Super Eagles won the World Cup ticket

The „Super Eagles“ (German: Super Adler) had barely won the World Cup ticket after a 1-0 win over Zambia, when the players let coach Gernot Rohr live on. The 64-year-old German then did a lap of honour in the Godswill-Akpabio Stadium, of course with Nigeria flags in his hand! „The odds will go crazy“ reports the UK betting portal online-betting.org.

Curious: There was almost real trouble for the Nigerians, even a World Cup exclusion was discussed! The reason: The Super Eagles had set up Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey) in their last group match against Algeria. However, the defender was not allowed to play because of a yellow ban.

Shehu had already seen yellow in a 0-0 draw with football dwarf Swaziland. But the game was two years ago – and the Nigerian officials had simply forgotten the warning! Double bad luck: An email from Fifa saying Shehu was not eligible to play against Algeria went to an official who was fighting for his life in the hospital at the time.

The reed troops were lucky, Fifa was lenient. A World Cup exclusion was rejected, only the match against Algeria was scored 0:3 (actually 1:1). However, the „Super Eagles“ could not care, by that time the team was already qualified.

The team had dominated Group B of the African World Cup qualifiers, four of six games against Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria were won. Key to success: The team is peppered with legionnaires (more than 90 percent play abroad)!

Nigeria go to the World Cup 2018

Nigeria are the first African team to qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia. A 1-0 home win over Zambia on the penultimate day of qualifying was enough for German coach Gernot Rohr’s team to win Group B early. Arsenal substitute Alex Iwobi scored the goal of the day in Uyo in the 73rd minute.

This is the sixth time the Super Eagles are represented at the world tournament – the African record holder is Cameroon with seven participations. It was precisely these Cameroonians who missed out on a 1-1 draw with Nigeria in September.

With the exception of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Nigeria have been represented in all final rounds since 1994. Prior to the Super Eagles, Germany, Belgium, England, Spain, Iran, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Brazil had already qualified for the 2018 tournament alongside hosts Russia. The best betting sites for Nigeria you will find here.

 

Coral Offer: Liverpool vs Manchester City – A Goal to Be Scored

Manchester City on Wednesday having gained a huge amount of attention already. Despite Pep Guardiola’s side being just one win away from securing the Premier League title, there is a real feeling at Anfield that Jurgen Klopp and his men can upset the champions elect. For those looking to place a bet on the match between two of English football’s biggest names, there is perhaps no better place than Coral.

Having registered with a new account at Coral, you will find yourself with the opportunity to collect a 25/1 pay-out on your very first bet. Simply open an account, before betting on just a single goal being scored in Wednesday evening’s encounter between Liverpool and Manchester City. With the duo’s two encounters so far this season having resulted in nine goals being scored, this is certainly a market worth utilising ahead of kick-off. For those looking to take advantage of the offer, let’s take a closer look at the terms and conditions surrounding it.

Coral New Customer Offer: Terms & Conditions

Although Coral terms and conditions mean that a maximum bet of £1 can be placed, this is still a potentially lucrative promotion. Just one goal must find the back of the net during the 90 minutes in order to be successful, with players such as Mohamad Salah, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus potentially looking to add to their tallies this weekend. Simply open an account online or via your mobile device with Coral, as well as depositing a minimum of £5 in order to be in with a chance of getting in on the act. The bookmaker offers see here a favorite in Manu City.

Goals are certainly expected at Anfield on Wednesday, further justifying your decision to take advantage of this offer from Coral. Should the unthinkable happen and no team score in the final, you will receive a free £5 bet as a consolation prize. Sounds too good to be true? It isn’t!

Open an account with Coral today, before enjoying one of the most in-depth football markets around. You could have an easy £25 win before you have even properly got started.

