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  1. Books You've Enjoyed Or Would Recommend

    I'm sure the documentary is with and by the author of the book. Old guy, looks like Jack Bauer's dad. I haven't read the book to compare it in terms of content, but I found every second of the first part (geography's role in civilisation) in particular absolutely riveting. I honestly felt like I should be taking notes. In fact, I'm going to watch it again right after reading up on this Pinker fellow. I've always been fascinated by languages/linguistics, and it is my job, to boot. The really technical, nitty-gritty does bore the derriere off me, though.
  2. Books You've Enjoyed Or Would Recommend

    Haven't read the book of Guns, Germs and Steel, but I watched the documentary (National Geographic? Anyway it's out there...). That is absolutely unmissable. If you ask me, every child should see/read that in school. What's The Language Instinct about? Sounds like that's right up my street. Also a must read, but not so much as above. My own personal recommendations: If you're into sci-fi, or don't mind it if there's a cracking story, Iain M. Banks' "Culture" novels are genius. Anything by Arthur Conan Doyle--a genius of a writer. P. G. Wodehouse (Jeeves and Wooster) is hilarious. The Undercover Economist. Some interesting insights into the way things work, e.g. why the NHS may only fix one eye if you're going blind. Freakonomics. An exploration of some pretty far-out topics from an economist's perspective, e.g. how legalised abortion ended America's greatest crime wave. The Neverending Story is a book you can enjoy at any age if you've never read it (at least the original). Same goes for the Harry Potter books. Not as good as the Philip Pullman trilogy, though. Cracking good books.
  3. Michael Essien

    Essien's the best player in Chelsea's squad, in my opinion. Apart from the rather obvious lack of goals, he's the complete player. He's like Gerrard minus the ego and goals, but plus intelligence and discipline. I'd love him in my team.
  4. Herzliche Geburtstagsgrüße!

  5. Michael Essien

    What's that? Not everything?
  6. Michael Essien

    Maybe not, because Rafa was planning on spending the money for Gerrard on Essien... I think they're very similar players (much more so than Lampard and Gerrard) because they can do everything. Gerrard scores more goals, Essien is more intelligent and has a better attitude.
  7. Lol, Dankeschön!

    Und ein rosafarbenes Gummibärchen! ;-)

    (Was soll das eigentlich ...?)

    Ich muss mich jetzt psychisch auf das Duell mit Schalke einstellen.

    Viele Grüße aus Bayern :-)

  8. Was für eine liebe, herzliche Frau. Mit K!

  9. Michael Essien

    Glad he wasn't drunk. Essien always struck me as a classy guy. Still think he drives an unnecessarily large and dangerous car, though. Same motor wanker Steve Finnan mowed down some old bloke in. Standard press behaviour, to be honest. There was a lovely Arabian restaurant just round the corner from me. The local rag printed groundless allegations that the owner was linked to al Quaeda, the police raided the place in force. There was nothing to the allegations at all, but the retraction was one line on page 17 and the place went out of business anyway.
  10. Didier Drogba

    Please! I'd love to see you line up without the best player on the pitch on Wednesday.
  11. Michael Essien

    I think it's safe to assume he'd drunk something. Why on earth would someone who could easily afford a helicopter to fly him home even think about driving after drinking? Unsurprisingly, he drives an unnecessarily massive motor, perfectly designed for dealing death on the streets. Essien always struck me as an unusually intelligent football player. Perhaps he's just as divvy as the rest. Frankly, if someone is that reckless with other people's lives (and, let's face it, driving around under the influence in a massive Range Rover is gambling with other people's lives more than your own), then they're probably doing us all and our families a favour by offing themselves.
  12. Michael Essien

    Best player in Chelsea's squad, in my opinion.
  13. Didier Drogba

    His agent did. That was his reason for rejecting the Glams' offer--he didn't think they were competitive in Europe. Of the teams interested, Chelsea had had the strongest showings in Europe. None of the traditional CL challengers like Milan, Barca or Juve needed nor wanted him. It doesn't matter how rich or big Chelsea is. Ballack only has a massive profile in Germany, and he left. If you lived here, you'd have noticed that you don't see his face in as many adverts anymore. Certainly, he's not on the telly, and he gets a fraction of the coverage he used to.
  14. Didier Drogba

    Not having that. Ballack wants the Champions League, and that's why he moved. Bayern offered him more money to stay, anyway. He had no reason to leave Bayern, where he was the biggest fish in the biggest team and the greatest player in the land. The extra couple of million he may perhaps earn at Chelsea from his signing on fee still amount to a net loss given the relative drop in his profile at home and the loss of advertising earnings that follow. To the thread topic: this is weird. For two years Drogba got mostly slated on here for being absolute rubbish. Now he's the best in the world. I always rated him, but that good he ain't. Also, I wouldn't put this all down to blinding form. Now he's got a good strike partner, he's not always receiving the ball with his back to goal. Sheva might have been a bit Morientes so far, but he's enabled Drogba to weigh in with enough goals for both of them.
  15. Didier Drogba

    I don't know why Drogba gets so much stick on here. No striker is going to score loads of goals when his primary job is to win and hold up the ball, and he spends much of his time with his back to goal. He's not the best striker in the world (in the sense of shooting), but he has the key attributes to play in his position in spades and gives most defenders a torrid time. He's not there to score goals but to create space and chances for others. I think he's a perfect partner for a striker like Shevchenko (or Crespo). I wouldn't say Crouch is better, at least not at that role, but if he put on 3 stone and learned to head a ball--oh, and to jump--he would be.