Following Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over United last night – and dubious diving allegations directed at David Luiz (who doesn’t dive these days, anyway?) – a crossed Sir Alex Ferguson has branded him a “diving swan”. Tranquilo, Fergie – you’ve already won the league title!
In defence of David Luiz, the 26-year-old defender doesn’t really know when not to laugh. He is, after all, Brazil national team’s resident class clown, the same lad who forced Julio Cesar to wear a Chelsea jersey at his fancy dress birthday costume party and screams “Geezer!” down the hallway whenever there’s a chance.
In short, this could very well be part of an elaborate prank directed at his fellow Brazilian countryman, Rafael. We’re pretty sure the only reason Luiz is on the floor with a big grin on his face is because his good mate just got shown a red card at own expense!
The 1-0 victory means Chelsea may need to win only one of their last three matches to secure at least the Champions League play-off spot that comes with fourth place. A superior goal difference has made this possible.
Benítez said: “It’s massive for us. It was an important step forward. For us every game is massive now. We did really well and we have to beat Tottenham and that will not be easy. Tottenham is a good team so it’s a big game for both. The managers can talk but the main thing is that the teams talk on the pitch.“
Meanwhile, the Telegraph compared last night’s Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton to Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing‘. And if the title doesn’t reveal just how docile and slow-paced the match was, the fact that David Moyes had remarked before kick-off that he had never known relations between the clubs to “be so cordial” should do the trick.
The derby just lacks the “Oomph” that had been long associated with both clubs and Sylvain Distin’s disallowed goal was ruled offside prompted more “Mehs” than it did gasps.
Alas, there was a youngster named Philippe Coutinho who shone for Liverpool in midfield although it is baffling that it has taken four years to discover his brilliance – Coutinho was already a mini-legend at Brazil’s U-18 side!
“The only thing that does matter for us is the European picture because we are trying to get back among the bigger boys and play on that stage as regularly as we can,” said David Moyes. “I don’t take comfort in finishing above Liverpool, for me it is about qualifying for Europe. That would be my main objective and that hasn’t changed.”
Nothing says Essex more than a themed costume party, and Joey Essex is taking us back to the 80′s for his.
Joey is celebrating his birthday in typical The Only Way Is Essex fashion, by throwing an elaborate and extravagant 80′s themed party, and pictures in today’s Sun newspaper show all the cast pulling out all the stops dressing in lycra and lace with all the trimmings – except Lauren Goodger who obviously didn’t read the invitation correctly and turned up wearing a black dress resembling the sort that the Dowager Countess wears in Downton Abbey (she must have thought it meant 80 years of age).
Joey doesn’t actually turn 22 until August, but show producers brought the festivities forward so that it could all be captured for the current series of the hit ITV2 reality show.
Charlie King, who has recently reportedly been making a play for Goodger, literally had the king of all outfits, well the king of pop of all outfits as he dressed as Michael Jackson from his bad video.
Also dressed for the occassion were Ricky Rayment who sported a particularly hideous pink shell suit with a $ chain and blonde wig and Lauren Pope in pink ripped leggings and white leotard perfecting the Fame look and Chloe Simms who wore lace and bows similar to an early Madonna.
The Only way Is Essex can be seen on Sunday and Wednesday nights at 10pm on ITV2/ITV2 HD.
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It’s entirely possible that we’ve seen more of Kate Moss’ nipples over the last ten years than we’ve seen of our own. But we’re going to show them to you again, anyway. Because as nipples go, she has got very good ones. They’re practically screaming out for a high-end-high-street fashion line of their very own. Or perhaps just some underwear.
Unfortunately, it’s even harder to copy her breast-style than it is to copy her hairstyle. And now, even if you have perfected the perma-erect-even-in-a-clement-climate technique, Kate’s gone and trampled all over it by revealing that she doesn’t really want you to imitate her style anyway.
“People will try and tempt me to [wear something mental and see if all the Kate wannabes will follow suit]. They’re like, “everybody will be copying it and it will be hilarious. Do it!” But. I’m not tempted. I haven’t done it on purpose, anyway,” she confessed in an interview with Grazia this week, probably while wearing something mental and surrounded by Kate wannabes.
And if life wasn’t hard enough for the perky (HA – we’re hilarious) style icon, she’s having to make all kinds of changes to her wardrobe now that she’s a Grown Up With A Husband And A Child And A Dog.
