That bloody humming!

(94 Posts)
notnowbernard Fri 11-Jun-10 19:41:44

It's like a swarm of bees and is doing my head in

Was looking forward to lots of African rythym and beats

Lilyloo Fri 11-Jun-10 19:43:54

It lasted the full 90 mins of the earlier game , surely they run out of breath !!

jammietart Fri 11-Jun-10 19:45:35

Its awful!

paisleyleaf Fri 11-Jun-10 20:29:10

Have been thinking exactly the same

notnowbernard Fri 11-Jun-10 20:31:18

Waiting for the chanting to begin tomorrow night

That'll drown the droning out grin

Dazmum Fri 11-Jun-10 20:34:06

Do you think they will do it at every game? Hope they get bored with it, it's even driving my dh mad!We've got the sound turned right down!

notnowbernard Fri 11-Jun-10 20:36:05

I think the S American teams will be more lively

The English are great at singing and chanting

Dumbledoresgirl Fri 11-Jun-10 20:47:16

It's bad enough having to sit in the same room as the football, but if I have to listen to that humming for how many weeks? I am going to go nuts.

Does anyone else remember the irritating trumpet trilling thing that they did last world cup every time anything exciting happened?

purepurple Fri 11-Jun-10 20:48:32

Busy bees indeed!
It is doing my head in too
Bring on the drummimg tomorrow!

Shaz10 Fri 11-Jun-10 20:50:06

It's really annoying. I like songs, music, cheering, booing, shouting, chanting (even especially the rude ones.) I was in the kitchen and could hear the humming from the lounge, even though I couldn't hear the commentary or anything else.

bran Fri 11-Jun-10 20:50:22

I agree so fully with nnb that I started my own thread about it. grin

There's no particular reason why they need to pick up pitch noise is there?

paisleyleaf Fri 11-Jun-10 20:51:38

I'm expecting more of the same for tomorrow's game - they've been selling those horn things at Lidl this week and I expect they're going like hot cakes around the stadium.

LilRedWG Fri 11-Jun-10 20:52:02

Yep _ I stopped watching at half-time as it was giving me a headache. Am now in bed with MN.

It's stupid plastic horns that both lots of fans are blowing. Does NOT bode well for other games.

notnowbernard Fri 11-Jun-10 20:52:34

The monotonous drone isn't quite "Does she like it up the arse?", is it?!

Oh how I love imaginative football chants wink

We need Brazil on with their carnival beauties and rythmic drumming

Oblomov Fri 11-Jun-10 21:27:44

like wasps dh said. awful. abu-hala horns, dh says they are called. or something like that. bloody irritating.

Docbunches Sat 12-Jun-10 10:15:37

I agree, I've also resorted to practically muting the volume as it's driving me nuts! I couldn't watch/listen to the South Africa match cos it was SO annoying.

Let's hope the England fans do their usual but inexplicable 'Great Escape' chanting tonight.

MmeRedWhiteandBlueberry Sat 12-Jun-10 11:48:20

I don't think the France match had much atmosphere as, I believe, the crowd microphones were turned down low to minimise the sound of the horns. Unfortunately, you couldn't hear a lot of cheering either.

They are called Vuvuzelas. They are noisy and hard to play and together make the same volume of noise of a jumbo jet (the rugby had a jumbo jet fly past the stadium, the Bafana Bafana supporters have gone one better!!)

It is only a month or so ....

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picc Sun 13-Jun-10 10:37:25

Anyone read Charlie Brooker's commentary on the England match/ vuvuzelas yesterday? Made me giggle anyway.....

PansAndNoodles Sun 13-Jun-10 10:38:08

Aaaaah..I think I understand now.

Is this a funny buzzing noise that the crowd make? Was it going on in the yesterdays match with USA?

I have no interest in footy at all but we are lucky and have two tvs.

Dh was watching it in the other room yesterday whilst I was watching Sense and Sensibilty next door. But I thought some insect was in the room and I kept looking for it. It was really annoying me in the end. I just couldn't for the life of me work out where the noise was coming from and kept pausing the telly to look for it and checking the flipping window wasn't open!grinblush

thatbuzzingnoise Sun 13-Jun-10 10:41:22

hey! are you talking about me???

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pigletmania Sun 13-Jun-10 11:16:32

I was on the train a month ago, and a group of football supporters got on an Wembley and continued to blow them on a packed confined train angry I had a pounding headache by the end of it.

Meid Sun 13-Jun-10 11:17:38

I'm in Johannesburg and, believe me, they are not just blowing the vuvuzela's at the games/during the games.

