Sunday, August 20, 2006
1. Martina Hingis
2. Sania Mirza
3. Karolina Sprem
4. Emma Laine
5. Yuliana Fedak
6. Melinda Czink
7. Kaia Kanepi
8. Aravane Rezai
9. Olga Savchuk
10. Galina Voskoboeva
12. Virginie Razzano
13. Hana Sromova
14. Anastassia Rodionova
15. Lilia Osterloh
16. Nicole Pratt
17. Conchita Martinez Granados
18. Olga Poutchkova
19. Tamarine Tanasugarn
20. Angelique Widjaja
21. Antonella Serra Zanetti
22. Sandra Kloesel
23. Lioudmila Skavronskaia
26. WC Gold/Silver Exempt Only
31. X Lexington, KY - USA 24 Jul 06 - Abigail Spears
32. X Washington DC - USA 31 Jul 06 - Tzipora Obziler
1. Tatiana Poutchek
2. Chan Yung-Jan
3. Arantxa Parra Santonja
4. Anne Keothavong
5. Mariana Diaz Oliva
6. Alla Kudryavtseva
7. Maria Vento Kabchi
8. Hsieh Su Wei
9. Kathrin Woerle
10. Clarisa Fernandez
11. Akgul Amanmuradova
12. Chan Chin Wei
13. Elise Tamaela
16. X Nagoya, Aichi-ken, Japan - 22 May 06 - Tomoko Yonemura
'Milk Miracle' - The devotees queued outside temples in Mathura, Vrindavan and Govardhan in UP, Vadodara in Gujarat and Kurukshetra in Haryana and Ludhiana in Punjab to offer milk to idols of Durgama and Lord Shiva.
A similar miracle had been witnesed in the past with reports from across the country that idols of Lord Ganesh were consuming milk on September 21, 1995.
Instead of trying to dispel these myths our t.v. channels with their quickfire "breaking news reports" seem to fuel the fire even more!
In an age when we talk of India Vision, India developed by 2020 we are still stuck in the same mindset.
Rushing to the sea to drink pollutant, chemical, sewer waste infested water as 'miracle' is to be narrow minded in the most extreme. Not only do we people seem to abandon our scientific curiosity but also fall victims to rumours and myths.
The result of all this will be in tomorrow's newspapers. As if todays Sunday editorials were not enough we will have another ton of wasted space followed by even more analysis.
Indian scientific temper is really lying in dolldrums...
Imagining things that are not there, looking for signs and pictures in fruits, vegetables are things which bring into sharp focus the failure of our national policy on developing a scientif temper and educating people. With even educated people thronging to these sites, it is hopeless to expect uneducated folks to act otherwise.
dtd: 21st Aug 06
While most of the alarm that was evident last over 'bird flu' has been by and large absent this year, it takes a while to figure that the dreaded sickness has been sneaking ever so slowly around.
What was seen last year was mass hysteria and an unnatural and hasty response to the death of chickens and humans alike. While chickens were mercilessly killed, humans were put in quarantine.
It seemed to have worked then largely helped by the weather. Wherein summer heat made the spread of the virus slower as most influenza viruses dont survive or thrive in the heat.
But now with the return of cold and humid weather the virus will have ample fodder to propagate and spread around.
As reports out of Indonesia indicate a woman died of bird flu in a village where authorities are now investigating the possibility of more than one human cases of the H5N1 virus.
The woman identified as Euis Lina, 35, died of the disease on Thursday at a hospital. The confirmation of the presence of H5N1 virus was confirmed by a laboratory test.
Previously her 9 year old daughter had also died leading to fears that it was bird flu too. Tests have still to be performed to assertain this.
There were fresh cases with 60 yr old man, 16 yr old boy and 4 yr old girl being hospitalised with bird flu symptoms.
Human cases involving family members or members of the same community/village raises fears of a human to human transmission. Although not yet confirmed except for the case wherein 7 members of a family in Indonesia died of the disease in May, there have not been confirmed cases of human to human transmission.
by Frederique Pris
PARIS (AFP) - Star signs and astrology charts -- relied on by millions as a key to divining the future -- would not be much affected if three new planets are added to the solar system, experts said.
