Sunday, April 23, 2006

ANIBAL - 1917-10-16, 2006-04-23 (88 years old) (in portuguese and english)


O meu único avô ANIBAL que ainda estava vivo morreu hoje.
Pai do meu pai. Agora só tenho as minhas 2 avós.
Viveu 88 anos cheios de trabalho.
Viveu em Portugal e em Angola.
Trabalhava em minas e construiu estradas em Angola.
Tinha uma alegria imensa quando se falava de minas, de pedras preciosas e seus derivados.
Era uma figura de género militar, que quando era novo quase nunca deu liberdade aos filhos.
Mas que amava os filhos mesmo sem o mostrar.
Na 4ª passada teve um AVC que o fez ir de urgencia para o hospital de Almada.
Teve já no hospital outros 2 AVCs.
Foi operado por duas vezes na 6ª e no Sábado.
Mas piorou de operação para operação.
Hoje Domingo apenas ligado a uma máquina já sem qualquer reação.
Foi-lhe desligada a máquina com a autorização do filho-herói (meu pai, FERNANDO).
Estou a tentar escrever, mas está-me a custar muito.
Lágrimas e muito nervoso estão-me a aparecer neste momento.
O meu avô foi-se.
Fui vê-lo na 6ª de manhã depois de ter ido buscar o meu pai ao aeroporto.
Chegado de urgência da Florida, USA.
6ª de manhã, fui ver o meu avô.
Acordei-o de um descanso. Estava ligado a uma maquina de gás e entubado.
Dei-lhe 2 toques no ombro algumas vezes para o acordar.
Acordou, olhou para mim e sorriu. Notei-lhe uma alegria por me ver.
Eu disse que estava ali para o ver e para falar com ele.
Ele olhou para mim e disse-me que eu estava muito cansado, olheiras.
(Eu tinha dormido pouco, tinha-me deitado ás 2h15 e levantado ás 6h00).
Perguntou-me se eu já estava nos Estados Unidos,
(pois sabia que eu queria ir para lá, meu pai tinha-lhe dito uns minutos antes).
Ele, o herói deitado, continuou a olhar para mim e falou-me no meu cabelo, estava curto.
Disse-lhe que tinha cortado o cabelo hà pouco tempo.
Trocámos mais umas pequenas palavras que já não me lembro bem.
Disse-lhe que a minha tia (filha MARGARIDA e irmã do meu pai) estava lá fora.
Dei-lhe um adeus triste.
E deixei-o descansar em paz.
Foram os meus últimos minutos com o grande ANIBAL SOUSA MARQUES (Eng.).
Obrigado avô por existires.
Obrigado avó CÉLIA por seres a grande mulher que és e por teres resistido a tua vida toda.
Obrigado tia MARGARIDA por estes últimos anos teres estado sempre ao lado dos meus avós.
E muito obrigado ao meu PAI FERNANDO por seres quem és.
Um grande obrigado MUITO ESPECIAL aos meus pais, TERESA (mãe) e FERNANDO (pai) pela educação que me deram que me fizeram um rapaz muito sensivel e muito especial.


