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Jenkinson and Bramall Loaned to Birmingham

Birmingham have completed the double loan signing of Arsenal defenders Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall.
The duo move to St Andrews for the 2017/18 season, although there is no option to buy for the Sky Bet Championship club. Blues boss Harry Redknapp has made no secret of the fact he wants to add numbers to his squad before the transfer deadline. Former England international Jenkinson, 25, has been surplus to requirements at Arsenal and played just five games for the Gunners last season.

He spent two seasons on loan at West Ham between 2014 and 2016 before a serious knee injury saw him return to the Emirates Stadium, where he found himself well down the pecking order in Arsene Wenger’s ranks.

Bramall has yet to feature for Arsenal’s first-team in a competitive match but was part of their pre-season tour squad. The 21-year-old left-back was plucked from non-league last season, joining from Hednesford Town. Both players go straight into the Birmingham squad for their Carabao Cup second-round clash at home to Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

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RIP Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis, the comedian and filmmaker who was adored by many, disdained by others, but unquestionably a defining figure of American entertainment in the 20th century, died on Sunday morning at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91. His death was confirmed by his publicist, Candi Cazau.

Mr. Lewis knew success in movies, on television, in nightclubs, on the Broadway stage and in the university lecture hall. His career had its ups and downs, but when it was at its zenith there were few stars any bigger. And he got there remarkably quickly. Barely out of his teens, he shot to fame shortly after World War II with a nightclub act in which the rakish, imperturbable Dean Martin crooned and the skinny, hyperactive Mr. Lewis capered around the stage, a dangerously volatile id to Mr. Martin’s supremely relaxed ego. After his break with Mr. Martin in 1956, Mr. Lewis went on to a successful solo career, eventually writing, producing and directing many of his own films. As a spokesman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Mr. Lewis raised vast sums for charity; as a filmmaker of great personal force and technical skill, he made many contributions to the industry, including the invention in 1960 of a device — the video assist, which allowed directors to review their work immediately on the set — still in common use.

Jerry Lewis was born on March 16, 1926, in Newark. Most sources, including his 1982 autobiography, “Jerry Lewis: In Person,” give his birth name as Joseph Levitch. But Shawn Levy, author of the exhaustive 1996 biography “King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis,” unearthed a birth record that gave his first name as Jerome. In 1944 — a 4F classification kept him out of the war — he was performing at the Downtown Theater in Detroit when he met Patti Palmer, a 23-year-old singer. Three months later they were married, and on July 31, 1945, while Patti was living with Jerry’s parents in Newark and he was performing at a Baltimore nightclub, she gave birth to the first of the couple’s six sons, Gary, who in the 1960s had a series of hit records with his band Gary Lewis and the Playboys. The couple divorced in 1980.

Between his first date with Ms. Palmer and the birth of his first son, Mr. Lewis had met Dean Martin, a promising young crooner from Steubenville, Ohio. The two men made many appearances on early live television, their first on the June 20, 1948, debut broadcast of Toast of the Town on CBS (later officially renamed The Ed Sullivan Show on September 25, 1955). This was followed on October 3, 1948, by an appearance on the NBC series Welcome Aboard, then a stint as the first of a series of hosts of The Colgate Comedy Hour in 1950. Just before appearing on The Colgate Comedy Hour, Lewis hired Norman Lear and Ed Simmons to become regular writers for the Martin and Lewis bits. The duo began their Paramount film careers as ensemble players in My Friend Irma (1949), based on the popular radio series of the same name. This was followed by a sequel My Friend Irma Goes West (1950).

Starting with At War with the Army (1950), Martin and Lewis were the stars of their own vehicles in fourteen additional titles, That’s My Boy (1951), Sailor Beware (1952), Jumping Jacks (1952; also appearing in the Crosby and Hope film, Road to Bali as cameos), The Stooge (1952), Scared Stiff (1953), The Caddy (1953), Money from Home (1953), Living It Up (1954), 3 Ring Circus (1954), You’re Never Too Young (1955), Artists and Models (1955) and Pardners (1956) at Paramount, ending with Hollywood or Bust (1956). All sixteen movies were produced by Hal B. Wallis. Attesting to the comedy team’s popularity, DC Comics published the best-selling The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comics from 1952 to 1957.  As Martin’s roles in their films became less important over time, the partnership came under strain. Martin’s participation became an embarrassment in 1954 when Look magazine published a publicity photo of the team for the magazine cover but cropped Martin out. The partnership ended on July 24, 1956.

