Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Stevie G: Victim or Thug?

What do you guts make of this story? Am disappointed by it all but not in the least fooking surprised there's a mancunian scummer in the middle of it all. Bastard!

Look forward to hearing yer opinions on this fooking unsavoury incident.

Steven Gerrard in custody after brawl
By Russell Jenkins (Times UK)
Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool captain and England international footballer, was in custody last night on suspicion of assaulting a man during a late-night brawl at a nightclub.

Gerrard, who has 70 caps for his country, was celebrating at the club in Southport when trouble broke out at about 2.30am on Monday.

It is understood that the alleged victim, Marcus McGee, who was a guest at the club, was sitting behind the bar when Gerrard asked him to change the music. He is then said to have asked for the music card that operates the sound system. Mr McGee apparently refused.

Subsequently Gerrard is said to have caught the alleged victim with an elbow, although it is not known whether this was deliberate or not. This incident is thought to have sparked the wider brawl. There were reports last night that a glass had been thrown during the fight.

Gerrard and five other men aged between 18 and 33 were arrested after the row. Merseyside Police said that Gerrard was arrested on suspicion of inflicting a malicious wound without a weapon, which amounts to grievous bodily harm. The offence attracts a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment.

Mr McGee, a father of two who is thought to be a supporter of Liverpool’s great rival, Manchester United, was taken to hospital, where he received treatment for facial injuries before being released. His family said that he suffered a cut nose and swollen eye and was given four stitches. He also lost a tooth.

Gerrard, 28, who is married with two children, is understood to have been given permission by his club to attend the private party, hours after he had scored two goals in Liverpool’s 5-1 demolition of Newcastle United.

Staff at Liverpool FC declined to comment officially about the incident but there was general shock that their club captain had been caught up in such an unsavoury incident. He has the reputation of being a model professional who rarely drinks, and even more rarely stays out late.

Gerrard, who has captained England four times and is regarded as one of the world’s best midfielders, was appointed MBE last year and received an honorary fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University Sources at the club suggested that Rafael BenÍtez, the club manager and a noted disciplinarian, would take disciplinary action only if Gerrard were charged with any offence. The footballer is due to play on Saturday, when Liverpool take on Preston North End in the FA Cup third round.

The Lounge Inn, a restaurant that becomes a nightclub later in the evening, remained firmly closed yesterday despite continuing to advertise its New Year’s Eve menu at £59.95, but spots of blood were clearly visible on the floor, surrounded by shards of glass.

Mr McGee’s mother, Patricia McGee, 61, said last night: “He was only with his partner in the bar. I have absolutely no idea how he became involved in this. He was just out for a drink. The whole family is shaken up.”

John Watts, a lawyer whose daughter Eve was hosting a birthday party at the venue, said that Gerrard had been in good spirits during the night. He said: “He bought a bottle of champagne for my daughter when he found out it was her birthday.

“It was a really civilised occasion in a middle-class bar. There was no sign of trouble kicking off. Eve is very upset because it spoilt what was a very pleasant evening.”

ps: Meanwhile, a certain Portuguese prima donna was involved in handbags at ten paces in the tunnel after Boro game . . . Another incident which escapes the FA's censure after being accused of having an "anti-united agenda"? Bollocks!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Selamat Hari Natal

Merry X'mas & happy holidays everybody!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

More fine tunes from The Misfits - Earth AD!

This is a request by our resident rambler, Moz. And me thought why the fook not. After all, this album above is the perfect companion to the earlier Walk Among Us LP as it almost a complete contrast to the rockabilly punk of that album. Earth AD is where the Misfits let rip like they've just swallowed a carton of amphetines & & then let loose in a studio.

This seminal album is pretty much responsible fer the whole THRASH METAL thingy with its furious amalgamation of poonk, noise & metal. Just see Metallica's Green Hell/Last Carress cover on the Garage Days EP fer proof.

Fast, furious & pretty fooking fantastic even by today's standards. Not bad at all fer an album that celebrates its silver jubilee this year. Enjoy!

