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Syndicated 2012-02-27 21:54:56 from Bibek Paudel's weblog

England vs Germany

Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win. The words of Gary Linekar, the famous striker of the English team that lost to Germany in the 1990 World Cup semis.

As arch-rivals England and Germany gear up for the 2nd round match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup match later today, I am also getting a little more excited than usual. In school, I used to be an avid follower of football, reading and watching about the games as much as I could. I remember Oliver Bierhoff’s golden goal in Euro ’96 final and the famous match Germany and England played in the semis. Lately, I have watched only a few matches. Though the English have good players and play well, for some unknown reason, I have never liked their team- and always wanted them to lose. As I root for Germany today, here are some interesting pieces of information I collected for the pre-match consumption.

Games against Germany represent some of the lowest points in England’s 44 years of hurt. Of course England wants to win the World Cup but if we can’t, we at least want to be beat the German: a life-long England supporter in the Deutsche Welle.

The New York Times: “Three World Cups!” the Germans like to cry, gently mocking England’s sole success in the competition, a 4-2 victory over West Germany in extra time in 1966 at London’s Wembley Stadium, and comparing it with Germany’s success in 1954, 1974 and 1990 (all as West Germany, before German reunification). “Two world wars!” has been the English supporters’ response.

The British tabloid has been quick to draw comparisons between the game and the war. The Daily Star writes, GERMANY is set to kick up a Reich stink at the World Cup by playing in Nazi-style black shirts. The German tabloid Bild calls The ‘Daily Star’ headline is just sick. The SS and Fascist groups in Italy and England were known as ‘Black Shirts’. It says, it was the height of poor taste, coming the day after International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The Independent gets humbler than the tabloids and makes a list of good things about the rivals including the invention of 23-year-old German university student, Paul Nipkow, who thought up the first electromechanical television system in 1884, without which, we would be listening to today’s match on the wireless. Read more in What has Germany ever done for us?

Germans watching the World Cup (source: The Welt)

The BBC reports that a psychic octopus said to have correctly predicted many of Germany’s previous match has predicted a German win in today’s match.

Since ’66 the Germans have always finished at least one stage ahead of England in the World Cup and there was a time, until that amazing 5-1 win in Munich in 2001, when they regularly got the better of us. But you don’t have to be burdened by history; the point is to try to make it… I see it’s the youngest side the Germans have brought to the finals since 1934. (The Independent)

Germans thrive when under pressure. (The Independent)

Germans: Eleven years ago, half our rival’s squad would not qualify as citizens under rules introduced by Kaiser (nice pictures): The Daily Mail

The Daily Mail also writes about how economy will boost if England wins and how people in both countries have stocked beer for the occasion.

In an interesting article, The Daily Mail writes, why do we love to hate them? It can’t just be that deep down we know they’re better than us at football, and particularly at taking penalties? Can it? The piece is aptly titled: Why we still love bashing the Boche: as we face Germany in the World Cup tomorrow, we salute the silly side of our old enemy.

The German and British Prime Ministers to watch the big game together during the G8 summit: The Local

The Guardian writes about “Das Englische Elfmetertrauma“, the famous penalty-shootout duels between Germany and England.

The Bild gives six reasons why the Germans think they will beat England. The Daily Mail has its own set of reasons why England will win.


The Welt has another interesting photo gallery titled Again and Again against England, with classic pictures from previous matches between the countries.

The Spiegel has a nice photo gallery too.

The Psychological War

According to The Daily Mail, the English FA wanted to book the five-star Hotel Velmore Grande for the Sunday’s game, but Germans were quicker. The Bild said They wanted to pitch up in the Hotel Velmore Grande for the quarter finals but the DfB [German FA] was quicker – and now we are getting ready in the luxury five-star accommodation for victory on Sunday.

Psychological War? Sure. Read ahead.

The man fielded for the pre-match press conference by the German team was Andreas Köpke, the German goalie who saved England’s penalty in the ’96 Euro Cup victory.

The German team recently visited the Lions’ Park in South Africa. The English team are called “The three lions” by the press, in reference to the English Coat of arms. The Welt has a photo gallery of the visit to the Lions’ Park. The Daily mail story also writes in length about it.

The Tabloid War

More World Cup

The Bild: What kind of people don’t watch the world cup ? (with a gallery).

The Telegraph: WAGS arrive in South Africa to back England. (I am of the opinion that England would make a better pop-band than a football team ;) )

Syndicated 2010-06-27 10:13:54 from Bibek Paudel's weblog

Welcome back to reality !

