Saturday, July 15, 2006

Bi-Weekly Quotes

A new section to the blog!

Introducing my collected quotes.

#Half of the harm that is done in the world is due to people who want to feel important. - T.S.Eliot
#Freedom incurs responsibility, that is why so many men fear it. - Bernard Shaw
#Everything comes gradually, at its appointed hour. - Ovid
#The place of charity, like that of God is everywhere. - Quarles
#Freedom demands respect the freedom of others. - Nehru
#Culture is to "Know the best that has been said and thought in the world". - Mathew Arnold
#In time we hate which we often fear. - Shakespeare

Friday, July 14, 2006

Hingis at Adidas Golden Evening









Photo: Ilie Nastase, Martina Hingis and her boyfriend Radek Stepanek

Hey all just found this while surfing!

Martina Hingis was at the "Adidas Golden Evening" which took place at E-Werk, Berlin, Germany on 8/7/06.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Martina Hingis set to play in India

Hingis 'excited' to play in India


July 13 2006 at 10:57AM

New Delhi - Former world No 1 Martina Hingis will be the star attraction at the $175 000 (about R1,2-million) WTA Sunfeast Open in India in September, organisers said on Thursday.

Hingis, making a comeback on the international circuit after three years in the wilderness due to injury, confirmed her participation in the September 18-24 event in the eastern metropolis of Calcutta.

"I have heard a lot about Indian tradition and the excitement the WTA is creating in the country," Hingis said in a statement released by the organisers.

'Can't wait for September!!' she added in her statement.

"I'm very excited to come and play in front of the passionate tennis fans in Calcutta."

Hingis, who will turn 26 a week after the Calcutta event, is currently ranked 13 on the circuit where she won five Grand Slam titles, including three successive Australian Opens from 1997-1999.

Indian doubles specialist Mahesh Bhupathi, whose sports management company organises the Sunfeast Open, said he was delighted that Hingis had agreed to make her first appearance in India.

"'Winning this year's Australian Open with her was a fantastic experience. She epitomises the perfect modern day tennis player, capable of playing on all surfaces and on all conditions. 'We are extremely delighted to have Martina compete in India," said Bhupathi, with whom Hingis won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open in January.

"The Swiss player has shown admirable resilience in fighting back a career threatening injury and storming into the Top 20 within six months."

Bhupathi, whose company manages Indian teenager Sania Mirza, said the rest of the field would be finalised closer to the tournament.

Asked if Martina would also play the doubles, Bhupathi said, "As of now she is committed to play the singles. Lets see what happens next."

He also confirmed the participation of Sania Mirza and the Oberoi sisters in the tournament.

Asked who is Bhupathi's favourite mixed doubles partner, he said, "It's a very difficult question. The kind of game I play suits all my partners. But I will say Martina is the most impressive of them all."

On whether Anastasia Myskina would come to defend her title, he said, " It's too early to say. The list of the other players and their confirmation will be available only six weeks before the tournament."

Anastasia Myskina of Russia won the 2005 event defeating Karolina Sprem of Croatia in the final.

Jokes

These are the jokes my friend send me via e-mail. have a laugh!!! lol

There is a book called Disorder in the Court. These are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters - who had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.

Some of these are excellent - Don't miss the last one.

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Q: What is your date of birth?
A: July fifteenth.
Q: What year?
A: Every year.
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Q: What gear were you in at the moment of the accident?
A: Gucci sweat-shirt and Reeboks.
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Q: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
A: Yes.
Q: And what were you doing at that time?
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Q: She had three children, right?
A: Yes.
Q: How many were boys?
A: None.
Q: Were there any girls?
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Q How was your first marriage terminated?
A: By death.
Q: By whose death was it terminated?
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Q: Can you describe the individual?
A: He was about medium height and had a beard.
Q: Was this a male, or a female?
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Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.
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Q: All your responses must be oral, OK? What school did you goto?
A: Oral.
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Q: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
A: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
Q: And Mr. Dennington was dead at the time?
A: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy on him.
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Q: What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke up that morning?
A: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
Q: And why did that upset you?
A: My name is Susan.
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Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
A: No.
Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
A: No.
Q: Did you check for breathing?
A: No.
Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
A: No.
Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
Q: But could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
A: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere.

Koala: what i learned about it today


Pictured above: A Koala

Koala - derived from the Aboriginal word, meaning "the animal that does not drink". Infact Koalas do drink at times and get additional water from juicy plants they eat. Peculiar feature is that 1st two fingers are opposite to the remaining 3 which makes it easy for the animal to grip trees. Eucalyptus leaves (known as gum tree in Australia) are main diet.

Mumbai blasts in Pictures











In an all too grim reminder of 1993 the pictures look eerily similar...

History Repeats Itself.

