Monday, October 09, 2006

Sikhs and their Castes

I found this video on You Tube.

It shows how Sikhs are stuck in the Caste system more than most other people, even though they are supposed to be totally against the Caste system.

It's funny and has a great message

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Map all the Gurdwara's in Bradford using Google Maps

I have created this Google Map showing all the Gurdwara's in Bradford, UK

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Add Info to each of the points with address details and name of Gurdwara

If you want to try something similar on your own site then go to the following link.
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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Three Peaks Challenge - Ben Nevis (The Ben)

We started at about 3pm on Saturday afternoon. One of my work colleges
had done the challenge before. He said that Ben Nevis was the longest
one of the three peaks, but it was easier than Scafell Pike. I was in confident mood as we started.

confidence was completely misplaced. As soon as we started I knew it
was going to be tough. The first section on Ben Nevis is fairly steep
and everybody else in the group was powering ahead, I was struggling
straight away. I was using a completely different set of muscles then I
ever did playing football or even normal running. On top of that it was
quite hot and I had a big back pack with me. I had been ultra cautious and packed the back pack with lots of extra stuff.

about half an hour of trying to catch up to the other, we decided that
we should all carry on at our own pace and then meet at the top. That
was fine by me because I was struggling to keep up. I carried on at my
own pace.

One of the things that I wasn't prepared for at all was the terrain. It was so varied. Some of it was big boulders that you had to climb over, some of it was bricks and some of it was like pebbles. The big boulders were really draining because you had to lift your leg up that extra bit for every step.

were lots of people coming back down as I climbed, they were all saying
that I was nearly there and there wasn't long to go. Some guys coming
down stopped where I was resting and we started talking about Monty Panaser
and how he was going to bowl out all the Aussies in the Ashes. It was a
really friendly atmosphere and everybody was trying to encourage one

I really couldn't wait until I was coming down.

I reached the top. the rest of the group was waiting and taking
pictures of the view. They said that I was only about 10 -15 minutes
behind them. I was quite happy with that because all the way up I had
been thinking I was miles behind everyone else.

I had my photo
taken on the highest point in the U.K., had something to eat and
quickly prepared for the journey back. We split into two groups with
two fastest ones of the group going ahead and the rest of us in another

Walking downhill felt completely different to walking up
hill. At first it felt really good because I was no longer using the
climbing muscles but the more we walked the more it felt like my knees
were going to explode. For some reason it felt better when we started
to jog down than when we were walking. I think it was because when you
walk you are constantly trying to stop yourself from running down, this
causes a greater impact on your knees whereas if you run / jog you can
go with the flow more and this reduces the impact on your knees.

We finally reached the bridge where we had started ( the other two and the driver were waiting for us ) the three
of us took our boots off and soaked our feet in the river under the
bridge. It felt good. We finally managed to get out of the river and
struggled into the people carrier to set off for Scarfell Pike...

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

My Media Centre Setup

I got a digital camera a few years ago. The family has taken loads of photos with it and I have been downloading photos and saving the photos on my computer. I have also been making DVD backups of the photos all the time.

The problem I have found is that digital photos are difficult to share with family. I know what you are saying. What about emailing your pics or uploading pics to a site like Flickr. That is all well and good but if you live in the same house as your family or you live in the same street and most of your family doesn't have broadband then I don't think it is practical. I wanted to share my photos and music so people who came over could see the photos and listen to my music down stairs.

I was also concious of the fact that I didn't have any backups of my music and video.

Keeping all this in mind I decided to create a media centre in the living room.

(I also had a spare computer lying about which help the decision to set up a media centre ;-)

I decided to try out Linux as the operating system because I wanted to try it out and I heard Myth TV was a very good media centre application. I used Ubuntu 6.06 as the Linux distribution.

One of the main requirement of the media centre was that it need to be downstairs so I had to use a wireless network card in the media centre pc.

I had a spare D-Link DWL-G650+ wireless card (ACX111 chipset) which I wanted to use. I setup the PC on a wired network just to install Ubuntu and get all the updates. Then I tried to configure the wireless card.

Ubuntu didn't detect it by default so I looked for information about how to get the wireless card installed. I found out the Ubuntu 6.06 had the wrong version of the drivers so didn't detect the card properly. I found the open source ACX 111 driver on sourceforge and tried them out, they didn't work. I tried ndisWrapper with the windows drivers from the D-Link CD that I got with the drivers, they didn't work.

I had been trying to sort the media centre for about two weeks on and off so I was getting abit peeved off with the situation. I read somewhere that Ubuntu 5 (breazy) had the correct version of the drivers that I required. So I decided to scrap my Ubuntu 6.06 installation and install Ubuntu 5 instead. I put the media centre close to the wireless router and began the installation. I was glad to see that Ubuntu detected the wireless card while installing, it asked for the ssid and the wep key.

It looked like I was finally ready to continue with the project.

Unfortunately the wireless signal where the Media Centre was to be kept, was non existent. (Even though a Windows machine works ok in the same area). This is probably because the D Link product uses a proprietary driver that the Generic Linux driver doesn't fully replicate. This mean that the whole project was stalled.

Finally with a heavy heart I had to turn to my Windows XP CD and install it on the Media Centre.

I don't blame Linux for not supporting my wireless card. The simple fact is that D Link is a company that openly uses open source code in it's products but it doesn't give anything back to the community by opening up it's driver specification so that the Linux community can make drivers for D Links products.

