May 27, 2004 by  
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US movie actor is ‘Afghan prince’.

“It would be a brave man who attempted to reassert his claim to be the Prince of Ghor at this stage.”

It would be a brave Afghan, let alone a brave American actor.

May 27, 2004 by  
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ARL to review golden point – after the series is over.

First game of State of Origin 2004 last night. Great game. It would have ended an 8-8 draw except for the golden point rule introduced last year. I’m not sure I agree with it even during the regular season, but especially not in Origin games.

After a fantastic 80 minute game both sides arguably deserved to win. A draw would have been a fair result. Perhaps if the game is a series decider the golden point should be used. At the end of the first game, however, with two games yet to play, it seems unnecessary to me. Mind you, I would have been dancing had Queensland slotted a field goal first. That still wouldn’t make it a good idea.

May 27, 2004 by  
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Coach of Champion’s League winners Porto, Mourinho set for Chelsea. He says he wants to accept their offer.

Also, Terry warns Roberto Carlos that if he signs for Chelsea, there’s no guaranteed place for him in the side. It’s scary, the amount of world class talent they bought into the club; but imagine it – you’re an international representative and capable of being a starter on any other side in the world, yet you now aren’t getting games because everyone in the squad is an international rep… I feel sorry for them in a way, but some of them probably don’t care as long as they’re getting the big Abramovich buck$.

And finally, good old Liverpool line up Valencia coach Benitez, with Kenny Dalglish returning in an advisory role. Valencia won the Spanish league (no mean feat against the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Deportiva la Coruna) and the UEFA Cup under Benitez, so hopefully he’ll be a good fit for Liverpool and the Premier League.

May 26, 2004 by  
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I feel obliged to post. Despite popular demand, I haven’t taken a picture of the jacket. Because I can’t be bothered to say much, I’m taking the easy option. Yes folks, it’s another kid’s story… suffer in your jocks.

The Begining
Today I was late getting to school and when I got there I found that the building had disappeared. So I travled a long way and then I looked up. In the sky and saw it sitting on a cloud so I ran to the helicopter.
The helicopter man said he could not take me there right now, but he said he could take me at three a clock, but I said that is the time that school ends I’m sorry, but that is the only free time I have. Oh boy, what am I going to do now?
I was very hot from the sun, so I desided to buy an ice cream cone. But I dident have enough money then it was three o’clock. I looked up in the sky again I saw the school buses comming down from the sky I said WOW!!!!!
The End.

Wow indeed. Hopefully this one was very early second grade, or first, because it’s a far cry from the last in terms of punctuation and spelling. There is no date so it has to be a guess. meh, back to ‘meaningful’ posting in the not-too-distant future.

May 25, 2004 by  
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Big name players being linked with Chelsea are Roberto Carlos and Fernando Morientes.

David Beckham was also linked but decided to stay in Italy. Looks like Abramovich still thinks money can win the premiership. Good luck to him.

May 25, 2004 by  
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If anyone is visiting this sports page, and is mad keen on Liverppol like me, this may be of interest to you. THE FINAL GERARD HOULLIER INTERVIEW IN FULL.

GH did some good things in his time at Liverpool, but I can’t say I’m disappointed to see him going. I’ve said several times in the last two seasons that he really doesn’t have the passion and drive, and it translates to the way the team plays; flat and uninspiring. I hope Liverpool bring in a coach that is going to demand more from the players than average results, one who will not be “happy with how the boys played”, when they obviously threw away a perfectly winnable game.

Bring on Claudio Ranieri to Liverpool if Roman Abramovich and Chelsea don’t want him! Unfortunately it looks like he may be heading to Roma in the Serie A.

IEI

May 21, 2004 by  
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IEI, where I worked in the US for three years, gave safety awards. Six months injury free? Have an IEI baseball hat. One year injury free? Have an IEI sweater. Two years injury free? Have a jacket. On us.

