Posted on 11 Aug 2014, by Barry Verber
What I enjoyed most about the World Cup was watching three games a day during the opening rounds, and especially the games starting at 5:30pm, and especially also if they were shown on the BBC.
There, Gary Lineker guided the various pundits through the intricacies of the game in a sensible studio and with complete aplomb…as oppose to Adrian Chiles sitting on the beach in his flip flops trying to make sense of the incomprehensible Gordon Strachan.
I do however have a bone to pick with Gary as the face of Walkers Crisps. Why, when I am in front of the football with a delicious sandwich ( preferably from Ottolenghi…cheese and cured ham, chicken pesto, egg salad with watercress, all on sourdough bread ) and a packet of Walkers, why am I fearful of running out of crisps before the sandwich is finished ? Sadly, gone are the old days, with a bulging bag of Smith’s with separate salt in an indigo paper twist.
So,why, Gary, are the number of crisps in the packet diminishing ? Why do they only last for three quarters of the sandwich even eating them as sparingly as possible ? To paraphrase your famous aside to the bench before the sending off of Paul Gascoigne all those years ago, can you “have a word with them “.