To download The Misfits' Earth AD (1983), please click here: http://rapidshare.com/files/159462922/Misfits_-_1983_-_Earth_A.D.___Wolfsblood_-_by_Skhrnykhsk_-_MusikFactory.rar

01. Earth A.D
02. Queen Wasp
03. Devilock
04. Death Comes Ripping
05 Green Hell
06. Wolfsblood
07. Demonomania
08. Bloodfeast
09. Hellhound
10. Die Die My Darling
11. We Bite

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Q & A time (tagged)

Ok, got tagged by Ridzzy the Snakeman with this list of questions. Here goes:

1. Do you think you’re hot?
No. However, me is confident of me "charms" & is comfortable in me own skin.

2. Upload a favourite picture of you.

3.Why do you like the picture?
It was taken at me old pub - Broadwalk - a couple of weeks before me was handing it over to new owners (me had just sold it). A customer who works in sports events management managed to give me & the regulars a fooking fantastic farewell pressie by bringing PHIL NEAL (winner of FOUR European Cups with LFC) to me pub. Pix is special as we got to meet an Anfield legend & the pose with Shankly overlooking us just make it look all that much better. Plus me is surrounded by some of the noisiest, rowdiest &, of course, nicest Kopites around who were responsible fer making Broadwalk special.

4. When was the last time you ate pizza?
Two nites ago. Wifey & meself were fooking tired after work. So had to make do with a frozen pizza in the oven . . . sigh . . .

5. The last song you listened to.
Just finished Bob Marley & The Wailer's Rastaman Vibration album. Continuing with Megadeth's United Abominations as me finishes this. (Me has me headphones almost permanently at work, much to the chagrin of me colleagues as me canna hear me fooking phone going off the hook!).

6. What are you doing right now.
Pretending to work . . .

7. What name would you prefer besides yours?
Anfield Devotee!(No, Ridzzy, its not Fook)

Orrite, that's me done. Me is supposed to tag another two persons fer this & me tags Madam O (http://psychomocha.blogspot.com/) & Aunty Akuani (http://iroa.blogspot.com/).

ps: Me will be going fer Harith Iskandar's stand up routine tomorrow. Anyone else going?

pps: If you are having problems viewing text or any portion of me posting, please highlight the area & the missing text should appear. Blogger fooked up lar fer now . . .

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Yet more ISA farce in Bolehland . . . (Ref Malaysiakini)

Me fellow Malaysians, please take the time to read the following article:

Malaysia frees JI terrorists ( From The Malaysian Insider Wednesday December 10 2008)

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 - The Government has released without publicity more than a dozen Muslim extremists linked to the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terror organisation. They include Malaysian Yazid Sufaat, who is believed to have abetted the Sept 11 attacks in New York.
Yazid emerged as a key figure in JI's regional network because of his link to Zacarias Moussaoui, a French citizen of Moroccan descent who was convicted of conspiracy charges in the Sept 11 attacks in New York.

A senior Malaysian government official told The Straits Times that the Indonesian, Malaysian and Filipino detainees were freed over the past month after a government advisory board at the Kamunting Detention Centre in Perak decided that they were no longer security threats.
Also released was a Thai national, Kasem Dayama, who was arrested in October 2006 for espionage, the official said. Their release has not been publicised.

Coming on the heels of the executions last month of the three Bali bombers in Indonesia, Malaysia's move has raised eyebrows among the region's intelligence community and security experts.

Security analysts warned of reprisal attacks after Indonesia executed Amrozi, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra for their role in the 2002 bombings of two Bali nightclubs that left more than 200 people dead.

Many of the detainees just released in Malaysia knew the Bali bombers well and are known to several JI militants who are still at large, including Noordin Mohammad Top and the Singapore detainee who escaped, Mas Selamat Kastari.

Regional intelligence officials fear that the freed men might still be anti-Western and could easily return to their underground networks in places such as the predominantly Muslim regions of southern Thailand and southern Philippines.

"There is clearly a more relaxed approach to the way Kuala Lumpur is dealing with suspected terrorists," one senior Western intelligence official based in South-east Asia said, adding that his government's security agencies would be seeking more information from their Malaysian counterparts.

A senior Malaysian government official who declined to be named defended the detainees' release. He insisted that Kuala Lumpur remained committed to the fight against religious extremism, and stressed that the men who were released had been rehabilitated after an intensive programme.

"Some of them, like Yazid, have been detained for more than six years and the (advisory) board was comfortable that these men have been rehabilitated," he said.

