>Spain 1-0 Germany

>A complete massacre in reality. that German team was so poor. Spain with 2 guys up front in Villa and Torres would have won 3-0. Jurgen Kohler must be turning on his beach towel watching those defenders. Good to see Lahm exposed as the 14 year he is. His lack of commitment in the Torres goal said it all. For an allegedly great player, where was Podolski in the second half? While the Spanish midfield are a class passing act, the German midfield were pedestrian and very poor.

Spain were deserved winners but lets not get too hasty. Without a second striker they will get beaten by a better team with clinical finishers.

Player of the Tournament: Senna. I ask where were Podolski or Arshavin, search Senna’s back pocket.

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Merseyside clubs’ new kits to include permanent black armbands

LIVERPOOL AND Everton have unveiled their hi-tech new shirts for the upcoming season, which will each incorporate a permanent black armband.

At a star-studded launch, an Adidas spokesmen said the new kits had been designed to “reflect the city’s proud tradition of disproportionately prolonged post-death moping,” as Scouse luminaries Sir Paul McCartney, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, and Sinbad from Brookside listened in the audience.

Incorporating revolutionary Perma-Mourn™ technology, the groundbreaking black armbands ensure that players feel exactly the same level of sadness as the average Scouser does on a day-to-day basis.

Speaking at the launch. Everton’s Mikel Arteta said: “Finally I will know the true meaning of what it is to be a Scouser. I think it’s great. Well it’s not great, obviously, it’s a very tragic time and our thoughts are with all of the parents, everywhere, forever.”

The ‘Cilla’, as the black armband is affectionately known to Liverpudlian football fans, was hailed as a great innovation by the head of Liverpool’s Union of Genial Humour. “Most importantly, it’s what Maddie would have wanted,” said the Union leader through his manly tears.

Another unique new feature was unveiled specifically for Steven Gerrard’s kit, a specially-designed microchip implanted into the fabric of the shirt. Every time the midfielder is fouled, a tiny speaker will shout “Justice for the 96!” in the hope that referees will be guilt-tripped into awarding 30 per cent more penalties to the home side at Anfield.

If the new advancements are a success, manufacturers are planning to offer similar technology to the clubs when they build their new stadiums in the city. To transfer the unique atmosphere of the Kop to the new Anfield, Liverpool will fit every seat with a sepia-toned cushion so that fans looking out onto the pitch can remember what it was like when they ruled Europe.

Meanwhile Everton fans will be given cutting edge glasses with their tickets, which aim to replicate watching the Toffees in the Eighties by obliterating all non-Caucasian players from the wearer’s field of vision.

Credit to Si.

>If I only knew the answer…
If I change my way of living
And If I pave my streets with good times
Will the mountain keep on giving
And if all of our days are numbered
Then why do I keep counting

Just some quick thank yous for New Zealand

I will put up a main blog later covering my thoughts and the joyful experiences of being in New Zealand again. It took 11 years but she always stayed with me and it was certainly worth every penny to get back.

But firstly and promptly I wish to thank those who made the trip worthwhile, the friends I met and those I caught up with, some after far too long long.

Mel – for putting me up in Auckland for 4 nights, organising the various BBQs and giving me useful info.
Sophie – the weekend at the Bach was cool and that rugby BBQ and the welcome you gave my mates was very generous.
Silvia – for climbing up that glacier with me and the photos were much appreciated.
Emily and Veronica – for the pub fun in Punakaiki and Auckland as well as your valiant, and amusing attempts to get to the game!
Emilie, my travel partner up the West Coast; the walks, talks, wine and fishbait, that Indian curry and the Ladies Man.
Aaron – great to catch up mate in Wellington. None of us know how we made it to our destinations the next day.
Si – truly an awesome experience to catch up at the gig, in the pubs and flirting with the staff in an Izakaya again. Great memories with a great mate I’ll always call the Boss.
Steve and Lucy – great to catch up again mate. Can’t believe it’s gonna be a year but what an occasion it will be eh!
Levi – great to meet a fellow BKer and that ride around the Northlands, through the forests and round those weed-smoked hills.
That Argentinian lass – just thanks.

Thank You So Much.

The musing will come later!

>Oasis

>A Korean film dealing with the relationship between a mildly retarded ex-con and a girl with cerebral palsy. awkward to watch at times and very Korean (if you have been there) but also heart-warming and saddening. The insensitive way the family deals with the situation and the theme of family mis-communication and mis-understanding is important.

The actress who played the role with cerebral palsy was unbelievably and deservedly won prizes. tough subject, well done