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Atalanta conditions everything

first_imgThe idea is power recover Coquelin, Gayà, Rodrigo and obviously Florenzi for the Champions League match against Atalanta, in San Siro, which would leave a fairly neat call for the most important match in European competition in many years. In fact, the only one of the three that could force to bequeath to the stake against the mattresses would be Gayà, with a strong blow. But, today, Celades prefers not to take risks and that the international side is in perfect condition for next Wednesday’s duel.So things, casualties against Atlético could skyrocket until ochor since Florenzi was sanctioned yesterday with a match; Garay and Piccini are long-term injured; Vallejo is not yet; and Cillessen continues with his hip problems and yesterday the session did not end. For this reason, the Catalan coach could consider aligning him with Atlético so that he does not get completely out of shape before a bergamesca forward that is one of the most scoring in all of Europe. Atalanta conditions everything. We’ll see if enough to give Mangala minutes against Atlético, a direct rival for the fourth place in LaLiga.Further, with the loss of Rodrigo, in the front also opens an unknown for tomorrow. Gameiro returns from an injury so it is perhaps too rushed to start with MaxI will play safe. The other options are Guedes, who has already played a few minutes, Kang-in Lee or even Nephew.This is the part of the injuredCoquelinHe has problems in the quadriceps area. He hasn’t trained this week and just thinks about being ready for San Siro.RodrigoHe has been playing with discomfort in both knees for weeks. He has decided to stop for a few days and also points to Atalanta.GayàHe has foot pain for a stencil since the Getafe game. I could force but the logical thing is to wait until next Wednesday.VallejoAfter two months in the dry dock due to a bone lesion in the foot, it already touches the ball. You must return shortly.GarayThe recovery of his crusader injury is already beginning. He has more than six months ahead of hard work on a stretcher and gym.CillessenFollow with pain. You have an inflammation in your left hip. The session didn’t end yesterday either.PicciniContinue in the final stretch of his re-adaptation to the group. Work tirelessly to return after many months. As the week goes by and Valencia’s workouts, Albert Celades it is clearing the X in the face of the match that will face Atlético tomorrow. Nevertheless, it will be difficult to find the balance between aligning a competitive eleven against those of Simeone and recover the headdresses for the game of the year, which will be played next Wednesday in San Siro.Actually, Atalanta conditions everything. Y The most normal thing is that those players who have any discomfort rest before Atlético and recover in order to travel to Milan next Tuesday to play the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. This is the case of Coquelin, Rodrigo and Gayà. For various physical problems, none of the three have trained with the group in this week so they are already given as almost certain casualties. For the tie against Atalanta, the biggest problem for Celades will be the central part of the defense. With Garay injured and Gabriel Paulista sanctioned, both for the first leg and for the return, to Celades he only has the option of aligning Diakhaby with Mangala, a totally off-center. In fact, he has only played three games this season plus one minute in the match against Ajax in Amsterdam. The last one was in Copa del Rey, on January 22, against Logroñés.last_img read more

Ayo rues La Salle defense in loss to UP

first_imgLa Salle coach Aldin Ayo. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle head coach Aldin Ayo was adamant that University of the Philippines didn’t do anything special in their game on Saturday in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.Ayo cited his team’s inability to defend UP’s shooters and cutters that led to the Green Archers’ stunning 98-87 loss to the Fighting Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene UP tied the league record for most 3-pointers made with 16 set by University of Santo Tomas in 2010, while also scoring on 11 uncontested shots.“Those 3-pointers wouldn’t have happened had we played proper defense,” said Ayo at Mall of Asia Arena. “Our big men didn’t help our little guys and the little guys just stood there. UP didn’t do anything exceptional.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAyo said it was his scouting report on UP when they last played in the Kadayawan Cup during the offseason in Davao.And Ayo knew UP guard Paul Desiderio, who had a career-high 30 points, is capable of scoring in bunches. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’02:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Desiderio already did that to us back in Davao so we prepared ourselves for that but the players didn’t respond,” said Ayo. “UP just did the things it usually does but the thing was we didn’t execute our game plan.”“Maybe they’re fatigued because this is our third game in a week and with the system we have on both ends of the floor where we always push the tempo and keep running I think the kids just lost gas.” Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ravena impresses in Fiba Asia Champions Cup LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Citizens demand scrapping of deal

