Monday, November 30, 2009

Fifa World Cup match balls through time

FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, holds the ball used in the 1930 Football World Cup with Gordon Brown who holds the 1966 Football World Cup ball

The 1930 World Cup final was played between the hosts, Uruguay, and Argentina. Due to a dispute, a different ball was used in each half, one chosen by each team. Argentina's ball was used for the first half...
and Uruguay's ball was used for the second half

Allen, the official match ball of the 1938 FIFA World Cup in France
The Super Duplo T, the official match ball of the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil
Zizinho of Brazil controlling the ball during the 1950 World Cup match between Brazil and Yugoslavia
The official match ball of the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland
The official match ball of the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden
Crack, the official match ball of the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile
The Special Edition Slazenger match ball of the 1966 FIFA World Cup final between England and Germany in England
Alan Ball under pressure from Karl-Heinz Schnellinger during the 1966 Word Cup final between England and West Germany
Adidas Telstar, the official match ball of the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. The ball was painted with black and white panels so it was more visible on black and white television
The ball remained the same for the 1974 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The name Telstar is actually short for television star
Dutch forward Johan Cruyff controls the ball under pressure from a West German player during the 1974 World Cup final
Adidas Tango Durlast, the official match ball of the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina. The design was used for the next twenty years. At the time it was the most expensive ball in history at £50
Adidas Tango Espana, the official match ball of the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. The ball boasted improved water resistant qualities and was the last genuine leather ball to be used in the World Cup
Paolo Rossi of Italy shields the ball from Junior of Brazil during the 1982 World Cup match between Brazil and Italy
Adidas Azteca, the official match ball for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico was the first fully synthetic World Cup ball. The design was inspired by Mexico's native Aztec architecture and murals
Maradona of Argentina scores against England during the 1986 World Cup quarter-final
Adidas Etrusco Unico, the official match ball of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. The name and intricate design took their inspiration from Italy's ancient history and the fine art of the Etruscans
John Barnes in action during the 1990 World Cup match against Ireland in Cagliari in Italy
Adidas Questra, the official match ball of the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA. The ball was popular with strikers as it was made for speed and control however goalkeepers complained of the ball's unpredictability
Adidas Tricolore, the official match ball of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. The design of blue triads decorated with cockerel motifs represented the colours of the French flag. It was the first ball to use colour in its design
Steven Gerrard, left, and David Beckham present the Adidas Fevernova, the official match ball of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan. The heavily criticised ball was the first to part from the traditional adidas tango design since 1978
David Beckham places the ball prior to taking a penalty for England against Argentina during their group F match at the 2002 World Cup finals
Zinedine Zidane presents the Adidas Teamgeist, the official match ball of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Designers claimed the ball was the roundest ever
Wayne Rooney clashed with Cristiano Ronaldo during the World Cup 2006 semi-final between England and Portugal. The challenge earnt Rooney a red card
A special edition gold Adidas Teamgeist was created for the 2006 FIFA World Cup final between Italy and France

Friday, November 27, 2009

Author Chimamanda Adichie on why we need black stories

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

It's one the most compelling talks I have seen in years. It’s the talk of Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie (32) who talks about the danger of a single story. One of the single stories is the story of the one sided view of Africa. Africa as a place of war, poverty and aids. But she doesn’t only talks about the ‘West’ versus Africa, she also talks about her own single view of a boy who worked at her home. Her parents told he was poor, and she always saw him as poor boy. But it turned out she was also trapped in that single story of the poor boy.

She also explains why we need black authors.

Although she seems somewhat nervous, she tells her story like an exciting book. She held her TED talk on july 2009 in Oxford

15 Unfortunate Boat and Yatch Names

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Not Black and White: Three black London Theatre makers

An interesting story about three black theatre makers in London. Kwame Kwei-Armah(left) wrote the play 'Seize The Day'.

Artistic director Nicolas Kent describes the Tricycle Theatre's new trilogy, Not Black and White, as a “stock-take” of multicultural Britain.

He gave three writers — Roy Williams (right), Kwame Kwei-Armah (left) and Bola Agbaje (middle), all London-based — free rein to choose their themes; respectively, the prison service, politics and immigration.

“Here we are in a culturally diverse capital and yet we seem to have very few black people involved in the governance of it; there's a power deficit for black and Asian people,” Kent says. “This seemed a good time to do an audit of cosmopolitan London and British society and I thought it would be good to take three leading black playwrights to open up the debate. Kwame and Roy [who are both in their early forties] are probably the two most senior black writers today and Bola [28] is a very interesting new voice.

“I think people like big ideas and these are three writers at the top of their game. What they don't do is reference white society, or place black people in relation to it, and certainly not in an oppositional way, as so many black writers feel they have to. They are much more about black people's relationships with each other. We're looking at things in a more mature way — at the shifts in society that move us away from simple black/white debates.”

Under Kent, for the past 25 years, the small but influential Tricycle in Kilburn has not only altered the landscape of British theatre but has also helped change how the Establishment operates. The theatre has pioneered verbatim work with its tribunal plays about enquiries into events such as Bloody Sunday, arms sales to Iraq and the Srebrenica massacre. Their Stephen Lawrence drama, The Colour of Justice (1999), is now used by a number of British police forces to educate officers about institutionalised racism. Read the full story here

THEATRE: Seize The Day by Kwame Kwei-Armah - London

“The symbolism of having a Black mayor! A city of 45% colour, should have a mayor of colour don’t you think?”

