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EURO 2012

Published June 26, 2012 by Tony


Last night Italy charms Italian fans and amazes whole world for his performance against England. Although after the first 10 minutes the race was in favor of the Italian team, forcing the opponent to play more in defense than attack, a series of misfortune and missed goals, gave back a draw. After extra time, where Italy again prevailed upon England, during penalty kicks the fate finally gave to Italian players what they deserved from the beginning: the victory!

Now we expect the semi-finals against Germany.

Great Italy!


Published May 5, 2012 by Tony


Mud bath

A mud bath is a bath of mud (balneotherapy), commonly made in areas where there is (hot) spring water often combined with volcanic ash. Mud baths have existed for thousands of years, and can be found now in high-end spas in many countries of the world. Mud baths have been used since ancient times for therapeutic benefits, to treat health problems and to beautify the skin. It’s told that even Cleopatra enjoyed mud baths. Historically, the mud bath treatment has been used for centuries in Eastern and Western European spas as a way to relieve arthritis.There are two basic ways of taking a mud bath. The first is to take a deep body bath in warm diluted mud and the second is to apply a thick coat of mud to the body and leave it on until it dries. Both types are typically used in spas. In addition to their many other benefits, mud baths usually produce a feeling of deep relaxation that helps to reduce stress. And …. without mentioning the good satisfaction and the great feeling to mucking up own body by a sticky/pitchy stuff, setting free and stay dirty, as only kids know.
Mud baths come from many source and each type of mud has its own distinct benefits: lakes, saltwater sea (e.g. Dead Sea in Jordan and Israel), hot springs (e.g. Calistoga, Napa Valley, California), mud volcano (e.g. Pulau Tiga, Malaysia, spa around Vesuvius, Italy).
The mud is linked to some weird or unusual sports and events like:

Mud bowl championship in North Conway;

Mud Bowl   Mud Bowl

Mud Pit Belly Flop Contest, where people must  jump into a mud pond during the annual Summer Redneck Games in East Dublin.

Mud Pit Belly Flop
The Mud football contest runs in many countries (Australia, China, Scotland, England, Finland).

Mud Football
Maldon Mud Race in Essex,  originated in 1973, involves competitors racing around a course on the mudbanks of the river Blackwater at low tide. Another similar is the mud run hosted by the Greater Columbia Marine Foundation in North America.

Mud Maldon   Mud Maldon
Bloco de Lama in Brazil,  an unique party and cultural experience during Carnival Time, in Parati, Rio de Janeiro. Here people clad in swimwear and rags, slathered in mud, adorned with branches and bones and crying “ooga ooga ha ha”.

mud Bloco de Lama

Bloco da Lama carnival parade in Paraty near Rio de Janeiro

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The Boryeong Mud Festival, an annual festival which takes place during the summer in Boryeong, in South Korea.

Mud festival
The Mud Day for kids in Detroit,  where hundreds of kids of all ages  got down and dirty in a giant puddle to celebrate the annual Mud Day event.  Kids will have a chance to get plenty dirty and everyone encourages it!

mud day detroit

mud day, detroit
Beside, the Mud Day in Michigan,  an annual ritual to wallow, slather and generally gad about in glorious mud. A lot of people (most kids) turn up the for the state annual mud day, where mud is king.

Annual Mud Day Michigan

Mud day in Westland

mud day michigan


Mud bath in PAKISTAN


Published October 3, 2011 by Tony


The wrong Referee’s Decisions are born with the football itself and whatever we can say or complain will continue to exist until the arbitration control will not change. The last errors  I now remember are those  happened during Juventus-Palermo on last February or during Roma-Brescia on last year. And what about Moreno during the  match ITALIA- CHILE of the 2002 World Cup! Do you remember that?!

But we could compile a long list of oversights and mistaken judgments of the referees, so I feel that with the last errors occurred during the match Inter Inter-Naples  you got there a bit late, didn’t you?.

It seems that only Inter has suffered these injustices but until now, if we look at the previous championship I could list all the wrong referee’s decisions of the last championship that Napoli unfairly was subject to…. but we have not made an affair of State, the team continued to play until the last second (even scoring) and Mazzarri went on his way, and so for other teams too.
At Rainier and Inter fans, so?
Do you want to avoid the match?
To Kill the referee Rocchi?
Or to affirm that Inter players were the best during the game even deserving the win?
But let’s be done!
Someone, ready to fire on the referee and to find a scapegoat, forgets that in this first part of the championship Inter team has suffered the most goals so far with the worst defense in the field, even worse than Udinese being in last place. Someone else, then, more seriously, missed that many Inter fans in the stands during the match chanted racist chants and this, in accordance with the regulation, would even lead to the suspension of the game.
In my opinion, these fans are not judging the game from a sporty point of view but from ‘Northerners intolerant’, because for them it is doubly humiliating to be beaten by a southern team.
If this is the level, then I tell,  be ashamed of yourself and those defeats are more than welcome.


Published September 19, 2011 by Tony



Fans of Napoli can dream now, at the beginning of the championship, today September 18, 2011 few hours before the Feast of San Gennaro, Napoli overwhelms AC Milan and goes forward at full speed in the Premier league, even after got next to victory in the Champions League against Manchester city. There is the triplet of Cavani who doesn’t spare and flies quickly in the lead scorer’s list, with three goals in two matches; the intelligent and timely Inler’s plot; Maggio’s tirelessness lucidity. There is a great Gargano and a very versatile Zuniga through the consistency of the whole team that must and should improve further, especially if Lavezzi and Hamsik add other pearls to the necklace. Meanwhile, it is at the top in the division. Just six years that Napoli had not won against Milan (three defeats and three draws), and thus a deserved elation. I’ve never been a true fan, I never followed this sport assiduously but, I was born in Naples where living and working so, as issues of pride, I must side with my city team, for better or for worse. Rejoicing when we win and when, at least in the sport newspapers, Napoli appears on the frontpage and this time not for trash or for underworld, and if in an European or World level, such as the Champions League, then the joy becomes satisfaction and pride.
Pride about a city and people that always ill-treated, can at least find moments of joy and happiness they deserve.
Wrapped in a reality that often degrades and ranks as second-class citizens, being in the lead division and globally competitive, at least in sport, I believe and hope any Neapolitan appreciate and evaluate this importance.
Cheer!! Great Napoli! Go Napoli! …. .and compliments to the coach Mazzarri.