Robert M. Price’s MOLDY MANUSCRIPTS vol. 03

I don’t go to theatre except for horror, Star Trek, and superhero movies. Sometimes I write reviews or review essays on them. You might think I am reading way too much into these flicks. See what you think. This time out I am exhuming a couple of reviews. Eli Roth’s Hostel has much more to it than meets the eye, as you will see, at least in my tortured psyche. My review appeared a few years ago in my newsletter/monthly essay on line, Zarathustra Speaks (subscribe for free at robertmprice.mindvendor.com). My review of The Whole Wide World appeared in Crypt of Cthulhu #93 (Lammas 1996), then in The Cimmerian 14 (October, 2004). I thought it might be worth another look now that a new film version of Conan is current.

And who doesn’t love Godzillla movies (whether or not they will admit it)? I prevailed upon Stephen Mark Rainey to allow me to reprint an article on them he ran in his pre-Deathrealm zine Japanese Giants. Mark, in case you didn’t know, is a polymath: a graphic artist, a musician, and a truly gifted writer of horror fiction. He and that other Marc (Cerasini) happen to be the world’s greatest authorities on Gojira and Toho Studios films.

WHO GOES THERE?

LORE began in 1995 as an approximately 70-page, saddle-stitched, digest-sized labor of love. It ran for nine issues until 2000. Throughout those five years, we printed some outstanding work by writers and artists we had admired for years and ones we would come to know and regard as friends. We gathered many cherished memories, accepted two awards for our efforts: The Deathrealm Award and the Dragon’s Breath Award, and were thrilled to be featured on The Sci-Fi Channel’s Sci-Fi Buzz! Many of the works we published received Honorable Mentions in Datlow & Windling’s The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, and some of the work we published even went on to win awards such as The Bram Stoker Award and The World Fantasy Award. LORE surpassed our wildest dreams!

But we were younger then, and the unpredictability of real life at the time and demands of emerging careers eventually forced closed the vault doors in 2000.

Fast forward to January 2011 in Tempe, Arizona at MythosCon, a celebration of the life and work of H.P. Lovecraft, where something was stirred to life. Through the hazy weekend merriment with some old comrades like Dan Clore, Robert M. Price, Michael Cisco, and Peter Cannon, we got the idea to take a prybar to those vault doors and let some fresh air in (and the old spirits out). LORE would return!

The intervening five months have been a flurry of activity: meetings, conference calls, tracking down old friends. And, finally, we are able to start setting down the next chapter in LORE’s history.

This site is the culmination of our shared love for imaginative fiction, in its many guises. It is also a work in progress. Through the coming days and weeks, we will present compelling content here, and continue to refine the components we’ve set into motion. Our ultimate aim, of course, is to publish outstanding fiction, and more will be announced to this end soon.

We hope you will join us and be a part of our continuing journey.

THE 2011 NEBULA AWARDS: Michael Swanwick

The 2011 Nebula Awards banquet was held on Saturday evening, May 21st at the massive Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. The Nebula Award is one of Science Fiction’s „big two“ awards (along with the venerable Hugo). Awarded since 1965 by The SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America), the Nebulas showed an impressive ballot this year and writer Michael Swanwick served as this year’s toastmaster, providing the requisite dignity, class, and humor for the evening’s events. A Nebula Award winner himself, for his 1991 novel Stations of the Tide, Mr. Swanwick said he was nervous about hosting, for who can hope to follow Isaac Asimov, even 46 years later, but we think he did a splendid job. We had a chance to talk to Mr. Swanwick just after the ceremony, which we present here with some clips from the Nebula Awards ceremony. 2011 Nebula Award winners listed below.

Robert M. Price’s MOLDY MANUSCRIPTS vol. 01

Welcome to a brand new feature, probably as close as we’re ever going to come to reviving my old mag Crypt of Cthulhu. In this barnacle clinging to the electronic hull of LORE, I want to round up various articles I’m willing to bet few of today’s Cthulhu Mythos buffs have seen before. Some will be articles from 80s and 90s issues of Crypt which I’m sure will be new to the huge new generation of Lovecraft fans. Others appeared more recently but in specialized venues that probably escaped most readers’ notice. This time I want to offer a handful of my own brief pieces written for The Daily Lurker, the newspaper-format convention program of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival.