He added that Yazid, who was arrested in December 2001, had shown "huge improvement" in recent years under the rehabilitation programme. Again, he declined to elaborate. The 43-year-old Yazid is by far the most prominent of the JI suspects released by Malaysia.
A trained biochemist and former army captain, he emerged as a key figure in JI's regional network because of his link to Zacarias Moussaoui, a French citizen of Moroccan descent who was convicted on conspiracy charges in the Sept 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.
Yazid hosted Moussaoui during his visit to Malaysia in September and October 2000. Eight months earlier, he allowed Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi to use his apartment. They were the two hijackers on board the American Airlines aircraft that crashed into the Pentagon.

Yazid was to have been detained until Jan 31, 2010, according to security officials.
Sources said his release was subject to conditions. A resident of Selangor, he cannot leave the state without the permission of the state police chief.

Similar conditions apply to Sabah resident Sulaiman Suramin, who was arrested in 2003 and is among those just released. The foreign nationals released by the Malaysian government were mainly lowly functionaries of JI, which has ambitions of establishing a pan-Islamic state linking Indonesia, Malaysia and the Muslim southern islands of the Philippines.

Sources said the freed foreigners included eight Indonesians who were detained for two days at a West Java detention centre before being allowed to return to their families.
The Indonesians include:
Ahmad Zakaria, who was arrested off Sabah in 2004;
Arifin Iwan, who was caught in 2005 en route to the southern Philippines. He had been active in sectarian fighting in Ambon and Poso;
Terhamid Dahlan alias Adi Utomo Sukamto, who was arrested while trying to enter Sabah illegally in 2004;
Zakaria Saman, alias Ahmad Said Maulana, who was arrested in 2003 while returning from south-east Philippines. He fought in Ambon and received his military training in the southern Philippines.
Philippine nationals Shaykinar Guat and Argadi Andoyok were arrested in 2006 off Sabah.
It is not clear whether they have been released since they were handed over to the Philippine authorities.
Thai national Kasem Dayama was also arrested in 2006, but he had no links to JI. Malaysian security officials say he was arrested for spying on southern Thais seeking refuge in Kelantan.
Malaysian government sources said there are another 30 suspected JI operatives, a handful of them foreigners, still in detention at the Kamunting detention centre.

FFS says: Can anyone explain what the ISA is fer? Is it to detain terrorists who have links with 9/11 bombers? To halt extremists who want to form a Pan-Islamic frontier out of the diverse landscape that is SEA? Or just an instrument of fear to terrorise us normal folk?

Me has heard enough fook heads claim it is necessary to combat terrorism & other "forces of evil". Surely, no one is naive enough to think that Kamunting was able to "rehabilitate" hardcore JI members when it can't even deal with an urbanite with a laptop (ie RPK who's been detained on more than one occasion).

The release of suspected terrorists when many of our neighbours are on a high alert is just plain fooking irresponsible. Meanwhile, am sure our beloved govt will be targeting opposition MPs, NGOs, Catholic priests, bloggers & journos to fill the space vacated by those JI detainees.

Fer fook's sake la, only in Malaysia . . .

ps: Also see http://malaysiakini.com/news/94625

pps: Meanwhile the HINDRAF Five continue to rot in jail as they are a threat to national secuirty . . .

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Should he stay or should he go?

To paraphrase The Clash, the burning question on the lips of Kopites everywhere is bout whether the Capt of Ireland should stay @ Anfield or should he fooking bugger off?

All the hullabaloo surrounding his future is down to the fact that certain UK tabloids have reported a rumour that ole Harry wants him back at The Lane. And he's willing to offer Aaron Lennon in exchange.

Me fer one was sceptical of Keane's ability to fit into Benitez's system given that the gaffer favours a 4-2-3-1 system. And Keane was a touch too pricey fer me. Now that he is quite obviously struggling to adapt to life at Anfield, the question is should we cut our losses now or persevere in the belief that Keane's undoubted talent will shine through sooner or later?

Me thinks we should take the Lennon offer if it really is on the table. Why? We need a pacey winger down the right plus can you imagine the threat a forward line comprising Torres, Babel & Lennon will pose? Offside traps, man-marking & high defensive lines will surely put to the sword with such Speedy Gonzales forwards.

Besides, Liverpool had already given birth to one great Lennon, who's to say an adopted Lennon won't have a similar impact?

ps: Me looks forward to the view of all genuine footie fans on this conundrum facing Liverpool FC at the moment.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Happy Holidays, Misfits Style!

