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Weekly Musings: The Apprentice, and the Champions League…

What Catch Seventy7 learned after another week of soul-destroying job searching…

The Apprentice: Beauty averse, and risk averse

The Apprentice: Beauty averse, and risk averse

The Apprentice: In an economic downturn, the risk averse need not apply

This week young Howard Ebison was despatched from Sir Alan Sugar’s minimalist board room. Coming the week before the remaining candidates have their CV’s hung, drawn and quartered in front of a national audience, that might not be the worst thing in the world from the likeable pub chain manager.

But the reasoning behind Howard’s departure might irk him for a few months to come. According to Siralan, Howard was too “risk averse”, and in the current economic climate Amstrad need people that take risks. Because, of course, it wasn’t brazen risk-takers that landed the economy in this mess in the first place…

And talking of risk averse, never accuse the show’s producers of that. With news that the final of the Apprentice has been re-scheduled for Sunday 7th June to allow viewers to see both that and the England World Cup Qualifier that takes place on Wednesday 10th, I’m sure the fact this week’s episode came up against the Champions League final and lost didn’t having anything to do with it. The fact the announcement came the morning after that little ratings battle was merely a coincidence, no?


Champions League Final: Revisionism is sports journalism’s byword

In the weeks running up to the Champions League final, Manchester United were officially the best thing since sliced bread, if not the wheel. Vidic and Ferdinand were immense, Michael Carrick was one of the game’s finest distributors, and Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were the most formidable attacking duo in the game.

Then they came up against Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, and Leo Messi.

Now, United are a team in disarray. Ronaldo, according to some more sensationalist sources, is definitely heading to Madrid this summer. Rooney—two weeks ago a player destined for greatness—is apparently at risk of becoming a high-cost utility man. Vidic can’t play in the rain, and Anderson is hopeless. All in all, you would think United need a complete overhaul ahead of the 2009-10 season.

Of course, the truth is far more mundane.

United are still are great team, with great players. Barca are a great team too, but they got the upper hand in the crucial tactical battle. Two weeks ago, after scraping past Chelsea, the Catalan giants were being discarded as lucky, and the Spanish league was considered vastly inferior to the Premiership. Now look.

In two months, when the league starts again in earnest, who knows what the media will be saying. But one thing’s for sure—United will still be a good team.

And so too will Barca.



Stuff Catch Seventy7 has seen and heard this week:



Planes, Trains and Automobiles:  ****  The destination quickly becomes obvious, but the journey is often deliciously unpredictable — and unsurprisingly hilarious.

Just Friends: ***  Watchable enough, but never ventures much beyond the boundaries of every other romantic comedy.

Cocktail (go on, make a joke…): ** The storyline seems to have been hastily cobbled together to serve as a vehicle for Tom Cruise’s cheeky 80’s charm.



The Wire (Season 4): ***** Arguably the best series of the lot, the travails of Namond, Michael and Victor Moses-lookalike Randy add to an already compelling drama.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (Season 1): *** Cutting dialogue, with Matthew Perry proving there is more to him than just Chandler, but the show’s downfall is in it’s unfunny sketches and early cancellation. Still, enjoyable while it lasts.



Eminem/Relapse: * Couple of songs aside, it seems Marshall is now competing with the Lions for the title of Detroit’s most embarrassing export.

Matchbox Twenty/Exile on Mainstream: *** Some truly outstanding songs make the other workmanlike tunes sound more mundane than they probably are.

Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs/It’s Blitz!: *** A grower, Karen O’s vocals get better with every listen. Still something missing, however.

Manic Street Preachers/Journal for Plague Lovers: *** Finally recording Richey Edwards’ lyrics was a brave move, but one that pays off handsomely. The album cover? Not so much.

May 29, 2009 - Posted by | Weekly Musings | ,

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