Saturday, June 7, 2008

Today's Euro 2008 matches

Switzerland - Chech Republic: 0 - 1
Portugal - Turkey: 2 - 0
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Sunday matches:
Austria - Croatoa: 18.45 EET
Germany - Poland: 21.45 EET

About Armenian-Turkish relations

To continue on Han's last post... Yesterday, RFE/RL published a very interesting article by Richard Giragosian, regarding Armenian-Turkish relations. Unfortunately, I have permission to re-publish only to my blog; so, you can visit it to read the post here... and you may read the initial post here...

More blogs added

Added Christos blog to the chain, although its mainly in Greek, but an interesting post in English of yesterday. And Jenny White's 'Kamil Pasha' is added too.

Who should you support in England's absence ?

THis question was put in the Daily Mail of the 3th of June.
Here some results by clicking on this, this and this where you also can vote....on Turkey, they need some votes.

Here some guidelines written down in te Daily Mail of the 3th of June. Have fun.

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For the first time since 1984, there is no home nation in a major tournament. So no WAGs parade, no 'We can win it' speeches and, of course, no ultimate disappointment after defeat on penalties. But it is still possible to save your summer. Here Sportsmail helps you decide which team to support...
Sportsmail online will be throwing it's considerable weight behind Holland, for no other reasons than the Dutch camp is chock full of Barclays Premier League stars and they wear the brightest shirts in the business. The future's bright, the future's orange.

GROUP A

CZECH REPUBLIC

Reasons to cheer: Record goalscorer Jan Koller, with 52 in 83 games and due to retire after the Euros. The only man in international football who looks down on Peter Crouch.

Reasons to jeer: They qualify comfortably, they start well, they falter. If you are going to fail, do it properly. Like England.

Premier League talent: Milan Baros (Portsmouth, on loan), Petr Cech (Chelsea), Marek Matejovsky (Reading).

PORTUGAL

Reasons to cheer: A certain Manchester United winger will delight with his talents or amuse with his tantrums.

Reasons to jeer: England's nemesis and every billionaire owner's must-have accessory for the new season, Luiz 'Big Phil' Scolari.

Premier League talent: Jose Bosingwa, Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira (all Chelsea), Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo (both Manchester United).

SWITZERLAND

Reasons to cheer: It is wonderfully perverse to have strong feelings about the world capital of neutrality.

Reasons to jeer: It is wonderfully perverse to have strong feelings about the world capital of neutrality.

Premier League talent: Philipp Degen (Liverpool), Johan Djourou, Philippe Senderos (right, both Arsenal), Blerim Dzemaili (Bolton), Gelson Fernandes (Manchester City).

TURKEY

Reasons to cheer: It really will be just like watching Brazil, in the shape of Fenerbahce midfielder Mehmet Aurelio, otherwise known as Marco Aurélio Brito dos Prazeres.

Reasons to jeer: Manager Fatih Terim's refusal to pick the Dean Windass of international football, Hakan Sukur.

Premier League talent: Emre (Newcastle), Tuncay Sanli (Middlesbrough).


GROUP B

AUSTRIA

Reasons to cheer: They are likely to make England's most recent displays in major tournaments look heroic.

Reasons to jeer: Their presence as joint hosts has robbed a better team of the right to participate. Scotland, for instance.

Premier League talent: Emanuel Pogatetz (Middlesbrough).

CROATIA

Reasons to cheer: They rid the nation of Steve McClaren, and England could at least claim they lost to the winners.

Reasons to jeer: They knocked England out and thus tipped an already ailing economy further towards recession.

Premier League talent: Vedran Corluka (Manchester City), Luka Modric (Spurs, left), Niko Kranjcar (Portsmouth).

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Renoir 'nurenoirde'


The Spring by Pierre Auguste Renoir.

Renoir's nurenoirde is neither that of Monet, nor of Degas, whose main concern was truth, the last-named even trying to define in the undressed being such psychologic observations as are generally looked for in the features of the clothed being.
Nor is Renoir's nurenoirde that of the academicians, that poetised nurenoirde arranged according to a pseudo-Greek ideal, which has nothing in common with contemporary women. What Renoir sees in the nurenoirde is less the line, than the brilliancy of the epidermis, the luminous, nacreous substance of the flesh: it is the "ideal clay"; and in this he shows the vision of a poet; he transfigures reality, but in a very different sense from that of the School.
Renoir's woman comes from a primitive dream-land; she is an artless, wild creature, blooming in perfumed scrub. He sets her in backgrounds of foliage or of blue, foam-fringed torrents. She is a luxuriant, firm, healthy and naïve woman with a powerful body, a small head, her eyes wide open, thoughtless, brilliant and ignorant, her lips blood-red and her nostrils dilated; she is a gentle being, like the women of Tahiti, born in a tropical clime where vice is as unknown as shame, and where entire ingenuousness is a guarantee against all indecency. One cannot but be astonished at this mixture of "Japanism," savagism and eighteenth century taste, which constitutes inimitably the nurenoirde of Renoir.

Day Opening - June 7



"One of my favourite": Casablanca.