This morning on the way to work I was listening to Radio 4 on the BRITISH Broadcasting Corporation. The host of the news programme had representatives from the German and Spanish embassies on to discuss tomorrow’s UEFA 2008 final which is for the avoidance of doubt between GERMANY and SPAIN. I may paraphrase slightly but here are the main points.
Presenter to German (opening question!!) – “So do you think this has been a poorer tournament by England’s absence?”
German (slightly puzzled) – “Er. no not really”
Presenter -” But what about the feeling, the atmosphere?”
German (by now annoyed) – “I don’t think there would have been much difference”
Presenter – “What do you see as the main differences between Germany and England?”
German – (laughs slightly) “We are in the final of UEFA 2008 and England failed to qualify!”
Other questions by the presenter:
“We all know that Germany v. England is one of the classic international contests , going all the way back to 1966, does Germany v. Spain have the same kind of feeling about it?”
“I suppose Germany play in a very similar way to England. Do you think the English will be supporting the Germans?”
I mean we all expect this pish from Motty and co. But on Radio 4?