Arsenal announce Nigerian friendly opponents

28 06 2012

In a completely unexpected move Arsenal have finally announced their mystery opponents for their pre-season stop over in Nigeria.

It has long been rumoured that the Gunners would line up against an international team when they take to the pitch at Nigeria’s Abuja National Stadium on 5th August but until today exactly who that would be has been shrouded in secrecy.

Well brace yourselves, it has now been revealed that Arsenal will be playing Nigeria.

Now I never saw that one coming, did you?

The visit will represent the first time the Gunners have travelled to Africa since Arsene Wenger took charge in 1996 and forms the concluding leg of the 2012 Asia tour. The club’s previous match on the continent, a 2-0 win over Manchester United, took place in South Africa in July, 1993.

The “Super Eagles”, currently ranked 60th in the world, should make for an exciting challenge for Arsenal with Stephen Keshi’s side brimming with talent plying their trade across Europe.

Speaking about the fixture, David Omigie of organisers DanJan Sports revealed:

“The NFF have agreed that the country will present a strong side as coach Stephen Keshi continues his development process.

“The Arsenal manager [Arsene Wenger] will also use this game to showcase his full squad for the 2012/2013 football season.”

Arsenal’s visit represents a great opportunity for the club’s burgeoning support in west Africa to watch their heroes in the flesh for the first time and lays the groundwork for expanding the club’s brand across the globe.

In other Earth shattering news: water is found to be wet and John Terry shocks World media by announcing that he is a wife shagging racist!





Clonakilty floods – update

28 06 2012

Just popped down into Clonakilty town to check on the house now that the water has finally subsided.

Well it is officially a mess. Seems that the flood water came  about 1.25 metres up the wall and went in the front door and out the back.

Early to try and work it all out but on the face of it we have lost a laptop, xbox 360 elite, LCD TV, DVD player,  2 x leather couches, 1 leather lazy boy, about 4 packing cases of boxes, a hoover(random I know) Fridge Freezer, tumble dryer,electic oven, dishwasher and washing machine from the house.

From the garage we have seen the last of two beds plus mattresses, another fridge freezer, some assorted soft furnishings and all our Christmas decorations.

Oh and as if that isn’t bad enough, Mum’s car is completely trashed. The water went all the way to the headrests s all of the interior is quite frankly fucked. There is thick, smelly silt everywhere, especially in the engine bay.
I popped the air intake open and the inlet manifold is just clogged with the stuff…good times.

Here is another piccy of the town this morning as taken from by the Texaco

 





Clonakilty Flooding 2012

28 06 2012

I woke up at 5 this morning to a text from my Mum, she was sat in her bedroom with our dog looking out the window and crying.

The reason for her early morning tears, our house had flooded.

View from our house this am

She woke up to the dog making an odd sound and found it swimming around in the hallway with dirty water halfway up the stairs, what a way to start a Thursday.

It isn’t just the house that is ruined, her car which was parked outside is also a write off.

Still at least she can take consolation in the fact that she isn’t alone. Over 70mm of rain fell on parts of Cork last night and there is no access in or out of Clonakilty or Douglas due to over 4ft of flooding. According to an ESB spokesman there are 13,000 homes without electricity at the moment.





Euro 2012 Semi Final preview

27 06 2012

Well that is that then, the quarter finals are now over and it is time to look on towards the next round of the competition.

From my point of view things went pretty much as expected…

Sadly France didn’t manage to overcome Spain, no surprise really when you see how much discord there is in the squad.

If the French ever want to get back to winning ways then something needs to change. Lets face it they have the talent, there are some very good players in the side, what they seem to lack is any sort of cohesion and desire to do well for each other.

Let’s look at chinless twat Samir Nasri as an example. He is a gifted player, as much as it pains me to say it, but as an example of a hard working team member he leaves a lot to be desired. When coming on as a sub the other night his whole attitude just screamed apathy.
Fair enough he thought he should have started, well you didn’t Samir old chum, deal with it, get over and show the bosswhy you should be the first name on the team sheet.

France aren’t alone in this, you only have to take a look at Holland’s tournament to see what disharmony in the squad can do to you!

The Czech side set out their stall to frustrate and that’s really what they did for long periods of a game that seemed even longer.
Still it had to happen sooner or later, CR7 did what he does best and grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and bang Portugal are through and the Czechs go home. I’m just glad we didn’t have to watch another 40 fucking minutes of that shit

Germany Vs Greece delivered exactly what I expected. A boring, dirty, stampy sort of a  match from the Greece countered by sheer dominance from Ze Germans. Can’t help but expect more of the same come the Italy game.
Swapping the front three round worked out well and rested a few tired legs ahead of a stiffer test later this week.

England Vs Italy also didn’t contain any real surprises. Balotelli should have killed the game but didn’t and my long awaited penalties finally arrived as of course did the obligatory England collapse… in a tale of two Ashleys both Cole (Twat)  and Young (talentless twat) made a hash of it that sends their country home… again.

So we move on to the penultimate stage of the competition, for me if I look at the groupings I would have to expect Germany to have too much for Italy and would expect that Spain will make easy enough work of Ronaldo and friends.