Lewis remained at Paramount and became a comedy star in his own right with his first film as a solo comic, The Delicate Delinquent (1957). Meanwhile, DC Comics published a new comic book series titled The Adventures of Jerry Lewis, running from 1957 to 1971. Teaming with director Frank Tashlin, whose background as a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon director suited Lewis’s brand of humor, he starred in five more films, The Sad Sack (1957), Rock-A-Bye Baby (195, The Geisha Boy (195, Don’t Give Up The Ship (1959) and even appeared uncredited as Itchy McRabbitt in Li’l Abner (1959). By the end of his contract with producer Hal B. Wallis, Lewis had several productions of his own under his belt. In 1959, a contract between Paramount Pictures and Jerry Lewis Productions was signed specifying a payment of $10 million plus 60% of the profits for 14 films over a seven-year period.[21] In 1960, Lewis finished his contract with Wallis with Visit to a Small Planet (1960) and wrapped up work on his own production Cinderfella, which was postponed for a Christmas 1960 release and Paramount, needing a quickie feature film for its summer 1960 schedule, held Lewis to his contract to produce one.

Lewis came up with The Bellboy (1960).  Lewis followed The Bellboy by directing several more films that he co-wrote with Richmond while some were directed by Tashlin, including The Ladies Man(1961), The Errand Boy (1961), It’s Only Money (1962) and The Nutty Professor (1963). Lewis did a cameo appearance in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). Further on, more Lewis films were Who’s Minding the Store? (1963), The Patsy (1964) and The Disorderly Orderly (1964). Also in 1961, Lewis guest starred in an episode of The Garry Moore Show. Lewis hosted two different versions of The Jerry Lewis Show (a 1963 lavish, big-budget 13-week show for ABC and a 1967 one-hour variety show for NBC). Lewis directed and co-wrote The Family Jewels (1965) about a young heiress who must choose among six uncles, one of whom is up to no good and out to harm the girl’s beloved bodyguard who practically raised her. Lewis played all six uncles and the bodyguard. Lewis would next appear in Boeing Boeing (1965).

Also in 1965, Lewis made television appearances on Ben Casey, The Andy Williams Show and Hullabaloo. Lewis packed up and went to Columbia Pictures, where he made Three On A Couch (1966), then appeared in Way…Way Out (1966) for 20th Century Fox. During 1966, Lewis guest starred in Batman, Password and in a pilot for Sheriff Who. Lewis continued with more movies, such as The Big Mouth (1967) and Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (196. He continued to act in the 70s but didn’t appear in a film for 11 years returned to film in Hardly Working (1981), a movie in which he both directed and starred. Despite being panned by critics, it eventually earned $50 million. Lewis next appeared in Martin Scorsese’s film The King of Comedy (1983). Lewis guest hosted SNL and also appeared in Cracking Up a.k.a. Smorgasbord (1983) and Slapstick (Of Another Kind) (1984). In France, Lewis starred in both To Catch a Cop a.k.a. The Defective Detective (1984) and How Did You Get In? We Didn’t See You Leave (1984).

In 2012, Lewis directed a musical theatre version of The Nutty Professor at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville from July 31 to August 19 over the summer. In Brazil, Lewis appeared in Till Luck Do Us Part 2 (2013). He then next starred in a small role in the crime drama The Trust (2016). Lewis made a comeback in a lead role in Max Rose (2016). Lewis was married twice: Patti Palmer, a former singer with Ted Fio Rito; married October 3, 1944, divorced September 1980; SanDee Pitnick; married February 13, 1983; a 32-year-old Las Vegas dancer; married in Key Biscayne, Florida. He had six sons (one adopted) and one daughter (adopted).

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Annabelle: Creation

Annabelle: Creation is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by David F. Sandberg and written by Gary Dauberman. It is a prequel to 2014’s Annabelle and the fourth installment in The Conjuring series. The film stars Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPaglia, and Miranda Otto, and depicts the possessed Annabelle doll’s origin.

We get to see the origin of Annabelle (why do they have to do prequels? Why not tell the story properly). Porcelain doll maker Samuel Mullins & his wife Esther lose their daughter Beee (Annabell) to a car accident back in the 1943. Later what they think is their daughter’s spirit contacts them and the mourning couple are happy to transfer its essence into one of Samuel’s crafted porcelain dolls. Even though they only get glipses of their daughter from time to time it seems to be enough for the couple until they realize that it is infact a demon that has possessed the doll and it gouges out one eye and part of Esther’s cheek. The Mullins have the doll locked in a closet in a room and have priests paste pages from the bible on the door and the wall in order to prevent the demon from escaping.