Leading astronomers meeting in Prague are planning next week to add three new planets to the nine known to children around the world: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is proposing a new definition of the word "planet" to take into account recent scientific discoveries, notably of asteroids larger than distant Pluto, the smallest of the nine.
This would result in three new "pluton" planets being created: Pluto's moon Charon; the asteroid Ceres; and the so-called "object 2003 UB313", which was discovered in 2003 by an American astronomer and is unofficially called "Xena".
Sylvain Pech, an astrologer from the French city of Marseille, said the discovery of Xena "opens a door" since it is situated outside the orbit of Pluto, until now seen as "the deepest level of our collective psyche."
"It has got astrologers interested... but first we need to work out the meaning of its place within the solar system."
But he said the addition of the other two objects -- Charon and Ceres -- was of no special interest, the first forming part of Pluto's planetary system, and Ceres having been known to astronomers for a long time.
Adding three planets to the solar system "wouldn't change anything to the way I work," agreed Christine Haas, an astrologer for French radio station RTL and several French magazines.
She described astrology as a "very ancient method based on observations made again and again over thousands of years, using laws of analogy and correspondences."
In antiquity, she said, astronomers -- who were also astrologers -- observed parallels between what they saw taking place in the skies and on Earth.
"When Mars moved in front of the constellation of Aries, they observed an increase in aggressivity and conflicts," she said.
Pech explained how astrology maps correlations between the different parts of a human being and those of the solar system.
For instance the moon, Earth's closest satellite, is traditionally associated with the first moments of a person's life and as such is linked to impulsive behaviour.
Saturn, the furthest planet visible to the naked eye, is associated with ageing and death.
The planets located on the outer rim of the solar system -- Uranus, discovered in 1781, Neptune (1846) and Pluto (1930) -- are associated with the collective psyche, rather than the individual, Pech explained.
For Christine Haas, "we can even function without Uranus, Neptune and Pluto" -- the three most recent discoveries in the solar system.
Fundamentally, she said, "astrology is not a science but an art of interpretation".
"I may be an astrologer but I don't believe in the influence of the planets," she said, explaining that she "uses planets like a little mirror, to reflect an individual's subjectivity."
source: Yahoo News
MHingis> Hi Kimi
Serena> YO BEEITCH
MHingis> Serena there is no need type in all CAPS.
Serena> IZ JUSS LIKE MY GAME.... BIG!
Serena> U JUZ JEALOS
MHingis> At least I can spell.
Nastya> Russian girls unite!
Nastya> I will be leader!
Maria> Let's go!
Nastya> No, not you Maria. Nor your funky father!
Clijsters> Yuri gives me nightmares.
Nastya> Not only you.
MHingis> That guy is more intsense than his daughter, hes probably popped like 12 veins.
Serena> I KNOW
JCap> Hey all you know
JCap> *smacks gum*
MHingis> Hey Jennifer, how are you? Been playing much?
JCap> No, not much you know.
[Serena kicked by MHingis]
Clijsters> I gotta go girlsh, its 8:30 aka my bed time. Nighty night![Clijsters kicked by JCap]
JCap> that niceness kills me you know, you know what i mean you know?MHingis> We know.
Nastya> Paka comrades. Elena leave after me followed by Nadia.
Maria> What about me?
LindsayD> You are with Jen and Me, go USA.
Maria>AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH![Chat Server Failure]
Kuzzy:> OMG, I'm so tired ...
MHingis:> Tired of what?
Kuzzy:> You know ... yesterday I played a tough match and oh dear, what a pity that I lost!
MHingis:> Hey, I know, you played against me and I wiped the floor with you, maybe that's the reason you feel tired now (hahahaha)
Kuzzy:> What, really? I played against you? OMG ...
MHingis:> Kuzzy, are you ok? You don't remember who you played with yesterday? That was just yesterday!
Kuzzy:> I couldn't see anything on court because of the lights, they were shining in my eyes, it was terrible, I was blind!
MHingis:> You mean you're still blind?
Kuzzy:> You were cheating the crowd to turn on the lights, right?MHingis:>Kuzzy, calm down, you're not the only with a problem, just look at poor Kimi!
Clijsters:> Hingish, I told you not to call me thish way, yesh, I'll mish the USH Open, inshtead of it I'll drive in F1 with Kimi Raikkonen Screamapova:> Kuzzy, don't worry about the loss, I can scream for you, if it'll help you feel better!
