It doesn’t sound like Condi Rice’s visit to Blackburn, Lancashire is going very well.
But the thing that puzzled me about The New York Times report was this sentence: “Ms. Rice used the occasion of the cancelled match to stand with Mr. Straw as they took turns giving foreign policy speeches — in a room-size skybox at the football park, as the British call their soccer stadiums.”
Now, perhaps I’ve been out of Britain for too long, but I don’t think anyone calls a football stadium a football park. Teams can be “played off the park”, but that refers to the pitch or field, not the stadium. C’mon Times, get it right.