first_imgParking meter burdenOne day after coalition’s second largest party, the Alliance for Change (AFC) called for the suspension of the widely criticised parking meter project, the Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) group has welcomed this move. However the group is of the view that Central Government should completely revoke the contract, premised on claims of the many burdens the initiative has inflicted upon citizens and more specifically on businesses in the capital city.Strongly expressing that the group is not politically affiliated, representatives of the Movement Against Parking Meters on Wednesday registered its disdain over what was described as a “scandalous and illegal” arrangement between City Hall and the implementing company, Smart City Solutions (SCS).“Any group that is in support of what we’re in support of, we welcome that support, of course,” member Christopher Chapwayna stated in response to AFC call for suspension.Only Tuesday, AFC stated that the project in its present form is not in the best interest of the public, noting that the M&CC should reconsider the main aspects of the Finance Ministry review of the contract.  However, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament (MP) Irfaan Ali told Guyana Times that he called out the AFC over its hypocrisy as it did not support the parking meter motion which was tabled in the National Assembly.The motion had called for a debate on the transparency of the project, method of procurement involved, terms and conditions of the contract, and the overall lack of consultancy with stakeholders.Ali, who had tabled the motion, contended that the AFC cannot claim to be an innocent party, nor can it divorce itself from the collective decision by its Government when the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) aligned Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan signed the By-laws for the project to be implemented.He also noted that notwithstanding the many appeals from the public and the parliamentary Opposition for an urgent intervention, the Government, of which the AFC is a part, never budged in allowing a constructive re-evaluation of the “glaringly biased and detrimental” project.Meanwhile on Wednesday, at MAPM’s press conference the group also highlighted the slowed business sales as a result of consumers’ avoidance to the expense the meters carry were once again highlighted. Businessman and fellow member of the group Komal Ramlauth called for more accountability.“What we have is a parking meter arrangement that was illegally done so we cannot support or negotiate with somebody that was illegally put there. In Guyana, all the talk for the last few years has been transparency and accountability – let us have that,” the businessman reasoned.Structural Engineer Marcel Gaskin reminded that Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase-Green had decided to “withhold the contract from scrutiny” on claims that she indented to “secure the investment”.The Movement Against Parking Meters group further highlighted that no socio impact studies were done and noted that the country’s procurement regulations were violated.  MAPM member and Attorney-at-Law, Nadia Sagar reiterated that the group is looking into the possibility of taking legal action. When probed, she however cautioned that at present, she is not aware of the requisite legal framework to compel the City Council to fully disclose the contract. Nagar reiterated the Finance Ministry’s extensive objections to the parking meter contract which was reduced from 49 years to 20 years with SCS.The supporters of the movements while calling on Government to revoke the current contract are also advocating for the implementation of a transparent process involving all stakeholders on introducing paid parking and documents relating to feasibility and impact studies. The group also condemned the company double charging VAT on the cards and are calling on citizens to starve the initiative.Responding to the wide support they received last week, MAPM will protest City Hall today. Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan had told the National Assembly that the GeoPark cards should not be attracting Value Added Tax (VAT), but retailers have continued to impose the extra charge on motorists purchasing parking time. Jordan had stated that Smart City Solutions must remove any VAT charges on the cards it retailed but the $2500 cards are still $2,900 VAT inclusive.urdenlast_img read more

