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  1. I love watching whichever ones I can catch. Something freeing about your country not being in the match & not rooting for either side - just watching for the love of the sport - the game itself. Like when someone asked me what I was watching & I said "Uruguay vs. Some other country." (Ghana or Chile or...) :D

     

     

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  2. Company confuses Barack Obama with Chris Smalling on England team mug set.
     

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    By Sean Leahy June 23, 2014 10:37 AM Dirty Tackle

     

    It's been a forgettable World Cup for England on the pitch. Off the pitch, one company is having a forgettable few days as well, as they had hoped to cash in on a successful tournament for The Three Lions, as the Sunday Express notes.

     

    Among the English World Cup merchandise an unnamed British company had created featuring the likenesses of the English soccer team were a set of mugs that included one glaring error. You could purchase a Steven Gerrard or Joe Hart or Wayne Rooney, among others, but if you’re a big Chris Smalling fan, you might notice something a tad off about his appearance.

     

    U.S. President Barack Obama does not play center back for Manchester United or the English national team.

    Realizing its mistake, the company turned to online re-seller Wholesale Clearance UK to dump the error-filled inventory.

     

    The item description explains what happened:

    The Dorset company in question (whose blushes we shall protect for now....maybe!) was given the seemingly easy job of sourcing royalty free pictures of each England squad player to use on the England mugs – along with other accompanying items such as England coasters, England mouse mats etc.  They passed this onto to their young, bright eyed and bushy tailed new apprentice.  The designs were proofed and signed off by the Boss, who had clearly had a heavy night with the lads playing poker and before he’d had his first vat of coffee the following morning.

    Due to our ongoing commitment to help local companies get their products noticed, last Wednesday 2,000 of each of the England items came into the warehouse.  We eagerly unpacked them and on close inspection it turned out that the Chris Smalling cup had Barack Obama’s head on instead of Chris’s.

    The apprentice claims that he used that well known search engine, Google, to source the pictures. The thing is he’s more of a rugby fan and not very clued up on football.  Suffice to say that when he Google image searched ‘Chris Smalling’ he copied the first picture he liked the look of and the result was that the President of the United States has ended up on an England cup instead of the English defender.

     

    So, if you would like to purchase 2,000 Obama England national team mugs, it will run you £2,000. They're bound to be collector's items by now.

     

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/soccer-dirty-tackle/company-confuses-barack-obama-with-chris-smalling-on-england-team-mug-set--photo-143719664.html

  3. About 'Doors of Daring': Excellent one, Bragi. I really enjoyed reading that!

     

    Speaking of doors, have you ever walked at full speed towards a door that's partly ajar in your house while holding a cup of hot drink in one hand & pushing the door with the other hand - fully expecting it to open all the way for you - but discovering too late that there's some obstruction behind it that makes it rebound right back at you, knocking much of your hot drink onto your shirt & sleeve?

     

    No. Of course not. Me neither. Especially not a few minutes ago. :D

     

    When I posted this, I was tired & was mixing up 2 threads! Lol. Someone (Spicy?) recently created a thread somewhere that is all about people's current gripes & whines & such. The stuff I said after the stuff about enjoying the poem Bragi posted was meant for the other thread. Oh well, it's a crossover comment. :D

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    Don't know if it is a poem and my english writing is not the best writing in the world so please forgive me hahaha :)

    its about my biological dad...

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    Accept the decisions you've made

    You made them for a reason

     

    Even if you don't know

    I've got to let it go

     

    But think carefully

    before you make a definite choice

     

    Just please, please let me just once hear your voice

     

     

    Wow, Jen.

     

     

    :D do you like it?

     

     

     

    Yes - it's profound. And sad. Apologies, my friend, that I didn't speak more clearly.

     

    You also posted it at a time when I had just unfortunately had a kind of big fight w/ my own Dad, who can be one of the dearest people in the world, who I love & who loves me (& we do let each other know that), but who can also sometimes be quite exasperating - and unreasonable w/ me sometimes in a way that's hard. Not that I just read your poem through the prism of my own experience - but I read it first as your experience & then read it over a couple more times - and part of what you wrote sounds like stuff I could say to my Dad & part sounds like stuff he might think regarding me. (Btw, my Dad is my biological Dad & my parents are together.)

     

    I spoke w/ a close friend of mine about what happened that day (a few days ago) w/ my Dad & me, & she said that at least I got a note from my Dad afterwards saying that he loves me. Although I was avoiding my Dad because I wasn't wanting to speak w/ him after that, I know my Dad - and I knew he would probably sincerely feel sorry afterward & say something nice/conciliatory or apologetic to me. And he did. He left a note for me. My friend said she never would have gotten that from her father. Her father passed away years ago, btw. (But also, my Dad's not violent, but her father was.)

     

    I very much realize the things I have to be thankful for in life - including the dear people in my life who I love. None of us is perfect & if only we always could really know & understand if there are ways we might negatively affect those we love & care about - I don't mean ways that we can't help - I mean ways that we would be happier to be aware of - if we could change them - so we could change them. We often also don't know if someone who has hurt us even realizes it - and we often don't know how they came to be the way they are in a certain way - and they might not realize it themselves. But sometimes, even if they do know - and they want to change - they sometimes find that for some reason they can't seem to change. (Btw, I don't mean that excuses everything w/ the way that some people sometimes affect other people negatively or hurt them. Sometimes it doesn't.) With whatever your situation is, I wish you all good things in your life always, & happiness, Jen! I wish the same for everyone.

