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¿Quién mató a Bambi?

‘¿Quién mató a Bambi?’ es la historia de dos jóvenes amigos que tienen que encontrar la manera de que el Presidente de la compañía en la que trabajan, y suegro de uno de ellos, regrese sano y salvo a su casa, ya que por extrañas circunstancias se encuentra encerrado semidesnudo en el maletero de su coche. Paralelamente, un empresario acuciado por las deudas y su socio intentarán un secuestro exprés, aunque por una serie de desafortunadas coincidencias acaban secuestrando a su padre por equivocación. A partir de ahí los problemas crecen…

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The Crown Pub

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The Crown Pub next to the station. This is probably the first pub people see on arrival in Liverpool. The architect is unknown. 1859 is the earliest reference to a pub here. In 1888 William Clarkson, the owner of the Midland, took over here. But like others in 1905, it was taken over by Peter Walker, Brewers of Warrington and Burton on Trent. As we entered, we’d have noticed that exterior, the richest art nouveau of any pub. This exterior is really impressive with its moulded plaster friezes, the shallow box windows on the first and second floor, the cut glass windows, the copper panels and the beautiful golden letters outside. Looking from the window of the Crown, we can see Wellington on his monument and he had a great influence on the pubs of Liverpool. Before the 19th century, most beer was brewed in private houses, known as pot houses. But most of the social problems then were not caused by beer drinking, but by spirit drinking. Wellington had the idea that if he could encourage people to drink beer rather than spirits, it would solve a great many social problems. A familiar sight against the bustle of Lime Street Station, you could say we’re a city pub with a local heart. And a famous one at that – our distinct art nouveau exterior and grand original features reveal a fascinating history. Today, there’s always something good on to draw a crowd around our big, sociable bar. But equally you’ll find lots of quiet, cosy nooks perfect for escaping the world over a pint. I went twice in Liverpool and I had twice sunday lunch here!

09.11.13 Liverpool Fc v Fulham Fc

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An own goal by Fernando Amorebieta, a Martin Skrtel header and a brace from Luis Suarez saw Fulham go down to a 4-0 defeat at Anfield for the second season in a row. A good spell by Fulham was ended in the 23rd minute when Amorebieta turned a Steven Gerrard free-kick into his own net. And the hosts increased their advantage soon afterwards when Skrtel headed a Gerrard corner home. Suarez made it 3-0 before half-time when he raced onto Jordan Henderson’s throughball to score. And the lively Liverpool marksman added a second just after the break when Gerrard caught Kieran Richardson in possession and teed up his teammate to fire home. It capped a miserable afternoon for Fulham as the Whites slumped to a fourth successive defeat in all competitions. Fulham boss Martin Jol made two changes from the side that lost 3-1 at home to Manchester United last time out. Elsad Zverotić came in for the suspended Sascha Riether, who sat out the first match of his three-game ban, while Alexander Kačaniklić, Fulham’s scorer against United, replaced Bryan Ruiz. After a minute’s silence to mark Remembrance Day, Liverpool won an early corner which eventually resulted in Daniel Agger firing over from eight yards. The home side’s early pressure continued, with Suarez forcing Maarten Stekelenburg to save low down in the sixth minute after a neat move involving Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho. At the other end, a quick break by Fulham in the 15th minute saw Dimitar Berbatov spray the ball out wide to Ashkan Dejagah. The winger pulled it back for Zverotić whose cross to the far post was met by Pajtim Kasami. The midfielder chested the delivery down and saw his shot deflect off Glen Johnson and into the side-netting. A good spell for Fulham saw Berbatov collect Kasami’s pass and hit an effort with the outside of his boot straight at Simon Mignolet in the 21st minute. But 60 seconds later Liverpool were in front. Gerrard whipped in a free-kick from the right and as Suraez leapt to meet it he missed his header and the ball went in off the unfortunate Amorebieta. Scott Parker went into the book in the 24th minute to pick up his fourth booking of the season after cynically chopping down Gerrard from behind as Liverpool looked to break – but it was 2-0 moments later. The Reds won a corner and Gerrard’s delivery was attacked at the near post by Skrtel who beat Amorebieta to the ball to head powerfully home. Liverpool saw strong penalty claims waved away four minutes later when Henderson’s cross hit Richardson, before Stekelenburg did brilliantly to tip a fierce effort from Coutinho over the bar. From the corner, Coutinho saw a shot deflected into the grateful arms of the Fulham goalkeeper. It was 3-0 to Liverpool on 36 minutes, Henderson playing in Suarez to race beyond the flatfooted Fulham defence and slot past a helpless Stekelenburg. Jol made a change for the start of the second half, with Ruiz replacing Kačaniklić, but Liverpool should have been 4-0 up within a minute of the restart. Suarez forced Stekelenburg to save with his feet from close range, with Daniel Sturridge picking up the rebound and firing towards goal. The Dutch stopper made a fine one-handed save but the ball fell to Suarez who blazed over from five yards. The onslaught continued and Sturridge fired wide after twisting past Amorebieta and Richardson then made a good tackle to deny the in-form Liverpool man a shooting chance just inside the box. But the Fulham defender was at fault for Liverpool’s fourth when he dawdled in possession and Gerrard nipped in to nick the ball and release Suarez to fire past Stekelenburg at his near post. Fulham saw penalty claims waved away on 55 minutes when Dejagah went down under a challenge from Aly Cissokho after racing onto a Berbatov pass. Aaron Hughes replaced Zverotić on the hour mark in Jol’s second substitution of the afternoon. Stekelenburg made a fairly comfortable save from Coutinho on 71 minutes after Suarez had wriggled into space and teed up his teammate. Jol made his final change of the day, replacing Berbatov with Giorgos Karagounis, before the referee brought a disappointing day to an end for the Whites.

