Is being wary of enthusiasm just intellectual masochism, or are we missing out on a powerful force for good in the world?
And of course give up all training or playing for five weeks before their first game, perhaps even have some major surgery, spend some time in a wheelchair, like Luis Suárez.
I am honestly and truly now coming to the conclusion that England did astonishingly well. In fact, they overachieved.
There is a set way to behave. Team shirts and face paint have become de rigueur, while Mexican waves now interrupt the view of anybody trying to watch the football with irritating regularity.
Bit late to the party, no?
The World Cup is just the latest political football to be kicked by the Front National’s Marine Le Pen, who suggested that “You are either French or Algerian”.
There is no glory in setting out to cause injury to another human being.
Simon Schama bissects a tale of two halves: Brazil’s nail-biting victory over Chile.
With England sometimes, you just can’t win.
My politics may place me firmly on the left of Labour, but confess to owning an MCC tie and people start looking at you in a whole new light.
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