Here we are on the cusp of another glorious long weekend. And what better way to psych ourselves into a fooking great mood than with a dose of classic horror punk courtesy of The Misfits!

Released in 1982, Walk Among Us is loaded to the brim with sing-a-long anthems about invading aliens, zombies & assorted other B-movie faves. Fast, funny & fabulously catchy, The Misfits laid down the blueprint fer a whole generation of poonks, metalheadz (the late Cliff Burton was a hardcore fan) & even emo bands (see My Chemical Romance & other flaccid fringed ones who cite Misfits as an influence).

Funny how decades after the classic Glenn Danzig line-up dissolved, you can now find the death skull logo on all manner of product - from sneakers to skateboards. And whenever me sees some pimply teenaged "punk" sporting Misfits paraphernalia, me wonders whether they are fans of the band or just fooking wearing coz it looks cool (this old unker still carries a Misfits wallet!)

To me Muslim mates, Selamat Hari Raya Haji. To the rest, time to crack open a few cold ones & pogo to The Misfits! Also hope to see some of you at the Masters of Footie tourney on Sunday! Cheers!

1."20 Eyes" – 1:45
2."I Turned into a Martian" – 1:41
3."All Hell Breaks Loose" – 1:47
4."Vampira" – 1:26
5."Nike A Go Go" – 2:16
6."Hatebreeders" – 3:08
7."Mommy Can I Go Out & Kill Tonight?" (live) – 2:01
8."Night of the Living Dead" – 1:57
9."Skulls" – 2:00
10."Violent World" – 1:46
11."Devils Whorehouse" – 1:45
12."Astro Zombies" – 2:14
13."Braineaters" – 0:56

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Air Guitar Classics - PtI (Megadeth: So Far, So Good . . . So What)

In keeping with me nostalgic mood of late, me dragged up this gem from the golden age of thrash/speed metal. Fer me, this third outing from Megadeth captured all that was essentially good about the booming 80s metal scene - fast, aggressive & full of fooking snarling attitude.

Anyone who has heard this record will recall the nihilistic flavour of tracks such as In My Darkest Hour (vid below), Mary Jane &, best of all, the lightning fretwork on 502.

Good old Dave Mustaine may have sobered up these days & found religion, but this was when he was a nasty alcoholic-junkie full of venom & bile. And boy, did that sheer nastiness shine thru on this album. Great title, great music & great memories. Fook yeah!

To download Megadeth's So Far, So Good . . . So What! (1988), please click here: http://rs358.rapidshare.com/files/105920482/So__Far_so_Good..._So_What.....By_Haunted.zip

Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What! (1988)
01. Into the Lungs of Hell
02. Set the World Afire
03. Anarchy in the U.K.
04. Mary Jane
05. 502
06. In My Darkest Hour
07. Liar
08. Hook In Mouth

ps: Look forward to reading yer comments about Davie boy here & yer memories of blasting this album whilst playing air guitar in the privacy of yer bedroom!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Fer the love of Vinyl

Sigh . . . Feeling dem fooking Monday Blues & has got me reminiscing bout them care free student days. When all me had to do to perk me fooking spirits up was to head out to the nearest record emporiums & grab a slice or two of fresh vinyl.

Hey, me isn't against the download revolution, the frequency which me posts download links here should attest to that. It just isn't the same somehow. Previously, going on a record-hunting trip was something to look forward to, flicking thru the racks with all dem 12" & brightly coloured sleeves was just a joy to behold. And when you've picked yer LPs, EPs or maxi-singles, you head on home to yer already-warmed up amplifier & turntable. You peel off the shrink wrapping & stick on the vinyl on the turntable & carefully place the stylus on the opening groove. You sit back as the opening crackle, pop & hiss gives way to warm, melodious sounds that you could only experience via vinyl.

Me guess this is the closest you'll get a bloke like me to wax lyrical about the joys of shopping! Sorry fer this dripping-in-fooking-nostalgia posting but you know when you hear the old timers say, "they just don't make em like they used to". Know what, they're fooking right . . .

ps: Do share yer fond memories of record shopping here - fave shops, vinyl-care tips & what do you miss bout old time music storage formats (anyone remember dem fooking gigantic 8-track catridges?) etc.