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THE QUESTION - England v Argentina


At 12pm on Friday 7 June, the nation will stop still as England tackle Argentina in the World Cup. In France '98, 26 million people watched that kick from David Beckham blow England's chances.

What will you be doing this time?

Phones on divert to mobile, e-mail on automated response, fictitious meeting arranged for the boss and all hands to the local boozer for an extended lunch hour.

Anonymous, 25, principal engineer, London

I shall carry on as usual. No special preparations other than a few extra cans in the fridge, after all, I am retired. But perhaps I ought to arrange for my wife to take the dog somewhere safe just in case the impossible happens.

Charles Beck, retired, Worcestershire.

The answer is simple - I'll be relaxing on the south coast of Spain in a nice little English pub after finishing my finals!

Jon Goddard, 23, student, Manchester

I will happily remain at my desk, keeping the country going, and looking forward to the real World Cup involving 15 Englishmen who are capable of bringing home the prizes!

Derek Goodchild, 55, highways manager, Hampshire

With a bit of luck the trains and tubes will strike together that day, making commuting an impossibility. So let's hope Stephen Byers keeps his job and continues to make a complete hash of it.

Anonymous, 30, civil engineer, London

I'll be on holiday in Majorca, in an English bar by the beach, thinking of you all.

Andy Dunhill, 41, partner, Sheffield

I'll be blissfully ignorant of it all, avoiding reference to it at any cost. No papers, no radio, no TV, I'll be sticking to 'The Archers', and other real events.

Dan Hooper, 40, senior engineer, Cardiff

While England v Argentina is a major event, many of us in Cornwall will be otherwise entertained. Friday 7 June is the Royal Cornwall Show - the first chance since foot and mouth for people with an interest in rural issues to get together. At 12pm, you will probably be more likely to catch me surveying a packed showground, enjoying the Cornish sunshine with a pint in one hand and a pasty in the other - but I might just have a radio in my pocket!

Rob Andrew, 36, chief engineer, Cornwall

I couldn't care less who wins -- as long as it's not England.

Allan Bowers, 29, senior contracts engineer, Glasgow

I will be in a foreign land with the family, without access to TV, radio, internet or newspapers, so there will be much more interesting things to do than watch paint dry.

John Sreeves, 43, senior engineer, Swindon

On 1 April I shall be taking delivery of the only type 40 tardis this side of Beetlejuice from a guy called Arthur Daley. I shall be able to travel to the match and return before anyone knows I have gone and watched it. So, while you are watching it, I shall know the score, have chatted up all the secretaries, got plenty of brownie points for not skiving off and megabucks from the bets I shall lay.

Andrew Worby, 52, solicitor

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