It's all about the money!!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Three Peaks of Great Britain Challenge

Last weekend my work collegues and I did the three peaks callenge. The callenge is to climb the three peaks of Great Britain in 24 hours or less. The three peaks of Great Britain are Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafell Pike (England) and Snowden (Wales).

It was one of the most difficult things that I have ever done. I thought I would be fine doing the callenge without specific training because I am quite fit and play football a couple of times a week. I WAS WRONG. If you try to do the callenge please do some specific training before attempting it.

I completed the challenge in 22 hours 57 minutes. I am glad I did it but I won't attempt it again in a hurry.

Monday, July 10, 2006

World Cup Diary - Day 21 - 26

I thought that I should conclude my World Cup Diary by briefly discussing the remaining days of the World Cup in one final blog.

ENG 0 POR 0 (Portugal won 3-1 on penalties)

was a familiar end to England's hopes in the World Cup. It was a tense
and subdued perform ace by England again. Rooney's sending off was not
a sending off. Rooney was looking for the ball with his foot and
accidentally stepped onCarvalho. All the commentators and pundits were just waiting for the opportunity to have go at Rooney and they got their chance.

England showed a bit of passion after going down to 10 men but didn't have the flair to open up Portugal.

are not a nice team. They have the mentality of trying to win at all
cost without any notion of sportsmanship. This has been drilled into
them by Big Phil. I am glad he is not going to manage England.


old men of France gave the Brazil team a lesson in how to play. This
was the Brazil team who thought they had won the world cup before a
ball had been kicked.

Zidane ran the show in Midfield, with Viera and Makalele tidying up behind him. It was really good to watch a great player playing at his best.

couldn't cope with how the French team was setup. The game was
definitely won in midfield, where Brazil were distinctly lightweight.

Henry's goal was good and it was just what France deserved.


The Italians had cruised into the semi finals with wins over a plucky Australia and a poor Ukraine.

This was a great match with both teams attacking from the outset. After normal time it was goalless.
In extra time Italy decided to attack because they knew that Germany
have a superb record in penalty shootouts. This tactic paid off whenGrosso who has grown into a great player during the tournament curled in a shot that will be remembered for a long time to come. Del Piero finish off a break away late to seal Germany's fate.

Germany were refreshingly good to watch through out the tournament and they should be proud of what they achieved.


Zidane scored the penalty that sealed his date with destiny. Portugal were poor and deserved to go out.


ITA 1 FRA 1 (ITA win on penalties)

In an incident packed final Zidane
was the centre of attention. After 6 minutes he scored with an amazing
chipped penalty. You really have to have guts even think abut scoring a
penalty like that.Matteratzi had conceded the penalty that Zidane scored. Fortunately for Matteratzi he was able to make an amends for the penalty when he powered in a header from a corner.

There were no more goal in the match. But the major talking point of the whole match happened when Zidane head butted Matteratzi
in the chest during extra time. There are a few theories about why he
did it but I will leave them for another post. A photo taken at the
summed up the situation beautifully. It showed Zidane walking past the
world cup into the tunnel after he was sent off. It just summed it up.
France were visibly shaken after the sending off and went on to loose
the final 5-3 on penalties.

It was a dramatic end to a good
world cup. Italy were the team that grew as the tournament went on.
Even though from a purist point of view they dived to get past
Australia. I think they won the World Cup on merit especially as they
had the back drop of the scandal at home and alot of the players didn't know who they would be playing for in the season to come.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

World Cup Diary - Day 20

I was looking forward to the Germany vs. Argentina game. I caught the second half and then, extra time and penalties. Germany did well to come back from a goal down but they were helped by the tactics of Pekerman.

Pekerman decided to take off Riquelme after they scored. This changed was designed to sure up the Argentinian defense so that they could hang onto their lead. Unfortunately it didn't work. The change made the Argentinians loose their impetance and they became really defensive. They lost their fluid passing and became quite ordinary.

Germany took the initiative from Argentina and got the goal. Extra time was a tense affair and penalties seemed enevitable.

The Germans were their old efficient self's in the penalty shoot out. Each one of their penalties found the net. Argentina were mentally drained by this time and they couldn't cope with the Germans.

It was a pity how Argentina played because in the early rounds the team play some super football.

In this match they went defensive and forgot to play the football that got them to this stage.

ARG 1 GER 1 (Germany win on penalties)

Italy and Ukraine played in quite a poor match. Ukraine played a very defensive game with Sevchenko the only attacking player. They played as if they were happy to be in the quarter finals and didn't want to go any further.

Italy were clinical as they finished off Ukraine with some goals.


Sunday, July 02, 2006

World Cup Diary - Day 19

Spain vs. France was the match of the day. Spain started extreamely well by taking the game to France and showing the form that had taken them this far.

Spain got a penalty early on and it seemed that they would go on to take the match. However they were unable to do this. France managed to get back into the game and deservedly scored a goal before the break.

After the break the game was fairly even but Spain couldn't get to the level of play that they had in the early games. Just when we thought that the game was heading for extra time, Viera managed to score a vital goal. The goal came from a free kick that was won by Henry, it was a free kick because Puyol elbowed Henry in the chest. The reaction from Henry was poor because he cluched his face in his hands and fell to the ground as if he had been elbowed in the face. It was bad to see a player who has condemed diving in the past, do such a thing.The Viera goal knocked the stuffing out of Spain and they couldn't recover. Zidane finished the game off by scoring on the break.


