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Eye Candy

The bold and the beautiful

Running the risk of sounding totally chauvinistic, a large portion of the audience who will tune in to watch the World Cup in South Africa this summer will do so, not for the games, but for the players. As with most things, there are multiple dynamics attached to the game of football. Some watch it to appreciate the 'beautiful game.' Others watch it, just to appreciate the 'beautiful players.' Suffice to say, this article is mostly for the latter.

In Bangladesh, it is not uncommon for most women to nail their colours to that of Italy (it is not uncommon for guys as well), what with all the good-looking men of yore that was on show. But the days of Alessandro Nesta and Paolo Maldini are gone. South Africa 2010 will usher in a brand of new superstars. So without further ado, step up Roque Santa Cruz.

The Paraguayan forward has long been a heartthrob at most of the clubs he has played it. He regaled the maidens of Munich, and has now relocated his boyish charms to Manchester. But for the women, tough luck. Roque is married to sweetheart and bombshell Giselle. Pity to all the broken hearts.

Next up Cristiano Ronaldo, and the Portuguese has a plethora of female following around the world, mostly because of his off-handish good looks, offset by a vociferously maintained figure. Spanish newspaper Marca compared him this season to the Incredible Hulk, but thankfully not in looks.

No mention of good-looking footballers would be complete without Iker Casillas. The Spanish goalkeeper, is not just one of the best shot-stoppers in the world, but his Mediterranean good-looks make him one of the most popular footballers in the world. Add that to his dry humour and intelligence, and Casillas might just be the role model.

And a list such as this would not be complete without the angelic Kaka. Evangelist Christian who is committed to his wife for life, Kaka is angelic off the pitch and untouchable on it. Little wonder that he played in Milan for so long, he probably fit right in. But the man who will make girls swoon, take second looks and stick in front of the television for extended periods is the Frenchman Yoann Gourcuff.

Touted as the natural heir to Zinedine Zidane, Gourcuff's film star looks means that he would be right at home in Hollywood. So, don't be surprised if your significant other braves late night football matches with you this time around. They have their reasons too. Just be careful at France games!

The Liverpool and Spain striker Fernando Torres is one more from Spain who the girls will be staying up nights for. Leave aside his considerable exploits on the field; women have been known to go doe-eyed even when he's sitting injured on the bench. Expect him to be one of the more popular draws among the fairer sex.

Spain seems to be a fine source for football hunks, with the likes of Torres, Casillas and Cesc Fàbregas. The Arsenal and Spain midfielder is a poster-boy for women of all ages. They fawn over him whether he is in his longer-haired avatar, or sporting his recent short-and-spiky look. At twenty-three, he is sure to enthral women for some time yet, starting with this World Cup.

It would be terrible unfair to leave without honourable mentions for footballers' wives and girlfriends. Commonly known as WAGs, a significantly disproportionate number are underwear models and hence well worth a second (third and fourth) look.

WAGs have often been in the news for the wrong reasons, but the truth of the matter is that a lot of them have excellent career prospects and are very well known in their field of work. Take the case of Alena Seredova, the Czech supermodel who was fourth in the Miss World finals of 1998. The partner of Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon also has her own clothing line.

Sylvie van der vaart, is similarly talented. The Dutch model, actress and TV presenter, is married to midfielder Rafael (of the same last name) and they are the David Beckham-Posh Spice of the Netherlands. Currently based in Madrid, Sylvie is also a judge in the German version of Britain's Got Talent.

The Germans are often accused of being boring, but with the quite stunning Sarah Brandner in their ranks, they might develop a strong following. Sarah is currently dating Bastian Schweinsteiger, and the model has done photo shoots for SI and Maxim.

She is often touted as the next big thing from Germany, which is not a bad thing considering the track record of people like Heidi Klum and Claudia Schiffer. And no, we are not forgetting the English. Abigail Clancy, the partner of England's beanpole Peter Crouch (yeah, go figure) is also a model by profession and is quite popular amongst English literate football audiences, mostly for being quite the looker.

No mention of football WAGs would be complete without Cheryl Cole, who ironically, very soon will no longer be one. The soon to be ex-wife of Ashley Cole, is a singer, songwriter and television personality. Her stunning looks and grounded attitude makes her one of the most popular women in all of Britain, and much more liked, than her soon to be ex-husband.

By Quazi Zulquarnain Islam

Dearest diary,
Last night as I was going through one of my usual fashion magazines, I came across a celebrity interview. She was asked all these random, personal questions, and it got me thinking...whether she answered all the queries truthfully. Did she twist her answers to please her readers or were they simply politically correct jargons?

So you know me diary, lots of free time on my hands, so I thought, why not I answer these questions, and let you be the judge to see to what extent I would go to twist the facts. So here goes...

Q1 How has the year 2009 treated you?
Actually since 1983 till date, it has been a great ride. So why only 2009? I cannot only comment on last year. It would be a betrayal to all my other years.

Q2 Do you think your child knows you?
Oh...those little...er...angels knows us more than we know ourselves. They know exactly which buttons to push, how far to push and when to stop.

Q3 Do you think you have the perfect life?
Being the control freak that I am, I think I have manipulated my life to my wants and needs and the higher force up there seems to agree with me. With help from such a quarter, I really do think my life is perfection personified (even if I do say so myself).

