February 2008

Nigel Pearson was appointed the new Southampton manager earlier this week, following the 1-0 FA cup defeat to Bristol Rovers.

The ex Newcastle assistant manager was a surprise choice for many fans, as many other experienced managers were still available. Southampton chairman Leon Crouch acted quickly after the shock defeat to Bristol Rovers and bought Pearson in, ahead of the likes of Chris Coleman and Iain Dowie.

Pearson takes over from Jason Dodd and John Gorman who were put in charge following George Burley’s decision to take over as the new Scotland boss.  However Dodd and Gorman will continue to work as part of Pearson’s backroom staff.

Due to his lack of managerial experience, the new Southampton boss has been put on a rolling contract at the club. Most of his managerial experience comes as a caretaker boss, where he’s had spells at West Bromwich Albion, England under 21’s and two spells at Newcastle United.

However, Pearson’s best managerial spell came at Carlisle United where he saved the club from relegation on the last day of the season.  A famous injury time goal by on loan goalkeeper Jimmy Glass saved Carlisle from relegation to the Football Conference.

Club Chairman Leon Crouch said: “Pearson is a top quality coach with plenty of experience and good contacts in the game. He is also a strong disciplinarian with a strong work ethic and I believe he will inject new impetus into our campaign.”

Pearson’s first game in charge will come against Plymouth, where Southampton fans will be hoping the team can muster a better performance than the previous match against Bristol Rovers.


The MP for New forest east is conservative Julian Lewis. He was first elected in 1997 and then again in 2001 and 2005 with increased majority. He voted strongly against equal gay rights, strongly against the hunting ban, strongly against labour’s anti terrorism laws, however voted strongly for the Iraq war. He is the shadow defence minister with responsibility for the Royal Navy. From September 2004 until May 2005 he served as the Shadow Minister for the cabinet office, undertaking special projects in the run-up to general election.

He was awarded a doctorate in 1981 from Oxford where he studied Strategic Studies. His website is http://www.julianlewis.net/index.php

Julian Lewis MP on HMS Invincible

Right! this blog has to be about a connection between American rapper Kanye West and German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche! To be honest i know more about Kanye West than Nietzsche however have done a little research into him. Ermm so Kanye West has three rap albums, “The College Dropout”, “Late Registration”and the most recent one “Graduation”. He’s a very popular rapper and has his own record label producing many artists himself. Nietzsche was a 19th century German philosopher who wrote critiques of religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science. I think one connection between the two is religion….in many of his songs Kanye West mentions God and religion, whereas a very famous quote from Nietzsche is “God is Dead”. Although the views on religion obviously conflict, they both connect through religion nonetheless! The work of both men seemed to produce quite a stir,in a good and bad way for each.

Another way they are connected is by the phrase “what doesn’t kill me can only make me stronger” this line features in kanye wests hit song “stronger” and was also a phrase used by Nietzsche! This along with religion connects the two.