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1981 – 2005

Thanks to this Instapundit posting linking to this, and then following one of the links there, I have found my way to tifoc, sports blogger extraordinary, and well worth a read if you like cricket, soccer, F1, or just a different angle on things.

His posting of last Thursday refers to an extraordinary coincidence:

In 1981, the Pope died, Prince Charles got married and Liverpool were crowned Champions of Europe.

This year (2005), the Pope died, Prince Charles got married and Liverpool were crowned Champions of Europe.

However, tifoc did not spot this himself, and nor did the emailer who told him about it. (Unless the BBC reporting the same coincidence in April was itself a coincidence.)

Ashes anyone? This bizarre game last Saturday suggests that England are at least in with a chance of doing what they also did in . . . 1981.

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11 comments to 1981 – 2005

  • No Popes died in 1981.

  • Millenarianism? here?

  • Johnathan

    Paul Coulam s correct. Pope John Paul 2 was elected in 1978, Oct 16. He was shot by a nutter in 1981 but being a tough old Pole, did not die.

    Sorry Brian.

  • 1978: Pope dies, Wales win Grand Slam, Liverpool win European Cup
    1981: Prince Charles marries, Liverpool win European Cup
    2005: Pope dies, Wales win Grand Slam, Prince Charles marries, Liverpool reach Champions League semis

  • Thankfully there is no test at Headingley this year.

    And Andrew Flintoff is no Ian Botham

  • Bugger. I should have smelt a rat as soon as I realised that Wales didn’t win the Grand Slam in 1981 (France did), yet that BBC piece was going on about Wales winning the Grand Slam.

    I will now get into my Time Machine, return to 1981, and kill Pope John Paul 2. Which means that the Cold War is still going on. Deepest apologies all round, but my face must be saved.

    Indians eh?

  • Sorry guys for the faux pas. The mistake was unintentional. I have since updated my post to reflect that no Pope died in 1981. Thanks to everyone for pointing it out.

    Brian ~ Sorry for my goof-up… Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Cheers,
    tifoc
    http://tifoc.blogspot.com

  • gasky

    There was however a New Doctor Who in 1981, and again in 2005.

  • Pete_London

    Faux pas or not, one can never be reminded of 1981 and Botham and Willis too often.

  • tifoc

    No worries. I hope to be writing soon also about the new Indian love affair with F1 that you have been writing about, fuelled by the Indian F1 driver who finished last (but at least he finished) in the French Grand Prix last weekend.

  • Stephen Gunter

    I believe it should have read as follows:

    In 1981, Prince Charles got married, Liverpool were crowned Champions of Europe, England wins the Ashes and the Pope was shot.

    In 2005, Prince Charles got married, Liverpool were crowned Champions of Europe, England wins the Ashes and the Pope dies.

    Next time Prince Charles gets married, somebody better warn the Pope!