My only grand-dad ANIBAL that was still alive died today.
Father of my father. Now I only have my 2 grand-moms.
Lived 88 years full of work.
Lived in Portugal and in Angola.
Worked in mines and built roads in Angola.
Had a great joy when mines and precious-stones appeard on talks.
Was a military figur, when he was new almost never gave freedom to his sons.
But he loved his son and daughter even without whowing.
Last Wednesday had an AVC that took him urgently to the Almada General Hospital.
Had another 2 AVCs already on the hospital.
Was operated twice on Friday and Saturday.
But operation to operation become worse.
Today Sunday only connected trough a machine without any reaction.
His machine was turned off with the autorization of the son-hero (my father, FERNANDO).
I'm trying to write, but is becoming very hard.
Tears and nervouseness are appearing right now.
My grand-dad gone.
I went to see him Friday morning after I pick up my father on the airport.
Just arrived with urgency from Florida, USA.
Friday morning, I went to see my grand-dad.
I woke him up from some resting minutes. He was connected to the machine of gas and with tubes in him.
I touch him twice on his shoulder to wake him.
He woke up, looked at me and smiled. I noticed on him a joy for seeing me.
I said I was there to see him and to talk to him.
He looked at me and told me that I was very tired, dark circles (under the eyes).
(I slept few hours, I had gone to bed on 2h15 and I woke up at 6h00).
He asked me if I was already on the States,
(he knew I wanted to go there, my father already told him a few minutes early).
He, the lie down hero, continued to look at me and talked about my hair, it was short.
I told him I had cut my hair a few days ago.
We changed a little more words that I don't remember well now.
I told him that my aunt (daughter MARGARIDA and sister of my father) was outside.
I gave him a sad goodbye.
And let him rest in peace.
It was my last minutes with the great ANIBAL SOUSA MARQUES (Eng.).
Thank you grand-dad for you to exist.
Thank you grand-mom CÉLIA for being the great woman you are and for being resisted all of your life.
Thank you aunt MARGARIDA for these last years to be always on the side of my grand-parents.
And thank you to my FATHER FERNANDO for being who you are.
A big VERY SPECIAL thank you to both my parents, TERESA (mother) and FERNANDO (father) for the education you gave me that made me be a very sensitive and very special boy.

Here I add 3 photos of my grand-dad Anibal. They are all here to make me remember of the hapiness and joy of him. I spent many of my years in his home near Sesimbra on holydays since I was a little lad. I will never forget all of those times. Where I break all the house-doors. Where I did many watering irrigation, to not only to the plants but to people and to everything I had in my front, hehe. Those were good times.

Now, let's wait for the future...

Monday, April 17, 2006

Paul Hunter - Diagnosed with CANCER ten months ago

Just found out about Paul Hunter Cancer. I am watching a tournment on Live TV (I wrote the news on the other post). One of the best snooker player in this planet. With only 27 years old.
Here goes the news from January 2006 taken from the Ofiicial Paul Hunter Site:

Official site

Preview – 2006 Masters
2006 Saga Insurance Masters
15th - 22nd Jan, 2006 - Wembley Conference Centre, London

While media talk ahead of the 2006 Saga Insurance Masters may have rightly focussed around the renewed affection of defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and his stated return to the fifteen red fold, those with a long standing love of snooker cannot fail to reflect on the fortunes of former three-times Masters champion Paul Hunter, who courageously makes his return for the first time to the scene of his most memorable professional achievements since being diagnosed with cancer ten months ago. The ensuing side effects during extended periods of chemotherapy treatment have left the 27 year-old Yorkshireman understandably short of match practice, but with the recent birth of his first child on Boxing Day, the likeable Leeds professional will gather all the inspiration he requires from daughter Evie Rose as he continues the battle to regain both his health and his form going into the 2006 Saga Insurance Masters…

Now relegated to second position on the provisional world rankings by the recent resurgent efforts of legendary Scot Stephen Hendry MBE, Chigwell based O’Sullivan will be keen to make a winning start to his title defence when he faces either Joe Perry or wildcard Ian McCulloch on Day 2 of competition at the Wembley Conference Centre in London. The “Rocket” took top honours twelve months ago with a stunning 10-3 demolition of Wishaw’s John Higgins, and although the current official World No.1 is without a major title to his name this season, he deservedly starts favourite to retain the game’s most prestigious invitation event.

With a rebuilding process very much on the agenda in the Hunter camp, the former champion features on the opening day when he takes on out of form Welshman Mark J. Williams in a re-run of their compelling 2002 encounter which saw the current World No.5 recover from 0-5 down to snatch an amazing deciding frame 10-9 victory. Having already demonstrated his will and determination to carry on competing under the most difficult of circumstances, a standing ovation from the Wembley Conference Centre is assured for Hunter who can be relied upon to give his all in the best of eleven frames Round 2 tie.

