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Michael Ballack Über Alles – Über plonker!

Ya Vol! What an Über moron!!

The arrogant, over-rated, useless German, just before yesterday’s mauling by Man Utd comes up with this insanely dumb statement!

Herr Ballack said in the News of the World, “A few weeks ago I was sure United were our strongest opponents but now I think Liverpool are the major threat.”

Well actually Herr Bollox could be right. Liverpool are indeed Chelsea’s Biggest Threat. For second place in the league!!

However, the way things are going for the mercenaries, Aston Villa could well end up their biggest threat! For third place in the league!!

Michael Ballack: Liverpool Are Chelsea’s Biggest Threat, Not Manchester United

by Mike Maguire, Goal.com

from http://www.goal.com

As he prepares to step out at Old Trafford this afternoon, Michael Ballack has declared that Manchester United are no longer the “major threat” to Chelsea’s title ambitions.

The Germany captain instead believes that Liverpool, who drew 0-0 with Stoke City yesterday, are the main obstacle the Blues must overcome in their quest for a fourth English championsip.

Ballack said in the News of the World, “A few weeks ago I was sure United were our strongest opponents but now I think Liverpool are the major threat.”

Such a statement would have been met with derisive laughter last season, or in any of the past Premier League campaigns, as the Reds have failed to mount any serious challenge since the competition’s inception.

But Rafael Benitez’s side are different prospect this term. They sit atop the table after 20 games and have shown they are capable of winning in all manner of ways.

What’s more, the Anfield giants have proved themselves against their direct rivals: Man United fell on Merseyside in September, and a month later Xabi Alonso dealt the Pensioners their first league loss at Stamford Bridge since 2004.

And Ballack reckons the 18-time champs have what it takes to snare their long overdue 19th title.

He said, “They have shown in the past few games that they have the character to deal with being top of the league. They have shown they can handle pressure. Liverpool is a team we respect.

“It’s not like the past few seasons when they were inconsistent. It’s not like it is the middle of October or November — it’s the middle of January and they look like they can sustain a challenge for the title.”

Chelsea lie second in the standings and will move within one point of top spot if they down the third-placed Red Devils today.

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January 12, 2009 Posted by | Chelsea, Football, Michael Ballack, _SPORT | Leave a comment

Chelsea collapse … again!

Manchester United 3-0 Chelsea
(Vidic 45′ + 2, Rooney 63′, Berbatov 87′)
What a shocking result! Well shocking only to the extent that it wasn’t 6-0 or 7-0!

Chelsea got a total mauling in the second half and the pampered over-rated mercenaries just couldn’t handle it!

Totally outclassed, outplayed and outgunned! And with a simian referee and one-eyed linesman in their corner! And by a side badly affected by injuries to key players!

Scolari’s panicked change to 4-4-2 at half-time did not help matters any! The mad Brazilian’s really lost the plot lately! Looks like he could be back in Amazonia again real soon!

There must have been a Premiership record yesterday too with Anelka, to our count, touching the ball once after he came on in the second half! Nice work Nicky!

1-0 N.Vidic 45′

2-0 W.Rooney 63′

3-0 D.Berbatov 87′

Stuttering Chelsea outmuscled by slick United

by Tom Bryant
www.guardian.co.uk

It was a day in which Chelsea would come to rue early wake up calls. First came the fire alarm at their hotel that led to them being shaken from their slumber at 7am. Then came a well-worked United corner routine that resulted in a ruled-out goal – a warning the visitors failed to heed.

As the opening half, in which Chelsea had for the most part been the equal of their hosts, drew to a close, they conceded a corner. Wayne Rooney nudged the ball onto the pitch, before sauntering off, allowing Ryan Giggs to stroll casually over as if he was supposed to take the corner all along. Then, as Chelsea’s players arranged themselves, presuming the ball to be out of play, Giggs whipped a cross to Ronaldo who headed the ball authoritatively home.