Q4 Work wise what do you dream about?
Well, I do dream till 11 'o clock in the morning, so any work that I do, starts from 1 in the afternoon. And work….hmmm

Q5 How do you define luxury?
Having two luncheon parties to attend back-to-back equates to a long hard day's work and to recover, a hot oil scalp massage. (I sound so much like Jackie Collins.)

Q6 What is your luxury at the moment?
From the time I wake up till the moment I have to face the world are truly my luxury moments.

Q7 What is your definition of elegance?
Not making a scene publicly.

Q8 What is feminity to you?
Women not using coarse and vulgar language. Shouldn't this be femininity?

Q9 What makes a woman beautiful?
Her M.A.C. cosmetics.

Q10 What makes a woman stand out?
Her intelligence.

Q11 How is your relationship with your body image?
Very bad. But getting better. Getting old is all about accepting your saggy, cellulite-riddled skin.

Q12 What are the best things of being middle aged?
Oodles of confidence, ability to bargain, no need to prove myself anymore, and knowing and loving the people who truly matter.

Q13 What are your passions?
Well, I can be naughty and write about 'passion' and put Shobha De to shame, but,today I will be predictable and boring and say, cooking and feeding my loved ones are my passion.

Q14 What do you do to relax?
Actually there are many things I do that relaxes me. Be it with people, or by myself, or even by doing something exhausting as a workout. But I think one which tops the list is, a hot sultry, humid afternoon, my bed room chilled to freeze, curtains drawn, my old faithful razai with four fluffy pillows and a good read.

Q15 How would you define your character?
This is a hard one. I think...strong on the outside and mushy inside.

Q16 What would you never give up?
My quest to lose weight.

Q17 Do you collect anything?
Memories, with the help of my camera, writing my diary and Minnat. I kid you not diary, this woman has got the retentive memory of an elephant.

Q18 What is your motto?
God always gives you two choices. Choose the right one. Have the cookie, do not have the cookie. Sugar level falling, have the cookie. Plain greedy, do not have the cookie. Simple. Do what is good for you.

Q19 What is your dream of happiness?
I wish I could say world peace, or a poverty free Bangladesh. But, honestly and selfishly, some realistic numbers...70 kgs and 38-30-38.

Q20 What drives you?
My mother's and husband's belief in me.

Q21 What is your greatest source of personal fulfilment?
That I am my son's mother.

Q22 What is your greatest strength?
Soppy and clichéd answer, but since honesty is today's agenda....I would have to go with, my ability to love the people I care deeply about and my family and friends. And by that I mean the people who have stood by me during my formative years, and who have actually shaped my life and personality to be whatever I am today. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Q23 Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Most probably in a new role as a mother-in-law to some poor unsuspecting girl. Just kidding diary. Or maybe a grand mum. But most importantly, leading the same beautiful life that I am leading now.

Q24 Where would you like to visit?
Right at this moment an old age home called the Arunima. Hope my mum does not get worried reading this.

Q25 What kind of a mother are you?
The usual kind. Bossy, nosy, psychotic, and paranoid to name a few. The works.

Q26 What kind of values would to like to pass on to your children?
In my case, my son should make a list of his father's qualities, memorise them, swallow the list with a glass of water and get on with life accordingly and he is good to go.

Q27 What is your biggest flaw?
I wish I could ask my sister to answer this one, anyway...I think I am overtly critical.

Q28 What do you hate most?
It has to be hypocrisy and fat people.

Q29 A natural gift you would have liked to have.
To sing without stage fright.

Q30 Who would be the guests at an ideal dinner friend?
My very close friends and…Oprah.
So there you go diary. Tried to answer all the questions as honestly as I could. You know me well, so you decide how I did on the honesty meter. And please take a shot at it yourself and see what kind of answers you come up with. Maybe you will surprise yourself or surprise somebody else.
So have a good day the Sam Q. way!

Mini corn muffins
1¼ cup flour
100g butter
2 eggs beaten lightly
1 can creamed corn
½ cup grated cheese
2 tbsp finely chopped spring onion leaves
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt

Pre-heat oven to 200ºC. Oil a 12 hole (2 tbsp) muffin pan. Sift flour into a medium bowl. Stir in combined butter, eggs, corn, cheese, salt, baking powder and chopped spring onion leaves.
Bake for about 15 minutes or until cooked through. Stand muffins in pans for 5 minutes, turn out onto wire rack to cool.

Prawn cocktail bites
A long thin baguette
A little butter
4 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Dash of lemon juice
7 ounce cooked prawns
Salt and pepper to taste
Paprika (optional)

Preheat oven to 220ºC. Cut the baguette into 24 slices about 5mm thick, and spread one side of each with a little butter. Arrange buttered side down, on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. In a bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Add the prawns with salt and pepper, and spoon the mixture on top of the bread slices, so that each one has 2-3 prawns. Sprinkle with paprika. Cook in the oven for about 8 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve while hot.

Tuna and cheese melts
1 can (200g) tuna in water
4 spring onions chopped
1 tsp Dijon mustard
4 tbsp mayonnaise
Salt and pepper to taste
1 loaf sliced horizontally
Cheese, grated
1 tomato, sliced

Preheat grill. In a bowl mix together the tuna, spring onions, mustard and mayonnaise, then season to taste. Toast the bread slices. Spread the tuna mixture on top of each slice, lay the tomato slices on top and then scatter over the cheese. Place under the grill and cook until cheese starts to bubble and turn golden. Serve hot.



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