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"Are you enjoying the World Cup?" my sweetheart asks, sweetly. It's a perfectly reasonable question, but the wrong one, as the true fan knows only too well. This is Nick Hornby territory, whose tremendous book about fanhood - Fever Pitch - is encapsulated in his observation that you don't go to watch Arsenal to enjoy yourself!

You may subscribe to the idea that Modern Life Is Rubbish (an album by Blur), but does it have to be that way? I believe not. We have a much bigger capacity to creatively re-think our lives, relationships, and even society than we allow ourselves to imagine.

The Da Vinci Code, Harry Potter and Wayne Rooney's metatarsal are conspicuous in their absence from this site. Except for this.

For the press, the World Cup is like Christmas. Half of them write blistering articles attacking the English manager, the other half about their strategies for avoiding any sight of football for the month of June.

The person sitting opposite you on the Waterloo train may appear to be dozing, but there’s an increasing likelihood that they, like many thousands of professionals in the UK, are practising Transcendental Meditation (T.M.).

So much of the news isn't. New, that is. I love Bob Dylan's observation, "I prefer old news." There's a feeling of anxiety that shadows our desire to keep informed.

England's departure from the World Cup at the quarter final stage is an expected agony. Our nemesis (again) is Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has outwitted us in the last two major tournaments, first as coach of Brazil four years ago, then as Portugal's head honcho in the European Finals of 2004.

Therapy sessions for Human Resources Directors? I think I’ve been doing them. And it’s the same Cri de Coeur ...

“They just pay lip service to people issues.”
“They’re so task-oriented.”
“They’re only focused on the short-term, and don’t see the long-term implications for people development.”

We need to set our sights higher. I know, because I read the label on my mustard pot. It said, “For complaints, please contact the Customer Service Department.”

 

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