Dream on, England

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Are you ready for the thrill of not knowing whether England will throw it all away in injury time or the joys of traffic-free roads tomorrow evening? If you think the nation is in the grips of a compulsive sporting obsession, imagine the scene two weeks hence, on Sunday 4 July. There may be an element of wishful thinking/worst-case scenario in this, but suppose Tim Henman is in the Men's Finals at Wimbledon and England are up against France in the final of Euro 2004. Not to mention a one-day cricket engagement with New Zealand. And the Henley Regatta. Who was it that said life is for people who cannot cope with too much spectator sport?

Are you ready for the thrill of not knowing whether England will throw it all away in injury time or the joys of traffic-free roads tomorrow evening? If you think the nation is in the grips of a compulsive sporting obsession, imagine the scene two weeks hence, on Sunday 4 July. There may be an element of wishful thinking/worst-case scenario in this, but suppose Tim Henman is in the Men's Finals at Wimbledon and England are up against France in the final of Euro 2004. Not to mention a one-day cricket engagement with New Zealand. And the Henley Regatta. Who was it that said life is for people who cannot cope with too much spectator sport?

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