Wednesday, November 29, 2006


I got the abstract from Arsene Wenger is French, unhappy that Henry have not won and went on to mention that the World Cup is the lowest level of football. He is saying playing in the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup as well as the Champions League are far more prestigious than playing in the World Cup. Tell that to Ryan Giggs, he will be very happy.

Let's check who played against Cannavaro in the World Cup. Henry, Zidane, Vieira, Trezeguet, Klose, Podolski, Ballack, Shevchenko, Kewell, Viduka, Baros, Nedved, Rosicky, McBride, Essien.....I think Arsene Wenger does not acknowledge any of them as good players. Although I very much respect this guy, sometimes his comments are so bias I even prefer Mourinho's speeches. Marina Hyde commented something interesting about Wenger too.

Wenger: A Mistake Not To Recognise Henry

Wenger felt his striker deserved more recognition. Asked what he thought about the outcome of the voting, he responded:

"It is a mistake. It shows that the people who vote look only at the World Cup, which when you speak about elite football, in my opinion, is the lowest level in football that you can see at the moment.

"They make their decision on that."

Wenger continued: "If you see Italy playing against Togo or South Korea you cannot say that Cannavaro has a good game or even Thierry Henry has a good game, that he is the best player in the world - look at the players he plays against.

"To be consistent in a big championship like in England or in the Champions League for me would be much more appropriate than three weeks in the World Cup."

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Congratulations Cannavaro! I don't support his win because he is now a Real Madrid player. I really went crazy looking at his perfect performance during the World Cup. You guys who follow the whole World Cup progress must have seen me giving opinions over and over again how awe I was of the captain's superb performance and how I would love him to go to Real Madrid. His flawless outstanding defending makes me go excited about cheering for a defence for the first time! Nothing got past him easily. You should have known me by now that when I praise some player, it is because he is really good, regardless of which club or country he plays for.

I do feel the voting of some players position above the other requires questioning. Well, the awards like this and the FIFA World Player of the Year award always have controversial results which we can debate over and over again. Therefore I agree that we are not always satisfied with the voted winner, first runner-up and second runner-up, especially the first and second runner-up.

A few things I get sick of:

1. I am sick of the Buffon deserved it more fans and their claims that Italy could not win the World Cup if not because of him stopping the shots for the penalty.

My answer: Most of the shots just went wide, he did not really save them, just pure luck. Who out there is to say that he will save all the shots if the captain in front of him didn't confidently prevent the offense from penetrating through?

If their arguments follow that line, I can also say that Italy don't even have chance to reach a penalty shoot-out if not because of his heroics of defending well. I can argue that Italy could have been out even earlier if the defending sucks and the defence was penetrated many times and resulted in tonnes of goals scored. The fact is the attackers, most of them, hardly get past him!

2. I am sick of the Ronaldinho and Eto'o fans who claims that these two have an outstanding season winning the La Liga and the Champions League and therefore more consistent and should win over someone who won a Serie A which was stripped later and the World Cup which is only 7 lousy matches. If Cannavaro wins it, it means that a cheater is voted to win!

My answer: There is no proof that Cannavaro is involved in the match fixing so to call him a cheater, I really have the doubt of that fact.

A World Cup is a once in every four years event which is considered the biggest and highest achievement of a footballer. The rare chance to win it against the annual league and European league+tournament is so hard. You need to reach the perfect condition during those 7 matches and rise to the occassion to be able to win it. In other words, your chances of winning is so damn slim! Many greats failed to win it and they were never on the top of the list as the best footballers of all time because of that. Simple as that!

If Ronaldinho had performed well during the World Cup, he is my best candidate to win it! He underperformed so badly in the World Cup it was like something we didn't even want to mention about the football great. I admit he is damn good but he was having a really bad form!

3. I am sick of the Thierry Henry fans who said he went to the finals of both the World Cup and the Champions League so therefore, he deserves more.

My answer: What did Henry really contribute for the World Cup? We bearly see him! Champions League I admit he was playing good throughout the whole campaign but I did not see him at the final! He was quiet, just like during the World Cup final.

4. I am sick of the Kaka fans who claims that he played really well during the World Cup

My answer: He won nothing and he shone because his team underperformed really badly!

5. I am sick of the other fans who claimed that he has better chances of winning after moving to Real Madrid.

My answer: He is voted based on his performance for the past year in the Juventus and Italy squads. It has nothing to do with what he does now in Real Madrid of that transfer. His performance is not too bad now considering his recent move.

The top 50 nominees placed, with the respective votes they gathered.

1. Cannavaro (Italy/Real Madrid) 173 votes
2. Buffon (Italy/Juventus) 124
3. Henry (France/Arsenal) 121
4. Ronaldinho (Brazil/Barcelona) 73
5. Zidane (France) 71
6. Eto'o (Cameroon/Barcellona) 67
7. Klose (Germany/Werder) 29
8. Drogba (Ivory Coast/Chelsea) 25
9. Pirlo (Italy/Milan) 17
10. Lehmann (Germany/Arsenal) 13
11. Deco (Portugal/Barcelona) e Kakà (Brazil/Milan) 11
13. Ribery (France/Marseille) 9
14. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Manchester Utd), Gattuso (Italy/Milan) Vieira (France/Inter) 5
17. Lampard (England/Chelsea), Podolski (Germany/Bayern), Puyol (Spain/Barcelona) 320. Juninho Pernambucano (Brazil/Lyon), Messi (Argentina/Barcelona), Terry (England/Chelsea), Toni (Italy/Fiorentina) e Zambrotta (Italy/Barcelona) 2
25. Lahm (Germany/Bayern Munich) e Villa (Spain/Valencia) 1

Sunday, November 26, 2006


Manchester United VS. Chelsea
Valencia VS. Real Madrid

Chelsea and Valencia have more injury problems. Chelsea though with Drogba and Ballack I thought were fake injuries. Haha! Well, we shall see, if they are in the starting 11, all the speculations will be answered. Manchester United is in a better form right now so by playing at home, advantage will go to them. Wayne Rooney starts scoring again and seems to be in good form, diving or not diving. Drogba also in good form so if he is not playing, Chelsea will be at a more disadvantage.

