Monthly Archives: September 2009

Magilton’s Vision – Slowly But Surely

As mentioned in previous posts, I have never doubted Magilton’s ability to get us playing football the right way. My main concern was with personnel, especially in the goalscoring department.  The introduction of Jay Simpson from Arsenal has added an extra dimension, that’s for sure.  Rather surprisingly, Simpson is a real battler – working hard, chasing down lost causes and competing for headers when he is clearly four feet nothing.  He looks sharp, holds the ball up well and his link up play is excellent. His finishing needs more refining but he’s more than good enough for the Championship.

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Over the last few weeks I’ve seen a vast imporvement in the way we play.  The squad is settling nicely and Magilton is finding out his strongest eleven – using a 4-4-2 system (gone are the days of 4-5-1 under Paulo Sousa).  The introduction of Ben Watson (on loan from Wigan) has balanced the side brilliantly. He’s a talented player who can score goals, tackle, has a full range of passing and compliments the excellent Martin Rowlands brilliantly.  Buzsaky, Watson, Rowlands and Routledge is the preferred choice and I totally agree.  There’s a great balance of pace (Routledge), passing (Watson and Rowlands) and finising/delivery (Buzsaky).

Borrowdale has done brilliantly at left back and fair play to him – Paulo Sousa didn’t give him a sniff when he was here. Initially, I was sceptical but he’s proved me wrong by being solid all season so far.  I love Matt Connolly. He’d be in my starting eleven, that’s for sure – but at the expense of who? That’s a tough one.  Both Stewart and Gorkss have done nothing wrong but I can’t help thinking that our defence would be all the stronger with Connolly’s inclusion.  Liegertwood has been playing right back recently – a position first explored for him under Gareth Ainsworth.  I think it’s his best position. Full backs are massively underrated in football. They’re the ones who start the move, have more time than any other player on the pitch and provide additional ‘poke’ with great overlapping.  I know he probably doesn’t want to play there all the time…but tough Mikele!

So, Magilton’s steering things in the right direction – well done sir. Long may it continue. Off to Newcastle tonight. Lets keep our run going. I have a sneaky feeling about tonight y’know…

C’mon you R’s!

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Dixons New Ad Campaign

Very cool in my opinion and apprently developed internally. Nice.

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The Beatles Rock Band Outro

Just as good as the intro.

Awesome.

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Caster SeMENya – Man in Drag

Wow. What a saga. Is she? Isn’t she?

This has been a great source of debate recently.  I’ve heard some pretty interesting accounts and the overall story fascinates me. So, she dominated the South African junior championships 3/4 weeks prior to the World Championships and this alerted the international authorities – who then decided to keep a close eye her/him. Then this happened…

The wife and I didn’t know about the prior ‘debate’ and both remarked that she/he was very ‘manly’.  John Inverdale then confirmed our suspicion during the post race analysis on the BBC. She smashed the final and was quickly whisked away for further ‘tests’. Someone in the office did say “how hard can it be? whip down her strides and check whether she has meat and 2 veg!”. Many are probably thinking the same but I heard a really interesting account of the ‘process’ following a BBC interview after the race.  The process is delicate.  Caster has been bought up a girl, she believes she’s a girl – why wouldn’t she?  The interviewee (an IAAF governer) remarked that this case is unlike a drug cheat – where you can single out the individual for cheating and disqualify them, taking away their medal.  The Caster situation is delicate in that DNA tests may prove she was/is a man.  The difficult task is managing the athlete during what must be the hardest time in their life. Dealing with the consequences and coming to terms with such a life changing discovery cannot be easy.

So, after a hero’s welcome when she arrived back in South Africa (where she displayed even more manly characteristics) they decided whisk her away, whack on a bit of slap and make her more ‘feminine’ for the cover of ‘YOU’ magazine. Amazing.

I’m amazed by the whole story. What are your thoughts? Man? Woman?  Either way, ‘it’s’ a bloody good runner!

Would you?

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New AIDS Awareness Campaign – Strong Stuff

Wow, this is strong stuff. The new campaign, designed by Regenbogen e.V. in conjunction with the advertising agency ‘das comitee’, speaks in clear terms: its slogan is “AIDS is a mass murderer“. It features the greatest mass murderers in recent history having sex (including Hitler – featured in the video below). Thoughts? Check out the site and view the advert.

Adolf Hitler Stalin

Here’s the site

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Nike Air Jordan – History of Flight

Love this great site – celebraring the legacy of the historic Nike Air Jordan trainers.  Really like the ace 3D animations.

Check it out.

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DDB Brazil Facing a Tsunami of Critics for their WWF Advert

Blatantly obvious attempt to crank up buzz but how far have they overstepped the mark? Thoughts?

Crazy Offensive 9/11 WWF DDB Commercial – Watch more Funny Videos

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