Let me take you on a journey…commencing with a chat about washing machines here in NZ. UK readers may be surprised to learn that the top loader washer rules down here (you can get front loaders too at a price)…and cold washes are also fairly normal. Top loaders have the advantage that you can adjust water level, soak times, you can add things in mid wash if you forget and they barely take an hour for a cycle. They are harder on the clothes though as a spin requires more friction as gravity doesn’t assist. Persil is the number one…good old Unilever.
So we went to watch the All Whites (NZ international football team). You have to admire the genius at Persil who thought of sponsoring them! Superb vision. This was at Mount Smart stadium in Eastern Auckland. It was built in a quarried crater of an old volcanic cone. Nice stadium…smaller than Eden Park but not without charm. You descend into the crater to watch the game in essence.
And who were they playing? South Africa. Vuvuzelas were present. Sadly, despite a relatively entertaining game for a friendly…it finished 0-0. Not a great surprise from two evenly matched but ultimately average sides. That is why my first international match ever is simply a footnote to a chat about washing machines! Hope you enjoyed the journey!