Real Madrid cannot afford to lose the match as they need to chase Barcelona and Sevilla. They are still not very consistent yet. I hope it comes soon! Real have some injuries in their squad but we have to admit nobody have a longer list than Valencia. It will still be difficult to play them at home. I will give Real Madrid the advantage because of the long list of Valencia injury list. If not, the match definitely favours Valencia. Morientes will be very eager to score against Real Madrid.

Saturday, November 25, 2006


Sounds like a good thing in the field of research for cancer. Article taken from

Pre-cancer tissue more easily detected with new technology
By Pearl Forss, Channel NewsAsia Posted: 24 November 2006 1513 hrs

SINGAPORE: The National University of Singapore has pioneered a new tool for cancer detection.

Using near-infrared fluorescence imaging, doctors may soon spot cancer risks before any physical signs appear.

Most hospitals currently screen for cancer using white light endoscopies, followed by a biopsy. With this invasive method, early cancer cannot always be accurately detected because white light cannot penetrate beneath the surface.

The NUS has come up with a new screening technique - shining near-infrared rays on problem areas, causing cancer cells to emit fluorescence.

By taking its reading, doctors can then determine if abnormal tissue is present.

Currently, most fluorescence endoscopy systems use ultraviolet rays which can be harmful to the body and which does not penetrate the deep tissue regions unlike near-infrared rays.

"Since we use the near-infrared red light, there's much better penetration into the tissue. Near-infrared red is a biologically transparent light so it is quite safe for human cells and tissues. However, near-infrared rays also produce a weak signal and it may take hours to get a reading - something which the NUS team had overcome with a hardware they had designed and are fine tuning," said Assistant Professor Huang Zhiwei, Division of Bioengineering, National University of Singapore.

The cancer detection process is non-invasive and, due to the size of the probe, can only effectively detect head, neck, skin and cervical cancer instantaneously.

The research team is designing a smaller, more flexible endoscopic probe so it can enter the body to detect other kinds of cancers such as lung and stomach cancers.

A clinical trial using the technique is currently being conducted at the National University Hospital. 58 patients have been screened and pre-cancer tissue was found in 12 of them. Diagnosis at a pre-cancer stage ensures survival rates of up to 100 percent, but if diagnosis was done at an advanced stage, then the survival rate plunges to less than 20 percent.

With such simplified cancer detection technique, it is hoped more will come forward for screening once this product is commercialised.

Some cancers, when detected at early stages, do not require chemotherapy or radiotherapy for treatment. - CNA /dt

Thursday, November 23, 2006


Well, we all know about the website which is so controversial. I want to confess I am no true blue Bond fan and I slept during the Pierce Brosnan with Halle Berry movie, Die Another Day. Still, I am a true believer of having the appearance of the original. It does not mean I don't like changes. It is just that I always feel strongly that if you are going to portray a character in the movie as how it started to get famous in books, novels, comics and magazines, you should follow closely to the essence of things.

My point is these characters are so famous for how they look that if you are going to make a movie about them, you better find a character that look really close to how they look in prints, or else, forget about it. Don't give me the excuse about him/her being the best there is out there to take the role. I don't care about the acting skills. For me, it destroys the very fact when you want to represent some character and you get someone who totally looks different but you thought the skills of acting will get even.

Imagine watching Superman and he is blonde. Imagine watching Donald Duck and he wears red instead of blue uniform of his. I think the Wolverine and Storm look absolutely so different from what I expect from the comic version. I thought Spiderman finally come of age and looks great. Superman's latest character is a great find too! However, the new Lois Lane is so below par from my expectations, she is also too short.

Katie Holmes is totally ruining Batman for me. Just look at all the gorgeous ladies that had acted in the Batman movies. Kim Basinger, Michelle Pfeiffer (my favourite!), Alicia Silverstone, Uma Thurman and Nicole Kidman. Katie Holmes to me is the ugliest of them all! You get the picture. We have expectations of how these characters look because of how they are portrayed in the original prints. Oh, before I forgot, I am sad Batman threw away the great Batman music theme. Just like James Bond, Batman has the music theme, the soundtrack that once played, you know it is Batman or James Bond.

James Bond is a total break from all the Bond looks. I don't care how good this movie is, my argument is on his looks. The new Bond girl also lacks that sexual appeal we expect from Bond girls. She looks pretty damn common to me. She don't give me the radar alert frequency shock no matter how long I look at her. You know when you see a bombshell, you are speechless, your radar go nuts, you just keep on drooling. None of that from me.

OK, that's just how I am when expecting people making movies representing prints, especially when the looks mattered. I don't mean the beauty, that is still depending on people's judgement and opinions. I mean closeness to original looks.


After the 5th match from the group stage for the Champions League competition, we have Barcelona to be in the most shocking position among all groups to be not at the top two of their group. Well, the whole week we hear about Mourinho who will deliberately get Chelsea to lose so that Werder Bremen will have the chance to qualify in Barcelona's place.

So did Chelsea deliberately lose the match on purpose? Did Drogba and Ballack put a show to be injured so it looks like a misfortunate defeat? Well, one can only guess what is in Mourinho's mind! I honestly don't know. People act so good with injuries and dives nowadays it is just so hard to trust anyone but the cameras. I remember Wayne Rooney said he will never do a dirty thing like diving and we saw it nice and clear in the footage of that match against Arsenal that ended the unbeaten run. Just go and you can easily find it.

Right now, it is getting tricky. Werder Bremen is playing Barcelona in the last match and Chelsea will play Levski Sofia. Barcelona have no choice but to win the final match to qualify. There is no other way to it. It will be a shame for the holders to be out so fast but they will play at home so the advantage is on their side.

Here is a look at the article about Ferenc Puskas. After 5 days of mourning, I am back!

Article taken from:

The beer-bellied genius

By Phil Ball
Updated: Nov. 20, 2006

It's impossible to write the column this week without some mention of Ferenc Puskas, who died last Friday at the age of 79. Puskas influenced the histories of four nations: Germany, England, Hungary and Spain, in ways that are impossible to countenance now.

Puskas influenced Germany because he was the hub of the Hungarian side that lost so surprisingly in the 1954 final in Swizerland. He was injured before the game but insisted on playing. He went on to score, of course, but then had a goal disallowed in the final minutes - a goal that is second only in fame to the one that for many was the true founding day of the Federal Republic, 'Rahn schiesst. Tor!' (Rahn shoots. Goal!).