They are blowing them in the shops, in the streets, driving down the highway... At any point in time I'm hearing odd random vuvuzelas in the distance.

There was even a countrywide 'vuvuzela moment' at midday on Wednesday. I swear the whole country was blowing them. grin

Annoying or not, its part of South African football, and definitely here to stay for the whole tournament!

thatbuzzingnoise Sun 13-Jun-10 11:38:58

nice to feel appreciated, Meid.

NoseyNooNoo Sun 13-Jun-10 11:46:39

At least they drown out that stupid band that play The Great Escape tune during the England mathces, together with the world's worst drummer.

Indaba Sun 13-Jun-10 11:58:45

I've been converted actually! I was all for banning them during the match......but

Went to the Cape Town match on Friday. Was dreading the vuvuzelas being too loud, but amazingly they are not that bad en mass. Had taken ear plugs etc but no need.

Might be different next Friday with all the English lot though!

Downside is we have lost the SA singing....and that is a sad loss!

thumbwitch Sun 13-Jun-10 13:18:00

Oh is that what they're called? Feckin nightmare noise. I mean, I seriously loathe the roar of the footy crowds anyway - and this is at least 10x worse.

MisSalLaneous Sun 13-Jun-10 13:32:11

My dad has a hearing aid and he said it's hell (he's in SA). Apparently he plans to go half-deaf for the whole month! My sympathies tend to lie with my mom! grin

Strawbezza Sun 13-Jun-10 14:07:08

It is a really annoying noise. Must be awful to be seated next to one at a match!

It is also quite a daft thing to be promoting in SA when TB wipes out thousands of locals every year and it is winter 'flu season ... I would have my antiseptic wipes at the ready or watch at home!!

Jajas Sun 13-Jun-10 16:02:52

I can't bear that bloody noise! Don't mind the football tbh and quite enjoy all the different noises, chants and rhythms that you usually get with the world cup but this racket is just horrendous angry! I can't believe that the fans like it? You just don't pick up any of the atmosphere.

bunjies Sun 13-Jun-10 16:19:33

I think my family must be the only ones who don't mind them. Doesn't bother us at all. Can't believe they're thinking about banning people from having them. Spoilsports!

sassy34264 Sun 13-Jun-10 16:45:03

I must be the only person who didn't notice it or deaf. I watched the whole game and didn't notice any particular sound and therefore have no idea what you're all on about!!

Having said that, if i'm concentrating on something i can be oblivious to people around me.

sassy34264 Sun 13-Jun-10 16:45:33

I must be the only person who didn't notice it or deaf. I watched the whole game and didn't notice any particular sound and therefore have no idea what you're all on about!!

Having said that, if i'm concentrating on something i can be oblivious to people around me.

sassy34264 Sun 13-Jun-10 16:47:55

Sorry, that's twice i've doubled messaged. Don't know if it's me or the computer! Apologies.

SouthernB Sun 13-Jun-10 17:12:06

Other than the noise, I noticed a v dodgy "side effect"of the vuvuzela today (I'm in Polokwane, where Algeria and Slovenia played earlier today).

TMI

Every so often, the blower has to get rid of all the spit that collected during the blowing, and does that by flicking it out of the vuvuzela. Sometimes it (the spit) hits the ground, sometimes the guy in from of him....

Gross! And Hello flu & TB!!

MisSalLaneous Sun 13-Jun-10 17:31:47

Oh that's disgusting, SB!

SkaterGrrrrl Sun 13-Jun-10 17:52:00

I love them. Better than the sexist chants you usually hear at England games.

My mum was going on and ON about them yesterday, and apparently had even emailed FIFA to tell them how unwatchable (unlistenable?) they made a match. hmm

And I watched part of the match last night (nope, not a fan!) and - meh. It was ok. Sort of white noise, you zone it out after a while.

BeenBeta Sun 13-Jun-10 18:49:42

Was watching the match today and it did really get on my nerves. Lots of European matches have a similar 'horn' sound from the crowds.

