Saturday, 15 October 2011

What is an Englishman to do?

No England in the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup, so who do I support from now on?
Australia - I could never support Australia at anything.
New Zealand - In rugby, I just couldn't.
France - Oddly in rugby I could support France (in the absence of England) as they play the most stylish, if inconsistent, rugby.
Wales - I suppose I should cheer for Wales but would a Welshman cheer England on?

Anthems - France have a very stirring anthem "La Marseillaise"
Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé !
Contre nous de la tyrannie,
L'étendard sanglant est levé, (bis)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats ?
Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras
Égorger nos fils et nos compagnes !

Aux armes, citoyens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Marchons, marchons !
Qu'un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons !

Arise, children of the Fatherland,
The day of glory has arrived!
Against us of tyranny
The bloody banner is raised, (repeat)
Do you hear, in the countryside,
The roar of those ferocious soldiers?
They're coming right into our arms
To cut the throats of our sons and women!

To arms, citizens,
Form your battalions,
Let's march, let's march!
That an impure blood
Waters our furrows!
I have decided: today I shall be neutral and enjoy the match, tomorrow I will cheer on New Zealand in an anyone but Australia context...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No problem for a Scotsman in supporting Wales !