Kuzzy:> Leave me all alone!
USER KUZZY KICKS HERSELF IMMEDIATELY (REASON - THESE ARE TRYING TO MAKE ME FOOLISH!)
Martina:> I can!! HAHAHAHAHAHA
Safina:> YOU GON FACE THE SER... euhh i mean THE SAFINA SOON BEYATCH
Martina:> Bring it on, I beat you once
Safina:> I AINT EVEN PLAYED YO YET HO
Martina:> Umm, the Rome final? I won?
Safina:> OH YEAH, WELL THE SAFINA BE BACK HARDCORE!!!Administrator: USER "Safina" WITH IDENTICAL I.P. TO USER "SWILLIAMS"
Safina:> DAMN I BE DISCOVERED
Safina:> SERENA BE THE MYSTERY WILDCARD FINALIST
Safina:> I'M DISGUISING MYSELF AS SAFINA
Safina:> IT'S DAMN HOT UNDER THIS MASK WHEN PLAYIN AND ALL THIS WHITE MAKE-UP BE CLOGGIN MAH CHOCOLATE DELICOUS SKIN
Martina:> Why are you doing all this Serena?
Safina:> FO THA DRAMA, HO
Safina:> ON MATCH POINT AGAINST YOU IN THE FINAL, IM GON TAKE OFF MAH MASK, THE LIGHTS WILL BE DARKENED AND I ORDERED DRAMATIC MUSIC WITH A COMPLETE CHOIR SINGING FREAKY DEAKY SCARY MUSIC "
Martina:> Right Serena...
Safina:> THEN FIRE DANCERS GON COME OUT AND START PARADIN THEMSELVES AROUND THE COURT
Martina:> I think that's against WTA regulations
Safina:> SERENA GON DO WHAT SERENA GON DO
Ok so frankly speaking i was unaware that Masha has a blog posted on her sponsors site Motorola!
Its called: Motomaria!!! Maria's blog
Although its all of 5 entries from 2005, its worth a sneak!
On Sunday night I attended a reception at the Ararat Park Hyatt where Umaturma, one of my favorite Russian pop groups, was playing. They invited me on stage to sing and I got to belt out the lyrics to one of my favorite songs, "I've Been Waiting for You, Vova.">>>
Well, I am in school – so I find I get a lot of my homework done on the plane. It’s actually not that bad of place to focus on my studies, and catch up on all I have still to learn.
After that I headed out to California for the ESPY awards. The night before I was invited to the Playboy Mansion. I went!>>>
And I know it might sound a little crazy, but the other thing I REALLY miss is my own bed! Am I complaining? I guess I can't, right?
I don't get out too much during Wimbledon as I eat most nights in the Players Village (they have a GREAT Thai restaurant there!) and it's really close to where I rent a house for the fortnight (wow... did I write that?).
I love catching up with my friends (my mobile phone bill is always HUGE!)
The most amazing cake had been made for me too. it was in the shape of a tennis stadium, and it took me three attempts to blow out all the candles – I guess that’s only gonna get harder as I begin to get older!
Web posted at: 8/20/2006 1:59:27
Source ::: The Peninsula
MONTREAL • Rumour has it that tennis legend Ivan Lendl was once Martina Navratilova’s ballboy. The truth in this claim is open to debate. However, there is no need to argue the authenticity of this statement — that world number one Roger Federer (pictured right) served as a ballboy in one of the matches involving Swiss great Martina Hingis many years ago!
This startling revelation came from Hingis after her match yesterday.
Hingis, who enjoys iconic status in her country following famous wins during her illustrious career, yesterday paid glowing tributes to compatriot Federer and his unchallenged supremacy on the men’s Tour, before cheekily revealing that he was her ballboy nearly a decade ago.
“We never played together during our younger days because I was always busy playing with girls and boys three years older than me when I was 14 or 15. However, I do remember that he was my ballboy at one of the Basel tournaments (laughs). That was funny,” Hingis said when asked about playing against or with Federer during their younger days.
“The only time we played together was at the Hopman Cup a few years ago. We won when we played together. He was a great partner,” the Swiss added. Hingis said she admires playing tactics of Federer – who has captured eight Grand Slam titles so far.
