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Rugby Fever

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It is less than 24 hours until the Rugby World Cup 2011 starts with the first game between New Zealand and Tonga.

The first game I am really looking forward to is the one on Sunday between the Springboks and Wales though, not that the entire world cup doesn’t excite me. Unfortunately for most of the games I am going to be looking at highlights or possibly listen to the radio, but I will try see as much of it live as possible. I am quite an avid fantasy league player as well and this time there are quite a few fantasy games going on.

Ultimate Dream Teams has two games going, a fantasy league game and a score prediction game.

The score prediction game is sponsored by Etana and if you wanna join, just go here:

http://predict.etana.co.za/rugbypredictor/

The grand prize is an Apple iPad 2 16Gb with 3g/WiFi

The fantasy league game is sponsored by Blackberry and you can go here to join:

http://www.udt.co.za/fantasyrugby

The prizes have not yet been announced.

Supersport also have 2 games running, and you guessed it, they have a fantasy league game and a score prediction game. What I find quite funny is that they used to run their fantasy games through Ultimate Dream Teams.

Their games are located here:

Fantasy League: http://fantasy.supersport.com/rwc/

Score Prediction: http://games.supersport.com/predictions/rwc/

No prizes have been announced for these games either.

As always, Superbru also have a prediction game going, and you can check it out here.

http://www.superbru.com/rwc

Their prizes are actually pretty kick-ass, so go check it out here:

http://www.superbru.com/rwc/prizes.asp

The last game that I have registered for is a prediction game for the Springbok games only (currently)from BMW. The prize here is a trip for two to the final in New Zealand.

Go here to enter: http://bmw.co.za/springboks/


The 30 Day Book Challenge: Day 1 & 2

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A friend of mine over at The Katalina Playroom put up a challenge that she found browsing around the net. I honestly doubt that I’ll get to doing a post a day, but I thought that I’d do the challenge anyway and do a “day” as I get a chance. I wouldn’t be surprised if it took me 90 days or more.

To get things going, I thought I’d combine the first two days into one post.

Day 1: You Favourite Book

This one is very easy for me really. Of course it involves zombies, and if you know me, you’ve probably already guessed that it is “World War Z” by Max Brooks.

The book is written in a first person narrative as a report from an UN agent who was not satisfied with the official report the UN released to the public. The report is a collection of his interviews with different people of various nationalities, covering most aspects of the decade long war against the zombies. Even my home country is included in the book, which I admit was quite exciting, especially since in the novel it was after an outbreak in South Africa that the zombie plague was brought to the world’s attention.

One of the novel’s greatest strengths is the fact that it doesn’t seem like a novel, but at the same time draws you. It took me less than three days to read this book, compared to a novel like the Constant Gardener, which admittedly isn’t one of my favourites and will probably be my Day 7 book, as I started reading it in February this year.

The book follows Brooks’ previous zombie book, “The Zombie Survival Guide“, and is based heavily on what was covered in this book. What I really appreciate about this book is how well researched it was. In an interview with the Washington Post, Brooks said:

“Everything in World War Z (as in The Zombie Survival Guide) is based in reality… well, except the zombies. But seriously, everything else in the book is either taken from reality or 100% real. The technology, politics, economics, culture, military tactics… it was a LOT of homework.”

As you are probably aware there is a movie that is currently in production starring Brad Pitt. I will keep an open mind with regards to the film, but it has a helluva lot to live up to.

Day 2: Least Favourite Book

I refuse to elaborate too much on why this book is my least favourite, but it probably has a lot to do with being forced to read it in high school, followed by one of the most boring films of all time starring Robert Redford. Yup, its the Great Gatsby…

The fact that it’s referred to as one of the second best novel of the 20th century by the Modern Library means little to me. It is overrated and boring and that is all I have to say about it.


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