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Friday, July 23, 2010

Arena di Verona

Going Italy,
in a hot August summer.
Drink from the fountains.

From Rome to Florence,
Florence to Milan with train.
Melt in Verona.

13th, 14th,15th,
Opera di Verona.
Nobody shall sleep.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The World Cup

Spain deserved to win. Had it been a penalty shoot-outs it could be disappointing. That is because most of them watching wished that Spain win the game. Spain is much better team and played beautifully, the spectators did not want them to lose due to a lucky goal by Holland.

Both Teams were desperate, Spain first time in the World Cup final, and Holland third time but never win. The supporters at home were holding their breath and were ready for party all night long in case they win. The difference is Spain played total football while Holland played anti-football to win.

Holland adapted tackling tactics to stop Spain’s aggression rhythm, it worked and finished 0-0 after regular time play, with so many yellow cards. Holland probably had hoped for a lucky goal or penalty shoot-outs at the end. They wouldn’t deserve that.

But it is not luck that brought the goal in the 116th minute, off the right foot of barely on-side AndrĂ©s Iniesta, a shot that Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg got his left hand on but not with enough power to keep it out of the net. It was the fruit of a few nice-tries, and so many passes that Holland tried to stop by playing rough. The goal came while the Dutch had only 10 men, after defender John Heitinga was sent off in the 109th minute with his second yellow – one of nine Dutch yellows in the match.

When Andres Iniesta, a FC Barcelona player, scored the goal in extra time to guide Spain to a 1-0 victory over Holland on Sunday and their first World Cup title, the city burst with such a force of life that those who were fast asleep were definitely awoken in a few seconds. For once politics was forgotten as everybody waved the country's flag and for a change, not the flag of their own province, and chanted Viva Espana.

Friday, June 25, 2010

How to become American Idol

1. Sing like The Boxer

2. Be a salesman of paint or shoe

3. Remember the lyrics

4. Don’t scream

5. Be original

6. Sing not so good at early stage and improve in later stage

7. Don’t poke your nose in front of camera

8. Sing Every Body Hurts Sometime

9. Be not so confident at early stage and improve in later stage

10. Show that you have never been in Hollywood

11. Don’t flirt with the judges

12. Don’t sleep with other contestants

13. Be illiterate

14. Sing melancholic song although you are a rocker

15. Sing Ain’t No Sunshine in broad day light

16. Color your hair white

17. Don’t be heartless

18. Sing duo with not so good contestant

19. Show raw talent

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Red Windmill

On a warm night in July 2009 the Red Wind Mill came alive. The fairies came alive, dancing and singing bare breasted and kicking legs as high as the cloud.

One of the girls jumped into a see through water tank which rose from the stage. There were snakes swimming in the water. She swam with the snakes. The theme was Medusa.

In another act, about circus, they paraded several ponies to the stage.

It was purely spectacular entertaintment, the setting determined the theme. It seems that snakes in the tanks detemined the Medusa theme and the ponies determined the Circus theme.

But the audience enjoyed it, the colorful furs, costumes, lighting, music and dance. No body seemed to care that they don't understand the songs, they were in French. Probably the melody determined the lyrics too. Nevertheless they all sound romantic.

The dancers are internationally selected, but they looked like the same type, size and face. Probably the stage make-up made them look the same, although the costumes were different.

Outside, in the middle of red light district, the red windmill kept revolving.

The same show, named Feerie or Fairy, has been running for 10 years, and still full house every night. Maybe the Japanesse tourists just want to see the half naked bodies.