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vol. 3 #12 - 3 July 2010

The Sentinel Amsterdam

Integrity, heart, humour






In this issue FEATURE p. 03 LIFESTYLES

Smile Orange

Shane Brady & Denson Pierre walk you through Amsterdam on World Cup heat, in photos.

P. 10

Compost corner This month: The courgette.


P. 11

The good, the bad and the ugly

Film review

Watch this film today…


Loving it

World Cup reflections, so far. By Denson Pierre.

Man and boy

World Cup reflections, so far. By Gary Rudland.

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Smile Orange Shane Brady & Denson Pierre walk you through Amsterdam on World Cup heat, in photos.



Week one of competition and everyone is hopeful



As the games roll by, reality bites



WhilE some big names fade...



‌ the summer enjoyment continues regardless








Compost corner

Recipes of the month

Room 2c film

By James Naylor & Graham Jones

Ratatouille (serves 4)

By David King

Vegetable of the month Courgette

Ingredients 120ml olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped ½ red pepper, diced ½ yellow pepper, diced 6 plum tomatoes, peeled, de-seeded and cut into cubes 2 cloves grated garlic Sprig of thyme 2 medium courgettes cut into small cubes 1 aubergine, cut into small cubes

Fast-growing and highly productive, courgettes are easily grown from seed in spring and are known as ‘zucchini’ in North America, Australia, Germany and Italy. They shoot up quickly on a sunny windowsill and soon need to be moved into a larger pot. In May, they can go outside to harden off, bringing them inside or under cover on cold nights. Plant out in June, having added plenty of organic matter to the soil, but beware of the dreaded slugs. Water well during dry spells, and pick the yellow fruit when about 10cm long with the flower still on. If you leave them out too long, the courgettes swell up and become marrow like, with little flavour and tough skin. This also makes the plant less productive. The tasty, edible flowers can be used in salads or stuffed with cheese and deep fried. We have planted five courgettes (Black Beauty) this year, which should keep us supplied until the end of September. Courgettes are low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. They are high in dietary fibre, protein, vitamins A, C and B6, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, thiamine, niacin and pantothenic acid.

1) Heat a small amount of the olive oil and sweat the onion until soft. 2) Add the peppers and cook for five minutes. 3) Add the tomatoes, garlic and thyme, cover and continue cooking. 4) In a separate frying pan, heat a small amount of olive oil over a high heat and add the courgette. Cook until lightly browned then sieve off the excess oil. 5) In the same frying pan, add the remaining olive oil and, once hot, add the aubergine. Brown them and drain like the courgette. 6) Add the courgette and aubergine to the onion, pepper and tomato mixture. Cover and cook out for a further 10 minutes. Serve hot or cold, by itself, or as an accompaniment to meat or fish. Courgette salad (serves 4) Ingredients Zest and juice of two lemons 4 tbsp olive oil 6 small onions or shallots, finely chopped 100g walnuts, finely chopped 2 courgettes, sliced into ribbons lengthways, using a vegetable peeler 1 small bunch of parsley, chopped. 1) Whisk together the lemon zest, juice, oil, onions and walnuts in a salad bowl. 2) Add the courgette ribbons and lightly toss together, seasoning to taste. 3) Sprinkle with the parsley. Serve with grilled fish and boiled new potatoes.

The Princess Bride (1987) Based on William Goldman’s mustread novel, this brilliant fairy story contains enough monsters, heroes and quotable one-liners, it is almost inconceivable that you haven’t yet seen it! Is this a kissing book? Just wait and see. Westley and Buttercup provide the true love but boy can they mix it up with a giant and a drunken Spaniard battling by their side. Plato, Aristotle and Socrates might be morons but they’ve all seen this classic. Watch this film today… Unless you have six fingers!



the good, Nicolas Anelka – France

Raymond Domenech – France

Gervinho – Ivory Coast

Why the long face?

Everybody loves Raymond

Parting is such sweet sorrow

the bad, Robert Green – England

Jung Tae-se - DPR Korea

Lucio – Brazil

Hand of clod

National anthem bawl boy

Far from toothless

Diego Maradona – Argentina

Too cuddly?

and the ugly Siphiwe Tshabalala – South Africa

Mesut Özil – Germany

Wonder opening goal

The eyes have it


World Cup reflections, so far.

