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The English finally have an excuse to celebrate the Fourth of July! (Is beer acceptable at 6am?)

Many of my followers will already know that I am English. More often than not I describe myself as British (I’m half Scottish and prefer to say British the majority of the time) however I was born in northern England and when we compete in the World Cup, I’m a very proud Englishman. That is until we go out on penalties, almost tradition in recent decades.

That was until today. 

This morning at 4am, July 4th on Australia’s east coast, a bunch of us woke up from our early alarms (to the inevitable anger of those that had work later than morning) and headed to the pool room to watch our nation play on the hostels only television. We played Colombia, a strong team from a football-mad continent. That is never a walk in the park. 

It was tense. We looked like we were heading for the win until (there is always an until) Colombia suddenly came to life in the dying minutes. 1-1 led to extra time and then penalties. I grabbed a beer at this point, the time wasn’t a factor considering how on edge I was. My friend on a Facebook status described my situation very well when he posted to his news feed that he was ‘shaking like a shitting dog’ towards the end. It is as accurate as it was funny. 

And then we won. I’m still processing this. We really came out victorious on penalties?! This is something I have never witnessed in my life so far, despite plenty of shootouts.

So here I am in the picture, celebrating with a cheap beer at 6am. 

Who says the English can’t celebrate Fourth of July? 😉

I had two more, one with a friend before he dashed to do his days farmwork before I stopped and realised it wasn’t even 8am. I went for a stroll to burn off the energy I had built up and went to a lovely local cafe for breakfast and watched the highlights of the game. 

Work tomorrow, another day closer to completing farmwork. But for now, a moment of celebration on a great achievement. I hope everyone is having a great day, I hope my American followers are having a great Independence Day. 

It’s great the English can finally celebrate with you!

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  1. Happy 4th , lol! The game was so wicked exciting and I was on three edge of my seat even during the penalty kicks. I only really follow soccer during the World Cup . Even if the USA is in it, I pull for two teams only, Argentina and Brazil . These are the teams that I grew up watching . That Harry Kane is a beast! (Yeah and he’s kinda cute, just saying, lol)

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    • Happy 4th (sorry it’s a little late!). My heart was beating out of my chest during the penalties! Yeah I feel the World Cup brings the world together and it will only get more popular in the states, the US had a good run in 2014 if I remember rightly! At least you can still root for Brazil. Harry Kane is a beast, if I ever see him wandering the streets in England I’ll tell him you said hey 😉

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    • Happy 4th! I hope you had a good one. I’m glad you think so, it makes me feel better about having a beer before most people are awake haha

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  2. Congratulations! Though in a reverse of the situation you describe, when I was an Australian in the UK the 2003 Rugby World Cup was being played out between England and Australia. England won on a penalty! Damn that Jonny Wilkinson! 🙂

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    • Oh I remember that game well! I was still in school, probably about 14 and I had to wake up early to watch it. Jonny Wilkinson is an English legend! (He also played for our team, Newcastle Falcons 🙂

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  3. We support France, on account of Le Château being a stronghold of the French monarchy, but we hear ya. Cat Daddy & I have followed 14 & 9 World Cups respectively & never seen this! I almost want England to win now!

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    • We like to have a rivalry with France haha, they are a great team and are always a threat. But for once England are doing very well and the whole country seems incredibly optimistic! May the best team win 🙂

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    • Some prefer English, Scottish, Welsh, (and I guess Northern Ireland too, I’m not sure if they call themselves ‘British’), however I’m proud of my Scottish side as well as my English side. There are also many people that confuse England with Britain, even English people are guilty of this! There are three nations in Britain, four in the United Kingdom (the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), sometimes we represent as Great Britain (such as the Olympics), other times, like the World Cup, as individual nations. It can make things quite confusing but I’m glad I could help!

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  4. Never mind the time for beer, because it is always 5.00 pm somewhere . . . I’m also from the north (Merseyside) .
    I’m glad you enjoyed Australia, I’m coming up to my 40th anniversary of living here – been here longer now than I lived in the UK.

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    • Haha, during my farmwork we have been using the ‘it’s 5 o’clock somewhere’ a lot trust me!
      And that’s cool! How are you finding it? Where did you relocate to?

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  5. I was 36 when we left UK in 1980, no job, wife & 2 children, and paid my own way – they didn’t want me, but they wanted the children (4 & 6) so told them that we are a package :- o)
    Arrived in MEL offered three jobs with 11 days and the one I took grew in to being moved to SYD 5 years later with int’l responsibilities – never looked back, considering that I never went to Uni :- o).
    Made redundant in ’95 so started my own company and sold that in 2002 to retire. I like writing – had a novel published in the UK and now working on another, when we’re not traveling or I’m not writing the blog :- o)

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    • Fascinating. And it shows university isn’t needed if you have motivation and dedication to achieve. Congrats on that! It seems you have remained creative, may I ask what the novels are about of if we can find them?

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  6. I wrote it as Ice King & self published as a paperback, then I issued it as an e-book, after which it was picked up by Pen & Sword (Yorkshire publisher) and they re-issued it as Triangle Trade in hardback. I asked them to publish in paperback, because nobody buys a hardback from an unknown far too expensive, but they went ahead & of course it didn’t sell. I sold more as Ice King :- o)

    Anyway, go to Amazon and type in Geoff Woodland & for $1 or so, you’ll find Ice King, which I think is still ‘alive’ much cheaper the Triangle Trade as an e-book (same story)
    .
    Web site is Geoffwoodland.com for an outline of the story and various reviews. I had the original manuscript assessed by a male editor & and a female editor just to see how the story appeared to both sexes.
    After publication many female readers consider it a romance, yet most males readers consider it an adventure story. :- o) I just wrote to entertain, because that’s what I think a novel is supposed to do . . .

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