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Eamon Dunphy explains the Spanish national anthem

SO. Why didn’t the victorious Spanish team sing the words to their national anthem before the European Championships final with Italy? That question to you RTE’S Eamon Dunphy. Says he:

“There’s a unity between the Catalans and the Spaniards which is very important. Traditionally Spain have underachieved because the players of Barcelona, and the Basque country, and the Castilians don’t get on. But that rift has been healed by this generation of players. And notably, when the national anthem was being played no Spanish player sang it. I think that was perhaps a recognition that ‘we’ll say nothing, we subscribe to that, and keep quiet.’ For the purposes of football, they have left a culture and their politics in the dressing room and played for their nation.”

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Posted: 2nd, July 2012 | In: Sports | Comment


New George Best Waxwork Goes On Show

YOU know you’ve arrived when you’re made into a wax statue. There is something creepy about waxworks. At Ireland’s National Wax Museum Television pundit Eamon Dunphy unveils a new waxwork of himself. Besides him a waxy Calum Best, doe-faced song to George Best, puts his arm around a candle made to look like his departed father and grins.

The only people who have ever looked exactly like their waxworks massed at David Gest’s wedding to Liza Minnelli. The bride and groom stood beside Michael Jackson and Liz Taylor looked less like flesh and bone humans being than a wax exhibit. This impression was encouraged by them all appearing to be on the point of melting, a single turn of the central heating dial from turning into puddles. And then there is this lot who seem to be turning into wax.

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STANDALONE. The museum director and Calum Best (right) unveil a new waxwork of his father, the late football legend George Best, to mark the fourth anniversary of his death at The National Wax Museum Plus in Dublin today.

Posted: 25th, November 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comment