Mestizo chic

Being a cosmopolitan sort of chap with a completely irrational dislike of John Motson; I always like to listen to a bit of atmospheric music during a football game. So this may be the first in a short and intermittent series of posts which will opportunistically combine two Harry’s Place popular heresies: music and football.

In this respect however Paraguay presents a bit of a problem, even though suggests that that something called “Reggaton” (Which to me conjures up an image of Wardy’s Rastaman cousin) is the favourite music of Paraguayans and : the Spanish guitar and European harp are among the most popular instruments in the country.

Altogether it sounds like it might produce a most delightful racket, somewhat reminiscent of Wednesday night “Irish music” jams in the Amersham arms in New Cross – somewhere, I might add, where you can also often experience a version of the famous Paraguayan “bottle dance” which (also according to involves the performer twirling a bottle around his head.

Cultural crossovers eh? Marvelous stuff!

What the hell am I going to listen to during this game?

And what the hell is there to be said about Paraguay?

Ten things you didn’t know about Paraguay here

Previous World Cup history here


Well despite the usual overcautious tactics England won 1-0– and I mostly listened to The Clash during the first half and Kirsty MacColl (England 2 Colombia 0 – closest I could get) in the second.