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13 June 2014 ~
The best news to come out of Brazil so far is that the terrible England supporters' band won't be allowed in to any of the World Cup stadiums. They have flown out there anyway but we can only hope the security forces stand firm.
Badge of the week ~ Barbados Defence Force
Many myths are found in different cultures, slightly altered but still recognisable. The story of Noah and the Flood, for example, appears in Sumerian script also, but where Noah builds an Ark and fills it with animals, the Sumerian protagonist makes a yacht and fills it with 12 virgins and a flautist. Similarly, Barbados has an Arthurian mythology of a great warrior who ruled the island wisely and well after receiving a pair of drumsticks from the mysterious Lady of the Lake.
Generally what would happen is that, say, the great warrior's nephew would become jealous of his power and attempt to usurp him, whereupon his uncle produced his drumsticks at the crisis point and they just jammed together. After the nephew got married, however, his wife got in his ear and he began to realise that he was being fobbed off with the jamming sessions despite having genuine grievances.
He and his uncle then enjoined in desperate combat, during which both were slain, although it is said that the great warrior, instead of dying, journeyed to a place where his wounds were healed and from where he will one day return when Barbados is in peril. This legend is why he is known as "The Once and Future Drummer". Cameron Carter
from Jon Matthias
"Kellogg's are being very careful not to mention the World Cup in their World Cup cash-in blurb."
from Glyn Berrington
"Celtic appoint new manager. Five Live go to expert John Hartson for his views. 'I don't know absolutely nothing about him except what I've read on Google.' They could have phoned me, I could have said that, except that I'd have said it in English. He gets paid for this, you know."
from Jaimie Faichney
"The international section of the Wikipedia entry for Scottish lower-league pro Kevin James gives a clue to his popularity."
from Phil Town
"Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos had produced a fetching little number in homage to her favourite player."