Thursday, December 22, 2005
Soon, everything turned out well and handsome and I get what I wanted... No more PMR and SPM is coming ahead in year 2007... Life is full of exams and you're never get enough of it...
Thursday, December 15, 2005
What has roots as nobody sees,
Is taller than a tree,
Up,up it goes,
And yet never grows?
Thirty white horses on a red hill,
First they champ,
Then they stamp,
Then they stand still.
Voiceless it cries,
An eye in a blue face,
Saw an eye in a green face,
“The eye is like this eye”
Said the first eye,
“But in a low place,
Not in high place”
It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,
Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt,
It lies behind stars and under hills,
And empty holes it fells.
It comes first and follows after,
End life, kills laughter.
A box without hinges, keys or lid,
Yet golden treasure inside is hid
Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.
This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steels;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slay kings, ruins towns;
And beats high mountains down.
No-leg lay on one-leg,
Two-legs sat near on three-legs,
Four-legs got some.
" THE ADVENTURE BEGINS ------- NARNIA... where Talking Beasts walk...where a witch waits....where a new world was born. On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another world, where evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Aslan's song weaves itself into the fabric of a new land, a land that will be known as Narnia. And in Narnia, all things are possible. "
The book is about 2 children, Polly and Digory, who are neighbours and friends. They decided to explore the attic of an old and tall house. That place is fill with mystery and the children are so curious that they decided to find out what's in there. Is it haunted? Are there criminals in there? But it was a disappointment as they entered the wrong room. Soon, they found themselves inside the secret workroom of Digory's Uncle Andrew. Uncle Andrew tricks Polly and blackmails Digory to put on a ring that will bring him to an unusual place. That place is like a wood with many small pools of water. That place is called The Wood between Worlds.
Is it quite confusing? How can there be Wood between Worlds. By the way, how can there be other world..... But C.S. Lewis wrote this book and he created a fantasy world where anything can happen.. In order to get to the Wood between Worlds, you need to wear a ring. Acually, there are 2 types of rings; the yellow ring and the green ring. The yellow ring will brings you into the Wood between Worlds. You will come out from one of the pools of water in the Wood between Worlds. When you get up, you'll find yourselves not wet at all. On the other hand, the green ring is the one that will brings you out of the Wood between Worlds and into a world. In order to get to a world, you need to wear the green ring and jump into one of the pools of water. And this will only works when you wear the green ring. Different pools of water leads you to different worlds. It is acually very simple. The green ring will bring you into a world while the yellow ring will bring you out of a world and into the Wood between Worlds.
By the way, what can you find in the Wood between Worlds? Other than the trees, grassland, and pools of water, you will find absolutely nothing; no people and no other objects. All the pools of water and trees are identical so if you are in there, you can easily get lost. The Wood between Worlds is so quiet that it gives you a dreamy feeling. You could just lie down and sleep forever. And if you entered the Wood between Worlds without the green ring, you will never get out unless somebody come into that place and save you. You will be stuck in a place in the middle of no way. This is just what happened to Polly. She went into the Wood between Worlds without the green ring. If Digory hadn't come into that place with the green ring to save her, she will be staying there forever.....By the way, just imagine that the Wood between Worlds is so large that you will never reached the end.....and imagine the number of pools of water in that place and you will realise that there could be thousands or even millions of worlds.....
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
What is so great about this movie? This is some of my views about the movie… This movie is breathtaking…brilliant…imaginative….wonderful…magical….While you’re watching, you’ll feel like you don’t want to miss a moment. I actually quite a big fan of the Narnia trilogy and when Lucy (a character in the book/movie) first set foot in Narnia, I felt like I’m seeing Narnia for the first time. It’s a moment you’ll never forget if you’re a big fan… If you had watched The Lord of The Rings and you love watching that show… then, this is a movie not to be miss!!
Actually, The Chronicles of Narnia was written by C.S. Lewis, a great friend of our favourite The Lord of the Rings trilogy writer, J.R.R Tolkien. But don’t you compare The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of The Rings. In my opinion, they are very different. Some of you might think that The Chronicles of Narnia trilogy is a more childish type of fantasy. What do you expect? The Chronicles of Narnia is a work for children while The Lord of The Rings is an adult fantasy trilogy.
What is so great about this movie? When I watched or read The Lord of The Rings trilogy, I felt excited; I felt like I'm part of the show; I felt like I’m part of the army in Middle-earth; I felt that there’s always hope whenever the darkness binds me… Everything that I felt came back when I’m watching the Chronicles of Narnia. When Aslan appears, I can see hope and power!! When you see Aslan, you not only see a lion. You see the biggest and the greatest lion you had ever seen!! His size is a small elephant's; his hair is like pure gold and the brightness of his eyes like gold that is liquid in the furnace. You can see that he is wild.... but he's not evil; he's good.
The battle scene in the movie is great and exciting. A battle that will make you chill. But anyway, if you compare this battle with the battles in The Lord of The Rings (Battle of Hornburg or Battle of Pelennor Fields), of course I will say that the battle in The Chronicles of Narnia is not as big and good as the battles in The Lord of The Rings. But The Chronicles of Narnia is after all a work for children. The battle in The Chronicles of Narnia is actually very different. Instead of the usual Men, Elves, Dwarves against Orcs, Uruk-hai, Trolls in The Lord of The Rings.... , the battle in The Chronicles of Narnia includes Talking Animals and magical creatures (Centeurs, Unicorns, Fauns) lead by the true kings and queens of Narnia (High King Peter, King Edmund, Queen Susan and Queen Lucy) and Aslan against an army of weird creatures, evil drawfs, evil wolves and evil giants lead by Queen Jadis ( The White Witch) . It doesn't get any better than this!!!
Enough of the story... I think you better watch the movie and described it yourself. The visual and sound effects are brilliant!! The effects played a key role in hte movie. It is the special effects that make you feel excited and you don't want to miss a moment. When the movie ended, I just feel like I want to watch it again and again. I think this is a movie not to be miss. If you watched it, you will fall in love with the Narnia..
By the way, this is only my opinion about Harry Potter books. What J.K. Rowling wrote is her latests Harry Potter books didn't really make sense to me. Voldemort trying so hard to kill Harry Potter... the Weasleys twins leaves school in the most dramatic way... Percy suddenly turned into another person and it's like he was brainwashed by the Ministry of magic... Sirius Black died when Harry needed him the most... Dumbledore ( a Gandalf figure), the most unlikely person to die, died and killed by the most unexpected person, Severus Snape. I thought Snape is on Dumbledore's side as he is part of the Order of the Phoenix even though he had mistreated Harry is some way....Cedric Diggory died being an innocent victim of the Dark Lord... Quidditch fans around the world being terrorized by the Death Eaters after the World Cup final... EVERYTHING is Negative points... Since after she wrote the forth book, she's turning Hogwarts into a warzone... Am I right? This isn’t good against evil.. This is like a place full of brightness being slowly swallowed up by darkness…
I prefer the world to be more magical. I wanted J.K. Rowling to focus more on Hogwarts, quidditch, magical creatures, spells and stuff like that, not Death Eaters or Voldemort! In every book, there is something you like and something you dislike. I like the idea of Quidditch, spells and stuff like that but I dislike that darker magical world. Why Voldemort targets Hogwarts?