“It’s a nightmare… I’m having to rethink everything. You can’t walk a dog in a heel. You look ridiculous”… ‘Course (I’ve tried),” she said, probably while looking
And that’s not even the start of her problems. “I have a problem with zips,” she adds, probably while wearing zips. “Sometimes I just forget to do them up! Running out the door! You know…just zips.“
We assume that by “zips”, Kate actually means “bras”.
We told yesterday how terrified Christy Asalor, 28, called the Scottish SPCA after mistaking the 5ft novelty serpent in the loft of her new rented flat for a REAL python.
But her landlady Emma Watt, 28, has revealed it is a racy fancy dress accessory.
Emma, who now lives in Australia, heard of the alert when mum Linda rang her from Scotland. She said last night: “It was part of my Eve Halloween costume I wore at our fancy dress housewarming party.”
We told how mum-of-two Christy fled the house in Aberdeen after spotting the snake.
But when animal rescue officer Karen Hogg arrived, she soon realised her mistake.
The rogue reptile has now been adopted by SSPCA staff.
Don’t take it literally: This isn’t a fancy dress competition or a costume party where you turn up sticking out of a cardboard book. A walking encyclopaedia is a trivia-phile, who knows everything about everything. Yes, even about jelly fish
Practice makes perfect: Have you ever had annoying classmates who answered before the teacher asked a question or just knew too much to bother listening in class? You can be one of them too but since we weren’t born with infinite levels of intelligence, we must work towards it. Pick a topic and write down a set of useful (or useless) trivia to remember. Study intensely and remember to say it in front of your friends the very next day (or you’ll forget!). Soon, you’ll get better at it and people will start believing you’re smart
Walk around: Well, you wouldn’t be much of a walking encyclopaedia if you didn’t walk, right? So, pick up those books, wear those nerdy glasses and walk around annoying everyone with bits of information that they didn’t need to know in the first place
Embrace the nerd in you: To be a popular walking encyclopaedia, you must learn to embrace the nerd in you. Find out what makes you brain whizz, and study it in detail. Yes, you must know every single detail about something, say, even plastic tubes. Soon you will be quoted and looked up to for reference on anything related to that subject. Plastic tubes were never more interesting
Let the world know: If you’ve passed the test of intelligence within your peer group, it’s time to go national. Create a Facebook page such as like ‘Ask Aaron’ (if that sounds like an ‘agony aunt’ series, think of something better), or a nerd forum and discuss your ideas. Soon, you’ll find walking encyclopaedias like you. and Form a group, take notes and discuss ideas. With brains like yours, you can even take over the world!
FANCY DRESS GAME: Fans dress up and enjoy themselves as they watch the Rugby Sevens World Series matches on the Gold Coast on November 25.
I’D PACKED for just about every occasion for my Gold Coast getaway for the city’s inaugural Rugby Sevens tournament.
Every occasion, except for the rugby itself.
There is no such thing as standard dress at a Rugby Sevens, my mates and I soon discovered.
Our “bro-cation” began at the new Gold Coast festival, held the weekend of November 25 and 26.
Turns out, though, it’s more like Australia’s biggest costume party.
Hordes of superheroes, pirates, stormtroopers and the likes descended on Robina’s Skilled Park, in their bright, colourful and creative costumes.
Entire families dressed in theme and groups of mates tried to outdo each other with more ridiculous attire.
With everything going on around, the match-ups in the centre of the park were almost an afterthought.
This was the Gold Coast’s first try at hosting the World Series Sevens Tournament, after beating Perth, five-year hosts Adelaide, and New South Wales to stage the titles.
The inaugural Gold Coast tournament brought in a raft of international flavour – with power- house teams from Fiji, Hong Kong and New Zealand dominating the field.
My exposure to the world of Sevens was fast and brilliant. A total of 45 games were held over the two days, with plenty of entertainment between matches to keep the party going.
I almost enjoyed the crowd and their costumes more than the games.
Sevens is a popular variation of rugby union, in which teams are made up of seven players (instead of the usual 15), with shorter matches.
The defenders are spaced out and things seem to move faster. It may be short but some high-scoring games eventuate.
The tournament final, New Zealand v Fiji, was a perfect example.
Fiji won 26-12, in what seemed like the blink of an eye. It was exciting, a full-on day but one day of Sevens action proved to be enough for me.
And with a couple more days to spend on the Gold Coast, there was plenty for my mates and me to do.
Our accommodation at Jupiters Hotel and Casino in Broadbeach had us in the thick of things. Our three-day stay was the perfect bloke’s weekend away. Broadbeach had a diverse offering for breakfast, lunch and dinner: from the high-end Moo Moo Wine Bar and Grill to Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club, both a short stroll away.