Puskas muckied his ticket that day by accusing the German side of taking performance-enhancing drugs, a claim he was forced to retract just before the famous European Cup Final against Eintracht Frankfurt in Glasgow in 1960, with the German side having threatened not to play if Puskas was in the Real Madrid line-up.

He influenced England because his famous performance at Wembley in 1953 focused the world on what an amazing side the Hungarians were - perhaps the best of all time. The game (and the subsequent 7-1 drubbing in Budapest) seemed to make England turn in on itself, in an act of hubris that has continued up to this day.

Others claim that it was the spark which awoke the country from its slumber, leading to the eventual triumph in 1966. Take your pick. But Puskas' outrageous goal that day, with the swivel, the turn and the famous drag-back that so flummoxed England's Billy Wright, was a goal of outrageous simplicity but deadly beauty.

No-one had really thought of doing things like that in Europe up to that point. What was the greatest invention in history? The wheel or the Puskas drag-back? As comedian Lenny Bruce once said, 'Anyone can invent a wheel'.

He influenced Hungary because he became its most famous figure, and he influenced Spain because of his remarkable career with Real Madrid, one which reads like an unlikely tale of ludicrous achievement. In his whole career, which spanned the mid- 1940s to the mid-1960s he scored a total of 765 goals in 805 games. For Real Madrid, he scored 324 in 372 games - figures that make mind-boggling reading when you consider that he was 31 when he joined them.

It's difficult to convey to a younger football audience the sort of volatile political scene that existed in the 1950s, during the painful post-war years of political re-shaping. After the suppression by Soviet troops of the Hungarian uprising in 1956, Puskas and the Honved Squad had toured Europe, voluntary exiles from the dangers of Budapest.

In November 1956 they were invited by Franco's wife (apparently) to play against a Madrid Select XI, since any enemies of the Reds were potential friends of the dictator.

Santiago Bernabéu saw the game (a 5-5 draw) and two years later, learning that Puskas had been twiddling his thumbs in Bologna and had not played for a year, invited him over to sign. With apologies to Spanish readers who probably know the anecdote, Puskas was presented to the press on August 1, 1958, a little fat man with an alarming beer belly. The manager at the time, Luis Carniglia, took one look at him and declared famously: 'What the f*** am I supposed to do with this guy? He's fatter than my grandmother', to which Bernabéu replied 'That's what I pay you for. You make him prettier!'

He didn't get any prettier, but he shifted a Real Madrid side who were already in top gear into overdrive. They'd just won three European Cups on the trot, but were to win another three with Puskas. The five-season consecutive winning run of Europe's newest and most prestigious trophy culminated in the staggering 7-3 demolition of Frankfurt in Glasgow in 1960, described by one Guardian journalist in 2002 as 'Olivier at his peak, the Armory Show and the Sydney Opera House rolled into one'. Puskas scored four, and could have had ten.

When people talk about the top players of all time, they are invariably limited by numerical convenience to citing the top three - although for some that number is a crowd. The Holy Trinity, all still alive but not kicking, are for most people Pele, Maradona and Di Stéfano. The Number One amongst them is a topic for endless and probably futile debate, but the other two knocking on the door for admittance are surely Cruyff and Puskas.

Statistics alone put Puskas up there with the best, although like Di Stéfano his reputation suffers from there being less footage of his exploits. In Madrid, however, there is little argument.

Puskas' immediate footballing relationship with Di Stéfano and Gento is the stuff of legends, the kind of harmony that only comes together as a fluke, as a happy confluence of circumstances, however much the pieces might have apparently been planned. Therein lies the beauty of the Puskas story - 'Canoncito Pum' as he was nicknamed in Madrid (Little Cannon Bang!), a phrase which alluded to his ability to generate extraordinary power in his shots with hardly a lifting of the leg.

Against Santander this weekend in the Bernabéu, the ground observed a minute's silence and various acts took place to pay homage to the man who had retired before any of Sunday's home players were born. Madrid won 3-1, despite playing rather poorly, and after each goal the scorers lifted a symbolic hand to the sky. Touching stuff, and nice to see genius acknowledged, especially the variety that comes with a beer-belly attached.

Elsewhere, Sevilla were on the national television for the Saturday night match, the first time that they've been on Channel 6's night game this season because of a row with the television companies over fees. Since everyone was raving about them and it looked a tasty fixture against high-riding Valencia, I stayed at home to sample the goods.

Apart from the fact the new channel's commentary team make your set sound like the Tower of Babel, with hundreds of them babbling and shouting at the same time and making no sense at all, the game was an excellent one. Valencia lost Silva to a red card after 16 minutes, after which it was never going to be easy for the visitors on such a hostile ground as Sevilla's, but they would probably have been stuffed anyway. To their great credit, they tried to play their way out of the mire - a noble mistake which played right into Sevilla's hands. And if Barça slip up at all this season, then beware, Sevilla look the side most likely to overtake them and stay there.

It's strange to report, but after several seasons under Joaquin Caparrós, Sevilla had garnered a reputation for being a tough-tackling, physical side who took no prisoners. Now they are nothing of the sort. Centre-back Javi Navarro has the killer look it's true, and Poulsen plays a fairly hard game in the centre of midfield, but in general the side is stocked full of small nimble ball players (excepting Kanouté), who are all comfortable on the ball and who whiz around the pitch in such a dizzying fashion that opposing defences simply wither out of sheer fatigue. Valencia could have used the injured Albelda and Baraja to shore up the middle, but it might not have made much difference.

The Brazilian Alves is supposed to be a full-back, but played most of the game like a right-half or right winger. Kanouté and Fabiano's movement up front was ceaseless, and Adriano, Renato and Puerta in midfield ran Valencia ragged. Sevilla are high on confidence, low perhaps in self-awareness, but on a roll. If you stop them playing, rush their midfielders and rough them up, like Santander did last week, then they struggle.

But if you try to play them at their game - like Barça did at the start of the season, they simply steamroller you. And they steamrollered Valencia without their most exciting forward, Jesus Navas, out injured.

More than anything they're fantastic to watch. They play frenetic stuff, with constant movement off the ball a high priority. Even when the excellent David Villa got behind the lines, the goalkeeper Palop (originally from Valencia) proved again that he's worth a try out in the national side.

