Monday, June 05, 2006

Island Fantasy

In the last few years, the English have not hesitated to remind us that they haven't won the World Cup since 1966 (and only then in a very controversial 4-2 win over this year's hosts: the Germans -- chances are slim they'll let it happen again and on their turf) and when the star of that tournament, George Best, passed on this year, the uproar about a new era in English football kicked new life into fans.

Still, few knew quite how desperate the situation was until today -- yes, in a harbinger of coverage to come, BBC Television reached a new low today by broadcasting the entirety of the departure and arrival of the English football team for the World Cup tournament. Yes, folks that's over one hour of live television coverage of a passenger plane being boarded, taking off, landing and being alighted. The departure was, as expected, in an Eastward direction:

The following is photographic evidence of the landing:

For those of you who did not know how international football teams travel, how planes depart and land or what exactly the color of a British Airways airjet might be, decades, perhaps a lifetime of curiousity have finally FINALLY been satiated. May the games commence...