Portugal European football, champions, celebration with birds


This 10 July 2016 is called Portugal: Thousands go wild as Eder scores in Portugal-France Euro 2016 final.

Tonight, Portugal beat France, one goal against zero in extra time at the European football championship final in Saint Denis near Paris.

To celebrate this, this video about birds in Portugal.

This video is called Birdwatching in the Algarve.

Militarism trumps football in Paris, France


This 10 July 2016 video is called France vs. Portugal – Euro 2016 Final.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The French national football team will not get a triumphal parade on the Champs Elysées [in Paris] if it wins the European [football] Championship final against Portugal [tonight]. The Prefect of Paris says that for “material reasons” is not possible to allow crowds there. According to the chief of police the promenade should be prepared for the military parade on July 14, the national holiday.

So, according to the present French government, a militarist show is more important than people enjoying a bloodless, one should hope, game of football.

By the way, why is July 14 the French national holiday? Because then in 1789 the French revolution against absolute monarchy started. It started that 14 July with a crowd of people (a ‘mob’ according to the absolute monarchist government) storming the royal Bastille prison to free the regime’s political prisoners; against the military and police of the French government then.

So, 14 July should be a celebration of the common people. Not of militarism.

The state of emergency in France is definitely not only against terrorists. It is against all Muslims. It is against environmentalists. It is against workers’ rights. Now, it is against football fans as well.

Police teargas and water cannon against football fans at Paris fanzone: here.

Japanese Olympics boss demands nationalism of athletes


This video says about itself:

Patriotism in Japanese schools breeds controversy

23 April 2008

REPORT: Singing the pre-World War II national anthem in schools is compulsory since a few years, but some parents and teachers worry about patriotism becoming nationalism.

This national anthem, which is not about the Japanese people but about the emperor, is controversial in Japan. Hundreds of teachers have been punished for not singing it; some have committed suicide.

From AFP news agency:

4 July 2016 – 18H25

Tokyo 2020 boss tells Japan athletes don’t ‘mumble’ anthem

TOKYO – The gaffe-prone Tokyo 2020 chief has warned Japan’s Olympic team not to “mumble” the national anthem, saying those who can’t sing it properly don’t deserve to represent the country.

Former prime minister Yoshiro Mori, who heads up the committee for the 2020 Games hosted by Tokyo, was speaking at Sunday’s send-off event for the 300 Japanese athletes heading to next month’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“When you go up the podium, please do not be mumbling but sing the national anthem loudly,” Mori said.

“Athletes who cannot sing the anthem should not be considered to be Japan’s representatives,” he added, according to the Asahi newspaper.

Mori turns 79 this month and served a short one-year stint as prime minister in 2000 to 2001, a tenure mostly remembered for a series of public blunders.

In 2014, he came under fire after criticising Japanese figure-skating heroine Mao Asada after a disappointing performance at the Sochi Olympics.

He also criticised Japan’s ice dance pairing, Cathy and Chris Reed, saying: “They live in the US. We let them be part of the Japanese team because they are not good enough (to represent the United States)”.

Wales to football semi-finals, celebration with birds


This video is called Wales vs Belgium 3 – 1 FULL Highlights HD ~ EURO 30/6/2016.

Tonight, Wales beat Belgium at the European football championships in France.
Wales will play in the semi-finals against Portugal.

To celebrate, three videos about birds in Wales.

This video is called Puffins – Skomer/Skokholm – Dale Sailing.

This video is called Skomer Island (Wales) Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills.

This video is called Male Manx shearwater responding to recording of another male bird as part of census work on Ramsey Island (off duty sheepdog helping out!)

Iceland, football victory celebration and birds


This video says about itself:

27 June 2016

Iceland fans celebrate in Reykjavik after team knocked England out of Euro 2016

Iceland had never qualified for a major tournament prior to the European Championship, and it is the smallest country in the tournament. That didn’t stop the island nation from toppling England, with Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scoring after Wayne Rooney opened the scoring in the fourth minute from the penalty spot. Watch as Iceland’s fans, many of whom packed a town square in Reykjavik, go crazy during and after the historic win.

To contribute to the celebration, this 2015 video is about birds in Iceland, including snow bunting, redwing, Arctic tern, puffin and many others. It reminds me of when I was in Iceland long ago.

Iceland 2-England 1, football celebrated with birds


This video says about itself:

27 June 2016

See how Iceland celebrated knocking out England at UEFA EURO 2016 with their famous slow hand clap in Nice.

Iceland scores two goals. England one.

Iceland has reached the best eight countries in the European football championship. On Sunday, they will play France.

To celebrate this, three bird videos. One for each goal: two Icelandic videos, one British one.

This video shows a redwing near Lake Myvatn in Iceland.

This video is called Whale and bird watching in the northeast of Iceland. Places visited include Husavik, Myvatn and Langanes peninsula.

This video is called Stonechat Bird Chirping and Singing – Birds in Cornwall England.

Ireland beats Italy, joins 16 best teams


This 23 June 2016 football video says about itselfis called Irish Fans Celebrate Brady’s Goal LIVE in the stadium | Ireland vs Italy 1-0 | Euro 2016.

The Irish team now joins the 16 best team. They will now play against France.

To celebrate, a bird video from Ireland.

This video says about itself:

Some Irish Garden Birds

Here are a few birds that I filmed in my garden in County Clare in March 2008 while learning to use a Canon video camera on a tripod.