However, either both referee Howard Webb and his assistant failed to understand the trick or Rooney’s failure to explain it to them in advance meant the subsequent goal was ruled out.

It was a lucky escape for Chelsea, whose frailty at set-pieces is quickly becoming problematic, but United’s bad luck was redressed moments later. From the re-take Chelsea stood frozen as Dimitar Berbatov rose to flick on to Nemanja Vidic, who had arrived unmarked at the far post to tuck the ball away.

What had been a tightly contested game, in which Deco pulled the strings for the visitors in the opening quarter while Dimitar Berbatov wasted the home side’s best chance on the 30 minute mark, became a far more open affair in the second half. Nicolas Anelka’s half-time arrival, replacing Deco, left United with more room to manoeuvre and so it was that Ronaldo was able to engineer himself some space on the left flank.

After toying with Chelsea right-back Jose Bosingwa, the Portuguese back-heeled to the overlapping Evra. His cross whistled past Berbatov’s forehead before Wayne Rooney toe-poked the ball past Cech, despite being apparently stranded behind an impotent Ashley Cole.

The game was one the Chelsea manager claimed was must-win before the kick-off but, with Jose Mourinho looking on from the stands, their chances became ever-more limited. It was a former Mourinho favourite who was presented with the best of them. Yet, from the first Didier Drogba sliced the ball into touch for a throw-in, from the second he swiped an air-shot with only Edwin van der Sar to beat.

From there, Chelsea seemed to slump into torpor. Rooney, his performance galvanised by his goal, was an ever more irritating thorn in their side. But it was Ronaldo who saw another goal disallowed after a marginal offside decision went in Chelsea’s favour. But, by then, the game was finished – so much so that Dimitar Berbatov’s 86th minute strike, tapping home from a Ronaldo free-kick, was just the icing on the cake. Again it was a goal made on the flanks, again it was a cross that scuppered Chelsea.

The result lifts Manchester United back above Aston Villa into third but leaves Chelsea four points astray of Liverpool in second.

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Yes there is a light

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The Smiths – There is a Light That Never Goes Out

Take me anywhere, I don’t care.
I don’t care.

Another seminal Smiths moment! One of their best known and best loved classics! Originally from their greatest album, The Queen Is Dead from 1986.

Despite the song’s massive popularity, strangely it was not released as a single until 1992, after The Smiths split up!

Morrissey later re-released the song as a double A-side live single (with his cover of Patti Smith’s “Redondo Beach”) in 2005, which reached #11 in the UK singles chart.

This magnificent song has been voted very highly in countless “best ever” song lists and has been covered by numerous artists.

There is a Light That Never Goes Out is a song that strikes home powerfully. A first-person narrative concerning yearning, anxiety, and obsession tells the tale of a sad soul who has been kicked out of home, and seeks solace and company from the person they love, the person the song addresses – the enigmatic driver of some car in which the protagonist is being taken somewhere!

All backed up by sublime Marr instrumentation.

Musically, the song begins with a staccato bridge similar to that heard on “Hitch Hike” by Marvin Gaye and “There She Goes Again” by The Velvet Underground, which recurs as a musical motif throughout the song.

With synthesized strings, a balladesque arrangement and yearning lyrics, many listeners have viewed “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” as a love song despite no small level of ambiguity in the lyrics themselves.

The wonderful poignant title of this song has long been a source of wonder. One suggestion has been that the title is a paraphrase of what Hugh Latimer said to Nicholas Ridley as they were about to be burned at the stake as heretics during the reign of “Bloody Mary,” Queen Mary I of England:

“Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.”

Simon Goddard argues in his book Songs That Saved Your Life that the basic narrative story is similar to that of the James Dean film Rebel Without a Cause, in which Dean – an idol of Morrissey’s – leaves his tortuous home life, being the passenger to a potential romantic partner.

