Do you see what I did there? I went two whole posts without mentioning football, kind of pretending that I wasn't chewing off my fingernails as we limped through to the last 16. I'll be getting up in the middle of the night to watch England against Germany. I don't expect it to be good for my heart. In the meantime, I have loved all the drama and the passion and the headgear of the group stages. Here are some of my favourite images.
While I still dislike the vuvuzelas intensely, I do like the makarapas. These modified miners' helmets are as much a feature of this World Cup as that intensely irritating horn, and they are a lot more welcome and entertaining.