Southampton have to guarantee success.

1 Dec

01/12/2014

coach Ronald Koeman of Feyenoord during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Feyenoord and sc Cambuur

Anyone who says they predicted Southampton’s sudden success before the season began is lying to you. None of us can legitimately claim we saw it coming but it’s more than fair to say we have all equally been surprised and impressed by their start to the season, even despite their 3-0 loss to title contenders Manchester City yesterday lunchtime.

Debates can be had over whether they have the capability to beat the other teams currently atop the Premier League table, and their mettle will be tested in a Christmas period which sees them take on Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea on the back of that home defeat by the Champions.

Arguably though, come the end of the season, if Southampton can ruthlessly dispatch of the other middle of the table teams as they have been so far, it won’t matter if they lose to the other, mostly inconsistent big teams. They could feasibly lose against last year’s top six home and away and still end up in at least a Europa League position if they maintain their current form.

I’m sure Southampton fans will be over the moon regardless. However, there is a definite danger of last summer repeating itself. At the moment, the Saints are on course for perhaps even a top four spot if we are to be a bit optimistic. But, if the team finds itself languishing just outside the Europa League positions when the final whistle blows at the end of the season, it will be tough for Ronald Koeman to keep his squad together.

Similarly to last year when the likes of Lambert, Lallana and Lovren departed to Liverpool and Chambers moved to Arsenal, I’m afraid Southampton fans might have to expect players to leave again. Champions League clubs will almost certainly launch bids for Schneiderlin, Clyne, Forster and Pelle. It is even possible Koeman will be recognised, as Pochettino was, as a great manager and perhaps be pinched by a larger club.

It in integral therefore that Southampton battle their way to a European competition next year. It has to be said though, if they continue with the philosophy of the club, they are sure to look appealing to a foreign investor who might pump more funds into the team and make them a real force.

Black Friday

28 Nov

Sentiment for traditional British values is perhaps unbefitting of me as a man who considers racism, misplaced patriotism and stiff-upper-lip-ism as abhorrent drudgery better left in the 19th century. Yet I find myself nostalgically yearning for them in the face of the chaotic, dehumanising event that is Black Friday, simply for that beautiful British stereotype of over-politeness.

Descending upon our nation’s shopping centres today were thousands of, for want of a better word, ‘people’ pushing, shouting and stampeding their way to shelves and tills like a swarm of confused and angry termites prepared to crush all in their path to secure a bundle of discounted trinkets.

Having seen videos posted online of supermarkets and shops full of men, women and children clambouring over, becoming angry with, and fighting one another, an image of feeding time at the zoo floated into my head. I cast it aside immediately, of course, because I realised animals aren’t capable of conscious thought and are acting out what we would call survival of the fittest, something that we humans grew out of long ago. Cough.

Where does that basic human instinct of compassion and kindness disappear to when someone is confronted with a shop full of reduced items? Why must people descend into an animalistic frenzy?

Perhaps I am not enlightened enough to understand why one would put themselves in such a situation wherein phsycially attacking another member of the human race to wrestle a slightly better television than the one you’ve got at home is perfectly acceptable behaviour.

Or, as is the actual case, I’m being highly facetious and I think it’s possibly the most deplorable, tribalistic and self-reducing thing you could possibly do. Do people really think risking injury to save maybe a few hundred quid is a sensible idea?

Let me bestow a little advice upon anyone who is dismissive of my satire or is considering partaking in such nonsense in the future: Don’t automatically and gratefully surrender yourself to commercial temptations. Now I’m not about to ostentatiously decry possessions and denounce shopping as bourgeois but think about it for a second. Is breaking your arm in a crowd full of sweaty strangers worth it for eighty quid off your Xbox?

No one is a winner on Black Friday. Not the customer; not the shop workers; not society. The only winners are those sitting pretty in their private jets, falling about with laughter watching their bank balances increase and the morons allowing it to happen.

It’s peculiar that nationwide hysteria should be promulgated by big businesses and allowed by Western governments when it comes to commercial interests, yet any protests, which are by far and away more peaceful, are criminalised.

The Present.

26 Nov

This post is going to be quite different to the rest of my portfolio. Usually, I’m fairly irreverent and sarcastic whilst reviewing and (hopefully) insightful when discussing the topic of football. The problem with writing, I find, is that whilst I’m bursting at the seams with creativity, sometimes, if I force it, meaningless drivel comes pouring out onto the page or screen and I’m left deeply unfulfilled. See, writing is what I’m good at. And like anyone else who pursues creative hobbies, I can’t just leave something I’m not entirely impressed with on my blog and go about my day. I’m usually a laid back sort of guy– at school I’d leave homework until the last minute, unless it was something where I could get my creative juices flowing– but when it comes to writing it’s the only thing I’m actually a bit obsessive about.

