Wednesday, June 4, 2008

What about Patra?

With no doubt, it was not to my intentions to write a short post about my home city this time, but I just saw that Hans posted 3 small pics of it as day opening. I could post some personal photos if you would like... not touristic ones, in order for you to have a pretty good idea about where I live... and what my home city means to me... because it means a lot and even though is the second most important greek port due to the connection with Italy, it seems that not many people worldwide know about the place and its people.

Why the Dutch will win Euro 2008

Of course, our Englismen are bored, but still fun....

By Peter Chayney

1. The Dutch like darts. And so do we.

2. The 1988 European Championship-winning side of Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard and Adrie van Tiggelen was TOTAL FOOTBALL. And who can forget Van Basten's stunning volley against the USSR? Unquestionably the greatest European Championships' goal of all time.

3. The Orange influx to England has had a huge and impressive impact on the English game with talents such as Gullit, Johnny Metgod, Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Jaap Stam.

4. The Dutch have also provided some comedy imports including hopelessly out-of-his depth Jordi Cruyff, the money for nothing and probably chicks for free Winston Bogarde, the money for nothing and almost certainly chicks for free Patrick Kluivert and Marco Boogers.
Boogers was a £1m signing by Harry Redknapp who quit West Ham due to stress, and was found weeks later in a Dutch caravan park.

5. Holland play in orange. It's an exciting, vibrant colour like some of the world's most exciting things like oranges, Orange County, and er, orange juice.

6. They have a slightly musical way of speaking Englissssshhhh that'shhh jushhht fantashhhtic. Obviously English people should be completely ashamed that Dutch people's vocabulary in both languages is larger than theirs . But they don't and they prefer to cover their ignorance with puerile acshent gagsh.

7. The Dutch are a notoriously tall people making them easy to follow, even in a crowd.

8. Sure we've had a few blow-ups in the past - as little seafaring nations do (three Anglo-Dutch wars between 1652 and 1674) - but relations between England and Holland have largely been friendly since then, and there's not many countries that that could be said about.

9. Call us lazy but what's not to love about a flat country - it's not great for hill walkers or downhill skiiers but very good for cyclists. Besides you can't please everyone.

10. There is a well-worn phrase about "going Dutch" and we're easily led.

... Other stereotypical Dutch things we like: weekends in the beautiful and relaxed surrounds of Amsterdam, Edam, Grolsch, Van Gogh, Heineken, Delft Blue Pottery (and the fact they hate the Germans - big time. Ed)

So instead of crying God for England, Harry and St George, here at Sportsmail Towers, we'll be crying Jaap for der Nederlands, Van Halen and St Cruyff.

England is supporting the Netherlands!!!! Euro 2008

On our way to occupy Switzerland and Austria. No appeasement, we will fight until the finals.

Obama the new President

Last night I watched Obama his speech in St. Paul in Minneapolis and today his speech in front of the most powerful lobby in the USA: AIPEC. Within 12 hrs he gave two powerful speeches, not looking at a piece of paper. His eyes strong into the audience.

Yes, he can cheer up his audience, using the old body languages and rhetoric by African Americans, during sermons.

But today he explained sentence by sentence what his foreign policy will be.

He is acting like a statesman, already presidential. And McCain...talks like 'I know what is in the best interest for you, go to sleep we will take care...

And all who thinks that the Republican Party will 'deliver' another president, be aware that the next government has to pay its depths off before starting another war. Madrid, London, Amsterdam, Bali, etc. had to pay its fair share in pain, its not only 9/11 which counts.

Obama or McCain: A fair choice?

Always Afraid

The news that America will tighten its supervision about who's coming in struck me yesterday. This is for the people just visiting the US for less than 90 days who don’t need a visa to enter. They have to check in online 72 hours before their flight leaves so that the US government can check who's coming in, other words: if you have done something they don’t like, you’re refused anyway.

Memories about my visa-applications came back to me. How I had to go to the United States Consulate General on Museum Square in Amsterdam. The Consulate there is situated in an old building with huge fences not matching the spacious square at all. A line was in front of it because people where strapped and checked from top till toe. It already looked Nazi-like from the outside and the rain made things look more terrible. I started to laugh at that time (and still d0) because I was used to small offices somewhere tucked away in Bangkok. In these offices you pay a couple of dollars and you're welcome to visit an extremely beautiful country. Sure, it’s a whole adventure to cross a border. The border between Cambodia and Laos for example: it appears that there is a piece of jungle between those two borders. A piece of no-mans-land and it was a whole adventure crossing it.

Arriving at the airport in America was also an adventure. It delayed me for 1,5 hour because they asked the same questions as they did in the consulate. It didn’t feel like an adventure adventure, it felt annoying that a country is living in such fright to loose control. Quite the opposite when you compare it to a country that has been invaded by the United States only fifty years ago and have still any reason to be afraid of every foreigner. In stead, they welcome you with open arms.

(My time in the US was a great time and I met wonderful people who were very open minded)

Once upon a time in Mexico- While cycling

This picture is not a hoax, but made by a member of the city council of Monterrey last Sunday during the Cycle Classic Matamoros - Playa Bagdad in the northern part of Mexico, near the border with Texas. The driver was a drunk Texan who felt asleep whilst injuring 10 cyclists and killing one. Yes, sports can be dangerous. The guy is arrested by the Mexican policy. There is an expression: 'what happens in Mexico, stays in Mexico'. So will this Texan...
I've often crossed the border of the USA and Mexico (California and Texas) and was annoyed by the many drunk kids from the USA in those border places...

Two Sides to President Bush and Americans

I thought this was an interesting take on the American President and ungrateful Americans. Although I cannot validate that it was actually written/said by Jay Leno, a famous late night talk host, I wanted to still share it with our open minded readers. Enjoy!

Jay Leno says...

'As most of you know I am not a President Bush fan, nor have I ever been, but this is not about Bush, it is about us, as Americans, and it seems to hit the mark.

The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some Poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right?

The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the President. In essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change. So being the knuckledragger I am, I started thinking, 'What are we so unhappy about?''

A. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week?

B. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter?

C. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?

Do you want to read the rest of the story? Go to Jay Leno on President Bush.

Day Opening - June 4