A winner of this coveted event on no less than six previous occasions, Stephen Hendry MBE, opens his latest campaign on Day 3 at the impressive London venue against fellow Scot Alan McManus and is expected to provide the most likely finalist from the bottom half of the draw. Undeniably back to something like his irresistible best of the 1990’s, Hendry is certain to carry the support of many amongst the gambling fraternity, while the biggest threat to his much fancied progression will probably come from another Scot in the form of World No.6 John Higgins, who, if he overcomes a partisan London crowd and the attentions of Jimmy “The Whirlwind” White MBE on Day 4, could well make a bold challenge for a place in the best of nineteen frame final despite the likelihood of a meeting with reigning World Champion Shaun Murphy at the last eight stage.

Other likely contenders for the 2006 Wembley crown include veteran Steve Davis OBE, young Glaswegian Stephen Maguire, and Welshman Matthew Stevens.

Although a beaten 2005 UK Championship finalist at the hands of rising Chinese teenage star Ding Junhui, veteran Davis did little wrong during his December campaign in York, and for the 48 year-old who tackles wildcard Stuart Bingham in Round 1, a repeat performance could well see the “Nugget” vying for further glory as the week of Wembley drama unfolds.

Very much at the other end of the age and experience scale, World No.3 Stephen Maguire is yet to replicate his impressive best this season, but with what appears an inviting initial tie against an out of touch Stephen Lee on Day 2, the former 2004 UK Champion should have every chance to gain a confidence boosting victory which in turn may prove the catalyst for greater things from the highly talented young potter.

Welshman Matthew Stevens won this event in 2000, and the Carmarthen based World No.4 has so far captured both invitation events on offer this season. His form in each of the opening two ranking events this term is in stark contrast however, and the Welshman will need to be very much on his guard if his to repel what is guaranteed to be the toughest of Day 3 opposition from diminutive Larkhall professional Graeme Dott.

Paul Hunter (CANCER arrived) A CREDIT TO HIS SPORT

Official site

A Credit to his Sport.Com World Championship
15th Apr - 1st May, 2006 - The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Assured of a rapturous reception on his latest visit to the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and admired by snooker fans worldwide, local Yorkshire hero Paul Hunter will commendably complete his professional ranking tournament engagements on the WSA 2005/06 Tour when he takes on Australian Neil Robertson in Round 1 on Day 3 of competition for the £896,240 888.Com World Snooker Championship. During a season totally overshadowed by his well documented on-going battle against cancer, the 27 year-old Leeds professional has illustrated outstanding courage and determination in maintaining his wish to compete on the world stage despite continuing concerns regarding his current state of health…

An ever present competitor in events of consequence this term, the former three-times Masters champion is understandably short of match victories during the current campaign, but to his credit, the current World No.5 has diligently fulfilled his playing commitments across the globe with appearances this season in both Malta and China in addition to four UK based events, which it has to be said, is in stark contrast to the level of willingness shown by some of his fellow professionals when required to promote their sport at overseas venues.

The hallowed venue of snooker in Sheffield may be much closer to home for Yorkshire born and bred Hunter, but for his opening round opponent Neil Robertson the journey from his Australian home in Melbourne has required a somewhat lengthier trip.

Although UK based in Cambridgeshire during the season, progressive 24 year-old Aussie Robertson has quickly established himself as one of the games top overseas produced competitors, and recent seasons have seen the likeable left hander emerge from relative obscurity to a provisional ranking of 13 and within touching distance of a place in the world’s elite top sixteen. A major ranking event quarter-finalist on four occasions, the Australian No.1 reached the last eight of the 2005 UK Championship, and was narrowly beaten 10-7 on his Crucible debut earlier that year by seven-times World champion Stephen Hendry MBE.

While qualifier Robertson is seeking his first victory in Sheffield, snooker’s richest tournament has not always proved the most fruitful for local cueman Hunter. An opening round loser during his first two Crucible visits, the Yorkshireman finally broke his duck at the third attempt with a 10-6 victory over Derby professional David Roe in 2001.

A subsequent 13-5 Round 2 defeat against seven-times winner Stephen Hendry MBE halted the Hunter challenge on that occasion, and Australian Quinten Hann again brought early disappointment when he scored a 10-9 first round victory to oust the local favourite in 2002.

Hunter finally broke his Crucible jinx in 2003 and went close to landing the spoils in snooker’s premier event before eventually losing out to Dubliner Ken Doherty 17-16 following an epic semi-final encounter.

