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The Artist

The Artist Poster

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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More Sport and Banter for your tastebuds

Thats right the third episode of ‘The Sweat Room’ straight from essex uni and SX:TV, is online for your enjoyment.

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The next level of Vindaloo, at the World’s highest curry house..

If you happen to take a visit into the depths of La Paz in Bolivia, you should get a taste of home with the Star of India. Or so we thought. It was almost obligatory to give the world’s highest curry house a visit; the Englishman’s Mecca, especially when there have been sparse home comforts along the way. Not only, is it record-breaking in altitude, but also with the challenge of “The World’s Most Dangerous Vindaloo,” awaiting those who dare to take it on.

In the nervous moments before I knew I had to eat it quickly and I also knew it would have its consequences. I did not dot he challenge alone, as one other friend chose risk stomach ulcers and a bout of ring sting for the free t-shirt, all for the very reasonable price of 40 Bolivianos (yes that is the name of the currency), about the equivalent of 4 pounds.

Starting is not the problem as you can do it at pace numbing your mouth and your senses. As the meal wears on it is the matter of losing the will to finish, and in time, losing the will to live. Ten mouthfuls from the end, not only was I crying from pain, but threatening to refill the plate as I gagged, just managing to hold it back. Childishly playing with my food I manned up while the two of my friends who weren’t ‘competing’ left for a cigarette leaving us to regret our decision to undertake anything so foolhardy as we were enslaved by this horrible vindaloo.

Of course with agony, and a little help from my banana milkshake I surpassed all expectations and swallowed down the last mouthful. The people on the next table with a look of amazement and disgust, I even heard one of them say “I think I might order one of those..” to which I laughed and tried to get my t-shirt before I covered the room in vindaloo.

We headed back to the hostel, and as my stomach churned I thought ‘maybe next time I’ll have the Chicken Tikka Masala.’

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Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all..

As I write, I write in mourning. In mourning of what could have been, of what might have been and heavily reminded of the fact that we aim too high. Cast aside by a young German side that, it pains me to say this but, deserved their victory. Matthew Upson and John Terry failing to resemble anything that starts to look like a defence. Throwing ball after ball away for German goal kicks. Before the game it was said that due to the lack of experience Germany would be the more wasteful team with possession and it’s just not the case.

Just like a lover looking back on a failed relationship I can just about struggle to see the positives, and with them heavily being outweighed by the damning negatives like the defence and the score line.

Like a lover I see where things could have changed, the point where we lost our way (Frank Lampard’s beautiful strike crossing the line and being disallowed by the South American linesman), and as I sit with my tub of ice cream I can see where we can learn from these mistakes; finally bring in goal line technology, change to a modern, more adaptable manager one who isn’t afraid to try something other than 4-4-2.

Change is the most important thing England, as it’s not me it’s you, it really is and you have the potential to win these tournaments and make other teams cower at your presence. Now, like a recently single man I will have to set my sights on something lower as we have been divorced from the World Cup, maybe the Euro, although Germany will still be there.

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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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