Monthly Archives: April 2011

Should Arsene Wenger Go?

For those following The Barclays Premier League you’ll no doubt be aware of Arsenal’s crumbled title challenge.  For those that don’t, in recent years the team has made a habit of spending an entire season hot on the heels of whoever is leading the race, only to completely bottle it with four or fives games to go – and this season has been no exception.

Since losing the Carling Cup final to Birmingham City back in February Arsenal seem to have hit the self destruct button, only beating Leyton Orient and Blackpool since – losing another three and drawing the remaining five.  The most recent defeat at home to Bolton Wanders all but conformed the end of their title challenge, they’re currently nine points behind leaders Manchester United with four games to go.  Not only that, they’ve also relinquished second place to Chelsea, meaning they’re most likely going to finish third.

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Stand Up 2 Cancer

This is a rare personal update about a charity this site is supporting called Stand Up 2 Cancer, and obviously your help would be very much appreciated.  I’ll start by saying absolutely no donations of money or anything like that are needed, all you need to do is simply click on the ‘Help Me Support Stand Up 2 Cancer’ widget near the bottom of the page and you’ll be asked to complete an activity.  From what I can tell it’s basically a series of short polls which will take no more than a couple of minutes of your time to complete.

Unfortunately cancer will affect everyone at some point in their lives, either directly or indirectly.  About a week ago I attended my uncle’s funeral who died as a result of complications from colon cancer, and my own father recently won his own battle with both prostate and skin cancer.  My dad is my hero and to lose him in his early 60’s doesn’t even bare thinking about, and sadly there are millions of people who have been in both my position and worse still that of a cancer victim.  It is a truly horrible thing to go through from so many perspectives, and supporting this charity would mean a lot to me.  Thank you. 🙂

A Guide For Getting Into Anime

While attempting to sleep last night I got to thinking about anime, more specifically the reasons why people in western civilisations don’t seem to embrace it in the same way as our neighbours in the east do.  There are sadly many preconceptions on the subject, and today I’d like to hopefully change any negative opinions you as readers might have about anime.

First up, we need to know exactly what anime is.  The word itself is not the Japanese word for their style of animation contrary to popular belief, but it’s what us western folk commonly refer to it as.  In Japan the word is used to describe any animation, so to them TV shows like SpongeBob Squarepants, Scooby Doo or Tom & Jerry are known as anime along with their own style.  Anything in cartoon form is known as anime in other words, whereas in the western world we have separate mediums.

Seeing as I’d imagine most readers are from western countries we’ll continue to refer to Japanese animated programs as ‘anime’ to avoid confusion.

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That’s One Way To Take a Penalty

I think this should be attempted in the Champions League final.

WrestleMania XXVII Review

Following on from my WrestleMania XXVII opinions and predictions post the next logical step was to write a match-by-match review like I did for last years event, so here it is.

Obviously it’s not a good idea to continue reading if you haven’t finished watching the show, but for those who have please feel free to post your thoughts in the comment section.

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