A day from model Melina Querel to Mario Balotelli and Viva Italia

Model Melina Querel is a wealth of knowledge when it come to food and models. She herself had gone from size 0 to 00 developing an eating disorder. As food was the central conversation on a hot humid day, Melina and I sat down at Feel Good Guru to have a cold mixed vegetarian organic fresh juice and talk about her scouting for new models, in the quaint Quebec City, and the top secret project that Magpie who design for the legend of music Price are currently working on.

Soon it was time to make a move to Magpie.

Melina had her portfolio with her as she was going to be on her way to a “call-back”. It was all action at Magpie, everyone was busy creating and while Angela and Cathy the owners of Magpie fashion checked out Melina’s book in came model Joy Okafo walked to meet the ladies of Magpie and learn about the (TOP SECRET) project. Joy Okafo was her usual self the wide-eye, big smile it was all girl power and these ladies are today’s Spice Girls. But hold on, the action was not over. Soon Olga and her daughter Claudia who design shoes and have their own company Red Lovo arrived to also talk about (yes the Top Secret) project.

So what is this (Top SECRET) project? Can’t say yet but let me tell you it will be worth the wait, and you will be thrilled beyond belief. The secret is well guarded by MI5 (Oh did I just say that).

My phone rang to the tune of Snoop Dog’s ‘California’ it was Michael Patrick sitting a few blocks away at a sport’s bar waiting for the game between Italy and Germany in the Euro-Cup 2012 to start. I let Michael know “hey I have someone with me you need to meet” to which Michael asked “is she a model?” and as Melina was walking in that direction and had her book it was time to make a move on.

Mario Balotelli, Team Italia, Muller and the Germans had taken the pitch.  It was Balotelli who shifted the balance.

In the 20th minute, with the Germans catching their breath between rushes, Italy moved slowly down the left wing. Antonio Cassano turned Hummels in the corner and delivered a ball across the face of goal. An unusually powerful forward, Balotelli shoved off his marker and speared the first goal in with his head.

The German fans at the bar seemed stunned. They expected a fight. They didn’t expect to trail.

Michael Patrick took the time to chill and look at Melina’s book, while Melina sent off a few text messages oblivious to the action around her at the sport bar. It was time for Melina to make a move, we wished her luck.

The final two-thirds were bliss — especially given the drudgery of the last week’s play — a pair of teams of top ability trading blows. It wasn’t dirty or finicky or cautious. If only the German penalty that tightened the score had come earlier than added time in the second half.

Italy and Germany reminded us what this game looks like at its very best — a respectful, brutal ballet. The pair of them should be ushered through to the semis at every tournament based only on long service to the game.

Thanks to Balotelli’s brace, Italy will now face defending champions Spain in the final, seeking their first European title since 1968. Spain enter the betting favourites, but the money on them is shortening quickly.

What a day this was a perfect Italian day, about fashion, models, style and a game of football powered by the man who is peerless in front of the net when he wants to play Mario Balotelli.

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