It's half time in the semi-final between Brazil and Germany and the score is - wait for it - 5-0 to the Germans. And it's not as if the Germans were playing that well, it's just that the Brazilians have obviously put their boots on their wrong feet! I can't watch anymore, it's simply too embarrassing. I mean, if it was England I wouldn't be too surprised but Brazil . . . ?
Anyway, I'm off to bed but I can't help wondering if when I wake up in the morning the news will be about the Barrios errupting and burning down Rio? If you were dirt poor with little or no chance of ever getting out of the slums and your sole pleasure in life was following the exploits of your national football team then you might, just might, swallow your rage as the government spends 'gazillions' building useless stadia on corrupt contracts for the international rich-set to swan in and watch the games you can't afford to see but, when your team is utterly humiliated inside the first 25 minutes of the match, well, what would you do?
Well, I just hope the good people of Brazil can contain their feelings and not give their cruel and useless government any chance of cracking down on them even harder than is the daily norm. And I hope in the very near future, as they get the next round of extravagant bread and circuses (without any bread for them) in the form of the even more wretched and profligate Olympic games that they will continue to control themselves.