Besides the rugby, some other group bonding activities included a tour of Burleigh Brewery – including a drink with the brewmaster at the end.
For a bit of fun, we turned to Zorbing, thanks to OzBall in Pimpama.
Imagine: a giant, three-metre inflated ball. Now picture jumping inside and rolling down a steep hill.
I couldn’t stomach the harness experience, so I opted for the hydro zorb ride.
Just up the Pacific Motorway, we enjoyed some hotlaps in a V8 at the Holden Driving Centre.
The experience came complete with jumpsuit, helmet and the breakneck speeds of up to 165km/h – and that was only fourth gear.
Rugby Sevens action will return next November.
GOLD COAST RUGBY SEVENS
PRICES: Tickets started at $39 for a one day adult pass, to $158 for a two-day family pass. Fans with pre-purchased tickets were entitled to free public transport to and from Skilled Park.
ACCOMMODATION: Conrad Jupiters Hotel and Casino, Broadbeach, Guys Night Out from $239 per room, per night, twin-share. The pack includes accommodation for two in a superior room, buffet breakfast for two in Food Fantasy and a bucket of ice-cold Coronas on arrival.
Our ‘bro-cation’ began at the new Gold Coast festival … our three-day stay was the perfect bloke’s weekend away.
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Now The Lion pub on Stoke Newington Church Street has never been one to shy away from a bit of a jolly, and autumn is proving no exception this year. After a big halloween ‘do’ they are carrying on the fancy dress success with another costume party this weekend.
Gorgeous barmaid Jen shows us how it’s done at The Lion’s Halloween party. Now for a second round in honour 11/11/11…
This time around the cause is a little rarer than the annual fright night: Friday is, of course, the 11th of November 2011; or 11/11/11 (see here for further, if slightly mad information). So to mark this special date, Jack and the crew are asking everyone to dress up as their Number One. They want an evening of idolatry and favouritism, whether it be a footballer, historical figure, cartoon character (for all of you thinking of Shakespeare, consider first the implications of a ruff on your pint-drinking capabilities). So don a cape and some outside-pants, a beehive and bottle of vodka, or… I dunno, something that would make you look like Steve Jobs; and join in the debauchery.
The staff will be setting the tone with their own outfits, and there will be a £50 bar tab for the best costume, but come prepared because expectations after the Halloween weekend are high – “everyone is so artistic around here” manager Jack reminds us, so we need to make it good if we want to clinch the fitting title of Number 1 on 11/11/11.
The male staff are also doing good old Movember this month, to help raise money for prostate-cancer awareness and research (donations are welcome at the bar, or online), so for anyone whose idols include Dali, Borat or the 118 guys, I’m afraid they’re already taken…
There’s no doubt that consumers are feeling the pinch at the moment…. Despite this fact, at All Fancy Dress we have found that demand for Halloween costumes has remained as high as 2010.
Wickford, UK (PRWEB UK) 8 November 2011
Despite the current difficult economic climate, it seems that demand for Halloween costumes has remained as high as ever this year. According to Matt Foden, Marketing Manager for All Fancy Dress, ‘There’s no doubt that consumers are feeling the pinch at the moment. With rising fuel costs, utility bills and food, consumers have less disposable income. Despite this fact, at All Fancy Dress we have found that demand for Halloween costumes has remained as high as 2010.’
Whilst demand for costumes has remained high, there is no doubt that customers are demanding far more in terms of value for money. According to Matt, ‘Understandably customers want quality costumes and accessories, but at the same time they don’t want to pay over the odds for them. Indeed, we have been very careful to ensure that our costumes are priced at an affordable level. In addition, it’s important that customers are provided with affordable postage options as well.’
The most popular Halloween costumes this year were zombie and Harry Potter costumes. A new range of female zombie costumes have proved particularly popular. According to Matt, ‘We’ve had some great feedback about these new zombie costumes. Our customers really ‘go to town’ with these zombie outfits by applying white face make up and in many cases, white cosmetic lenses. The effect is truly terrifying!’
All Fancy Dress is now preparing for the second most popular season for the fancy dress market- Christmas and New Year, and they’re optimistic that demand from consumers will remain healthy.
About All Fancy Dress
http://www.allfancydress.com is one of UK’s leading online discount fancy dress retail outlets .
The company has an outstanding reputation for quality of products and excellent customer service, offering fancy dress costumes for all ages and sizes. Their extensive range includes babies, toddlers, children, teens, adults, plus sizes and even pets.
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