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WAWIBF... Pride

29 May 2005

There has been a lot of pride kicking about this week thanks to the truly remarkable performance of Liverpool FC in Istanbul on Wednesday. As the team's Chief Executive, Rick Parry said: 'We do tend to specialise in dramatic cup finals that entertain the whole continent.' Never a truer word. Even people who have absolutely no interest in football whatsoever were forced to admit that they had never in their shabby little lives been so entertained.

On Thursday the Sun pointed out, quite rightly, 'We're all proud to be honorary reds for the day.' Here, here. Even Tony Blair, for whom the colour red is anathema, was forced to agree. He sent a message to Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez congratulating him on his team's victory, succinctly putting into words exactly what we'd all been thinking: 'Unbelievable. Incredible. Brilliant. The whole country is very proud of you.' And indeed we are, positively aching with pride. We are overjoyed that Liverpool play for Liverpool and not, for example, AC Milan.

Aaaah, Liverpool, so much better than Nice or Kabul or Rangoon or Abu Dhabi. Thank sweet God it's in England and not in France or Iraq or Australia or Lithuania.

Thanks, God.

Isn't it just fucking dandy being British?



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