Football (soccer) Fever! This is the day of the Big Game in World Cup 2002 for the British - the quarterfinal, England vs. Brazil. We delay our "tube" trip into London to watch most of the game. We find out that England loses, 2-1, and thus is eliminated. Many employers allowed their employees to come in two hours late this morning (thus giving them time to watch the game) and work two hours longer in the afternoon. Many pubs had permission to open at 7 a.m. and have a special "English breakfast" for all who wish to watch the game there. The USA plays their quarterfinal game against Germany, and loses 1-0. The final game will be played Sunday, June 30 - Brazil vs. Germany.
Emerging from "The Tube" and walking within sight of Big Ben and Parliament is exciting. Also eye-catching is "The Eye," the huge ferris wheel built across the Thames for the Millennium celebration. For Scotty, the best part of today is "doing everything in London." For me, the best part is seeing the statue of the Iceni warrior, Queen Boadicea (Boudicca) across from Parliament, and walking, later, through St. James Park. For Jan, the best part is finding out how quiet London is - none of the blaring "boomboxes" and honking horns heard on US streets.