Thursday, May 27
'Snakes, quakes, a scary place for Brits' is the lead article in the country's top selling daily 'The Star'. The article is a humorous piss take of the British media, which has now printed so many South African horror stories ahead of the World Cup that the paper feels it is time to step in and enjoy a laugh at the British media's expense.
The England national football team have apparently bought into the 'fear' and installed electric fences at their training pitch to keep snakes out. Fabio's back room staff have also banned the England players from stepping on the grass after sunset to avoid black mambas and puff adders. The Star goes on to point out that as this is mid-winter in the southern hemisphere, the snakes are currently hibernating.
Clearly, the article concludes, terrorists will not be attending the World Cup because they are scared of the high levels of crime in South Africa and dangerous wild creatures.
Two TV companies and a concert promoter have been in contact, showing interest in 'the shirt', while many more shirts are still arriving in the UK, Norway and South Africa. One of the latest was kindly posted to England all the way from Australia by Anita Kazis. Thanks very much Anita!
Fittingly, Australia's 'socceroos' are the first national football team participating at the World Cup to arrive in South Africa, after arriving on a long haul Quantas flight last night.