Murals define area, defy graffiti

first_imgThe idea of using murals to fight blight is nothing new. Murals have existed in Southern California for decades, going back to the 1930s, when the New Deal-era federal Public Works Art Project commissioned artists to paint murals on post offices and other public buildings. But whether murals can stop spray-painting taggers and gang members is an open question. It depends largely on the quality of the mural and whether it gets widespread support from the community, said Bill Lasarow, presi dent of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles. “Sometimes it will work for X number of years – and then all of a sudden it doesn’t,” he said. “These are kids \ for the most part, and the generation turns over all the time. “It has to be of sufficient quality to earn that respect,” he added. “If it’s planned and done properly by a qualified professional, it can be protected and maintained for a sustained period of time.” At Rio Hondo Park in Pico Rivera, a group of regular handball players have banded together to make sure no one defaces a mural completed last year that depicts their Montebello Gardens neighborhood. Its colorful panels show Aztecs next to men playing cards while others wait to play handball, agricultural fields from the neighborhood’s early days and other scenes of life in “El Jardin,” “The Garden.” “We don’t stand guard or anything; we just spread the word in the neighborhood and talk to kids at the park and ask them not to tag it,” said Manuel Pedroza, 36. “It really tells a story of life in the `Jardin.’ That is why it is so important to protect it,” he said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com debbie.trunnell@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 3022, 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Are murals the answer to gang graffiti and crew-tagging? Whittier Cultural Arts Commissioner Russell Castaneda-Calleros thinks they might well be. The mural afficionado said that he has seen previously- blighted walls in Echo Park turned into points of neighborhood pride after murals were painted over them. “What I’m envisioning is having folks in the community, the city and public safety all becoming involved in a partnership. They could work together to design and paint a mural on the site where graffiti is appearing,” said Castaneda-Calleros, who plans to suggest the idea at the city’s upcoming graffiti forum in May. “Murals can tell the history of a local community,” he said. “I found out that, more often than not, when the community was involved, when they had a stake in the designation and painting of the mural, it would be respected. You wouldn’t see graffiti go up there again.” last_img

DDTV: IS THIS THE MOST STUNNING SHOWREEL OF DONEGAL EVER?

first_imgDDTV: Photographer Adam Rory Porter asked us to share this. We had no hesitation. A collaboration by Windy Day Media, it showcases Inishowen in all its glory. Here’s what it’s about…click play to watch:This is our first short showreel of our summertime adventures in this amazing landscape we have. It shows some (but not all) of the beautiful spots to be found in Inishowen.Our thanks go out to everyone who has been interested and supported us so far!Come and like us on our FB page for more updates: www.facebook.com/windydaymediaYou can also get us on our fledgling website: www.windydaymedia.comThanks also to Matthew at Trá Bán Studio for the logo (www.etsy.com/ie/shop/TraBan) Advertisement The beautiful piece of music is made by the wonderful Ólafur Arnalds. It can be found here for a free listen but to purchase the album is only €5! www.livingroomsongs.olafurarnalds.comPlease support this awesome artist.We hope you enjoy what we do, keep your eyes peeled for more!  DDTV: IS THIS THE MOST STUNNING SHOWREEL OF DONEGAL EVER? was last modified: August 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Scott Sinclair explains why he joined Celtic – and reveals England ambition

