Wednesday, June 4, 2008


The Guardian finally took down the draft update of their webpage.
They also have what looks like either a commentary or an editorial on the football match, but there's no byline so we are not sure which one it is.
It's titled 'England's victory a great lesson'.

But it is rife with errors in writing.
"No doubt, England had two reasons to be adamant of victory, the first being their eleventh place rating on the FIFA list..."; "Those who felt that the absence of some well known names like Terry, Lampard, Cole and Cole was an insult to our public."; "...just waiting to enthrust their skills and movie star personalities on a humble bunch of greenhorns."; "...especially if the simple mistakes which showed up far too frequently in their game, continues into the future..."; "Now, to those who went to see just a football match in isolation, will have seen some basic errors..."; "...if we compare our attacking play of Nurenburg in 2006 as against Sunday..."; "It’s a pity that the key figure Kenwyn Jones was injured early."; "...Skipper Whitley and the teenaged Hyland seemed lost in their positional responsibilities and allow Gerard and Barry the freedom..."; "...Roberts showed that moving into deep field tended to draw his opponents into week defending positions."; "Neither Bridge or Johnson allowed that luxury."; "If you doubt me, ask italy, the country of Cappello’s birth."; "Thank you England for a fine celebration to our 100th Anniversary. When we qualify for South Africa, we shall send you the forst thank you card."

Phew! We thought we would never get to the end.
Well we could cut the writer some slack and suggest that this is the draft version sent to the editor for approval, and he or she just hit 'Post' inadvertently without making any changes.
So can we collect the cheque (which should have gone to the Reader's Editor) for pointing out the corrections?

And all those mistakes almost distracted us from this interesting assessment of the game: "The attitudes must change into a more positive mode and the intensity of their effort must turn mediocrity into a higher state of potency."