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England’s fall to Germany yesterday in the World Cup was a blow to all of us here in the UK. The reality is that the game, much like the 2-2 tie the US had against Slovenia, was changed by the way the field judges handled themselves and because of this, this game will be a sore spot for a long time to come. Germany argues that the one score did not make a difference; however, football fans around England are going to argue right back that it changed the pace of the game and demoralized the English team, causing the 2 goals in only a couple minutes later on in the game. No matter how you slice it, the World Cup is over for England though and sky lanterns are a great way to help ease the World Cup woes.

A Twist on the Traditional Use

One of the most common uses of traditional Chinese lanterns is to send up prayers to the heavens. The prayer can be one to hope the players, especially the original goalie for England, to console themselves and start moving on from their mistakes. On the flip side, there could be a prayer sent up that the lying German goalie will get what he is due and the sooner the better. Either type of prayer can easily be written in sharpie marker on our traditional white lanterns. We stock the markers as well as the lanterns to help make the process of getting a prayer into the sky as easy as possible.

For this with a little more vindictive streak, a bigger lantern is better, taking the simple prayer one step further. Rather than writing a prayer that is mostly a personal thing, taking one of our cylindrical lanterns and drawing a quick effigy of your least favourite referee or player is a great way to express your frustration in a manner that people from miles around will be able to easily see.

Sky Lanterns are Soothing

For many, England’s loss yesterday was something that was frustrating but they do not hold ill will against anyone involved. The nature of the sport always yields bad calls and there are simply too few official eyes on the field to see everything, not to mention the sport is played by men that are not perfect. For them, sending sky lanterns into the night sky is more about doing something relaxing after a couple weeks of extra stress due to the World Cup being played, not to mention the hours spent not working while the games were on. Floating lanterns offer a tranquillity and serene night time activity. As the lanterns float away, so does one’s stress and concerns making the rest of the evening more peaceful. Using our novelty football lanterns, available here: becomes a metaphor for the excitement of World Cup Football being over for another four years and as the sky lantern floats off, hope for a better turn out (and better officiating!) next time can go with it.

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This entry was posted on Monday, June 28th, 2010 at 4:00 PM and is filed under General News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.


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