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Euro 2004 Diary : Day 10

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Monday 21st June 2004

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Mission successful

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 We reach for the stars
in dreams, in bars
we gaze upon fiery comets
and praise them in sonnets

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Today, one man took that journey –
a meteoric rise
into the stratosphere;
privately funded,
SpaceShipOne
rockets from the mother ship, White Knight
and enters into space
and history
before spiralling back to earth
and a safe landing

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Sharing that passage of discovery
a young man, still in his teens, preens (shyly)
subject to the screams
while a nation rejoices
and a continent marvels
at his prodigious talent

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 his value rockets
with each goal
that he pockets

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Wayne Rooney

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 half man, half boy
yet fully fledged
football legend

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Notes

Group B results :

Switzerland 1 France 3

England 4 Croatia 2

Paul Scholes breaks his 3 year drought with the opening goal
Rooney scores the 2nd and 3rd
Frank Lampard deservedly nets the fourth

Going back to the first game of the group,
video footage released in the last few days,
showing just how nerve-wracking a last minute penalty can be,
for even the greatest player on earth :
encouraging this following stanza :

We reach for the stars
in dreams, in bars
we gaze upon fiery comets;
Zidane vomits

France top the group, England 2nd, Croatia 3rd, Switzerland 4th

Space travel :

Starting off at the Mojave Airport, 100 miles north of Los Angeles
A winged mother ship, named White Knight, carries
the world’s first private spacecraft,
SpaceShipOne, a winged rocket plane, below it’s belly.
Released at 50,000 feet, SpaceShipOne then rockets into space.

The following from BBCi :
SpaceShipOne has rocketed into the history books to become the first private manned spacecraft to fly to the edge of space and back.
The craft, built by aviation pioneer Burt Rutan, went over space’s 100km (62 mile) boundary, said mission control.
It was carried to 46,000ft (13.8km) by its launcher White Knight at which point it was unleashed. It fired its rocket to continue its trip.
Mr Rutan was on the runway to embrace pilot Mike Melvill on his return.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/euro-2004-diary-day-10/