30 June 2004
Excuse my French
The goals were great. All three of them actually. Just as well that I wasn't in Holland. If I had been surrounded by Dutch people, I would have cried. Now J. quietly took me home. Bugger.
Semi-final tonight. Will be beat
It would be so cool if we won it again. But hey, I am having a great time with the
I know, too much football on this website and not enough useful and informative posting. Well, here’s a snippet of info for you: J. and I are hopefully signing the rent for our wonderful little flat on Wednesday. Finally I will be moving in with J. Yippie. No more sharing with good friends. But my own place. Decorated to my own taste. Luckily enough, J. and I have a very similar taste in decoration.......
Now for this meeting....
24 June 2004
My reward? A Dutch football shirt that J. is getting me. The nice white away-strip. Cool.
Yes. I am opportunistic: if Holland loose, it is 'they'. If they win, it is 'we'. That's life.
23 June 2004
Oh how I love this new Blogger e-mail posting feature. Now I can post without having to open Internet Explorer (which is heavily monitored here......) Tonight Holland (or actually, The
20 June 2004
Over the past few weeks/months, the Dutch press has done nothing but slaughter you and try to make you look like a bad coach who does not know what he is doing. There you are, things are looking up, the stadium in Portugal is full of Orange people, the team is winning. That should show them who is boss.
YOU are the only one who gets to decide who plays, not the press. You'll show them. So in a flash of anger, you take your best player off the pitch! That will show them who is boss!!
As the 4th official holds up the sign with num ber 19 in the air, Arjan Robben does not believe his eyes. Nor does the rest of the world. The best man on the pitch. The Czech players are almost dancing with joy now they are relieved of that pain of a man on the left flank. You bring on a midfielder to 'consolidate'.
Minutes later, the team is competely lost, system's gone out of the window and at the end of the match, the scoreboard shows 2-3 for the Czech republic. Holland will most likely go home. The press will slaughter you the next day (thank God Holland does not have SUnday papers). But YOU know you were right. It was not your fault. Your players failed you yet again. It wasn't you. It never is. Never has been. Never will be. You don't make mistakes.
And that is what you tell the world at the press conference afterwards. You tell the world Robben was not fit and you were afraid that he might not last the match. No, RObben had not indicated at all that he was tired or wanted to come off. It was just a thought you had. And since you are the boss, the players should simply listen to you.
Thanks Dick. I don't think we ever had a coach that honoures his name so much.
16 June 2004
The Netherlands scraped a draw from the match against Germany yesterday. Quite crap if you ask me. I have no expectations of this Dutch team. They are shite and most of all, the coach does not know what he wants. A major tournament is NOT the time to try out a different system for your team to play. You do that in the run up. But hey, we lost to Belgium and Ireland in the run-up to Euro 2004. Yes, 2 countries that are not even IN the tournament. A good start you would think. Not.
And still, I will watch every match, clad in Orange, cheering them on and cry if they win the European Championships. Which they won't. Thank god some of the older players are retiring after this tournament. I don't mind not winning prizes for a few years if it means giving the young lads time to grow and learn, only to become stronger once they get down to the Real Thing.
Now for some lunch.
12 June 2004
Anyway. To celebrate, went out and bought her a present. What??!! I hear you ask. Tell us what you bought your girl!! Well........ I bought her a Bialetti Coffee Maker. My Italian brother-in-law introduced them into my family and now that I live with an Italian landlady (coincidence huh?) Jane has come to knwo them aswell and she loves her tiny little cup of Espresso. I hate coffee but I love making Jane happy. So I went out and bought her a Bialetti all for herself. And some coffee. And 2 tiny espresso cups. Oh, and of course a ring for on the gas cooker so she can use it everywhere.
We are also hunting for a place to live next year. Or rather, next academic year so that would be from August on. I am feeling totally cool and confident about the living together thing and I am sooo looking forward to it. But renting here seems to be quite stressful. They need a credit check for the past 3 years but they can not do one for me since I haev not lived her for more than 2 months. So maybe or maybe not we can rent something in uor joint names. Otherwise J's parents will have to be guarantors for both of us and I would really like to aviod that happening. Independence baby yeah!!
We spotted a nice basement flat not far fmo town centre for a mere 500 pounds a month. Much lighter than we thought it would be ut still unmistakably a basement flat. It is big, in a lovely street, close to town centre. Basically, we want it. I can see us living there. I can see this whole life-thing going well for me here. Yeah. I am a happy bunny at the moment.
Now for those salary negociations......
05 June 2004
How about this one:
The median age of death of lesbians is 45 (only 24% live past age 65). The median age of death of a married heterosexual woman is 79.
. I don't believe that for a second. It is bullshit. But there is no way to check becasue these people quote only from their own Christian hate-filled 'research' so it is hardly objective.
All right then, I will give you the link: Homesexual statistics. It is of course easy to say things like: gay men are more likely to be child molesters when you call a boy of 19 a child. Let's forget the fact that straight kids have sex frmo the age of 12 these days.
THese people take everything seriously. They don't see when 'we' take the mickey out of them: Because homosexuals can't reproduce naturally, they resort to recruiting children. Homosexuals can be heard chanting "TEN PERCENT IS NOT ENOUGH, RECRUIT, RECRUIT, RECRUIT" in their homosexual parades. A group called the "Lesbian Avengers" prides itself on trying to recruit young girls. They print "WE RECRUIT" on their literature. Only those who are seriously ill would believe this is actually serious. After all, the gay community is fighting for the recognitino of homosexuality being something you are born with. if you are born gay, there is no use in trying to recruit straight kids. But hey, that is too much thinking for the average straight hate-driven Christian.
By the way...don't heterosexuals have ALL the rights? What rights are they fighting for exactly?
02 June 2004
Speaking of which....J. and I have now started to have a serious look at flats and apartments in Leamington. We are aiming for a simple 1-bedroom apartment to get us started. if it turns out we have enough money for a bigger one, we can always upgrade. I can't wait to live in MY house. My own place. FOr the first time in my life, I will be living in something else than shared accomodation. It will be quite the experience. And for the first time in my life, I will be living together with my partner. I mean properly living together...shared bank accounts, paying money every month towards rent and food, buying furniture together. Kind of cool.
J. and I were so excited about moving in together last month, we wanted to buy something for our nwe place. But since we don't have a new place yet, we settled for a wonderful dark blue new duvet cover. Kind of sad really.