12 years pass and the stupid couple then allow Sister Charlotte and six girls left homeless by the closing of their orphanage into their home offering them a temporary residence. Samuel forbids the girls to enter the locked bedroom which was Bee’s but that night Janice, who was crippled by polio, enters the room which she finds is mysteriously open. She finds a key for Bee’s closet and unlocks it, unwittingly releasing the demon, who begins to terrorize the girls, displaying a special interest in Janice. A night later Janice is picked up and thrown down to the ground floor, injuring her more. The next day while taken out on her wheelchair by Charlotte and left alone for just a minute she is dragged to a shed by the demon where in Bee’s form the demon possess her. Janice’s screams are heard by the others but she tells them she got frightened because she couldn’t open the door.

Only her best friend Linda notices the change in Janice. She admits to Samuel that Janice had snuck into Bee’s room and found the doll two nights earlier. Charlotte talks to Esther who tells them about the demon and the doll and that night the demon viciously kills the Mullins before turning it’s attention to the girls. The girls are chased to the shed and back and a possessed Janice pursues Linda. Eventually Charlotte, who was attacked earlier, is able to lock Janice in the same closet along with the doll. The cops are called but they find only the doll there as Janice through a hole in the closet wall and relocates to an orphanage in Santa Monica. She now goes by the name “Annabelle” and is adopted by the Higgins family. We then see “Annabelle” grow up and kill her parents  her adoptive parents in their bedroom, which catches the attention of their next door neighbors, the Forms, setting off the events of the first Annabelle film.

I must say that the casting is top notch with a serious Anthony LaPaglia almost unrecognizable from his earlier comedic roles and the girls did fantastic jobs. The movie though was a bit boring, even during the chase scenes and I was napping. You only get to see the monster in small glimpses. It’s better than the original but I was more excited for the pizza dinner I was going to afterwards. I would give it a 7 outta 10!

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Food Review #182

Burger King’s Mutton Whopper – Mutton patties are the best option in Burger King as we don’t have beef in national/international restaurant chains. A juicy and peppery 100%* mutton, flame-grilled patty is made even better with tangy pickles. Combined with fresh tomatoes, lettuce and onions with mayonnaise and ketchup, in a 5-inch freshly toasted sesame seed bun.

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Stoke City 1 Arsenal 0

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger complained his side were denied a goal and a penalty as Jese Rodriguez enjoyed a dream start to his Stoke City career by scoring the winner against the Gunners. Former Real Madrid winger Jese, who was thrust straight into Mark Hughes’ side after arriving from Paris St-Germain on Wednesday, slid in from a tight angle after being left unmarked to pick up Saido Berahino’s pass. The Spaniard’s strike came just 90 seconds into the second half, after an opening 45 minutes the visitors had dominated. Wenger felt his team should have been given a first-half penalty when Hector Bellerin fell under a clumsy challenge by Mame Biram Diouf.

And Arsenal thought they had equalised when Alexandre Lacazette rifled in, only for the France striker to be ruled offside by a tiny margin. “We know we don’t get penalties,” said Wenger. “Look at the numbers and you will see. “We had last year the highest number of penalties against us at home by a mile and the lowest number for us. So I give you just the numbers. I don’t say anything else.” Wenger’s side were awarded six penalties last season, a tally bettered by only five other Premier League sides. Four of those were given at Emirates Stadium, only Tottenham (seven) and Bournemouth (five) won more at home. The Gunners conceded 10 penalties in their 38 games – the second highest tally after relegated Hull City (13). Five were given against Arsenal at the Emirates, while Hull had six awarded against them at home.

On Lacazette’s disallowed strike, the Frenchman added: “I believe we scored a regular goal that was not offside. It is an easy decision. Even his foot was not offside.” The Gunners continued to press in the closing stages at the Bet365 Stadium but Stoke, who had only 23% possession, remained resolute to earn their first win of the Premier League season. Stoke has long been considered a place where Arsenal’s soft underbelly gets exposed against a physical home side – and so it proved again. Arsenal won for the first time in seven trips to the Potteries when they cruised to a 4-1 victory at the end of last season, leading Arsene Wenger to confidently predict his team could cope with the challenge posed by the home side. But, as has been an all too familiar sight for Gunners fans, they lacked steel and aggression in key areas of the pitch.