first_imgScott Sinclair has told talkSPORT he joined Celtic last summer in an attempt to rediscover the ‘happiness’ in football, having hit a ‘crossroads’ in his career.The 28-year-old winger has scored 25 goals in his debut season at Parkhead, helping the Bhoys win the Scottish Premiership and League Cup – with the Scottish Cup final still to come.He was named Celtic players’ and supporters’ Player of the Year at the club’s own end of season awards ceremony, and earned the highest honour in Scottish football when crowned the PFA Scotland Players’ Player of the Year.He has rediscovered the excellent form he showed when at Swansea, which earned him a move to Manchester City.In hindsight, that was a disastrous move for Sinclair, as he played just 19 games in a three-year stay at the Etihad. Loan spells with West Brom and Aston Villa preceded a permanent switch to the latter prior to the start of last season, though Sinclair could do nothing to prevent their relegation from the Premier League.The former Chelsea academy starlet has admitted he found himself at a crossroads at the end of last season, and decided to move north of the border – so he could start playing his best football again and rediscover his love for the game.Speaking to Alan Brazil, Sinclair said: “On a personal level I couldn’t have asked for much more. The main thing for me coming up here was the get the happiness back in my football under a manager who gives me the belief and passion to go out there are enjoy my football.“The challenge was because I had to get that happiness back in football. When I went to [Manchester] City, I didn’t play for a couple of years, and then I went to [Aston] Villa and got relegated.“I was sort of at a crossroads in my career, where I could have stayed back in England, and had a nice cosy life and stayed in my life and just enjoyed [life].“But that was never the case. I always want to push and play football and just keep going and keep improving. So making the decision to come up here and be under a manager to believe in me was great for my career going forward.”A highly rated youngster a decade ago, Sinclair appeared for England at every youth level from Under-17 to Under-21, and was also part of the Great Britain squad at the 2012 Olympics.He never made the jump to senior international football, but Sinclair has revealed he still aspires to turn out for the Three Lions.He continued: “I still have an ambition to play for my country; that will never go.“I’m always going to keep working hard, and if that call comes around – then great.“But I’m just going to put my head down and concentrate on what I’m doing – helping Celtic to win games, and scoring as well.“On that aspect, I’m just enjoying the moment and not really looking too far ahead. Like I keep saying, I’m at a happy place right now in my football career, and I’m just taking it as it comes.”last_img read more

YOUNG ATHLETES OFF TO BIRMINGHAM’S NEC

first_imgU-13 GIRLS TEAM: Nicole Boyle, Sarah Doherty, Ailbhie O`Donnell, Anna Sweeney (all Rosses ac). Arlene Crossan, Niamh Farrell, Eimear Walsh (Letterkenny ac). Mary Teresa Doherty, Tanya Collins (Inishowen ac), Shannon Bonner, Niamh Gavigan (Slieve Liag), Ciara Doogan (Tir Conaill).YOUNG ATHLETES from across the county set off this morning to represent Ulster in a superb weekend of athletics at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.The U-13 and U-15 girls and boys teams will be in action on Sunday in Aviva grand finals after winning the Ulster championships last month.Our young athletes representing Ulster will compete in all of the exciting disciplines of Sportshall against the elite young athletes from England, Scotland and Wales. U-13 BOYS TEAM: Mark Boyle, Caolan O`Callaghan (Tir Conaill), Oisin Toal, Darragh Toal, Mathew Sweeney, Jordan Ryan, Shane Irwin (Letterkenny ac), James McKinney, Fergal Cox (Inishowen ac), John Gibbons (Slieve Liag), Jordan Connell, Adam Doherty (Lifford ac).Kent, Greater Manchester, Birmingham, Surrey, Cheshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight are just some of the competing counties and medals at this level will be of a premium.Sportshall Co-ordinator Neil Cullen says Donegal is producing great young athletes and the clubs within the county deserve credit for the work put into coaching.Said Neil: The success in Sportshall demonstrates the strength in depth in the county and I am delighted that four teams have achieved the goal of reaching Birmingham.DONEGAL’S U-15 GIRLS: Caroline Sharkey, Jade O`Donnell, Aideen Meehan (Rosses ac), Rose Boyle, Clodagh Brennan (Letterkenny), Megan Colhoun (Lifford), Aine Bradley (Inishowen).“I want to thank the clubs who have supported Sportshall over the years and I am also pleased that the team selections are spread out over the county all this would not be possible without the help of the schools involved with the athletes and Sportshall, from individuals who have supported the Donegal athletic board and my own efforts over the years. “I will be acknowledging all of these following this weekend, without their help and obviously the help of the young athletes’ parents who also make a big contribution to this competition it would not be possible.U-15 BOYS TEAM: David McCarron, Darragh McGylnn, Stephen Conaghan (Rosses), Sheanie Henry, Luke Bonner (Letterkenny), David McLaughlin (Inishowen), Eoin O`Leime (Slieve Liag).“Hopefully some of our athletes will return from Birmingham with medals and equally important” a greater knowledge of the importance of this sport.”YOUNG ATHLETES OFF TO BIRMINGHAM’S NEC was last modified: March 31st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