I don't know what odds you'd get on them winning La Liga, but if they're at all long, I'd have a flutter. Barça won 1-4 at Mallorca despite all their injuries, but you never know. This year there's more pressure. Can they cope on all fronts? Sevilla are involved in Europe (the UEFA) too, but they look as fresh as frisky rabbits. All power to them. They've made La Liga competitive again.

Friday, November 17, 2006


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Hats off to him. Rest in peace.

People of this generation argues and claims that Raul, Shevchenko, Henry, Van Nistelrooy, Ronaldo and so on and so forth to be among the best strikers in football history. Right, you can argue all you want. Well, the problem is they never know of a person who has such perfect goal/match ratio that they thought such human never exists! I bet you when you see his records, you will think no striker of our generation is even half of his ability. His record is so perfect that I thought it is a myth!

Looking at his records, I have nothing to say but great respect. He, like di Stefano are two forgotten legends in football. People only know Pele, Maradona, Beckenbauer, Platini and Cruyff. People don't remember di Stefano and Puskas. While after I look at his records, my mouth is extremely wide open in awe!

Let me show you what I mean.

1939-1956 Kispest AC/Honvéd 357 goals in 354 appearances
12-29 years old
Which means 100.847% efficiency

1956-1967 Real Madrid CF 512 goals in 528 appearances
29-40 years old
Which means 96.970% efficiency

1949-1956 Hungary 84 goals in 85 apperances
22-29 years old
Which means 98.824% efficiency

1961-1962 Spain 0 goal in 4 appearances
34-35 years old
Which means 0% efficiency

Overall efficiency?

953 goals in 971 appearances!

From the age of 12 until 40 years old, this guy has the efficiency of 98.146%!

That is 0.981 goal per match!

Can you even imagine any footballer in the history of the game coming close to his efficiency? Probably nobody ever in the history of mankind will ever surpass it! Can you imagine a footballer playing from age 12 to 40 with that kind of consistency? How can he still maintain his speed and ability until 40 years old? Apart from skills, you need all the luck you can get to be this consistent. Will it ever happen again? I will say VERY HARDLY EVER AGAIN!

This site will go into 5 days of mourning for what I will call him the



Olympic Champions: 1

Dr. Gerõ Cup Winners: 1

Hungarian League: 5
1949-50, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955

Real Madrid
Spanish Championship: 5
1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63, 1963/64, 1964/65

Pichichi Trophy Winner: 4
1959/60, 1960/61, 1962/63, 1963/64

European Cup: 3
1958/59, 1959/60, 1965/66

Intercontinental Cup: 1

Copa del Generalísimo: 1


South Melbourne Hellas
Australian Champions: 1

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Article taken from SkySports Football
By Alex Livie - Created on 17 Nov 2006

Duo pay tribute to Puskas

Sir Alex Ferguson has paid a glowing tribute to Ferenc Puskas, while Arsene Wenger has no doubts that the Hungarian legend would have flourished in the modern game.

Former Honved and Real Madrid star Puskas died on Friday following a long battle against illness at the age of 79.

Puskas announced himself on the British stage when helping Hungary beat England at Wembley in 1953 and he went on to prove himself as one of the world's greatest ever players.

Wenger feels it is difficult to compare players from different eras, but is of the opinion that the greats could flourish in any generation.

"As a player he was absolutely fantastic not only from what I saw - very little - but what people told me," the Arsenal boss said of 'The Galloping Major'

"I saw a little bit of him at Real Madrid because I had a black and white television - but people told me he was amazing.

"I do not like to compare players from different times - but I always say the best from their generation would have adapted and would still be the best today."

Puskas scored 83 goals in 84 games for the Magyars and Ferguson has fond memories of the Hungarian.

"I was lucky to see Puskas play quite a few times," said Ferguson. "I have many memories of him. I was at the European Cup final in 1960 but I also saw him score the only goal against Rangers at Ibrox, before he got a hat-trick against them when Real scored six in the second leg.

"In his day he was a special player without question, part of that great period for Hungarian football. How they did not win the World Cup in 1954 is beyond me."

"It is sad news. But when a great player like that passes, you can at least reflect on what a great player he was and the great games he played in."

A famous incident from Hungary's win over England in 1953 saw Puskas dump the great Billy Wright on the floor with a fabulous drag-back and it sits prominently in Ferguson's memory banks.

"There was one point when Puskas cut back inside Billy Wright and took him so far out of the game he had to pay 'three and six' to get back into the ground," he laughed.

"He was a marvellous player in a fantastic team. The following month they went to Scotland and beat them as well."

"The European Cup final at Hampden was amazing. He scored four then but he also got three against Benfica in 1962 when Real Madrid lost.

"Can you imagine scoring a hat-trick in a European Cup final and not winning? That is amazing."


Article taken from
16/11/2006 19.53

Cannavaro Wins Golden Ball! Fabio Cannavaro has won the Golden Ball, this according to a insider.

Fabio Cannavaro, whose
official web site is powered by, will be named the winner of the Golden Ball (Ballon d'Or) as Europe's top footballer. The announcement will be made official on November 27.The Real Madrid defender took the world by storm over the summer at the World Cup, where he led a staunch Italian defense that was the backbone to Italy's World Cup triumph in Germany.

Thierry Henry had emerged as an early frontrunner for the honor during the tabulation of journalists' votes, per a report last week, but Cannavaro, who played last season with Juventus, overtook the Frenchman, who finished third, and Azzurri and former Juve teammate Gianluigi Buffon, who finished second, for the honor. Barcelona's Ronaldinho won the award last year.

By winning the award, Cannavaro becomes the first Italian to be so honored since Roberto Baggio won it 1993.

In addition to Cannavaro and Baggio, three other Italians have won the Ballon d'Or: Omar Sivori (1961), Gianni Rivera (1969), and Paolo Rossi (1982).

Does Cannavaro really win it? One wonders. If it does, I begin to hear complaints why Henry, Ronaldinho, Buffon or Kaka didn't win it. People argue that the whole season of so matches cannot really be matched with just the few matches of the World Cup as the decider of who will win it. Ronaldinho is a good example, he won the La Liga as well as the Champions League and went to the quarters of the World Cup at least.

Well, all I have to say is the World Cup is held once every 4 years. If you can't shine in that very particular 7 matches, you will not feature as the greats of the world. You see, it is a criteria when you want to talk about the best. Alfredo di Stefano was so damn good in club football but will never measure up to Pele, Maradona and Beckenbauer because he did not win a World Cup. Simple as that! It is like a tennis player winning every WTA tour crown contested but never win a Grand Slam.

