All entries for April 2005
April 29, 2005
I'm sad to tell you this
I'm not going to blog anything here in the near future, partly due to my coming exams, but mainly because of my chronic back(and neck) pain from which I'm suffering.
Under normal circumstances, I'll even refrain myself using computer, which means that all my dearest friends, as well as my acquaintances, will not see me online on neither MSN nor ICQ. If you do see me online, that'll be an 'abnormal situation', but you do not have to be scared.
I'm only 19 years old, but I'm already suffering from the severe pain at my neck which generally only the aged will get. I believe none of you will be able to comprehend this 'damnation', and I don't want to see any of you get it. I'm writing this entry under constant pain, and I'm striving to have it completely removed from my life. I hope the next time I blog it, which I believe will not be in two months time, I'll tell you that I'm recovering. By then, I'll open a new category, with its name to be confirmed.
Good luck to you all!
And Good luck to me as well!
April 27, 2005
Who was it about?Was that me? I'd be very glad if that was me, though I believe it isn't the truth.
April 24, 2005
Lovely…Are you alright? I've full faith in your abilities to handle it and I believe you can come back to normal very soon.
Still, I'm always here to share with you when you need somebody to talk to.
RemarkableAt 17:00, I was thinking: 'Why do I spend 50 pounds to come here and watch 11 individual players who played as if they were alone? And who was the training coach responsible for field passing? Please, fire him!'
Being at Old Trafford once again is exciting, especially on my own. It took me 6 hours in total to travel between Manchester and Warwick. It's exhasting and boring, though I'd Chris Patten's book to keep me occupied.
I wasn't sure about United's chances to win this match, especially without Scholes and Gary Neville. Everybody was disappointed after the first half, after witnessing our once-again below par offence and Tim Howard's latest blunder. There was a big contrast between United and Magpies' supporters' reactions after Ambrose took the greatest advantage of our keeper's mistake – silence in stands other than the visitors' in the stadium after the goal.
Yet, the true story came after the interval. 30 seconds after the break, we've had a header from Giggs. The whole team seemed to have changed completely, with obviously more confidence in passing the ball and moving it forward. Although it was clear that we need somebody else to help ease the pressure of Ronaldo, who had been the spark of the second half; otherwise it would be too easy for Managers of slightly higher calibre than Graeme Souness to spot our weakness – once Ronaldo is 'frozen', we've no support for our strikers at all.
And Wayne Rooney, once again proved that he played better as a striker and without Ruud Van Nistelrooy, made a spectacular strike to pull us level with Newcastle. That goal, which is described by the press as 'contender for goal of the season', was one of the sweetest and accurate volley I've seen from all in red shirts. He is the one – our saviour; I believe he has the potential to succeed Roy Keane to be our captain ( but not his position, we still need a replacement, or possibly replacements, in the midfield if we are to contend for the Premiership Champion next season), and nobody will have much doubt about this.
Wes Brown's winning goal was long expected after the equaliser, the interesting thing being it was from our decent centre back.
Watching such a match with a crowd of 67,500 in a beautiful day is already a treasure for a student from Hong Kong. Witnessing the true magic of football and two of the most talented youngsters playing on the ground made me feel ashame of the so-called football I watched in-person at my home city on one hand and proud of being a Man Utd supporter on the other.
Of course, we still demand more from the team. Please, don't let us down again.
Who will be our next leader?Robson, Cantona, Keane, who's next?
We've had a great tradition of having ultra-influential leaders, that's why we were so successful in the 90s. They are all players who will fight with determination and passion till the very last second in a match, bad-tempered but can be relied on by their team-mates. People have been tipping Ferdinand will success Keane as our new leader. He's no more than a persistent world-class defender, but not a born-leader. Reason? He's too rational.
Now, Sir Alex Ferguson, at the age of 63, who do you think will be able to bring the Red Devils out of this slip and prove to others that we are not another Liverpool?
Tell us, please.
April 23, 2005
Incorrect is correct?We can't expect our interpretations and decisions to be correct all the time, can we?
Just do the job, ignore what the outcome will be, provided that will not be fatal, we can't be right at all time, I believe.
The English people are very proud of themselves being themselves. They believe the Americans are only English-speaking people but they don't speak true English. It is in fact very common that the Europeans all love their own countries, their languages, their cultures and, though short but exciting, their history; true love is what I'm talking about. Yet they still behave rationally to any failures of their nations, acknowledging their weaknesses and striving to improve them in the future, without single-mindedly support every policies put forward by the government. There are times when they lose confidence in their countries, but not their faith. I feel a greater sense of belonging to this country, islandic England, or Britain to be precise, than what I could feel in Hong Kong, honestly. It's a misfortune to my parents that I have such a passion about this country but not China (Hong Kong is, according to the Basic Law, not a country on its own, though it's meant to be 'different and distinguished' from China). However I believe this is one of the ideas which urged them to let me come to this place, that is to develop me under the elite British's nurture. I feel sad about not regarding myself as a Chinese nationally (ethnically I am), but I am truly jealous of the people around me who have thier own countries to which they belong.
If I could choose, I'd like to be an ordinary European with a simple mind and simple life.
April 20, 2005
I don't know what happened to me these days, I just feel I'm living with hopes and joy. I believe one of the reason is that I'm not working from eight to six everyday, but studying from 9 to 6 instead. I know why working experience is so important now, it not only tells you that you are still a very incompetent individual in this society, but also tells you that you need to treasure your time as a student, and you should enjoy every moment of it, have fun with study. Now, it's the next 10 weeks which is vacation instead of the last five weeks.
I wasn't brave enough to do it last year…rubbish. Did you know it? But, I do miss it…
April 19, 2005
The feeling is a bit…familiar
Happy Monday, it's Andy Mason's time again, which is always a relief to me. At least I can feel pain free for several hours.
Yet, the happiest thing is not that, but a chat with an old friend(my friend is still young, and we've known each other for about 3 years only; but compared with my new friends then…). I've not talked so much for a long time, and I really felt comfortable during the two hours.
April 16, 2005
Envy my Secondary Schoolmates?Honestly, I did.
I am working really hard from the bottom class of this country, being classified as 'ethnic minority'. Of course this is the fact, according to the definition of ethnic minority here. My friends? They are all doing well in Hong Kong, getting plenty of chances in the top Universities there, without having to bend their knees in front of others. They are probably the best ones in Hong Kong, at least many other students think so. Me? I'm working hard in a not-so-famous University to Hong Kong people, striving to prove my worthiness to this University. How unfair this World is? Injustice arises when the equals are treated unequally, and the unequals are treated equally.
I appreciate this chance to be abroad on my own, for four years, not three. I am sure I will be in this country, or this continent at least for a reasonably long time, with sincerity ,joy and (back)pain, finely establish myself into an actuary. Knowledge won't come to you, you have to go and catch it.