Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Ugly Duckling

I came across photos of the new-look Susan Boyle, and was reminded of the Hans Christian Andersen story of The Ugly Duckling. I guess there is truth in this tale of an ugly duckling that matures into a beautiful swan.

In Susan Boyle’s case, she was transformed only when she found fame; this lady who has been described as the frumpy spinster turned global singing sensation.
Still, there is a moral to this story. No women are ugly...

Only poor ones are...That's the difference!



And before I incur the wrath of feminists and everyone else for spewing juvenile gibberish – let me just say here that I am only referring to physical beauty.

By no means, is it the most important quality in a woman, but men being men – shallow creatures that we are – I guess, we are fascinated when we chance upon stunners. I am being honest here, even if it doesn’t reflect well on me!

I missed following this game, but in any case, I read in today’s papers that Liverpool did prevail over Unirea Urziceni with a 3-1 score, and in the process, eased into the last 16 of the Europa League (aggregate 4-1).

Woeful defending allowed Urziceni to draw first blood when Joao Bruno Fernandes converted Razvan Paduretu’s corner with a firm header in the 19th minute. Fortunately, the Reds drew level when Javier Mascherano dispatched a fierce 25-yard effort into the bottom-left corner (29). Then Ryan Babel completed the turnaround when he controlled and fired home a terrific second (40) before Steven Gerrard latched onto a loose ball and blasting a low shot under Giedrius Arlauskis (57).

Even with this victory and others to follow, there’s nothing to gloat about this second-rate tournament. Sigh!

There was a time when we faced Europe’s crème de la crème such as FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Internazionale, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

No, instead Rafa Benitez's boys can now look forward to entertaining the champions of Transylvania, FC Dracula (heavy sarcasm here!) and the like – names of clubs that I can’t even pronounce! Double sigh!

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