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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I'm Going Into The Hotel Business

Would it be possible, do you think, to build twenty or so hotels in nine months? How long does building a hotel actually take, because if I could do it, then I would.

I figure that if I can get 20 hotels open in nine months, that will leave me three months to market them to the hundreds of thousands of football fans that will be coming to the 2010 World Cup.

Y'see, right now there's a slight problem. Durban, one of the host cities for the finals, doesn't even have enough hotel space to accommodate rugby fans for the first test of the British and Irish Lions tour. So, it's damn sure not going to have enough space to accommodate all those football fans in a year's time.

So, it's time to get into the hotel business.

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posted by mark_s at 6:19 PM 0 comments

Security, What Security

OK, so Barack Obama is going to attend the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup Finals. Nice of Sepp Blatter to announce this way, way in advance, so that security - already a contentious issue for these finals - can be compromised still further.

And it gives any potential terrorist plenty of time to put a plan in place. Good thinking, Mr Blatter. I for one am in awe of your great generosity of spirit.

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posted by mark_s at 6:08 PM 0 comments

Oops...I Spoke To Soon

Well, after an impressive performance against Brazil and an even more impressive performance against Italy, Egypt somehow contrived to get knocked out of the Confederations Cup by being soundly beaten by USA.

Worst still, some of the team were apparently robbed after celebrating that 1-0 win over Italy. Robbed, you say? By who?

Well, if South Africa paper Sunday World is to be believed, they were robbed by 5 hookers some of the team had decided to pick up.

In a story, rather unimaginatively titled 'Prostitutes 5, Players 0' (surely they could have come up with something better than that? ', an unnamed police officer is quoted as saying:

“We have confirmed that some of the players brought prostitutes, whom they picked up on Oxford Road [in Rosebank], to their hotel rooms and we have strong suspicions that they were cleaned out by those ladies of the night.”

Oops. Egyptian FA officials are, equally unsurprisingly, denying everything and demanding that everyone and their wife apologise.

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posted by mark_s at 5:59 PM 1 comments