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  • Bruce Palmer,

    Unstoppable All Blacks
    Unstopperable whisky

    Four more years
    Whisky to while it away

    Since Nov 2006 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    And you thought Les Miserables was a musical.

    Garcon, deux whisky, si vous plais.

    NZ - All Blacks, France - all blue. Whisky - all good.

    When you're playing the blues, whisky is essential.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 825 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    That Allez Les Noirs links to a version of Ka Mate, broadcast on French TV.

    The French translated the haka, which seems weird. I can't imagine most NZers could give a reasonable translation of Ka Mate, indeed a fair number couldn't tell you anything about what it means and its history.

    My entry for the whiskey:

    Party like it's (no longer) 1999! Whiskey Galore.

    I'm not making an entry for the ABs losing. What sort of jinx is that to put on the team? C'mon! No pie for you lot.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6145 posts Report Reply

  • Mikaere Curtis,

    If the ABs win:

    Whisky, it goes with everything

    ...including French toast

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 441 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe,

    The French translated the haka, which seems weird. I can't imagine most NZers could give a reasonable translation of Ka Mate, indeed a fair number couldn't tell you anything about what it means and its history.

    When I worked at the NZ High Commission in London, I got regular requests for a translation of the words to Ka Mate. Needless to say the words are pretty underwhelming in English, as is the back story (Te Rauparaha hiding from his pursuers). Like our National Anthem, it is *much* better in Maori.

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 556 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    When I worked at the NZ High Commission in London, I got regular requests for a translation of the words to Ka Mate. Needless to say the words are pretty underwhelming in English, as is the back story (Te Rauparaha hiding from his pursuers). Like our National Anthem, it is *much* better in Maori.

    As a pretty obvious rugby fanatic living in exile, I get this same request often and have likewise noticed how underwhelming the translation is today. Makes Kapo O Pango all the more meaningful to me.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2185 posts Report Reply

  • Neil Smart,

    On the Quantum line

    DEFEAT
    The Black hole of despair
    E= MC2 is not true
    Energy does not equal mass times the speed of light even squared

    WIN
    The Black wave of matter
    Never How Much but
    How many (Points)!!
    (quod erat demonstrandum)!!

    OBSCURE
    Kiwi All Black
    rara avis
    sui generis
    carpe diem
    (latin scholars only

    Since Nov 2006 • 71 posts Report Reply

  • cctrfred,

    The All Blacks seek perfection...
    Achieve perfection with Whisky Galore

    Christchurch • Since May 2007 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    Grizz has words of wisdom

    There should be a world cup haiku competition for the semis.

    Since Nov 2006 • 526 posts Report Reply

  • Stupid,

    FOR AB WIN IN CARDIFF...

    MAKE THAT WINNER'S WHISKY
    ON THE A.B. WALES RIDER

    FRANCE, SAY BONJOUR TO CARDIFF
    BUT AU REVOIR TO THE CUP!

    MOST HATED FRENCH LETTERS
    AB C YA MATE!

    PARIS SAYS SACRÉ BLEU !
    LES ALL BLACKS SONT SCARY!

    NEVER MIND THE TOUR D'EIFFEL,
    POUR SOME WHISKY ON MY TRIFLE

    SCOTCH WHISKY, FRENCH FRIES, WELSH RAREBIT
    MENU FOR KIWI WORLD CUP!

    BRUISED BLACK & BLUE
    WORLD CUP HOWDY DO?


    FOR FRANCE WIN IN CARDIFF... yeah right.

    SACRE BLEU AU FRANÇAIS
    MEANS A BLACK DAY FOR NZ

    SPLIT ENZ WORST SONG?
    HISTORY NEVER REPEATS!

    FINE MALT WHISKY
    TO DROWN YOUR WORLD CUP SORROWS

    POUR SOME FINE MALT WHISKY
    ON YOUR ALL BLACK WOUNDS

    AN ALL BLACK BONJOUR TO FRANCE
    ET AU REVOIR AU COUPE DU MONDE!

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 42 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    Whisky Galore: Not even winning the rugby can make a Steinlager taste this good.

    Since Nov 2006 • 526 posts Report Reply

  • daleaway,

    Whisky - not just for breakfast any more!

    Since Jul 2007 • 178 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew Paul Wood,

    Whisky - the French can't do that right either.
    Smooth as Anton Oliver's French (ironic, no?)

    Quel Horreur!

    Re the Haka: literal translations are always underwhelming, it's up to the translator to accurately reinterpret the spirit as well as the sense.

    Christchurch • Since Jan 2007 • 175 posts Report Reply

  • Evan Yates,

    When you're playing the blues, whisky is essential.

    Nice work Jeremy. Can I suggest one change that I think would make it perfect? (and win you the prize)

    When you're beating the blues, whisky is essential.

    Hamiltron, Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    Yeah, but that kills off the musical reference that makes it also appropriate for a loss.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 825 posts Report Reply

  • James Caygill,

    Dependent on the quality of the game of course, but:

    "Only a mature drink could follow such a mature performance."

    If we lose:

    "At least the whisky's guaranteed to be mature"

    Christchurch • Since Oct 2007 • 26 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    The whisky is younger than the AB's losing streak,
    but much easier to swallow.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 825 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    Whisky Galore-

    Then you can pick a fullback at centre once more.

    Whisky Galore:-

    Stops you crying during the anthem

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Needless to say the words are pretty underwhelming in English, as is the back story (Te Rauparaha hiding from his pursuers).

    Wikipedia translates the Ka Mate haka as this:

    'Tis death! 'tis death! 'Tis life! 'tis life!
    'Tis death! 'tis death! 'Tis life! 'tis life!
    This the hairy man that stands here
    who brought the sun and caused it to shine
    A step upward, another step upward!
    A step upward, another... the Sun shines!

    Perform that with the same gusto that the Maori version is done and I don't see why it couldn't created the same feelings. The sun shines!

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1819 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    Its surely no more banal than any number of English songs popular at sporting events - I'm looking at you Chumbawumba and AC/DC.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 825 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    Since when did anyone, anywhere, apart from English poetry, use the compressed term "'Tis" in all seriousness? Whenever I've seen the haka written out its been "it is death/it is life...."

    And of course the words look silly when you write them out. They do for any damn song.

    'Tangled up in Blue', to take a song sort of pretty much at random because it happens to be on the stereo at this moment - makes no bloody sense at all if you write the lyrics out. Its the way the phrases sort of work with the tune which creates the power....OK, there's not much of a tune to 'Ka Mate' but you get the idea. It's the performance.

    Opera is particularly bad, if you translate the words into English - if anyone is THAT BORED...but then opera is over-the-top and self dramatising and reminds me strangely of a number of my primary school teachers...

    'Scuse me, here, but inspired by this forum I now have a whisky on Friday arvo when I'm cleaning up the office and clearing the backlog and generally hosing down the yard (dairy farmer analogy there I'm afraid)

    "Slow Turning" by John Hiatt has replaced 'Tangled Up in Blue' …still would look silly written out.

    Oh, and the whisky slogan:

    "For the warm glow of winning...."

    "for the burning feeling in the guts of losing"

    They arne't much good.

    I like the one about playing the blues best.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    Fanks Rob, I'm starting to think I'm in the wrong line of work.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 825 posts Report Reply

  • Felix Marwick,

    For the loss:
    "Sporting tragedy? Let a single malt soothe your cares"


    For a win:
    "Nothing's better than flogging the French except, maybe, a memorable malt"

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 193 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    In case of loss: "Can you please 'rotate' the scores while I rotate the glasses?"

    In case of win: "The Aussies need a shot or three".

    Since Nov 2006 • 853 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    I have a point to scratch up as well.

    When has there ever been even the slimest possibily that the All Blacks could lose a quaterfinal?

    Since Nov 2006 • 853 posts Report Reply

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