of office space is empty and a lot our near neighbours in Media City have moved out – you used to have to wait for up to four years to get your hands on an office in TECOM. Anyone have a view on what the next year will bring?
Five dreadful decisions:
- Lampard’s disallowed goal – World Cup 2010
- John van de Velde – 18th at Carnoustie 1999 (needed a six to win, took a driver off the tee)
- Buying a villa in Sports City (August 2006, still not built!)
- Spinneys calling a meat filled pastry a Cornish Pasty (don’t be fooled – click here for what makes a proper job)
- Banning vuvuzelas at Wimbledon (is the sound of players grunting better?) Click here for a bit of vuvuzela therapy.
No regrets? Or fancy getting any bad decisions off your chest?