It’s that time again…World Cup Fever is sweeping the globe. Drunken, hairy men screaming at large televisions will take over the world. Lots and lots of women internationally will be come “football widows” as their other halves devote all their waking hours to the sport.
Need a break from all the madness? Here are a few ideas!
1. Write the next great novel
It seems to be an Irish thing – but apparently everyone has a novel in them and while the footie fanatics are surgically attached to the telly and the remote, allow yourself the time to grab a cup of tea, and your favourite writing utensil.
You will have 1 month, on your marks, get set GO!
2.Detox and have a sober month
Since everyone you know will be down in a pub, downing pints and shouting “GOAAAAAAAALLLL!” why not cleanse your temple and lay off the drink for the month? You’ll feel good and it’ll save a few pennies!
3. Do the opposite and travel to Norway!
So how can you visit the opposite of South Africa? Well it really depends on how you define “opposite”. By an official office poll – the opposite of South Africa is somewhere North…and where’s directly North of SA? NORWAY. Instead of watching football matches in crowed stadiums while getting heat stroke, why not experience the magnificent fjords in the comfort of a light jacket?
4. Pick a brand new sport to watch
So soccer isn’t your cup of tea…why not pick something no one is following and stand out from the drunken, cheering crowds.
- Wife Carrying
- Shin Kicking
- Chess Boxing
- World Gurning Championships – ugliest face wins
5. 48 things
So there are 48 World Cup Matches…the ideal way of combating this is to select 48 films (preferably Chick Flicks if you want to really counteract this whole sport thing…) and plan a film for every match.
Football Fan: Are you going to watch the England v. USA match?
You: Why no, I’ll be watching Pretty Woman thanks.
Alternatively, you could watch 48 episodes of that programme that you’ve always wanted to watch but never got round to…my choice is “The Wire”.
6. Get a makeover
Think about it…48 matches and a month is plenty of time to experiment with your style (whether you’re a guy or a girl) – cut your hair, dye it blue, get a piercing. After the World Cup ends and people come out of their football trances they’ll have trouble recognising you! “Susan..who?” FUN!
7. Get Cultural
All joking aside, there are loads of events going on around Ireland over the next month!
- Taste of Dublin – this weekend
- Cork Midsummer Festival June 12-27
- Bloomsday Festival – 12-16th of June
- Cork welcomes the Clipper Around the World Yacht race for 8 days from the 1st of July
- Street Performance Championships in Dublin and Cork
- Galway Sessions – June 14-21
- Galway Film Fleadh – July 6-11
- Oxegen – July 9-11
If all else fails…there’s always Big Brother….. as a complete last resort.