I didn't see the Brazil vs. Ghana match but it was a below par performance by Brazil again.


World Cup Diary - Day 18

Italy seemed to have an easy route to the Semi finals with Australia and then Ukraine or Switzerland standing in their way. I watched half the match. It was quite a poor match with Australia not able to capitalise on the Italians red card at the start of the second half. The Australians couldn't turn their possesion into a goal.

The legendary Italian defense withstood all the Aussies attacks without much trouble.

In the end the Italians got a synical foul with one of their players just falling over an Australian defender. They got a penalty and Totti stepped up to convert it. I felt sorry for the Aussies who deserved to go to extra time atleast and only were stopped from doing this, by the gamesmanship of the Italians. The Australian defender went to ground to early in the box but this is no excuse for the Italian to take advantage so cruelly.

Some Australian supporters were interviewed after the game. They were disgusted by the antics of the Italians and asked if this kind of thing was common at the top level of the beautiful game. Unfortunately it is all too common.


I think I was one of the few people who watched all of the Switzerland vs. Ukraine match. Both teams were so scared of losing that they wouldn't go for the win. It was a really poor game (especially the second half) and it seemed that the match would never end. Fortunately it did end with Ukraine winning on penalties

UKR 0 SWI 0 (UKR 3 SWI 0 Pens)

Friday, June 30, 2006

World Cup Diary - Day 17

The second day of the last sixteen and it was time for England against Ecuador. England were playing a different system with Rooney playing up front by himself. This is not the ideal system to get the best out of Rooney but England have had to adopt this system because of Owens injury.

This system seemed to be more balanced then previous games. I think this is mainly due to the fact that Carrick was holding midfielder in a 5 man midfield. This allowed Lampard and Gerrard to play their natural attacking game without having to worrying about defensive duties.

Rooney worked his socks off up front as he chased all the balls that were played to him. Most of the passing was inaccurate and Rooney was mainly restricted to chasing long balls. Lampard isn't having a great world cup, he seems to be trying too hard and always snatching at shots.

Beckham got the goal from a free kick. One of the best free kicks in the tournament so far.

Overall it was a solid performance (apart from the Ecuador chance where it hit the bar). But not the best England performance by far.


How can I finish my post without mentioning the Holland vs. Portugal match. What a match. It showed some of the bad parts of football. Some bad refereeing decisions. But most of all it highlighted the play acting that has become part of the game. I have talked about this before. It seems that FIFA is more interested in clamping down on bad challenges and time wasting. However when it comes to CHEATING it is a very low priority. Players need to be deterred from diving. At the moment players will try to cheat and get a free kick because they know that there will be no punishment if they are caught diving. FIFA said that divers were supposed to get a yellow card but I don't think I have seen a yellow card being produced for diving in any game. There have been a number of instances when the referee has told a player to get to his feet after diving. If they are telling the player to get to his feet surely the referee feels the player is trying to buy a free kick and there fore should yellow card him.

Anyway the game was very tense and Portugal played well with less players than Holland for most of the match.

There was a very nice moment near the end of the game when two plays from Holland and Portugal who had been red carded (van Bronckhurst and Deco) were discussing the game and the refereeing while sitting on some stairs in the stadium.

I think people need to start reducing the pressure on referees and increase the pressure on players to behave in the correct manner.


Sunday, June 25, 2006

World Cup Diary - Day 16

The last 16 started finally. So it is down to business.

Before the Germany vs. Sweden match started I thought that it would be quite difficult for Germany against Sweden. Sweden pushed England to the limit and I thought they would do the same to Germany.

How wrong I was...

Germany played really well, and Blitzed Sweden into submission. The German defense was still abit shaky but when they were going forward it was beautiful to watch. Ballack was pulling all the strings and Germany had a flow about them when they attacked.

Sweden had a man sent off and did have a chance to get back into the game when they got a penalty. They couldn't capitalise on the opportunity and Germany continue their progress into the Quarter Finals.


Next the best game so far in the World Cup.

Argentina vs. Mexico was supposed to be a walk over for Argentina. This view was understandable because Argentina had been playing the best football of the tournament and Mexico had been playing average football.

The game started and Mexico exploded into the game. Mexico scored a good goal by taking the game to Argentina and showing no fear. Argentina were shell shocked and Mexico could have doubled their lead. As it happened Argentina got a goal back.

This game ws as football should be played with both team going all out to win the match.

The second half was more of a tense afair but both teams still had chances. Mexico had some injuries and had to use some of their substitutes. At a similar time Argentina were using their stubstitutes (Messi and Tevez). The two subs stated to run at the tiring Mexican defense but could break it down.

The game went into Extra Time and just as it started Maxi Rodrigues chested the ball and volleyed in a goal of the highest quality. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the brave Mexican team and they couldn't muster a reply.

The game ended with Argentina winning but Mexico can take a lot of credit for making a classic World Cup match.

The game showed the rest of the teams left in the world cup that Argentina can be beaten as long as you show no fear and attack them.


World Cup Diary - Day 15

France had to win by 2 goals against Togo. In the first half Togo kept with France and had some chances. France were getting into some great positions but could find the net.

The second half started in a similar way, but finally France broke the deadlock with a smart goal by Viera. The relief could be felt as the French team started to play. They got a second goal which was scored by Henry. After the second goal France went back into their shell and could have paid for it if Togo had took some of their chances.

In the end Frnace got through and will face Spain in the last 16.


