Wally here - guess who just booked an holiday to Egypt! No I swear it, on my wife's sphinx I do!
Still Tunisia is cheap at the moment.
England 0 Algeria 0
What is going on?
Still we have an emergency budget to look forward to next Tuesday!!!!!!
The case against Capello following England's 1-1 draw against the United States in the Group C opener on Saturday reads as follows:
1. He is putting his players - and his goalkeepers in particular - under unnecessary pressure by sticking to his routine of naming his squad two hours before kick off
2. The decision to play Ledley King was a mistake given his catalogue of injury problems
3. James Milner should not have started as he had been suffering with a virus all week and his replacement Shaun Wright-Phillips was not as effective as Joe Cole might have been;
4. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard do not play well together in central midfield and yet, mainly through lack of any alternative, he still persisted with that line-up in Rustenburg.
Add to that the problems since the turn of the year - the John Terry affair, his brief flirtation with the Capello Index, his own contract situation and the fact Wayne Rooney has not scored for his country since last September - and it is easy to see why the gloss has come off Capello's England.
Saturday's lacklustre draw, the critics say, must be seen in that context.
In Capello's defence, the game against the US could easily have ended differently had it not been for Robert Green's goalkeeping mistake - something no manager can legislate for. England had plenty of chances and the team have certainly made worse starts to big tournaments.
And the Italian, who has won nine league titles in Italy and Spain, does not become a bad manager overnight.
What we are seeing, however, is a healthy revision of the relationship between country and coach.
Yes, he has made a massive difference. But this is still essentially the same group of players that played so poorly during the World Cup in Germany four years ago. The only big change is that most of them are four years older.
Although it was reasonable to hope Capello could get more out of England's most talented players, it was always unrealistic to expect him to make all the difference.
Unlike club management, Capello is stuck with the players he has got. The fact that Jamie Carragher is even in the squad, after retiring from international football in 2007 before Capello convinced him to reconsider, let alone the most likely starting partner for Terry on Friday in Cape Town, is revealing.
At Monday's news conference, Carragher explained why the country should keep faith in the manager.
"Because he is Fabio," he said at England's training camp in Rustenburg. "Just look at his record. It's unblemished."
It is important that Saturday's result is kept in perspective. Senior Football Association figures I spoke to on Monday say there is absolutely no doubts over the manager following this first setback.
But another disappointing performance against Algeria on Friday and the FA might come under pressure to explain why it was so hasty to remove a break clause in his £5m-a-year contract before a ball had even been kicked in this tournament.
What did you think of the Queen's speech?
08:56 UK time, Tuesday, 25 May 2010
What is your reaction to the speech?
The Queen said the new coalition government's priority will to be to reduce Britain's deficit and restore growth to the struggling economy.
The 22 bills set out in detail what Prime Minister David Cameron hopes to achieve over the next 18 months.
What do you think of the pledges announced? Are you happy with the measures? Can the government restore growth to the economy?
The coalition government will hold its emergency Budget on 22 June, Chancellor George Osborne has said.
The Tories pledged before the election to hold a Budget within 50 days of coming to power to show their intention to get to grips with the deficit.
Mr Osborne confirmed the date at a briefing with Lib Dem David Laws, who is the Treasury Chief Secretary.
As part of their coalition deal, the two parties agreed to make £6bn in spending cuts in the current year.
Labour's last Budget was held at the end of March, weeks before the start of the general election. When they came to office in 1997, Labour also held a Budget within three months of being elected.
The new government has made reducing the UK's record peacetime borrowing its number one economic priority but Labour have said spending cuts this year could derail the economic recovery.
Mr Osborne refused to be drawn on the details of next month's statement - which is expected to start at the later time of 1530 BST - but said the "bulk" of his deficit-reduction measures would take the form of spending cuts rather than tax rises.
"A new, strong coalition government is going to do what the Labour government failed to do and let Britain live within its means," he said.
In his first press conference since becoming chancellor, Mr Osborne announced an audit of all government spending over the past year - to be carried out by the new Office for Budget Responsibility.
He said the government will announce next week how it plans to make £6bn in spending cuts this year, focusing on reducing the size of quangos and cutting IT, consultancy and advertising expenditure.
Ministers have said spending cuts will target "non-priority" areas. They insist that frontline public services will be unaffected and people on low incomes protected.
Mr Laws said some cost-saving proposals put forward by individual departments which would affect core services had already been rejected as "unacceptable".
Two departments - health and international aid - are to be ring-fenced, leading to speculation that cuts will come in other areas such as education and transport.
In their coalition agreement, the two parties said they would scale back child tax credits and child trust funds for families on above-average incomes, both of which could be confirmed in the Budget.
Speaking on Sunday, Prime Minister David Cameron refused to rule out a rise in VAT from 17.5% amid reports that many retailers are preparing for the move.
Before the election, the Conservatives said they had "no plans" to raise VAT in their first Budget although the Lib Dems claimed during the campaign this was likely and families faced a "VAT bombshell".
The new government has already said it will seek to raise capital gains tax on non-business investments to 40% and block part of next year's planned rise in employer National Insurance tax contributions.
The Conservatives have also agreed to gradually raise the threshold at which the lowest-paid start paying income tax, a key Liberal Democrat demand in coalition negotiations.
ICELANDIC volcanic ash is going to close parts of British airspace from Sunday until Tuesday. Different parts of Airspace including southeast, where Europe’s busiest airport Heathrow is located, are likely to be closed at different times, the Department of Transport said on Saturday May 15.
“Due to continuing volcanic activity in Iceland and prevailing weather conditions, there is – if volcano continues to erupt at current levels—the risk of UK airspace closure,” the Department said in a statement.
If restrictions become necessary, an announcement will be made by the National Air Traffic Service, it added.
Earlier, the volcanic ash disrupted the air service in northern African countries. The spread of ash from an erupting volcano under Evjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland grounded much of Europe in air traffic for nearly a week in Mid-April. More than 10,000 flights were cancelled during that period stranding more than million passengers.
Since then the ash cloud has periodically disrupted he air service across Europe, including Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Germany. British Transport Minister Philip Hammand said on Saturday that from now on five-day—rather previous 18 hour—ash prediction charts would be made available to airlines and the public on Met Office website.