Archive for June, 2006

Germany v Sweden (June 24).
Result: GER 2-1 SWE
Key players to watch out for: Ballack, Klose, Podolski (he now has a goal!), Ljungberg, Ibrahmovic, Larsson.

Argentina v Mexico (June 24).
Result: ARG 2-0 MEX
One-sided. Also, too many Argentinians to mention to watch out for!

Italy v Australia (June 26). Result: ITA 2-1 AUS
Will be a tight, physical match. Italy will pull through thanks to past experience.
Watch out for Viduka, Kewell, Moore and Totti (if he is mentally fit!)

Spain v France (June 27).
Result: ESP 1-1 FRA (Penalties: ESP)
The best match up at this stage… could also be the first matcht to go to penalties. Raul v Henry, Zidane, phew! Quite a match, this!

Others:
ENG 2-0 ECU
SUI 2-0 UKR
BRA 3-0 GHA

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Mr Sportolysis has some interesting World Cup photos. Wish there were actual people photos of this, though!

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Four matches, two almost-knockout and we are nearing the do-or-die stages of the 2006 FIFA World CupTM

Group A is pretty much sorted with Germany and Ecuador on 6 points each and no chance for anyone else to go through. Their match would in effect be important in deciding who they play in the second round. And that’s where it gets tricky.

Germany would start favourites in this match and would therefore finish top of the group in a position to play the second placed team in Group B. This would depend on how the two matches in that group-to be played after the Group A matches-turn out. England should beat Sweden and end with 9 points. As a result, Sweden would end up with just 4 points and be at the mercy of the result from the Paraguay v Trinidad & Tobago match. On current form, one would have to bet their money on T&T. A win would take T&T on to 4 points and put them on level terms with Sweden. And then it comes down to goal difference. Sweden would come out top on that. So considering this to be the worst case scenario, Sweden are well placed to go through, unless they lose so badly that their goal difference takes a beating.

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You tell them!

This woman has a way with words. Like she does with moving images. Salaam, Nair!

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Didn't they also have a Google-killer, an Apple-killer (on the whole) and a killer OS? Wait, that's Windows… and that's more like a computer-killer!

Microsoft has iPod killer in the works: report – Digital Music – Gadgets

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Check out a piece written by yours truly for Hafta Mag, the new online super-mag!

Cheers.

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60 to 70K per DAY!

This is one rich guy. Considering Rahul Mahajan has not had a sustained career to save up the kind of money he spends, one would have to question where the money came from. Did daddy-dearest leave behind a huge trust fund? Or is it a result of the public secret called 'favours'.
There are also rumors that Mr Mahajan owned a huge amount of shares in Reliance companies. Hm. Maybe the dividend is enough to support this lifestyle.
About his income, this is what the police had to say:

About Rahul's earnings, police officers said that he worked as aco-pilot with Jet Airways for two years and after that did consultancy work with an American  company for some time. During the tenure of the NDA government, he had also set up a company, Integral Productions, and obtained a contract from Doordarshan to produce a programme called Tak Dhina Dhin.

Read the whole thing here.

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Just about 10 matches and the World Cup is well and truly kicking! The best matches so far would be a close contest between Germany and Costa Rica and the more recent Mexico v Iran one. Yes, the Swedes got an early shock being held to a 0-0 draw by lowly Trinidad and Tobago, and even the much fancied England had a close match against Paraguay. Portugal too, did their best, but Angola held on for a respectable 1-0 scoreline.
Can’t wait for Brazil to show up now!

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So the action kicks off today! And who will lift the cup? Brazil? I don't think so. It's actually more like I don't hope so. I've had enough of Brazil is this and that… they may be all this and all that, but frankly, it's time someone else lifted the cup. Three consecutive finals (94, 98 and 02) is enough. Despite that, though, I would put them as one of the favourites and good enough to make the semis if not better.

So here is my second round line-up. Get the sheet to play this yourself here.

Round 2
Germany v England
Argentina v Mexico
Italy v Croatia
France v Spain
Sweden v Poland
Portugal v Netherlands
Brazil v Czech Republic
Ukraine v Switzerland

Quarterfinals
Germany v Argentina
Italy v Spain
Sweden v Netherlands
Brazil v Switzerland

Semifinals
Argentina v Spain
Netherlands v Brazil

Final
Argentina v Netherlands

Winner: Netherlands

I really do want the Dutch to win. But this is really based on how good their team looks right now. Unfortunately, knowing their luck, they could just cop it in the semis! They have a weak spot against the underdogs!

Any takers?

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Well said

Perhaps a better headline was not written in this context. I also agree with most things that have been said in the article. Well said!

Lara whined, but Sehwag is fined

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I am not as well informed about these matters, perhaps but even to the naive eye, the answer to the first question on the linked page (below) would seem absurd… or is it?

Is there something I don’t know?

Mumbai Mirror

Ouch! Another CET

This, the last bastion of easy jobs. Has been. Breached. What next? Would the IT industry also pay taxes some day? Alas…

Mumbai Mirror

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So even the docs in they city agree that Mumbai has the worst roads. Bad enough that they won’t let a heart patient travel on them.

What about trains? Can he take the train to Andheri from Virar? There is a fast one, you see…

Via Mumbai Mirror

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So Brian Lara goes scot-free while Virender Sehwag is fined for excessive appealing? And that too, because he celebrated before the batsman was formally declared out.

Can someone explain that to me please?

After his rather unacceptable behaviour (I am taking it easy) on the field on the fourth afternoon of the first Test against India at St John's, Antigua, Brian Lara should be disciplined. Unfortunately, non-subcontinent players have often had it easy with match referees. Remember Michael Slater's outburst against the umpire and players?

But what Lara did needs to be penalised because he is the opposition captain. No matter how archaic some of the rules and laws of the game are, if you are playing it, you need to follow them. And the laws say that indiscipline, dissent and generally poor beaviour are not acceptable. Needless to say, his behaviour was a result of some fine batting by India and the fact that they did take away the initiative from his team.

We can just wait and watch. Let's hope match referee Jeff Crowe has some gumption to do something about this.

Murali…

The smiling assassin has done it again! The way he decimated the English was awesome. Let’s hope Kumble can do something similar for India in Antigua on Tuesday.

Amen!

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Heard this morning on CNN-IBN at around 8 am in a report about the Petrol price hike.

The reporter from Mumbai has reported how the diesel price hike would affect the fishing community and all and how commodity prices would go up. And then we are in Kolkata. Unfortunately, I have forgotten the reporter's name… he is standing at a petrol station and goes on to report: "If you look behind me, there are cars here that are still taking in their fill despite the price hike. So there is not much reaction against the hike".

I mean, of course, you moron! People still have to drive to work, right? How did you get there? Flying? What idiotic reports are these? For all you know, he was not even in Kolkata. what?

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Blogging with friends

For long, I was the lone blogger among all my friends and it is now with great pleasure that I announce the arrival of a couple of my close friends in the blogosphere: Mr Rider and Ms Mumbai!

Check their spaces out here: All Speed… But No Pace (don't ask me why!) and Mission Mumbai (getting the activist streak? Find out.)

And then there's me. Have fun.