ENGLAND may have plundered the Network Rail book of excuses by blaming the hot weather for their poor performances, as Mike pointed out earlier.
But Germany’s rail equivalent, the Deutsche Bahn, came up with their own alternative to “leaves on the line” and “the wrong kind of snow” today – suicide cows.
The train on which I was travelling, heading for the Holland-Ivory Coast game in Stuttgart, was delayed for an hour after colliding with two cows who had paused on the line while on the run from a farmer.
Even when the train finally got moving again, everyone on board had to endure a grim journey at an unrelenting 28 degrees Celsius, since the crash had knocked out the air conditioning.
Then again, the poor cows didn’t come out of it too healthily either...