He plans to destroy the school more than anything else... In the end, Hogwarts is just a school.....
I had finally watched 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'. And here is some of my views about the movie. I think that the movie is quite okey but I think everything in the movie is too fast. The return of Voldemort, the Triwizard Tournament! All exciting, but somewhat rushed. I notice that the Harry Potter movies are getting darker and darker... it's more like a triller. I think that the character, Professor Dumbledore is kind of uncalm and aggresive compared to the first movie. In the first movie, he is actually a character that is wise and calm. Dumbledore practically attacks Harry after learning he is the forth champion. Dumbledore acting like a raving lunatic, half ripping off Harry's head when his name pops out of the goblet. His whole character came off as harsh in this film. Totally ridiculious!!! I knew that it's quite impossible to follow the whole story of the book because there's too much details in the book. I personally think that the movie is quite okey. But compared to the first movie, I think that the first one is better. The reason is that the first one is simply more magical. By the way, I think that everything in the movie is too fast. In a word, it felt "rushed". There were too many litlle things that make Harry's world magical that were left out. There is a lot of scenes in the book that had been removed (simply because the books is getting thicker and thicker). And an extra half hour is exactly what was needed. A two and a half hour movie is not enough. The movie was only 2 ½ hours, maybe if they had made it 3 hours, it would have been great.
I think the fact that Harry is already at the Burrow is an unbelievably bad way to start the movie. The movie starts out with Harry being woken up at Ron's on the morning they are going to travel to the World Cup. By the way, where is Winky and Dobby? I thought both of them appear in the book. I loved the action set pieces in this movie...the Dragon challenge was exceptional, and the underwater sequences were perfect, but the maze...It could have been so much scarier. The beasts and creatures that challenge Harry and the others....missing. I expects the four Triwizard Champions to face tougher challenges. There should be magical creatures in the maze. Harry Potter actually faced with a Dementor ( a boggart) and a Blast-Ended Skrewt in the maze. But none of the creatures appeared in the movie. Just a bunch of running, high winds, an imperius Krum and some aggressive roots. It felt like it was over in 5 minutes. No drama, no feeling of danger. There was no point system with the Triwizard Tournament. They just said that Harry was tied for first place. If I had not read the books I would have no idea how he was in first place because scores were not given in the first task and he was second in the second task. Besides that, I'm quite disappointed that they didn't even shown much about the Quidditch World Cup. Where's the Omnioculars? It's like it's done in a hurry. It's just disappointing to anyone who has read the books. But I must say that the visual effects of the movie is brilliant. There a lot of jokes and funny moments that were added into the movie.
There is not enough emotions in Cho crying over Cedric, or Barty Crouch’s “I have no son.” When Dumbledore uses the name of he who should not be named, students don’t shudder. It's like no one is afraid of Lord Voldemort anymore. How can the Patel twins be able to be in the same common room if they are in different houses? Where were the woods Harry and the Weasleys were to hide in when the Death Eaters attacked? The Death Eaters show up but they're not bouncing muggles, they're torching all the camp sites. There is no Winky, no Dobby, no fat lady, no maurader’s map, no blast-ended skrewts, no goblins, no sphinx, no boggarts. There is no Ludo Bagman, no Bertha Jorkins, no Percy, no Mrs. Crouch, no Mrs. Weasley, no Professor Trelawney, no beetle Skeeter, and no Sirius Black and I think that the movie isn't really that magical.......... This movie didn't really capture the total spirit of the book.
There were so many changes from the book that it just didn't make sense. Most everything they cut out is important in the following book, The Order of the Phoenix. I wonder how the next movie will be? Tough job for the next director....
Rating : C+
Saturday, November 19, 2005
I'm sure that every Man Utd fan all around the globe felt very shocked and disappointed today.
Well, I'm certainly surprise too when I saw the the headlines on the sports section of the newspaper today. And that's because our favourite captain, Roy Keane leaves Man Utd today! I actually expected him to leaves soon but not today... and not now (especially when Man Utd is struggling to catch up with leader, Chelsea in EPL and struggle to play well in the Champions League). I really think that it is the wrong time for him to leave now. The players need some motivation now and his leave will not boost the team's morale. I didn't even knew why he wanted to leave. He is one of my favourite footballer and he even started playing football before I was borned. I think now he will be heading to his childhood favourite club, Celtic (Scotland). But I do hope that when he retires, he will returns to Man Utd as a manager someday.
Roy Keane is a player for the ages, but he's likely to be remembered more for his rage. He has gone from a angry man to a fire spitting warrior who would kick his own grandmother to win a 50-50 ball. He has opinions on everything and is loathed by many of his fellow pro's, but as a player he 's magnificent. Bought from Nottingham Forest for 3.8 million in 1993, Keane has been the driving force behind Man Utd's years of dominance. He's most probably one of Alex Ferguson's best buys. When Paul Ince and Bryan Robson left the club, he seized his opportunity and was made captain when Eric Cantona left Man Utd. For United, he has won everything but missed the Champions League final against Bayern Munich because of suspension.
Roy Keane, 34, is leaving after playing for the club 12 years. He is most probably the most influential player in the squad. He is most probably the most suitable and the best captain to lead the squad. He is also a very dicipline player and his existance gave a lot of motivation to the team. He shows a lot of leadership and without him, the team usually plays badly and inconsistently. But when he returns to the team after recovering from an injury or a ban, the team plays like a champion. Without him, Man Utd and even his national team, Ireland plays badly. He is probably the best defensive midfielder in the world. To bad, he did not wins the World Player of The Year award (I think that he deserves that award). He's a hard-tackling player that is never afraid to make a tackle even if it will causes him the red card. Do you remember the Alf Inge Haaland injury incident in year 2001? Well, he got himself sent off during the derby match against Manchester City for a very bad tackle to Norway's Alf Inge Haaland. The injury is so bad that his career in football ended. He had to retire from football because of that injury.
He is also a very honest person who never afraid to say the truth to the press even criticism to his own team. Do you remember in 2002, he quit the Irish World Cup squad, days before the competition started? Well, he had some argument with the manager, Mick McCarthy. He quit the international squad and only comes back when Mick McCarthy was not the manager. A few weeks ago, he gave some criticisms to the Man Utd squad for their poor performances and results. He even suggested to the manager to get rid of some of the under-performing players. When Roy Keane said Manchester United needed to get rid of players, he probably didn't mean himself. The team responded really well to proof Roy Keane wrong. The team which is hit by injury problems, had beaten the league leader, Chelsea.
