"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Fever Pitch

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Cricket has vanished.

For the duration of the World Cup, local boys play only football.

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In Kerala, Goa and Calcutta the game has always been popular.

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Though unlike cricket, it is usually just a spectator sport.

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Maybe, for most Indians, playing football entails too much running.

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But for now, football support has reached fever pitch.

Each evening, the roads are empty by 7:30.

Televisions are tuned into the sports channel;

Prayers made for an uninterrupted electric supply;

And Argentina declared the favourite.

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