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Postby ksl » Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:50 am

For Rugby & Football I would certainly place a bet on England if the odds are good, if odds on, that worries me :wink: France is always a tough one, I hope England pull it off!

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 23 Feb 2011 3:48 am

The match vs France on the 26th is the big one of the championship for them. Without a doubt :)

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 23 Feb 2011 5:27 am

Only indirect claim to fame I've got re: football... check out the Nike World Cup ad, the iconic guitar kicking in at 0:43 is by my buddy Jan Akkerman. Melody Maker voted him in 1973 as the best guitarist the world*, ahead of Clapton, Santana, Howe, Page, Blackmore... well, everyone.

Just thought I'd get that one into the net :wink:

Edit to add a link!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUBpfCHhwbw
Reasonably high-def version, but skip any intro ad. Can no longer find the official HD version... last time I looked it had something like 25m hits

* [img][img]http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn28/GenieTinPot/MelodyMaker.jpg[/img][/img]
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Postby aster » Wed, 23 Feb 2011 5:49 pm

ksl wrote:For Rugby & Football I would certainly place a bet on England if the odds are good


I'd save your money with regards to footie. :) If not penalty shoot-outs then disallowed goals will get ya...

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Postby ksl » Thu, 24 Feb 2011 12:01 am

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ksl wrote:For Rugby & Football I would certainly place a bet on England if the odds are good


I'd save your money with regards to footie. :) If not penalty shoot-outs then disallowed goals will get ya...
You are probably right there, the days of England knocking out goals at football are long gone....I think we pay them too much these days, that the hunger isn't there as a team.

Though JR8 was on about Rugby, a mans game (Just for the Yanks) :P :wink:
Actually the size of some of those Americans, makes me wonder why they haven't Rugby league.

Very good advert JR8

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 24 Feb 2011 12:21 am

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ksl wrote:For Rugby & Football I would certainly place a bet on England if the odds are good


I'd save your money with regards to footie. :) If not penalty shoot-outs then disallowed goals will get ya...
You are probably right there, the days of England knocking out goals at football are long gone....I think we pay them too much these days, that the hunger isn't there as a team.

Though JR8 was on about Rugby, a mans game (Just for the Yanks) :P :wink:
Actually the size of some of those Americans, makes me wonder why they haven't Rugby league.

Very good advert JR8


I agree with you KSL, how can you pay kids a basic of perhaps £100k a week - even if they lose - and expect them to have any hunger.

Yeah it is a pretty tightly produced little ad that one eh? Cute. I was joking with Jan that he's never going to have to work again after the royalties off that, but frankly he's got his cash in the bank, he still writes (new album just about to come out) and routinely tours doing his own stuff. He is in his element of composing and exploring the boundaries of music. I really don't think he has any hunger or need for more $.... he'd never make a footballer eh?

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Postby Eau2011 » Sat, 26 Feb 2011 2:42 pm

foxinabox wrote:Hi everyone! I'm a newbie here, and this is my first post. :) My bf's company offered him a great position in Singapore and we will be moving in late spring/early summer. I hope to tap into all the knowledge and experience you guys have to offer over the next few months as we prepare for the big move!

For now, I'm just curious to know what you guys miss most about your home country, if anything? I wonder if it's something tangible, like a favorite dish or a car, or something more abstract, like a support network or an abstract idea? For example, I live in NYC, and I think I'll greatly miss the immense level of diversity we have here.

Don't get me wrong, I am really excited about living and working in a new country, but I am curious to hear about the types of things people miss most in such a situation, having never experienced it myself (yet)! :)


I miss the quality of products and service... :cry:

See my thread "so frustrated, the worst I have seen"

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 26 Feb 2011 3:36 pm

I miss the necessity of having to have eyes in the back of your head every time you walk down the street after the sun goes down in any major city in the US.



























NOT!

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Postby JR8 » Sat, 26 Feb 2011 6:30 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:I miss the necessity of having to have eyes in the back of your head every time you walk down the street after the sun goes down in any major city in the US.
NOT!


I didn't feel like that when I was living in NYC, in fact I found Manhattan refreshingly civilised compared to London.

I recall only one occasion feeling a little apprehensive after dark, and that was perhaps understandable as we were leaving a famous rib-shack at 130th and 12th (i.e. Harlem) at midnight on foot.