Given Morrissey’s previous thematic and lyrical borrowings from literature and cinema, this is a viewpoint with some plausibility. According to Goddard, an earlier version lacked some of the finished version’s ambiguity, culminating in the line “There is a light in your eyes and it never goes out“.

Additionally, the video for Morrissey’s solo song Suedehead shows him visiting Dean’s childhood home, and at one point displays the words “There is a light that never goes out.”

There Is a Light That Never Goes Out was originally planned to be a single from The Queen is Dead, but Rough Trade Records label boss Geoff Travis selected “Bigmouth Strikes Again” from the same album as the release instead.

There Is a Light That Never Goes Out has subsequently been covered by an array of artists, including UK singer David Ford, Anberlin, Neuroticfish, Braid, Eurythmics, Noel Gallagher of Oasis, The Magic Numbers, The Divine Comedy, Neil Finn, Walleye (on the tribute album The World Still Won’t Listen), Nada Surf, The Ocean Blue, Ghost Mice and Schnieder TM (their version of the cover song is known as “The Light 3000”). There is also a Spanish version by Mikel Erentxun, called “Esta Luz Nunca Se Apagará”. Speedstar also recorded a cover which featured on the Triple J Like A Version compilation CD.

Please do not ever listen to the abysmal version by The Magic Numbers ! I listened to it once and had to be hospitalised!


There is a Light That Never Goes Out

Take me out tonight
Where there’s music and there’s people
And they’re young and alive.
Driving in your car
I never never want to go home
Because I havent got one
Anymore

Take me out tonight
Because I want to see people and I
Want to see life
Driving in your car
Oh, please dont drop me home
Because its not my home, it’s their
Home, and I’m welcome no more

And if a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die.
And if a ten-ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well, the pleasure – the privilege is mine.

Take me out tonight
Take me anywhere, I dont care
I dont care, I dont care
And in the darkened underpass
I thought ‘Oh God, my chance has come at last’
but then a strange fear gripped me and I
Just couldn’t ask.

Take me out tonight
Oh, take me anywhere, I don’t care
I don’t care, I don’t care
Driving in your car
I never never want to go home
Because I havent got one …
Oh, I havent got one

And if a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten-ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well, the pleasure – the privilege is mine

Oh, there is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out



The Smiths – There is a Light That Never Goes Out

Morrissey – There is a Light That Never Goes Out

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Somalia Pirates and the Tanker

The resurrection of piracy in recent times is quite bizarre! We blame Johnny Depp and his “Caribbean” trilogy!!

This (black) peril seems to be escalating dramatically too. Of course, splashed across the news for the past few weeks has been the holding for ransom of an oil-laden Saudi supertanker.

We’re wondering if perhaps a massive floating cargo of liquid gold should not have had some mini army on board to protect it? Ermmm????? …. But apparently not!

We note that piracy is considered amongst the biggest moneymakers in Somalia! We hear that “Career Guidance” teachers in Somali High Schools are advising teenagers to get involved in this lucrative business!

They even have specialist University courses on this stuff! Yap, Piracy and Pillage 1.01! A really popular course amongst aspiring scurvy Somali sea-dogs!

Anyway, said tale took another turn over the weekend with the apparent receipt by these aspirant Captain Barbossas of a $3 million ransom! Yes, 3 million fucking bucks! (we’re not sure how many barrels of rum accompanied the cash though!)

Now, will the granting of a massive bag of dosh to the tune of $3 million in any way encourage more of these psychos to get into this racket? Nah, course not!!! Well, except for roykeanz and I who are planning to get a team of psychotic sea-dogs together to ravish and plunder our way across the seven seas!

We’ve already made a “jolly roger” flag and bought some reading material including the Somali Piracy and Pillage 1.01 course book and a self-help book called “Be the Best Jack Sparrow you can Be … Y’arrrr” !

Curiously, after receipt of said loot, apparently five of the pirates “drowned when their boat capsized“!

Really? Their boat just capsized? Right after they got the loot? What an unfortunate coincidence for those scurvySomali sea-dogs!

