Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Singing Dr. Paul Chan

I was actually supposed to be heading to a MIHRM Toastmasters meeting this evening, where I had planned to make my first project speech for the Advanced Communicator Silver qualification – but alas, I had to forgo this, to attend a HELP University College event. It was a Talk and Dinner function for about 200 graduate students, staff and Corporate friends. The talk ”The Context of Education for the 21st Century: Leading from the Future” was delivered by Dr. Paul Chan. I genuinely found the talk extremely interesting and I am really glad I came because I learned so much – especially when he made references to black swan, swarm intelligence, flash mobs, and so on, and even described blue ocean strategy as “blue ocean (s)tragedy”, which I thought was very clever indeed. I can relate to all of these because of my own personal interest in this subject matter. And just when you thought nothing else can beat this engaging lecture, Dr. Paul Chan outdid himself by belting out a Beatles number “A Hard Day’s Night” – a vocal tour de force, even Paul McCartney would grudgingly agree – during the post-dinner karaoke session. Wow! Indeed one helluva HELP talent!

Again, mixed results for Wednesday’s matches.

Liverpool conceded a 90th-minute goal as they draw 1-1 at Lyon to leave their Champions League hopes hanging in the balance. If only they had held on to their lead for just one more minute… Liverpool is luckless.

Cesc Fabregas scored a brace as Arsenal cruised to a 4-1 victory over AZ Alkmaar to all but secure their qualification from the Champions League group stages. The Spaniard kick-started an impressive home win with a low shot that crept in from 20 yards (25) and Samir Nasri made it two after a typically flowing move (43). Fabregas's second came from Andrey Arshavin's through-ball (52), and Abou Diaby finished off a counter-attack (72) to give the Gunners their fourth goal. The opposing team fired a late consolation (82), but Arsenal rarely looked troubled anyway.

The Gunners have been clearly underestimated, but they are showing themselves to be very capable of winning matches – which explains why they should not be discounted to win trophies! This might just be their season!

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