Man Utd hasn't really found a replacement for Roy Keane. Alan Smith is playing well in the defensive midfielder position. But Man Utd will not be satisfied will Alan Smith alone. If Alan Smith gets injured, there will be no replacement for him. So, in January, Man Utd will most probably buy a defensive midfielder and the person is most probably Aldo Duscher or Micheal Ballack.
Roy Keane Factfile :
1971 : Born August 10 in Cork, Ireland
1980s : Plays for Cork club Cobh Ramblers
1990 : Signed by Nottingham Forest in England
1991 : Win first international cap for Ireland against Chile
1993 : Joins Man Utd for a then British record transfer fee of 3.8 mil
1994 : Wins double of the Premier League and FA Cup with United. Plays for Ireland in World Cup Finals in USA
1996 : Wins another league and FA Cup double.
1997 : United retains league title
1999 : Captains United during their treble winning season of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, although he misses the Champions League final against Bayern Munich through suspension.
2000 : Leads United to another league title. Voted Player of The Year by both fellow professionals and football writers.
2001: Sent off during derby against Man City for bad foul on Norway's Alf Inge Haaland. Captains United to third league title.
2002: Signs new four-year contract with United. The team fail to win a trophy, finishing third in Premier League and losing in the Champions League semi-finals to Bayer Leverkusen.
May - Keane walks out on Ireland’s World Cup squad in S. Korea before tournament starts after row with manager Mick McCarthy.
August - Reveals in autobiography his intent to injure Haaland with “revenge” tackle in previous season and is charged by FA with bringing game into disrepute.
2003: Leads United to their eighth Premier League title.
2004: March - Banned for one match by UEFA for stamping on Porto keeper Vitor Baia during United's 2-1 Champions League defeat in Portugal.
May - Lifts fourth FA Cup title in win over second division Millwall, setting a modern record with his sixth appearance in the final. Ends his international exile by returning for Ireland, under coach Brian Kerr, in a 1-0 friendly win over Romania.
2005: May - United fail to win a trophy, losing in FA Cup final to Arsenal, while Chelsea win Premier League.
Sept 29 - Says he expects to leave United at end of season to continue playing for another club, possibly in another country.
Oct 14 - Announces retirement from international football after Ireland fail to qualify for the 2006 World Cup Finals.
November - Keane, then out of action with a broken foot, criticises teammates for United's poor results in a television interview which was pulled at the last minute by manager Alex Ferguson.
Nov 18 - Leaves United by mutual consent.
United's skipper is the team's heartbeat, the man that the players look to for inspiration and motivation. Roy is often described as Sir Alex Ferguson's representative out on the pitch, because he 's the one that will improve the team's performances.
Fan Chant : "Keano! There's only one Keano! There's only one Keano! There's only one Keano!
Quotes : " If I was going to put Roy Keane out there to represent Man Utd on a one to one, we'd win the Derby, the Grand National, the Boat Race and anything else. Roy is an unbelieveable player whose leadership, passion, and drive epitomise the best qualities of Man Utd. I think he is the best player I've ever had" - Sir Alex Ferguson
The games we lost this season we would never have lost with Keane playing. If he had been on the field, I think there would have been something different about the place. There has been a lack of leadership because of the youthfulness of the team." - Alex Ferguson on the absence of Roy Keane throughout 1997-98
"I love it when the team scores....the lads are always giving me stick because of it, but I'm just so happy I can't help it." - Keane on when United score
"Roy Keane's probably the funniest person in the team. In the changing room, he'll say `watch this' and he'll start humming or singing a song near Pally. Five minutes later Pally will be singing the same song! Never fails that one!" - Ryan Giggs on Keane
Roy Keane is Damien, the devil incarnate off the film The Omen. He's evil. Even in training." - Giggs on Keane the Red Devil
"I don't think I could have a higher option of any footballer than I all ready had of the Irishman, but he rose even further in my estimation at the Stadio Delle Alpi. The minute he was booked and out of the final he seemed to redouble his efforts to get the team there. It was the most emphatic display of selflessness I have seen on a football field. Pounding over every blade of grass, competing if he would rather die of exhaustion than lose he inspired all a round him. I felt it was an honour to be associated with such a player." - Alex Ferguson on Roy Keane after the European Cup semi-final tie against Juventus in the 1998-99 season.
"Patrick Vieira is 6 foot 4, and he starts having a go at Gary Neville, so I said 'come on have a go at me'. Simple as that. He's trying to intimidate my players and I'm not having it." - Roy Keane
"I'll never change my game. It isn't possible. If I did I would be half the player that I am." - Roy Keane
"I hate losing in training, I'm always arguing, having a go at everybody. I take my job very seriously." -Roy Keane
"The type of game I play, I'm going to pick up injuries and suspensions, unfortunately." - Roy Keane
More Qoutes :http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Roy_Keane
Honours with United :
1994 Premier League -Winner
1994 FA Cup - Winner
1996 Premier League - Winner
1996 FA Cup - Winner
1997 Premier League - Winner
1999 Premier League - Winner
1999 FA Cup Winner - Winner
1999 Intercontinental Cup - Winner
1999 European Champions League - Winner
2000 Premier League - Winner
2001 Premier League - Winner
2003 Premier League - Winner
2004 FA Cup - Winner
Roy Keane supported Spurs and Celtic as a kid. As a teenager, he wrote to several English clubs for a trial, but didn't write to United. He didn't think he was good enough. He used to be an amatuer boxer in his early days and his hero outside football was Mike Tyson. He was signed by Brian Clough for Nottingham Forest from Cobh Ramblers. Clough is the only man who has been able to dicipline him and his methods included the occasional punch in the face. Keno then joined Man Utd. Keano became Dr. Keano for a day in May 2002. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Law from Cork University. He has a wife, Teresa and three children : Shannon, Cara and Aiden. He would like to finish his career in Celtic (and his dreams had came true). Thank you, Keano for all the glory you have given to Man Utd. You will always be a Man Utd legend!! Glory, Glory Man United!!!
Friday, November 11, 2005
What do you think about the introduction of technology in football (soccer)? I personally think that it is a brilliant idea. In my opinion, I felt that the referees really need some help. The responsibilities of referees are too big. They are given the power to make judgement in the game. Unfortunately, they sometimes make mistakes just like everyone else. Because of that, they are heavily criticised by the media, fans and clubs.
I guess the only way to solve this problem is through modern technology- Diego Maradona will be happy... if technology is introduced he will be the only one being called the Hand of God. 8)
On the other hand, I think that I really enjoy watching blunders by the referees and debating it after the match....
