The Selfie

“So there’s been a lot of debate recently about selfies. there are arguments declaring that every selfie is an act of opulent vanity, a disgusting habit that reflects our society’s concentration on looks over kindness, charity, care for one another. i’ve read a lot of the arguments raging against the selfie, and i’ve thought long and hard about it, and here’s what i can say: i’m a feminist. i firmly believe (maybe it’s crazy, idk) that women are not treated the same as men in our world. i firmly believe that many of the arguments against selfie culture are exacerbated by sexist standards - so many of the selfies labelled as self-obsessed are those of female celebrities like kim kardashian or taylor swift. it feels like, to me, the attack on selfie culture is fuelled by society’s acceptance of the idea that women should not be confident. they should be demure, unassuming, gracious and they should never, ever know they’re pretty or encompass their own body like they known it means something. because if we allow women their self-worth, we encourage them to use their voice in turn. so here’s what i say: take a selfie. take a selfie a day, keep the body hate away. take so many selfies and walk with your head up and understand that there is only one you in this world and you are beautiful because of it. speculators can rant about our pride like it’s a bad thing, it doesn’t change the fact that feeling like you have value in this world is a positive, bold thing and it will increase the quality of your life and the quantity of your happiness tenfold.”

- Georgia Luckhurst

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The Daily Hilario: Wine & tactics

Your daily dose of off-topic shenanigans. FARRRRRR OUT, MAN: You may have seen this funny image making the rounds on Saturday: SPOTTED: A bottle of wine on Van Gaal’s notes could be the reason for United’s pitch slips… #CRYMUN — Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) May 9, 2015 Sadly, it seems that LVG wasn’t already picking out a good deal on his post-match wine (with which he will enjoy tonight’s Chelsea-Liverpool contest).  Crystal Palace’s team sheet is apparently sponsored by Farr Vintners. Re. that piece of paper with a bottle of wine on it Van Gaal had, it is an advert featured on the teamsheet at Palace. #mufc — Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) May 9, 2015 Just another example of why you should never trust still images of bench shots, reaction shots, and the like. ZLATAN WHO? According to reddit, this is from the German 4th division. CANELO vs. KIRKLAND:If last week’s “Big Fight” bored you to tears, watch this one.  Wowza. FOOTBALL (all times BST):12.15:  League One, promotion playoff semifinal, 2nd leg:  Preston North End vs. Chesterfield (1-0 agg.)13.30:  Premier League, 2nd vs. 20th:  Manchester city vs. QPR16.00:  Premier League, 1st vs. 5th:  CHELSEA vs. Liverpool16.30:  Bundesliga, 12th vs. 6th:  1.FC Köln vs. Schalke 0418.00:  Women’s Super League:  Manchester City WFC vs. CHELSEA LFC19.45:  Serie A, 3rd vs. 8th:  Lazio vs. Internazionale19.45:  League Two, promotion playoff semifinal, 1st leg:  Stevenage vs. Southend United20.00:  Ligue 1, 4th vs. 3rd:  Olympique Marseille vs. AS Monaco

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Do you ever get the urge to get away, and leave everything behind? To walk, walk, and walk some more - until you find what it is you’re looking for - even though you’re not entirely sure what that thing is, but you carry on anyway in the hope that you’ll know it when you come across it?

(First in a series of photos by Pete Luckhurst featuring Masha)

Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona: Pep Guardiola Talks Manchester City Job in Presser

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has denied reports suggesting he will join Manchester City next season.

The Spaniard was speaking ahead of Bayern’s seemingly impossible task of overturning a 3-0 defeat against Barcelona in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg. He denied reports of potentially taking over at the Etihad Stadium, per football writer Raphael Honigstein:

Talk ahead of the match has focused on a tweet from beIN Sports’ Arabic account, which read: “Urgent—sources beIN SPORTS: Manchester City reached a tentative agreement with Bayern Munich coach Guardiola to train the team for next season,” relayed by Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News.

Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague originally denied this report, while former Sky Sports presenter and current beIN Sports anchorman Richard Keys indicated he has different knowledge:

However, Guardiola was keen to focus on Barcelona in his pre-match press conference. He refused to accept aggregate defeat, reported by Bayern’s official account:

The former Blaugrana manager started with an ambitious back three during the first-leg Camp Nou tie, a formation he quickly switched.

He continued to push players forward after Lionel Messi’s opening goal, a tactic that led to Bayern conceding two more. Guardiola suggests caution is needed if the Allianz Arena crowd are going to have anything to cheer about, per the Champions League’s official feed:

City boss Manuel Pellegrini knows what it’s like to succumb to Barca’s quality, having been knocked out of the Champions League by the Catalan club two years in a row. His inability to retain the Premier League title has ensured many expect him to leave this summer, reported by Sky Sports.

Guardiola is reported to have previously admitted he wants to manage City’s local rivals, Manchester United, before he retires.

In Marti Perarnau’s book Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich, it is suggested the Spaniard said: “I like this atmosphere [of Old Trafford]. I could see myself coaching here one day,” reported by Gerard Meagher of the Guardian. Joining City would most likely end the possibility of this happening.

Plenty of negative headlines will follow Guardiola’s reign if Bayern fail to produce a stunning comeback against Barca. An early goal either way would likely be vital to the tie. If the home side gets it, it could produce a seed of doubt in the visitors’ mind. If Barca score it, however, Bayern would need to score five without conceding again. In other words, it would be goodbye to this year’s European adventure.

City are approaching a time of transition, so they will continue to be linked with the world’s best managers. Departing Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has also been touted for a move to Eastlands, though Richard Jolly of ESPN FC’s suggests that isn’t going to happen.

This is the nature of football. Guardiola remains focused on the momentous task ahead and not reports that suggest he will soon be moving on. If Bayern somehow secure passage to the Berlin final, the seemingly opportunistic story regarding his leaving the club would quickly subside.

from Bleacher Report - Front Page