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Today’s review is on Woody Allen’s ‘Match Point’ (2005). If you have watched ‘Midnight in Paris’ before, you are probably not new to Woody Allen. He has been a great director, and I must say I enjoy most of his work.

The film begins with the protagonist Chris Wilton, a recently retired tennis professional, is hired as a tennis coach at a post club in London. One day, he meets up a wealthy lad as a pupil, Tom Hewett, and their friendship grows. Tom introduces his sister, Chloe, to Chris, and the two begin dating. However, Chris seems to like Tom’s fiancee, Nola. Then the story mainly deals with the relationships between Chris, Nola, and Chloe.

There are two notable themes in the film that I would like to describe. The first is social class. Chris and Nola come from similar social background, and that is the main reason why, in my opinion, that they have mutual love. When Chris is introduced by Tom to his rich family, Chris tries to act like the posh class; while Nola doesn’t quite care about how she acts in front of Tom’s family, focusing on pursuing her dream. The two marriages in the film have nothing to do with Nola. Chris is ‘bought’ by Chloe’s dad to the rich family, so that he can climb up to his greasy post. When meeting Nola after the marriage, Chris appears to have got used to the life in upper class, and he takes the role of the previous Tom, taking Nola as a sex partner, asking her to abort the baby when she is found pregnant. Also, at the end of the film, after committing the crime, Chris manages to escapes from being arrested, by putting the responsibilities to the drug addict, who belongs to the lowest social class…. and it is mainly due to the careless investigation by the police.

The second theme I think is significant is ‘Crime and Punishment’. Can a murderer completely get away from what he does? In the monologue scene, Chris says that he is not scared about getting arrested, he would even be pleased about being arrested for what he does because it would show justice. At the last scene, when his family is celebrating, he looks out from the window, realising that he cannot psychologically get away from what he does. Compared Chris’s circumstances to a tennis/ table-tennis match, Chris wins from the police, but loses himself.

Generally, this film has a smooth plot, with some good depth. If you like Woody Allen’s style, I would recommend this film to you. If you have never heard of Woody Allen but you like crime films with a bit of depth, this would be a good film for you.



So, a friend of mine (who is a girl) asked me how to flirt with a guy who plays tennis. (Yea, that’s a sign of ultimate friendzone:¬†https://hayeschan.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/ultimate-friend-zone/)

Well, taken into account that table-tennis is similar to tennis, my table-tennis experience can help me tackle her problem. This post is probably useful if you are a girl liking a sporty guy (like me #legend)

So, get a chance to play table-tennis (abbreviated as TT ) with him. Just saying ‘Oh you are so good, it is so hard to hit the ball! Teach me!’ Even if you may be very good, pretend to be not-quite good, at least worse than him. Just hit every shot off the table, and then say ‘Oh why am I not even getting it right?’ and be frustrated. Just make a scene, then he will come and ask you ‘Is everything alright? You are doing well!’. Then, you reply ‘AHHHHH I am playing so badly, no one is gonna play with me anymore because i am rubbish! Saw you having a very good techniques like topspin, can you help me more?’

The biggest weapon of a girl is probably her tears. If he is a knightly guy, he will definitely say ‘YES!’ (If he says NO he is probably the utter rubbish and can be dumped to the trash bin) So he will hold your hand and teach you! (Just as Beatles’ ”I wanna hold your hand”)

Then, as the session (your dream) starts approaching the end, you just say ‘Oh it is getting late, I have to go. Can we practise more? Can I have your number so I can contact you? So we can arrange training?’ 99% he will say OKAY NO PROBLEM! Of course, after getting the number, you are free to whatsapp/ text unlimitedly because he is probably going to reply and the conversation will go on and on as if it is only the two of you existing on the planet.

Caution: The self-confidence of guys is sometimes so weak, so if you are very good at TT, do NOT try to say ‘Let’s play a match!’ and then beat him 11-0 or 11-1 in every set. You have to lose even if you are better than him (As the Quest to fail in Childe Roland)

Tips: Help him to wipe the sweat at the end; stick the plaster to his wound if he gets hurt (He will never take the plaster away even when the wound gets smelly). 100%sure win!

