it was a relatively early start this morning to catch the l
ast pool match
for england in the world cup. it was a close run thing qith
england only scoring 111 points! no doubt the australian press will somehow
manage to turn this into a negative. i have never seen such a vitriolic attack
on an international sports team than what has been handed out to england dow in
oz. there was a good article in
the times
this week which, i think, goes some way to explaining the
attitude they are showing:

It seems that the Australian psyche is unable to cope with any measure of
English achievement without bringing in the notion of English arrogance, as if
the Australian national consciousness could not exist without the arrogant
English to react against. That England has a half-decent rugby team has woken
the sleeping — or perhaps I mean lightly dozing — sense of persecution in