I wonder if it could be somehow 'turned down a bit' by TV channels. I suspect it might be if they get enough complaints. TBH the sounds coming off the pitch is fairly irrelevant. I want to hear the commentary.

chenge Sun 13-Jun-10 18:52:49

I LIVED IN SA FOR 4 YEARS,,the vuvuzela is played at every match,it was mainly played to disrupt the other team,and it must work coz many players have complained over the years,,it is a South African thing and its there to stay,frankly its irritating but you kind of get used to it,thank God hubby is NOT a big soccer fan so we will only watch the interesting teams only,,im looking forward to the next world cup already without those flipping VV'S,,

wheelsonthebus Sun 13-Jun-10 18:55:27

That noise is absolutely awful - puts you off watching with the sound on

Bomper Sun 13-Jun-10 18:57:05

They drive me bloody nuts. SiL lives in Midrand, just outside Johannesburg and bought some over last time she visited, so I get it in stereo with the kids and the tele!!! Aaaarrrghhh

orienteerer Sun 13-Jun-10 20:04:35

Must confess I can sort of blank out the noise, must be because I'm used to doing the same with Heathrow bound planes overhead.

MrsSeanBean Sun 13-Jun-10 20:09:02

>> It lasted the full 90 mins of the earlier game , surely they run out of breath !!

Yes! The sound is constant, why can you not detect a stopping and starting effect between blows (so to speak)?

I agree incredibly annoying, DH is watching match in the other room and I am getting a headache.

bran Sun 13-Jun-10 20:13:05

I've found a good white noise website. I'm using the brown noise and the oscillate function. It's very soothing and pretty much negates the buzzing, but I can still hear the commentary (not that I particularly want to).

sincitylover Sun 13-Jun-10 20:15:00

I don't mind it and bought my dcs one - they have been playing national anthem on them, pretended to be police, a political party - quite inventive.

But maybe I am a bit odd!!

melpomene Sun 13-Jun-10 20:15:28

My dh has installed a vuvuzela app on his iphone, to drive us all crzy get himself into the spirit while watching the games hmm

Smilehighclub Sun 13-Jun-10 20:18:28

It's the Vuvuzela, the noise-making trumpet of South African football fans, and was the symbol for sport in South Africa, more recently replaced with the more authentic KUDUZELA.

A vuvuzela, sometimes called a "lepatata" (its Setswana name) or a stadium horn, is a blowing horn, approximately one metre in length, commonly blown by fans at football matches in South Africa. The origin of the name is disputed. It may originate from the Zulu for "making noise," from the "vuvu" sound it makes, or from township slang related to the word for "shower."

The Vuvuzela is an instrument, but not always a musical one. Describing the atmosphere in a stadium packed with thousands of fans blowing their vuvuzelas is difficult. Up close it's an elephant, sure, but en masse the sound is more like a massive swarm of very angry bees.

And when there's action near the goal mouth, those bees go really crazy.

The ancestor of the vuvuzela is said to be the kudu horn - ixilongo in isiXhosa, mhalamhala in Tshivenda - blown to summon African villagers to meetings. The kudu horn was followed by versions in made of tin, and was later replaced by the Vuvuzela, which became very popular at football matches in the late 1990s. Made of plastic, they come in a variety of colours - black or white for fans of Orlando Pirates, yellow for Kaizer Chiefs, and so on - with little drawings on the side warning against blowing in the ear!

It's a noisy thing, so there's no surprise some don't like it. Journalist Jon Qwelane once quipped that he had taken to watching football matches at home - with the volume turned low - because of what he described as "an instrument of hell".It's the Vuvuzela, the noise-making trumpet of South African football fans, and was the symbol for sport in South Africa, more recently replaced with the more authentic KUDUZELA.

A vuvuzela, sometimes called a "lepatata" (its Setswana name) or a stadium horn, is a blowing horn, approximately one metre in length, commonly blown by fans at football matches in South Africa. The origin of the name is disputed. It may originate from the Zulu for "making noise," from the "vuvu" sound it makes, or from township slang related to the word for "shower."

The Vuvuzela is an instrument, but not always a musical one. Describing the atmosphere in a stadium packed with thousands of fans blowing their vuvuzelas is difficult. Up close it's an elephant, sure, but en masse the sound is more like a massive swarm of very angry bees.

And when there's action near the goal mouth, those bees go really crazy.

The ancestor of the vuvuzela is said to be the kudu horn - ixilongo in isiXhosa, mhalamhala in Tshivenda - blown to summon African villagers to meetings. The kudu horn was followed by versions in made of tin, and was later replaced by the Vuvuzela, which became very popular at football matches in the late 1990s. Made of plastic, they come in a variety of colours - black or white for fans of Orlando Pirates, yellow for Kaizer Chiefs, and so on - with little drawings on the side warning against blowing in the ear!

It's a noisy thing, so there's no surprise some don't like it. Journalist Jon Qwelane once quipped that he had taken to watching football matches at home - with the volume turned low - because of what he described as "an instrument of hell".