Saturday, June 24, 2006

World Cup Diary - Day 14

Similar to England, Brazil needed a good performance. They were shocked into playing by a Japan goal about 30 minutes into the first half. Brazil got a goal back at a good time just before half. After that goal it looked difficult for Japan to get back.

In the second half Brazil had a ten minute period when they looked like a real Brazilian team. Ronaldo was scoring, Ronaldinho was passing and the ball beautifully. This didn't last for the whole game but it was good to see.


World Cup Diary - Day 13

Today showcased the best game so far (on paper). Holland vs. Argentina. In reality both the teams were happy with the draw and Argentina especially had a second string side out. Holland just about managed to live with the Argentinians but it was though for them.


Thursday, June 22, 2006

World Cup Diary - Day 12

I am going to change th format of the World Cup Diaries from now on.

Instead of reporting on each match I will pick out the important matches and important issues of the day.


Today was a day when England needed a performance more than they needed the result. England had a set back within a minute of starting th match. Michael Owen was streachered off with a twisted knee when he fell awkwardly when just passing the ball. Crouch came on for Owen and Endland seemed to recover and played quite well in the first half. The half was topped off with a wonderful strike by Joe Cole. He hit a dipping shot which the Swedish keeper could only tip on to the post and in. (To be honest I think he miss hit it abit and this is why it got the amazing amount of dip on it, but it was still a great goal)

The second half was a different story, as usual. Up until this match the England defence was the one thing that had looked really solid.

In this game it looked really vunerable on set peices. The first Sweden goal should have been a routine defensive header away at the near post. Straight after the first Sweden had another corner and England looked vunerable again. This time they were lucky as Robinson pushed the shot onto the bar.

England looked nervy all the way through the second half.

The second Swedish goal also came from a set peice (long throw in) and again England couldn't deal with it.

So England are through to the second round and will play Ecuador


Monday, June 19, 2006

World Cup Diary - Day 11

The Switzerland vs. Togo match was in danger of being called off because the Togo players hadn't been paid for playing in the World Cup. FIFA stepped in and met with the Togo team and got the game to go ahead.

I didn't watch the game but this result means that France will have to win their game against Togo by 2 clear goals.


Ukraine needed to win against S Arabia in order to get over the Spain defeat. I watched the second half and Ukraine looked very good going forward. Schevchenko always seems to be shouting at his team mates and looking abit stropy but he did scored a goal and made one for the team also made a goal. S Arabia were pretty awful though out the match.


Spain were on a high after their win against Ukraine. On paper Tunisia were a weaker team than Ukraine so the result should have been a formality. Watched some of the first half and Spain looked very shaky in defence. There were a few errors for the goal, by Puyol, of all people.

Tunisia held onto the lead until after half time. Spain changed things after half time and brought on Raul and Fabregas. At first not a lot changed in terms of the game but eventually it paid off. Raul got the first goal after Fabregases shot rebounded off the keeper and then Fabregas supplied the pass for Torres to score. Fabregas did do well when he came on.

Torres stole the show with his late goals and could be one of the stars of the World Cup.


Sunday, June 18, 2006

World Cup Diary - Day 10

Japan and Croatia both lost their first games so they both needed a win. Both teams were intent on going for the win but Croatia were more successful and should really have scored more than a few times. Japan, for all their good passing were mostly restricted to long shots. All in all it was a very entertaining nil nil draw.


Brazil had a bit of a point to prove in their game against Australia. On the other hand Australia were confident of getting something out of the game. In the end Australia managed to stay with a below par Brazil until just after half time. After the goal Australia had numerous half chances to score a goal but could convert any of the chances. Late on Brazil got a second and finished Australia off. The scorer was FRED, not Fredinio or Fredaldo just plain FRED.

This game highlighted the difference between good solid, hard working teams like Australia and the teams above them like Brazil. Teams like Brazil have the ability to convert the half chances that they get. Overall both teams got a similar number and type of chances but Brazil were able to convert a couple of their half chances whereas Australia couldn't convert any of their half chances. Adrianos goal was a half chance at best, being at the edge of the box with a defender in front of him. But he had the ability to convert the chance into a goal.

I think that this world cup has shown that most of the teams are well organised and hard working but the better teams have a couple of players (in the case of Brazil 3-4 players) who can make or convert a half chance into a goal. This is the only difference.

Australia still have a strong chance of getting through to the second round and Brazil are slowly getting better.


France needed a big performance in order to give their supporters confidence in the team. I only heard the first half on radio but France seemed to have good half. Henry scored and all was well for 'Le Blues'. However in the second half things changed. It seemed as though France thought they had the game won. It was understandable that they thought this way because S Korea did absolutely nothing in the first half (For the first 80 minutes to be honest). France didn't go for the second goal with any purpose in the second half and this lack of adventure eventually cost them when S Korea scored a goal that drew the game. France were trying to stroll to a win but S Korea didn't stop trying and finally got their goal.

This result leaves France in a precarious position because they will have to beat Togo by to clear goals in order to be sure of making it out of the group stages.


Saturday, June 17, 2006

World Cup Diary - Day 9

Portugal have had a similar World Cup to England, they scraped through their first game with a 1-0 win and today in their second match they left it late to get a 2-0 victory. Ronaldo scored a penalty but didn't have a good game at all. None of his tricks worked and he was greedy in promising positions. The heart beat of the team is Figo. When he plays well the team starts to play well. Deco was also very good and scored a really good goal.

