Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Soccer Malawi Egypt World Cup

Welcome to a short photo safari to Malawi Africa. These are photos my daughter sent me today as she was visiting the soccer game Egypt - Malawi on the last weekend (June 2008).

Petra is working in Malawi on a new project, which might be introduced in a separate post here in this blog sometime in the future. I already reported once on a previous project in Malawi.

So, last weekend she had a chance to visit this soccer game. In Europe and especially in Austria and Switzerland, the EURO 2008 is going on. Me personally doesn't care a lot about this kind of sports and I write this post, because the following pictures catch some of the spirit of an interesting and beautiful African country.

At the beginning of the game, the hymns of Egypt and Malawi are played.

Security guards.


The soccer game Egypt - Malawi going on.

The TV crews on top of the tribunes 'highlighted'.

And here she is: Petra, reporting from the Soccer event.

Security guards with guns and teargas tanks.

Some 40.000 Fans.

The game is over.

So what happened? In the World Cup qualifying, Malawi upset Egypt 1 - 0
The African champions lost 1-0 in the last minute of extra time (Chiukepo Msowoya scored).
This was a surprise victory and the Egypt coach Hassan Shehata said that "Malawi played a better game, that's all I can say".
Reason enough for the coach of Malawi, Kinna Phiri, to rejoice.

Fans rejoicing, heading home.

A great day for the Soccer Team of Malawi

After having done this post, I have to be a bit sarcastic about myself. I created this word-game (or whatever):

(Long 'intellectual' explanation comes first):

Soccer in German means 'Fuss-ball' which means 'foot-ball'.
American football is different from soccer and fussball.

In the right now ongoing Austrian-Swiss-European soccer craze (EURO 2008 hype), with all this MST (media-soccer-terrorism) which is making so much fuss about soccer ...

'fussball' is really the right word for this kind of sports, cause it consists mainly on making fuss about a ball. Ok. Haha. That was my try to make a joke. Keep laughing. See ya.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Flowers of my Garden

Well, I (we) just got a small garden. And most of the time in the year it's rather cold here in the Austrian Mountains. We do really burn a mountain of wood every winter, to keep it warm.
And sometimes we even have to make fire in July, when on cold days the temperatures can get as low as 8-12 degrees Celsius.
However I'll make another post on the snow and ice experiences here and show you now some flowers of which I made some photos in the last few days.

Yes, here it is the famous 'Edelweiss' ( Leontopodium alpinum ).
We got a bushle here. Snails like to eat the young ones and
it's hard to find plants that won't be eaten by snails.

Next one I don't know the name, sorry,
in the sunlight they shine so bright,
close to hurting ones eyes.

In the picture below on the left side you see an insect
(not a colibri but something behaving similar)
sucking at the blossoms.

And again some 'no name' flowers.

Now to one of my favorite places for taking a nap or a rest: my hammock.

From there you can watch the sky and the roses waving in the wind.

Take a closer look and yes, it looks like that , without makeup.

Usually I don't go for the colour of roses, but for the scent. I chose roses that have this magical something that turns a screw in the back of your head and gears you to another platform of existence. No soapy smell in the front of your nose is wanted, but a fragrance that instantly turns you happy and pacified.

Now changing the subject we get into 'dope' and 'heavy addiction': Poppies

Well, if flowers can speak, what do they tell you?

Yes, words do fail.

In the left back of the following pictures you see my 1986 Ford Truck.
(Spare me to talk about cars now).

These flowers don't talk. They yell.

And there is also this kind.
Both types of poppies are considered to be 'turkish poppies'.

Flowers playing Halloween?

And close to us do these goats live.
Please consider the pig on the right side. Named: 'Sissi'.
In the near future I'll do a post called:
The animals of my neighbours. - My neighbour animals.
See ya! Take care!

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