Andy Murray vs Teymuraz Gabashvili, Time - 12:30am BST tonight - Discuss the match

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I rarely pay much attention to lyrics, but love a good tune.  The French national anthem is rousing sing-a-long even without proper words!   

I too much prefer Scotland the Brave, and I don't understand why Flower of Scotland took over.  I remember it used to be sung at the rugby, and it made a nice change, and it was easier to sing.   Getting to throw a few cheeky insults towards the English was always a bit of fun prior to playing them, but the obsession with sending the English home is embarrassing in an official anthem, especially a recent one.  Scotland the Brave is harder to sing, but if you get it in the right key, you can sing it with gusto, and the words are much more positive.   
   I sense this is morphing into a thread of its own, and I agree I have yet to hear a Scottish Anthem I really identify with,  but discomfort with Flower of Scotland and admiration for the kitschy Scotland the Brave does say something about the provincial cringe in parts of the Scottish psyche!  I know it's not an official anthem, but the words of that hymn to Empire, Land of Hope and Glory  trump anything negative about our puny Scottish efforts though. Great tune, shame about the words!
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  I sense this is morphing into a thread of its own, and I agree I have yet to hear a Scottish Anthem I really identify with,  but discomfort with Flower of Scotland and admiration for the kitschy Scotland the Brave does say something about the provincial cringe in parts of the Scottish psyche!  I know it's not an official anthem, but the words of that hymn to Empire, Land of Hope and Glory  trump anything negative about our puny Scottish efforts though. Great tune, shame about the words!
That and Rule Britannia!  Jerusalem too, with it's reference to dark satanic mills, is anachronistic even if it doesn't smack of arrogance.
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Maybe Andy and Kim are having a mini moon , as they call it nowadays Wink
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  C'est magnifique, n'est-ce pas? 

Yes fiverings. There is always a kind of french-english rivalry here in the press. But sometimes I guess we just have to say "Okay. That was a clean defeat. Hats-off."
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Lovely to have our French members joining in our rejoicing over Andy's DC success.  As I said on another thread, I much prefer your flag and national anthem to ours!  But wouldn't swap our Andy for all the top 20 players in the world  w00t

Aileen I doubt Andy's holidays will be more than a week at most but it does sound as though at least it will be total relaxation on a beach.   Just hope there are no paparazzi around.
I also dream to have one Andy in our rank ! but I'm not sure that will happen in the next ten year. We had a discussion with friends about our competitive spirit in sports and tennis in particular. It was too long and hectic to sum up here ! Smile
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  Love the flag - not so sure about the anthem though - the tunes marvellous but the lyrics are decidedly dodgy - impure blood staining the soil and all that!
I would not say dodgy. Written right a after the French Revolution our anthem is definetly anti-royalist. The impure blood is written in opposition to the "pure" royal blood, as qualified in the royal lineage. This is violent but it comes from a violent era that led our country to the democracy.
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I would not say dodgy. Written right a after the French Revolution our anthem is definetly anti-royalist. The impure blood is written in opposition to the "pure" royal blood, as qualified in the royal lineage. This is violent but it comes from a violent era that led our country to the democracy.
  Thank you for that - it's always fascinating to get the other side of an opinion. But your flag is definitely much purer than the British dog's breakfast!
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Yes, of course we can Nikko say tu us! it's a real pleasure to see a fellow countryman on this forum. I am here for several years (2010)but I rarely post because I am a poor English lspoken. I support since a  very long time this young man whom I appreciate his type of game, he works hard to achieve its ambitions , the character said in his convictions, his attachment to his native land, his integrity and  hisindependence of view. A good guy !!!!!
 Sorry for my  english mistakes.   Bye !

Maybe one day for a GS final we could organize a meet up to cheer Andy together !
I use to watch some matches in a pub in Toulouse, with a good pint. I'm the only one in front of the screen and some people ask me why I'm watching this boring sport !
One day a bunch of rugby supporter came and asked to switch TV channel because Le Stade Toulousain was about to begin... Hopefully the barman said no because I was already watching (and also a good customer, it was my 5th pint... Andy was loosing 0-2 in RG semi against Novak !  Very Happy).
We should start "The French South West Andy Murray Fan Club". A fan club of 2 ! It could be fun. Ridiculous, but fun ! Very Happy
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  Thank you for that - it's always fascinating to get the other side of an opinion. But your flag is definitely much purer than the British dog's breakfast!
Pleased to give you that ! Thank you for our flag. But to be honnest I don't care that much of the flag aspect - ours or yours. It's not as important to me than the people behind.
Anyway, what is a British dog's breakfast ? A nickname for your flag ?
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Pleased to give you that ! Thank you for our flag. But to be honnest I don't care that much of the flag aspect - ours or yours. It's not as important to me than the people behind.
Anyway, what is a British dog's breakfast ? A nickname for your flag ?
 Not a nickname - dog's breakfast, or dog's dinner means an incoherent disorganised mixture of things !! The only nickname for our flag I'm aware of is the butcher's apron, beloved of the IRA. The Red Ensign flown by the Merchant Navy is sometimes known affectionately as the Red duster though.
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 Not a nickname - dog's breakfast, or dog's dinner means an incoherent disorganised mixture of things !! The only nickname for our flag I'm aware of is the butcher's apron, beloved of the IRA. The Red Ensign flown by the Merchant Navy is sometimes known affectionately as the Red duster though.
Thank you ! It's clearer now ! And the "butcher's apron"... wow. Don't know what to say about that...
Speaking of IRA, have you seen "Hunger" from Steve Mc Queen with Michael Fassbender ?
Hard movie but in my top 5 of all time !!

Now we are definetly off topic !
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I would not say dodgy. Written right a after the French Revolution our anthem is definetly anti-royalist. The impure blood is written in opposition to the "pure" royal blood, as qualified in the royal lineage. This is violent but it comes from a violent era that led our country to the democracy.
Thank you for that too, especially as I did wonder what the impure blood was all about.  Also when I was at school we had to learn the whole song in our French class!
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Love those DC pics- was relying on test updates- though bizarrely saw a couple of points on a TV in a wee boutique in a tiny town in Italy. It was during first set of Andy v Simon. The shop sold bags and scarves and such like and had a tiny TV in the alcove. The owner saw me look up at the TV and said proudly 'is Davis Cup - andeeee moooray'.  Sadly I couldn't stay there all afternoon lol.
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