Smilehighclub Sun 13-Jun-10 20:20:11

thanks for that DP hmm

gillythekid Sun 13-Jun-10 20:39:15

Bloody migraine inducing and spoiling my footy!

Shaz10 Sun 13-Jun-10 21:14:47

Is it related to the word "shower" because of the shower of spit it creates?

RustyBear Sun 13-Jun-10 21:18:33

Is it my imagination, or have ITV managed to tune it out a bit for the Germany game?
Or am I just getting used to it?

BeenBeta Sun 13-Jun-10 21:23:32

Yes I think you are right.

Just this minute mentioned to DW I thought it suddenly seemed a lot quieter.

southeastastra Sun 13-Jun-10 21:25:33

normayjay on twitter says

says stuff those w••kers who want to ban the Vuvuzela - it's the TRUE sound of Africa! - what an earth did they expect? Classical music?

grin

Shaz10 Sun 13-Jun-10 21:27:01
Meid Sun 13-Jun-10 21:27:05

My DH was at the opening ceremony and game and said they were giving out ear plugs. grin

littleducks Sun 13-Jun-10 21:42:59

The Vuvuzela is an instrument, but not always a musical one

agree with that

orienteerer Sun 13-Jun-10 21:45:33

Try living under the Heathrow flight path (landing) at 04.30 and 23.00 and you'll find the Vuvuzela is but a minor irritant grin.

lionheart Sun 13-Jun-10 21:54:28

Blardy neighbour has one, and lots and lots of flags.

Melfish Sun 13-Jun-10 22:15:08

It's a horrible drone and is even worse than listening to some of the commentators (tho not Alan Green). I'm surprised that BBC/ITV don't just turn the sound from the stadium down or out and just have the commentary. It's not like you can hear any chanting from the terraces anyway at the moment. That way, all those vuvuzela lovers in the ground can enjoy honking them continuously and the rest of us can watch the game as normal.

I heard someone blowing one of the damn things last night at 1am and if I had spotted where he was I would have gone outside and rammed it up his nose. Lionheart- you have my sympathies!

mjinhiding Sun 13-Jun-10 23:07:02

DS (14) says they are really annoying, drown out the african chanting he was looking forward to and makes him want to punch the supporters lights out!!

Cathider Sun 13-Jun-10 23:35:10

what if they catch on in Britain???! Or get adopted by G7 summit protesters... the possibilities are endless!

SouthernB Mon 14-Jun-10 05:33:52

No fun when the neighbour starts blowing the vuvuzela at 5am on a Monday morning....

Smithagain Mon 14-Jun-10 09:47:56

DD1's school has invited all of KS2 to stay behind and watch England v Slovenia next week. They've banned the bringing of actual footballs and the wearing of Premier strip. But have encouraged them to bring "other World Cup accessories".

Anyone think they are going to regret that?!?!

shhhh Mon 14-Jun-10 10:47:33

I think they are fab and are a great "local" thing for the matches iykwim.

Much better than chanting, must admit dh watched the 1st match (along with other matches..hmm) and I did comment on what the "bee" noise was...grin.

BUT I think it fab. In fact I have ordered dh one for the rest of the world cup blushgrin.
Although god help me if the kids get hold of it..hmm

mayorquimby Mon 14-Jun-10 13:46:55

Absolutely awful things. Fail to see how anyone can claim they add to the atmosphere, they just make every match and every incident an identikit of each other.
Foul - brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Ataacking play - brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Red card - brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Goal - louder brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Absolutely no difference from match to match and absolutely no atmosphere.
Watching the Holland v Denmark game at the moment, a match with a bit of rivalry by virtue of proximity etc featuring a dutch team who's fans are well known for creating an atmosphere, it sounds exactly the same as every other match so far.
Last night in the Germany game the German fans started to get a few chants and a bit of atmosphere going and the vevusela (sp) blowers saw this as some sort of challenge so started to blow their horns louder and drown them out.

BalloonSlayer Mon 14-Jun-10 13:49:34

I wish this thread would go off "Discussions of the Day"

Seeing it out of the corner of my eye, I keep thinking it's about some new disease of the Vulva and worrying if it's catching.

<< frets and applies talcum powder >>

schilke Mon 14-Jun-10 19:27:51

I don't even notice it. Doesn't bother me at all.
Seems a bit arrogant to ask for african drumming instead. I get much more annoyed by dodgy trumpet playing in the English band playing the darn great escape over and over again.