This jacket is sweet. It was presented to me at the IEI Christmas dinner at the golf club, since I was leaving the country four days later. Note that I worked in the office for most of the time there…so staying injury free meant avoiding the dangerous sharp edges you can find on a piece of paper.

Some people said, “You do all this work and they give you a jacket? It really shows what they think of us, man. It’s not worth it.”

Let me say again. This jacket is sweet. I love IEI.
They gave me a cool jacket. Who says you can’t buy my love?

May 21, 2004 by  
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Turkey (3) def. Australia (1)

I can’t say I was impressed with the way Australia played against Turkey tonight. Yes, I like a tough game. I want them to go hard, not take the dive, be prepared for a bit of argy-bargy. But tonight was petty. The Australians looked like they were playing to piss off the Turks.

Late challenges, reckless challenges, pushing, shoving, pulling. Yes it’s all part of the game…but for a ‘fight’ to break out in a friendly is a bit much. If it was a tactic to put the turks off their game, it’s one we can do without. If it wasn’t a friendly, I think Australia could have been playing with ten, or even nine. There was a glut of yellow cards, some unnecessary, but you could tell the referee was frustrated with the way the game was being played as well. He used the card early in the game to try and convince he was going to be tough, but it just meant he had to keep showing it.

The Australians put in a good game. They had some good chances and some slick passing in attack. Looking forward to seeing them again Monday night, hopefully a little more composed. A crowd of 28,236 is not too shabby either.

May 21, 2004 by  
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China Holds Its Tongue on Chen’s Inauguration

Apparently Taiwan’s re-elected president, Chen Shui-bian, is pro-independence, so of course bound to raise the ire of the Chinese government. The amazing thing is how strongly China feels about Taiwan, despite being “ideological and diplomatic foes since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949”.

1949!! Self-determination Taiwan has. And self-government. To an extent. What they are being denied is their right to choose secession, or, more accurately the right to call themselves a separate state. It could be accurately said they seceded 55 years ago. That’s the reality. China refuses to recognise it, and threatens force to deny it. I don’t know what percentage of Taiwanese people want to remain separate from mainland China, but they should be allowed to do so openly.

I would like to think China wouldn’t invade them, but there’s no knowing. I would like to think the US (because nobody else will do it) would threaten to protect Taiwan in the hope this would force China to accept it. That would of course be a dangerous call, because things would get ugly if the US and China ended up fighting over a small island in the East China Sea.

So we try to keep the status quo. And the Taiwanese lose because they’re not allowed a free choice. 55 years. When is effective separation long enough?

May 21, 2004 by  
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Just quickly.
Brazil v France this morning was not the spectacle I was hoping it would be. They both wanted to not lose so badly that it was played like a World Cup final. Not too much excitement. It was more to do with two fantastic teams cancelling each other out (I stole that from the commentator) than not playing well. They both played brilliantly, just not recklessly going after goals. Thus, it finished 0-0. Good individual skills on display every now and then. Oh well, bring on Turkey tonight.

May 20, 2004 by  
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This afternoon I handed in what can only be described as the worst piece of assessment I have ever had the displeasure of putting my name to. Admittedly it was much better written than, say, a story I wrote in second grade, but even that would have passed for fulfilling the criteria, namely being able to form readable latin script with a writing implement.

This, on the other hand, was utter crap. I will fail, but hopefully not so badly that I can’t rescue the course for a passing grade.

On a lighter note, here’s something I did actually write in second grade.

November 20, 1986
Jim And the Giant
Once upon a time Jim was walking home from school. Then there was a giant foot in front of him! Then he looked way way up. He saw that it was a giant. The giant picked him up and looked at him. Jim asked, “Can you take me home in your shirt pocket.?” The giant said, “Yes, I will take you home in my shirt pocket.” And with that the giant put Jim in his shirt pocket and walked Jim to his house.

THE END

Okay, that is infinitely better than what I handed in today….

May 20, 2004 by  
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Yes, there’s an absolute feast of soccer on the box this weekend.

