Princess Charlotte and the Jordan River

Christianity, Politics, Travel

The special water flown in for Princess Charlotte BBC News

For anyone curious about the holy river that is the eastern border of Israel, read this piece about Princess Charlotte. It talks about the how water from the Jordan R. will be used for the christening. The interesting bits are about the political boundary between Israel and Jordan and the booming tourism industry based around religious travels and faux-pilgrimages.

Soccer Oddity?



ESPNsoccernet – Europe – Beckham to join AC Milan on loan in January

Below are excerpts from an article about an odd contract move my LA Galaxy and AC Milan. Beck will play for two months in Italy and then be back in LA for MLS games. HE may appear in other games and given the schedule for the Champions League he may continue to play dring weeks off. Of course with the FIFA cup coming up who knows what is possible.

David Beckham will have only two months to make an impact at AC Milan after clinching a loan move to the Serie A giants on Thursday. The 33-year-old England midfielder will join Milan on January 7 and could make his debut four days later away to Roma.”Only David knows his future, but for sure he has a commitment to go back to the MLS and I think he will fulfil that.””David Beckham will come to our club where he will have a lot of people and a lot of players that have his ability and status so I think it will be very beneficial for him and the English game.”Beckham is by no means certain to feature regularly for Milan, with nothing in his contract stipulating he will play in a specific number of games. Gandini confirmed: ”He will train with the other Milan players and the selection will be up to the coaches.”

”David will be back and have a couple of weeks of training with our team and will be ready to really kick off in a good fashion in 2009,” Arena said.

The former United States head coach recognises Beckham’s desire to stay involved and active with England.

”I can’t speak for David but what motivates any top-level footballer is the fact that playing for your national team is the greatest honour,” Arena said. ”And having the potential to play in another World Cup is every player’s dream. I think these are the things that motivate him.”

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