Loving it




By Denson Pierre

This has already been the World Cup of Diego Maradona and his Argentinean team. They may or may not go on to win the tournament, but Diego and his skilful band have brought smiles and the obvious happiness of team spirit to a competition slightly blighted by European teams being generally poor, bitter and acrimonious. USA led CONCACAF well with exciting support from Mexico, and the South Sea nations can applaud themselves. North Korea pioneered the most interesting fluid defensive formation in their first group match and their southern cousins managed to score a few and look good, too. It has become clear during this World Cup that a couple of so-called big European teams, such as France and England, were little more than overrated and over-hyped. Italy were simply ridiculous in their calculations this time round. Once again, as in most recent tournaments, the media have been preoccupied with the difficulties in controlling the new ‘rounder’ ball skilfully, but the complaints were loudest from the nations least likely to succeed. The Germans, Portuguese, Spanish and South Americans were generally more intent on getting on with the task of mastering the new equipment, as they accepted the reality that they are the best technical footballers on the planet and, as such, have a responsibility to lead the world in mastering the fancily marketed products the sponsors of these tournaments roll out from time to time. It is a trade off.

Just control it and kick it goalwards On the home front, maybe the Dutch team has also mastered the ball but, with a coach who has set them up to play some weird variant of Dunga’s Brazil in orange, they have been effective but boring to watch. Brazil have more of a dynasty of success in football and I just hope, for the personal safety of their coach, that they do go on to win the tournament, as it is almost upsetting to associate their grind, crunch and break style of football with the Brazilian football spirit the world prefers to enjoy. Whenever the World Cup comes around, the excitement it stirs reminds me of being a young boy; an uncomplicated enjoyment of football, rather than the politics and marketing spider’s web, which often seem to overtly constipate players of the modern era. On a simple level, I still believe that my youthful exuberance is shared with hundreds of millions of youngsters around the world, who just want to see the colours of the different parts of the planet and elite sportsmen play entertainingly. As jaded adults living in a wall-to-wall TV football universe, we know how difficult it is to consistently perform at the highest level. Let us hope that the eventual winning nation does so with style and joy in their own dribbles and shooting ability. Let the winners keep the game interesting to every young person who has temporarily set aside their digital gaming console, if they have one. For me, it ought to be Argentina managed by Maradona who end up on top, as the craziness of the circus around his overall legend may just be what football is all about.


World Cup reflections,so far.

Man and boy


By Gary Rudland

At the time of writing, Spain have successfully negotiated their tricky last-16 match against neighbouring Portugal and now face Paraguay in the quarter-finals. So far, David Villa has been their star player, scoring four goals, making him the tournament’s joint-highest scorer. Although Spain’s coach, Vicente del Bosque, has given Fernando Torres plenty of time on the pitch, he does not appear to be fully fit and has been substituted in most games.


But what of Arsenal’s Premier League wonder boy, Cesc Fabregas? Although he suffered a few minor injuries last season, when he was on the pitch, Arsenal were a different team. Virtually all the play went though him and his contribution to matches, in terms of goals and assists, was superb. Indeed, by the end of the season, there was serious speculation that he might be ready to return to his home club, Barcelona. This may still happen but, if it does, it will not be as a result of his World Cup performances. So far, he has made two very unmemorable substitute appearances and has spent the rest of the time (including two whole matches) sitting on the bench. This has nothing to do with a conflict with the current Spain manager, since his European Championship-winning predecessor, Luis Aragones, used Fabregas in an almost identical way.


Embarrassment of riches The problem for Cesc Fabregas is that Spain have an embarrassment of riches in midfield, which means that he has to compete for his place with the likes of Xavi Hernandes, Andres Iniesta and Xabi Alonso. All are older, wiser and more proven than Fabregas. What has been disappointing, however, is the lacklustre performances Fabregas has put in when he has been allowed to come off the bench. Misplaced passes, poor free kicks, corners and crosses, combined with a generally lackadaisical demeanour, have made him look something of a misfit in this impressive squad. We’re all used to the casual body language from his Arsenal performances but, there, he makes it seem as though he doesn’t need to break sweat to run the game. Whereas with Spain he looks like a fish out of water. Maybe he’s just waiting for his transfer to Barcelona to go through. Maybe he’s waiting for the current crop of Spanish players to reach their sell-by date. There is no doubt that he will be a star of the future for Spain, perhaps in the next European Championship and, if not, certainly by the next World Cup. But at the moment, while at Arsenal he is ‘The Man’, with Spain, he looks more like a boy amongst men. And not even his newly sprouted beard can hide that.


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