Friday, June 16, 2006
A little bit of Internecine warfare in the southern uplands
The World Cup is turning the Volunteer Arms in tiny Penpont into a seething hotbed of racial hatred. Last night the entire caribbean population of the village turned out to support their local team, Trinidad and Tobago. Rum flowed, calypsos were sung, flags and garlands were festooned everywhere. The carnival atmosphere was soured however by an Englishwoman who very vocally insisted on cheering on the other side, a completely foreign team. Exactly the same thing happened last week when a substantial number of Paraguayans in the village came to support their side. I only hope that on Tuesday the village Swedes won't be deterred from coming to the pub by this terrible display of xenophobia.