“I didn’t see him play against Andy Murray the other day, when he lost. But I get to see him play fairly often. Whenever I switch on the TV, you see Roger playing. I love to see him play. He’s certainly at his best and has won many tournaments in recent times,” Hingis added.
When asked about her own form in the comeback season, the former world number one said: “I am not tired at all. I came back because I was looking forward to the challenge on the court. I mean what more do you want? Having the crowd support like I had yesterday was great. The only time I felt bad this season was when I lost at Wimbledon. I felt that was an unnecessary loss.”
To a pointed query, the five-time Grand Slam winner said: “Watch out for players like (Anna) Chakvetadze (of Russia). She is the one to watch in the future. Maybe Shahar Peer (of Israel) also. These are the two players whom you will see often in the future. I feel there are a few young players who make the game exiting to watch.”
Friday, August 18, 2006
"Former Roland Garros champ Iva Majoli will be married in Zagreb on the day of the US Open women's final. Jennifer Capriati and Monica Seles are planning on attending"
"More on the Iva Maojli wedding, which will be held on the last Saturday of the US Open: Jennifer Capriati and Mary Pierce will be bridesmaids (if Pierce doesn't reach the Open final) and Goran Ivanisevic will also attend. Majoli will give birth to a baby girl in November..."
USER CLIJSTERS HAS JOINED THE ROOM
USER JUSTINE HAS JOINED THE ROOM
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USER MelanieM HAS JOINED THE ROOM
MHingis:> Screamapova, do you know anything about that syndrome "Sharadick"?
MelanieM:>Marti, dear, switch off from here, you must practice more before the battle with Kimi
Clijsters:>Huh, your mummy ish very worried about your shuccessh thish evening, Hingish!
USER MELANIE WAS KICKED BY MHingis (Ok, mom, I'll come in 5 hours time)
Screamapova:> What is this "Sharadick"?
Justine:> It's a combination between brood-hen and deaf guy.
Screamapova:> That must be interesting, I'll try it someday.
MHingis:> You don't need any trial, it's all in your genes, they must be kinda spoiled ...
Clijsters:>Haha, yesh, it's sho shtrange, isn't it Maria?
Screamapova:>My scream manager sent me sms!
Mhingis:>And what did he wrote?
Screamapova:>MARIA, OUT, NOW, IMMEDIATELY, YOUR VOICE MUST BE IMPROVED, OR WE WILL KICK YOUR ASS FROM HERE!Mhingis:>OMG, you're in huge troubles, Screamy
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SWilliams:>What's up, room, What's up, windows, what's up roof, what's up, door! Yo, yo anybody?
SWilliams:> I'm looking for a sweet cute dolls, who would like to know what it feels like when someone has just weeped the floor himself several times
Amelie:> Yeah, what a great idea, I'm a volunteer
SWilliams:>I'm afraid I changed my decision, anyway, I haven't said nothing.
Clijsters: Where ish your shishter?
SWilliams:>Currently damn it busy playing rugby with the guys outside. She's improving a lot yo!
MHingis:> Screamapova, how was your today screaming session?Screamapova:>Oh, brilliant, fantastic, terrific, wonderful, beautiful ...
Justine:>Stop swaggering, Screamy, it won't help you any way, you'll be a hollow forever and after
Screamapova:> ####### #### ## ########
USER SCREAMAPOVA WAS KICKED BY MHingis (Bye bye, dear, and don't forget to drink up your bottle of milk in the morning )
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Screamapova:> I just grew even TALLER
MHingis:> How tall?
Screamapova:> Well... I'm pretty much eye to eye with the ref... when he's in his chair
MHingis:> WTF? What do you eat for breakfast?
Screamapova:> Nothing strange.. just the tablets my dad gives me with milk
Screamapova:> OMG! It must be because I switched to soy milk!!MHingis:> Everyone's taller than us Justine
Justine:> Don't worry Martina, we are having the brains!
Hantuchova:> I'm so hungry!
Clijsters:> Eat shomthing Daniela, you're shkin and bonesh
Hantuchova:> No, i'm trying to lose weight, I want to win an open
Clijsters:> But you need strength
Hantuchova:> No, I'm going to be Maria's new raquet
SWILLIAMS:> GURFREN GOT BOOTY ITS WHERE I STORE MY TALENT!!