You have to admit as I do that Cannavaro was perfect in defence during the World Cup. I saw how he played against anybody and nobody seems to be able to get pass him. He was perfect against anybody, including strikers much taller than him as well as much younger than him. His positioning was so perfect it seems like he knows where the ball will land at. It reminds me of Dennis Rodman when people ask him how he predict balls rebounding positions to take. He said he studied every single players shot patterns and he will calculate where the ball will most probably go to if it did not make a shot. That's why he was always at the right place and at the right time to grab it down. That's why he can even out rebound the entire opponent team!

As for Kaka, I admit he was good during the World Cup but so was Pirlo who I thought was even better. As for Henry, I don't have to say much. I never seen him perform well for France in big occassions where it matters most. Buffon? I thought if not because of Cannavaro, he would not have bore to death sitting in front of the goal hardly threatened by any shots on goal. All I have to say is Cannavaro was the best performer at doing his job during the World Cup. His job as a defender that is. His Serie A record may be a cheating crown but I always believe the cheating was done between the referees and the management of clubs. Perhaps some players were involved but I don't believe in the whole Serie A top clubs having players who are willing to cheat to win titles.

Apart from this news, Rafa Márquez will become a Spanish citizen on 24th November and so he will open up one non-EU place taken up by him, Samuel Eto'o and Ronaldinho. Therefore, this gives signings like Rodrigo Palacio as well as Giovani Dos Santos, who is playing for the reserve squad to be able to play with the big team.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

FOOTBALL: BARCELONA FAVOURTISM has this article written on Nov. 14, 2006 by Phil Ball down below. I just take a portion out of it. I wonder what he said is true. Mourinho said it, although we can't believe what he says totally as he sometimes blow out of proportions any kind of remarks he made. Well, I don't have much access to live football here, so they most I can check is in the Champions League matches.

Rafa the ruthless

'When Motta got the red card, all hell broke loose. Carles Puyol, who had suffered the twin blows of losing his father and then being dropped from the national squad in the same week, went simply ballistic, and had to be restrained from attacking Rafa, or so it seemed.

In the TV replay Puyol clearly shouts 'Have you ever played football you idiot?', but then at the end of the game, in a rather better mood (Barça won 3-1), Puyol was seen to approach Guerrero and pronounce the immortal phrase 'No me jodas' with something of a grin.

Three minutes after Motta walked, Iturralde also sent off Zaragoza's Juanfran, balancing the books, then awarded a non-existent free-kick from which Ronaldinho put the home side into the lead.

Saviola then scored a third from an offside position and the thesis put forward by José Mourinho the other week about Rijkaard having 'an easy job' because referees consistently favour his side looked to be a valid one. Or is that the Madrid perspective in me speaking? '

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


I just read the news about the Malaysian's first astronaut to be sent to space. The headline titled 'Malaysia's first astronaut to do what no one in space has done before'. I was curious what smart things they will do and when I read it, I almost vomit blood. These kind of things also want to show off to the world? Where to put your face? I am so ashamed! Just read it, I am too stunned to say anything.

The even more best part is they are doing this program in exchange of buying those lousy Russian Sukhoi planes. Oh my goodness! Any human with some logic sense will tell you that the Mikoyan MiG is really the technology of the Russians to be reckoned with. It is those range of planes from MiG-29 Fulcrum, MiG-31 Foxhound, MiG-33 Fulcrum-E, MiG-35 Fulcrum-F which are the supreme technologies that are worth buying, not those lousy Sukhois. God help us!

Article taken from The Star newspaper on Wednesday November 15, 2006.

Malaysia's first astronaut to do what no one in space has done before

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's first astronaut will do what no one in space has done before: play traditional Malay children's games without gravity.

The astronaut - yet to be selected - will play "batu seremban,'' or "five stones'' and spin traditional Malay tops in space, Agriculture Ministry parliamentary secretary Rohani Abdul Karim told parliament on Wednesday.

Rohani, who was replying on behalf of the Science, Technology and Innovations Ministry, said the astronaut would also do batik painting and making teh tarik.

She said this in reply to comments made by MPs on what the Malaysian astronaut might do in the International Space Station.

Rohani said the training programme for the Malaysian astronaut in Russia would not cost the Treasury a single sen.

Replying to Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh (BN-Putatan), she said the programme was provided free of charge as part of an offset programme for the purchase pf Sukhoi fighter aircraft from Russia.

She said the benefits of the programme for the country were numerous, including the opportunity to conduct scientific experiments in space.

“Such experiments will also be studied by our own scientists in the medical, science and educational fields.

“Schoolchildren will be further motivated to increase their interests in science and technology when our astronaut holds a live teleconference with students from several selected schools,” she said, adding that the astronaut would also conduct several experience on micro-gravity in front of the television camera.
Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and Kapten Dr Faiz Khaleed, who had been selected for Malaysia’s first astronaut programme, are now undergoing training for a year in Russia before departing for the International Space Station.

Only one of them will board a Russian rocket for eight days of space travel on Sept 2 next year.


There are 3 types of friends you want to avoid in your lives. Those who join the 3 jobs above. Yes, these people are the types who persuade you to join these stuffs or buy their products or services.

Why I don't trust the products and services? Well, put it simply, if your business is so good, why on earth do you need to persuade people to join you? As for direct sales, my goodness, any direct sales company in the world claim their products are No.1 and they have thousands of certifications from best doctors around the world and so on and so forth.

Let's look at a few companies in the world which goes into multiple fields. Can you even name up to 10? Mitsubishi, Yamaha, Sara Lee, 3M, Sony, Samsung, GlaxoSmithKline, Bayer, Toshiba, Panasonic. I think I can only name these 10 which are very powerful in the world. Suddenly all these direct sales come in and have products in almost any field thinkable and they claim they are No.1?

If I want to buy some good vitamin tablets brand, I rather go to Watson or Guardian and get something certified by the Health Ministry than those hundreds of unknown doctors claiming the products are good. In other words, I rather put my trust in brands, especially traditional ones which have been around for ages and who specialize in a field for a long time and have shown their brand quality for a long time.

