There’s Always A Silver Lining

14 Sep
Vuvuzela Day

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Remember last year’s World Cup and the demon vuvuzelas?  Like a million bored bees hammering on your window?  My Mum used to make the same noise as a child – well, not so much child, as nineteen year old mother.  When she wanted something and Nan had said ‘no’ (she was a nineteen year old mother living at home and children respected their parents in ye olden dayes), she would shuffle along behind Nan, not quite touching her, and say, Nnnnnnn-nnnnnn-nnnnn-nnnnnnn-nnnnn-nnnnnn-nnnnnn-nnnnn until Nan got fed up and gave in.

But that’s beside the point.  My point is, every time we sat down to watch  a game, we all wanted to beat vuvuzela blowers about the head and other places with the sharp end of their instruments.  Because they are the most annoying things on the planet; and I say that as the mother of two sons.

But I read a happy story today, sort of: vuvuzela noise saved three lives in Soweto.  From the Johannesburg Star:

A Soweto family believe the sound of vuvuzelas blown by their neighbours saved them from death when their house caught alight. […] Johanna Matswi, 59, said she was asleep with her daughter Thelma, 21, and her three-month-old baby at about 5am yesterday when they were awoken by the sound of blaring vuvuzelas, loud screams and the crackling sound of fire.

It wasn’t all good news: the neighbours blew the vuvuzelas because the emergency services didn’t respond.  Hooray for football fans.

For another good news story, visit Mangetout today.



19 Responses to “There’s Always A Silver Lining”

  1. earlybird September 14, 2011 at 10:03 #

    So they do serve some purpose after all!


  2. viv blake September 14, 2011 at 10:50 #

    That’s a great story. Pity about the emergency services.


  3. theonlycin September 14, 2011 at 13:01 #

    They’re the soundtrack in Hades 😦


  4. SchmidleysScribbling September 14, 2011 at 14:36 #

    vuvuzuelas…I learn something every day in your posts. Like little boys can be annoying and football fans make strange noises. As a non-sports person, book worm, I know there is much about Popular Culture that escapes me.

    PS, Nice to know those things I never knew about could save someone’s life. Unfortunately, if they blew them outside my house I would probably have a heart attack. Fianne


  5. SchmidleysScribbling September 14, 2011 at 14:37 #

    That’s Dianne, and I have a migraine.


    • Tilly Bud September 14, 2011 at 20:22 #

      And it didn’t come in a bottle at all, did it? 😉


  6. Lorna's Voice September 14, 2011 at 15:03 #

    Sometimes enthusiam can get a bit too enthusiastic. You make a good case for casing the joint the sells these plastic migraine-makers and pulling off a public-service heist.


  7. gigihawaii September 14, 2011 at 16:08 #

    I have never seen such horns much less heard them. No such thing in Hawaii. lol.


    • Tilly Bud September 14, 2011 at 20:23 #

      Don’t be surprised to hear, when everyone reads your comment, that we’re all moving to Hawaii 🙂


  8. granny1947 September 14, 2011 at 19:35 #

    Whoever invented the damn things should spend eternity listening to them!
    How do you know about something that happened here and I don’t????


    • Tilly Bud September 14, 2011 at 19:36 #

      I read The Star online. Link is on the right 🙂


  9. slpmartin September 14, 2011 at 20:27 #

    I begun to notice that vuvuzelas are appearing at football games here in the states…oh my an unwanted export. 😉


    • Tilly Bud September 14, 2011 at 20:30 #

      No kidding? That’s it; America is doomed 🙂


  10. geri-Mom September 15, 2011 at 04:57 #

    So glad to know those annoying things can do something good.


  11. ElizOF September 17, 2011 at 11:49 #

    Lucky to be saved by the vuvuzelas… The sound was incredibly annoying during the world cup though, I agree… 🙂



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