Bournemouth Echo12 alternatives to watching the World Cup this summer (From Bournemouth Echo)

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12 alternatives to watching the World Cup this summer

Bournemouth Echo: 11 alternatives to watching the World Cup this summer 11 alternatives to watching the World Cup this summer

SO we're just hours away from The World Cup. The biggest tournament on the planet. But do you care?

While some can't wait to see how it will unfold, others will be dreading the back to back TV coverage, sight of St George Crosses everywhere and the weight of expectation that will hang over the country.

So rather than lock yourself in a darkened room, here are some alternative ways to spend the next five weeks:

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1. Learn a new language

It’s the ideal time to finally time to sign up to those Portuguese/Spanish/Italian/French/Russian/German/Japanese etc lessons you’ve always said you’ve always wanted to do.

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2. Have a food revolution

Mix up meal times and try making a specialist dish from each of the 32 nations taking part in the competition. Why not kick off with a Feijoada, the national dish of Brazil, washed down with a Caipirinha then eat and drink your way around the globe.

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3. Take up a new hobby

Knitting is cool (even Ryan Gosling does it) dust off that sewing machine or mixing bowl to perfect your Victoria sponge. Alternatively become immersed in a new sport or fitness class – at least you’ll feel better and not be bored silly.

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4. Go to the cinema

If you really can’t stand the World Cup and you’ve got some time to spare you could try watching Modern Times Forever, the 10-day long art film.

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5. Go shopping!

Think about it; Castlepoint, Poole, Bournemouth town centre, all devoid of shuffling males, moaning about how long it all takes and clogging up the revolving doors. And they’ll be too fascinated by the footie to notice how much you’ve been spending. And it’ll be easier to park.

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6. Make THAT call

Get your telephone banking/HMRC complaining/holiday booking call made. Well no one else will be, will they.

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7. Discover the joys of obscure Sky/Freeview TV channels

Russia Today recommended for general Communist lunacy and OMGness, Gospel channel also good if you like a nice tune

 

8. Relive our 1966 victory

Read the autobiography of Sir Bobby Charlton, find the BBC’s magnificent Bobby Moore tribute on YouTube, and watch a DVD of Our Glorious Victory in 1966. Because we will not be walking that way again, will we?

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9. Meet up with friends and eat out somewhere new

As most of the early England matches will be during the evening and sometimes later, get a group of like-minded friends together and go to a restaurant you’ve never been to. You can check out our latest restaurant reviews here

 

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10. Watch Wimbledon

Football isn't the only sport that will be gripping the nation this summer. Remember when Murray mania swept the country last year when Andy clinched the men’s single title? Can he do it all over again? We’ll soon find out as Wimbledon begins on June 23.

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11. Work your way through some classic novels

How many 'must-read' novels have you read? with the TV schedule being given over to sport, there's never been a better time to sit down and lose yourself in a classic.

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12. Get outside

Whether it's for a run, bike ride, walk or simply just to people watch. We live in a beautiful part of the world and it's summer, so what more excuse do you need?

Will you be watching the World Cup? If not, how will you be avoiding it? let us know your suggestions below. 

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12:33pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

For goodness sake, it's not like the old days where there were very few TV channels available.

It's not difficult to avoid the World Cup.

Why wait four years to learn a new language or do these alternative things?
For goodness sake, it's not like the old days where there were very few TV channels available. It's not difficult to avoid the World Cup. Why wait four years to learn a new language or do these alternative things? Bournemouth Ohec
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1:51pm Thu 12 Jun 14

PannyPat says...

these days it's so very easy to avoid the world cup and you don't have to do any of the suggestions put forward in this article.

personally i will be carrying on as usual - sky tv, watching the odd dvd or so, listening to music, pottering in the garden, chatting to friends on the phone in the evenings ................ much the same as always.

however the one thing i will NOT be doing is watching any sports programmes or the news.

why all the fuss about two teams of men rushing around a pitch with a ball?
these days it's so very easy to avoid the world cup and you don't have to do any of the suggestions put forward in this article. personally i will be carrying on as usual - sky tv, watching the odd dvd or so, listening to music, pottering in the garden, chatting to friends on the phone in the evenings ................ much the same as always. however the one thing i will NOT be doing is watching any sports programmes or the news. why all the fuss about two teams of men rushing around a pitch with a ball? PannyPat
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5:28pm Thu 12 Jun 14

keith milton says...

nothing would please me more,than to see this bread and circus of a tournament cancelled,

its become a sick,money making ritual for the elites.
nothing would please me more,than to see this bread and circus of a tournament cancelled, its become a sick,money making ritual for the elites. keith milton
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7:13pm Thu 12 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Would be a good time to read something worthwhile in the Echo if ever they manage too write such a thing .if it were a tv show or lame cow it would given the painless injection
Would be a good time to read something worthwhile in the Echo if ever they manage too write such a thing .if it were a tv show or lame cow it would given the painless injection kalebmoledirt
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1:36am Sat 14 Jun 14

asgarmarvin says...

I'll be watching baseball- particularly the AL East. Maybe some Wimbledon, too. Watch some cooking shows, and plan a BBQ for the 4th of July. Just hoping the news coverage doesn't drive me crazy! (Grin)
I'll be watching baseball- particularly the AL East. Maybe some Wimbledon, too. Watch some cooking shows, and plan a BBQ for the 4th of July. Just hoping the news coverage doesn't drive me crazy! (Grin) asgarmarvin
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