Saturday, May 19, 2007

Sweet FA

They've got four TV screens in the Colliers Tup. When the profit burglar and I were debriefing there on Wednesday prior to catching the tube to the Bavarian Beerhouse, I spied a notice announcing that three of these screens will be showing the Super 14s Final from South Africa this afternoon, leaving only one for Manchester United vs Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

Now as a general rule I'm more of a rugby man than a footie fan, and a celebrator of the rich tapestry of nationalities that make contemporary London so stimulating, but I can't help but find it a bit sad that scenes from Durban's Absa Stadium will be crowding out the new Wembley at a boozer in SW19 later today.

That said, looking at today's telly, the first half of the FA Cup final clashes with the latter part of Casablanca on Channel 5, and the second with the movie of The Entertainer on BBC2.

Having recently seen the Old Vic's revival of the latter, and dug up a picture of the Gillster breathing the same air as its writer and two of the film's stars, I could possibly be drawn to that rather than the muddied oafs at the goals. I wonder what pub will be showing it?

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