Fascinatin' Rhythm

June 14, 2010

It’s the look, it’s the look — the look of lo-o-o-ove!

Filed under: Football — Thurulingas @ 4:44 pm
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I’ve been amusing myself throughout the World Cup by remarking on the many and varied attractions of the modern professional footballer.  I am an enormous football fan– wait, that didn’t come out exactly right.  I am not enormous.  But I do love football, and I particularly love watching the clash of styles from different continents that the World Cup makes so apparent.  Though this is being eroded by the export of coaches from Scandinavia to under-achieving nations around the globe.

But I digress.  Those who pay attention to my Twitterings or follow me on Facebook may have noticed my attention straying from the intricacies of the 4-3-3 versus 4-5-1 formations, or the incredible noise of the vuvuzelas, and rhapsodising about the particular attractions of individual footballers.  But is this not what the World Cup is for?  Many footballers take the World Cup as an opportunity to attract new suitors, and they devise numerous odd gambits to do this (including the Romanian team’s notorious collective bleaching).

But there are some players whose natural attractions shine through.  My attention has been captured by a couple in particular thus far.  Or should I say, my regard has been recaptured after a spell of indifference by reason of inexposure.  I speak, of course, of Lucas Podolski, who combines my favourite European nationalities in one man.  Polish, and German.  What a combination!

Lucas Podolski, head and torso

Lucas Podolski -- one hunk of man

Isn’t he gorgeous?  In fact, the Germans have by far the highest phwoarr quotient thus far of all the teams I’ve seen (and I’ve watched all the games so far).

Herr Podolski is only rivalled in my affections by Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina.  Very nice indeed.

Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina

Honourable mentions go to Nikita Rukavytsya of Australia, who really ramped up the phwoarr quotient in the Germany vs Australia match quite markedly.

I’ll continue with posts in this vein as the World Cup progresses.  I thank you.

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June 10, 2010

It’s the world in union, the world as one

Filed under: Football,Web — Thurulingas @ 12:56 pm
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Ah, the World Cup is here!  Now, my reputation as an avid, unapologetic sports fan may precede me, but I am going to share with you a simply stunning bit of graphic design, interactivity, and polished professional web content that still makes me smile when I use it.

http://www.marca.com/deporte/futbol/mundial/sudafrica-2010/calendario-english.html

Amazing work.  Am hugely looking forward to this World Cup, I think it’s going to be stonkingly good.  And I drew Spain in the office sweepstake!  Life is indeed, as Mr. Kipling once said, exceedingly good cakes.

June 7, 2010

He showed them moxie, brains, and spunk!

Filed under: Opera — Thurulingas @ 9:50 am
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Just watched this excellent flash mob on youtube:

Flash Brindisi @ youtube

What a joy to see high art made accessible in this way.  I love the expressions on the faces of the normal punters.  When they hear the backing track start up, it’s just a normal reaction.  But when their neighbours (in mufti) start belting out one of Verdi’s best known tunes, the reaction is just classic.  Makes you feel good to be alive!

Post title is a line from ‘Zero to Hero’ from Disney’s Hercules.

June 2, 2010

It’s hip to be square

Filed under: Chorus,Jitsu — Thurulingas @ 10:42 am
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Ow.  Last night’s session was fun, slightly intense grading prep for those wanting to grade.  I got up at the end to be an attacker, and managed to get kneed in the hip  a few times.  There’s a lovely bruise developing, and I kinda need to walk with a limp.  But I’m getting back into it, and enjoying myself without any demands being placed on me, which is where I want to be.

At the weekend we had our first rehearsal for Mahler 8 at the First Night of the Proms, which was turned into an open rehearsal where anyone could come along and join us.  We also sang a couple of new pieces that we may be recording later in the year — one by a member of the chorus, James Lavino, whom I found out studied at the Juillard School!  Great fun pieces, actually, very effective.  Hard to get an idea of musical style from one piece, but you definitely get a sense of a composer’s personality, even from just a short piece.

But the Mahler was the main event.  I’ve never sung it, or even heard it (that I can recall).  Fantastic piece, great opener for the Proms.  Another rehearsal tonight, just us.  Couple of friends went along and really enjoyed themselves.  Which is nice.

Ow, my hip!  Post title is the classic funk track by Huey Lewis and the News.

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