Pleasant Distractions (Current and Upcoming)

June 12, 2010 at 10:09 pm (Uncategorized)

I’m not a big football (alright, alright,  soccer) fan, but I do manage to focus on the world cup every four years.

Things started promisingly for England today – a goal in the fourth minute. England played well. I was sure that all they need was a second goal before half-time to seal the match. And there was a four: Unfortunately, it was the USA that scored. A horrible unforced error by the English goalie Robert Green in the 40th minute saw the ball bounce out of his hands and dribble into the net.  

The teams played well, and the final half hour saw some amazing  play. Both deserved to win, but of course I was disappointed England didn’t. Most of the games are on when I’m at work, so I’ll have to see them as replays, but after June 25, I’ll be able to devote myself to the game more fully.

Thankfully, no one has invoked the spirit of 66 yet – none of the players were even born when England beat Germany 4-2, but it’s only a matter of time.  The final is July 11th, the day after my birthday, but only a hopeless dreamer might think England will be playing that day (Still, it would be a nice present). Check out the Fifa site for the schedule.

Also upcoming, before the deadly seriously of the G-20 summit (more on than another time) is the North by North East music festival. Hundreds of visiting bands are playing Toronto over the next ten days or so, but for me the big news is the free concerts at Dundas Square next Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Saturday the Raveonetteres and Iggy and the Stooges are playing. Very nice.

Oh, and I might also mention, I’ve become very fond of Billy the Exterminator. Maybe that should go under an uncoming guilty pleasures post…



  1. Sheilah said,

    Don’t forget that also upcoming is the Can’t Stop The Serenity screening of Whedon’s Serenity.
    That’s Saturday June 26th so only 2 weeks from today. This is Toronto’s 5th year and possibly it’s last.

    • fischerzed said,

      Tis a fine film, and after a day of protesting the G-20, what better way to relax than with a screening of Serenity at the Bloor Cinema?

  2. Sheilah said,

    Well, that would work except that the doors open at 11:30 with a show time of 12:30. We have to be out by 4:00 you see.

    • fischerzed said,

      So now, gentle readers you have a choice.

      The blog has a slightly Janus faced approach – the political and the pop cultural.

      On the 26th, they collide.

  3. Darren said,

    “Thankfully, no one has invoked the spirit of 66 yet . . . “

    If only that was the case.

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