FIFA: Russia, of course, voted for another Blatter presidency. I wasn't too surprised to see that RT TV reported things as a western conspiracy "to effect regime change". One wonders whether they could see a parallel elsewhere. Anyway, on the TV - but not in this article on their site - they produced a blue-red map showing the stark 'West-East divide' and I was surprised to see Australia and New Zealand painted red. Which they shouldn't have been, as they voted against Blatter. But it was enlightening to know that the affair had nothing to do with corruption or sport but was all about western power and greed. And annoyance that Russia and Quatar had been given the rights to World Cup matches. What a comfortably cosy world view. Final word - The FIFA federation was described as being 'bruised and battered'; but shouldn't this be 'blattered'?
Spaniards, we're told, are slowly cutting out the smoking habit. It's down to a third of the population, says a new survey. 90% of whom, I guess, are young women desperate to stay thin and look sophisticated. Deluded, suicidal fools that they are.
The EU: For those with a deep interest in the UK relationship with the EU and the real chances of a Brexit, this is the blog for you. There you'll learn that the situation has just got simpler - the "Swiss Option" is now judged to be dead. Which reminds me . . How's this for arrogance, from someone in Brussels:- "“Everybody is very aware that Britain is the next big problem on the horizon. The mood is that we’ve got to save the British from themselves."?
If you were to guess at what new words the Oxford Junior Dictionary included in its latest edition you might well come up with blog, broadband, bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and MP3. But, if asked to guess what words they'd removed, would you come up with any of acorn, beech, cygnet, fern, pasture or willow? I suspect not. Well, not if you're over, say, 40.
Finally, and talking of words:- Here's a list drawn up by an American anglophile of equivalent words and phrases as between US and UK English. I would quibble with only 2 or 3 of them:-
1. Tosser – Idiot
2. Cock-up – Screw up
3. Bloody – Damn
4. Gobsmacked – Amazed
5. Blimey! – My Goodness
6. Wanker – Idiot
7. Loo – Toilet/Bathroom
8. Nutter – Crazy Person
9. Her Majesty’s Pleasure – To be in prison
10. Horses for Courses – Won’t work for someone else
11. Sod Off – Piss off/ Go Away
12. Lost the Plot – Gone Crazy
13. Knackered – Tired
14. Taking the Piss – Screwing around/ Making fun of
15. Toff – Upper Class Person
16. Kip – Sleep or nap
17. Chav/Chavvy – White trash
18. Know Your Onions – Knowledgeable
19. Dodgy – Suspicious
20. Wonky – Not right/ Off
21. Knob Head – Idiot/ Dickhead
22. Stag Night – Bachelor Party
23. Hen Party – Bachelorette Party
24. Blighty – Britain
25. Skive – Lazy or avoid doing something
25. Bits ‘n Bobs – Various things
26. Daft Cow – Idiot
27. Uni – College/University
28. Punter – Customer/ Prostitute’s Client
29. Chat Up – Flirt
30. Fit – Hot/ Attractive
31. On the Pull – Looking for sex
32. Shambles - Things gone wrong
33. I’m Off to Bedfordshire – Going to bed
34. Arse-over-tit – Fall over/ Trip on something
35. Bloody – Damn
36. Gutted – Sad/ Devastated
37. Slag – Slut
38. Biscuit – Cookie/ Cracker
39. Full monty – Whole thing/ Entire
40. Blimey! – My Goodness
41. Blinkered – Narrow or close minded
42. Bob’s Your Uncle – There you go!
43. Motorway– Road/ Highway
44. Fanny – Vagina
45. Knickers – Panties/ Underwear
46. Throw a Spanner in the Works – Screw up/ Totally mess up
47. Made Redundant – Fired from a job
48. Abso-bloody-lutely – YES!
49. Dog’s Dinner – Ugly/ Dressed hideously
50. Rubbish – Garbage or ‘That’s crap!’
P. S. 7pm last night. Just driving out of a village, I spy a young fox trotting along the side of the road towards the village. How's that for domesticity?. Probably heading for the communal bins, to fight it out with the local dogs and cats.