Jeffrey Thomas Reviews William Peter Blatty’s „Dimiter“

“Sometimes suffering turns out to be the dirty window that at last allows grace to enter the heart.”

— From Dimiter.

It might seem unlikely that a person like myself, so openly critical of religion in my own writing, should have as his favorite horror novel The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, or that the explicitly Catholic Blatty should be a favorite author. Yes, as a teen I would pray repeatedly throughout the day, but I now consider that more of an obsessive compulsive neurosis — though one might argue that much religious behavior is neurotic. And yet even to an agnostic like myself, Blatty’s major novels — The Exorcist, its pseudo-sequel Legion, The Ninth Configuration, and most recently Dimiter — are profoundly moving and thought-provoking meditations on the human quest for meaning both personal and cosmic, and faith in the power of good.

Robert M. Price’s MOLDY MANUSCRIPTS vol. 02

I happen to have no interest whatever in sports (not that a Lovecraftian can’t be a football fan – look at that gridiron addict S.T. Joshi!), but I confess I do have a soft spot for the Baltimore Ravens. If they name themselves after Poe’s creation, they can’t be all bad. And speaking of Edgar Allan Poe and his creations, they’re the permeating theme for this month’s Moldy Manuscripts. We open with one of Donald M. Burleson’s classic deconstructions, “Acrostic,” which examines Lovecraft’s poem about Poe, “In a Sequester’d Churchyard Where Once Poe Walk’d.” This piece appeared originally in Crypt of Cthulhu #85, Hallowmass 1993. I’m willing to bet you won’t have seen it. Heck, most of you probably weren’t even born then!

Then there’s my own „Cormanghast: The Poe Films of Roger Corman“ from Parts # 14 (November 1997). I had written it originally for the fine magazine Scarlet Street. You see, they asked me to write a feature on Roger Corman’s Poe adaptations for an issue in which Corman himself was being interviewed. The trouble was, I wrote what I thought. I watched or rewatched all the relevant flicks and found I had to level some pretty damning criticisms if I wanted to maintain any integrity at all. Needless to say, they turned down the article for fear of Corman reading it. Eventually I patched things up with them, but I wound up using the article in the revived Parts once founder Friday Jones allowed me to add the mag to the Cryptic Publications stable.

The third article this time is another from my prolix pen: „Lovecraft and ‚Ligeia'“ from Lovecraft Studies # 31 (Fall 1994). I was amazed when I reread this story after many years (in fact while I was researching the Corman piece) at how extensive an influence it had exerted upon Lovecraft’s imagination, as you will shortly see!

One of my favorite little jokes by Lin Carter occurred in one of his Hautley Quicksilver novellas, set in the far future. Hautley boasts of his erudition by informing us that the ancient noun “poetry” was derived from the name of Edgar Allan Poe. Of course it wasn’t, having been borrowed instead from the Greek poeisis, a work, as in a literary work. But that’s not to say plenty of literary works haven’t been derived from Poe! Here are three.

LORE Chats with Barry Longyear

Barry B. Longyear is the first writer to win the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Award all in the same year. In addition to his acclaimed Enemy Mine Series, his works include the Circus World and Infinity Hold series, Sea of Glass, other SF & fantasy novels, recovery and writing instruction works, and numerous short stories.

In your seminar, The Write Stuff, we get to find out why you started writing. Can you identify the point where you truly felt that you conquered those goals? The point at which you felt you „had arrived?“

There have been several times when I felt I had arrived: When I sold my first story to George Scithers at Asimov’s in 1978, when I became the first writer to win the Nebula, Hugo, and John W. Campbell Awards in the same year, when I first saw books of mine on the shelves at a local bookstore, and just about every time someone writes in to tell me what something I’ve written has meant to them.  Then there are all the times when I beat myself up as a failure, not making the big bucks, not getting the book sales and placements I think I deserve, and so on. This is the kind of stuff that can give you a heart attack. I finally had to settle on writing as the goal because writing is what I love doing, whether it sells or not, and that no one really „arrives“ until they drop you in that box and throw dirt on you. As it has been said many times before, „The joy is in the journey.“