This was illustrated in the build-up to Stoke’s winner. A sloppy pass from Granit Xhaka towards a flat-footed Mesut Ozil gave the ball back to Stoke, with neither player working hard enough to retrieve the ball as Jese broke forward. In truth, Arsenal could have already been well in command after a dominant first-half performance in which they had over 70% possession. Still without the injured Alexis Sanchez, the visitors forced Potters keeper Jack Butland into a string of a splendid saves, particularly from angled drives by Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck, while Arsenal’s players felt they should have been given a penalty when Bellerin burst into the penalty area. The Gunners boss threw on substitutes Oliver Giroud – who rescued them in their opening win against Leicester – Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi in the final stages, but the forwards could not mask their team’s defensive deficiencies for the second game running.

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Saturday Movie, Dinner & Ice Cream

After a nice evening out, I am just back home. Today, a Saturday, saw me wake up at 10 in the morning due to the fact that I kept the alarm for that time. If you think keeping the alarm for 10 am is odd – remember that I work from 6:30 pm to 3:30 am, reach home at 4 am and probably sleep only by 5 am! So after reach home at 4am I watched two episodes of Frasier (final episodes of season 9) and then went to sleep. When I woke up at 10 I was so tired and sleepy that I went back to sleep for another 90 minutes before getting outta bed.

I stayed on my feet till 1:30 pm only as I needed more lying down time to relax, no sleep but still needed some rest. The plan was to wake up at 10 and get ready by 11 or 11:30 am and go out for a nice big lunch and then a movie. I wanted a nice big lunch because it’s been a couple of weekends since I’ve gone out. So that was out as I didn’t feel like going out until later in the day. At 1:15 pm I asked my cousin Sujith if he was up for an evening movie and dinner. He was so we booked two tickets for Annabelle : Creations and went to Cinepolis at 5:30 pm. Until then I relaxed at home and watched three episodes of Stargate SG-1. After the movie, which I wasn’t too chuffed with by the way, it was time to shop for a few provisions.

A quick shopping at Big Bazaar later and we were in an Uber to Ravipuram and to have food at Dominos. We have some baked chicken wings and a pepper bbq chicken pizza – both were awesome. After that we went nearby for some ice cream by which time it started raining heavily. We ate our ice creams while chatting and then hailed Ubers to go to our respective homes. And now watching some football before sleep.

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Arsenal Sell Gabriel To Valencia

Valencia have completed the £10m ($12.8m) signing of Gabriel Paulista from Arsenal. The Brazilian defender put pen to paper on a five-year contract at the Mestalla Stadium on Friday (18 August), a deal that includes a buyout clause worth a lofty €80m (£73m). As per Valencia, Gabriel, obviously not eligible to feature for Marcelino Garcia Toral’s side tonight in their La Liga clash with Las Palmas, will be presented to the media tomorrow. The 26-year-old centre-back follows Neto, Nemanja Maksimovic, Simone Zaza and Fabian Orellana as Los Che’s fifth recruit of the summer transfer window to date. Arsenal also confirmed the deal in a statement released via their official website that reads: “Gabriel has joined Valencia for an undisclosed fee. The Sao Paulo-born defender made a total of 64 appearances for us, following his arrival from Villarreal in January 2015.

“For many supporters, his finest performance in an Arsenal shirt came in last season’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City, when his aerial dominance and tough tackling helped put us on our way to the final. “We would like to thank Gabriel for his contribution to the club and to wish him well for his return to La Liga with Valencia.” Briefly stopped by reporters at the airport on Thursday as he arrived in Valencia to complete his medical, Gabriel, according to Spanish publication Marca, said: “I am very happy, I have spoken to Marcelino several times and I understand how he works.” Gabriel dealt with numerous injury issues and failed to establish himself as a first-team regular during his two-and-a-half year stint in English football, making only 15 Premier League starts for Arsenal in 2016-17.

He was stretchered out of a 3-1 home win over Everton on the final day of last season after suffering a serious knee problem. Such an issue caused him to miss the FA Cup final and all of pre-season, in addition to the Community Shield defeat of Chelsea and last week’s top-flight curtain-raiser against Leicester City. Wenger has been clear in his desire to further trim a bloated squad at the Emirates Stadium before the 31 August transfer deadline, with Gabriel following released striker Yaya Sanogo, new Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and Getafe loanee Emiliano Martinez out of the exit door.

Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Carl Jenkinson, Joel Campbell and Lucas Perez could also be offloaded before the end of the month, although Olivier Giroud, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere all look set to stay. Arsenal are hell-bent on retaining the services of contract rebel Alexis Sanchez, despite the risk of losing him for nothing next year.

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Is That Enough Sleep

Do You Get Enough Sleep?

I guess not. Not during the working week anyway. I usually get somewhere around 5-6 hours of sleep a day, usually around 5 to 5.5 on most days. The weekend is another thing is even if I do sleep less at night I will manage an hour or so of a nap somewhere to make up for it.

I currently work from 6:30 am to 3:30 am and I guess I reach home by 4 am. Problem is I do not feel sleepy right away and hence will watch a tv show or something till I fall asleep which is by 5am. So from 5am I sleep till about 10:30 am. 11 if I am lucky. And this usually leaves me very tired until about 4pm.

I have some coffee after I brush my teeth and will have lunch by 12:30 pm (no breakfast). I might watch some tv for 2 hours and lie down for a while and will start to get ready by 4:30 pm -shit, shower, shave – in order to leave my home by 5:30 pm.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

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TV Shows: Binge Watch?

Do Your Television Viewing Habits Include ‘Binge-Watching’?

Yes they do. However, I must say that I can only binge watch certain types of shows. And I don’t mean genres! I mean certain types, depending on the pace and storylines. I also feel like I can easily binge watch a new show (one that I haven’t seen at all, irrespective of the year it first came out) easier than I can one that I have watched once or many times before.

Let’s take scifi itself, which is my fav genre: I have binged watched Battlestar Galactica (the reboot) to the point of 6 to 8 episodes a days and finished the show in a few days the first time I watched the show, which was in 2010 when I tore ligaments in my right foot and had to take off work for about a week to 10 days. Having never seen the show during it’s first run on tv here, I was dependent on dvds that were given to me by a friend. It is a compelling show and well acted and well written but it was also aided by the fact that I was mostly off my feet due to resting my injured foot and hence changing shows after one or two episodes isn’t the best idea.

Another show that I can easily binge watch from the scifi genre is Stargate Atlantis or even Stargate SG-1 to a certain extent. Although I find that serialized shows are easier to binge watch, I can binge watch non-serialized ones. Comedy too is one that I have watched many episodes of at one time. FRIENDS or Frasier or Corner Gas. Though to be honest, if I had 6-8 hours free during a Saturday or Sunday and just wanted to watch tv shows, I would watch 2-3 episode of one show and then move onto another and then another.

On the other hand, my fav franchise is Star Trek and I find it difficult to binge watch most of it. Maybe Voyager is an exception but even th greenwoods personal credit at, the most lightest of all the 5 Trek shows so far, is hard for me to binge watch at times. It’s because I always want to analyze the story and the meanings and the morals and ethics it brings in some of the episodes. So I will watch 2 or maybe 3 of TOS, TNG, DS9, Ent or Voy and then think about it, go to Wikipedia or Memory Alpha and read about the storylines and go in depth into the analysis. That’s Star Trek for you personal loan rate uk – or for me and all other Trekkies!

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

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Alien Movie Franchise – Best To Worst

Having watched Alien consolidated loan calculator : Covenant for the second time a few days ago, I can now rate all the 6 films in the franchise and the Alien vs Predator films which I know are not in the franchise per say but are crossover movies without the large scale backing. Still they do have the alien creatures in them and hence I add them to this list. To date I have watched all of these films atleast twice and some way more than that. So here we go; this is how I would rate them.

  1. Aliens
  2. Alien
  3. Alien : Covenant
  4. Prometheus
  5. Alien 4 iron bridge lending : Resurrection
  6. Alien vs Predator
  7. Alien 3
  8. Aliens vs Predator : Requiem
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Beware Parents Of The Blue Whale Game

Just came to know about this online game called Blue Whale challenge. What an uproar on this! Parents, do some damage control and talk to your kids! This seems ridiculous to me that a teenager could actually do this but I forget that the teenaged years are filled with a rollercoaster of emotions and hormones. They are also easily influenced. I would say parents also have a part to play in this – teach your kids right versus wrong. School teachers also take heed. Let your friends, neighbours and relatives know that their kids can reach out to talk to anyone rather than get absorbed in completing the ridiculous challenges and tasks that the game gives you and then commit suicide at the end.