Biggest terrorists attack since 93, 7 blasts took place along the western line!
Various Reports:

Terror Tuesday in Mumbai! At least 147 killed

Mumbai, July 11: At least 147 people were killed and over 430 injured in a series of eight terror blasts in first class compartments of suburban trains around 6 pm during the peak hour traffic here today. The blasts occured between 6 pm and 6.30 pm at Mahim, Bandra, Matunga, Borivili, Mira Road, Jogeshwari and Khar. Western Rly Helpline Nos: 022-22005388, 23094064, 23004000

Fifty bodies were brought to Bhaba hospital in Bandra, 20 to Sion in central Mumbai and ten each to KEM and V N Desai hospitals.

Mumbai Police Commissioner A N Roy said tonight that at least 100 bodies have been counted at blast sites or hospitals in different places.

Police suspect that it is a pre-planned subversive plot similar to the explosions that had rocked Mumbai in 1993 and 2002 and 2003.

At Matunga station, the blast was so powerful that it not only ripped through the first class coach but also blew off a portion of the platform shed. Bodies were scattered on the tracks while many injured, were attended to by fellow travellers on the platform before being rushed to nearby hospitals.

All suburban and long-distance trains on the Western railway lines were suspended and police cordoned off the major road intersections, railway stations and exit points.

Immediately after the blasts, people came out in large number to help the victims. Sudden heavy rains after an hour of the explosions made the job of rescuers difficult.

Confusion and fear prevailed among train commuters at all Western Railway stations as thousands could not make way to homes due to suspension of train services on the Western Line.

Roy asked passengers to use Central Railway lines that are functional, and BEST buses to reach their destinations.

However, passengers in a frenzy caught hold of any available four-wheeler, some times by force, at Churchgate station and other stations to get out of the commercial district.

Compensation announced

The Maharashtra Cabinet on Tuesday night assured a compensation of Rs one lakh rupees to the family members of those killed in the terror attacks in Mumbai. The Cabinet also assured to give Rs 50,000 to those injured and vowed to bear all expenditures of the wounded. To maintain peace and calm, the State government has called an all party meet on Wednesday and has sought Central help in the form of paramilitary forces to tackle any untoward incident.

PM appeals for calm

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tonight reviewed the security situation in the aftermath of blasts in Mumbai and Srinagar after which he expressed the government`s resolve to "fight and defeat the evil designs of terrorists".

He appealed to the people to maintain calm in the face of terror attacks in Mumbai and Srinagar after an emergency meeting at his residence with Home Minister Shivraj Patil and others.

Sonia, Patil, Lalu rush to Mumbai

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad left for Mumbai tonight for an on-the-spot review of the situation in the wake of the serial blasts.

Security at all major airports tightened

Security at all airports across the country was beefed up following the synchronised serial blasts in running trains in Mumbai.

Quick reaction teams of paramilitary forces have been deployed at major airports, especially in Mumbai, Delhi and other metros, official sources said here.

The number of CISF personnel on duty at major airports have also been increased, they said.

The sources said the personnel on duty have been asked to take all precautions and conduct all necessary security checks at the airports.

Centre keeping close watch

The Centre is in constant touch with Maharashtra Government in the wake of the serial blasts in suburban trains in Mumbai and is closely monitoring the situation in the metropolis.

"We are closely watching the situation and gathering all information from railways and authorities in Mumbai," a senior Home Ministry official said and reiterated the Government`s determination to fight terrorism.

Intelligence reports

The sources in intelliegence have said that the role of LeT and Dawood cannot be ruled out. They also said that the twin Ghatkopar blasts of 1998 were the first incident of LeT`s involvement in Mumbai blasts.

High alert in Punjab and Haryana

The security agencies in Punjab and Haryana have been put on high alert in the wake of serial blasts in suburban trains in Mumbai this evening.

Police sources said that security agencies in the two states and Chandigarh have been asked to ensure proper watch at railway stations, bus stands and crowded market places.

Militant arrested in Delhi

A Kashmiri militant, key supplier of explosives in the national capital, has been arrested in South Delhi and 2.05 kg RDX seized from his possession, police said today.

Ajaz Hussain Khwaja, hailing from Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, was arrested from Lodhi road area yesterday after police received a tip-off about his movement, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Alok Kumar said.

Police is interrogating him to find out if he had any link with the serial blasts in Srinagar and Mumbai, which terrorist outfit he belonged to and his contacts in the capital.

An amount of Rs 49 lakh was also seized from his possession, police said adding according to their information Hussain was working for Pakistan-based militant Mukhtar Ahmed.

Bureau Report

http://www.zeenews.com/articles.asp?aid=308478&sid=NAT&ssid=

Drawing of Martina Hingis



The Swiss Miss Toons!!!

Thanx to Penny who found the pix on google.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Martina Hingis Worldcup Talk

Check out this video on youtube:

Martina Hingis talks about the Football World Cup in Germany and the Swiss Team.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heWLLmZ4W18

Meet Mr. Radek Stepanek

Meet Mr. Stepanek, Radek Stepanek Info:

well may be martina saw all this in him! And also...
So we might better get to know Martina Hingis' current arm-candy...