Table-Tennis Match Report

‘I knew you were trouble when you walked in’
AU Harriers (Members of AU Falcons) 3-7 Collie Gashers

Originally, AU Harriers should have Sir Magician Joe Cranna, Fighter Pete Crichton, and Prince Matt Robinson for the match. But the Prince stepped in for the cup match, so Admiral Hayes Chan stepped in for the match as the third player. These three lads were also registered players for the Falcons team, so it was basically a Division 3 team clashing a Division 1 team.

First round: 1-2
Admiral Chan got Paul Barlow for the first match. ‘I knew you were trouble when you walked in.’ he thought as he played Paul before and got beaten 0-3. He started alright, as he took the first set 12-10. But then, Paul got advice from his teammate, and won 3 close sets straight. ‘It was a tough match.’ Hayes said after the match. Sir Magician Joe won the first game against Derek 3-1 comfortably too, and continued his winning record. Fighter Pete, on the other hand, faced the challenge from Derek, who got tricky serves, and Pete got beaten 0-3.

Second round: 1-5
Admiral Chan got Derek for the second game. Because of Derek’s tricky serves, the Admiral lost 13-15, 5-11 and 6-11. The key player Sir Magician Joe had a very hard time in the second round. He was playing Paul Barlow, he got 2-0 up in sets, Paul then made a comeback with 2 sets. A five setter was on! ‘Come on Joe!’ Hayes was cheering up for him. However, it didn’t help, he lost the final set, and he lost the first league game in the whole season. Magician was very sad, but we should all cheer up for him! He did a very good job in the whole season! The Fighter Pete got Dave, and he was unlucky as he lost by close sets.

Third round: 2-7
‘It is hard to see our honoured Magician having a hard time, I am going to take revenge on the team!’ Admiral got determined and glowed the fire in his heart again! He had Dave in his final single game of the day. He won the first two sets, and in the third set, Dave was 10-7 up. ‘I am NOT losing this! Joe is having a hard time, I must win the game!’ Hayes thought. He MADE IT by winning the final set 12-10! Sir Magician did not manage to calm himself down in the third round, he did not even play half as good as he could be, so he lost the game too. Pete got the strongest player of the opponent team, Paul. He got beaten too.

After the Double Match: 3-7
The Harriers got the Admiral and Magician for the double, playing against Dave and Paul. ‘We are continuing our winning record, Joe!’ Hayes said to Joe. These two Falconers did very well, and won 3-0 straight, and Hayes closed the game with a ‘CHO!’

Although they lost, they did well, remember they were not even supposed to be in Division 2! Even the Dark Knight Gavin Elliot said ‘These three lads did so well today!’ As we know now, Joe and Hayes will be playing in North of Scotland Open, hopefully they will have good results in it! ‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail, by Colin Dalgleish. So I am having a 3-hour training with Murray Paterson tomorrow!’ The Admiral got the fire in his heart for the tournament again! Hopefully he would do well in it

UKCC LEVEL 1 Table-Tennis Coaching Course Day 1

Woke up at 5a.m., got dressed, and packed my stuff, and caught the bus at 7 to Dundee for the table-tennis coaching course.

Flattered by the coaching tutor, as he claimed that my backhand (which I think is my weakness) is quite good and consistent, and asked me for demonstration for backhand drive and backhand block. He didn’t quite believe that I have only played table-tennis for JUST MORE than a year. (Quite satisfied that I have just played 1 year and now I am trying to get the coaching certificate!)

Looking forward to the second day of the course. It should be on 8/2, but the venue is unavailable on that day, so they changed it to 1/2, and I would be unavailable due to the SSS Championship, so I would be doing it on 22/2 in Aberdeen! No travel required!!! The only thing is that I need to demonstrate forehand push to the kids (which is what I don’t do!)… Well anyway, happy as the coaching tutor said my skills are relatively advanced!