Uncle Menno's gonna drop a little musical culture on you this morning. If you haven't heard of Anouar Brahem, you'd be forgiven. He's the Tunisian master of the oud, an Arabic progenitor of the lute and the guitar. But set aside any preconceptions you have about "Arabic music" -- Brahem was classically trained in France, and his music effortlessly melds Arabian melodies with jazz, and even elements of French impressionism -- think Erik Satie, or Federico Mompou.
I'm a bit of an evangelist for this guy. In this video from 2004, "C'est Ailleurs," the oud and piano meanders through your brain like a wandering minstrel. Take eight minutes out of your day, put on headphones, and give this a listen. The rest of the album is likewise fantastic. You won't be disappointed.
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This is probably a good win for all involved. Falque, though he showed glimpses of promise, was unlikely to ever be a major contributor to Spurs, and he was a solid option in La Liga last season. Italy seems like a place where a player like Falque can thrive. I'll miss the FALCONPUNCH jokes, though.
This is just... I mean I... I can't... it's just that... I don't even...
Go on. Ask me how I feel about our transfer spending last summer becoming a pejorative and the butt of the English media's jokes. It's for this reason alone that I hope Lamela, Eriksen, and Soldado each knock in 20 goals this season.
The OTHER SB Nation Liverpool blog has a much more balanced take on this zombie meme and is worth a read.
Wintry tundra? Skiers? Slingshotting skiers off of snowmobiles in the name of SPORT? A great read.