Thursday, October 27, 2005
If you're a football(soccer) fan, you will be wondering why the football underdogs are not performing like underdogs? For example, in the English Premier League, The teams the we don't think will perform are currently flying high. I don't expect newly promoted Wigan and West Ham United to be on the the top half of the league. Other than that, who would expect Charlton Athletics and Tottenham Hotspurs to be second and third. Charlton even defeat the 'unbeatable' Chelsea in the League Cup by penalty shoot-out. But Everton, which was fourth last season is currently last of the league. Once, David Moyes (manager of Everton) said that since they have been fourth in the league, they will chase for the championship. I think he means the Division 2 championship!!! :-)
In Spain, The underdogs are performing quit well. Who expect an unknown club called Getafe to lead the Primera Liga for a few weeks in front of mighty giants such as Barcelona and Real Madrid.
In African World Cup Qualification, four totally different teams qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The teams are Ivory Coast, Angola, Ghana and Togo. The big guns of African football, Nigeria and Cameroon fail to qualified.
In European World Cup Qualification, Switzerland, the underdog of football, qualified for the playoffs. Will they qualified for the World Cup? I guess only time will tell.....
In Asian World Cup Qualification, Bahrain qualified for the playoff against Trinidad & Tobago. Both teams are underdogs. I have absolutely no idea which team will advance.
I think it's time now for some underdogs to move up and some big guns to move down. Will it be Liverpool. I really think that the European Champions League winner are currently performing poorly..
- NOBODY'S HOME
- THE WAY
- MY BOO
- CAUGHT UP
- BECAUSE OF YOU
- MY HAPPY ENDING
- IN THE END
- ONE STEP CLOSER
- DON'T TELL ME
- SAY MY NAME
- ALL YOU WANTED
- WAKE ME UP WHEN SEPTEMBER ENDS
"Sk8er Boi" by Avril Lavigne
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Finally, PMR is over and I can spend more time in front of the computer! Acually, life after exam is quite boring..... nothing to do at school and at home. All I can do now is to play some pc games, surf the internet and read some books such as Chronicles of Narnia ,LOTR and Harry Potter.........
Friday, September 16, 2005
April 15 is my birthday. But I wanted to know what events happened on that day and who was borned on that day? This is what I found in Wikipedia:
1450 - Battle of Formigny; Toward the end of the Hundred Years' War, the French attack and nearly annihilate English forces, ending English domination in northern France.
1632 - Battle of Rain; Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeat the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years' War.
1738 - Premiere in London of Serse, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel.
1755 - Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language published in London.
1783 - Preliminary articles of peace ending Revolutionary War ratified.
1802 - William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy come across a "long belt" of daffodils, inspiring the former to pen I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.
1865 - Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by John Wilkes Booth.
1865 - Andrew Johnson becomes the 17th President of the United States.
1892 - The General Electric Company is formed through the merger of the Edison General Electric Company and the Thomson-Houston Company.
1912 - The passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks at about 2:20 am after hitting an iceberg almost three hours earlier.
1915 - The Armenian Genocide began when the Ottoman Empire undertook the systematic annihilation of Armenian intellectuals and entrepreneurs within the city of Constantinople and later the entire Armenian population of the Empire.
1920 - Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti allegedly murder two security guards while robbing a shoe store.
1923 - Insulin first became generally available for use by diabetics.
1924 - Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.
1927 - Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Norma and Constance Talmadge become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
1940 - The Allies start their attack on the Norwegian town of Narvik which was occupied by Nazi Germany.
1942 - George Cross awarded to "to the island fortress of Malta - its people and defenders" by King George VI.
1945 - The Bergen-Belsen concentration camp is liberated.
1947 - Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team, breaking that sport's color line.
1955 - The first McDonald's restaurant opens in Des Plaines, Illinois.
1983 - Tokyo Disneyland opens.
1985 - Marvin Hagler defeats Thomas Hearns by a knockout in round three to retain boxing's world Middleweight championship in a fight nicknamed The War.
1989 - Hillsborough disaster: A human stampede occurs at Hillsborough, a football stadium in Sheffield, England, resulting in the loss of 96 lives.
1989 - Upon Hu Yaobang's death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in the People's Republic of China.
1994 - Representatives of 124 countries and the European Communities sign the Marrakesh Agreements revising the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and setting up the World Trade Organization (effective January 1, 1995).
1997 - Fire sweeps through a campsite of Muslims making the Hajj pilgrimage; the official death toll is 343.
2001 - Easter day (not again until 2063).
2002 - An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into hillside during heavy rain and fog near Pusan, South Korea killing 128
1452 - Leonardo da Vinci, Italian artist (d. 1519)
1489 - Sinan, Ottoman architect (d. 1588)
1552 - Pietro Cataldi, Italian mathematician (d. 1626)
1580 - George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore, English politician and colonizer
1588 - Claudius Salmasius, French classical scholar (d. 1653)
1641 - Robert Sibbald, Scottish physician and antiquarian (d. 1722)
1642 - Suleiman II, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1691)
1646 - King Christian V of Denmark (d. 1699)
1684 - Catherine I of Russia (d. 1727)
1688 - Johann Friedrich Fasch, German composer (d. 1758)
1707 - Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician (d. 1783)
1793 - Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, German astronomer (d. 1864)
1800 - James Clark Ross, English explorer (d. 1862)
1832 - Wilhelm Busch, German poet, graphic artist, and painter (d. 1908)
1843 - Henry James, American author (d. 1916)
1858 - Émile Durkheim, French sociologist (d. 1917)
1861 - Bliss Carman, Canadian poet (d. 1929)
1874 - Johannes Stark, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1957)
1878 - Robert Walser, Swiss writer (d. 1956)
