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Droning on about the Vuvuzela…

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Every news organisation is feeding off the indignation of the use of vuvuzelas at matches, with many complaining about the droning, buzzing bees sound that has infiltrated every match so far.

The Telegraph today have this viral picture of the vuvuzela, and the more we hear people complain about the noise, the more stories which are going to be written.

A vuvuzela is a stadium horn that is played in South Africa, and we knew beforehand that we would have this noise in the stadium. I can’t see the problem with them though.

All the vuvuzela is doing is adding colour and atmosphere to the tournament, and gives us something to anchor our memories on. In ten/twenty years time when football fans discuss this World Cup, they’ll be able to identify it as the the tournament with that loud vuvuzela noise.

If anything, I don’t even notice it if I’m engrossed in a decent game, it literally is a background drone rather than something that I focus my ears upon. It’s not like you can’t hear the commentary, and it adds background noise in what potentially could be a quiet stadium due to microphones not working with the acoustics of the building.

The vuvuzela can also be useful. If you focus on the drone of the vuvuzela, you may just be able to forget ITV’s terrible commentary and analysis. A highly useful instrument.

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Written by Nicole Carroll

June 15, 2010 at 10:53 am

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  1. Droning on about the Vuvuzela?…

    I found your entry interesting do I’ve added a Trackback to it on my weblog :)…

    World Wide News Flash

    June 15, 2010 at 11:07 am

  2. You clearly havent got a clue. If you think this horrible noise brings colour and atmosphere to the worlds greatest competition then you are deluded.

    Hearing Mexico sing/chant last night against France was a refreshing change from the usual droning sound of the Vuvuzela. Singing and chanting shows emotions from fans, builds an atmosphere in the stadium and is a big part of what we love about football.

    I’m not sure what kind of atmosphere you’re used to at St Andrews but I bet even at Birmingham City they wouldnt put up with this noise.

    Trumpet Hater

    June 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm


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