Jeremy Charles has got the face to represent it – a well-spoken, good-looking Londoner, with an appetite for change: yes he can! He’s sold his pitch on reality TV, but can he be the real people’s candidate?

Kwame Kwei-Armah has had a great idea for a play: the pressures on an African-Caribbean contender for the office of London's mayor. And, as the second show in the Tricycle's Not Black and White season, it goes down a storm with its audience and raises a host of issues: too many, in fact, for a play that basically offers a plausible portrait of metropolitan realpolitik.

Seize the Day Tricycle, London Until 19 December.

For more information: The Tricycle

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

SADE's new album: “SOLDIER OF LOVE” – 8th FEBRUARY 2010

Release "Soldier of Love" worlwide on February 8th. Soldier of Love marks Sade's first new studion album since the multi-platinum Lover Rock.

The wait is now over. Epic Records is pleased to announce the release of Soldier of Love, the highly anticipated new body of work from SADE. Soldier of Love – which will be released worldwide on February 8, 2010 - is Sade’s first official studio album since the multi-platinum release of Lovers Rock in 2000.

Soldier of Love was recorded in England and produced by the band and their longtime collaborator Mike Pela.

Visit: Official site

Monday, November 23, 2009

Harry Roselmack’s new TV show: reporting from the French ghettos

Harry Roselmack will present the TV program “derrière les murs de la cité” (behind the walls of the city). The most popular French journalist, according to a recent small survey, will plunge himself in the troubled French suburbs for a full month.

The concept is English: a journalist will take part and submerge himself in the daily live of a community. For the BBC it’s Louis Theroux, who is best known for his Gonzo style journalism, which is a style of reporting where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become central figures of their stories.

Roselmack’s program will cover the daily live in the French suburbs. He will first visit the Paris suburb Villiers-le-Bel, the place where the riots started in November 2007. Through the testimonies of the residents, he will will attempt to decipher the functioning of a notoriously difficult city.

Rémi Pernelet, editor-in-Chief of TV 1, is thrilled: "This show will find its public because it provides a different look at life in the suburbs." It will be a success."

The program will be aired by the commercial station TV1, starting on 24 November.

I hope Roselmack will make a program that will change the perspective about people of the 'banlieues'. I don't hope he will become the new black Louis Theroux. That would just make the program look like an urban safari tour.

The film La Haine (The hate) of 1995 had to be a the wake up call!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

TV/Social Media: New lives (Nouvelles vies) – Eight people decided to change their life (France)

New Lives is the new French TV and social media reality show on RFO. Eight people who live in, or have roots in the overseas French territories embark on a journey to change their lives by following their dreams. The show is aired on TV, but people can also participate by posting advice on the social media site. Go to Nouvelles Vies (New Lives) here

See the profile videos here

The profiles:

Corinne, originally from Martinique, is a professional dancer. Her specialty is the limbo. She is the mother of 3 boys. At 40 she dreams of starting a dance school. New Lives proposed to accompany her with the steps she undertook, supported by her relatives. Corinne was one of the singers of the eighties disco group Bony M.

Dominique (Guadeloupe) made her living as financial advisor, and is is 30 years old. She has lived all her youth in the Paris, but has decided to leave everything behind to start a new live from scratch on Guadeloupe. Is she not going to miss the city?

Gwénaelle, 18, arrived in Fort-de-France and entered the prestigious school 'école de Sciences-Po Paris'. A real change of life for this young girl who has left her family and friends, and is preparing for a difficult course. The show follows her career, and her first few weeks of adjustment in the capital Paris.

Samuel , 31, lives in Réunion. He practices organic farming and wants to share his beliefs with other farmers in the region. He is preparing to organise the first eco festival of Réunion. His wife will take the opportunity to give bio cooking classes. We'll see if this pair manages to pass on this new lifestyle.

Nathalie is an expectant mother of twins and her life is not easy. This Martiniquaise 33 years will become a single mother, but she must find a new home, repair her car and organize her life. Preparing for the childbirth, and to her new life as a mother, we follow the change of life.

Audrey, 31, originally from Martinique, dropped her job as legal officer and wants to start a new career in producing films. But the path to the cinema is full of pitfalls.

Fabrice (Réunion) is a foreman in a garage during week and skipper in the weekend: his dream is to participate in the sailing contest Round Créolia. He must train and find a teammate, but parallel to its preparation, he was to inherit a land where he plans to mount lodgings. Arrive there at any juggle? Will he participate in the race?

Tiya earns his living by making Theatre and film costumes, but wants to record an album and pursue a singing career. She has already filmed the first clip and tries to make a name for herself.

For more information see: fxgpariscaraibe (French)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Unusual Knitting

Crocheted Boob Pillow

Penis by Shannon Gerard

Keyboard Interface for Computer Programming

Knitted Dissected Frog.

the Crochet Coral ReEF

Dangers in Household by Patricia Waller

Laptop Compubody Sock for privacy, warmth, and concentration in public spaces

The bisected human head anatomical model.

Arm and leg Prosthesis by Patricia Waller.

I Am Talking on the Phone by Yvonne Dittrich

Plug-in Bandana by Petra Ahde

Crochet Breakfast

Chicken by Patricia Waller.

Lobster by Patricia Waller.