September 07, 2005

Out of tune

SK Berlaar women's team came about when a group of friends in Belgium got tired of standing on the sidelines watching their partners playing football. Something that started out as a bit of fun soon became an organised side, more than capable of holding their own in competitive matches. Unfortunately, this season Berlaar got drawn against the mighty KV Mechelen in the Antwerp Cup. Just to make matters worse, their first-choice goalkeeper decided to take the day off to go to a concert.

Stand-in goalkeeper Charlotte Jacobs must have had a sense of impending doom when Mechelen scored a mere four seconds after the kick-off. Come the interval and Berlaar were 27-0 down. "But after half-time we were able to recover," Jacobs said, trying to look on the bright side. "We only had to suffer another 23 goals and we scored once ourselves, right at the end. They allowed us to score. That was sweet of them.”

It's not clear what is the biggest losing margin ever in a competitive match, but the women of Berlaar definitely deserve a mention in football's hall of fame, if only for refusing to give up in the face of such overwhelming adversity.

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Sense of humour failure

Oh dear,

I've barely started exploring the "strange but true" / "wry sideways look at life" / "are people really that stupid" ... genre and I've annoyed someone already. So I guess I'm doing something right?

Athene Aquinas seems to have taken offence at the Everything you ever heard about Germans and deckchairs is true... post

"Hmm, I see you like Germans..." the resident of Munich moans. They've obviously got the hump.

Actually no. I don't like Germans. But nor do I dislike Germans either (go visit Spain if you want to meet people who SERIOUSLY don't like Germans). I'm totally neutral.

The account of the idiot who tried to get rid of the spiders with a D.I.Y flame-thrower would have been equally hilarious, whatever the nationality involved. Stupidity transcends state borders. So the fact that a German was involved is totally irrelevant.

But, like it or not, you have to accept that when it comes to sun-loungers by the pool then Germans have a certain reputation. And they can hardly complain if their behaviour reinforces the prejudice.

Was I "taking the Michael" for pointing this out? A note for the linguistically challenged... If you don't understand "taking the Michael" then go ask a friendly local Oirish-man. And assuming that he doesn't come from there in the first place, he can probably tell you some cracking tales about how stupid the folk are in Kerry. Other people's idiocy is a lingua franca after all.

So is this stereotyping? Only if you are so politically correct you really shouldn't be here in the first place. Or is it, to borrow from the Strine, "ripping the piss"? Yep, you've got the idea. If you haven't managed at least a little smirk or grimace then you obviously live in Germany and are suffering an acute sense of humour failure.

And as my correspondent wrote

> "Under that same logic, Americans would then be like Michael Jackson or was it Mike Tyson?"

Had they bothered to read rather than jump to conclusions, they might have got the impression that I think there are quite a few idiot Mercuns out there too. See the Cheeseburger in Caseville post for a prime example.

And if they really think we Brits can't laugh at ourselves they've obviously ignored, or missed the point of, Elspeth is right

Fear not. I promise I won't be horrid to Germans / Americans / (insert nationality to suit) in the next post. Unless you're from Belgium. Because it is their turn next. You know that old question about "how many famous Belgians can you name"? Most people can manage two (maybe).

I've got another 11 to add to the list. Though whether they'll want to be reminded about their place in the "Hall of Fame" is moot. But mockery is the best form of humour, after all.

Watch this space.

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