It's been a good week for...
After a stooshie over discrepancies in travel arrangements for their Olympic teams, Japanese Football Association (JFA) officials have confirmed that their women players were upgraded to business-class flights for their trip home.
The female squad had complained that, on the way to London, they had to fly premium economy while their male counterparts flew business class. This, despite the women being world champions – unlike the men. The JFA claimed the men's team had flown business class because they were professionals. In the end, the women came home with silver. The chaps came home with nothing. I think we can work out which team really plays top-flight football.
It's been a bad week for... Scrabble
Anyone who knows their ai (three-toed sloth) from their zo/zho/dzo (domesticated Tibetan yak) will have been scandalised to hear that the popular word game has been brought into disrepute. One of America's top young Scrabble players was kicked out of the game's national championship tournament in Florida after he was caught cheating by hiding blank letter tiles.
But then board games do tend to bring out the worst in people. I have fond memories of being a skint student, when a night on the tiles meant an evening in with my boyfriend playing Scrabble. That I often won did not, admittedly, strengthen our fledgling relationship. Eventually I was forced to cart around my enormous dictionary (fondly known as Big Dic) for verification purposes.
Then came the fateful evening when my first handful of tiles gave a seven-letter word, earning me 50 bonus points on top of the double-word score for being the opening player. I can't recall what the word was, but "silence" would have been appropriate as boyfriend proceeded to play one mute letter at a time. I soon began to do likewise. After half an hour of sulky "its", "tos", "ats" and "ifs", the board went up in the air. Who lost their temper first is open to debate.
That was 25 years ago. Boyfriend is now husband, but we haven't played Scrabble since. It had been a make-or-break moment. He nearly became my "X" (a generous eight points).
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