ATHLETICS NEWS: SIOBHAN GALLAGHER WINS THE CITY OF DERRY TRIATHLON

first_imgSiobhan Gallagher winning the ladies race at Firmus City of Derry Triatlon”Letterkenny 24/7 News:Congratulations to club member and seasoned triathlete John Conaghan, who won gold in his age group in the National Series Duathlon Series.The run, bike, run format races were held between January and April throughout the country. Cathal Roarty was 5th in his age group and Liam Tinney was 10th in his.This weekend Siobhan Gallagher will travel to Istanbul, Turkey to compete.She is one of a number of triathletes who will travel as part of the Triathlon Ireland Development Team to race in the ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup.Siobhan recently won The Firmus City of Derry triathlon and we wish her the very best in this international elite race. On the 11th July ’15 Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club are holding a Sprint & Olympic distance triathlon at Gartan Lough, Churchill in County Donegal.Our race comprises of a lake swim, bike routes with both flat and challenging climb sections and an amended flat and faster run course. More details of this race to follow.Please see clubs Facebook or the website, www.letterkenny247.com for club training sessions.ATHLETICS NEWS: SIOBHAN GALLAGHER WINS THE CITY OF DERRY TRIATHLON was last modified: June 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:athleticsNoticesSportTriathlonlast_img read more

REVEALED: DONEGAL’S FIRST CROSS-DRESSING BEAUTY PAGEANT!

first_imgNOW this is one you couldn’t make up – Donegal’s first ever cross-dressing beauty pageant!And it’s all for charity of course.The event is the idea of those clever people at the Central Bar in Lifford where a shy spokesman/spokeswoman revealed: “This is a Lifford Hospital Fundraiser where 14 men are dressing up as Women for a Beauty Pagent, there are 2 semi finals and a final, starting on January 28 and the final is on February 11 “This guarantees to be a brilliant and fun night with all locals doing the dressing up.Karaoke is on all 3 nights by the big mouth himself EL O’ Kane so you can be sure a bit of stick will fly!”The men that are Dressing up are: Kevy McBrearty, Ryan White, Ciaran Porter, Hugo Stewart,, John Lafferty, Patsy McHugh, Stephan Friel, Steve Devine, Paul Kelly, Paddy McCullagh, Mark Carlin (Wimpy), Gary White, Jason McBrearty, Geoffrey Crawford.   Sounds like it might be a few fun nights out!© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com REVEALED: DONEGAL’S FIRST CROSS-DRESSING BEAUTY PAGEANT! was last modified: January 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:REVEALED: DONEGAL’S FIRST CROSS-DRESSING BEAUTY PAGEANT!last_img read more

