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Field Theory: 65 bottles of beer on the wall...

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  • BenWilson,

    I might go to the odd game, but it seemed more fun to have lots of people having a good time at mine than to try and find someone else to spend hundreds of dollars to go to games with me.

    That's always been my reasoning in the past and it's still sound, but for the one thing - this will probably be the only Rugby World Cup I'll ever be in the same city as in my life, so it does rather seem to waste the occasion to not go to any games.

    Haven't decided which games though. Ideally some evenly matched minor teams, where the crowd will be interesting - Fiji or Samoa vs Wales perhaps. England vs Scotland could be good for the rivalry, but I'd have to sit way up the back to afford it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8015 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    My son is going to one game (AB v Canada?) with his uncle and they are both pretty excited about it. But the RWC (even before the earthquakes) has taken funds that otherwise would have been available for community events, not for profit organisations and the like, so there is some resentment about this. It is not so much the event I'm dreading but the alcohol and resulting violence around it, as any emergency department clinician will tell you. Heard Dr Paul Quigley of Capital and Coast DHB speak about this. Drugs, legal and illegal, have tiny impact in contrast to the injuries, intoxication and general mayhem alcohol causes. The Sevens are one of their busiest weekends and they have to get extra staff when big games are on, and the violence escalates when the ABs or local teams lose. So hospitals, women's refuges and social workers will be extra busy with the darker aspects of the RWC.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 1901 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to BenWilson,

    Haven’t decided which games though. Ideally some evenly matched minor teams, where the crowd will be interesting – Fiji or Samoa vs Wales perhaps. England vs Scotland could be good for the rivalry, but I’d have to sit way up the back to afford it.

    Fiji vs Samoa is pretty much perfect: a day game on a Sunday in Auckland and reasonable ticket prices. I just bought some tickets -- thanks for the nudge. Yay!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17938 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I am not a Debbie Downer about rugby. Unlike, apparently, 75% of the people I know. It gets wearying.

    Fiji vs Samoa is pretty much perfect

    Reading this thread I've also decided that yeah, that *would* be cool. But looking at the date, it's also heading into Giant Pregnant Lady territory, where I'm not actually that keen on hanging out in big sports crowds or walking up steep flights of steps. Will someone feed me some braised meat in an armchair instead? :)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3582 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Russell Brown,

    No worries...I just got some of those myself, Dad's birthday present, and my wife's first live game ever. Lots of our Fijian friends are going. W00t!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8015 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Danielle,

    Bugga, last thing you'd be wanting to do, I'd expect.

    Unlike, apparently, 75% of the people I know.

    Are they actually trying not to get invited to any parties? But I forgive easily.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8015 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Ireland vs USA on 9/11 could be poignantly interesting. Pity it's way down in the 'Naki.

    Edit: Category A seats are under $100 for that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8015 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Danielle,

    I quite like the idea of Jackson or Russell, for example, having rugby parties where there are people who do not much care for the game. Sort of a civilising influence if you like.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    I quite like the idea of Jackson or Russell, for example, having rugby parties where there are people who do not much care for the game. Sort of a civilising influence if you like.

    I know you don't mean it Jackie, but it is quite insulting to suggest that those of us who do follow the game are uncivilised. In my experience, it's not the people who are interested in the play you want to worry about.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17938 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I was trying to invite myself over but I guess that went south. Oy, me and my mouth lately.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to BenWilson,

    Um, parties involving rugby -or indeed, any sport- I make very sure I am never invited to -

    And since such parties never involve family or close friends - why should I care?

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Fiji vs Samoa is pretty much perfect:

    Yep. Hope Fiji & Samoa put on a good show, because looks like there's a group of us going. Just got mine too. We'll have to get some banners or something.

    Oy, me and my mouth lately.

    Pfft. Give it time, I'll do better I'm sure. We couldn't guarantee civilised either. We might even have alcohol.

    ETA:

    And since such parties never involve family or close friends

    In my case if they don't involve family and close friends, I don't have them. Just sayin'. ;-)

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Islander,

    Wait. Are you saying that you don't like rugby? Your point is being far too subtlely made, Islander. ;)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3582 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Danielle,

    :P

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Um, a lot of those events were happening anyway. the page for Wellington features World of Wearable Art, which is on every year.

    Or are we to understand that the IRB started WoW by travelling back in time to 1987, Dr Who style?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4209 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler,

    My children have been indoctrinated with the proper degree of excitement at school – they’re certainly getting none of it at home. Each of them has been assigned a participating country to learn about; my daughter’s country is Canada, and her first assignment about Canada was to write about the Seattle Space Needle. facepalm.jpg

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    And since such parties never involve family or close friends - why should I care?

    You sure about that? Maybe they just don't tell you, and then sneak off and have a party. I remember doing that when I lived in a house of sincere and stern rugby disapproval. It felt so naughty, but sooo good. There were people who were only acquaintances, and even some strangers there!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8015 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Um, a lot of those events were happening anyway. the page for Wellington features World of Wearable Art, which is on every year.

    Which was what I actually said. But even those which would always have happened have been brought into the same timeframe and given an extra boost, perhaps to, say, offer a sense of occasion and affirm that there is more to New Zealand than rugby and dairy.

    Ghastly, I know. But there you are.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17938 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    I was trying to invite myself over

    Oh, alright then. So long as you promise not to cause any trouble :-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17938 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Would I?

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Danielle,

    heading into Giant Pregnant Lady territory, where I'm not actually that keen on hanging out in big sports crowds

    You'll be going to gigs like last time though, eh?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    having rugby parties where there are people who do not much care for the game

    Can't think of anything worse. Have your own non-rugby parties, I say.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Sacha,

    You’ll be going to gigs like last time though, eh?

    I do not believe 'Pixies in the Powerstation on my due date' can ever be topped on my part for sheer rock and roll dedication. I have tickets to John Waters in November, though!

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3582 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Sacha,

    If I had a house that was at all acceptable for company, I would, and everyone would be invited. Maybe we could hire a hall?

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Russell Brown,

    In my experience, it’s not the people who are interested in the play you want to worry about.

    Quite right, I'd be your worse nightmare. Watching and listening to grown men and women clustered around a glowing box yelling abuse, or howling celebratory noises sends me in a fit of cognitive despair so deep I have to self anaesthetise to an alarming degree. As I wonder who is the worse addict me or them. Did I just compare sports fans to junkies...... I think I did. I won't do it again. Work will save me.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1149 posts Report Reply

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