>Owen Hargreaves

>Click the title for Owen Hargreaves’ column. the guy makes a lot of sense and his answers to the questions at the bottom so a genuine keen brain and enthusiasm for football. England need more of players like and Stevie G.

Who is the best player you have played with – and the best you have played against?

Alain Grimaitre, Switzerland

Playing against Zinedine Zidane was incredible. He was a step ahead of everyone else, he controlled exactly what happened on the pitch. He was absolute magician with the ball. He was really difficult to play against because it was so tempting to sit there and be mesmerised by him, admire his skill and completely forget you had to be getting stuck into him!

One of the best I have ever played with is Paul Scholes. He has such a sharp football brain and was also a great trainer and a great professional. I thought he was the best player in England training every day. He is such a clever player – he can pass, tackle, shoot, score tremendous goals. He was great to play with and also to watch. I certainly looked up to him when I first joined the England squad.

I won’t say much but the atmosphere in the pub during the Andorra game was simmering anger. Like the Israeli game, people started giving up and the relief was enormous when Gerrard scored.

>A Belated Good Luck…

…to Clyde, my brother-in-law who is running the Marathon des Sables this week, 254kms over six days across the Sahara. Tough work but he’s a fit boy. Good luck dude.

>Its Cold Up North

This blog seems to be getting baby obsessed. The Gorings, The Miottis, the Luddingtonns. Oh well, when they look this cute, why not?

Added to that, I have the Youngs, Carlins and Woods getting married on me and I hear a few other friends are looking at it too.

Anyway here is little Aalia, aged 3 months now, wearing her hat. As a man of hat’s, I give my thumbs up.

>Wish You Were Here

How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls
swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,

Running over the same old ground.

What have we found? The same old fears.

Wish you were here

Pink Floyd

I could tell you a long story about this tune in a Bangkok apartment, sober but unable to get away for a variety of hilarious reasons that I’ll tell you in person. I had to run out at 5am to catch a 7am flight out of the country . Never saw the characters again but it sticks in my memory and in Tom’s as he was waiting for me to go to the airport. Just part of the fun of travelling. Great tune too.

>How’s Dan doing? Well…

Hey guys and girls,

Just thought I’d give a heads up. All well here and I am back at home. Just looking for jobs and getting everything back in a routine of exercising, planning, studying and eating better and drinking less. I am hoping to do the DELTA this summer in Poland, as well as the Japanese exams in December. Before that, I am heading to Amsterdam for a few days to hook up with Jeroen and Daphne after a few years of missed meetings. It’s the Queens Birthday in the Netherlands so it’ll be a huge party on a boat on the canals.

But before all that I have to earn some cash to get me back in the black. I’ll be at mate’s gigs and the cinema for the rest of the month, observing life rather than drinking through it. I am keeping my weekends quiet right now (that is until an old mate calls up and offers a beer). There are a few stories that need to be written this year too before they become a relic of a lost need. Reading some great books too right now. Lolita, Waiting for Godot, Dante Inferno, and Gravity’s Rainbow. Should be enough to inspire me.

I will also post about my recent trip. I have started the post. It’s entitled Me and my Boys. During my days memories burst over me, leaving me looking an escaped mental patient as I smile through the Spring days. I will be looking to hook up with various people soon who I met on this most friendly of jaunts. I enjoyed it immensely.

PS – Good to see that the folks, LP and Sarina had a cool time together. I think LP worked the charm on my old dear as I did on his!!

Crazy Christians explain the world.

The top 100 crazy Christian posts of 2006. Some entertaining, some downright nuts and scary. Here is a selection though the link to the top 100 is here. Credit to Mad Processor.

#1 – “Gravity: Doesn’t exist. If items of mass had any impact of others, then mountains should have people orbiting them. Or the space shuttle in space should have the astronauts orbiting it. Of course, that’s just the tip of the gravity myth. Think about it. Scientists want us to believe that the sun has a gravitation pull strong enough to keep a planet like neptune or pluto in orbit, but then it’s not strong enough to keep the moon in orbit? Why is that? What I believe is going on here is this: These objects in space have yet to receive mans touch, and thus have no sin to weigh them down. This isn’t the case for earth, where we see the impact of transfered sin to material objects. The more sin, the heavier something is. “ – Trinidad and Tobago

#4 –
“One of the most basic laws in the universe is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This states that as time goes by, entropy in an environment will increase. Evolution argues differently against a law that is accepted EVERYWHERE BY EVERYONE. Evolution says that we started out simple, and over time became more complex. That just isn’t possible: UNLESS there is a giant outside source of energy supplying the Earth with huge amounts of energy. If there were such a source, scientists would certainly know about it. [emphasis added]” – awesomestnerd

#9 –
There are a lot of things I have concluded to be wrong, without studying them in-depth. Evolution is one of them. The fact that I don’t know that much about it does not bother me in the least.” – AV1611VET

#11 –
“I can sum it all up in three words: Evolution is a lie” – JohnR7 (Genius, John)

#14 – “I don’t care about logic or science, the Bible says the moon and sun move. – Katy-Anne”

>One Question Survey – me likes…

>Just did this random, ridiculous one question survey. Turned out nice.

Have a go; the link is here.

My results go as follows.

Your Birthdate: October 1

You are a natural born leader, even if those leadership talents haven’t been developed yet.
You have the power and self confidence to succeed in life, and your power grows daily.
Besides power, you also have a great deal of creativity that enables you to innovate instead of fail.
You are a visionary, seeing the big picture instead of all of the trivial little details.

Your strength: Your supreme genius

Your weakness: Your inappropriate sensitivity

Your power color: Gold

Your power symbol: Star

Your power month: January