Friday, October 7, 2011

We have failed the Cricket Test...

The scarf comes down tonight."Allez Angleterre!" as we heard Son 2 shouting the other Saturday...

(Cricket Test: 'The cricket test or Tebbit test was a controversial phrase coined in April 1990 by the Conservative politician Norman Tebbit in referring to the 'loyalty' or 'lack of loyalty' of immigrants and their children from certain parts of Asia and the Caribbean to the England cricket team. Tebbit suggested that those immigrants who root for their native countries rather than Great Britain in sports might not be sufficiently loyal to their new country.' From Wiki.)

5 comments:

marigold jam said...

I am glad to hear you failed the test! I think we should always remember our roots and even though you are obviously well integrated into French life and enjoying living in France it is only right that you should remember your country of birth it doesn't stop you also shouting "Allez France" as well does it?!

Floss said...

It will tomorrow...

VintageVicki said...

I wondered who you'd support ;)

Looking forward to tomorrows match - here's hoping for an English victory :)

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

There is nothing wrong with supporting your country of origin when it comes to sport.
My loyalties are always divided between England and Belgium when it comes to football world cup/european cup. That is when Belgium manages to qualify....
Isabelle x

Mommy en France said...

Ah, the challenges of multiple identities and (supposedly) mixed loyalties! We watched the rubgy on Saturday and, as a French-American family, were delighted when France won. An hour later, doing our market shopping, practically every stall asked us for whom we had rooted and whether I was heartbroken at "my" team's loss. I don't know whether it's that English sounds British to French ears, I guess, whether you're from the UK or the US, or that they assumed that all "Anglosaxons" support each others' teams. And some of our less charming politicians here in France have made comments similar to Trebbit's when talking about the national football team or even about life in general. (Cf the National Front, who wants to end dual nationality.) But oh well... I choose to ignore this in favor of E.M. Forster's plea for friendship over nationalism. Still true almost 100 years later.