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Moving mountains

The Toronto Star(s)

27th June 2017; Amway Canadian Championship winners.

30th September 2017; Supporters’ Shield winners.

Then, on a cold but clear 9th December night, on the shores of Lake Ontario, history was made…

2017 MLS Cup champions.

The first-ever team in Major League Soccer history to win the domestic treble.

The first-ever Canadian team to win the prestigious MLS trophy.

Which team, you ask? None other than Toronto Football Club, ladies and gentlemen. The club who’ve just etched their name in MLS history, after yet another stellar season.

Following last year’s heartbreaking MLS Cup Final penalty shoot-out defeat against Seattle Sounders, a strong and resilient Toronto F.C. side were determined to turn the tables on the same opponents, this time around. And boy did they do just that!

From the very beginning of last night’s final match, The Reds showed no mercy whatsoever towards The Rave Greens, with repeated waves of attack. None of Toronto’s shots on target were converted to goals, though, and it was thanks to some glorious goalkeeping heroics from Seattle Sounders’ Stefan Frei that the first half ended scoreless. The Reds, however, continued to dominate the second set of 45 minutes, and surely enough, it was Jozy Altidore’s opener in the 67th minute that put Toronto in the lead. At that point, the TFC faithful went absolutely wild. A cacophony of cheers, chants, and claps. Pure joy and jubilation. I honestly thought it would be the only goal of the night. But it was Toronto’s number 7, Victor Vazquez, who netted the second – and ultimately sealed The Reds’ glorious victory – in the dying seconds of the match.

A well-deserved win! And what an unforgettable evening!

All of you football fans out there, remember this day.

The day Toronto F.C. painted the town (and entire country) red.

I look forward to seeing that first star on the crest emblazoned on the team’s shirts, next year.

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The True North strong and free! Go Toronto! 🇨🇦 💓

– Preston Carbonaro

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We’ve Taken Our Bows, and Our Curtain Calls

To my panto colleagues,

As the saying goes: all good things must come to an end.

Yesterday was our last performance of Is-Sirena ż–Żgħira Taħt it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra.

Throughout this time, I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside great, multi-talented actors of different ages; we shared jokes, laughs, and countless number of bloopers, along the way. As with most things in life, though, it wasn’t all roses. There were some frustrating times for us, but we still managed to get through them together, as one strong team, in order to give our audience one hell of a show.

These past few months have been crazy for me, I admit, juggling pantomime rehearsals whilst continuing my refereeing career, trying to balance the two. It wasn’t easy, but they’ve been truly unforgettable.

Once again, it’s been a fantastic experience to have worked with you all. I’m sure that our paths will cross again in the near future.

À la prochaine. Thank you, and well done!

With love and best wishes,

Preston, your Prince Eric

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Ariel and her evil sister Ursula, with Prince Eric photobombing the picture
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Some of the characters: Scuttle, Flounder, King Triton, Ursula, Marlene, Sabrina (the dame), Pirate Lily, Anne, The Dancers, and myself as Prince Eric
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The entire cast and crew

 

Words of the Day

bigwig (noun) – A very important, and influential person

Example: The campaign reformer cosied up to bigwigs he’s supposed to regulate.

rapt (adjective) –  Completely fascinated or absorbed by what one is seeing or hearing

Example: Whenever my favorite actor comes onscreen, I am rapt by his performance.

Words of the Day

humdinger (noun) – A person, thing, action, or statement of remarkable excellence or effect

Example: That was one humdinger of a party, last night! We had a blast!

lax (adjective) – Not sufficiently strict, severe, or careful; slack, negligent, careless

Example: The lax security at the event allowed people to just slip in and out unnoticed.

Did You Know?

During the Vietnam War, American field medics wrote the letter ‘D’ in chalk on a soldier’s helmet, which meant that the person is dead. This way, those who followed didn’t waste any time examining them.

An ‘L’ on the helmet of an injured soldier indicated that he was still alive. And if an ‘M’ was added, it meant that the patient had been given a morphine injection. They did this to prevent anyone from being given several shots and dying of an overdose.

Words of the Day

gourmand” (noun) – A lover of good food

Example: Everything for everyone, from the snacker to the gourmand.

smarmy” (adjective) – Flattering in an insincere manner; sleazy, sly

Example: She was trying to be friendly, but she just seemed smarmy and insincere.

See. Think. Write. Turns 1, Looking Ahead, and Further Updates

Hi, everyone.

I know, it’s been a while since I last wrote an actual post. It’s just that things have been quite busy, here, the past few weeks. So, here I am today to share with you all the latest updates.

First off, as you could probably tell from the title, yesterday was my first WordPress anniversary.

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That’s right! It’s already been a year since my maiden blog post! Time sure flies by, doesn’t it?

Looking back, I’m very happy with how my blog has evolved in just a year. From simply finding articles, then commenting on the subject or simply expressing my opinions, to actually writing my own material; book reviews, travel journals, etc.

Thinking ahead, I still have plenty of ideas about what to include on See. Think. Write. More football-related content, for example, possibly introducing a “Did You Know?” section, and a couple of other surprises along the way. Ultimately, my aim is to keep the blog entertaining, yet also educational (and still fun) for you readers.

To close off this part of the post, I wish to thank all those who, in some way or another, supported me over the past year – be it the “likers”, followers, commenters, and even the critics.

Now, onto the updates.

Preparations for Is-Sirena ż–Żgħira Taħt it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra – where I will be playing the part of Prince Eric – are progressing well, with production week in just over a month’s time, and performances on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of December. It was also announced that all proceeds from our performance will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Group Malta. For those who do not know, muscular dystrophy is a terrible disease which results in a person’s muscles weakening and deteriorating over time. People who suffer from this condition are eventually unable to walk, leaving them wheelchair-bound for the rest of their lives. So, besides this being an exciting return to the stage for me, it will all be for a good cause in the end. And I couldn’t feel prouder to be a part of it.

Continuing on the same topic of acting and drama, I was called in for an audition, over the weekend, for a chance to be in MADC’s upcoming production – California Suite – based on Neil Simon’s comedic play, and the 1978 movie of the same name. And I felt that my audition went pretty darn well, actually! As I am still awaiting a reply from the company, though, I do not have any further updates regarding this matter, but I’ll be sure to fill you guys in when I do hear back.

Well, that’s a wrap for today, ladies and gentlemen.

Thank you once again for your interest and support in See. Think. Write!

Until next time,

Cheers!

George-Cheers

– Preston Carbonaro

Preston’s Turns of Phrase

Ras-poutine

(lover of the traditional Canadian dish)

– Preston Carbonaro

 

Words of the Day

largesse” (noun) – Generous acts of giving gifts or money to others

Example: Even before he won the lottery, Albert performed acts of largesse within the homeless community.

slovenly” (adjective) – Untidy and dirty (especially of a person or their appearance)

Example: After a night of wild partying, a slovenly-looking Carl came in to work wearing yesterday’s clothes.

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