I love blogging as a general hobby, I have had some amazing opportunities from my blog, but none as good as getting to go the Arsenal vs Chelsea match. Yes, I know this is a beauty blog, but ARSENAL – I love sports and if you follow me on Twitter I am sure you have seen many a sweary football/boxing tweet from me. Despite me missing my train back to Leeds and Arsenal losing (FFS?!) I am grinning from ear to ear, which is a pretty big deal for a mardy cynic like myself.
So are you sat there wondering which makeup company are involved in footy? Well, shockingly it wasn’t a makeup brand, it was a campaign for Burger King *mmm burgers*. The event was organised for International Peace Day, which is today dontcha know. Burger King are getting people to #SettleTheBeef (geddit?!) for #PeaceOneGame & #PeaceOneDay; all puns and football aside, this is more relevant today than ever; with wars waging in most corners of the world, refugees struggling across Europe and people staking claims to land that doesn’t belong to them, or anyone for that matter, peace is the order of the day. It was founded as a way for aid agencies to get into areas of conflict without the ongoing dangers of war. All sides are encouraged to drop their weapons on this day in order for aid to be safely delivered to the areas that need it most. International Peace Day doesn’t need to just be about the bigger picture, every little helps to make the world a more peaceful place.
And with this in mind Burger King encouraged opposing footy fans to forget the rivalry and get along, even if just for a few hours & to highlight the peace keeping campaign. So, how do you get a rivalry that’s nearly as old as the game itself to be brushed under the carpet? Burgers, obviously. BK parked up in a street in London and offered a Whopper to a fan from the opposite team if that person promised to Settle the Beef and shake the hand of the other teams fan. See, the small things can make a big difference; whether it’s being nice to Jill from accounts and forgetting she once stole your tuna mayo on rye from the work fridge, or forgiving Bob down the road for returning your drill with a broken drill head.
After bringing peace to the streets of London one burger at a time, we headed off to the game. Myself, Alex (an Arsenal fan) and Andy (Chelsea) were treated to VIP tickets and pre-match hospitality – in other words free booze. If you want to know the technical ins and outs of the game go check out those guys, they write about football so much better than me, my match analysis is basically: Costa did not give one single f*** and I wish he was an Arsenal player (sigh), Arsenal continue to find new ways to disappoint me and the ref was a bit of a ne’er do well (had to censor myself there, my mum might read my blog one day). I just wish the Arsenal players could muster half as much passion/grit as Costa; the game doesn’t always have to be played pretty.
One of the nicer parts of the day was how welcoming both Alex and Andy were despite me being a northern female beauty blogger – not one single snigger when I was asked about my blog name, except from me (phew), and I would have been pretty lost on the day without Andy – who’d a thunk it eh, a Chelsea fan helping out an Arsenal fan & even sharing their beer at half time?! You can find the guys twitter at Alex (@aldo_doel) Andy (@chelseadaft).
What did you get up to this weekend?