1879 - Melville Henry Cane, American lawyer and poet (d. 1980)
1883 - Stanley Bruce, eighth Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967)
1889 - Thomas Hart Benton, American muralist (d. 1975)
1889 - A. Philip Randolph, American activist (d. 1979)
1894 - Bessie Smith, American blues singer (d. 1937)
1895 - Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (d. 1980)
1901 - Joe Davis, English snooker player (d. 1978)
1902 - Fernando Pessa, Portuguese journalist (d. 2002)
1912 - Kim Il Sung, President of North Korea (d. 1994)
1916 - Alfred S. Bloomingdale, American businessman (d. 1982)
1917 - Hans Conried, American actor (d. 1982)
1920 - Richard von Weizäcker, President of Germany
1921 - Georgi Beregovoi, cosmonaut (d. 1995)
1922 - Michael Ansara, Syrian-American actor
1922 - Harold Washington, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1987)
1924 - Sir Neville Marriner, English conductor and violinist
1927 - Robert Mills, American physicist (d. 1999)
1930 - Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland
1933 - Roy Clark, American musician
1933 - Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (d. 1995)
1933 - Boris Strugatsky, Russian author
1938 - Claudia Cardinale, Tunisian-born actress
1940 - Jeffrey Archer, British author and Member of Parliament
1940 - Robert Walker Jr., American actor
1942 - Walt Hazzard, American basketball star
1942 - Francis X. DiLorenzo, American Catholic prelate
1944 - Dave Edmunds, Welsh musician
1944 - Dzhokhar Dudaev, Chechen leader (d. 1996)
1947 - Lois Chiles, American actress
1948 - Michael Kamen, American composer (d. 2003)
1950 - Amy Wright, American actress
1951 - Heloise, American newspaper columnist
1954 - Seka, American actress
1955 - Dodi Al-Fayed, Egyptian businessman (d. 1997)
1957 - Evelyn Ashford, American athlete
1958 - Benjamin Zephaniah, British writer and musician
1959 - Emma Thompson, English actress
1959 - Thomas F. Wilson, American actor
1960 - Tony Jones, English snooker player
1962 - Nawal El Moutawakel, Morrocan hurdler
1965 - Linda Perry, American musician
1966 - Samantha Fox, English singer and model
1967 - Dara Torres, American swimmer
1967 - Frankie Poullain, British bassist (former The Darkness)
1968 - Stacey Williams, American model
1968 - Ed O'Brien, British musician (Radiohead)
1970 - Flex Alexander, American actor
1972 - Arturo Gatti, Canadian boxer
1974 - Josh Todd, musician and singer (Buckcherry)
1974 - Jacob Froberg, Singer, musician, producer, songwriter
1977 - Chandra Levy, American Congressional intern (d. 2001)
1982 - Adel Anwar, Indian web developer
1983 - Ilya Kovalchuk, Russian hockey player
1990 - Emma Watson, English actress
Surprisingly I am sharing my birthday with Emma Watson
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Address: Old Trafford, Manchester M16 0RA
Home Ground: Old Trafford
Home Kit: Red Shirts, white shorts
Away Kit: White shirt with black trim and white shorts
Chairman: Position vacant
Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson
Official Website: http://www.manutd.com/
Van der Sar, Edwin; Steele, Luke; Howard, Tim; Heinze, Gabriel; Neville, Gary; Pique, Gerard; O' Shea, John; Silvestre, Mikael; Bardsley, Phillip; Ferdinand, Rio; Brown, Wes; Ronaldo, Cristiano; Fletcher, Darren; Fox, David; Richardson, Kieran; Miller, Liam; Scholes, Paul; Fortune, Quinton; Keane, Roy; Giggs, Ryan; Smith, Alan; Heath, Colin; Rossi, Guiseppe; Cooper, Kenny; Saha, Louis; Solskjaer, Ole Gunnar; Nistelrooy, Ruud van; Ebanks-Blake, Sylvain; Rooney, Wayne; Park, Ji-Sung
I’ve been a fan of this club since I started watching football. Man Utd is just simply one of the biggest and richest club in the world. Over the last decade, they had won so many Premiership title and competitions such as the FA Cup and the European Champion’s League. I believe Man Utd’s manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, is behind Man Utd every success. With players like Teddy Sheringham and Eric Cantona, they played a very attractive style of attacking football. On the other hand, their defence were very good. They had a world class goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, who is one of the best keeper in the world. Man Utd also had a great football academy. World class players such as David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, John O’Shea and Darren Fletcher all came from the football academy. It all seems goes well but after Peter Schmeichel move to another club, no one seems to able to replace him. Goalkeepers such as Fabian Barthez, Massimo Taibi, Mark Bosnich and Roy Carroll were unable to perform consistently. Last year, Roy Carroll and Tim Howard were the goalkeepers but both of them were unable to secure the first team place because of inconsistency. Man Utd finished third behind Chelsea and Arsenal. This year, they will try to bring back the glory they had befored. Man Utd had been bought over by sport tycoon, Malcolm Glazer. The English fans’ reaction was terrible but I don’t think the takeover will affects Man Utd’s performance on the field. The transfer window reopens and I ‘m really excited about the players they are bringing in. The most important transfer is most probably goalkeeper, Edwin Van der Sar’s transfer from Fulham. He’ s one of the tallest keeper in the league and he makes fantastic saves. I believe he’s the man replace Peter Schmeichel’s place. Other than that, the biggest move is most probably Park Ji Sung’s move from PSV. He’s a great player and he gives a lot of energy to the game. He’s most probably one of the reason why South Korea did so well in 2002 World Cup. I think the transfer is a smart move because he’s a important and useful player and he could attract the Asian market. Another goalkeeper, Ben Foster moves to Man Utd from Stoke. The players moving out of the club includes Roy Carroll (West Ham), Ricardo (Osasuna) and Phil Neville (Everton). I’m a bit upset about the transfer of Roy Carroll and Phil Neville. Both of them are great players but they were unable to secure a first team place. This may be the reason why they’re out. The transfer of Phil Neville means that he will be facing his former club and his brother, Gary Neville in the first Premiership match as Everton will be playing against Man Utd. I hope Man Utd will be able to play consistently and fight for the Premiership title against teams like Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham. Ruud van Nistelrooy is definitely back to in form. He's just a fabulous goalscorer. In his first season, he was know as a goalscoring machine. With the combination of Nistelrooy and England sensation, Wayne Rooney, they will be every defenders' nightmare. On the other hand, Chistiano Ronaldo is simply magical. His dribbing skills is great and he gives pace to the game. Rio Ferdinand was the key defender of Man Utd. His defending tactics gives the opponent team's strikers no chance. GLORY, GLORY MAN UNITED.