As for all those pyramid schemes which many nowadays even try to avoid saying they are and still trying to get you to join under them, they are all the same! They will ask you to invest some money or some more cunning ones will say no need much money from you, all you need to do is find more members. You just need some registration fees or so on.

I have seen many of these stuffs and how different friends join different companies and persuade me with their schemes. Guys, one simple word I want to say. Give me the statistics done by a reputable company that ranks all the direct sales companies in the world, as well as the pyramid schemes companies. I want to know who is the best out of the best. I am very confused who is good because everyone claims they are the best. As a consumer, of course you want to know who is the best.

Another point I want to say once again is if your services and products are so damn good, you don't have to persuade people. People will look for you. A good product will run out of stock fast and people need to be put in the waiting list. However, I have yet to hear of a product that is so good people will go buy it without your direct sales or pyramid schemes friends persuading you.

Insurance? Well, these are the most irritating people on earth. Don't even get me started. Avoid them at all costs!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


I am never a big fan of Wayne Rooney. He is to me a spoilt kid who looks like the No.1 bully you guys meet in school. If I am the club or country manager, I will ban him for a few matches and fine him for his conduct. However, Manchester United and England see him as the next Pele. How are they willing to do that? Of couse they will defend him because he is still young and this is 'expected'. Sigh! How can you be hauled for questioning in connection with an assault and suddenly people don't press charges against you? I guess you will know what I am thinking.

Article below taken from

13/11/2006 23.26

Rooney Sought By Police For Questioning
For the second time in eight months Wayne Rooney is set to meet with the police.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is wanted for questioning in a October 15 incident that took place outside the Manchester City nightclub Panacea. The Shrek lookalike allegedly had a bust-up with a celebrity photographer while attending a party for boxer Joe Calzaghe, this according to The People.

A police statement read, "An appointment will be made for a 21-year-old man to attend a Greater Manchester Police station to be questioned in connection with an incident on Sunday October 15."

No charges have been filed against the England international, nor has the paparazzo reported any injuries.

Back in March Rooney made headlines when he was hauled in for questioning in connection with an assault on a student, who ultimately decided not to press charges.

Rooney is expected to play for England in a friendly against the Netherlands on Thursday in Amsterdam.

Monday, November 13, 2006


To go or not to go?

Taken From the WhiteHouse

Press Briefing by National Security Advisor Steve Hadley White House Conference Center Briefing Room

On Tuesday, November 15, the President and Mrs. Bush will depart Andrews Air Force Base on route to Moscow, Russia. The stop in Russia is a very brief refueling stop. The President and Mrs. Bush will be greeted by President Putin and Mrs. Putina, who have been gracious enough to want to come and greet them at the airport. Following the brief stop in Russia, the President and Mrs. Bush will continue on to Singapore.

On Thursday, November 16, the President will visit the Asian Civilizations Museum. This museum is the first in the region to present a broad perspective on Pan-Asian cultures and civilizations, highlighting the multiethnic society that makes up Singapore.

Following the museum event, the President will attend a U.S. Embassy event to thank the American and foreign staff working in the Embassy on behalf of the United States and Singapore.

That afternoon, the President will see the acting president of Singapore and then meet with the Prime Minister of Singapore.

Q What day is this?

MR. HADLEY: This is Thursday, the 16th. Following that meeting, the President will deliver remarks at the National University of Singapore. In his remarks, the President will highlight the importance of Asia in the world and will discuss the ways in which the United States and Asian nations are partnering together to face the challenges of poverty, disease, terrorism, and energy security.

This is a story both of the United States working with Asia in addressing these issues regionally in Asia, but increasingly, it is a story of the United States and Asian partners working together to address these issues on a global basis. He will lay out his vision for building a hopeful, peaceful set of societies in Asia that can meet these various challenges.

Later that evening, again still Thursday, November 16, the President and Mrs. Bush will participate in a social dinner hosted by the Prime Minister of Singapore.

On Friday, November 17, the President will tape his radio address and then depart Singapore en route Hanoi, Vietnam. The President will meet and have lunch with Prime Minister Howard of Australia. That afternoon, the President and Mrs. Bush will be honored with a state visit to Vietnam, including an arrival ceremony and meetings with the President of Vietnam and the Prime Minister of Vietnam. This will be the first meeting between the President and the new President and Prime Ministers of that country.


Teg, I told you right? If Peter Crouch is in the starting 11, expect a win from Arsenal. Plus Liverpool is not going through a good form now. There you have it, my prediction comes through!

It is never natural to have a basketball built player to be a striker. It is just so awkward to me. Of course there are other factors contributing to Liverpool's defeat. Playing Gerrard as a Beckham as well as the injury to Sissoko were probably the other reasons for this defeat.

On the other note, Newcastle United are in deep shit. Something has to be done fast or they will be relegated! Every season we hear of huge list of players getting injured. I mean player injury is common for any club but why is it that they always have huge burden of injury in their squad? Some things need to be rectified to overcome this problem. Season after season I hear of so many players getting injured. Is it the facilities, is it the training programs? I don't know but it is an excuse I am already sick of.

Sunday, November 12, 2006


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The Play Station 3 is out in Tokyo with only 100,000 of them available on day one in Japan due to productions problems with the high-definition DVD player.

Sony was forced to delay the global launch of the PS3 by about six months due to problems with the high-definition DVD player, giving rival Microsoft a one-year head start with its Xbox 360 machine.

The Japanese company pushed back the rollout again until March 2007 in Europe as it grappled with production problems.

Sony expects its game division to make a loss of about 200 billion yen (1.7 billion dollars) this fiscal year after it cut the price of the PS3 in Japan by one-fifth over complaints it was too expensive.

Priced at 49,980 yen for the standard 20-gigabyte hard disc, the PS3 is approaching twice the price of Microsoft's cheapest Xbox 360 at 29,800 yen, and Nintendo's Wii, which launches in December at 25,000 yen.

Despite the delay, Sony has maintained its forecast to ship six million PS3s worldwide by March 2007 -- a target some analysts fear will be hard to hit.

"I think they will have to substantially lower the current selling price to about 250 dollars or even lower and try to convince the market it's not only a game but also a good DVD recorder with Blu-ray technology," said John Yang, Standard and Poor's equity analyst.

"But it's a catch-22 situation, because if they cut the price of the PS3 they're going to increase the losses in their game division," he added.