I’m sure you had almost started thinking of yourself as a global citizen as you wished each other “Merry Christmas” and partied well over the weekend. Especially to those in Kathmandu and cities. I’m sure some of you had already made plans for the New Year celebration. Life was sailing all right. You had those usual complaints and ideas on how to improve the system in the country but even without them, things seemed to be working just fine. At least they weren’t getting on your way. The crippling strikes (bandhas) and road-blockades wouldn’t deter you from doing your work or enjoying your leisure (Read: Nation of Strikes). Who cares about Nepalese politics anyway?

That was until I read the news today that next week onwards, we’ll have eight hours of power cut every day. Another 15 days, and the duration will be ten hours. Soon, it will be sixteen-hour a day.

Well friends, welcome back to reality ! I think power-cuts should be a part of our national priority and policy-agenda. Nothing, not even strikes, has as strong effect of grounding the unruly youths of the nation, as the power-cut schedule has. To those guilty of thinking of themselves as competitive and capable-of-anything generation of energetic youth, nothing is as humbling as this schedule. Back to where your belong, fellas!

Source: The BG Experience

It was about a year ago that I wrote a couple of posts on the same topic. I just went through them, and found some points worth repeating:

  • I challenge you to contemplate – really stop and think for a moment - what your life would be like if you had to live 10 hours of each and every day without electricity.
    - Jules West on Kura Kaani and Jai Nepal
  • It’s gonna be 82 hours/week from tomorrow. 12 hours for 6 days and 10 for the one remaining day. More reason to celebrate the glorious darkness in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.
    - ShutUp, commenting on More Darkness
  • Oh BTW, I heard some stats that said the city with the most load-shedding (least electric power) – major city that is – in the world is Kabul, Afghanistan. Kathmandu is #2.
    - sirensongs, commenting on The Load Shedding Conspiracy
  • Life, so blissed to be so utterly ignorant and so happily incapable of any voice and resistance, of anything at all beyond frustration, dejection and surrender. Of course, in Nepal, all this and more go on as if this is the way things should have always been. (from The Load Shedding Conspiracy)

With an predicted economic crisis (triggered by a liquidity crunch) in six months, and a foreseen political crisis in four months, load-shedding was just the missing ingredient for a wonderful new year gift for the population.

Ankur on Load Shedding:

अँध्यारोमा जन्मेको थ्यौ, अँध्यारोमै मर

घुस खाको पैसा बाँकि भए, जेनेरेटरमा भर ।

Meanwhile, I recently read about people like us declaring independence from Nepal and forming a separate country.

And, oh yes – Happy New Year 2010.

Syndicated 2009-12-28 21:47:52 from Bibek Paudel's weblog

Solved: Plone installation Strange Error


After installing Plone 3.3.2 as a standalone server from the Unified Installer in Ubuntu 9.04, adding a new plone-site (from the ZMI) produced strange error. I have been facing this for quite sometime now.

The Error Message:

Site Error

An error was encountered while publishing this resource.

Error Type: KeyError
Error Value: ''

Here’s the error log taken from the file instance.log.


In the instance section of the buildout.cfg file, add the following (replacing your own timezone if necessary):

zope-conf-additional =
        TZ Asia/Katmandu

Run the buildout again, start the Zope Server and the problem will be gone.

What happened:

For some strange reason, Python couldn’t pick up the timezone of my machine. We fixed that by explicitely providing one in the buildout.cfg file.

Matthew Wilkes told me on IRC, “when Zope creates a date object it uses the timezone of the local machine, if not otherwise specified. Every object gets a creation date, which is then stored in the portal catalog so it can be searched for. The catalog tries to normalise the timezones so searches don’t have to take account of the fact that 1pm EST is the same time as 6pm GMT. Zope couldn’t find my machine’s timezone for whatever reason, so used the timezone ”, which caused a key-error when the date-time machinery tried to look up what the offset from GMT is.” He said that they will have to work on making the installation process adress this strange problem.

Matthew has added a ticket for this bug: #9857.

Thanks, also to cbess (I guess he is Christopher Bess) of the #plone IRC channel.

More Help:

How to install Plone with the Unified Installer and managing projects with buildout. The later link also explains how to install Plone using paster, which I’m told is the ‘advanced’ way to do the thing :)

I’d prefer installing from my Package Manager. But there also seems to be some problem in Jaunty’s plone3-site package as attempting to install plone3-site from synaptic gave this error:

Setting up plone3-site (3.1.7-1) …
dpkg: error processing plone3-site (–configure): subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 10
Errors were encountered while processing: plone3-site

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Syndicated 2009-11-26 07:40:59 from Bibek Paudel's weblog

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