Lately, however, I’ve noticed a rise in creative levels. Things feel more natural, like I’m not having to force anything. I’m not saying I’ve unlocked my inner Shakespeare (I’m better, obvs) but I’m sharper and it feels pretty good.

Now of course, I’m not writing this without prior knowledge to why this is, I just wanted to set the scene alright? But I shall tell you why. Most people who know me will say I’m pretty chilled. They’re right, I’m positive, but that doesn’t mean I’ve never had a day in my life where I was down and, in fact, I almost had a whole year of it. In second year at university, for reasons I won’t delve into because that’s not what this post’s about, life was pretty dreary and dull.

Looking back on this period, it’s like I wasn’t me, like I was a shadow. Things wouldn’t excite me as usual; things seemed bleak, even when I had something to look forward to. I’m quite adept at giving people advice and mostly I tell them to think about things positively, always look at the bright side. But in this period, I really wasn’t taking my own advice. There would be days where I’d lie in bed and achieve approximately nothing. I’d shy away from new experiences and generally just feel sorry for myself for essentially no reason.

Then, one day, I woke up, as usual, with the intention of going to a lecture, having worried the previous night about talking to people in it, but I was fine. I wasn’t worrying. Things seemed easier and, thinking about my anxieties, I realised how silly they were. But I also realised that it’s okay to be in a bad mood. I think this was part of my problem; I was worried about being worried.

Things started to get better but I had that inner monologue running still. You know the one in your head that makes you worry about things? What about when you think up hypothetical situations, changing what has happened in the past momentarily in your head? “What if I’d said or done this? That would have made things easier.” Or perhaps worrying about a thing that might happen in the future. Point is though, we all know we can’t change the past or see into the future so why do we let ourselves get carried away in our own heads when we should be focusing on what’s happening now?

We’re a weird bunch, humans. How many times have you dropped something, or banged your foot, or missed your train, cursed the inanimate object or gods and then gone about your life with that frustration pent up inside you, which has then made you have a bad day? It sounds ridiculous when you read it like that but at the time you get so caught up in that emotion that you make it a part of you. We all do it. But that doesn’t mean we should.

Through careful investigation and exploration of these ideas, I have found solutions, very simple ones, that have made my life easier. But this isn’t a vanity piece detailing my sorrows and how I’m happy now. I’m attempting to use something I’m good at to help others. Even if I can use my writing to help one person out, it’ll be worth it. Through certain practises, I know you can be happier. I did it, and I’m just a regular human like you who got caught up in my own head.

Firstly, you must remember to stay in the present. A book I believe everyone should read is Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. He reminds us that the only thing we can be certain of is the present and that by focusing your attention on it, we can ensure we don’t waste our lives fretting about the past or the future (It’s worth noting here that Tolle’s wisdom is a tad abstract, but easy enough to understand and definitely worth the read).

As we’ve said, anything in the past can’t be changed (unless you’re a member of the Fiction Depertment like in George Orwell’s 1984), and the future can’t be predicted, or, as knowledgable sci-fi fans will tell you, pardoxes will occur and that’s nasty. So don’t let yourself get carried away on the nefarious and incessant stream of anxiety in your head. As soon as you start to hear that thought pattern in your head, focus on your breathing. This brings you back to the present. It helps to clear your mind, which is what we want to achieve.

You deserve to be happy, no matter what anyone is telling you. But sometimes it’s not others berating you, but your own mind. It won’t let us forget past experiences, reminds us we did something wrong or frightens us by saying we aren’t good enough. But the important thing to remember is something that we often forget: you are not your mind. Your mind is a powerful tool, obviously. It is what I am using to write this blog piece, it’s what you are using to process the information, and it also stores a great deal of memories. I know this might sound wonderfully schizophrenic but it’s true; it’s just an organ in your body.

Once you are able to differentiate between you and your mind, you are able to break free of the negativity it throws at you on a daily basis. What you must do is observe. Observe the negative thought patterns that you are so used to, the ones that entrap you. Notice how you don’t have to make them a part of you. Observe the emotions that come bubbling up to the surface, the ones that tell you to get frustrated about silly, small things. You are also not your emotions. Just because an emotion arises, it doesn’t mean you have to take it on board.

