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OK so the vast majority of ET denizens aren't golfers or even belong to a golfing demographic, but in the silly season, there is also this...
Europe stands as one at the Ryder Cup - but what about Brexit?
In an act of spectacular cognitive dissonance, tens of thousands of British fans travelled to France to dress up in blue-and-yellow hats and scarves and scream and roar and sing support for a European team representing a community that, to extrapolate, just under 52 per cent of them had recently voted to get the hell away from. And given the demographics of the average golf club clientele, that estimate is likely to be a couple of clubs short of the green. According to YouGov, the average British golf fan is unusually likely to be a right wing man who has an interest in, among other things, BMWs, business and finance, Jeremy Clarkson and Roy Chubby Brown.

Of course the Ryder Cup team represents Europe rather than the Union, although it so happens that every man who has ever played for the team has come from a full member state. But there's the letter, and then there's the spirit. Which was laid out by Thomas Bjørn in his speech at the opening ceremony. "Europe can at times be a fragmented place, but when it comes to the Ryder Cup it's different, when it comes to the Ryder Cup, Europe stands as one," Bjørn said. "This is the week more than ever that flag represents the boundary of this great continent." Bjørn lives in England and has an English girlfriend. He must have known how it sounded.



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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 06:30:12 PM EST
I'm no golfer either, but I happen to live not very far from the place where the Ryder Cup took place. During my train commute last week, I've seen a number of spectators, mostly Americans but also a number of Brits. Couldn't really miss them as they spoke loudly across the car, and when seeing a poster of Pamela Anderson on a platform (she's doing some show on French TV), idly speculating about her cup size, as if English is a secret language that nobody else understands. They didn't look much like Bimmers & finance types (although, what do I know?), but definitely Jeremy Clarkson and Roy Chubby Brown.
by Bernard on Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 at 09:01:03 PM EST
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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 3rd, 2018 at 04:22:38 PM EST
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