A love affair with life… and the occasional interest

South Africa

Yoann Gourcuff, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Messi live tomorrow!

 

Tomorrow is an International Fifa date and there are multiple international soccer matches to tune into but I am only really interested in France vs Brazil, Portugal vs Argentina, and Germany vs Italy. First off, after the mess that was the French team in last summer’s World Cup, the new coach, Laurent Blanc has returned the blues to their winning ways. The darling of French football and my favorite player right now, Yoann Gourcuff, will have the opportunity to shine against Brazil. His form lately hasn’t been up to par with his 2009 exceptional season that saw him win the French Player of the Year award, Best goal of Ligue 1, and comparisons to the great Zinedine Zidane. Nevertheless, the kid has enormous talent and I wish him all the luck in the world for tomorrow’s match which should be more than exciting. It would more than make my day if he scores and proves all his criticts and the media wrong…

 

Cristiano Ronaldo will again get the chance to battle it out with his La Liga rival Messi in a match against their respective nations. Currently tied at 24 goals each they are currently the world’s best players. Real Madrid having lost miserably in their last battle is a reminder of what Ronaldo must be psyching himself up for. Personally I think both players have their strengths and weakenesses, I’m not gonna be one of those fanboys who picks one or the other and either complains that Messi isn’t a complete player, or that Ronaldo is arrogant… eghh you don’t even know how much bullshit people will comment with these two. Neways, Ronaldo and his supreme speed and technique are single-handedly keep Real Madrid alive and Messi is pretty much unstoppable especially when defenders resort to stabbing helplessly to take back possession. Should be an interesting match assuming they actually put out for their countries like they do for their clubs!

 Germany versus Italy should also be interesting in the fact that Germany was deadly this past World Cup and Italy not so much. I will definately be on the look out for what players like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mezut Osil, Cassano, and others will bring out… Last time these two met was in Germany 2006  and Italy came out alive after 2 goals in extra time…


South African college paper publishes gay kiss…

I recently came across an article on queerty.com about a kiss that had sparked controversy in a college town in South Africa. Alright, before I say anymore the only reason the article struck me was because the link showed a picture of  two attractive individuals sharing an endearing kiss in public, something I might not have had the courage or the strength to do. Apparently the picture was taken during an annual event last month called  Soen in die Laan (Kiss in the Avenue), in a Cape Town university and was published in the local newspaper causing outcry. In any event many of the townspeople were outraged that the newspaper had the nerve to publish such a picture in their local newspaper. The photographer initially stated that he chose the picture because the true and genuine feeling of  honesty that the two people shared.   Mark Dean Brow and Bjorn Czepa , seen in the picture, became sort of role models and figures for acceptance in the college community that had seen fellow college men using the college paper as dart boards and tearing up the paper in protest. Nevertheless, an accident last week took the life of Bjorn Czepa and left the other in critical condition. It is unclear what are the circumstances but I feel at a loss for the families and friends of these two courageous individuals

Here are some articles that you might want to read further…

http://vsmeets.wordpress.com/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/09/gay-couple-kiss-south-africa-crash