Iran just didn't have the quality in the final third in order to convert the few chances they had.


In one of the surprise results of the World Cup so far the Czech Republic lost to Ghana. I only watched the first half. Czech Rep looked like a very different team to the one that beat USA so well earlier on in the week. Against Ghana there was no fluency or urgency. They seamed lethargic and slow. On the other hand the Ghanians were quicker to the ball and played with determination and passion.


There is always one or two freak games in the World Cup. The Italy vs. USA match was one of them. Italy started off quite slowly but the USA looked a transformed team from the slow and pointless team that turned up against Czech Rep. USA had a great tempo to their game and were causing Italy lots of problems. Then it all changed Italy had De Rossi sent off for an elbow against McBride. It was a horrible moment and it definately deserved a red card. Just before the sending off USA had brought themselves back on to level terms with the help of a own goal, after Italy had gone ahead earlier on. It looked like it was going to be a very open and attacking match before the sending off.

After the sending off the game changed but USA couldn't take advantage of the extra man. Then USA had their midfielder sent off for a rash callenge. Then straight after the break USA had Pope sent off fo a second yellow card. After all these sendings off the game got very streched. To be fair USA had some of the best chances even though they had a player less. Italy should have killed off the game during the second half but they couldn't, so it ended all level.


World Cup Diary - Day 8

Day 8 and it was time for Argentina to lay down the gauntlet for all other teams in the World Cup. In the past 8 days Spain and Argentina have impressed the most. Argentina played Serbia and Montenegro. S&M are supposed to have one of the meanest defenses in football. Unfortunately for them they had a bad day and Argentina had a great day and scored 6!.

I didn't get to see the match live but I made a point of watching the highlights. The goal that Argentina scored with 24 passes was class and their all round movement and passing was breath taking. When S&M had their player sent off the Argentines brought on their substitutes and what substitutes they were, Tevez and Messi came on to add more woes to the S&M team. On this kind of form Argentina are the best team in the tournament so far...

ARG 6 S&M 0

Holland are making steady progress through the group stages and it seams like they no one is talking about them. I heard alot of the game on the radio and it seamed lke Holland are playing good football.

Unfortunately Ivory Coast had a batism of fire for their first World Cup. Playing Argentina and Holland in the group of death wasn't the ideal way of starting the world cup. IC have some good players and they have a good style of play. In any other group they would have got through to the next round. Unlucky.


I went to play football in the evening and caught the second half of the Mexico vs. Angola match. Angola defended really well and even had a few chances to score. As the game went on Mexico became more and more frustrated. The Angolan keeper had a really good match (and abit of luck). He is the keeper who has no club at the moment and trained by himself to be fit for the World Cup. Thats what I call commitment.


Friday, June 16, 2006

World Cup Diary - Day 7

Ecuador have been the surprise package of the world cup so far. Before the tournament started most people were saying that Ecuador could only win games at home where they play a 8000 feet above sea level. They have shown that they are more than capable of playing European teams at lower altitudes and still beat them handsomely. I didn't see the Costa Rica match but from what I heard of it it seemed that it was more of the same.

Although Costa Rica played quite well against Germany they seemed to lack the defernsive disipline to go further in the tournament.


It was England time again and I finished at 4pm to get back home in time to watch the match. Everybody was saying that Rooney would play some part in the game.

My verdict of the game was as follows. In the first half England play to slowly and deliberatly. The commentators were saying that up to the Trinidad and Tobego 3rd of the pitch the England players were not being pressed at all by the TandT players so they had lots of time to find the pass. The problem with this is that if you have too much time then your instincts don't work as well so you think too much about things and it doesn't work. If you have quick passing then instinct takes over and things start to flow. This is what happened when Lennon and Rooney came on. Things started to flow abit more Lennon was running at people and Rooney was running about abit. Rooney didn't do much but atleast he was trying. This seemed to lift the team and lift the crowd.

I think England needs to play at a high tempo. This is the way the players play in the Premiership and this is the way the English team play when they are playing at their best.

All countries have their own style of play. Brazilians have their own style, Germans have their own style. If Brazilians tried to play like an English team, it just wouldn't work. This is why England should play to it's strength and play a pacey game and press the oposition. They shouldn't try to copy other countries style of play and stick to something they are familiar with and play the English way.

Obviously there are times when you have to adapt to the conditions but this shouldn't mean that you abandon your way of playing and copy other styles. It won't work.

Another win for England they will get better as the tournament progresses.


Sweden needed a win to against Paraguay. Although they got into good positions lots of times. They were unable to find the net until the 88th minute. Paraguay defended really well and had a few chances of their own but they were unlucky to be caught by a late goal by Ljungberg.


Thursday, June 15, 2006

World Cup Diary - Day 6

Every time the World cup or the European Championship, I always used to say that Spain had a great chance of going very far in the tournament. Every time I said something about Spain they would fail at the early stages. About six weeks ago I was in Madrid and was very close to buying a Spainish top but didn't. This would have been a big deal for me because I have never had any football team top except for a Bradford City top that my aunty gave me.

Anyway this World Cup I haven't said anything about Spain and it's chances. So it is typical that they go and beat Ukraine by 4 goals to 0 and also play the best football of any side in the World Cup so far. i havent seen the match yet but everyone was saying that Spain played some wonderful football.

