Posts from 9th April 2010

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Pop World Cup 2010: Group Stage Catch-up 1 (Groups A, B, C and D)

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Now, we know the Pop World Cup is the most fascinating thing in the world just now, but we are very aware that these final rounds present a flurry of activity even by our standards.

We have therefore decided to present you with a handy digest of the week’s eight matches, so you can catch up (and vote!) on any you’ve missed. Songs and polls only, if you want the chatter then the PWC link up top’s your only man.

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Pop World Cup 2010: Group D – Serbia 1 Australia 1

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Serbia have nothing to play for but pride, but Serbia is a proud nation and manager Tim E is a proud fellow, so their hearts will be on their sleeves. Australia still have a slim chance of qualification – Chris B and his team need to win, and win well, and hope that Germany sink to a defeat by Ghana. Then it’d be down to vote difference…

This match closes at midnight on Wednesday 14th April

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Isle of Mull cheddar (cheesy lover #77) plus five bonus cheddars

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Isle of Mull cheddar

A hard unpasturised cows-milk cheese, bought from Neals Yard Dairy

This is a wedge of pale yellow cheese – much paler than other cheddars, I think. It’s slightly crumbly and has a pale-white-ish grey rind.

This is very civilised for a cheddar, and does not at all taste like it was brought up in a barn. The dense paste crumbles and melts easily, and there’s a lovely saltiness that reminds me of the sea; a result, I suspect, of this cheese’s island origins.  It tastes sweet and floral, of fermenting fruit, with hints of pepper, and opens out to a salty tang and sweet nuttiness. The rind is thin and brittle, and tastes slightly bitter. Just underneath the rind it’s sweeter and incredibly mellow, and tastes of hazelenuts and cream.

and five bonus cheddars

I attended a talk, a few weeks ago, all about cheddar cheese. It was all-round fascinating, and now I know why parmesan crumbles and gouda bends. It is VERY EXCITING and if you mention it down the pub I’ll squawk on about it at great length.

We were all given little plates with wedges of cheese, to taste as we got to the relevant bits of the talk, and in true cheese-reviewing style I took notes as I nibbled.

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Pop World Cup 2010: Group D – Ghana 3 Germany 1

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Ghana have qualified for the next round with a very impressive 100% record, and we are all already sick of the press jokes about their manager living the high life. Andrew H’s Germany need to beat Ben Graham’s mighty Ghana team to have any hope of qualifying, so will be hoping to face a weakened Ghana keeping their undoubted energies in reserve for the knockout stages.

This match closes at midnight on Wednesday 14th April

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