Friday, August 19, 2005
Address: Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London SW6 1HS
Home Ground: Stamford Bridge
Home Kit: Royal blue with white and amber trim shirts and shorts
Away Kit: White shirts and shorts with royal blue/yellow trim
Chairman: Bruce Buck
Manager: José Mourinho
Official Website: http://www.chelseafc.co.uk/
Cudicini, Carlo; Pidgeley, Leonard; Cech, Petr; Ma-Kalambay, Yves; Carvalho, Alberto Ricardo; Johnson, Glen; Jarosik, Jiri; Terry, John; Geremi, Njitap; Ferreira, Renato Paulo Huth, Robert; Bridge, Wayne; Gallas, William; Grant, Anthony; del Horno, Asier
Tiago, Cardoso; Makelele, Claude; Duff, Damien; Lampard, Frank; Cole, Joe
Diarra, Lassana; Wright-Phillips, Shaun; Robben, Arjen; Cole, Carlton; Drogba, Didier
Gudjohnsen, Eidur; Crespo, Hernan; Sinclair, Scott; Essien, Michael
I think Chelsea is a very different team now. Years ago, they are just a middle league team. With players like Gianfranco Zola, they played some attractive football. Now, they are a big and rich club after Roman Abramovich bought over the club. Last time, they barely use more than 10 million pound to buy players. Now, they had spent more than 100 million pound on players and changed the entire squad including the manager. And if you say money can’t buy the title, you are very wrong. Last season, Chelsea had been crowned as the Premiership champion. Impressive!!! Chelsea’s title is their first Premiership title after 50 years!! Chelsea’s manager, Jose Mourinho is probably the man behind Chelsea’s success. Now Chelsea is a brand new team with a new logo, a new sponsor and probably more new players. The transfer window reopens and you will wonder which star player will moves to the Blues and how much Chelsea will spend this season? Well, I guess the biggest move is Michael Essien from Lyon. His move cost Chelsea 25.9 million pound!!! Other than that, Shaun Wright-Phillips moves to Chelsea with a transfer deal that cost 21 million pound and Asier Del Horno moves to Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao with a transfer deal that cost 8 million pound!! So, Chelsea had spent around 55 million pound!!! But, of course there are some players moving out such as Mikael Forssell (Birmingham City), Juan Pablo Veron (my mistake.... it should be Juan Sebastian Veron)(Inter Milan), Scott Parker (Newcastle United) and Mateja Kezman (Atletico Madrid). Now, the season kicks off and Chelsea will celebrate their 100th years anniversary (founded in1905) by trying to retain the Premiership title. But do not underestimate teams like Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham. I believe that the challenges will be bigger and it will be a 5-horse race for the Premiership title. But Chelsea seems to be stronger one if you judge them by last season’s performance. Only time will tells……..
After a long 2 months break, the English Premier League is finally back and the best is yet to come. And there are many unanswered question. Which team will win? Which team will get relegated? Which manager will get sacked? Will Chelsea retain the title? Can Man Utd play consistently and fight for the Premiership title?...etc. I guess, the questions will be answered in the future. Only time will tells. By the way, let’s lean back and relax and enjoy the game. Ok, let me talk about the clubs one by one.
Saturday, August 06, 2005
( Second day of the camp) I have to wake up early for morning exercise... Barely had enough sleep.....More lectures and speeches from the principal, pk HEM and dicipline teacher....
After all the lectures and speeches, we had our exam. The exco's gives all sorts of weird and stupid questions in the general knowledge section...
Then, we played a game. It was called obstacles course.... And the worst part of the game is that we had a mud bath!! The mud enters my eyes and mouth....
At night, it was Malam Nostalgia.....One of the most boring event of camp... We had to dressed up nicely for the dinner.... The food tastes badly and I feel so sleepy.. Boring!!!!
After that, it was time to watch the sketches from each of the groups... I guess everyone was so sleepy, we slept instead of watching.... It was so boring.....
Then, we headed back to our dormitory to sleep....
On the last day of the camp, we played our last game. It was called Amazing Race... We had to do all sorts of tasks as quickly as possible... Tasks such as painting our face with blue paint, mud bath (again).......
At 2pm, the camp ended and I went back home.........
Friday, July 29, 2005
On the 15th of July, the prefectorial board of ACS had organised a leadership training camp in school. It was acually a 3 days 2 nights camp in school. All the probationers had to attend the camp including lower six students. All of us were splited into 9 groups. I'm in group 5. The members of my group are Kok How(group leader), Nazirah(Assistant Group Leader), Bawani Devi, Siew Leng, Kiat Soon, Anandha, Arunkumaran and me myself. Our advisor is Choong Yang May. 2 weeks before the camp, the groups were formed and we had to prepare a lot of things such as flag design, group name, name tags, group cheers, sketch........
The theme of the camp is dinosaurs so we come out with a name called Squatin' Anchiceratops.. (An..key Serra..Tops)Hehe... The name is quite weird, right?.....
Facts about Anchiceratops : http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/content/science/dinosaurs/dino_card/77.html
I don't really know why we were called Squatin'.....but according to the group leader, we were squating because we were in a position of getting ready to ambush......(doesn't make sense to me)....Even the Exco's said that our group name sounded like we were gettin' ready to berak....hehe....
On the other hand, we didn't really prepared our group cheers properly....we only had 3 group cheers. One of them goes like this:
Chicken in the jungle (group leader shout)
Kok kok kai
Kok Kok kai (all members shout)
Ayam dalam hutan (group leader shout)
Kok kok kai
Kok kok kai (all members shout)
This is just a very funny cheer......but one of the exco asked, "What is chicken gotta do with dinosaurs?".
All of us gathered in the assembly ground at 3pm for registration and a short briefing....
After that, we gotta draw our flag and we only been given 30 minutes.....I can tell u that we really messed up simply because we didn't had enough time. Then, we had to introduce our group and explain about the flag. (Our explanation: "This is an abstract art!!!")
Then we had a game. It was called "Treat or Trick". We had to answer 3 difficult questions while one member from each of groups becomes the victim.... If we are unable to answer the questions, the victims will be tricked!! The exco's will use eggs and flour to tricked them.... Our group's victim is Siew Leng and she got tricked twice because we were unable to answer 2 questions.(Kesian....)
Nothing much happens on that day until.......2am in the morning.
the exco's called us up while everyone is still sleepy. The reason : Treasure Hunt/Night Trekking...... Firstly, we went to the Teerath Ram Hall and listened to the 'history' of ACS and the 'experience' of the exco's. I didn't pay attention because I'm kind of sleepy.. Then, we play the game....
I did feel a little scared but I didn't not freak out...All the girls were so afraid they started holding hands...hehe.. During the treasure hunt, I saw 'actors' (exco's) trying their best to pretend like ghosts and freaked out the girls....(They even had costumes) I heard a lot of screams from the exco's and the girls!!!!! Thoughout the game, the exco's were the best because of their 'acting' which was so 'real'. The game ended at 4am.
To be continued..............................
Friday, May 27, 2005
Yesterday was a very different day for me. Usually on Thursdays, I have to go to school. But not yesterday. So, I can sleep a lil' bit longer. (haha) My family and I have to go to KL to send my sis (ta jie) to the airport (KLIA).
I waked up at 8 a.m. just to watch American Idol. I'm glad that Carrie won as my family supports Bo. And then, I found out that Liverpool won the Champions League. I'm very disappointed with AC Milan. They should have won the match after they score 3-0. Liverpool came back from 3-0 down to 3-3 and won the game by penalty shoot out. So, which do u think is the greatest comeback in Champions League? Liverpool vs AC Milan (2005) or Man Utd vs Bayern Munich (1999)?
After ta jie finished packing, we were off to KL. As usual, the long and boring journey.
After we reached KLIA, we have our meal in McDonalds before ta jie checked in. Ta Jie saw a person pushing a trolley and she reminded me of a movie called THE TERMINAL which the
guy collected back trolleys in the airport just to get the 25 cents. The money were to buy food in Burger King.
Then, it's time to say goodbye. I hope she had fun in New Zealand. ( Take more pictures!!!)