Radek Stepanek

Birthdate: 27-Nov-1978
Birthplace: Karvina
Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Height: 6'1'' (185 cm)
Weight: 167 lbs (75 kg)
Plays: Right-handed
Turned Pro: 1996

Czech men's tennis number one
Career Singles: only one to date Rotterdam
Doubles Titles: 12

Nicknamed ├┤Steps… by his countrymen

Meet the Stepaneks

Began playing at age 3 with his father, Vlastimil, who is a tennis coach.
mother Hana is a librarian.
brother Martin is a policeman.

Karvina is an industrial mining town in north of Czech Republic near Polish border.
Hobbies are playing soccer and floorball. (what is that! )
Considers his serve as best shot.
Since 2001, has worked with countryman Petr Korda in Bradenton, Florida part-time.
Best friend on tour is countryman Jiri Novak.
Coached by countryman Tomas Krupa.

more updates shortly with pictures.

Info source:

http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/playerprofiles/default2.asp?playersearch=Stepanek%2C+Radek

Roger Federer & Maria Sharapova in Love!

And if you dont believe it check out this "cheeky" video. lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPrFQZnXpOY

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

What do you think of martina hingis?

I found this on YAHOO ANSWERS:

Undecided Question: What you think of Martina hingis ???

12 answers
This question is no longer open for answering. Here's your chance to cast a vote if you haven't already.

Pick the best answer

Answers:

Answerer 1 ... lovely


Answerer 2 she seems kinda dikey. but i'd give her the D


Answerer 3 she is great i like her soo much


Answerer 4 like rihanna and beyonce better Source(s):
also like venus and serena better,


Answerer 5 hot.....


Answerer 6

,i think she is the queen....lol, i would love to be her king....jk......seriously....s... will be known for tennis now ...instead of being aworn out talented teenager..she could be the next stephi or everett......she is better than venus and serena......and is just warming up...he he


Answerer 7

Although Martina Hingis has a cute shape, I don't think she's very pretty. Her hairline on her forehead is way too high, and her teeth are way too big. These two things ultimately make her unattractive.

Nevertheless, Martina is one of my favorite female tennis players. She has the best attitude because she's the hardest worker when it comes to developing proper technique.


Answerer 8

She's always been one of my favourite female players. I like how she plays - she doesn't quite have the class that Federer and Nadal have (I watch men's tennis far more so I don't know enough about female players to really compare) but she's quite elegant out on the court. She seems like a nice person too.


Answerer 9

Martina Hingis is quite talented, but she also has a big forehead. Her nickname Chuckie and Lightbulb head seem appropriate. She should keep doing what she does, as long as she keeps her mouth shut. When she opens her mouth she spews out so much poison.

She's probably getting some from boyfriend tennis star Radek Stepanek tonight.


Answerer 10

She is a good player. She is Ugly. ANd what i hate the most about her is her aroggance and her sense of being above everyone else. and she called Mauresmo a half man. Bad Girl hate hi


Answerer 11

I think that she is a good tennis player.


Answerer 12

I think she is fabulous. I love the way she plays and I love the way she carries herself. She generally has a smile on her face and she knows what she wants from herself. I am very happy that she has returned to the game. I missed her passion for the game.

She is NOT ugly or dikey, she is a beautiful young lady.

you can vote for the answers here:

http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20060628041250AAaA51r

Martina Hingis at Radek Stepanek's match

thanx to member Romania again:





photo caption:

Switzerland's Martina Hingis is joined by her guest Marek Vsetetick, as they watch the Men's Singles quarterfinal between Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic and Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman on the Number One Court at Wimbledon, Wednesday July 5, 2006

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Sharapova in "You" magazine

http://img121.imagevenue.com/img.php?loc=loc212&image=40185_Mariamag1001.jpg

http://img126.imagevenue.com/img.php?loc=loc117&image=40208_Mariamag2001.jpg

http://img131.imagevenue.com/img.php?loc=loc270&image=40233_Mariamag2002.jpg

http://img40.imagevenue.com/img.php?loc=loc26&image=40262_Mariamag2003.jpg

http://img134.imagevenue.com/img.php?loc=loc282&image=40287_Mariamag2004.jpg

click the links above

Thanx to member "Romania" from kournikova.com forum here are scans of Maria Sharapova's article from "You" magazine.

Streaker at Sharapova-Dementieva match!

So the news doing the rounds of wtaworld.com is there was a streaker on the green grass of Wimby at Maria and Elena's match!

poor Maria turned her back towards him when he ran on court!!!

and Justine Henin reaction is..........(never mind!!!)

Picture credit: Nouf





Justine's reaction (at her press conference)

Q. There was a streaker during the Sharapova Dementieva match. A man came in and took off all his clothes and danced around.

JUSTINE HENIN HARDENNE: I wish I could see this (laughing).

Q. I'm sure you will see it at some point. Just curious, what is the strangest thing that ever happened to you on a tennis court? Anything ever close to that?

JUSTINE HENIN HARDENNE: Uhm, I don't know. No, no, nothing like that, no. I would remember this. So, no, no. I have to watch TV tonight, that's right, 'cause I don't watch TV. But, okay, thanks (smiling).

200th post lol

wohaa!!!

my 200th post! :D :P ;)