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30 Day Music Meme: Day 11

I was shocked to realise that we're already 11 weeks into Doctor Who, which means the season will be coming to its end very soon. Then what will I do on a Saturday night?

Last night's 5x11 'The Lodger' was particularly satisfying, though perhaps not so much on the sci-fi bit, but it certainly delivered on the semi-naked Doctor, the Doctor trying to be a real boy, the semi-naked Doctor, the Doctor as a football natural, and did I mention the semi-naked Doctor?-front. And it was particularly lovely to see him share a flat with Smithy (I'm sorry, I've already forgotten what James Corden's name was supposed to be in this episode).

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Matt Smith so completely and unmistakeably inhabits the role of the Doctor that any comparison, whether favourable or unfavourable, to any of his predecessors is pointless; so I just believe, sit back and enjoy.

In other news, England scored their first point in the group matches. So did the USA. I wish I could say well done to both teams, but the way I see it, England will have to improve a lot before their next match, particularly in the back. Their defense appeared weak, which was fine as long as they remained in possession of the ball up front, but proved a real concern whenever one or more of the opposing side's players managed to move to the box. Luckily, the Americans were never able to finish their rush on goal properly, but I do think Fabio Cappello will have to rethink his defensive strategy. Cavanaugh (was that his name?) seemed hardly able to keep pace with anyone coming into his area from the other side, and had to resort to one or two instances of if not foul play perse, dodgy tackling at least.

By the same token, the guys up front should ask themselves why they fluffed so many good opportunities. Howard, the American goalkeeper, held his own against the England team pretty well, but I had a feeling that wasn't so much indicative of his goalkeeping abilities but because they made it easy for him to stop their attempts on goal. On the other side of the pitch, the way Green fluffed that ball and then curled up in utter humiliation as he saw it go past the line was absolutely heartbreaking. Will he bounce back before the next game? Who else have they brought to keep goal for them?

To finish, today's musical offering is all about

Day 11: A song that reminds you of summer

Long Hot Summer - The Style Council, and not just because of the title! Whenever I see this video, it reminds me of how, when I was at Uni, I used to spend carefree, sultry summer days picknicking in the park and punting on the river in the company of my friends...where have they all gone, eh? And by that I don't just mean the majority of those people I used to hang out with (they've got married/moved away/died), but where have those long hot summer days of yore gone, I wonder. Here we are, the 13th of June, and it's still grey, and wet, and miserable. And I'm very much sick of it.

ETA: since Vevo have blocked the original music video on YouTube for copyright infringement, I've had to dig up another clip (also from 1983):

Day 12- A song that reminds you of your best friend
Day 13- A song you sing to in the shower
Day 14- A song you like hearing live
Day 15- A song people wouldn’t expect you to like
Day 16- A song that holds a lot of meaning to you
Day 17- A song that annoys you
Day 18- A song you have as your ringtone/want to be your ringtone
Day 19- A song you’re currently obsessed with
Day 20- A song from a new album you are waiting for to come out
Day 21- A song you want to dance to at your wedding
Day 22- A song that would be the theme song to a TV show about your life
Day 23- A song that makes you angry
Day 24- A cover song
Day 25- An acoustic song you love
Day 26- A song by your favorite band
Day 27- A song you make fun of
Day 28- A song that reminds you of your boyfriend/girlfriend (if you don’t have one, make one up :])
Day 29- A song currently stuck in your head
Day 30- A song that you haven’t listened to in awhile


( 6 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
Jun. 13th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to let you know that I'm enjoying the music meme very much, although I may not comment on each post.

And I agree about Matt Smith. He looks like a teenager but he can still manage to be a convincing incarnation.
Jun. 13th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
Oh hello, thank you! I'm enjoying it myself as well; it's not often you have occasion to stop and think what music means to you, and participating in this meme helps me clarify that for myself.

IMO, Matt Smith, eventhough he looks like a twenty-something (a youngish twenty-something) to me, when the occasion calls for it, can give a pretty convincing imitation of a 900-year old alien, too.

Edited at 2010-06-13 04:45 pm (UTC)
Jun. 13th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
The way I look at the US v. England match is that it devastates England, and I can understand why. The US, however, particularly when it comes to men's soccer/football is just happy to get through a round or two and not make total fools of themselves.

Tyson and I were talking about this last night, and we have hopes that the local college soccer/footballs teams will have more in the way of support and funds with a new American college football reorganization coming up. One can only hope. I like your kind of football far more than the American sort.
Jun. 13th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Actually, I thought the US did quite well in yesterday's match. They were on the move constantly, seized all of the opportunities they were given, but were unfortunate in that they couldn't translate them into goals. The potential is definitely there, they just need to get a bit more focused...or ruthless. One of the things that struck me is that none of the American players resorted to anything more risky than a bit of shirt-pulling. They were remarkably well-behaved, which is great, but also, unusual.
Jun. 13th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you for my lemur - I do like lemurs so much!

As for the football - I felt so sorry for Green. And in church today a couple of the young boys were saying how stupid he was to have made the mistake - so I pointed out the number of mistakes the forwards, of almost every team that has played so far, (although Nigeria came especially to mind) made when faced with really easy scoring opportunities - but no-one was being so horrible about them.

I think it must take guts to be a goallie and so derided for every single error!
Jun. 13th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
People are always quick to judge goalies, because they're not seen to sweat much but forgetting that they have the most difficult job of any player on the field. Green was just very unlucky in not stopping that ball effectively enough. I don't know whether it was the ball itself, which I've heard some complaints about in the media, or those oven mitts he was wearing; but the fact is, it could have happened to anyone, even my hero Van der Sar.

Oh, and btw: you're welcome. I thought you might like it!

Edited at 2010-06-13 06:58 pm (UTC)
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