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Weekend Post: Euros 2012 Finds

I’m in the sports mood, given that I was busy taking in the sights and sounds of Silverstone yesterday, indeed, the pit garages look awfully empty en ce moment – just imagine how crammed they’ll be in just a fortnights time!

2 weeks to the British GP!

There’s also the Euros still going on as is the racing at Ascot, and I’m pretty sure Wimbledon kicks off next week since the weatherman in the background just gave the weather conditions for Wimbledon next week.

Given that I’ve mentioned the Euro Finals several times of late, it seems only fair to give you a tour through some of the more notable names of players in the teams contesting the title.

Alba – One of the current players for Spain is Jordi Alba.

Alou – Midfielder Alou Diarra is representing France.

Ashley – There are two Ashleys on the England team – Ashley Cole and Ashley Young.

BastianBastian Schweinsteiger of Germany is being tooted as one of the best players in the entire Euros tournament

Evra – The name of one of France’s defenders, Fabrice Evra.

Florent – The first name of Malouda, midfielder for France.

Glen – The first name of England’s defender, Johnson.

HélderHélder Postiga is a striker for Portugal.

Holger – The first name of Badstuber, who plays defender for Germany – the emerging favourites for the Euro 2012 crown.

Howard – Englishman Howard Webbe has refereed games for Euro 2012.

Iker – Spain’s current goalie and captain is Iker Casillas.

Ivan – There are three Ivans on the Croatia team – Rakitic, Strinic and Perišic

Joleon – One of England’s centre-backs is Joleon Lescott.

Kassai – The referee for the Spain vs. Italy and the England vs. Ukraine game was Hungarian Viktor Kassai

Kostas – Three members of Greece’s team bear this name: Chalkias, the goalie; Katsouranis, the centre midfielder;

Kyriakos – One of Greece’s central defenders is Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

Lasse – The first name of Schøne, midfielder for Denmark

Ludovic – Attacking midfielder Ludovic Obraniak is representing Poland.

Łukasz  – Piszczek is one of Poland’s right backs.

Maggio – One of Italy’s wing backs is Christian Maggio.

Mesut – Turkish-German Mesut Özil is one of Germany’s attacking midfielders.

Mexès – Defender Philippe Mexès is representing France.

Milan – Winger Milan Petržela is representing the Czech Republic.

Nasri – Midfielder Samir Nasri is representing France.

Nikica – One of Croatia’s centre forwards is Nikica Jelavic.

Ola – The professional first name (really his middle name, Nils is his first name) of Toivonen, striker for Sweden.

Persie – Robin van Persie is one of the strikers for The Netherlands

Rami – Centre back Adil Rami is representing France.

Rasmus – The first name of Elm, midfielder for Sweden.

Réveillère – Defender Anthony Réveillère is representing France.

Ribéry – Left-winger Franck Ribéry is representing France.

Rui  – The goalie for Portugal is Rui Patrício.

Ruslan – The first name of Rotan, midfielder for Ukraine.

Rybus – One of Poland’s midfielder is Maciej Rybus.

Shay – The goalie for Ireland is Shay Given.

Slaven – The manager of Croatic is Slaven Bilic.

Sokratis – Centre back for Greece Papastathopoulos’s first name is Sokratis.

Theo – Inspired substitute during England’s game with Sweden, Theo Walcott plays in midfield and is just Theo, not Theodore.

Thiago – Central Midfielder Thiago Motta is representing Italy.

Valbuena – Midfielder Mathieu Valbuena is representing France.

Vyacheslav – The first name of Malafeev, the goalie for Russia.

Wesley – The first name of Sneijder, one of the midfielders on The Netherland’s team

Xabier ‘Xabi’ – the sole scorer in the Spain v. France match was Xabi Alonso.

Zlatan – The first name of Ibrahimovic, striker for Sweden.

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Weekend Post: Take That

Performing Kidz at the 2011 Brit Awards, l-r, Mark, Howard, Gary, Jason and Robbie, from

Ever heard of Take That? They’re pretty big here in my part of the world. I was standing in House of Fraser just the other day in the midst of purchasing a dress, and three of their songs came on in quick succession. Clearly, a Take That fan/member of staff had chosen that days selection of music, but it inspired me to talk about some of the names associated with the band.

Take That were originally a five piece consisting of : Mark Owen, Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Howard Donald and Robbie Williams; and they have been around since before me, they released their first album, Take That and Party, in 1991. Robbie Williams left the five-piece in 1995, and the band went on to disband the year my sister was born: 1996. That isn’t, however, the end of the story. After Take That reunited (sans Robbie Williams) in 2005 for their greatest hits album, they decided to have another crack at being a four-piece; success was almost immediate – I remember watching them on the Paul O’Grady Show not long after the announcement. Since then, they’ve gone from strength to strength; Robbie Williams rejoined the band in 2010 to record and release their 6th studio album, Progress, which became the fastest selling album of the century, and second fastest of all-time in the UK.

But now, the names. Here are 4 names from the world of Take That which I rather took a fancy to writing about:


The surname of Gary, one of the members of Take That. Last year Gary Barlow became a judge on The X Factor UK, replacing Simon Cowell and  he also wrote the official Children in Need single, Teardrop. Needless to say, he’s a prominent face in the British music scene – I remember watching a Frank Skinner interview years ago with two of the Busted members and Frank accused one of them, jokingly, of becoming a Gary Barlow, i.e. a prolific songwriter. The name Barlow means barley hill, clearing.


Member Mark Owen welcomed a son named Elwood in 2006, and his sister Willow in 2008. He also happens to be one of the three member of Take That who are welcoming children this year; the other two being Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams. Since that means both of his children have names with the letter w, o and l, I’ve had my thinking-cap on with potential names for the third; Llewellyn? Lowell? Oswald? (If they chose Oswald, my heart will sing) Fleur? (giver that both Elwood and Willow are nature names, and I don’t think they’d go for Flower)  – I think I’m going to have a longer think about this conundrum. Speaking of Mark Owen, I have a friend who seems to find it rather amusing that he tends to stand in the middle, highlighting the fact that he’s at least a head shorter than everyone else in the band – personally I don’t have any particular qualms abou this, since I’m not exactly vertically gifted either. As for the name Elwood, it’s a surname, meaning elder tree forest.


You may think that the name Howard Donald sounds awfully clunky, but  It’s the name of one of the members, and the key voice in their uplifting ballad Never Forget. Personally, I always mix him up with fellow member Jason Orange. I think the name Howard is at least deserving of dapper-lad classification, alongside Claude and Winston, hey, are you listening Billie Piper? For those who don’t know, she recently gave birth to a second son, but I’ve yet to see a name announced for the brother who joins Winston.


When the band came back as a four-piece in 2006, their comeback single was entitled Patience. Some joked that the video for the song was just Gary Barlow singing, with the other three competing to see who could look the most like a 1970s Doctor Who. With the name Grace inside the Top 10, is Patience really that far-out of a suggestion? I actually know a lovely girl named Patience whose just gone off to University to study chemistry. The thing is, some people say, what is she’s really impatient? First off, aren’t all young children impatient anyway? And my littlest sister is friends with a girl named Grace who really isn’t graceful at all, and this is according to my Grandmother who went to pick them up from dance class. You can’t predict the personality of your child, but you might as well hope for the best – that’s always been my golden rule when it comes to virtue names.

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