Friday, June 09, 2006

No Army game 

Now we can get down to the real business of life, hopefully not distracted by income tax mutterings and competitive explosions in Iraq. I will of course be supporting Costa Rica in today’s opening World Cup match. And not only because their opponents are Germany. Who can resist a country with such enormously abundant wildlife, and no Army. Scots still smarting over the world Cup defeat by the Chicos several world cups ago may remember the background story, but for those new to the excitement the basic tale: there was an attempted military coup in 1948 which infuriated the Costa Rican populace. So they made sure the Army could never pull such a stunt again by abolishing it and turning the Officers Training College into a Museum of Fine Art. Now that is what I call a ‘Clause Four’ moment.

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