In Wellington over the weekend, the Malthouse and Hashigo were stacked with IPA's (from the West Coast challenge), it was hard to find one under 6.5%, in fact they were advertising 6-6.4% ones as their lighter drinking beers. I get the feeling there's an expectation people should be able to knock 3 or more pints of this beer back, but it's a bit too strong for my fortitude.
That win flattered Italy, I reckon. England were competitive and unlucky not to win, but Italy looked stodgy and one-dimensional. Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands or Germany would've beaten them easily, I reckon.
Not sure about that. England finally look like they have some attacking threat with Sterling and Sturridge, Welbeck wasn't bad either. But no one in white came close to the class of beautifully bearded Italian Andrea Pirlo.
Is Diego Costa the Quade Cooper for this world cup. Country swapping, niggles off the ball, booed by the crowd every time he touches the ball, plays well for his club, but crap for his adopted country?
Not fit I reckon. Wonder if Spain is paying the price for the massive European season that their major clubs had. But it's more than that, key players getting older, their spiritual leader Puyol retiring. Casillas aged 20 years out there today. Kinda sad to see but all power to the Dutch.
The issue is that ref's seem to need the drop and roll before they're willing to give a penalty. Wrapping, grabbing and pulling seem to be increasing in the game precisely because defenders know that if the player doesn't drop, they're likely to get away with it. The odds work in defenders favour.
I only saw the first half but was pleasantly surprised at how positive a game it was from both sides, with both sides having decent chances. Brazil were nervous but they'll be a bit more carefree now that they have a tough 3 points in the bag.
Don't you just love that Brazil's goalkeeper is 3rd choice at newly promoted Queens Park Rangers? What a strange old world...
album of the year for me thus far, can't see it being beat.
I can't get enough of the Robert Palmer cover/rework of Johnny & Mary with that Brian Ferry chap singing... added bonus of a cracking fan-made video featuring Cherry 2000 visuals
Ha, nice, hadn't seen that. Think the whole middle section of the album just moves along beautifully. Great for home, car or party!
You can rely on Vadim. He always comes correct.
How about the Norwegian mustachioed maestro Todd Terje bringing the jazz funk disco to warm up the winter chill?
Brazil looked a bit nervous early on and who can blame them. Came back well though. I only saw the first half but really enjoyed it, really open play and several chances each way.
I think that claim to the title just got a little stronger today.
I'm with John Oliver. FIFA are the worst people on the planet and I hope the Brazilian people kick up a fuss about it. But I'm also hella looking forward to the matches and hope Brazilans get some joy out of the tournament they've paid so dealy for.
It's hard not to see every major world tournament like this not being without accompanying protests in future.
Spain's to lose. Easily the most talent stacked side. But tis the World Cup and randomness generally prevails, so hmmm Germany ? - Solid solid solid.
They're certainly right up there but maybe a little more defensively brittle than in previous tournaments with no super permed Puyol at the back. Also have Xavi getting older so how he'll last through the tournament will be a factor. Think Diego Costa will also prove important, most particularly his recovery from the hamstring injury.
Dear old England - every 4 years it turns out "We was robbed !"
No, England, not so much robbed as rubbish. They last won the Cup around the time I had my 2nd Birthday. I'm now just a few weeks from hitting the Big Five Zero.
Think they were a bit unlucky with the penlalties hoodoo in 1990. That was a good side who, if they could have passed Germany, faced a lack lustre Argentina and a cynical, ageing Maradona in the final. Since then though, all down hill.