Is There A Football Match On?
Well, the tube was packed with tiny Mexican fans in emerald shirts and huge straw hats the other night, so it’s a safe bet there’s some kind of sporting event going on. They were singing some very nice songs. Everyone assumes you’re able and/or willing to talk about football. Cab drivers are happy to ask me what I thought of the game, but never wonder if I saw the new Hamlet. Few writers are known for their interest in sports, of course, and tend to move to a different pub when Sky Sports is installed. I know when Arsenal have home fixtures only because my friend Maggie lives by the stadium, which means there’s a parking exclusion zone on match days.
But this is a bit bigger than that. And the great thing about the World Cup is that you’ll be able to get theatre tickets in the middle of June and there won’t be queues for museums – although finding a taxi might be tricky. Anyway, Nike did make a great commercial and it does reward repeat viewings, even though it’s quite surprising to discover that Wayne Rooney lives in a caravan, which he probably would have been doing if he wasn’t a footballer.