World Cup widow

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I ’m mar­ried to an Ital­ian. That means he only wants to talk about three things: food, fash­ion and foot­ball. So you can imag­ine how my life is go­ing to be for the month af­ter the World Cup kicks off. Din­ner will be early. The re­mote con­trol will be per­ma­nently glued to my hus­band’s hand. Dis­cus­sions will need to be care­fully timed so they don’t in­ter­fere with the pre­match build-up, the game (of two halves and no there’s no talk­ing at half-time in case there’s some cru­cial ex­pert anal­y­sis) and the post-match au­topsy. Days off will have to be planned around im­por­tant matches, and sleep will only be taken when there are no matches – there’s a big time dif­fer­ence you know!

And let’s not even start about try­ing to make de­ci­sions on any­thing if Italy lose or don’t qual­ify.

I’m not alone though – around the world there will be mil­lions of World Cup wid­ows try­ing to get through the month. That’s why I’ve de­cided to em­brace the beau­ti­ful game and make it a fun, fam­ily event. Our chil­dren get two teams to sup­port – Italy and Eng­land – and will no doubt get to face the agony that is penalty shoot-outs.

If you need help on how to sur­vive the World Cup, turn to page 42, and check out Sil­vena Rowe’s de­li­cious game night bites on page 86.

We’ve ded­i­cated this en­tire is­sue to foot­ball – en­joy! Let me know what you think.

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