Justine:> Yes, tis is true. It tis because I am so good at faking injuries
MHingis:> Good luck
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Williams:> Hi room!
Williams:> Guess which Williams I am!!
MHingis:> Ooh, we can do a test!
MHingis:> Hey, Patti!
Patti:> Yes Martina?
MHingis:> Serena sucks
Williams:> DON'T SAY THAT ABOUT MY SISTER!
MHingis:> HAH! You're Serena!!! Everyone knows Serena's heart is made of concrete, she would NEVER defend her sister!
Williams:> SERENA GON BRING IT IN THE US OPEN!!!
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Screamapova:> ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Justine:> OMG are you ok Maria?
Clijsters:> Did shomeone SHTAB you like poor Monica?
NadsPetrova:> Did you injure your foot again?
MHingis:> Did Svetlana put up a profile pic?
Screamapova:> Nah.. I was just hitting a tennis ball
AnnaK:> You'll never out-sponsor me, Maria!
Screamapova:> Oh yeah, well I just funded the new Sharapoverty Shelters
AnnaK:> Well I just started a new Russian dance festival, Kournival
Dementieva:> Well I just won a tournament!
AnnaK:> Loser, just because no one liked your idea of The Demento Dementieva Variety Hour
Dementieva:> IT HAD POTENTIAL! I CAN JUGGLE!
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SWILLIAMS HAS ENTERED CHAT ROOM "TOP 20 PLAYERS"
SWILLIAMS:> ###### BE BACK HOEZ
SWILLIAMS:> YALL CANT BEAT THE SERENA
SWILLIAMS:> SHE GON CRUSH YO FOREIGN ASSESSSS
SWILLIAMS:> SERENA COMING AT YALL 2006 STYLE
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Screamapova:> Martina, you're so bad at tennis
Screamapova:> You keep moving inside the baseline
Screamapova:> Everyone knows the rule of tennis that you can't ever enter the court
MHingis:> Screamapova, it's called net-play
Screamapova:> No, you're cheating and the ref never notices!
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Clijsters:> We all know which Belgium ish better, grand slam wins mean nothing
Justine:> At least, i'm married, looking at your failed relationships
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SWILLIAMS: YALL HOEZ SAY NOTHIN CUZ YOU BE SCARED
SWILLIAMS: THE SERENA GOT GAME!!
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Clijsters:> Puppy, shweety, are you there?
Amelie:> Who? Me? Yes, I'm here!
Clijsters:No, not you, I'm sheeking my little shweet doggy, and I thought it may be shomewhere here? Haven't you seen it?
Amelie: Oh, I thought you are calling me, anyway, what the ****? Why are all these girls messaging me? I'm so bored
MHingis:>Screamapova, are you always putting right your hair, while sleeping, as like you prepair to serve on a match?
Screamapova:>Oh yes, of course, I won't be so beautiful in my dreams then Amelie:> OMG, I'm so tired of being world number one for more than 25 weeks ...somebody wants to substitute me?
MHingis:>Why not, I would be glad to sit on a queenseat for another 209 weeks, I won't have to trouble anymore.
Clijsters:>Shut up, Hingish! I've shmashed you 3 timesh in a row thish year, so I have more rights to be number 1 again.
Screamapova:> Girls, and boys, I have to go now, I have another advertising session with my new screaming business company, my voice is too low, how would I scream today?
USER jUSTINE IS TRYING TO ENTER THE ROOM - SERVER SAYS - GIVE IT UP, I'M NOT IN, YOU'VE BUMPED YOUR HEAD YEASTERDAY, SO STAY IN BED AND BE A GOOD GIRL!
Screamapova:>I think I'll retire from tennis. I've just found a new fantastic job.
Clijsters:> What ish it?
Screamapova:>I signed a ten year contract with screaming business company. What do you think?
Clijsters:> Wow, that's great, wish you all the best, but before that pleashe bring back all the money you've earned from WTA (thinking - Now get out of the room, I can't hear the shpeakers!)
VENUS WILLIAMS TRYING TO JOIN THE CHATROOM - SERVER SAYS - YOU DON'T HAVE A PERMISSION TO ENTER THIS CHAT, BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT TOP 20 SEEDED PLAYER IN WTA RANKING ( OMG, daddy, where are you? Please do something!)