The Lion Tavern

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This unassuming corner pub contains hidden treasure. It may not have the grandeur or scale of some other Liverpool pubs, but the Lion has the warmth and intimacy of a welcoming local. The main bar is pleasant with some attractive art nouveau tiles. Explore further, by way of the gents, and you’ll find an L shaped corridor and screen of carved timber and etched and cut glass, with art nouveau tiling below. This screen acts as a servery the rooms behind, the walls to which were removed in the 1960’s. A mid 19th century pub, it was remodelled in the early 1900’s. This type of lobby layout is peculiar to Liverpool pubs, according to Mark Girouard, the Victorian pub historian. The Lion Tavern has a wide selection of good cask ales on eight handpumps and over 80 malt whiskies. The pub speciality is pork pies kept in a fridge on the bar. There’s always plenty to do with a quiz night every Tuesday, a board game club, meetings of the Bob Dylan Society and an acoustic night to name but a few.

Liverpool away

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Credo che, se vuoi provare a far capire certe emozioni a chi ti legge, devi scrivere certe cose col cuore ancora caldo e per questo inizio a scrivere questo post ancora con la faccia stanca dal fine settimana nel Merseyside. Venerdí mattina tutto inizia con un grande spavento, non trovavo la carta d’identitá…inutile dire che il famoso “keep calm” non rientrava nel momento. Ovviamente al riuscire a raffreddare la mente ecco il lampo di genio che permette di far scivolare in tranquillitá il resto della giornata. 2 ore e poco piú di un volo tranquillo quando il pilota annuncia che in 20 minuti avremmo toccato terra al John Lennon International Airport di Liverpool dove lasciati alle spalle il sole e i 22 gradi di Barcelona ci stava aspettando una grandinata e 6 gradi di temperatura, welcome to UK. Pochi metri sotto la grandine, la coda rapida per l’immigration e sono giá sul 80A con destinazione Liverpool quando scopro che i miei compagni di viaggio sono bloccati all’aeroporto di Manchester (circa 50 km da Liverpool), dove il loro bus é misteriosamente scomparso. Intanto arrivo in cittá mi faccio una splendida passeggiata “under the rain”, almeno aveva smesso di grandinare, fino a trovare l’hotel. Check in fatto non resta che aspettare e visto che avevo fatto i compiti a casa sapevo che uno dei “5 best pub in Liverpool” era dietro l’hotel. Ovviamente non perdo tempo, troppa voglia di “Casc Hale” e cosí eccomi al “Lion Tavern”, il pub é pieno, é venerdí sera…riesco a guadagnare un posto alla barra e dopo 3 minuti passati in solitudine ecco che il mio vicino attacca bottone “Mick” una 50 d’anni con maglietta dello Zenith, season ticket holder del Man U, con lui Ian tifoso e abbonato del Huddersfield e un finlandese, di cui non ricordo il nome, residente e tifoso del Liverpool. Passo una buona serata ed esco giusto a tempo per ritrovare i reduci di Manchester sulla porta dell’hotel. Sabato mattina é il “matchday”, Anfield Road un sogno che diventa realtá, uno di quei campi mitici, quelli sognati dai tifosi di calcio di tutto il mondo ma quasi impossibile per l’estrema difficoltá a trovare i biglietti per la partita. Mi sveglio presto nonostante sia andato a letto tardi, l’emozione della giornata si sente giá. Ci prepariamo e usciamo…bisogna cercare una colazione inglese, la troviamo anche se non é la migliore che ho provato…forse un pó povera ma comunque molto buona. Ora siamo pronti, qualche messaggio coi ragazzi in viaggio da Londra, appuntamento all’away pub “The Arkles” intorno all’una. Cosí si parte, autobus in direzione Anfield dove ci accoglie un bel acquazzone! (Da notare che sono stati 2 giorni di sole a parte questi 2 episodi circoscritti). L’aver giá fatto il tour di Anfield il passato mese di aprile forse ha rovinato un pó l’emozione di trovarselo davanti peró sapevo che non sarebbe stato assolutamente cosí. The Arkles é in Anfiel Road a circa 200 metri dal “away sector” e la veritá che nonostante