Thursday, June 12, 2014

Argentine and Brazilian Flags Burgeon in Bangladesh

These flags are a common sight in Bangladesh. Image credit:

Authorities in western Bangladesh pleaded with football fans Tuesday to remove tens of thousands of Argentine and Brazilian flags from their rooftops as World Cup fever grips the normally cricket-mad nation. 

Ahead of Thursday's big kick-off in Brazil, Bangladeshi towns and cities have been turned into seas of either blue and white or yellow and green. Yup, many Bangladeshis support Argentina and Brazil. 

But Mustafizur Rahman, government administrator of Jessore district, which is home to 2.7 million people, said the mass display of support for the tournament's two favorites was disrespectful to Bangladesh's own flag! 

What rubbish! Oh no, he got the UMNO diesease! Stupidity! Hello, this is the World Cup season. There is no need to overreact. 

On Tuesday, I was at Lorong Utara (B), off PJ’s Jalan Utara to attend the Taman Indrahana Toastmasters meeting. I was an evaluator for an HPL presentation – a last-minute replacement. Generally-speaking, I had no complaints about the speeches and evaluations. In fact, I was voted Best Evaluator. Better still, Indrahanians faithfully kept to time and I would give this meeting a 7 over 10. 

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