Half Time: Alekhinetroll and the Raiders of the Lost Arsenal
“The first contacts have been established with the embassy,” Wenger said
“We will see how that progresses politically.
Walcott was difficult to convince [last time] and that is why it took us much time
We started very early with him but it was slow progress
He is very quick on the pitch but off the pitch, not always.”
Troll: What about your boss, der Krünke? I thought he was waiting to take possession.
Wenger: All in good time. When I am finished with it. Troll, do you realize what the Arsenal is? It's a transmitter. It's a radio for speaking to God. And it's within my reach.
Troll: You want to talk to God? Let's go see Him together. I've got nothing better to do.
IT is not easy to walk with God.
The air that beats around the Himalaya heights of Divine fellowship is rare
and hard to breathe
human feet fire after a little
and faith, hard put to it
is inclined to give up the effort of keeping step with the Divine pace
So David found it
Theo Walcott was born to a black British Jamaican father and a white English mother.
Walcott grew up as a Liverpool fan due to his father's support of Liverpool. When Chelsea asked him to be a ball boy, he used the opportunity to meet his Liverpool idols:
"I was playing in a tournament for Swindon when Southampton and Chelsea showed an interest. Chelsea invited me to be a ball-boy for a game against Liverpool and it was fantastic to meet my heroes Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler. I was a Liverpool fan simply because my dad followed them. Unfortunately I wasn't born when the team had their golden era, but I enjoyed watching the likes of Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman when I was growing up. When Liverpool won the Champions League last year, I went mad. I was shouting so loud I think I woke up the entire village where I live!"
It was a tough weekend (again) for Greece's embattled FinMin Yanis Varoufakis. After walking out on a CNBC interview when asked if he was a liability (after his photo shoot caused a storm in Greece), a video surfaced showing the outspoken minister giving the middle finger to Germany saying "solve the problem yourself." He has come out swinging this morning, as The Telegraph reports, Varoufakis exclaims, "That video was doctored. I've never given the finger, I've never given the middle finger ever." However, the user who uploaded it to YouTube denied it was a fake and, based on The Telegraph's poll, 67% believe Varoufakis did it. Furthemore, the German talk-show that aired the clip has confirmed "no evidence of manipulation or falsification," and, for the first time, a majority of Germans now want Greece out of the union.
The Greek Government has created a corporation, Olympic Properties SA, which is overseeing the post-Olympics management, development and conversion of these facilities, some of which will be sold off (or have already been sold off) to the private sector,while some other facilities are still in use, or have been converted for commercial use or modified for other sports.
As of 2012 many conversion schemes have stalled owing to the Greek government-debt crisis. The annual cost to maintain the sites has been estimated at £500 million, a sum which has been politically controversial in Greece,though many of these facilities are now under the control of domestic sporting clubs and organizations or the private sector.
End in bliss,
O immortal race!
Norns, rend in sunder
Your rope of runes!
Dusk steal darkly
Over the Gods!
Night of their downfall
Now Siegfried's star
Is rising for me;
He is for ever
And for aye,
My wealth, my world,
My all in all:
Love ever radiant,
FROM LISBON WITH LOVE...
The treaty introduces an exit clause for members wanting to withdraw from the Union. This formalises the procedure by stating that a member state must inform the European Council before it can terminate its membership, and a withdrawal agreement would then be negotiated between the Union and that State, with the Treaties ceasing to be applicable to that State from the date of the agreement or, failing that, within two years of the notification unless the State and the Council both agree to extend this period. There have been several instances where a territory has ceased to be part of the Community, e.g. Greenland in 1985, though so far no member state has ever left. Before the Lisbon Treaty came into force, the question of whether a member state had a legal right to leave the union was unclear.
Lord Rothschild summarizes his thoughts briefly, eloquently, and ominously...
Not surprisingly, the value of paper money has been debased as countries have sought to compete and generate growth by lowering the value of their currencies – the Euro and the Yen depreciated by over 12% against the US Dollar during the course of the year and Sterling by 5.9%.
In addition to this difficult economic background, we are confronted by a geopolitical situation perhaps as dangerous as any we have faced since World War II: chaos and extremism in the Middle East, Russian aggression and expansion, and a weakened Europe threatened by horrendous unemployment, in no small measure caused by a failure to tackle structural reforms in many of the countries which form part of the European Union.
Behold, your "team" in your midst are women.
The gates of your land are set wide open to your enemies
The fire has devoured your bars
Draw water for the siege
Strengthen your fortresses
Go into the clay, and tread the mortar
Make the brick kiln strong