Ukraine in there first World Cup have to pick themselves up and could still qualify becuase of the other result in the group. Schevchenko needs to be on top form


Tunisia and S Arabia both knew that they would have a great chance of progressing if they won their match. They both tried as hard as they could but in the end both teams had to settle for a draw. When Al Jaber scored for S Arabia it looked as though they were to be victorious but this was not the case as Tunisia came back on level terms in the last seconds of the game. It was an opportunity lost for both teams


Even though Germany had Ballack back in the team after injury I was still un impressed with the German team. All their players are workman like, they don't have a flare player of any quality. Poland are similar in style to Germany but they are not as good as the Germans. I have to say that they defended valiantly for 90 minutes but with seconds to go they lost concentration and let the Germans score. This was partly due to the many substitutions that Poland were making in order to eat up time. Again an unimpresive Germany still managed to grind out a result (some thing they are past masters at doing). It will probably be good for the tournament if they get to the latter stages of the tournament even though I doubt that they wil win it playing as they have so far.


Wednesday, June 14, 2006

World Cup Diary - Day 5

I was at work for the S. Korea match against Togo and didn't see any of the goals but from what I heard Togo were abit unlucky an the match changed when the Togo plyer was sent off


Probably the most frustrating match I watched so far was France vs. Switerland. Both teams seamed devoid of ideas. It was an interesting stat that France haven't scored goal since the 1998 world cup final. But remember it is only 4 matches ;-))

Zidane had a bit of a shouting match with Gallas and Henry looked like a different player from what he was doing with Arsenal only a few months ago.

Switerland had some guilt edge changes to cause a bigger upset but could put the ball in the net. One of the craziest chances was when the ball came into the box from a free kick with two Swiss player going for the ball. One of the Swiss players couldn't reach the ball with his head so instead he handled the ball eve though the other Swiss player behind him was in an even better position to score. Definately 2 points lostfor Switzerland


It was billed as the biggest match so far. Brazil vs. Crotia. Brazil didn't live up to the hype. I don't agreed that they were purposly playing at half speed. Crotia had 3 or 4 great chances to score but just couldn't find the corner of the net. The ball always seemed to be drawn to Dida in the Brazilian goals. Kaka and Cafu played well going forward but the two 'stikers' up front for Brazil (Ronaldo 'El Gordo Gordo' and Adriano 'El Gordo') were just out for an evening walk. It was like Brazil were playing with 9 men just to make it fairer for the other side.

So we know they are definately beatable now. Brazil maybe very dangerous when teams think they have a chance against them.

Hope to see a better Brazil in the next game.


Tuesday, June 13, 2006

World Cup Diary - Day 4

Australia have always puzzled me because we see alot of their players in the Premiership. It should mean that they have a strong side. This has not always been the case. I think that this time they may surprise some of the teams they play. They have big time players like Viduka, Cahill and to a lesser extent Kewell.

I didn't watch the Japan vs. Australia match (I was at work) but I heard it was a really good match. Japan led for most of the game but Australia came back with Cahill who got two quick goals.


The Czech Republic are supposed to be 2nd in the world rankings. They played really well against USA. Although USA didn't have alot of spark going forward, apart from Johnson, they are still quite solid. Nedved and Rosicky were the difference. They say Czech Rep are an aging team but the heat didn't seam to affect them that much.The one downer for them was the injury to Koller.( I have got Czech Rep in my sweep stake at work )


I have always had a soft spot for Italy, ever since Italia '90 when Baggio and Scilachi came onto the scene. It was the first world cup I remember properly. When I look back at it there were some great moments in it including Roger Milla and his extravagent Cameroon side. David Platt and his last minute winner against Belgium. Gazza and his tears (obviously ;-)). Baggio and the great goal when he started off on the half way line (I think it was against Czechslovakia) and went all the way.

I know it wasn't the best world cup ever but it will aways be one of the best for me because it was my first.

Anyway I digress...

In 2006 Italy are one of the favourites again. They have a solid defense (as always) and are good going forward aswell. Against Ghana they looked in control most of the time. Try as Ghana and Essien did they couldn't break the Italian defense and players like Toni and Totti were always a threat. A deserved victory


World Cup Diary - Day 3

Holland 'the best team not to win the World Cup'. I didn't see Hollands match against Serbia and Montenegro (S&M ;-) as it happened but I did manage to catch the high lights in the evening.

Robben was all over the pitch. He scored from van Persie's pass. For all of Robbens good work there were times whe he was a bit greedy and went for the shot, rather than picking out a pass.

HOL 1 S&M 0

Mexico looked like a very slick side. Their captain, Marquez, is a class act. I think he plays for Barcelona. He was playing passes all over the pitch. Mexico always seem like a team that looks good against weaker opposition, but who falter against the big boys.

Iran have some good players but they don't have the killer instinct infront of the goal.


Portugal are one of a number of team for whom this maybe the last chance for the current generation of players. It is probably going to be the last World Cup for many of the Portugal players. Figo was a different class. His running with the ball is a diferent class.

Angola was a good team to watch but it seemed to me that the game went on, they didn't really believe that they could beat Portugal. Similar to Iran they didn't have enough quality in the last third of the pitch.


Sunday, June 11, 2006

World Cup Diary - Day 2

3 Matches 1 Day. I'll have to pace myself a bit today!

First Match is England vs. Paraguay.

England started very well got the goal and then in the second half they they started to play the all to familiar 'all out defence and start to panick' style of play. Yes the heat may have been a factor but surely they know it going to be hot, so they should have been prepared for it. They have known about the problem for 4-6 years. So they should have a solution for it in that amount of time.

