So the PL team of the year so far probably looks pretty similar for most people, here’s mine anyway…
GK: Joe Hart (just edges it over Tim Krul)
D: Phil Jones (less noticeable this year, but a stand-out performer of 2011)
D: Fabricio Collocini
D: Benoit Assou-Ekkotto
D: Jose Enrique
M: Juan Mata (impressive during an otherwise-poor Chelsea season)
M: David Silva
M: Clint Dempsey (just, over Gareth Bale and Scott Parker)
F: Demba Ba
F: Robin Van Persie (probably player of the season, keeping Arsenal alive)
F: Sergio Aguero
Manager: Harry Redknapp (over Alan Pardew)
Some other honorable mentions: Leighton Baines, Vincent Kompany, Luis Suarez (regrettably), Antonio Valencia (certainly in 2012), Rafael Van Der Vaart and Stephane Sessegnon, Wayne Rooney and Martin O’Neill.
(Thankfully most of these players have featured in my Sun Dream Team at one point or another!)
Irish actor David Kelly has died, aged 82.
Kelly starred in the likes of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Stardust and Mean Machine, however the versatile star of TV and screen will be remembered most fondly by myself for his role as dodgy builder O’Reilly in Fawlty Towers.
David Kelly, 1929 - 2012
Does anyone else of my generation (I’m 22 years old) ever stop and think what a unique timespan our young lives have occurred in, technology-wise. We are very lucky, in that we, from my own perspective at least, have experienced the world absent of much of the technology we now embrace, as well as now, where we thrive alongside it.
What I mean is, growing up, I remember my childhood, as well as those around me, being very technology-absent. Until the very late 90’s, computers were few and far between (my Primary school had an old room with a handful in, which were regarded as spaceships back then), consoles were yet to hit the big time (with the PS1), mobile phones were non-existent anywhere but on television and most after-school and school holidays time was spent outside, playing football exploring, etc.
(I’m not knocking the kids of today, and I don’t mean to sound like an old cretin, many kids do still engage in many outside activities. It’s just they have all this extra technological stuff surrounding them as well)
Whereas now things are very different. From the moment a person is born they appear on Facebook. My younger sister, who’s at secondary school, has one of the latests mobiles, a Nintendo Wii, Sky Digital and spends all her spare time on the internet.
What I think sums it up well is that if I wanted to take a trip down memory lane, I could only go back ‘digitally’ for so long. Till about 2004/5 in my case, when I first started using MSN. Then through MySpace, Facebook, Tumblr and to now. If I wanted to look before that, I could only do it physically, through old photo albums and home videos, most of which, unless they’ve been uploaded, are ‘offline’.
It hasn’t quite gotten to this stage yet, I don’t think, but in 5 years or so, if young person wanted to look back through their life, their entire life, they merely have to log onto Facebook.