  5. About 'Doors of Daring': Excellent one, Bragi. I really enjoyed reading that!

     

    Speaking of doors, have you ever walked at full speed towards a door that's partly ajar in your house while holding a cup of hot drink in one hand & pushing the door with the other hand - fully expecting it to open all the way for you - but discovering too late that there's some obstruction behind it that makes it rebound right back at you, knocking much of your hot drink onto your shirt & sleeve?

     

    No. Of course not. Me neither. Especially not a few minutes ago. :D

  6. Don't know if it is a poem and my english writing is not the best writing in the world so please forgive me hahaha :)

    its about my biological dad...

    -----------------------------------

     

    Accept the decisions you've made

    You made them for a reason

     

    Even if you don't know

    I've got to let it go

     

    But think carefully

    before you make a definite choice

     

    Just please, please let me just once hear your voice

     

     

    Wow, Jen.

  7. Across a crowded street her giggle captured my ear. I couldn't see where it was coming from, but I knew we had to meet. I crossed the slush covered road and the rain stung on my poorly covered skin, red with cold, wet as ice. Converse soaked I followed my liege. Holding hope that her smile matched her song. Behind a paisley umbrella, arm in arm with her husband. Heart sinking I bumped into her gently as I passed. “Excuse me miss” I spoke silently with a smile. Peaking out from under her cover into the wet night, I died in her smile for only a brief eternity and spun down a corner. Fading away, I felt her perfect mocha eyes on me and heard her speak in yearning curiosity “excuse me.”

     

    :)

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    "a telling , in an unknown place,  not a prosperous environment, in that time, two friends, on holiday time:

     

    we sit on a bench and waiting for the train to come...And suddenly i have no past, instead a push inside that i have to tell and tell."

     

    Paola, when I read what you posted there, I thought "Ahhh - a vignette. :) "  It's like a little sketch in writing. :)

    you mean, comedian?

     

     

    No, I don't mean comedic. I know what you mean about comedic sketches though - we call those 'skits' (like what they do on Saturday Night Live). When I said a vignette or a sketch, I meant a small piece of writing that kind of 'sketches' an experience or scene - or part(s) of it. Vignettes ("vin YETTS") - that's what I think of it as. I like the concept / idea of doing that! (In a way, it's a bit of a mini-story, if you can even call it long enough to be a story. It's shorter than a short story.) :)

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    Hope it's ok to join in.....

    Fading ice of a winter's dawn, a sky reclaims. No longer meadows of barren glass, now flowing tides of hope. A heart opens. Rushing to drink from the warmth removing a cold ache. The greens of spring will wait a little longer, bulb now rooted. Patience.

     

    It's more than ok to join in, tracmic. It's very welcome. :)

     

    I'm wondering if you wrote what you posted here? Also, I think some of your 2nd post would lend itself to being song lyrics.

     

    Yes Alma1 all the words are mine. Thank you for saying about the lyrics part. Sometimes I let the world creep in and just have to let words be words. I have a lot of little musings that I will add. Thank you for the kindness.

     

     

    "Yes Alma1 all the words are mine."  Interesting words.

     

    "Thank you for saying about the lyrics part...Thank you for the kindness." No problema.

  10. Hope it's ok to join in.....

     

     

    Fading ice of a winter's dawn, a sky reclaims. No longer meadows of barren glass, now flowing tides of hope. A heart opens. Rushing to drink from the warmth removing a cold ache. The greens of spring will wait a little longer, bulb now rooted. Patience.

     

    It's more than ok to join in, tracmic. It's very welcome. :)

     

    I'm wondering if you wrote what you posted here? Also, I think some of your 2nd post would lend itself to being song lyrics.

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    Same reaction here. :huh:

     

    My reaction to the ending of the poem: Hmmm...what the heck is she talking about. :lol:

     

    Actually, the first 2 sections of the poem (verses?) are in a style that reminds me of what my own poetry-writing was likely to be like years ago. Poems I would write back then were likely to be similar to the writing there, saying the types of things Elizabeth Bishop says there & in a similar way. Interesting.

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    :lol: I was just thinking: there will be people who come here & say: No! Just give us The Album or Nothing at all!

     

    Those who are my friends who will say that, I Do feel for what you're saying but I can't help laughing at that expectation. But hey, yeah - when the time comes that the album is ready, do show us love by giving us a song off the album B4 the album is released.

     

    Nah... I want it all! I'm aiming for the full album to listen to! I'm greedy like that.  :D A song would be nice too yes...  ;)

     

     

    :D Well, sometimes if you want to reach the top of a tall tree, you have to aim for the moon, right? ;)

  13. :lol: I was just thinking: there will be people who come here & say: No! Just give us The Album or Nothing at all!

