Wednesday 19 December 2007

Six degrees of separation #19

It's been a while since I posted a six degrees. Partly as I didn't have an answer to #18. Then, my missus swooped in with a three step answer which made me want to give up the game forever. Here it is: 1. Mel Gibson to Heath Ledger in The Patriot; 2. Ledger to Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain; and 3. Gyllenhaal to Jack Palance in City Slickers. Easy(!)

#19: Raquel Welch to Jamie Foxx

Les Mis

I went to see Les Miserables on the West End last week and it was truly magnificent. In general I wouldn't be a massive musical fan but the story of Valjean and co is truly epic. The cast of the current production at the Queens Theatre are fantastic. Drew Sarich excels as Jean Valjean in his battles with Javert, who cut an imposing figure on stage.
That quality was endemic of the whole cast, maintaining the high standards the original Les Mis cast set over 20 years ago.
Here for your viewing pleasure is CT Wilkinson (the original Valjean) signing Bring Him Home from the 10th anniversary concert at the Albert Hall.

Friday 14 December 2007

Capello the right man for the job

I have been watching a bit of Sky Sports News today surrounding the appointment of Fabio Capello as the new England manager. And I can't believe the drivel the producers are putting on the screen.
England fans should be praising to high heaven and not whining that he isn't English. His record speaks for itself.


Seven league titles (AC Milan: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996; Real Madrid: 1997, 2007; AS Roma: 2001)

He also won back-to-back league titles with Juventus in 2005 and 2006, but the club was stripped of these honours in the wake of the Italian match-fixing scandal.

European Cup with AC Milan in 1994

European Super Cup with AC Milan 1994

Four Italian Super Cups.

David Moyes takes the biscuit with the most inane comment I have heard in a long time, saying: "I dunno how the Italians would feel with Sam Allardyce or Alan Curbishley" getting the Italian job. That's ridiculous David, comparing one of the most successful managers in European history to two guys who have won nothing and never managed a top club. Don't get me wrong, I think both are excellent coaches, but neither would put themselves in Capello's league.

I'd now like to see the FAI panel in Dublin to take this example and find a manager of real quality for the Irish national team. The past few managers have been prime examples of 'paying peanuts and getting monkeys'. Time to change that and try make a major tournament some time in the next five years.

Wednesday 12 December 2007

What do we look for in a candidate?

I am pretty excited about the US primaries. The action has really kicked off in recent weeks with Obama passing Hilary in the Iowa primaries and closing the gap in national polls.
On the republican side national poll topper Rudy Guiliani has been keeping his powder dry while Huckabee has moved ahead in Iowa following his unnecessary attack on Mitt Romney over his religion.

The big story though is on The Onion where we can find out the real(!) things Americans look for in a candidate. Click here for the story behind this crazy headline:
Poll: Mitt Romney Is Candidate Most Voters Want To Get Into Bar Fight With