2004 frustratingly witnessed a third deciding frame elimination for Hunter who finished on the wrong end of a 12-13 Round 2 score line having let slip a commanding 10-6 lead over Welshman and close friend Matthew Stevens, and while his 10-8 Round 1 defeat at the hands of Nottingham professional Michael Holt was of secondary concern in 2005 given the then impending commencement of his course of chemotherapy against cancer, the popular Leeds cueman will be equally determined to provide a creditable display when he opens his latest challenge for the coveted Crucible crown. (Apr 17th – 10am).

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Shawn Michaels def. Mr. McMahon (No Holds Barred Match) April 2, 2006

One of the most expected fights. Mr. McMahon (The President of WWE) since the day after Christmas 2005 that is trying to make HBK (Shawn Michaels) a living HELL. Below is what happend in Wrestlemania with Shawn Michaels.

PS: Shawn Michaels (HBK - Heartbreak Kid) is and always was my favourite wrestler of all time. He is one of the favourite of all fans since ever. He has all the titles that WWE already had and have. The biggest match of "HBK" for me was "The Iron Man Match" in Wrestlemania XII against "Bret The Hitman Hart" in 1996. "The Hitman" was the World Champion and lose for "HBK". It was the first World Title for HBK (I think!!!).

Shawn Michaels def. Mr. McMahon (No Holds Barred Match)
April 2, 2006

Before sending Shawn Michaels on his hellish journey, Mr. McMahon demanded the return of the “old HBK.” After their No Holds Barred Match at WrestleMania, McMahon may be wishing he had let sleeping dogs lie.

The capacity Chicago crowd witnessed a side of Michaels that has long been absent — the “DX Attitude” side. On multiple occasions, HBK passed up opportunities to put away the massive, ripped Mr. McMahon. Instead, each time Michaels chose to inflict further damage and humiliation. All the while, Shane McMahon looked on helplessly while handcuffed to the ring ropes.

The first time, Michaels “tuned up the band” but stopped short. He then went under the ring to fetch a ladder, which he used to smash McMahon squarely in the head. The impact ripped McMahon wide open and blood gushed down his face. Michaels set up “Sweet Chin Music” again, but stopped short to get a trash can and table.

HBK was then set to hit his flying elbow smash from atop a ladder but instead turned back to retrieve an inconceivably tall ladder. HBK then placed a trash can over the head and chest of Mr. McMahon, placed him atop a table and scaled the massive ladder in the corner. Michaels sealed McMahon’s fate with a DX chop, then plummeted from the ladder, dropping an elbow through the trash can into the face of McMahon, with the impact sending them both through the table. The trash can was so badly dented that the referee frantically called for help, fearing that the jagged metal could have sliced into McMahon’s head or cut off the flow of oxygen.

A vengeful HBK prevented ringside medical personnel from reaching Mr. McMahon. Michaels had seemingly transformed right before the fans’ eyes into the HBK of old. Michaels finally finished Mr. McMahon with a superkick to mercifully end the match. Mr. McMahon was wheeled out on a gurney, but the ever-defiant WWE Chairman shot middle fingers in HBK’s direction as he was wheeled up the ramp.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Wrestlemania 22 - The winners & Losers

As you know I love to see Wrestling and on the 2nd of April 2006 it happened the Wrestlemania 22 in Chicago, Illinois the best wrestling day of the year. And what a day!!! AMAZING. What a big day.

Here are the results:

Rey Mysterio def. Kurt Angle and Randy Orton (new World Heavyweight Champion)
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WWE Champion John Cena def. Triple H
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Shawn Michaels def. Mr. McMahon (No Holds Barred Match)
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Edge def. Mick Foley (Hardcore Match)
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RVD wins Money in the Bank Ladder Match
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Undertaker def. Mark Henry (Casket Match)
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JBL def. Chris Benoit (new United States Champion)
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World Tag Team Champions Kane & Big Show def. Chris Masters & Carlito
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Mickie James def. Trish Stratus (new Women's Champion)
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Boogeyman def. Booker T & Sharmell
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Torrie Wilson def. Candice Michelle (Playboy Pillow Fight)