     

    Those who are my friends who will say that, I Do feel for what you're saying but I can't help laughing at that expectation. But hey, yeah - when the time comes that the album is ready, do show us love by giving us a song off the album B4 the album is released.

  14. I.M.H.O.: Just looked again at something febottini said: "..it would be very nice to feel excited again waiting for a new song... to be thrilled by the countdown. So it would have to be announced earlier to attract people´s attention"

     

    And I actually agree.

     

    MEET IN THE MIDDLE:

     

    1) Give all of us who had no problem w/the movie-trailer thing what we enjoy by sending everyone (subs or subs-&-members) a day-ahead heads-up so those of us that want to can join our friends at countdown,

     

    2) Give those who were disappointed this: nothing to get so disappointed about. How? By just NOT calling it something like 'Subscribers Special - Not to be missed.' In fact, why not just let people KNOW Ahead Of Time Exactly WHAT it is that is going to be posted? (Or at least a Much better idea of what it will be.) Then those interested can join the countdown to seeing it all together for the 1st time - & those uninterested don't get tantalized by what will surely be a let-down to them? I Do feel for them & care about how they feel.

  15. Also, if the goal is to reduce complaints, then I'd also say to describe it in a matter-of-fact way rather than "Subscribers Special - Not to be missed." Just make it a matter-of-fact delivery (call it something like that if calling it anything).

     

    Reminding u that there are members & subscribers who Did think that what we saw Was special & Did like the build-up & did Not have unrealistic expectations etc, but since we didn't see anything to complain about we weren't so vocal afterwards.

     

    Fe, you said "Have you seen how many people were online on the last Thursday? I guess almost 2000." Someone was saying they saw the number get up to 8,000 - 8,500. Not sure if they meant that, but they said it like they meant it.

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    just to note that yes, the trailer is available now on youtube / yahoo movies, but that we got it first, nowhere else had it for at least an hour after it was first shown on U2.com. 

    Its also true that as soon as anything is released someone whacks it on youtube, not a lot can be done about that, and in this case it was Yahoo movies who had it up officially, about an hour or so after we got it.

     

    At some point, if we do get the full version of the song here, how do you think it should be done? Big announcement, or just release it to members only, no fuss? Email? Twitter? Soundcloud? Would be interesting to know how you all would prefer get the info, if, as and when it drops....

    True, I didn't see the trailer anywhere before I saw it here... 

    As someone said before, people might have forgotten THE 360 book + Edge's picks

    And I don't understand why people were expecting the release of the new album - Are people thinking that albums are released when they feel like it?

    It's good to clarify and give the accurate information...

     

     

     

    You'll simply never be able to please everyone. And those that are not pleased w/something are always more vocal about it than those who actually had more realistic expectations & really appreciated what they were shown.

     

    That being said, I would say make an almost simultaneous Delivery of 2 things: 1) announcement in emails & at U2.com homepage at the same time that 2) the content is Just about to be posted at U2.com. Announce it just b4 or at the same time as delivering it: No Build-Up that way. I personally enjoy the build-up, but not everyone has realistic expectations & they experience a let-down.

     

    When u say "or just release it to members only" - do u mean all members - not just subscribers? Although I'm a subscriber, I care about fans who can't afford the sub fee, so if u share something w/members, too, I'm all for that. (Though some subscribers would say 'then what do we pay for?')

     

    P.S. Came back here to add this note: I'm leaving this post here rather than delete it, but I changed my mind about almost-simultaneous delivery. My final thoughts on it are in my post below that says 'Meet In The Middle.'  i.m.h.o.

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    I think people will either not like this, or will think it's okay, or will Love this. I appreciate those who were hoping for something else, but mark me down in the LOVE column.

     

    Got to hear it FIRST in the world! AND, like I said - there should have been NO other band who did the music for that movie trailer except Our U2!!! It was perfect for our U2! :)

     

    Uh...I realized...um...we didn't actually get to see it 1st in the world <_< I knew b4 we saw it that if Monica Martino, Danielsentana, & Fernanda turned out to be right, then what we were going to see wasn't here b4 anywhere else...But we were some of the 1st in the world to see it. And at least we were all together when we saw it. Community & all that.

     

    Sorry but Mary Ann Cris posted the news up before any the above if you are handing out credit.

     

     

    Thanks Basher. I actually was wondering when it first got posted. The people I mentioned were just the first I myself saw posting about it, but I know I didn't see the very beginning of it all. I do know that sometimes 2 people can discover something at the same time, too, like Alexander Graham Bell & Elisha Gray invented the phone at the same time, but Alexander got to the patent office 1st.

     

    But I see where Daniel said something like this to u: 'I know other people are faster, I just like joking about finding things' - so I'll take that as his admission that Mary Ann Cris found it b4 him. :D

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    the sea wants to kiss the golden shore

    the sunlight warms your skin
    all the beauty thats been lost before
    wants to find us again
     
    we can't fall any further
    and we can't feel ordinary love
    we can not reach any higher
    we can't feel this ordinary love
     
    we can't fall any further
    and we can't feel ordinary love
     
    woohooohoohooho
    woohooohoohooho
    ordinary love
    ordinary love

     

     

     

    Thanks for this Jen. :)

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