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Monday, January 07, 2008

Do Not Queue in Spain...

Especially when you are waiting for a bus.

This is not a joke. If you try to queue and think the person in front of you IS in the queuing line, then make sure he/she IS QUEUING. Otherwise, the bus driver will just quickly close the bus door, leaving you screaming and swearing, because the person in front of you does not move at all and the bus driver thought all passengers have boarded.

Some locals like to stand very close to the entry door of a bus although they are not going to board in to the bus. I learnt from experiences that being nice and trying to queue behind someone who looks like going to board a bus and waiting for him to move is a disadvantage for myself. Once I realised the person in front of me, who blocked my way to get into the bus, was not going to board the bus, it was too late, the buy driver was annoyed so he just departed, leaving me baffled. More annoyingly the person who blocked my way didn't even say sorry or any word at all.


Thursday, January 03, 2008

Differences Between Live Football Coverage in Spain and Indonesia

Having watched many live coverages of EPL football matches on local television stations in Spain, I can see some differences in the way the Indonesian and Spanish show the game.

The differences are as follow:

1. Indonesia
Pre-game review: Starts 15-30 minutes before the game. At least 1 commentator is present apart from one TV presenter. The so called commentator may be a sport journalist, an ex player or anyone who deemed "knows" about football. It is considered normal if they talk for one minute and then there are some ads for about 5 minutes, then the commentators talk again for another minute, again followed by advertisements for 5 minutes.

In-game comments: Usually in English, in other words the original in-game comments from the broadcaster.

Post-game review: Usually the commentator gives his review of what went wrong, what should have been done, etc. A minute talk normally will be followed by 5 minutes of advertisement, which is just like during the pre-game review. Ends about 10 minutes after the game.

2. Spain
Pre-game review: none but advertisements run for about 10 minutes, until the game starts.

In-game comments: 2 persons, one TV presenter who also reports the game and another commentator who reviews the tactical side of the game.

Post-game: again advertisements run for about 10 minutes.