Friday, June 27, 2008

injury woes for la furia roja

Spain's chances of lifting a major title in 44 years dealt with a major blow after their hitman David Villa got himself injured in the semifinal clash against Russia. Here in the pic he is seen along with Fernando Torres who has not proven his mettle in this tournament as yet. It's highly likely that Villa will miss Sunday's clash against Germany. If Spain like to win, they surely need Torres to fire and in the apparent absence of Villa it certainly looks like life won't be a walk in the park for the Spanish.

ONe step Closer but!

FINALLY Spain are one step closer to winning the euro championships. The last time they did so was way back in 1964. Also they are qualifying for a major finals for the first time in 24 years. they did that in style with a superb performance against the Russians. The Russians started off with some vigour and the first half was equally contested. Spain received a big blow when the tournament's leading goal scorer, David Villa had to be substituted in the 33rd minute due to an injury. In came Fabregas. The half ended the way it started.
The second half was when Spain began to dominate and from then onwards it was no looking back. They scored three beautiful goals between the 49th and 81st minutes and on top of that Saint Iker had a second clean sheet in as many games which meant Spain are through to a major finals in 24 years. But as the important rule in every tournament says- never get too excited about Spain at any point in time, we gotta keep our fingers crossed until they have done it for real!

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Tonight's clash between the greatest underachievers of world football-SPAIN and tonight's underdogs-Russia will be a match worth watching!
Both these teams share almost similar styles of play- attacking football. Their Head to Head record tells that Spain have the advantage with the latest win coming in the group stages of this years euro a 4-1 hammering by Spain. BUT since then, Russia have displayed some scintillating performances and ousted one of the tournament favorites, the Netherlands en route to the semi-finals. Also the last time they met, Arshavin was suspended. He could make all the difference and he has proved it in all the matches he has played in the tournament so far.
So in order for Spain to win and remove the tag of chokers, they have to come up with something special or else it would be bye bye La Furia Roja.


With the fuel prices sky rocketing, it literally burns a hole in every motorist's pocket. In order to lessen the impact of the high fuel prices, you gotta drive economically. to know how, just read on

  • Accelerating slowly is not the best option to save fuel. Instead rev up normally through the gears to your desired speed and then change to the highest gear possible.
  • When cruising, try to use top gear from 60 kph up and aim to keep the rpm between 2000 and 3000.
  • Switch off engine in places when idling for more than 1 minute.
  • Take less congested routes. Don't worry if they add miles to your journey but if they cut out stop-start motoring, you could save fuel.
  • Windows and sunroofs must be shut and tyres must be inflated to the right pressure. Wind resistance and drag from under-inflated tyres will increase fuel consumption.
  • Always remove roof racks and bike racks when not needed and no unnecessary luggage in your boot.
  • Use of stereo, rear demisters, lights and air-conditioning adds to fuel bill.
  • A dirty engine with lots of sooty deposits worsen fuel economy.changing oil improves conditions.
TRY following these simple steps and u will be able to eke out the maximum kilometres from every litre of fuel.


Slaven Bilic, Croatia coach

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


OKAY! After finally watching the movie after a long wait, i am made to think was it worth the wait, money etc, etc....My friends who watched the movie with me started to sing praises of it almost after every scene while on the other hand i wasn't convinced as much as them:-(
What could be the reason? This film makes use of the chaos theory or the butterfly effect to narrate the story. It starts with Kamal addressing to an audience at the Nehru stadium in Chennai, moves to 12th Century when the local Shaivaite King’s move to remove the Vishnu idol from a temple is opposed by Nambi (Kamal), a Vaishnavite. King Kulothunga packs the idol and the idol lover together and dumps both in the Bay of Bengal. Then we are transported to 2004 where Dr Govind(Kamal) invents a deadly virus and Ex-CIA bad guy Christian Fletcher tries to take it from him. Rest of the movie is one big chase which finally ends up in the Bay of Bengal where the Vishnu idol lies. Every chase needs 2 chicks, the good girl with the hero is Asin and the vamp with the villain is Mallika Sherawat.
The screenplay was lively and well paced. Many people said the script was loosely etched to fit in all the 10 Kamal's but i didn't feel the same. It was neatly packed. So where did the movie go wrong? The biggest ditcher was Michael Westmore. The make up in the movie was pathetic. It looked literally like the characters were wearing masks. Was westmore still thinking of star trek? You call this guy a genius and is this the best he can do or it was because he was not provided with enough money? Whatever the reason, the make up was horrendous. Take a look at Bush(one of the 10 characters portrayed by Kamal ). You might get the feeling that it's near perfect but it isn't actually. When a chennai based firm can manage to get a fair looking Rajni in the movie Sivaji WHY can't this be done to Kamal? Reason is TIME. The fair looking CGI of Rajni in the movie took one year to create. But you can argue that he played only 3 foreigners in the movie. What was he thinking? Indians settle for compromised stuff? Only Kamal knows the answer and he might have his justifications as well.
The next drawback was the graphics and the CGI of the movie. Obvious reason being shortage of money. The Rise of the Machines, for example, the budget for computer work, including visual effects, creature effects, and special effects, was $USD 28.2 million. That money is much more than the entire budget of the movie.Also Asin's cries of Perumal in the movie were sick at times though she was cute.

FINAL VERDICT: The effort is huge. The product is not. Lack of perfection outshines his strife for exellence. 3 stars on a scale of 5.

Monday, June 23, 2008


Saint Iker diving to deny de Rossi of italy in the penalty shoot out
between Spain and Italy in the quarter-finals of euro 08.


Hello people. WIth EURO 08 hogging the limelight, i find it very difficult for me to update my blog. But now there is a pause to the tournament as the quarters are over and the semis waiting to happen in a couple of days , i find some time to write about this man- Iker Casillas Fernández.

Saint Iker was the hero as Spain progressed to the first major semi final since 1984 and will now play Russia. The game was dull and lifeless- thanks to Italy's negative football. 120 minutes of football failed to separate the two sides. It was the dreaded penalties yet again. Spain started scoring first with Villa getting the job done with a cool penalty. then came Grosso and Cazorla who all scored before casillas produced a stunning save to deny de rossi. Advantage Spain. Senna and Camoranesi scored before Guiza was denied by Buffon. Looked like Italy were back in business. NOT to be. The saint pulled off another save to stop di Natale from scoring. This setup Fabregas to catapult Spain into the semis. He did it in style and Spain were through. All was because of this one man and his brilliant saves. Captain Courageous. The saint has done it so many rimes for Real. He has now proven to the world why he is the best shot stopper in the world. Vamos Casillas.........!