Anyway it is a win. so to the next game.


Sweden were supposed to stroll a win against Trinidad and Tobego but that was not the case. TandT played really well especially Shaka Hislop the TandT goal keeper (he only knew he was starting the game about 10 mins before the game).

Sweden did look slick going forward but they just couldn't find the net.


Next the most awaited game so far. Agentina vs. Ivory Coast. Two really attacking teams who went at each other all the way through the match. Apart from abit of play acting from Drogba and Sorin it was the best match so far.


Today just goes to show that there is no easy games in the World Cup

World Cup Diary - Day 1

This is the first time I am am going to be working while the World Cup is going on. In order to cope with the fact that I will not beable to watch every match I am going to keep a diary that will tell you how I feel about the days games.

Day one had the opening ceremony (something that no football fan will want to miss !!??!!). A guy at work brought in a portable tv so I heard bits of the first half of Germany vs. Costa Rica.

I got home in time for the second half and saw a few goals. The last German goal was swerving all over the place. Germany didn't look like they should go that far, but it is 'Germany', so no matter how they play they will probably go very far.

Costa Rica didn't look that bad, they have Wanchope, who I always liked as a player.


I went to play football between the Friday matches and got back to watch the second half of Poland vs. Ecuador. I was very impressed with Ecuador, they had a good style of play. Poland had all the ball but they didn't do anything with it.


Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Need to keep a record of our Boliyan

It was my cousins wedding at the weekend. The wedding went really well.

After the wedding we were at my cousins house. It was about midnight and one of my cousins friends was coming out with some of the funniest boliyan I have ever heard.

During this week I had the urge to look for boliyan on the Internet. To my surprise I couldn't find many boliyan.

Here is what I found

The lack of central source of boliyan has got me thinking. I am going to set up a site where you can post boliyan the site is going to be completely searchable so that you can search for your favourite boliyan.

I will let you know how it goes...

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Hot and Cold foods

As a child, whenever I used to get ill, my mum always used to say eat so and so food because it is garam (hot) or eat this food because it is tanda (cold).

Depending on the ailment she would suggest garam or tanda food. When she talked about hot and cold she wasn't talking about the temperature of the food, rather she was talking about another property of the food.

As I grew up I realised it was something to do with maintaining the balance in your body. For example if your ailment was classed as a cold ailment then you were required to eat a garam food to reduce the affect of the cold ailment.

Your body can also be more inclined to hot or cold food because of it's own balance

Hot foods include the following:


Cold foods include the following (from memory):


I have recently started to do some research in the area and have found out that it is all about Ayurveda and things called Pitta, Vata and Kapha. I will try to post the research as I go along.

I am currently compiling a list of garam and tande foods with the help of my mum and also my wife. I will be developing a website that will list the foods in categories of hot and cold.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

FREE Foundation Weight Training E-Book - Looking for feedback

Hello Everyone,

My brother has been helping people to start weight training for about 10 years. He has developed a system that has worked very well for people.

Basically it is for people who are just starting out in the field of weight training. It doesn't try to give you a miracle solution that will give you a dream body (without the hard work). Instead it tries to give you a foundation of a solid structure that can be used as a starting block for further development.

A couple of months ago I asked him to write down his techniques. I have converted his instructions into an e-Book (pdf).

This is our first e-Book so before offering it to the wider world I would like your opinion on it.

Its completely free so just give it a go and tell me what you think.

If you are interested please read the e-Book and tell me what you think.

My first Yahoo! Widget

I have been looking at Yahoo! Widgets. I think they are pretty cool.

They are like little programs that run on your desktop all the time. They are supposed to be similar to Dashboard Widgets on Apple Mac, but I don't know alot about that.

There are lots of Widgets on the Yahoo! Widget site. Check them them out.

I have made my first widget. At the moment all it does is read out the text that is shown in an editable speech bubble. The way it talks can be amusing.

My Talk to Me Widget is now on Yahoo! Widget Gallery (here)

Please Note: you need to download Yahoo! Widget software to make widgets work.

Monday, March 13, 2006

South Africa vs Australia ( 12 March 2005 ) WOW

What a game (no not India vs England), South Africa vs Australia.

What a game. For one team to score over 400 runs in a one day match is truely amazing, but for Australia to score 434 runs then South Africa to score 438 is astounding.

Is this a new trend? I think it may have something to do with 20/20 cricket which is making teams believe that they can make and chase huge scores.

I suppose that with the amount of one day cricket being played we have to have a few freak matches along the way

I was watching Star News and they said that ODI scores increase by an average of 20 odd runs a year, but for two teams to score so highly in one game is something very special.

I hope they don't carry that kind of form into next years world cup in the West Indies ;-))

Sunday, March 12, 2006

The woman who wanted nothing...

This is a quick story that my mum told me recently.

There was once a poor, blind, childless old woman. She was just about to die and God asked her if she wanted anything before he took her. She said that she didn't want anything except for the following.

All I want to do is see my grandson being fed with a silver spoon.

She didn't ask for much did she!!??!!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

What if the cartoon's were of the Sikh Gurus

In the last week there has been a lot in the news about the cartoons that have offended Muslims and how Muslims have reacted to the cartoons

I was wondering about what would happen if the cartoons offended Sikh's. How would we react? Would we put up slogans saying 'Behead the people who made the cartoons'. Would we protest peacefully or violently?