This is something you can practise easily. Next time you drop something or hurt yourself by accident, just observe the emotion of frustration or anger. Then ignore it. It makes your day worse and it’s pointless.

Now we come to another important point: the ego. This is something everyone has, not just Jack the Lads who think they’re God’s gift. It’s the thing that makes you fear embarassment, the thing that won’t let you drop an issue because you think you’re right. The ego, Eckhart Tolle tells us, fears destruction. That’s why you shake your head, bemused at someone making a tit of themselves. That’s why, when you have a disagreement, you won’t let it drop in your own head because you have that need to be right.

It’s okay though. Again, everyone has it. But, similarly, it doesn’t have to be so. While the ego fears destruction, you shouldn’t. We all know embarassment never killed anyone and that you’ll still be alive and kicking whether you were right or not. Have you ever tried to argue with someone who doesn’t care if they’re right or wrong? It’s very difficult. But what the ego does is consume your thinking with nonsensical issues such those aforementioned. But ultimately, you know that they don’t actually matter and that you’ll come through the situation unscathed. Again, observe the ego at work. Notice its patterns.

Part of Tolle’s teachings speak of “Pain-bodies”. They are the pain that you feel when something bad happens to you. Perhaps you didn’t achieve the grade you wanted or you’ve had a bad break up or something else similarly disastrous. The pain-bodies can sort of be seen as parasites that feed on your sadness. They need you to remain downtrodden so that they continue to exist. What we do in times of pain is make that raw emotion become a part of us. It’s normal to feel emotional pain. But what usually happens is we wallow in that pain and feel sorry for ourselves for much longer than we need to.

You might be ripping your hair out and yelling at the screen “but it’s not that easy!” You’re right, and wrong, in equal measures. Right insofar that being a human and having emotions is not easy. But wrong, because it can be easy. If you are in a situation that’s upsetting, there are only two things you can do unless you have a magic wand. Firstly, change that situation. If there’s anything you can do within your power to change it, then you must. However, as is often the case, and there’s nothing you can do, the only other option is to accept it for how it is. This isn’t to say, give up and let things fuck you over. What I mean is, don’t get worked up and full of bad emotions because that isn’t going to help anyone, especially yourself. You might be thinking you have every right to be sad. Of course you do, but do you want to be?

Once you realise and understand what I have said, it leads to a much happier life. If you practise the techniques, you can get to a point where the monologue in your head is but a faint whisper that you treat like a recalcitrant child. And once you have less background noise, it leaves you much more space to think freely and creatively, hence why I feel sharper. It also allows you to pay more attention to your surroundings and begin to notice, with amazement, how beautiful life is.

I would further implore anyone to meditate. I shall perhaps leave my experiences of meditation for another blog piece but all I’ll say now is that I started five months ago and the benefits have been innumerable. Additionally, forgive. Forgive others who have wronged you and forgive yourself for wrongdoing. Life isn’t there to be filled with animosity. Only when you forgive can you truly live in the present; if you hold onto bad feelings and memories from the past, you cannot.

Using these techniques and living in the present is why I, myself, am in a good place. Looking inwards to find happiness is the key, instead of outwards to possessions and experiences. They are transient, your happiness doesn’t have to be. When you are in the present, colours are brighter and life is much easier.

Some who read this may dismiss it entirely, some may have but a smidgeon of curiosity. But, hopefully, at least one person will be affected positively. If you’ve got any questions or challenges to my piece then please, feel free to leave a comment or chat to me directly.

 

[Here’s a link to some of Eckhart Tolle’s work, just to give you a feel: http://communicate.eckharttolle.com/news/2013/07/12/creating-consciousness-to-grow-in-presence-power/ ]

England’s diamonds are beginning to sparkle…but they still need polishing

21 Nov

The World Cup was a torrid time for us England fans. Any pre-tournament optimism proved to be dumbfounded and pessimism possibly wasn’t enough as we dejectedly boarded our trains to work sans-free-newspaper for fear of one glimpse of the embarassed face of Roy Hodgson splattered across the back pages triggering a full on breakdown in the midst of our fellow commuters, following our unenthusiastic performance in Brazil.

The Lions roar faded into but a whimper with the only silver lining to be lazily plucked from the otherwise abject attempt at glory being the fairly promising performances from a handful of starlets.

