Monday, 8 July 2013

Wimbledon versus Chad

Murray versus Djokovich

Great Britain versus Serbia

Men in Turbans versus men in shorts

Arabic commentary versus Sue Barker

Strawberries and cream versus peanuts and hibiscus flower juice

A Wimbledon final starring Murray, GB’s long awaited hero, in Chad was an odd experience allowing myself and fellow Brits to celebrate the best of Britain but also led us to reflect on some of the idiosyncrasies of England- the increasing brightness of sun burn on display, the tidiness and order of the courts, the impressive skyline of London, the tiny sun dresses (leading to some Chadian ladies declaring in dismay that the girls were not yet dressed), the green of the grass, even where it was almost non-existent following two weeks of trampling and the delight that such an anticipated win bought to the whole crowd.

Wimbledon versus Chad. You would have difficulty finding a starker contrast between two worlds, but it was certainly a fun afternoon, with an extra twist of… weirdness!

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