And no, they definitely weren’t assassinated!!! Fair enough matey? Y’arrrrr!!

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,478424,00.html

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somali pirates released an oil-laden Saudi supertanker after receiving a $3 million ransom, a negotiator for the bandits said Friday.

The MV Sirius Star, a brand new tanker with a 25-member crew, was seized in the Indian Ocean Nov. 15 in a dramatic escalation of the high seas piracy that has plagued the shipping lanes off Somalia.

Mohamed Said, a negotiator with the pirates that held the Saudi tanker, told The Associated Press by telephone the ship had been released and was traveling to “safe waters.”

However, Reuters reported before they escaped, five of the pirates drowned when their boat capsized.

The ship owner, Vela International Marine Ltd., declined comment on the claim Friday.

But Poland, which has some of its nationals among the tanker’s crew, said it had official confirmation from the Saudi Arabian ambassador in Kenya that the Sirius Star had been released by the hijackers.

A Western diplomat based in Nairobi, Kenya, also said the ship was free, citing the International Maritime Organization. He requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain would not explicitly confirm the release of the tanker. But Lt. Virginia Newman, a spokeswoman for the Combined Maritime Forces based in Bahrain, said it was likely that “a considerable sum” had been paid in ransom and that “It is expected that the ship will get under way in the next 24 hours.” She would not elaborate.

The tanker was hijacked more than 500 miles southeast of Mombasa, Kenya. That is far south of where warships have recently increased their patrols in the Gulf of Aden, one of the busiest channels in the world, leading to and from the Suez Canal, and the scene of most past attacks.

The U.S. Navy said Thursday that a new international naval force under American command will soon begin patrols to confront escalating attacks by Somali pirates after more than 100 ships came under siege in the past year.

But the mission — expected to begin operations next week — appears more of an attempt to sharpen the military focus against piracy rather than a signal of expanded offensives across one of the world’s most crucial shipping lanes.

The force will carry no wider authority to strike at pirate vessels at sea or specific mandates to move against havens on shore — which some maritime experts believe is necessary to weaken the pirate gangs that have taken control of dozens of cargo vessels and an oil tanker.

“While the potential release of the Sirius Star is undoubtedly excellent news, we must not forget that nearly three hundred other merchant mariners are still being held captive. The men who attacked the ship and held the crew hostage are armed criminals and consequently, we must remain steadfast in our efforts to address the international problem of piracy,” said Commodore Tim Lowe, deputy commander of the new force.

Most hijackings end with million-dollar pay-outs. Piracy is considered the biggest moneymaker in Somalia, a country that has had no stable government for decades. A recent report by the London-based think-tank Chatham House said pirates raked in more than $30 million in ransoms last year.

The pirates are trained fighters, often dressed in military fatigues, using speedboats equipped with satellite phones and GPS equipment. They are typically armed with automatic weapons, anti-tank rocket launchers and various types of grenades. Far out to sea, their speedboats operate from larger mother ships.

The U.S. Navy and other nations have international authority to battle pirates in the open seas and come to the aid of vessels under attack. But forces have been stymied on how to respond to ships under pirate control, fearing an all-out assault could endanger the crew members held hostage.

In Ukraine, relatives of crew aboard a hijacked Ukrainian cargo ship MV Faina, appealed on Friday to international humanitarian groups for help. The Faina was hijacked off Somalia more than three months ago with its cargo of 33 battle tanks.

Relatives said neither government authorities nor the ship owner are giving them any information about negotiations with the captors or the crew’s health.

Pirates and Ukrainian authorities both said in December that a deal had been reached and that the seamen would be released soon. But there has been no sign of progress since then. The pirates had originally demanded $20 million when they hijacked the Faina.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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John Masefield – Sea Fever



art by Chris Crumley


Sea-Fever

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

By John Masefield (1878-1967)
(English Poet Laureate, 1930-1967)


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