This, combined with the retirement of stalwarts Gerrard and Lampard and the desperate need for a change of philosophy, has ushered in a new generation of England players which has so far been refreshingly successful. The team now has unrestricted pace and flare, and despite an evident drop in the overall quality of player, we’ve won all six games since Brazil.

There is little to criticise Roy Hodgson’s men for currently, exemplifying the schizoprenic nature of the back pages and warming our hearts for the bitterly wet and cold winter ahead. Of course, we musn’t get too ahead of ourselves, although we will because we’re England fans and and the hope and pride that burns inside us is too strong for us to be constantly downtrodden.

There’s plenty reason for England fans to be feeling content. We convincingly beat the Scottish on their turf for one; a contrast to the reverse fixture at Wembley where Rickie Lambert spared our blushes in a predictably fiery encounter. But on Tuesday night we saw our boys control the game and keep their nerve in the hostility of Celtic Park. The character we showed after conceding a sloppy late goal to the left-back Robertson (who took his goal well, and deserved it, too) by putting together a sumptuous passing move for Rooney’s second of the evening was immensely satisfying.

We showed similar maturity in Saturday’s encounter with Slovenia, coming from a goal down and stepping up our game. And the performances have been solid throughout the team too, particularly with Nathaniel Clyne staking his claim to the previously uninspiring right-back slot, and glimpses of Jack Wilshere’s potential shining through in a new, deeper-lying position.

It is these two positions that go some way to explaining the sudden upturn in England’s fortunes. Since the loss of Gary Neville from the side, we’ve been hideously under-fulfilled at right full-back. The infamously inconsistent Glen Johnson offered us little in the way of stability in that position but now he’s finally had sufficient competition and been dropped, the defence looks a lot more comofrtable and the team more balanced. Chambers, Stones, and now Clyne, have all looked strong enough candidates, demonstrating the old adage that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and with former England teams having a wealth of experience available across the other positions of the back four, it is a promising sign that we now have a similar situation at right-back too.

It is Wilshere’s form that is somewhat curious. Many critics of the Arsenal man have questioned his temperament, inparticularly concerning his ability to play the holding midfield role for both club and country. However, he is flourishing at the base of the England midfield, playing some delightful passes to his team-mates and upping his contribution to the team. Some might argue that Hodgson has found Wilshere’s natural position. Perhaps. But there is something larger at work.

Like many players, Wilshere is a player who has to feel loved; he gains twice as much confidence from having a good game, but conversely loses twice as much from a bad one. Therefore, it is important for Wilshere to be in his zone. This is where the change in system comes into play.

Inspired by the fluidity of Liverpool’s formation of the 2013-14 season, partly due to the inclusion of young Reds in the team, Hodgson has opted to introduce Brendan Rodgers’ philosophies to the England camp. The diamond in midfield, which proved to be a success for the vast majority of last season, has allowed Jack Wilshere and others to prove their worth.

While Wilshere may not be an out-and-out, Nigel de Jong type defensive midfielder who will steamroll anyone who gets in his way, the new formation allows him to dictate the play whilst remaining appropriately defensive. This is because the diamond includes two other central midfielders, Jordan Henderson and James Milner for instance, who run their proverbial buttocks off, whether it be through attacking movement or defensive positioning. This means Wilshere is protected from having the onus of being the man to break up play, something which is not his forte, as well as having space to spray over-the-top balls, like he did to Oxlade-Chamberlain to devastating effect against the Scots, due to the other midfielders making it for him.

It also means we can afford to play two up front but not in the flat and stale 4-4-2 of yesteryear. This is vitally important when you consider our strikers. Danny Welbeck is much more effective when part of a strikeforce and not played out of position, as is his former Manchester United team-mate and now-captain, Wayne Rooney, who noticeably becomes a more ardent player when deployed up top. And with a number of star strikers to choose from, it would be asinine to pick just one.

Going forward, it is imperative that we stick to this fluid formation that afford our creative players more freedom and continue the admirable new trend of calling up players that are in-form instead of by-price tag. Charlie Austin definitely deserves a chance, as well as maybe Mark Noble. Perhaps the most important thing we can take from our dreadful summer campaign will be the opportunities afforded to otherwise overlooked players and a lack of expectancy, which is arguably what held us back with the superstars.

Is Brendan Rodgers mad, lucky or a genius?