MHingis:> I'm not afraid of testing, but they can at least respect my private hours, spending here in chatroom!
MHingis:>Kimi? Kimi? Are you there? Who's knocking on the chatroom's door?
Clijsters: >Shtop calling me Kimi, I'm not Kimi Raikkonen!
MHingis:> Hey room? How r u?
Screamapova:> I have to wake up early tomorrow, there's a square metre of pavement I need to endorse
MHingis:> You know, Maria, you may be spreading yourself too thin
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Yuriy:> MARIA! GET TO BED!
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Petrova:> Maria, do you actually speak Russian?
Petrova:> Историческая грамматика русского языка
USER MARIA HAS DROPPED OUT: (Reason: SERVER FATIGUE.. hehe that'll fool 'em)
Amelie:> HOT GIRLS MSG AMELIE
Justine:> Anyone wanting to play some good pong?
Justine:> I am warning you that my computer will be getting a virus if am losing
Clijters:> Yesh, letsh play shome good tennish
Justine:> I will be being good tomorrow but i'm going to be miss my good English lesson. Today we will be supposed to learning about good "gerunds"
MHingis:> You half-men don't stand a chance, you know, against Hingis 2.0
Clijsters:> I shweeped the floor with you three timesh Hingish!
MHingis:> Pardon? I couldn't hear you over, you know, the noise of 209 WEEKS AT #1!
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Tuesday, August 15, 2006
By Rosamond Hutt, Community Newswire
EDUCATION Literacy, 07 Jul 2006 - 16:58
Tennis pros are the stars of a charity campaign encouraging children to read more books, it was revealed today.
Players including Tim Henman, Venus Williams and Lleyton Hewitt are the latest in a line of sporting celebrities to promote reading.
They have joined cricketers, rugby players, footballers, wrestlers and a basketball star to discuss their favourite books for the National Literary Trust's Reading Champions campaign.
The trust is hoping children will be persuaded to get into the habit of reading for pleasure by their sporting role models.
Tim Henman said he often reads to his daughters, Lleyton Hewitt's favourite children's title is an Australian book called "Possum Magic" by Mem Fox, while Kim Clijsters and Martina Hingis nominated the Harry Potter series.
Ivan Ljubicic named Croatian author Ivan Kusan as his favourite children's writer.
Maria Sharapova, Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis all enjoyed best-selling author Dan Brown's thrillers "Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons".
Venus Williams, who chose "Charm School" by Susan Wiggs as her preferred read, said: "Reading is very important. I always have a book with me. It opens my mind, it strengthens my vocabulary, it's fun. You read about things that don't happen in real life."
Katy Hamlin, manager of the trust's Study Support Centre, said: "We're thrilled that such elite players value reading and have taken time to support this scheme.
"Having reading role models is really important for young people and it's so encouraging to know that our pupils may be motivated to pick up a new book and share the reading experience of a world-class tennis player."
Neil McClelland, the trust's director, said: "Sports stars can have a tremendous influence on people's attitudes.
"By encouraging young people to view reading as a champion's pastime, these players are helping to inspire young people to become readers."
The National Literacy Trust is the only organisation concerned with raising literacy standards for all age groups throughout the UK. For more information visit www.literacytrust.org.uk
All copyrighted images but none the less worth many visits. :)
Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.
if you can read the above paragragh, this theory is really true!!
--------------------That is true because i understood every word
Or should i say,
Taht is ture becusae i udnerstood evrey wrod!?
Just to keep those 'taste buds' nibbling. :P
The big shot
Radek Štěpánek is first Czech in three years to enter top 10 after quarterfinal run at Wimbledon
By František Bouc
Staff Writer, The Prague Post
July 19, 2006
Before starting his sixth season on the ATP Tour in January, Radek Štěpánek had two goals: to win his first tournament and to make it into the top 10 of the tour's rankings.
Seven months later, he's accomplished both.
The 27-year-old from Karviná, north Moravia, met his first goal by winning an indoor tournament in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in February. A quarterfinal run at Wimbledon in July took Štěpánek, nicknamed 'Steps,' to eighth place on the ATP rankings.