Farce for farce’s sake

first_imgThe cast of Boeing Boeing. (Image: Suzy Bernstein) MEDIA CONTACTS • Theatre on the Bay +27 21 438 3301 willem@theatreonthebay.co.za RELATED ARTICLES • South African theatre• New Afrikaans film a hit• New Fugard play takes to stage• Opera for and from AfricaChris ThurmanYou have to be in the right mood when you go to the theatre to watch a farce. If you’re grumpy, or angry, or tired, or stressed – or terribly serious for whatever reason – then slapstick comedy, mistaken identities, bawdy puns and caricatured characters are likely to get on your nerves.The counter-argument, of course, is that it’s precisely when you’re feeling low that you need a medicinal dose of silliness: laughter for laughter’s sake has beneficial side-effects. If that’s the case, then it would make sense that farce on the South African stage is a popular phenomenon.After all, South Africans tend to consider themselves a fairly anxious nation – or, to put it differently, life in this country can be anxiety-invoking in ways more extreme than in other corners of the world.This is starting to sound like a terribly boring upper-middle-class gripe. And, when you think about it, isn’t the light escapism of farce a bourgeois indulgence? Laughing at the onstage antics of fictional characters who have their provenance thousands of miles away might make local audience members feel better, but it doesn’t address local problems. It doesn’t help the street child outside the theatre, doesn’t treat the mother with Aids, doesn’t prevent the father from breaking the law.Yet such Marxist moralising isn’t quite an appropriate response either. One of the lessons that South Africa’s artists learned under apartheid was that not every creative impulse can be conscripted to the cause of opposing social ills. This applies to theatre as much as other art forms. As Albie Sachs famously asked in the early days of South Africa’s transition to democracy: “What are we fighting for, if not the right to express our humanity in all its forms, including our sense of fun and our capacity for love and tenderness and our appreciation of beauty?”Again, however, that declaration won’t quite do, because there is no place for sentiment when it comes to matters farcical – love and tenderness and beauty get short shrift. In fact, the absurd world of farce often reflects an unjust cosmos, one in which people lie and cheat and more often than not get away with their deception. The situations in which characters find themselves may be far-fetched, but farce simply reinforces how ridiculously unfair life can be.Viewed like this, farce is not so silly after all: it is simply a distorting mirror that reflects our society in comic extremes. But comic is the key word, because farces always end happily – they offer us a brief respite, a few hours of comfort and consolation.What, you may be wondering, has prompted these reflections? Well, the short answer contains only two words (actually, one word twice over): Boeing Boeing.Boeing Boeing is a farce by French playwright Marc Camoletti, translated into English and first performed in London in the early 1960s. It dates to that era when international air travel was a glamorous affair, symbolised by perfectly coiffed air hostesses whose jet-setting life was much envied and admired.Bernard, the play’s protagonist, has managed to secure himself not one but three air hostesses as fiancées (an arrangement about which they are all ignorant) and he manages to keep up the façade of monogamy with the help of Bertha – his longsuffering, slightly embittered and decidedly melodramatic housekeeper – and a reliable travel timetable, ensuring that his fiancées are never near his Parisian flat at the same time.Things fall apart with the arrival of his bumbling schoolfriend, Robert, whose appearance coincides with the introduction of Boeing jets to the various airlines for which his fiancées work; because the new aeroplane is faster, they no longer follow the old schedule. The result is an entertaining clash of personalities and nationalities, as British Bernard and Robert (with the reluctant aid of French Bertha) try to ensure that the American Gloria, the Italian Gabriella and the German Gretchen don’t meet.Boeing Boeing has been revived many times on stage and screen, but its latest incarnation is specifically South African – the Anglo-European-American dynamic has been preserved, but is given new life by the interpretation of a talented group of local actors. After completing a season at the Montecasino theatre in Johannesburg, the play has now moved to Cape Town’s Theatre on the Bay, where it will no doubt delight Capetonian audiences.As with most farces, this production starts slowly: Robert Fridjhon’s debonair Bernard is complacent in his infidelity as he sends Gloria (Jo Galloway) off to the airport, even though he already faces complaints from Louise Saint-Claire’s Bertha in her over-the-top French accent. With the arrival onstage of Alan Committie in the role of Robert, however, the comedy begins in earnest.Committie is the glue that holds the play together. Robert remains onstage for most of the rest of the play, while the other characters enter and exit from the seven doors surrounding him. Those who have seen his one-man shows will recognise some classic (and no doubt unscripted) Committie-isms interpolated into the action.Nina Lucy Wylde, as Gretchen, and Bronywn Leigh Gottwald, as Gabriella, both reinforce and subvert the national stereotypes associated with their characters – to great effect. Gottwald’s Gabriella is a stern but feisty Alitalia hostess; Wylde’s Gretchen, while demonstrating the Germanic sincerity one might expect of a Lufthansa employee, is also prone to fits of passion and flighty declarations of love.* Boeing Boeing is at the Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town until 5 June.last_img read more