We were off to KL to visit my sis ( er jie). We met in KLCC. We had our meal in CHili's. I think this is the first time I'm unable to finish my meal.
After the meal, we went back to Ipoh.
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Oh!! I'm so disappointed. How can Man Utd lost? They were the stronger side in that game. Damn, I hate to lose. I'm sick of watching Man Utd losing especially by penalty shoot out. They should had seal the game with a victory but they have no luck at all. They had so many wonderful chances but yet they failed to score. What a disappointment!!!!
Friday, May 20, 2005
Who will join Fantasia, Kelly and Ruben? Will it be Carrie Underwood or will it be Bo Bice? Who do u think will win? My choices?
I like them both but my money's on Carrie. It doesn't matter who wins because both of them are winners. They are the top 2 chosen to be in the grand finale of American Idol 4 from 100,000 auditions.
Sunday, May 15, 2005
I think we should give Malcolm Glazer a chance. Who knows, Manchester United would be back in form again after he takeovers. There's no way he's going to destroy the club. Who wants to destroy something they bought. He's part of Man Utd now and we must accept him.
Last Friday, Malcolm Glazer, the billionaire owner of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, achieved effective control of Manchester United by buying a 28.7% stake in the club from Irish racehorse owners J.P. McManus and John Magnier. This is something I don't expected to happen as the fans were all against it. Now, Manchester United, the world's wealthiest and arguably most famous soccer club, became American property. After Glazer spent 2 years pursuing Man Utd, his effort finally pay off. As the fans were shocked about the news (so do I) , they came out with a plan. They will do everything they could to make sure Glazer's investment was not profitable.
"Even if Mr. Glazer succeeds in getting all-out control, the campaign by fans to show that no customers equals no profits will continue," Oliver Houston, of the fan group Shareholders United, told SkySports News in England."If that means starving ourselves [of soccer], and starving the club of income, in order to make this parasite detach himself from us, then so be it."
In my view, the fans should stand behind the club no matter what's the circumstances. Acually, the fans are the club's backbone. They must do whatever they can to help the club, not destroy them. Things will become even worse if the start protesting. The players will start playing badly dued to the inner problems of the club. Could they defend the FA Cup with problems around them?
The fans' belief is that Glazer has no knowledge of, or interest in, soccer and that he is trying to gain control of one of the world's most recognizable brand names strictly for financial gain. They fear he will raise ticket prices or even sell Old Trafford, the club's 68,000-seat stadium. Is this a nightmare for Man Utd? First, they lose fans. What are they going to lose next? The stadium?!! The players?!! No way!!!! The Treatre Of Dreams is the symbol of Man Utd and I don't think Glazer will dare to sell the stadium.
Meanwhile, fans criticized McManus and Magnier for selling their shares to Glazer. The two Irishmen netted a reported profit of more than $183 million on an investment made only four years ago."They have sold the Manchester United heritage," Mark Longden, of the Independent Manchester United Supporters Assn., told reporters in England. "They have proved that they were never interested in Manchester United or football." I agreed with that statement. If they were interested in football, they will never sell their shares to Glazer no matter how much he offer. Like what I said before, they should protect the club, not destroy them!!!
This situation is nothing simillar to Chelsea when Roman Abramovich bought the club. He set up a Roman Empire and spent 400 million for the club. And finally, Chelsea won the leugue for the first time in 50 years!!!! Will Glazer spend money for Man Utd or the club spent money for Glazer?!! Only time will tell. It is either Man Utd's going to be very successful or the club going to drop!!!
Slideshow : Man Utd fans protest Glazer's takeover.
Acually, Man Utd doesn't need that sort of cash to be successful.Manchester United has been English champion eight times in the last 11 seasons, its matches are always sold out, and it is competitive in the player transfer market. Last fall, it bought England international striker Wayne Rooney for more than $50 million.Whether the club will be able to keep up with Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool if Glazer does take over, remains to be seen. Winning back the fans could take longer than winning another title.
"I'm giving up my season ticket," Nick Twole, president of Shareholders United, told reporters in England. "I'm not putting a penny of my money into this guy's pocket."
Elite soccer clubs
Manchester United is the wealthiest soccer club in the world.
Top ten soccer teams
Manchester United, England : $311 million
Real Madrid, Spain : $283 million
AC Milan, Italy: $267 million
Chelsea, England: $260 million
Juventus, Italy: $258 million
Arsenal, England: $208 million
Barcelona, Spain: $203 million
Inter Milan, Italy: $200 million
Bayern Munich, Germany: $199.5 million
Liverpool, England: $167 million
*from 2003-04 financial statements
Source: Deloitte Football Money League, Associated Press
Los Angeles Times
Read this : http://news.yahoo.com/s/latimests/20050513/ts_latimes/seeingred
Friday, April 29, 2005
I'm sure all of you heard of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy(former presidents of theUSA) being assasinated.
READ THIS :
Abraham Lincoln was elected in the Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected in the Congress in1946.
Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contains seven letters.
Both were particularly concerned with civil right.
Both wives lost theri children while living in the White House.
Both were shot on a Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the head.
Lincoln's secretory was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's secretory was named Lincoln.
Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners.
Both successors were named Johnson.
Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Osward, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are comprised of 15 letters.
Lincoln was shot at the treatre named "KENNEDY".
Kennedy was shot in a car named "LINCOLN".
Booth ran from a theatre and was caught in a warehouse.
Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theatre.
Booth and Oswald were assassinated before trials.
AND HERE'S THE KICKER.........
A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland.
A week before Kennedy was shot, he was in Marilyn Monroe!!!
Monday, April 25, 2005
I found this news very interesting. I never heard anything like this before.. Do you know that, in Turin, dog owners must walk their dogs 3 times a day. If not, they will be fined up to $650 under a new law from the city's council.
Now, READ THIS :
A Law Dogs Would Write, if They Were Lawyers...
ROME (Reuters) - Dog owners in Turin will be fined up to $650 if they don't walk their pets at least three times a day, under a new law from the city's council.
People will also be banned from dyeing their pets' fur or "any form of animal mutilation" for merely aesthetic motives such as docking dogs' tails, under the law about to be passed in the northern Italian city.
"In Turin it will be illegal to turn one's dog into a ridiculous fluffy toy," the city's La Stampa daily reported.
Italians can already be fined up to 10,000 euros and spend a year in prison if found guilty of torturing or abandoning their pets, but Turin's new rules go into much greater detail.
Dogs may be led for walks by people on bicycles, the rules say, "but not in a way that would tire the animal too much."
Italy considers itself an animal-loving nation and in many cities stray cats are protected by law. Still some 150,000 pet dogs and 200,000 cats are abandoned in Italy every year, according to animal rights groups.
To enforce the law, Turin police would rely largely on the help of tipsters spotting cruel treatment by their neighbors, La Stampa reported.
