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That’s right, we’re back!

I have very big news for all of you! The fourth episode of my university television programme has finally come out for everyone’s enjoyment. The Sweat Room team have been working hard to create this lightly entertaining and not at all informative show. Enjoy, and don’t forget to give it a like!

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The Artist

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I know I’m a bit late on this fron but I saw The Artist last night. Maybe it’s just me but i love clever intricacies of plot, especially when it is in view of a bigger picture as it is in the artist: the transition from silent movies to the talkies. Jean Dujardin played George Valentin, the crowd-warmer and his emotions portrayed entirely through his actions are still incrediblymoving.

If you are a fan of clever movies, i hope you’re not too put off by the fact the only voices that can be heard come at the very end. It is worth your time, and deserved every little golden man at the Oscars!

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The Most Hated Woman in the World

We all know we are heavily influenced by the media around us. Only the hermits of old can escape the discussions that go on in the news and in social media websites, although I am sure they wouldn’t stop being discussed. What I witnessed tonight on youtube was one of the poorest displays of humanity that I feel I have ever witnessed; people publicly humiliating and confessing to their loved ones crimes that they have done against them in front of the jeering public. This is all in the name of television.

The show is called ‘The Moment of Truth.’ Contestants win money from owning up to what they have done from difficult questions put to them by difficult people after being hooked up to a lie detector. This particular woman has her ex-boyfriend ask her questions to admit that she thought they should have been together on their wedding day AND that she had had an affair all in front of her husband:

The poor guy’s life fell apart for the sake of money, something material that doesn’t last chosen over marriage which is supposed to represent purity and chaste love, and maybe for him even it does. Her actions show horrifically that some human beings are so shallow that they cannot see further than their wallets. She is prepared to destroy her life for the prospect of some home comforts and getting the bills paid. She is not however, the only one to blame.

The television companies that air these programmes aim to be controversial, aim to harm, but most of all they aim to make money no matter what. The exact same aim that the girl has, except she is the monkey in jumping through hoops at the front of the audience, and they are the owners counting the money. But you see a lot of this unashamedly broadcast for shameful fame. The olden days of virtue are lost as racism slap-handedly splashed across programmes and whilst they raise awareness they aim to incite anger. Admittedly racism was more prominent in days gone by, but the excuse for any prejudice has gone, as people are educated enough, and compassionate enough to see that we are all the same you and I.

Morals and virtue are no longer as prominent as a result both on television and in real life. Yes people commit crimes for personal greed and necessity, but thanks to television of this nature we see the monstrosities that would not normally happen. Such horrible deeds go noticed and I know ignoring them does not delete them, but it does not promote them either. The one silver lining I would take from the video is that you can realise of how little importance money has in the face of your own family and partners for I can personally say I would not trade £25,000 or more for the life I lead and the people I love and love me, and I am sure I am not the only one. She says ‘I feel really good getting these things off my chest.’ Well it shouldn’t be that easy, and I am sure as hell her husband does not deserve the burden. And that is why I am writing this at 2:55am instead of sleeping, because I know humanity is better than ratings and money and even though they have succeeded in getting more views and inciting controversy and anger, they have highlighted their prostitution of morals for money.

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Chaos with World Cup Referees

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There is the recurring theme of chaos in the World Cup, and seems to appear every four years and every other match or so. The causes of the chaos seem to range from the huge (Maradona’s hand of God) to the less so (Lampard’s disallowed goal), but they all have great significance, and the officials int he game are there to help shepherd this chaos, and for the most part they do a great job. But every so often they make a mistake and this is what makes it one of the most pressured jobs in the world, especially as the world is watching.

It is so easy to criticise the referee, and sometimes this criticism is deserved, as what is a yellow to one referee is not to another (eg. in the Germany, Serbia match when Alberto Undiano; the referee, gave Miroslav Klose two yellow’s where most other referees would have just given fouls), which gives teams an unfair advantage over other ones simply because of irresponsible decision-making, and the consequences can leave a team crashing out the world cup.

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The referees are handpicked from around the world, and just as the players are the best in the world at their jobs, the officials are at theres. Although it can be said that there are very few referees nowadays who don’t have some controversy or another to their name, as it is in people’s nature to make mistakes. Many people have asked whether we can keep allowing the officials human error to rule the game and, in some cases, pick out the winner with their mistakes, but I feel we have no other choice. I do believe we should bring in goal line technology and the opportunity for referees to view video replays so we can get as close as we can to honest football as possible. But I also believe that no machine could ever replace a referee on the pitch as there is always human judgement involved, like the playing advantage rule and the choice of giving a card and which card to give, no machine could ever say whether a tackle had malice involved in it.

