The first vuvuzelas started moaning early on Sunday morning. On the Museumplein, the square behind the Rijksmuseum, workmen were setting up TV screens bigger than most Amsterdam houses. The Oranje fans were crowding the cafes and marking out their picnic spots.
The jokes are flying around. The Spanish are splitting their sides about a new Dutch striker, Van Aperter. “Van a perter” is Spanish for “going to lose”. The Dutch have a joke about the Silver Fleet, a Spanish armada they pirated in 1628. ‘Tonight we’ll give them back their silver,’ goes the hilarious Nederlands one-liner.
The Albert Hein supermarkets are running out of ‘beesies’, the free furry worm-like toys being given away with every 15 euros’ worth of shopping. They come in red, white and blue, and also in orange. There was no warning of this impending beesie drought. I feel so lucky to have got my hands on one of the last blue ones, and I can only imagine the disappointment of beesie lovers who missed out. Expect to see these wonderful collectors’ items on ebay from Monday morning.
STOP PRESS: Ah well, the result is known. The team tried hard, lost ugly, won the battle for yellow cards, had their chances, blew them, and went down 0-1 in extra time. This being Holland, the fans will retire to the pub and plan the welcome home party for the team on Tuesday. Should be good.