6 Nov

05/11/2014

I suspect there was an unplanned minute of silence from the Liverpool faithful who’d travelled to the famous Bernabeu stadium last night to watch their beloved Reds take on the European Champions. The empassioned away fans who had given up their time and money, and probably taken at least one day off work, to make the Champions League group stage match in Madrid might have been stunned into silence as the stadium announcer read out their teamsheet over the tannoy. Moments before, the 80, 000 souls who had congregated at the stadium would have just witnessed the announcement of a superstar Real Madrid team which included the likes of Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos and, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo. They even had the world’s most expensive player, Gareth Bale, on the bench.

But then came the news that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had opted to field an unexpectedly weakened team. Turning out for the Anfield club last night was Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen and a right side consisting of 20-year-olds Manquillo and Lazar Markovic. Social networks exploded with shock, amusement and predictions of Liverpool’s demise. Many expressed sympathy for the fans who had made it to the game, suggesting that they were there to watch Gerrard and Balotelli don the red shirt in a high profile Champions League game such as this, not Fabio Borini. There were also fears that the away side were going to be, as they say in football, “turned over”. Madrid had been rampant in the reverse fixture at Anfield two weeks ago, scoring three before halftime and deciding to rest on their laurels thereafter, and some were sure it would be a similar plot at the Bernabeu before the teamsheets had even been announced,

Yet yesterday evening’s game didn’t go as many predicted. Sure, Real won. But it was 1-0, at home, against an under strength Liverpool side who have experienced results with a stark contrast to last year’s impressive title challenge. It wasn’t a classic performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men, nor was it the case that Mignolet had had a blinder to deny them a big win. The simple fact was that Liverpool put in quite a good performance, all things considered.

Kolo Toure, who has been somewhat of a comedy figure of late, rolled back the years to show good pace and strength against a formidable Real Madrid front line. The midfield moved the ball well and protected their back four. Lallana and Markovic showed promise, with the former going close to scoring in the second half with a neat bit of skill before shooting narrowly wide of Casillas’ left hand post. All in all, they did a job.

Football fans will cynically point to the issue of throwing in the towel before the game had started or perhaps the fact that they still lost. But coming away from the Bernabeu having only lost 1-0, regardless of who you are, has got to be a good thing. The fact of the matter is, Liverpool were not expected to win and only the most optimistic of fans would have predicted a draw, especially considering their team’s lacklustre domestic performances. Having lost 1-0 to Newcastle at the weekend, and with a clash against lead-leaders Chelsea coming up for the Reds on Saturday lunchtime, who could blame Rodgers for fielding a much changed team in a game that they had nothing to lose in?

Despite the loss, Brendan will be pleased with his players, and himself for picking them, as a handful might have impressed their boss enough for a first-team opportunity in the Premiership. It also afforded Mr Rodgers the opportunity to hand some of the younger players some valuable Champions League experience, which they might need should they progress to the next round, an event that’s entirely possible should Liverpool win their next two fixtures against Basel and Ludogorets, both of whom should, bar a miraculous upset, lose to Real, who are looking like runaway winners of Group B.

Now the Reds can turn their attention to the fixture with Chelsea, which usually proves to be a good game, regardless of either team’s form. And the shorter flight home and extra day of preparation could prove vital for Brendan Rodgers’ men, as well as the home advantage, as they look to derail Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season.

Flora Cash

1 Oct

[Recently, I began a section on my blog with the purpose of reviewing YouTube videos, with my initial post being on the topic of the Ice Bucket Challenge. I somewhat neglect my blog and I wasn’t sure about the quality of it so I’ve decided to go in a different direction with this piece and see how it goes.]

Unlike the last entry where I reviewed the videos, this is more of a recommendation, specifically a recommendation for you to listen to a band called Flora Cash, a band I stumbled across completely by happy accident. I won’t be anrgy if you don’t, I’ll just be disappointed. The band is composed of Shpresa Lleshaj (don’t ask me how to pronounce it), from Stockholm, and Cole Randall, from Minneapolis. It’s discovering talents like this that makes YouTube so great, maybe even more than being able to play Snake on the videos. It’s also a testament to Soundcloud as the pair met on there (is that a thing?), with each of them creating music seperately before meeting up to create some wonderful music. Comparisons can be drawn with Of Monsters and Men, the Icelandic folk-pop band but Flora Cash’s music has more of a country vibe with a modern twist. They are also look a lot cooler, check out Cole’s beard:

Freakin’ Love is the first song I heard by Flora Cash; it’s wonderfuly infectious and I fell in love with them upon first listen, similar to the way you fell in love with me upon first read of my blog. The use of an understated instrumental component with simple guitar chords really allows their vocals to do the talking (Unintetional lame pun). And they compliment each other fantastically, showcasing the strength and range of each of their voices. It really is a perfect match and it’s incredible to think that they come from opposite sides of the world. Thankfully their musical compatibility has been recognised and performed for us all to hear on YouTube. It’s a wonder why the pair haven’t been signed yet, especially with delightfully uplifting songs like this:

There are a host of other brilliant songs they have created, too, which I would suggest you listen to too, such as Old School Japan and Summerset. There is an intimate familiarity with Flora Cash, a rare and important trait for a band to have. Another strength they have is the ability to create a cracking cover. There are several of note, including On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons and Mumford and Sons’ Hopeless Wanderer but here’s perhaps the best one (’cause I said so):

Flora Cash are currently in the process of raising money to record their debut album, which, if they continue in the same vain, will surely be none too soon. And if they do get famous just remember, you saw them here first, you lucky bastards.

New Section-YouTube Reviews. I procrastinate so you don’t have to. Ice Bucket Challenge

26 Aug

My blog is desparingly devoid of activity for long periods at a time where I am busy or have been at university but I really want to start filling it up with content and try to write multiple entries a week. As such, I have decided to start a new section on here: YouTube video reviews. I count YouTube as one of the best websites ever created and I believe it will be remembered as such for years to come. However, I have noticed that there are a limited number of reviews for videos, other than those left by disgruntled 12-year-olds in the comments, which left me wondering a) since when do pre-teens have a greater lexicon of swear words than me?, and b) should I give it a go? As I love reviewing all kinds of media, I thought this opportunity was too good to pass up.

So here goes, I hope you guys all enjoy it and please feel free to give me some feedback and even some suggestions of which videos to review!

1) Benedict Cumberbatch’s Ice Bucket Challenge for #MND

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOa7ZjxRuKM

Seeing as it’s my first entry, I thought I’d start simple and current. And what could be more current than the Ice Bucket Challenge? Strenghtening further his claim to the Coolest Brit Alive crown (possibly just on the strength of his name) is Benedict ‘Sherlock’ Cumberbatch. Not only is he a great actor, but in this video, he demonstrates what a top bloke he is. Seeing as he was nominated on multiple occassions, Benedict decided to go further than most of the celebrity world and get substantially more ice and water thrown at him. The slo-mo effects during the administration of the plethora of bucket throws make for an enjoyable watch and definitely one of the better Ice Bucket Challenge videos I’ve seen, with only Patrick Stewart’s effort (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju5VxyM3S4o) beating him to top spot, not only on the video front but, unfortunately for Benny C, to the Coolest Brit Crown.

2) Little girl does Ice Bucket Challenge

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waL5Cf-CFJU

In keeping with my theme for this post, I thought I’d add a personal favourite.With cuteness levels well over 1000 from the second it starts, it highlights to me what’s so perfect about the Ice Bucket Challenge, in that everyone can get involved, it’s a bit of fun and the videos are usually less than 30 seconds, therefore meaning you can watch them on the go. This tiny have-a-go-heroine is doing what all three to five year olds do and copying in the most adorable way possible. Combine this with a few shockingly adult choice words at the end, and you create, in my opinion, a highly Ice Bucket Challenge video with minimal effort.

3) “Leego” Ice Bucket Challenge

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0p8ALiwJ7E

Whenever a popular craze like this comes along, there will always be few naysayers trying to crush public morale because they weren’t loved as a child, or perhaps creating an alternative because obviously it’s “cool” to be different, no matter what you do. After a pointless 10 seconds of looking at an awkward young boy standing in the corner of his kitchen, his father steps into shot and asks the viewer incredulously “Why the f*** ‘Ice Bucket’?” as if it’s the most bizarre idea anyone’s ever cooked up. Doing his best impression of what he thinks on-screen personalities should act like, “Marcy Lopez” confidently tells his ever-present audience that he’s about to do the “Lee-go” challenge. He then proceeds to pour all of his son’s Lego pieces on top of himself, while screaming “Woo!” and walks off camera in a blaze of glory, surely destined for an award of some kind, an Oscar perhaps? His son surely deserves a “Best Supporting Actor” nomination right? To make matters worse for the poor guy, he states in the description that “We had to clean to kitchen for two hours”. “WE”?! So not only did Marcy Jr have to go without his Lego for his dad’s crackpot schemes, he then had to help him clear it up? No wonder he stood in the corner defiantly. All worth it for 74 views huh Marcy?

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