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“Do I Have The Right” – Excellent Moments in Dr. Who

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I was told about the epic part of the Genesis of the Daleks story, but I thought it was over-hyped. Until I watched it.

It’s always good to come across something that meets the expectations given from others raving about it. It helps that you have the best fit for the role pulling off an aspect of his character requiring a degree of angst and conflict rather than the jovial approach for which he was known.

It’s really clever slipping in this piece of philosophy and thought in a programme watched by children as well as adults. Good writing and well portrayed.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

HISHE – Super Cafe: Versus

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The news of a DC film featuring both Superman and Batman has been hot news for a while now, but this take on it from the brilliant people at HISHE still has me rolling with laughter!

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Honest Trailers – The Spider-Man Trilogy

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I recently watched Amazing Spider-Man 2, so it was interesting coming across this spoof take on how to best describe the trilogy of the original Spider-Man series. It’s funny work. (Though for the benefit of the exercise, I prefer that series to the rebooted one.)

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C. L. J. Dryden

Fallin’ – Al Jarreau

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There is no doubt one of the most talented male vocalists of the last 50 years is Al Jarreau

What he applies to any song can make a definitive sound that evokes emotion from the depth of the being, whether it’s of exhilarating joy, or sombre reflection. He’s a masterful singer, who I still believe is underrated!

A song like this is typical of what the man puts together to leave an audio imprint for you to ponder. Enjoy.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

The Top Regenerations

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It’s that time between series of Doctor Who when you’re obliged to do something useful with your time and not get bogged down by the wait.

Surprising as it is considering it’s not all that long since the last regeneration, I haven’t written anything about my favourite regenerations. .

Get In There: A Story of Strikers

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One thing I like about football is how there are variations on a theme.

The overriding theme i all of football is how to win games. Winning games is basically about controlling two outcomes, the first being the scoring of goals, the second being the protection from conceding goals.

The Poacher:

When I was introduced to football in the mid 1980’s I was referred to two masters of the art of goalscoring – Gary Lineker and Ian Rush. When we played football at school there were these types of players known as goal-hangers. They literally spent most of the time in and around the opposition penalty area waiting for the ball to get to them so they could knock it in. Others did the hard work, but they were just there for the glory.

As I discovered the goal hanger in the professional game was worth his weight in gold as long as he did the business. I heard and read about England’s arch exponent of that art – Jimmy Greaves. That man’s record spoke for itself in terms of goals scored in the games played. We might have berated the goal hanger at school, but the job of being in and around the place to be making the difference where it mattered.

It’s a precious art these days. It’s one thing to score goals regularly. It’s another thing to be a specialist in scoring goals. As Rush proved, the poacher wasn’t necessarily a lazy player, but he knew when to burst into life. There’s not a bad lineage of that type in English football over the years, although the last really good one was Michael Owen and his peak was too brief at the highest level.

The Target Man

This kind of striker always made me chuckle. They were in a place on the pitch where it was reasonable to expect them to score goals, but the nature of the system told them to ‘hold the ball up’ whilst others bombed on ahead of them and do what they should have been doing.

This type of player was epitomised by the likes of John Toshack in the 1970’s. People today think Peter Crouch is a target man because of his height, but actually he’s not that good a target man at all being a lot better on the ground. The much maligned Emile Heskey was the last good target man in this country. The unfortunate thing about the target man is the association to a style of football that was more concerned with getting the ball up the pitch as quickly as possible, not necessarily as skilful or considered.

The Lone Striker

The flavour of the day today is to have one man up front. Whereas back in the day it was about partnerships, however they complimented each other, that has changed today. Chelsea popularised this approach with a 4-3-3 system in attack and a 4-5-1 system in defence that meant the onus was on the front man to not just be the link up to play, but go the business required at the end too

Unsurprisingly the likes of two of the current Chelsea strikers are the best exponents of the style. Drogba in particular is a real master of the art. In his prime he was unplayable in the position and the team played to his strengths and benefited greatly from it. Costa at the moment looks the real deal in epitomising the style of play needed to get goals scored and cause the defence trouble to assist their attacking colleagues.

There have been different type of players up front, but these three go to a good degree of showing how the game has changed even over the last 25 years. The variety of styles in getting the ball in the back of the net will never settle with one style.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Party Time in DC – Bill Champlin

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It’s rare to hear a song with political commentary that is so relaxed and yet so insightful. Bill Champlin has recorded a stunning indictment on the political system. It’s fitting in the UK as there are just a couple of months before the General Election takes place, Good work. Enjoy.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden