mr. zilla goes to town

Saturday, August 21, 2004

cruel and unusual

Sans telly and foxsportsworld cable subscription, I'm listening to a live online radio commentary from a South African station of the Australia vs South Africa Tri-Nations decider.

Unfortunately... it's in Afrikaans! Gah! But I'm pretty sure SA just scored and it sounds like the Aussies have 7 points at this stage. The bok crowd is singing long and merrily, that can't be good...

Damn you, Pierre de Coubertin! Damn you and your resuscitation of a pantheon of unimportant sporting events which ABC newsradio is covering and due to licensing restrictions has shut down their webcast which if not for the grotesquely bloated festival your boy scout jamboree has become would probably be webcasting the rugby instead! Damn you too, Kevan Gosper, I'm not sure why but I'm sure you had a hand in this travesty!

Fortunately I have been able to resort to a more primitive but reliable means of communcation (instantaneous wireless text messaging from a mate watching the teev 9,908 miles away in Canberra) for slight factual context for the opaque but nonetheless exciting ebb-and-flow commentary, crowd noise, and referee chatter.

Gee, maybe this is what rugby feels like all the time for non-devotees?

Update: Oh, there it goes. Three long whistle blasts and an ecstatic crowd. That doesn't need translation.


  • Aint Afrikaans the most fucked up language you've ever heard?

    Worst still is the harsh and gutteral Sth African accent in English.

    "I porked my cor in the corpork"

    By Blogger Darp, at 4:39 pm  

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