Monthly Archives: June 2009

Womens Tennis – Why Pay More?

Why do women get the same prize money as men? This is not a ‘sex’ argument, so don’t start shouting at me.  In 2007, Wimbledon started paying women the same prize money as the men (£850,000 for the singles champion this year).  Back then, the argument was based on equality.  For me, the argument should be based on quality.

As with anything in life (pretty much) you pay for what you get. Tennis is the only sport that bucks the trend.  The mens game is quicker, more powerful, more physical and the matches last longer.  It’s the last point – games lasting longer – that forms the basis of my argument.  The mens game can last up to 5 sets (anything between 2 and 5 hours long) where as the womens game only lasts a maximum 3 sets (approx. 1-2 hours) in length.  Remove the fact that the mens game draws a bigger crowd, is quicker, more entertaining, has bigger sponsorships etc and focus on time.  Men should expect to get more prize funds, merely as reward for the hours they put in on the court! I WOULD NOT be happy if I was paid the same as someone else who worked half the hours I did for what is, essentially, the same job.

If anybody wants to argue against my reasoning, bring it on. I think it’s a joke that women get paid the same – ‘time = money’ SHOULD be the determining factor.

Simona Halep - proving why womens tennis can be popular

Simona Halep - proving why womens tennis can be popular

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Wired’s Top 10 Trailers From E3

Here’s the top 10 trailers from the recent E3 event – according to Wired.  Don’t know whether Microsoft’s Project Natal is a good or bad thing?  It’s quite scary actually..

E3

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Jim Magilton / Toying With Our Loyalty

We’re gonna do this, we’re gonna do that – but what do they do? They hire Jim Magilton.

Now, I’m the type of fan that will give Jim time to prove what he can do – but will the other Rangers fans do the same? I very much doubt it.  On the positive side, Jim Magilton plays football the right way and I always admired him as a player – so here’s hoping this translates onto the pitch at Loftus Road.  However, you can’t escape the fact Jim was sacked as the manager of divisional rivals Ipswich Town and their fans don’t seem too bothered to see the back of him (despite worshipping him as a player).  Has the appointment inspired me to renew my season ticket? No, not really.

Our Owners

Toying with our loyalty
The noise eminating from the Loftus Road boadroom certainly doesn’t match the decisions they are making.  We we’re all sucked into the hype at the end of last season when new owners Flavio Briatore, Bernie Ecclestone, Lakshmi Mittal and Amit Bhatia marched onto the pitch alongside QPR greats Sir Les Ferdinand, Paul Parker, Stan Bowles and Rodney Marsh.  Pyroclastics, cheerleaders and a huge unvieling of the new club crest joined them on the pitch – whipping the crowd into a frenzy – promising Champions League football in four years. Wow! (well, to be honest I thought it was all a bit of a let down personally – I mean, where was Zidane?).

Anyway, one season later where have we gone? How far have we come? Not far at all. One minute we’re being promised Premiership football, high profile players and managers and the next we get season tickets hiked, Iain Dowie, Samuel Di Carmine and Gary Borrowdale. What the fuck are they doing with our club? We’re not a toy – so stop toying with my years and years of loyalty. All I ask is that you listen to the fans, stop telling outrageous porkies and deliver on achieveable promises.  We’re not stupid. Loyalty does not equal stupidity.  Treat us honestly and fairly and we’ll repay you with a buzzing Loftus Road – uniting under the same cause – promotion.

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Pixar’s Latest Short Film – Partly Cloudy

Don’t know about you but I love both Pixar’s short films and their full features.  Really beautiful to look at – visual porn. The latest edition, Partly Cloudy is really sweet.  Take a look and let me know your thoughts. Enjoy..

Partly Cloudy

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The World of Football…

Original Ronaldo puts defender on his arse without touching ball – class.

It must be in the blood. Daniele Maldini, son of Paolo, owns Clarence Seedorf with an inch perfect slide tackle (as Milan celebrated their Champions League triumph in 2007).

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Beatles Rock Band Animation

This is simply awesome. I love the style, the music, the pace and the overall feel of it. Quite simply the best bit of animation that I’ve seen in a long while.

Check it out.

Beatles Rock Band

Beatles Rock Band

Beatles Rock Band

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Gordon Brown vs. Cassetteboy

Great mashup of a Gordon Brown speech – courtesy of Cassetteboy.  Quite apt – seeing as the ‘stop the BNP’ elections are taking place today. Will I vote? Probably not – have more important things on mind at the moment, like whether to renew my season ticket or not. Enjoy.

Also, check out Cassetteboy’s Apprentice mashup – also v.funny.

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