Sunday, July 02, 2006

Déjà Vu - Again

I only ever get déjà vu during significant periods of my life, and I've had two moments of déjà vu in the last three days. The first was in the Royal Free Hospital, sitting with two extremely friendly and efficient medics, one from South Africa, one from Australia, shortly before I had a camera stuck down my throat to video my vocal chords.

The second was just now... in my own home! I was re-potting plants, sorting out my balcony garden in the hot July sun. I am writing this within five minutes of the experience.

I am having to re-organise my work because of the voice-box problems; it's an odd one - I feel extraordinarily pleased. It could have been so much worse. I've been sent off, but I will play again.

It felt like déjà vu watching my national team crash painfully out of the World Cup last night. Everybody knows that we weren't that well organised, weren't playing to our potential, and frankly, we went as far as we could. Some would say it's a miracle we got as far as we did.

In a word it was agony. Yes, the referee was biased. Yes, the penalties were unbearable. But England seemed a much more peaceful nation, this north London morning, now we're out of the World Cup - the St George's cross flags are still everywhere, but they are all prettier, with less expectation attached.



I enjoyed the France-Brazil game so much more.

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1 Comments:

At 12:01 PM, Blogger China Blue quoth...

It's such a strange but exciting feeling - I get it frequently.

Seeing England fall out of the World Cup after a star player let his temper get the better of him was deja vu writ large.
The fact that they phoned in their performance hurt even more.

Now the flags seem to hang limply in the breeze rather than flap and billow proudly. Ah well.

 

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