Dh wants me to get him one for his trumpet demos for next term. I think I'll have to hide it from the dc though.

bluecardi Mon 14-Jun-10 19:31:58

It's annoying but part of sa football culture.

The tv companies could broadcast the picture with commentary coupled with general crowd noise matched to the footie action & if england is playing then england chants at appropriate moments. Sorted!

Hulababy Mon 14-Jun-10 19:38:24

Not sure about banning them - seems OTT.

But surely the TV can some how make the noise of them on television dulled?

Snobear4000 Mon 14-Jun-10 20:26:39

It's shite.

DS1 (6) returned from a visit to GP's tonight with one.shock It has been put to good use scaring the pigeons off my veg.grin

Irons Mon 14-Jun-10 21:01:52

Embrace the culture and stop complaining. If you want chanting and singing, host your own world cup.

beautifulgirls Mon 14-Jun-10 22:03:40

Hee Hee - I'm with BalloonSlayer! The word makes me think of some awful STD!! grin

compo Mon 14-Jun-10 22:06:04

I've got used to it now

Sammyuni Tue 15-Jun-10 01:38:40

I'm used to it now i don't even notice it anymore

camperdahlia Tue 15-Jun-10 10:16:27

http://kingsimon.blogspot.com/2010/06/interesting-vuvuzela.html

camperdahlia Tue 15-Jun-10 10:17:02

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camperdahlia Tue 15-Jun-10 10:17:50
mayorquimby Tue 15-Jun-10 10:28:42

jesus that guy just sounds like a prick who knows very little about football and has a chip on his shoulder.
FWIW I was talking to a mate last night who's over in S.A. and he said that they're great craic in the stadiums and the Euro fans are enjoying them. In which case my argument against them was pretty moot. They may be annoying on tv but if the non-S.A. fans at the game are using them and enjoying too then the complaints don't really hold up.

Helenastar Tue 15-Jun-10 11:02:41

I must say it hasnt really bothered me till last night when I was trying to watch the Italy game, I couldnt concentrate on Cannavaro!

notnowbernard Tue 15-Jun-10 11:04:32

I'm zoning out to it now

galadriel77 Tue 15-Jun-10 12:31:39

It drives me crazy.

I understand that this might be something that they do in Africa but this is the WORLD cup - not the AFRICA cup.

SA's job is to host a fantastic World Cup for the players, the crowd in the stadiums and all the millions and millions of fans watching around the world. Their job is not to ruin it for everyone else.

I haven't spoken to a single person who likes the sound. They all find it irritating, it gives them headaches and removes any sort of atmosphere from the game. I'm not expecting silence! Just the ability to hear the crowd responding to the game!

How great for the spectators who are lucky enough to be in the stadium watching the game. We are not as lucky and can't afford to travel to SA - I want to be able to watch and enjoy a game with my friends here without getting a headache!

BeenBeta Tue 15-Jun-10 17:11:55

DW just said that she heard on TV that theyare thinking of banning them at the matches. I think the global TV audience is finding it very off putting an dFIFA has to be careful of that as it is where the main revenue is coming form - not fans in the ground.

Unique culture is part of the World Cup experience but I suspect that 60,000 Vuvuzulas all being blown together is an extremey rare phenomenon even in Africa and only occasisonally heard on TV.

I certainly think they need to reduce the sound volume on TV broadcasts from the pitch side microphones.

stressheaderic Tue 15-Jun-10 17:44:24

Vuvuzela sounds like a euphemism for your lady bits.

ac27 Tue 15-Jun-10 20:12:26
RunawayWife Wed 16-Jun-10 14:39:13

DS2 is really really desperate to have one of these.

I have told all our friends that have gone to the world cup If anyone brings these back for my children they will have to have my children go and live with them grin

vintage Wed 16-Jun-10 18:58:22

oh God i hope people here dont get them they are awful. Do they ever breathe in?

RunawayWife Wed 16-Jun-10 20:35:12

My mums new carer is from SA and she said she had one as a child and they make your jaws hurt playing them!

Mishee Wed 16-Jun-10 22:05:42

Reminds me of when I had tinnitus from taking the maximum dosage of asprin (not many people know that's a side-effect!).

Cathider Thu 17-Jun-10 08:44:13

I saw them on sale at the tills in Sainsburys yesterday.

qwertpoiuy Thu 17-Jun-10 13:17:05

I work with 3 South African guys and we've been slagging them about the vuvuzelas! They find them annoying too.

We find it funny to see them on TV, but I can appreciate it's nothing like having to sit near and listen to them being played!

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