"The work has been done, I can start improvising now," Štěpánek joked.
Štěpánek is the first Czech tennis player to reach the top 10 of the ATP Tour in three years and is emerging as the answer to the question: "Whatever happened to Czech tennis?"
And while he is by no means satisfied with meeting this year's goals — Štěpánek wants to keep moving up the rankings — he also knows there's a lot of work left to do.
"I'd like to explore my limits," he said. "I know that I've still got lots of things to improve in my game."
One of those things is certainly his composure during pivotal moments in matches.
In his quarterfinal match at Wimbledon against Swedish veteran player Jonas Björkman, Štěpánek was up two sets to one and serving for the match at 54, but he shocked the crowd with three double faults in that game. He never recovered.
"I just choked at the crucial moment," Štěpánek said after the match. The idea of "advancing to the semifinals at Wimbledon was overwhelming."
Štěpánek's career has been something of a slow burner. He made his debut on the ATP Tour in 1998 but didn't appear in a Grand Slam event until 2002. He played in 18 Grand Slams since but, until this year, never made it past the third round.
Štěpánek insists his recent rise is the result of surrounding himself with what he calls "the right people."
In 2001, Štěpánek was wallowing below 500 in the rankings, and many people wrote him off. But not Petr Korda, who won the 1998 Australian Open and is the country's last Grand Slam champion.
At the time, "He told me that I had the potential to be ranked in the top 10, and I told him that he was crazy. ...Well, after four and a half years of working with him, he turned out to be right," Štěpánek said.
Korda is now Štěpánek's mentor. Though Korda doesn't tour with Štěpánek, the two often talk on the phone during tournaments.
"I practice with him occasionally, and I frequently call him for advice. ... He was a champion player; his advice is priceless," Štěpánek said.
Another person who helped Štěpánek is Czech-born Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis. The couple has lived together for around six months, and Štěpánek credits much of his recent success to their relationship.
"I'm happy outside the court, so it makes life on the court easier, too," he said.
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Bart Simpson of the court
Štěpánek's success is rejuvenating Czech tennis, which has gone downhill since the heydays of Martina Navrátilová and Ivan Lendl. Not only is Štěpánek the first Czech man in three years to make it into the top 10, he is only the sixth to do so.
His success comes at just the right time, said professional coach Zdeněk Žofka.
"Tennis here is recovering, and Štěpánek's example shows young players that Czech players can still succeed," he said.
Štěpánek is nevertheless not the perfect role model. Last year, he left the Czech Davis Cup team to focus on the tour and said he won't return.
"The Davis Cup looks like a closed chapter for me," he said.
His on-court behavior is also often controversial. Štěpánek's antics inspired The Daily Telegraph to describe him as the Bart Simpson of the tennis court.
Štěpánek isn't very concerned about this, though.
"I don't think that I've changed for the worse, but I had to change my approach to improve my game," he said. "I had to become more of an introvert. I can't keep joking around like I used to."
And to round it off a nice picture of Martina from aluytenuk's Gallery on Flickr:
anyways sorry for the delays dudes & dudettes. So without wasting any time here goes...
Quotes on specific subjects:
The only way around is through.
Frost, Robert - 1875-1963, American Poet
Business is more exciting than any game.
Beaverbrook, Lord - British Minister
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
Chambers, Oswald - 1874-1917 Scottish Preacher, Author
Castles in the air - -they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build as well.
Ibsen, Henrik - 1828-1906, Norwegian Dramatist
Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.
Dumas, Alexandre - 1802-1870, French Novelist
Faith moves mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you are praying.
Food & Eating
Eating is touch carried to the bitter end.
Butler, Samuel - 1612-1680, British Poet, Satirist
The wise only possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor - 1772-1834, British Poet
Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music.
Bovee, Christian Nevell - 1820-1904, American Author
I am invariably of the politics of the people at whose table I sit, or beneath whose roof I sleep.
Borrow, George - 1803-1881, British Author
In case anyone was wondering where i was. The answers are:
Firstly blogger was blocked by the gov. of India.
Then when it came on i was BUSY!!!
Lastly my net connection it self was down! :(
So what was i upto during these days. Well currently i am writing my 'Char Dham Trip' description which i will post as soon as i finish it. :)