Indian cricket supporters cheered on England at football, says Lynn Maree. And the World Cup has worked wonders for Russia, writes Tim Barlow
“I’m having a bit of an English flag moment,” says Suzanne Moore (6 July). On Tuesday we went to Old Trafford in Manchester to watch England play India at cricket, with the intention of introducing our Irish daughter-in-law to the game. The first thing we noticed was the number of white guys selling Indian flags. The second was the fact that the spectators were made up of many Indian families. India won and the jubilation of the crowd was immense, Indian flags were waved all over the ground, and the atmosphere stayed friendly in the summer sunshine.
In the train on the way back to London were several young Indian men who had been at the cricket. They were glued to a laptop watching the World Cup football between England and Colombia. Their overwhelming joy when England won was unconditional. A country at peace with itself, multi-racial, multi-faith, multi-coloured and multi-patriotic.