The list of 50 challenges has been translated from Russian and can be found here. Please be safe, please do not attempt anything from this. Parents and other adults, if you have teens and young adults in your family please ensure that you are approchable and that they can come and talk to you about anything. You could prevent more unnecessary and meaningless deaths.
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What’s the Best Way to Get Over a Breakup?

What’s the Best Way to Get Over a Breakup?

The thing you should not do is to immediately fall in love or start a new relationship right away. That is not the best thing to do as you usually will need that space to get over the breakup even if you are the one that initiated the breakup. Trust me, it’s not worth it.

To get over one, surround yourself with things you can do. Go out with friends or have them over. Have movie marathons or episode binging of your favourite tv shows. Or go out for a picnic or for some movies, concerts whatever you can find. Weekend trips out in the country. Anything to keep yourself occupied and enjoying life with people who care about you.

Even if are going to do it solo, try and find something to do. Take a solo road trip, a few days, a week or 10 days. Go to someplace new and a place you’d be excited about going to. Take up a new hobby. Make yourself some new friends. Time heals.

From The Learning Network at The New York Times

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Weekend Flu & Fever

How quickly did my cold escalate into a fever! Friday morning I woke up with a bad old. I took a hot shower before I left for work in the evening but I was still feeling down because of it. Still I didn’t think it would continue till the next day but Saturday I was ill too and decided to stay back for the day. If I did feel better by Sunday I thought I’d go for a movie and lunch somewhere.

But it was not to be; while watching a movie late last night I started feeling the effects of a fever and struggled to go to sleep as I started shivering a bit. Yet I could not muster up enough strength to get up and go switch the fan off or reduce the speed, instead I just wrapped myself tightly in my sheets. This morning it was really bad and I managed to wake up by 9am even though I was awake before that. I switched the fan off and sat at the computer for a while, drinking coffee and eating a light breakfast. By 10:30 am I couldn’t sit up anymore so went to bed and watched three episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

And then I fell asleep for a while until my mother woke me up to eat lunch. My sister, younger nephew and niece were visiting as well. I did inhalation and then ate some rice and chicken curry. Then it was back to bed for 3 episodes of Star Trek Voyager and more sleep. By 7 pm I woke up and had coffee and medicine. I think the worst is over as I sit here with the fan on a lower speed.

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CHiPs

CHiPs is a 2017 American action comedy buddy cop film written and directed by Dax Shepard,[4] based on the 1977–1983 television series of the same name created by purchase cialis Rick Rosner. The film stars Shepard as Officer Jon Baker and Michael Peña as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, with Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody and Vincent D’Onofrio in supporting roles.

This film is an attempt to bring back the fun of the late 70s to early 80s cop show CHiPs which started Eric Estrada & Larry Wilcox. Now you take away the light hearted, action, crime and drama with family viewers in mind and you bring in physical humour, low brow gags, crude jokes and nudity for the sake of nudity. Hey, if done well that stuff can work but it is just done wrong here. Still I thought the action sequences, bike and car chases and such were done well.

Tough guy FBI agent Castillo sent on an undercover job as a highway patrol officer in LA is partnered with a rookie cop, Jon Baker, who is the oldest rookie cop trying to make it as a cop and win back his wife who has lost interest in him after his glory days as a former freestyle motocross racer beginning a new career after his body has been left damaged by his sport. He is on a regimen of pain killers and is living in the guest house, after he and his wife separated when he lost his sponsors. Castillo’s undercover name is  Frank “Ponch” Poncherello and he too is underfire for having shot his partner while apprehending a criminal. Despite his goofyness and being a rookie, Jon has astute observational skills and impresses his partner in a few days.  The corrupt officers are seen being led by Lt. Ray Kurtz, who is stealing the money from armored cars to get his heroin-addicted son out of Los Angeles. Ponch argues with his new partner over whether Baker’s wife is unfaithful, while Baker gives Ponch unsolicited advice on what he perceives to be a sex addiction. Ponch is fired from the FBI when he ruins the investigation of another agent in which a suspect is killed.

However, he is sworn into the CHP when he and Baker identify the dead suspect as Ray Kurtz’ son. Kurtz sets a trap for them by kidnapping Baker’s wife. Baker knows it is a trap but persuades Ponch to go anyway, despite the fact that his wife has just sold their home without his approval. After successfully rounding up the gang of corrupt officers and killing Kurtz, Ponch decides to remain in the CHP.

The movie tanked at the box office and was panned by critics. I found a couple of scenes funny and the bike chases good. A 6 outta 10!