Part of the article taken from
PlayStation 3 flies off shelves in boost to ailing Sony
Posted: 12 November 2006 0603 hrs

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Before I go into the book, let's recall some of the names that have been talked about all over the football world for this past few weeks going into the winter break. There are a lot of rumours surrounding the great interest with Europe's big guns over these 4 players whom I have not seen playing at all. You have Marcelo as the Brazilian whom will take over Roberto Carlos' shoes fully soon and the three young Argentinians Gago, Belluschi and Higuain. All are non-EU except Higuain who has the French passport as well as Belluschi who has the Italian passport so La Liga giants will have some problem filling in the 3 non-EU slots. If the four of them do come to Europe, will they live up to their expectations? Not everyone will be as good as Messi and Robinho.

1. Fluminense's Marcelo
2. Boca Juniors' Fernando Gago
3. River Plate's Fernando Belluschi
4. River Plate's Gonzalo Higuain

These youngsters are the next generation of Brazil and Argentina. It fits into my review of this book because this is the first friendly after the World Cup which both coaches were just newly elected and changes start in the squads to look into the future. The match was played in the new Emirates Stadium of Arsenal on Sunday, 3rd September, 2006 at 4pm. This book costs 5 Sterling Pounds! Thanks again Teg for your generosity! Even though it is not a 50 Sterling Pounds book, what really mattered to me is the thought to send the book over around 8 timezones. Really appreciate it. Now, let's get into the review.

The book itself is of good quality material. It feels like a 50 Sterling Pounds book man! :) The very first page after the CONTENT page is already filled with sexy Argentinian and Brazilian sexy ladies clad in their tight national colours costumes. Drool....... what a great way to 'turn on' the interest of male football fans like me. Haha! Warming up I say!

The book is in overall writing about Brazilian and Argentinian football as well as touching on Arsenal's relationship with them. This include the Brazilian and Argentinian players who had played with Arsenal before as well as the coverage of Arsenal in 1948 to Brazil to play with the clubs on a tour as well as a friendly against Brazil in 1965.

They also have many stats covering the clash between probably the most entertaining football nations of the world. The friendly was the 91st meeting between them and the 17th friendly. There is an interview with Gilberto, then Messi in 'THE NEW MESSIAH' article. They also put up the classic encounters between them dating back to as early as 1939.

Of course, a full detail of the line-up of the players for this clash. Most of the people in the list are unknowns as fresh faces are chosen to start afresh after the not-so-good World Cup for both of them. We are given some information and biodata of the players as well as the new coaches Carlos Dunga and Alfio Basile. There was an article about Arsene Wenger's opinion on the both countries and how he enjoys watching since his youth players like Pele, Didi, Vava, Tostao, Rivelino, Clodoaldo to Maradona, Kempes and Valdano.

There was also an article on the Argentinian Arsenal called Arsenal de Sarandi. The interesting thing is the photoshoot with the starting eleven. You see two kids in the shot as well as two hot chicks with umbrella at the corner. Wah! Although I very much thought it is for commerical purposes but the chicks do look hot. Yummy! We have an interview with Edu and Nelso Vivas, both are now former Arsenal players. Francisco Varallo interview is even more interesting as he is the only surviving player in the first Argentian team to play in the first World Cuo in 1930. The guy is 96 now! Incredible right? He must have lived through the whole history of the world football until now and beyond!

They even wrote about the history of Brazilian and Argentinian football. Charles Miller is thought to be the founding father for Brazil as he came from Southampton with two balls, a pump and a rulebook in 1894. Argentina have Glaswegian teacher Alexander Watson-Hutton to thank for bringing football over in 1893. He was even fired for teaching children "to play the animalistic game of football."

Let's look at the Head-to-Head Trophy Haul stats.

World Cup - 2
Copa America - 14
Confederations Cup - 1
Olympic Gold - 1
Olympic Silver - 2
Roca Cup - 4
World Youth Championship - 5
Total: 29

World Cup - 5
Copa America - 7
Confederations Cup - 2
Olympic Gold - 0
Olympic Silver - 2
Roca Cup - 8
World Youth Championship -4
Total : 28

Of course you cannot compare the total as the prestige equivalents are so different, especially between the World Cup against something like Confederations Cup.

Some other interesting stats about Brazil and Argentina which you may not know.

Argentina - 2.7 million km square
Brazil - 8.5 million km square

Argentina - Buenos Aires
Brazil - Brasilia

Domestic Champion:
Argentina - Boca Juniors
Brazil - Corinthians

Ethnic Groups:
Argentina - White (mostly Spanish and Italian) 97%, Mestizo (mixed white and Amerindian ancestry), Aemrindian, or other nonwhite groups 3%

Brazil - White 53.7%, Mulatto (mixed white and black) 38.5%, Black 6.2%, Other (includes Japanese, Arab, Amerindian) 0.9%, Unspecified 0.7%

Goalscorer (record):
Argentina - Gabriel Batistuta (56)
Brazil - Pele (77)

Holiday (national):
Argentina - May 25 (Revolution Day)
Brazil - September 7 (Independence Day)

Internet Domain:
Argentina - .ar
Brazil - .br

Argentina - 40 million
Brazil - 188 million

Veteran (most caps):
Argentina - Diego Simeone (106)
Brazil - Cafu (142)

World Cup Winners:
Argentina - 1978, 1986
Brazil - 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002

Finally, a football review will not be complete about two football powerhouses without the name list of their All-Time Dream Team.

Brazil All-Time Dream Team by Brian Glanville
Goalkeeper - Gilmar
Right Back - Djalma Santos
Centre Half - Bellini
Centre Half - Luis Perreira
Left Back - Nilton Santos
Midfield - Paolo Robert Falcao
Midfield - Didi
Midfield - Gerson
Forward - Garrincha
Forward - Pele
Formard - Ronaldo

Manager - Mario Lobo Zagallo

Argentina All-Time Dream Team by Brian Glanville

Goalkeeper - Amadeo Carrizo
Right Back - Carlos Sosa
Centre Half - Nestor Rossi
Centre Half - Daniel Passarella
Left Back - Silvio Marzolini
Midfield - Osvaldo Ardiles
Midfield - Jose Manuel Moreno
Midfield - Diego Maradona
Forward - Alfredo Di Stefano
Forward - Mario Kempes
Forward - Omar Enrique Sivori

Manager - Cesar Luis Menotti

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Thanks alot Clark (Kent?)!

