13 thoughts on “Le jour de gloire

  1. I sure don’t know what you’re writing about, or why the Marseillaise is being played down under one month too early…
    …but it is still LE jour de gloire.

    JQ: Fixed, thanks

  2. I think the reference to hearing the Marseillaise in a month’s time is a faint hope that France will win the Rugby World Cup. I’m tipping a NZ/England final.

    I can understand Emmanuel’s confusion. For the benefit of international readers, the Brisbane Lions are a football club in the Australian Football League (Aussie Rules), whose team song uses the tune of the Marseillaise. I’m definitely going for the Lions. As a Carlton supporter I barrack for the Blues and anyone playing against Collingwood.

  3. Thank you Mark for the explanation. I’m wondering how it went a few months ago when Lions fans were singing a Gallic tune in the midst of all the casual French bashing. Did they temporarily switch to a “Freedom anthem”?
    And yes, I was referring to the Rugby World Cup, although “two months too early” would have been more appropriate (finals in Sidney on November 22nd).

  4. “I’m wondering how it went a few months ago when Lions fans were singing a Gallic tune in the midst of all the casual French bashing. Did they temporarily switch to a “Freedom anthem”?”

    Emmanuel, I think you might be confusing us with a different country; one that lies between Canada and Mexico.

    As for the Rugby World Cup, there’s about as much chance of France winning as there is of a Boredeux wine being served at a White House dinner.

  5. “…It’s a source of bemusement and embarrassment that, because of the AFL’s wierd decision to reserve ‘Advance Australia Fair’ for what they deem to be “special occasions”, the French National Anthem is played more often at AFL games than Australia’s.

    For example, this year ‘Advance Australia Fair’ will be played – according to my calculations – 18 times at AFL matches, while ‘The Marseillaise’, courtesy of the Lions, will certainly be played 40 times and possibly as many as 43.”

    from a post on dockerland.com:
    http://www.dockerland.com/cgi-bin/teemz/teemz.cgi?board=_master&action=opentopic&topic=4900&forum=Docker_Discussions

  6. Mark, you should also perhaps explain that the AFL Grand Final is actually what’s known in Aussie-speak as a local derby. There was a time when the Maroons meant Fitzroy and not Queensland. I still can’t really accept that South Melbourne is Sydney and Fitzroy is Brisbane. If the Lions win on Saturday there’ll be immense celebrations at Brunswick Street celebrating the back-to-back-to-back flags.

Comments are closed.