It said the 20-page rulebook gives Turin the most stringent animal protection rules in the country. It even bans fairgrounds from giving away goldfish in plastic bags.
Source : http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&ncid=757&e=1&u=/nm/20050424/od_nm/odd_italy_animals_dc&sid=84439559
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Some of my friends called me blur... In fact, most of them called me blur...
Am I really that blur...? Maybe they called me blur because sometimes I don't realised what is happening around me. For example, some of my friends did something stupid or funny and the whole class started laughing. I don't know why they were laughing..... so I asked my friends what happened. Maybe that's the reason. How do I suppose to know what happened when they didn't even tell me what happened? You know what I mean? I'm can't read their mind!!! By the way, I don't care what 'names' they use to called me. It's all crap. I'm not that bad.............................
I'm good............I'm good......................
Sunday, April 10, 2005
The Chronicles of Narnia is fantastic story full of adventure and fantasy. There are 7 books all together. The story take places in another world called Narnia. The story was written by C. S. Lewis , a good friend of J. R. R. Tolkien (the writer of LOTR). According to Lloyd Alexander, C. S. Lewis has redefined the nature of fantasy, adding richness, beauty, and dimension. His Narnia chronicles are not only breathtaking and heartlifting adventures for young and old, they are, as well, reflections of Lewis's most deeply held belief in matters of faith and hope, good and evil, the truly miraculous and miraculously true. In our times, every fantasy realm must be measured in comparison with Narnia
Soon, the story will be made into a film
Action/Adventure, Kids/Family and Science Fiction/Fantasy 2 hrs. 51 min. C.S. Lewis' 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' was first published in 1950 and is the second installment of the writer's legendary seven-part 'Chronicles of Narnia' series. The book tells the story of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, who are separated from their parents in London during the German air raids of World War II. They are sent to the country for safety and find a magic wardrobe that transports them to the mystical world of Narnia, a once peaceful land of talking beasts, dwarfs and giants. However, Narnia has been frozen by the evil White Witch, and the kids must help the lion Aslan break her spell.
Release Date: December 9th, 2005 (wide).
MPAA Rating: Not Rated.
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
The books can be read as allegory, though a strict allegorical reading can be quite confusing and reductionist. The books do contain many allusions to Christian ideas (Aslan, the lion, is the equivalent of Jesus). Lewis, a devout adult convert to Christianity, had stated his intention to make the Chronicles serve as a means to introduce Christian theological concepts to children, while remaining entertaining enough to hold young audiences.
In this Lewis succeeded. The Chronicles of Narnia have become favourites with both children and adults. The extra theological load is well incorporated; the books are not weighty in the least, unlike Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, and can be read for their adventure, colour, and fun without concern for the larger issues. Lewis himself claimed the books were not allegorical but "suppositional", more like what we would now call alternative history—supposing such a world as that described therein, and assuming the need for certain religious situations—a divine Creation, a trinitarian element comparable to Jesus coming to the world, and others—what would happen?
One of Lewis's early academic publications was The Allegory of Love (1936), about medieval allegories of courtly love. Consequently he preferred a strict definition of allegory, as he wrote to another young fan:
"I did not say to myself 'Let us represent Jesus as He really is in our world by a Lion in Narnia'; I said, 'Let us suppose that there were a land like Narnia and that the Son of God, as he became a Man in our world, became a Lion there, and then imagine what would happen.'"
On the other hand, Lewis did have a more loosely defined allegory in mind, as he wrote to another fan:
"The whole series works out like this:
The Magician's Nephew tells the Creation and how evil entered Narnia,
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - the Crucifixion and Resurrection,
The Horse and His Boy - the calling and conversion of the heathen,
Prince Caspian - restoration of the true religion after a corruption,
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - the spiritual life (especially in Reepicheep),
The Silver Chair - the continuing war against the powers of darkness,
The Last Battle - the coming of Antichrist (the ape). The end of the world and the last judgement
Numbering the books, publication order and internal chronology
The books of the series, in the order of their publication, are:
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950)
Prince Caspian (1951)
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
The Silver Chair (1953)
The Horse and His Boy (1954)
The Magician's Nephew (1955)
The Last Battle (1956)
The first American publisher, Macmillan, put numbers on the books and used the publication order. When HarperCollins took over the series, the books were renumbered using the internal chronological order, as suggested by Lewis's stepson, Douglas Gresham.
The Magician's Nephew (1955)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950)
The Horse and His Boy (1954)
Prince Caspian (1951)
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
The Silver Chair (1953)
The Last Battle (1956)
Gresham quoted Lewis's reply to a letter from an American fan in 1957, who was having an argument with his mother about the order:
"I think I agree with your order (i.e. chronological) for reading the books more than with your mother's. The series was not planned beforehand as she thinks. When I wrote The Lion I did not know I was going to write any more. Then I wrote P. Caspian as a sequel and still didn't think there would be any more, and when I had done The Voyage I felt quite sure it would be the last. But I found as I was wrong. So perhaps it does not matter very much in which order anyone read them. I'm not even sure that all the others were written in the same order in which they were published."
Nevertheless, the reordering has brought ire from many fans of the series, who appreciate the original order which introduces elements of the Narnia universe in the early part of the series and then provides explanation for these familiar elements later in the prequels, in particular the creation story in The Magician's Nephew.
The Chronicles of Narnia were turned into a successful BBC television series in 1988–1990. Only The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Silver Chair were filmed. The Magician's Nephew, The Horse and His Boy, and The Last Battle were not filmed. Especially the final book, The Last Battle, is necessarily darker than the rest of the series, as it deals with the ending of Narnia, and by extension alludes to the end of our world.
There have also been BBC Radio and Focus on the Family Radio Theater dramatizations of the novel.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is being made into a film directed by Andrew Adamson and with a screenplay written by Ann Peacock.  (http://www.narnia.com/movie/index.htm) Like The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the film is being made in New Zealand. The website stuff.co.nz reported in December 2003 that "Work on the film begins [in January, 2004] in Auckland."  (http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2761705a1860,00.html) Tilda Swinton was cast as the White Witch. Principal photography has been completed, and the film will be released by Disney in December 2005 (December 9 in the United States).
A more recent British series of novels, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, has been seen as an "answer" to the Narnia books. The His Dark Materials series favours science and reason over religion, wholly rejecting the themes of Christian theology which permeate the Narnia series, but possess many of the same issues, subject matter, and types of characters (including talking animals) as those in the Chronicles of Narnia.
The Sandman comic book series written by Neil Gaiman, in its story arc entitled "A Game of You," features a Narnia-like fantasy land that can be visited from the real world.
Source of the name
Narnia is the Latin name of an Italian town now named Narni, located very close to Rome. This town was so named from 299 BC. It has been said that Lewis named Narnia for this town, which he had come across in an atlas as a child.
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chronicles_of_Narnia