Early tomorrow (Friday) morning we have Brazil vs France in a FIFA
Centennial friendly match. Brazil, winners of the last World Cup
(2002), vs France, winners of the ’98 World Cup where they beat Brazil
3-0 in the final! You can’t get much better than this. I tell you
that (who won what recently) so you get the idea that this is going to
be a bit more than just a friendly kick-around. Both of these teams
have something to prove. France didn’t back up too well from their
’98 WC crown, not even making it past the group stage in ’02. Despite
this, I’m tipping France to win it. With Thierry Henry leading the
French attack you’d be hard pressed not to. It’s not a one-man team
though, he’s backed up by fellow Premier League champions and Arsenal
team-mates Vieira and Pires, Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane and
captained by Chelsea stalwart Desailly. But you can never write off
the magic of the Brazilians. Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Carlos…they all
have the ability to produce what can only be described as ‘beautiful’.
This should be special. That one’s on SBS at 4.45am, Friday.

Friday night at 7pm it’s Australia vs Turkey in the first of two
friendly matches. Turkey made it to the semi-finals of World Cup 2002
and will be a tough opponent for Australia. Hakan Sukur and Emre are
the two standout players for me, but we’ll see what I have to say
about that after the first game. Unfortunately Australia will be
without some of their top players: Kewell, Viduka, Moore and Muscat
out with injuries; Tim Cahill with Millwall for the FA Cup final
against ManU; Tony Popovic with Crystal Palace playing for promotion
to the Premier League and Paul Okon on club duties. With seven of our
top players out, the chances of posing a serious challenge to the
Turkish side would seem to be low. These guys are rarely around
anyway, all with clubs outside of Australia, and so I’m actually
looking forward to seeing if we’ve got the quality here at home to
take Turkey on. Turkey also missed out on a spot at Euro2004 in
Portugal this year, so there’s a lot of pressure on them to perform.
This is either going to be a good thing, or we’re going to be
tragically outplayed. As always I’ll be cheering like a madman for
Australia. Sydney-siders don’t get to see it live on TV. Go to the
game! I hope this is well attended and watched by Australian
supporters. That’s live on SBS at 7pm, delayed telecast in Sydney at
11pm.

Finally, Saturday night Millwall take on Manchester United in the FA
Cup final. Go Millwall! It’s a long shot, but you’ve got to back the
boys from the First Division. They were good enough to get to the
final, I just hope they’ve got what it takes to down the richest club
in the world. Not only the richest, but the winningest FA Cup team in
history: 10 wins out of 15 finals appearances. This is Millwall’s
first, and unfortunately they haven’t really been tested yet. To make
it to the final they haven’t faced a single Premier League side.
Hopefully they aren’t overawed by the whole occasion. Saturday on SBS
at 10pm.

All of these games are LIVE!

Ah yes, then there’s us, playing at 1pm against the only side that has
beaten us this season, in the very first game. Let me point out, that
was a game I wasn’t here for… I’ve played in every game since, and
we have not lost again. I’m still puzzled as to why I haven’t
received a call from Frank Farina yet, any fool could make the
deduction…

May 20, 2004 by  
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I forgot about this! Hacky sack, or Footbag WorldWide. You could say it technically belongs on the Sports page, but there you go…

I love to hack. Milton, whatever happened to those hacky photos??

May 19, 2004 by  
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I say “that time is not now”, yet I go ahead and do it anyway… permalinks in, and link back to the top of the page.

New blog online – Reviews link on the left is now a blog. This answers the “nix sports blog?” question. No. Make ‘more’ blogs…

Some things will be moved to those blogs from here as appropriate.

May 19, 2004 by  
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One thing I like about blogger comments: they will email me when someone comments.

One thing I dislike about blogger comments: you must be registered with blogger to post as anyone other than ‘Anonymous’.

I feel this frustration with Xanga, so I won’t inflict it on others. Therefore I am not going to use blogger comments, much as I would like to.

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