Not much time today because of a plethora of things to do from now until way beyond sundown.

So I’ll just pop a quota photo onto the blog. Like this:

Yep. Ghana may also have ducked out of the World Cup last night, but it was delicious to see them “only” lose 2-0 to Uruguay, meaning that Luis Suarez and the South Americans are also headed home. Delicious, because you may remember that Suarez incident against Ghana at Soccer City in 2010.

To be fair, I wrote this back then:

Quite what people expected you to do when faced with opposition football teams in an international football tournament escapes me. I would have stopped that shot with my hand if I’d have been on the line that night. So would David Beckham, so would Lionel Messi, neither would Robert Green.

…and I stand by that, because you’re there to win. But that doesn’t mean that it was the right thing to do.

It’s not nice to revel in other people’s misfortune, but in this case…? Well, since 2010, Luis Suarez has been involved in biting incident(s), racist incident(s) and clearly stands out as one of the whiniest, diviest, nastiest players to ever “grace” the beautiful game.

So yes, last night was actually rather enjoyable.

UPDATE: Incoming from The Guru, further evidence of what a genuinely pleasant bunch of lads the Uruguayan team really are.
Here’s Frederico Valverde taunting the ref(!) after Ghana missed that first half penalty. Ugh.


Day 599, part 2 – Bafana Bafana out of World Cup thanks to this “penalty” “decision”

Full disclosure: I didn’t watch the match – way too late for me right now.
Just catching up now and… well… wow. This one needs sharing for posterity.
You’re Ghana love it.

Thoughts and prayers with the player involved. Unlikely to ever play again, looking at this.
Less sympathy for the referee’s bank account.

Ghana’s 1-0 win (the goal coming from this decision) means that the final table looks like this:

…meaning that South Africa don’t qualify, but Ghana do.


And you can talk all you like about missed chances and winning games you only drew and and and, but there were plenty of other close calls across the world yesterday (not least this amazing game – or this one), whose outcomes weren’t then ruined by a really, really, dodgy decision.

Africa stays laughable. And losing.

Day 312 – Serious competition

I mentioned the other day that I’d got back into GeoGuessr a bit again. I like to test myself and my knowledge of geography and ability at sleuthing, and GeoGuessr allows me to do just that, whenever I feel like it.

But wait, there’s more.

The Battle Royale version of the game takes 10 people and gets them to try and work out in which country they have been dropped. There’s a “musical chairs” style format, with at least one person eliminated each round for either making three incorrect guesses or just being the last one to get the correct country, until only one remains. This game means that I can test myself and my knowledge of geography and ability at sleuthing, and compete against other people doing the same thing.

It’s great when you win. It’s rather annoying when you lose.

But I don’t take it too seriously. Not like some people.

I’m referring to a document that was posted online with hints and tips as to how to guess the right country as quickly as possible.

Some of the stuff is a bit generic like:

Kyrgyzstan – mountains.


Lesotho – mountains.


Bulgaria, Albania and Montenegro can be very mountainous.

Look, they’re not wrong, but that really won’t help you a lot. Unless you’re trying to work out whether it’s Lesotho or the Netherlands. But if you need assistance at that sort of level, maybe this game isn’t for you.

But then some of the information is incredibly detailed as well:

Mexico and Colombia are the only countries in Latin America to have a yellow license plate. Colombia also has signs on the taxi doors.

Of course they are. Of course it does.

Philippines – tricky country, probably the only one in east Asia to feature concrete roads.

I have no idea if this is true, but if you find yourself somewhere in east Asia (either in Geoguessr or in real life) and there are concrete roads, well, it’s likely to be the Philippines. Apparently.

And then there are the teeny, tiny details:

Ghana – black tape on the roof rack of the Google car.


I also learned about ‘the Chad move’. It sounds like a dance or maybe a euphemism from I’m Sorry, I Haven’t A Clue, but it’s actually a deliciously devious tactic.

Whenever anyone guesses an incorrect country in any one of the rounds, the flag of that incorrect country is posted in the corner of the screen, so that other players can learn from your mistake (assuming that their vexillology is up to scratch).

‘The Chad move’ is where a player positively identifies the country on screen as being Romania, but then before selecting Romania, instead initially “guesses” at Chad. Chad and Romania have virtually identical flags, but there is no Google streetview in Chad, so that wouldn’t be part of the game. Basically, the upshot of this is that a (seemingly) Romanian flag then pops up in the “already made guesses” corner of the screen, meaning that other competitors won’t guess at Romania and will be knocked out.

And, according to my cheat sheet, you can play ‘the Chad move’ in other ways too:

…or Monaco when they know it’s Indonesia. I once did the Chad move with Ivory Coast and Ireland. And it works to some extent with Liberia-Malaysia as well or Niger-India.

Wow. You sneaky bastards.


I like to win, but I am nowhere near that serious when it comes to my games on Geoguessr.

That said, I am definitely Ghana use that ‘black tape on the roof rack’ one.


And look where it got me:

(via Andorra…)