The off-side trap

A few years ago I attended French (and Spanish) classes. It is not apparent.  To say that I am not fluent in either language would be an absurd understatement. The classes often entailed discussions, either in small groups or pairs, about a contrived situation. Usually, even if it had been an English class, I would have found it difficult to carry on a conversation.  ‘La douche ne marche pas’  is one of the more memorable phrases compiled in the midst of panic.  You will understand, therefore, why le Blog has ne marched pas for some time.  Lack of inspiration or imagination is the problem.

Working in tax, dealing with HMRC, seeing clients, should provide more than enough material – but alas.

Then along comes football – again.  Not so much the game, but the sidelines.  ‘What does a woman know about the off-side rule?’ is what I said when watching the Liverpool game.  A few moments earlier my son had been trying to explain it to his (Irish) girlfriend.  Now if that isn’t material for humour, I don’t know what is.  Except in today’s world, it probably  comes under the headings of sexism and racism.

I had not the slightest thought that an official running the line in a first class football match didn’t know the rules.  It was humour.  Stereotyping has always been the source of much humour – the mother-in-law, women drivers, women reading maps and many more.  Women do figure largely in the list (and not without good cause).

Oh for the good old days.  Days without central heating, when you went to bed on a freezing winter’s night either with a hot water bottle and the danger of getting chill blains, or without a hot water bottle and the danger of frost bite.  The good old days, before the advent of political correctness.  Beware! these ‘isms’ will be the death, not just of humour, but of free speech and much more if left unchecked.  Men should not lose their jobs because of a bit of harmless banter.   Give me chill blains or frost bite any day.

It’s good to see the makers of satnavs still have a sense of humour – using a woman’s voice to give directions – that is funny.