fosse il pub indicato come “away” le due tifoserie erano perfettamente mischiate con un incredibile rispetto delle parti…ambiente disteso, Reading v QPR sui maxischermi, pinte e chiacchiere…poco dopo arrivano i “londinesi” e purtroppo il tempo passa veloce, qulche pinta e via verso lo stadio, un controllo rapido da parte dei 2 agenti sulla porta ed eccoci nella pancia di Anfield…the dream becomes true. Un hot dog, una pinta (ovviamente) un salto al bagno e su per la scala….un respiro profondo ed eccomi li, finalmente. Lo stadio é giá quasi tutto pieno, lo sará in pochi minuti…il tempo di raggiungere i nostri posti e guardarsi un pó intorno che partono le note di “You’ll Never Walk Alone” e le squadre entrano in campo. Arrivati a questo punto del racconto mi fermo, guardate il video che ho fatto e provate a immaginarvi seduti li al mio posto, potrei scrivere milioni di parole ma non sarei in grado di farvi provare quell’emozione…vi dico solo del silenzio rispettoso dei tifosi del Fulham durante l’inno del Liverpool, ne abbiamo presi 4 e i tifosi del Liverpool a 2 metri da noi non ci hanno insultato, derisi o tirato niente e a fine partita siamo usciti immediatamente tornando a mescolarci per le vie intorno lo stadio….When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high, and don’t be afraid of the dark, at the end of the storm there is a golden sky and the sweet silver song of the lark. Walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain, though your dreams be tossed and blown. Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone, you’ll never walk alone…

06.11.13 Barcelona v Milan

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Leo Messi  led FC Barcelona into the last 16 of the Champions League with the opening and final goals against Milan at the Camp Nou tonight. The first was a penalty and the second from a lovely move with Cesc. With Busquets grabbing one more in between the Argentinean’s brace,  Milan could only reply with a Piqué own goal just before the break. The three points ensure Barça are mathematically through to the last 16 of the competition, sitting five points ahead of Milan, who stay in second place. Massimiliano Allegri was true to his words on Tuesday and set up his team with a clear defensive attitude, with 9 or 10 players crammed into the final third of the pitch, Milan were happy to sit deep and wait for Barça from the off. And just as they had in San Siro, Kaká found it tough to find the space they need to create chances, as the Italians booted away possession to the hosts without ever venturing into  the Barça half. Barça weren’t making clear chances, but they kept plugging away and when Iniesta carved out a great opening for Neymar, Abate brought the Brazilian down in the box for Messi to step up and fire home the penalty for the opening goal. Barça continued to dominate possession with Xavi and Iniesta hogging the ball, whilst Neymar provided the spark – again suffering a foul that led to a goal, with Xavi crossing a free kick in for Busquets  – enjoying a great game -to head home  and double Barça’s lead. Just as the half looked like ending comfortably, Barça conceded a goal when Kaká crossed from the left and Piqué’s attempted clearance flew into the net – a goal that recalled one against Osasuna in Pamplona a couple of years ago. The goal came just on half time and was a psychological boost to Milan. With Balotelli on after the break, and with Kaká pulling the strings, Milan were now looking more ambitious – which also of course left them more vulnerable at the back. The game was opening up now, with chances – which weren’t taken – at both ends. Barça then imposed a more measured pace to the game and Iniesta brought a good save from  Abbiati  before Neymar nearly broughtthe house down with a great individual effort, beating four defenders before shooting high. Alexis could also have made it three, but it was Messi who rounded off the scoring, latching onto a  brilliant one-two with Cesc  – who’d come on for Iniesta  – to fire home and ensure a spot in the last 16.

