Maybe we'll do better in the Tennis? Or maybe we won't. Andy Murray's first round match at Wimbledon is a ridiculously tough one against Davydenko, and if he gets through that, the giant Croat Ivo Karlovic will likely await him in the second round. Two very strong opponents who in previous Championships would have been amongst the seeds.
So prepare for the crushing disappointment of an early Murray exit. Our best hope of getting a player into the second week might be Laura Robson who won the Jailbait singles a few years ago.
Murray's not even English, anyway.
But one thing we true Englishmen, women and children can – nay, must - celebrate this year is the 250th anniversary of our people inventing the sandwich. Go England! Go John Montagu! Hereditary Peerage is the mother of invention!
I've blogged about sandwiches before, of course, as like many people I often eat them for my lunch, but now there's a (relatively) new sandwich shop in town:
The Earl of Sandwich on Ludgate Hill looks very nice on the outside, with a fairly classy branding that emphasises the heritage and history of stuffing bread with tasty fillings.
Not only does Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, stare out from the logo, but there are several portraits of him and his ancestors upon the walls - the eyes following you around with a suspicious glare when you go to pick up your sandwich.
|The 250-year-old new kid on the block|
Hot sandwiches full of meaty, cheesy fillings, eh? Sounds like somebody wants to compete with Birley! But how do they compare? Anybody trying to take Birley on at their own game is surely cruising for a bruising, right?
It’s like England trying to take on somebody in a penalty shootout!
But everybody deserves a second chance. Or, in this case, a first.
Where’s the beef?
|There's the beef!|
I'm not saying the beef was of the quality you'd get down the road at Simpsons in the Strand, but by sandwich-filling standards it was way above average and I can see why it forms the basis of their flagship sandwich. Who needs cheese?
Simply the best?As sandwich fillings go, there’s one classic combination that it’s hard to beat, so I was keen to sample their ‘Best BLT’ to see how it compared with other BLTs out there.
I'd already had the horseradishy beef, but I'd had only medication for breakfast and was in a hungry bastard mood. But I wish I'd done them the other way around.
|'The Best', apparently...|
I'd have the beef again, and I'd be interested to try it with the Cheese as the Earl intended, but this interpretation of the BLT doesn't do a great PR job, given that it's a globally-popular filling that lots of first-time visitors are likely to choose.
Who are you and what are you doing here?
They also have their own brand of crisps, which - with just one outlet in the UK - must surely, surely be a re-badge of someone elses crisps, right?!?
It would be pleasingly apt if their second English branch was actually in Sandwich, but that might be a wishful thought too far.