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Teg, review will come after my presentation tomorrow. Something this big will not be left off the shelves. This is what any football fan will be dying to have.


Saturday, November 04, 2006


The Man Who Can't Get Married / He Who Can't Marry

12 episodes comedy Japanese drama

Abe Hiroshi, the drama actor who is always act in comedies is the lead. He is an architect in this drama. Just check out the episode titles and you know they are damn funny!

Ep 01: 一人が好きで悪いか!! / So what if I like to be alone?!
Ep 02: 好きなものを食って悪いか!! / So what if I eat the food I like to eat?!
Ep 03: 好きにお金を使って悪いか!! / So what if I spend my money the way I want to?!
Ep 04: 休日を一人で過ごして悪いか!! / So what if I spend my days off alone?!
Ep 05: 家に人を入れないで悪いか!! / So what if I don't let people into my home?!
Ep 06: 融通きかなくて悪いか!! / So what if I'm inflexible?!
Ep 07: 親戚づきあいが嫌いで悪いか!! / So what if I don't like to mix with the relatives?!
Ep 08: 犬がキライで悪いか!! / So what if I hate dogs?!
Ep 09: 彼女ができて悪いか!! / So what if I have a girlfriend?!
Ep 10: 女ごころがわからなくて悪いか!! / So what if I don't understand a woman's heart?!
Ep 11: 花柄がキライで悪いか!! / So what if I hate floral patterns?!
Ep 12: 幸せになって悪いか!! / So what if I've become happy?!

For those of you who loves classical music, they have a lot to offer too.

Ep 01: Mahler, Symphony No. 5, 5th mvt; Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 (op. 47), 4th mvt
Ep 02: [same as Ep 01]
Ep 03: Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg), Overture
Ep 04: Schubert, Erlkönig (Erl-King), a Japanese adaptation by Ooki Atsuo (大木惇夫) and Ito Takeo (伊藤武雄)
Ep 05: Mahler, Symphony No. 5, 5th mvt; Schubert, Ave Maria
Ep 06: Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
Ep 07: Smetana, Má Vlast (My country), Vltava/The Moldau
Ep 08: Mahler, Symphony No. 5, 3rd mvt; Mozart, Symphony No. 41 Jupiter, 1st mvt
Ep 09: Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, Promenade
Ep 10: Rossini, Largo al factotum from Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Ep 11: Dvořák, Symphony No. 9 From the New World, 1st mvt
Ep 12: Puccini, O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi; J. Strauss Jr., Kaiserwalzer (Emperor Waltz); Beethoven, Symphony No. 7, 1st mvt

YouTube has revolutionized how we watch dramas. Forget about downloading anymore, you can stream and watch everything online! For the first time, I will try to watch this drama with all 12 episodes this way!

Here is the link people, this is with English subtitles! Enjoy! They have beautiful actresses too, especially Kuninaka Ryoko. She is HOT!!!!

Suimi by Every Little Thing is the theme song. Nice song as always! You will never be disappointed by their songs.

Have a nice time! Enjoy!



I read with great interest Wenger's remarks and excuses to reject this proposal to impose 'home-grown' players on a team's starting XI. Of course he is the first one to oppose it heavily. His team is playing in the EPL and the starting XI has no English player! They do have Hoyte and Walcott but we all pretty well know this is how he will react.

For me, I for one really support this quota proposal because I believe every club in a country should have some responsibility to the country where the club belongs to is suppose to groom future players. Just look at the giant clubs in the whole of Europe, they too have their own countrymen. All I have to say is you must have at least a few to represent the country the club is from.

Perhaps 3. It is so weird to have a club from a country and you don't see a single player represented from that country. This is baseless unless your country always win the World Cup and the EURO. Unfortunately, looking at the standard now, it will take very long for this dream to be fulfilled. That is why this quota thing should be imposed for the sake of England if they are interested to better their chances in the future.

I won't say it guarantees success but at least it gives players the opportunity to mature and develop to become great. I don't believe in a great player has to be discovered at a young age. Some players become big after they gained experience and after playing a couple of years. The word is potential.

Just look at every big clubs in Europe. AC Milan, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Valencia. I think all of them from different leagues have their own countrymen in their starting eleven except Arsenal. Imagine this, if Wenger's remarks is taken seriously. Imagine what will happen to the English Premier League if all clubs follow Wenger's starting eleven policy? It will be called International Premier League.

Finally, I read a good article on David Beckham by Phil Holland at Soccernet. I agree on his views totally. At Manchester United, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are better than him. At Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo are better than him. He is a less technically complete player when compared to them.


Wednesday, November 01, 2006


WARNING! A little bit of spoilers! WARNING!

Well, I only know this movie is about magicians but little did I know it will include the story of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Alva Edison. Well, how can magic be related to science?

First of all, I went to watch this movie after choosing between The Guardian and The Departed. I realized that The Departed is a remake of Infernal Affairs so who the heck want to watch a second time? I don't like Leonardo DiCaprio and almost died watching the ultimate boring The Aviator! Well, The Guardian scores such low points in most famous review sites that I decided we go watch The Prestige.

This movie is like the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The moral of the story is about not trusting anybody because of backstabbing. A lot of betrayals and double crossing will be seen in the movie because of the rivalry between two men, or should I say three. Well, you get to see many behind the scene items and tricks used by magicians to show their skills. The failed atempts and the obsession to be the best and to be famous.

How does Tesla come into the picture? Tesla, by the way, is one of the famous figures in my Physics book. He was an inventor, physicist, mechanical and electrical engineer contributing to the field of electricity and magnetism. Perhaps his biggest contribution to mankind is the AC (alternating current) electric power. Well, they were showing him conducting his experiments in Colorado Springs which suppose to be conducting wireless telegraphy experiments to transmit signals from Pikes Peak to Paris. In the movie however, the machine created clones and it is used later by the magician in his magic shows.

The movie is about 2 hours long. I will say that it is those kind of movies where they love to shoot the story from the back to the front with the clues all in between and you will only get the whole picture after all these little jigsaw puzzle pieces come together and merge in the end. I honestly find the movie above average as I guess it drags for too long. It tries very hard to be a complicated movie but actually it just have a very simple storyline.

Finally, I have a presentation on the 8th November, 2006. Therefore, I think I will not have any updates until then. Wish me luck people!