03.11.13 Europa v Vilassar de Mar

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El Europa tuvo que esforzarse al máximo para superar a un buen Vilassar de Mar. Se avanzaron los locales en el minuto 16 con un remate de cabeza de Javi Sánchez. El resto del primer tiempo no tuvo mucha historia, con juego calmado para los locales y sin ningún ocasión clara en el bando visitante. En la reanudación, instantes iniciales con buen ritmo por parte de los dos equipos. Pasado un cuarto de hora, gol anulando a Camacho, previo al empate del Vilassar en una jugada donde, dentro del área, Vives cedió para que Bayón marcara de remate cruzado. Ni dos minutos duró la alegría para los del Maresme. El mismo tipo de gol anteriormente anulado a Camacho (remate de cabeza posterior al servicio de una falta), se volvió a repetir, esta vez sin observaciones de fuera de juego, y el 2-1, que ya no se movió.

01.11.13 Barcelona v Espanyol

The day after roast chestnuts and Halloween, FC Barcelona took all three points from the local derby with Espanyol. The game was decided by a Neymar assist for an Alexis Sánchez who is enjoying his finest season yet for the club. The Chilean had already played a key role in the clásico and in Tuesday’s game in Vigo, and once again found the back of the net in this bank holiday encounter. Thanks to him, a more passive and practical Barça than we are used to seeing were able to claim another full set of three points. In total, that’s now an astonishing 34 out of 36. FC Barcelona did all they could in the first half, but got nothing out of it. They were superior in every aspect of the game and completely dominated the possession but simply couldn’t find a way through the superbly compact defense deployed by Javier Aguirre. Espanyol simply held their lines at the back and looked for loose opportunities to mount the occasional counter attack. The only place where Barça did seem to be finding gaps was down Alves’ wing, with the Brazilian giving Torje a nightmare of an evening, but never quite managing to get his crosses to connect. Alves was also the protagonist of two incidents, one at either end of the pitch, in the space of little more than a minute. In the FCB area, a misunderstanding with Valdés almost gifted a goal to ex Barça man Víctor Sánchez, but Valdés saved the day by pulling off a tremendous save. Moments later, Alves tried to make amends with a powerful strike from the edge of the Espanyol area, but the ball struck the post. The game reached half-time scoreless, but with no major reason for alarm among the Barça ranks. And in the second half they finally sorted things out. The football was a lot slicker and electric than it had been in the fitrst 45 minutes as Barça stepped things up a gear in search of the Espanyol net. It looked like Messi had scored from a header, but Casilla pulled off an absolutely extraordinary save, and Neymar also came close from outside the area. The ball just didn’t seem to want to go in. But Espanyol’s luck didn’t last forever. In the 67th minute, a delightful assist from Neymar, nutmegging both Raúl Rodríguez and Sidnei in the process, gifted a virtual tap-in for Alexis Sánchez, who was waiting unmarked at the far post. The two men who scored in the clásico had done it again. The goal obliged Espanyol to push forward in search of a leveller, and the last twenty minutes saw plenty of action at both ends of the pitch, but there was no further score. We certainly didn’t see Barça at their best tonight, and Espanyol produced a plucky performance, but nevertheless there is little doubt that the it was a thoroughly deserved win for the home side, whose unbeaten record continues.