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Postby Eau2011 » Sat, 26 Feb 2011 6:43 pm

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sundaymorningstaple wrote:I miss the necessity of having to have eyes in the back of your head every time you walk down the street after the sun goes down in any major city in the US.
NOT!


I didn't feel like that when I was living in NYC, in fact I found Manhattan refreshingly civilised compared to London.

I recall only one occasion feeling a little apprehensive after dark, and that was perhaps understandable as we were leaving a famous rib-shack at 130th and 12th (i.e. Harlem) at midnight on foot.


I felt just just the opposite. I felt much safer in London. :) Maybe because I was just a tourist there and did stay long enough.

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Postby aster » Sat, 26 Feb 2011 8:25 pm

And you somehow don't feel safe in... Singapore?

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Postby Eau2011 » Sat, 26 Feb 2011 8:49 pm

aster wrote:And you somehow don't feel safe in... Singapore?


We were comparing NYC and London. :)

Basically I feel safe in Singapore, but, regarding signing any contract, e.g. Yoga, mobile phone etc., no I don't feel safe. I've learnt from my recent experience to be always careful. :(

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sundaymorningstaple wrote:I miss the necessity of having to have eyes in the back of your head every time you walk down the street after the sun goes down in any major city in the US.
NOT!


I didn't feel like that when I was living in NYC, in fact I found Manhattan refreshingly civilised compared to London.

I recall only one occasion feeling a little apprehensive after dark, and that was perhaps understandable as we were leaving a famous rib-shack at 130th and 12th (i.e. Harlem) at midnight on foot.


I felt just just the opposite. I felt much safer in London. :) Maybe because I was just a tourist there and did stay long enough

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Postby JR8 » Sat, 26 Feb 2011 9:48 pm

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JR8 wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:I miss the necessity of having to have eyes in the back of your head every time you walk down the street after the sun goes down in any major city in the US.
NOT!


I didn't feel like that when I was living in NYC, in fact I found Manhattan refreshingly civilised compared to London.

I recall only one occasion feeling a little apprehensive after dark, and that was perhaps understandable as we were leaving a famous rib-shack at 130th and 12th (i.e. Harlem) at midnight on foot.


I felt just just the opposite. I felt much safer in London. :) Maybe because I was just a tourist there and did stay long enough.


Hmmm. The key differences I see are:

- In the UK drug use it to all intents and purposes decriminalised. The police wouldn't even arrest you for possession of marijuana and the like, they give you a 'Caution'. Even a repeat Class A (Heroine, coke, crack etc) street-dealer will not be locked up for more than 6 months. In London any day I go out I'll see people openly smoking cannabis. I have seen people sitting or lying on front steps smoking crack. One time I was leaving my place (just north of Hyde Park, i.e. smart area!) in a bit of a rush. I opened the front door to the building and almost tripped over a couple 'shooting up' heroine. They had clearly decided that sitting at the top of our front steps leaning up against the door in broad daylight was discreet! I expect I taught them a few new words that day :x

- The youth unemployment rate is very high, with a lot of people surviving permanently on benefits. So you have a lot of idle (and stoned) people hanging out on street corners and the like, and a good number of them will be carrying knives.

- The kind of people who are likely to break the law are not in the slightest bit afraid of the police.


None of those elements appeared to be the situation in NYC. (I used to read the crime blotters in the papers most days and I realise that were pockets of heavier crime (Spanish Harlem, Bronx etc)), but as with say Brixton in London, most people do have any need to visit them.

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Postby ksl » Mon, 28 Feb 2011 2:20 pm

Never been tempted to drink beer on the street/park so this somehow does not work for me
Not even the hawker on orchard rd! :lol:

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 28 Feb 2011 4:51 pm

ksl wrote:
Never been tempted to drink beer on the street/park so this somehow does not work for me
Not even the hawker on orchard rd! :lol:


It is quite common for 'respectable' people in Germany to walk along drinking from a bottle of beer.

p.s. Went to the cinema last night (a regular one, nothing high-end) and they sell 0.5l glass bottles of beer to take in. Not only that but bottles of wine and prosecco, with proper wine glasses! 8-)

Slightly stranger though, no one, absolutely no one gets up during the movie to go to the loo. Didn't hear one phone in two hours. Nobody texting. Absolutely no chatting. They don't put the lights up until the ending credits have run right through, so everybody stays and sits through them. Weird man :?


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