Most of the time, the referees do a great job, but every now and again they slip up just as the rest of us do. Unfortunately this can not only alter the scoreline by disallowing a goal, or allowing one which might be offside (the apparent offside against Uruguay last night, as Van Persie tried to play Robben’s ball before it went in the back of the net), but also the mentality and momentum of the teams, as they lose focus and feel outraged falling out of contest, and unable to scramble back into the match.

Whilst the perfect referee is an ideal, you have to realise that the game of football, as with any sport, is decided by far more than just referring, and ultimately quality will shine through. Germany beat England because they had the pace and the passing precision to beat a faltering defence on the counter. And Uruguay, whilst being a very good team, couldn’t keep up with the Dutch and the likes of Robben and Sneijder. But who knows what the refereeing of the future will be like, lets hope that it’s not too perfect so there is still a little bit of hidden drama that goes beyond the players, besides I have to blame someone other than the players for England losing..

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Drama is Mounting as the Knockout Stage is Reached

As it stands England’s start to the world cup campaign has been a stuttered one, with two bad performances leading to draws with USA and Algeria, teams we really should be beating. The last match was a relief against Slovenia, especially seeing how France and Italy; the two finalists of last world cup, have flopped out of the tournament.

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However, the resulting route for England to the semi finals has both Germany, and if we progress, Argentina (also if they do as well), England’s biggest international rivals. The rivalry between England and Germany has its roots deep in both our histories, ranging further back than the beautiful game, although this is where it is present in modern-day.

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It is a time when we are once again underdogs, fighting to beat our sworn football enemy. Beating Germany has led to many of the England highlights as it led to our victory in 1966, and I’m the memory of Michael Owen slotting goal after goal past the Germans. And this is a time when we should stay true to our obsession with 44 years ago.

Argentina is also a thriving football nation, and with the owner of the Hand of God as manager tensions between fans and players on opposing teams will be running higher than ever. Of course, as Maradona’s maverick reputation has grown, it also means England have a lot more to prove when it comes down to it as the solid tactics of Capello come together with the confused and somehow succesful theories of Maradona.

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Hopefully when England come to play Germany England can show that experience has more value than youthful enthusiasm, and show their full potential as they did during the qualifying matches, and showed more than enough to get excited about against Slovenia. Also when Argentina come into play I am sure the fact that Maradona did not bring enough defenders will be his downfall, but lets just take it one step at a time.

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It’s time to play with Olympic Fire

We are now on the home stretch to London 2012 Olympics. All we have seen of Britain’s Olympic potential in opening ceremonies is the famous double decker bus with David Beckham doing what he does best. Leaving our reputation in the hands of Boris Johnson is not a wonderous prospect, especially as he wetted our cringe reflexes when he sauntered to centre stage in China’s closing ceremony, and showed his well oiled flag-waving skills.

As I sat and watched Canada’s closing ceremony, however, with the likes of Michael J. Fox and Michael Buble, I could not help but think that we can upstage them. We have much more to offer in our history and our artistic talent. We have the likes of Sir Ian Mckellen and the Queen (though I am not asking her to partake in the ceremony). With a musical playground in the stadiums back garden we should not fail to be creative beyond belief. I hope we follow China and Australia and do not recede with our artistic licence to play acting our stereotypes just as Canada did. It is not down to the athletes, but down to us, as to whether we leave a strong and lasting impression, making it hard for Brazil to carry on the Olympic flame.

We are now on the home stretch to London 2012 Olympics. All we have seen of Britain’s Olympic potential in opening ceremonies is the famous double decker bus with David Beckham doing what he does best. Leaving our reputation in the hands of Boris Johnson is not a wonderous prospect, especially as he wetted our cringe reflexes when he sauntered to centre stage in China’s closing ceremony, and showed his well oiled flag-waving skills.

As I sat and watched Canada’s closing ceremony, however, with the likes of Michael J. Fox and Michael Buble, I could not help but think that we can upstage them. We have much more to offer in our history and our artistic talent. We have the likes of Sir Ian Mckellen and the Queen (though I am not asking her to partake in the ceremony). With a musical playground in the stadiums back garden we should not fail to be creative beyond belief. I hope we follow China and Australia and do not recede with our artistic licence to play acting our stereotypes just as Canada did. It is not down to the athletes, but down to us, as to whether we leave a strong and lasting impression, making it hard for Brazil to carry on the Olympic flame.

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