Italy has many biblical manuscripts, while Australia has only a couple.
Italy has won the World Cup 3 times, Australia has never reached the last 16 before.
Italy has many ancient wonders, Australia has many wonderful beaches.
And soon (4pm) the battle will commence. It is almost as exciting as textual criticism.
Note Simon Barnes' comments:
- The entire Australia World Cup campaign has been a showcase for all the things the English person loves best about Australia — that is to say, a total rejection of the conventional dominance hierarchy, a complete inability to bow the knee to anyone, no matter how exalted, the exaltation of bloody-mindedness to a point of ethical perfection and, when it comes to sport (or anything else), a relish for the process of combat. Young and free — how we envy that boast.