The Greatest Footballer ever

This weekend saw one of the greatest footballers of our time play a testimonial match at one of the cathedrals of football a place known as the home of football, Anfield.

This footballer is extremely well known and is much loved right around the world and not only loved by one clubs set of supporters but is loved by the wider football community.

Mass support for a single player is a rarity in today’s modern game where football players are worshipped by a particular football clubs set of supporters and that’s about as far as their support goes, it takes something special or someone special to grab the attention of every football fanatic and for them to actually like you whether or not they play for your club or not, its just a deep down desire that you want them to be playing for your club and if they do play for your club you want them to stay there forever. Some footballers get their appeal by been simply brilliant like Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona or by just been an all round good guy like Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil or just been an amazing defender like Philip Lahm of FC Bayern Munich.

My hero and the football player whom I regard to be one of the greatest footballers to play the beautiful game is of course the one thee only “Captain Fantastic” or “Stevie G” well his real name is actually Steven Gerrard, Liverpool Football Club’s captain since the age of 21, he is also currently England’s captain.

Steven Gerrard is well regarded as one of the best footballers in the world due to his commitment and love for Liverpool Football Club and his dedication to the clubs cause, ambitions and goals. He is widely loved due to his ability to play the killer pass, he probably has the best racking pass in the English Premier League, he also has the ability to score some of the most unbelievable goals from almost anywhere on the pitch, he also has the ability to take any player on and generally he beats them and he is well known for his ability to take a killer free kick. However, Steven Gerrard’s best quality or most loved quality is his ability to lead, his ability to unite a group of players and bring the most out of those players. Liverpool’s win over AC Milan in the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final in Istanbul is widely regarded as the greatest comeback in football of all time and is often regarded as the best Final in the history of the competition as well as Steven Gerrard been the player behind the famous comeback. Liverpool were loosing 3 nil at half time and seemingly had lost the match already, but, the Liverpool faithful were belting out “You’ll Never Walk Alone” during the half time break and at the start of the second half and Stevie G urged his team to fight and repay the fans for their commitment and support and suddenly the man himself Steven Gerrard scores an absolute cracking goal only to be followed moments later by team mate Vladimir Smicer who banged in another goal to make it 3-2 to AC Milan. With more encouragement from Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, up steps Mr. Xabi Alonso who scores directly after missing his penalty and bought Liverpool to level up the scores at 3-3. Liverpool FC held the score at 3-3 and the game went on to a penalty shootout, which Liverpool ended up winning 3-2. The leadership and determination that Steven Gerrard showed during that UEFA Champions League Final earned him the right to be known as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

Steven Gerrard has won the FA Cup twice, the League Cup three times, the FA Community Shield twice, the UEFA Champions League once, the UEFA Cup once and he has won the UEFA Super Cup on two occasions. He has also won a host of individual accolades.

Incidentally Liverpool Football Club won the Steven Gerrard Testimonail match beating Olympiacos 2  nil with goals coming from Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson. The testimonial match was played in order for Liverpool Football Club to show their appreciating for Stevie G. 

#thehonesttruth they only come once a while 

“We stay young as long as we keep learning, acquire new habits, and tolerate disagreement.” Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) Austrian writer

#thehonesttruth the more we learn about life, the simpler it becomes for us to understand different cultures, views, ways of life and ways of doing things and this makes us more tolerant of one another something which we all have to be weary of as the world is becoming seemingly smaller and smaller everyday. 

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“In the end, its not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President of the United States

#thehonesttruth I love this quote it has a sense of power, sense of truth and importantly a sense of honesty. If people focused more on living every moment and living in the moment as if it truly were the last instead of worrying about their age or when they were going to die or how long they had to go people would lead far richer lives and create a far better legacy for themselves, so live life don’t let life live you! 

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The madness of a prang

That extremely irritating moment when you have a car accident, yeah that! So the other evening I was going out to Montecasino which really is a complete rigmarole if I actually think about it because you always get there feeling irritable and grumpy. The traffic is always a screw up and you end up sitting in a jam for a good hour or so, invariably there is a traffic light out of order or there is some new pothole that was wasn’t on route the last time you ventured out and then there is the most irritating obstacle that infests every major artery…the taxi. They seem to have a totally separate rule book for the road where it states that taxi drivers own the road; they are allowed to stop at anytime, anywhere and without regard for any other road user. They are allowed to change lanes whenever the urge comes round even if the advantage of that lane change is to gain a meagre car space, for the taxi driver this is a major victory.

A taxi had pulled over and had stopped in the left hand lane of Montecasino Boulevard to pick up passengers or drop passengers off or just too annoy fellow road users, which one I’m not really sure. I was in my recently clean, well maintained and well looked after VW Polo going about my merry business when suddenly a Sandton Yuppie (by the way they also have their own set of rules for the road) in his Audi RS6 Avant thought to himself hmmm I am “rich” I have right of way I shall just turn out from behind the parked taxi in the hope that fellow road minions (like you and me) will simply bow before the Sandton Yuppie man and come to a complete stop for his lordship and let him in. However, I did not see that his lordship wanted to change lanes as he did not indicate (a required rule of the yuppies) he proceeded with his move to change lanes and yes he didn’t bother to look if anyone else was there and why should he have, after all us fellow road minions are meant to bow to his will and make sure we are not in his way. The inevitable happened and boom Sandton Yuppie man whacked the front of my car.

What makes the situation really funny is when Sandton Yuppie man got out his car with his pointing finger of judgement and bellowed, “You, you run into me, why the **** weren’t you looking?” My reply was a simple shake of the head and I gave him my details and in return he gave his in-between the hurling of insults and cussing that was directed in my direction.

Unfortunately my car is still in ruin and is waiting to beaten by panel beaters.

#thehonesttruth its ok to do what you like if you are either a taxi driver or a Sandton Yuppie

The Fascinating World of Body Worlds

Finally this weekend I got to visit the Sci Bono centre and check out Gunther von Hagen’s Body Worlds Expo, what an absolutely fascinating experience it was. Most of my family and close friends had gone to Body Worlds and had said how brilliant it was but as with everything in life I took it with a pinch of salt as I didn’t want to unnecessarily psych myself up for something and end up leaving disappointed. This expo however, is worth psyching yourself up for, it is brilliant.

Annoymous (2013) BODY WORLDS is The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies, it is the first exhibition of its kind to inform the visitor about anatomy, physiology and health by viewing real human bodies. The specimens on display were preserved through Plastination, the preservation process invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagen in 1977, while he was working as an anatomist at the University of Heidelberg. 

I found the exhibition to be an incredibly moving depiction of the life cycle of the human being, from the point of inception until that final moment when death has its way with us. 

I would have to say that my favourite exhibit from the show was the various depiction’s of the foetus during the various stages of pregnancy as the foetus’s are shown in their real physical form, this has to be one of the most incredible yet strange things I have ever seen. The exhibition also provides the visitor with a unique story or set of medical, health or physiological facts about the Plastinate been shown which enhances the learning experience further. The expo also depicts various illnesses such as various forms of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, the effects of alcoholism and the effects that smoking can have on a person.

This show really is not one to miss and it is not on for much longer so make a plan an get there!

“Life is like a play. First you play the lead, then the supporting role, then you prompt others, and finally you get to see how the curtain falls.” Winston Spencer Churchill (1874-1965) British Politician 

#thehonesttruth our bodies are the most valuable pieces of equipment we possess and they should be treated as such, you only get one body there is no upgrades or trade-in’s respect and love what you have. 

Reference list:

Anonymous. (2013). FAQ. Body Worlds. Available from: (Accessed 24 June 2013).