That said I wouldn’t mind if the obnoxious one did manage to pull something out of his bag of tricks to steer the Portugese through. Would serve Spain right for trying to bore their way to victory!





Euro 2012 Quarterfinals

21 06 2012

Well from tonight onwards we enter the fun stage of Euro 2012.

The group stages were wrapped up on Tuesday evening with England topping their group and France coming through as runners up.

So after a night off we get stuck right in with the first clash taking place in Warsaw tonight

Czech Republic Vs. Portugal

As much as I would love to see a Czech victory here I just can’t overlook the quality that Portugal have available to them with Nani, Veloso, Pepe, Coentrao and of course a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.

That isn’t to say that the Czech’s are toothless, far from it, but talismanic goal scorer Milan Baros has failed to spark so far this tournament and Tomas Rosicky is still carrying a bit of a knock. That said Petr Jiracek has been one of the top performers in the tournament so far, grabbing 2 goals in the opening 3 matches.

Tomorrow night sees the action resume in Gdansk;

Germany Vs. Greece

The second of our quarter finals presents a bit of a “David and Goliath” situation. However on this occasion I am putting my money squarely on Goliath.

Germany were one of my hot favourites before the tournament started and three games in I haven’t seen much to make me alter my views.
Germany are the only team to have picked up all 9 points from the group stage and the Holland match aside, have done so without really having to break a sweat.

Mario Gomez has been in superb form thus far with 3 goals to his name already, 2 of which against Holland were absolute crackers.

I just don’t see the Greeks having the quality to go up against Die Mannschaft in any area of the park. They were lucky in a lot of ways to get out of their group especially as they probably played the worst football out of any of the four teams.

The third quarterfinal takes place on Saturday in Donetsk

Spain Vs. France

Well, well, well isn’t this going to be a veritable feast of football.

In a lot of other years this is a match which could have graced a final, instead we see two of the heavyweights of World and European football going toe to toe in the first of the knock out stages.

I know that you can never base anything on form, particularly in cup football but if we were looking just at the group stages then you would have to say that this is a tough one to call.

Personally I haven’t really fancied Spain, even before the tournament started. There is just something about the way they are playing football at the moment which doesn’t fill me with that sense of awe that has been present in the past when watching them.

Yes Spain have the better players on paper, yes they are current World and European champions and yes they are more than capable of playing some very good football but I can see France tipping it.

Our last installment of  quarterfinal fun comes on Sunday in Kyiv

England Vs. Italy

Not quite the pairing that it might have been in prior years, neither team is what you would think of as a “vintage” side , indeed a lot of people have been saying that this is the worst England side for a number of years and plays a very negative style of football, personally I disagree but I will come to that later.

If I had to choose a word to sum up Italy for me it would be a toss up between dull and mediocre. They have some talented players in the side – Di Natale, Balotelli and Pirlo spring to mind but they made really hard work of their group and were far less value for money than the very unlucky, very spirited Croatians.

As if to prove my point only 1 of Italy’s goals in the group stages actually came about from open play.

As for England, well I am finding it more difficult than usual to dislike the side this year. Sure a few of the old annoyances linger on like Cole, Terry and Gerrard (all good players but just scum) But Hodgson hasn’t been afraid to give time to the likes of Welbeck and Oxlaide -Chamberlain, both of whom have impressed so far.

Whilst it isn’t the flashiest England team of recent years it it probably the most hard working and they look well set up to counter with pace via Young, Walcott and the aforementioned Chamberlain.

With Wayne Rooney back in the side and looking to make up for lost time I could see the Azzurri stumbling in this one.

 





World’s largest lasagne….in Poland?!?!?!

21 06 2012

A Polish restaurant in Krakow has set a new Guinness World Record for cooking the largest ever lasagne to celebrate the Italy footbal team staying nearby.

As we all know Italy are in Poland for the 2012 European soccer Championship and will take on England in the quarter-finals this Sunday.

The monster lasagne weighed in at more than 5.29 tons and took 10 hours to bake before being sliced into 10,000 portions.

“I don’t know about the players or if they will try the lasagne because they are on a diet, but they can try just a little bit,” Trattoria Giancarlo executive chef Giancarlo Russo told reporters.





Some like it hot! – a little update

21 06 2012

So, those who were paying attention will remember that I recently announced the imminent release of my new cookery book – Some like it hot!

Well I figured I would give you a little update on how things are going…
At the moment we are well on track for our scheduled release at the end of July.

The recipes have all been compiled and finalised, pictures have been taken and a lot of very, very tasty food has been consumed!

The only real sticking points have the foreword and the cover. I think I must have gone over each about a dozen times at least!

Still as of late last night I have finally settled on a cover design which I actually like, hoooray!  All that remains now is to polish off the foreword and give everything a quick once over.

Some like it hot! will be available in both Kindle/ebook format and old-school dead tree format via Amazon and selected book stores in the UK and Ireland before gradually spreading from there to conquer the World….

Stay tuned closer to the time for a chance to win some free copies.








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