I am not sure what we would do. From a personal stand point I can understand why Muslims are offended, I would feel the same. However I feel that the banners and violence that has occured recently have detracted from the main issue and moved the focus to the the reaction of the cartoon rather than the cartoons themselves.

Some people say that the cartoons wouldn't have been such a big issue and wouldn't have stayed in the media spotlight for so long, if all the protest were peaceful. I can understand were they are coming from but it still doesn't justify the violence.

I think I would protest in some form or another but I wouldn't be violent. Afterall we have been taught that violence should be a last resort.

To be fair, alot of the protest have been peaceful but as in many cases the minority of protests, that have been violent, get the most exposure.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Selling Sahibzadey DVD's at the Gurdwara

Last week, my cousin, Pops, asked the secretary at the Gurdwara if he could sell the Sahibzadey DVD's at the Gurdwara.

The secretary agreed so we went down to the Gurdwara to sell them. We put some posters up near the entrance of the Gurdwara and set out a table with 13 Sahibzadey DVD's that we had (Pops had bought 20 and sold 7 before we went to the Gurdwara).

The secretary asked if he could borrow one of the DVD's to make an announcement upstairs to the Sangat. We gave him one.

During the morning and afternoon we sold about 6 DVD's. When it was time to pack up the secretary came down and asked us how much profit we had made. We told him that we weren't making any profit and that we were selling the DVD for the same price as we had bought them (£6.50). It looked like he didn't believe us.

Then he said that he will be keeping one of the DVD's because he said that the Gurdwara keeps one of items everytime some sells something at the Gurdwara. Figure that out if you can!!??!!

I thought that that was a bit dodgy because I don't think he believed that we weren't making a profit and in my opinion he could have offered more support instead of being suspicious about our intentions.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Random Acts that make you feel good

I was on the bus yesterday, coming home from work.

The bus was setting off after dropping off some people at a bus stop. A girl came running from upstairs and started to talk to the bus driver. She gave him a mobile phone and said that the man who had just got off the bus had left it upstairs. She went back up stairs.

A few seconds later the man who had left the mobile phone got back onto the bus and asked the bus driver if had seen a mobile phone on the bus. The driver gave him the mobile and with that the man said thank you and left the bus.

These random acts when people 'do the right thing' are so good to see because it shows everyone that most people are generally good and the world is heading in the right direction.

Another random act was when I was about 11 or 12. I was with my mum and cousin in town. We needed to get some money out of my bank account. I had never got any money out of an ATM but as the bank was really busy, I decided to give the ATM a go. I put my card in and put my code in. It asked for the amount to be taken out. I asked for £100. Everything fine so far. Suddenly the ATM started to make a weird noise and it spat my card out. I thought I had done something wrong so I took the card and told my mum that we should try in the bank instead.

We walked into the bank, and got into the queue. Just then a breathless woman tapped me on my shoulder and handed me £100 and said 'You left your money!!'. She walked back out of the bank. I was amazed that someone had gone out of their way to give me the money that I had left.

More feel good random acts coming soon...

Friday, January 20, 2006

Rang De Basanti

I have been seeing trailers for Rang De Basanti on the various indian channels on TV.

I have to say that it looks more interesting than alot of the films coming out recently.

It is supposed to be about how the youth in India are disconnected from their past and how they aspire to western values and western thinking.

The idea hasn't really been explorer deeply in recent films. At the moment all films are either rip offs of Hollywood films or skin flicks, so it should make a bit of a change for indian film watchers.

As a seperate issue, I am not sure how I feel about Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar being shown in films / tv programs and music videos. Apart from Rang De Basanti, it was shown in a song in the serial "Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi". On one hand it is good to see the Golden Temple on TV and in films because it provides exposure for Sikhism (hopefully), on the other hand too much exposure on TV could be bad because it could make the experience of going to Harmandir Sahib less special if there are film cameras there all the time and we may make seeing the Harmandir Sahib a less special experience if we see it on TV all the time.

Harmandir Sahib is a very special place, let's keep it that way.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Software that I use

Here is a list of essential software that I use on my computer.

Most if not all of it is FREE so I thought I would share the list with you

1. Mozilla Firefox (Good Web Browser)
2. Grisoft AVG (Free Anti-Virus Software)
3. Spy Bot Search And Destroy (Spyware / Adware Remover)

With this setup I have never (almost never) had any spyware or viruses.

Happy computing!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Food, Clothes and Shelter ...

Or Roti, Kapada aur Makhan.

These are the three things that are needed for 'Simple Living'. All the other things that we aspire to are just extras that we 'want' but don't 'need'.

The genius of companies around the world is that they make us beleive that the product or service they provide is neccessary for us to live. In other words companies try to transform a want into a need.

Once they make their product a need, they try to make it an aspirational need, so they make you feel that if you get their product you will be happier and more successful.

Once we get their product they try to make us beleive that a more expensive version of the product will make us even more happier.

And so the cycle continues...

What we need to do (me esspecially!!!) is try to re program our thinking so that we understand that we cannot attain happiness through obtaining material things. We need to realise that true happiness can only come through being content with having the simple things in life and not going after material things that are not neccessary.

Obviously it is easy to make statments like this, the hard bit comes when we see the latest mp3 player or the latest dvd player and you have to ask yourself 'Do I really need it?' or to start with 'Is there a cheaper version, that will do the same thing?'

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year

A Happy New Year to one and all.