I’m a gleek!

Fridays have always been the best day of the week in my opinion but now that I have Glee to look forward to every Friday night it is definitely my favourite day.  I’m totally obsessed with this show and I know I’m not the only one.  The  great characters, cool story, singing and dancing make a winning combination and it’s popularity has just been proven with it winning the Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical (beating 30 Rock yay!).

I sit down to watch it on Friday nights (and the Glee-peat on Wednesday night on C4) and love every minute of it.  I couldn’t even tell you who my favourite character is because they’re all great, apart from Will Schuster’s wife who really annoys me.

For those of you who love the show and the songs that they sing you can get the first volume of the soundtrack from the library (and hopefully the second volume soon too as it has just been released) and if you’re really keen you could get the music score of the songs so that you can play or sing the songs, or even start up your own Glee club.  They’re all really catchy songs and it’s a great CD to listen to at work to pass the day.

Are you a gleek or are you more of a Sue Silvester who wants to crush Glee?

Going West video

Two minutes and 11 seconds of creative brilliance – all in the name of books. This came out in November 2009  but just in case you haven’t seen it the New Zealand Book Council Going West video deserves a look.  I love the skill of paper artists – what they can do is amazing.

The creatives behind this should get a mention : Ad agency  Colenso BBDO producers, Andersen M Studio Design animation,  Line Andersen Photography and lighting, Martin Andersen Sound design and Mikkel H. Eriksen (Instrument Studio). And of course the story is from the great Maurice Gee’s novel Going West.

I went to an all boys’ school. Every one of us stank.

That’s a quote, and quite possibly the most accurate description of a New Zealand school experience I’ve ever read. It comes from the pen of Christchurch’s Ryan Nelsen. The All White and Blackburn Rovers defender proves himself to have quite a turn of phrase in A Beautiful Game: football through the eyes of the world’s greatest players.

Collated by English football writer Tom Watt, this  collection of memories and cultural snapshots delves into the stories of how some of the biggest names in the game started out, explores their childhoods and what football meant to them. It puts a very personal and intriguing angle on the world’s most professional game.

Organised into sections like hope, family, dedication, passion, flair and courage, the book gives a real insight into why football inspires devotion from legions of fans. The photographs are stunning and show people playing football on beaches, arid deserts and streets in places as diverse as Baghdad, Liberia and Cambodia.

For Nelsen it’s a story that takes him from Spreydon Domain to the World Cup finals – and its fantastic that a Kiwi features in a book like this. His story illustrates perfectly the opportunity  and the dream football represents for millions of people around the world. I’d recommend it if you’ve ever wondered why blokes like sport so much. If it whets your appetite, there’s plenty more football resources available online or at your library.

Do you have memories of Big League Soccer, late night F.A. Cup finals or stinking out the classroom after lunch-time battles like Ryan Nelsen? Or were you more of a sportophobe?