Loosen up and prepare to party

Listen up and loosen up New Zealand.

It’s time to stop whinging about the Rugby World Cup.

You don’t have to understand or even enjoy the sport because it’s not just about the games.

It’s a party, we’re the hosts, we’ve invited visitors, and good manners require us to make them welcome.

We should be doing everything we can to ensure they have a good time and how can we do that if we’re not having a good time too?

Lots of people and communities are doing their best in spite of the doomsayers.

A wee cafe in Riverton has a notice on its wall inviting locals to get into the spirit for the Scottish visitors they’re expecting when Colac Bay hosts its first rugby international against Scotland supporters.

Oamaru is hosting a Golden Oldies tournament. It opens with the Bog Rock Music Fest featuring The Feelers,  The Beat Girls, X Factor, The Black Velvet Band and the Winner of The Classic Hits Idol Competition.

The Real New Zealand Festival has dozens of  other events that celebrate our art, culture, food and wine, history, sport and everything else we love about our country.

The sponsors have mucked up but that’s no excuse for the rest of us to be negative.

Still not convinced? Then read how Half Pie learned to stop worrying and enjoy the RWC.

When you’ve done that, take a deep breath, accept it’s our party and it will be so much better if we all lighten up and enjoy it.

5 Responses to Loosen up and prepare to party

  1. Deborah says:

    I would be very happy to lighten up about it, if my children’s schooling hadn’t been shoved around to suit the Rugby World Cup. It has created quite a lot of difficulty for me this year, and extra expenditure. So being told to lighten up feels like adding insult to injury to me.


  2. Inventory2 says:

    Is Robert Guyton turning out for Colac Bay?


  3. homepaddock says:

    Deborah – fair point about the change to school holiday dates.

    I2 – the poster didn’t name the players but I suspect competition for places for this history- making match will be keen.


  4. We might even stretch to picking sides and wearing a colour at the game we’re going to.

    For the kids, y’know, not for me.


  5. robertguyton says:

    A Rivertonian playing for Colac!
    You know nothing about about sport at all Inv2!
    Colac Bay, with a Rivertonian on the team!
    (They’ve already got their no.8, Inv2 – geeze!


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