A Closer At The USS Dauntless

The “USS Dauntless” was an alien starship disguised as a Federation Dauntless-class starship that was in service to Starfleet in the late 24th century. Allegedly, the Dauntless was the prototype for its class of starship. In mid-2374, while still stranded in the Delta Quadrant, the USS Voyager received a transmission from Starfleet Command via the ancient Hirogen communications network. Although the message contained a number of unencoded personal messages, there was also an encrypted file that the Voyager crew was unable to open.

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On Stardate 51978, Voyager encountered an alien named Arturis who had a gift for translating languages, both verbal and visual. He easily decrypted the mysterious message, which gave a set of coordinates near their current location. Upon arrival, the Voyager crew discovered the Dauntless, which activated its quantum slipstream drive when the away team of Chakotay, Tom Paris and Tuvok boarded it to travel fifteen light-years in a few minutes. Although intrigued at the drive’s possibilities and its promise of a faster trip home, the Dauntless was relatively minimalist by other Starfleet standards, possessing only one transporter and no replicators, holodecks or shuttlecraft. While investigating the Dauntless, it soon proved to be an elaborate trap set by Arturis to arrange for the Voyager crew’s assimilation by the Borg, with its resemblance to Starfleet technology the result of Particle synthesis, an advanced form of replicator technology. Arturis’s race had been recently assimilated by the Borg, and Arturis blamed that event on Kathryn Janeway’s short-lived alliance with the Borg against Species 8472.

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He had assumed that the crew’s desire to get home would prompt them to immediately take the ship and use the slipstream to try and get back to Earth, only learning after activating it that it was programmed to take them to Borg space, but past experience and an unwillingness to abandon Voyager prompted the crew to carry out various tests first. After Seven of Nine decoded enough of the original message to reveal that Dauntless was a trap, Arturis attempted to simply take Janeway and Seven back to Borg space, but Voyager was able to duplicate the slipstream and rescue them, leaving Arturis stranded aboard the Dauntless as it entered Borg space, where he was presumably assimilated. (VOY: “Hope and Fear”

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In 2375, Voyager used the slipstream technology examined aboard the Dauntless to construct their own makeshift slipstream drive. (VOY: “Timeless” The registry number seen on the hull was NX-01-A, while internal LCARS displays used the registry number NX-01A. Since both were seen on screen, both are valid.

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The Dauntless model is a little problematic that it doesn’t sit that well on the stand and I’ve had it pressed in quite tightly and it sprung out on more than one occasion. That way I have broken one of the nacelles and that is an issue. Otherwise it is a good model. Hope you like the pics and here is the video.

West Ham 3 Arsenal 3

Andy Carroll’s hat-trick dealt another blow to Arsenal’s already slim Premier League title hopes, despite the Gunners fighting back to draw at West Ham. Arsenal are 10 points behind leaders Leicester with six games to play. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez converted Alex Iwobi passes to put Arsenal 2-0 up but Carroll netted twice in 160 seconds to bring his side level by half-time. A far-post header completed Carroll’s treble, before Laurent Koscielny hooked in the equaliser from 10 yards. The hosts extended their unbeaten home run in the Premier League to 14 games but Slaven Bilic’s side remain sixth, two points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who play West Bromwich Albion at 17:30 BST.

Striker Carroll was rarely far from the action in a pulsating London derby, being booked as early as the fourth minute for a needless late tackle on Koscielny. There appeared little way back for West Ham as clinical finishes from Ozil and Sanchez gave the visitors a two-goal cushion, but England international Carroll would turn the game in his side’s favour in the space of eight minutes either side of the interval. All three goals were typical Carroll efforts, the first a powerful far-post header from Aaron Cresswell’s left-wing cross, while he was awarded too much space by the Arsenal defence to fire in the equaliser at the second attempt during first-half stoppage time. The ex-Newcastle forward was perhaps lucky to escape further punishment when he clashed with Gabriel in the air, catching the centre-back with his arm, shortly before rising above Hector Bellerin to head past David Ospina – who had kept his place in the Arsenal goal ahead of Petr Cech.

Wins over Everton and Watford either side of the March international break kept any faint hopes of a title success alive for Arsene Wenger’s side. Having led 2-0 after 35 minutes, this result will feel like two points dropped for Arsenal, even though they responded well to Carroll’s quick hat-trick and were decent value for their draw. The Gunners have a favourable run-in, with five of their last six opponents currently in the bottom half of the table – but it will take a remarkable collapse from Leicester and Tottenham above them if they are to win an unlikely title. Saturday’s result did little to improve Arsenal’s record in London derbies this season – they have taken only six points from seven games against other clubs from the capital.

Please keep Wenger for another 10 years. The board of this club has no clue as to what to do and they have no intention to win anything. They just want to make a profit and forget about challenging for titles.

The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film directed by Jon Favreau, written by Justin Marks, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s eponymous collective works, the film is a live-action/CGI reimagining of Walt Disney’s 1967 animated film of the same name. The film stars and introduces Neel Sethi as Mowgli and features the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken.

Story wise it’s almost the same as the original film and stayed true to the story. What we learn is that Mowgli was orphaned as a toddler when his father was killed while fighting off the ferocious tiger Sher Khan. Sher Khan was scarred by the fire that Mowgli’s dad used to ward him off and holds a grudge. Mowgli was found by the black panther Bagheera who kept him safe and took him to a pack of wolves led by Akela. The wolves took him in and he was raised just like a son by Akela and his mate Raksha along with their other pups. However Sher Khan threatens his life since man isn’t allowed in the jungle, Mowgli is forced to leave his jungle home guided by Bagheera. But the duo are split up when Sher Khan attacks them and Mowgli finds himself alone. Before a hypnotized Mowgli can he devoured by Kaa the python, he is rescued by Baloo the bear. As a return favour Mowgli helps Baloo get all the honey he wants before Bagheera catches up with them. Bagheera wants Mowgli to move on to safety and reach a human village where he will be cared for but Baloo wants the boy to stay.

After Mowgli saves a young elephant from a pit using his skills and making ropes outta vines, Baloo is forced to pretend he doesn’t want the boy to stay and a hurt Mowgli runs away only to be abducted by monkeys. Mowgli is taken to the smooth-talking Bornean orangutan-resembling Gigantopithecus, King Louie, who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly “red flower”(fire). When Bagheera and Baloor intervene there is a fight against the monkeys and Mowgli is able to escape as the temple comes crashing down on Louie. When Mowgli learns that Sher Khan killed Akela and is bossing his old pack, he goes to the village and steals a wooden torch and runs to confront him. Unfortunately the falling embers from the fire causes a forest fire in some areas, which has some animals fearing Mowgli and he is taunted by Sher Khan. The animals attack Sher Khan but he is able to break free and chase Mowgli who lures the tiger to a dying tree and Sher Khan falls to his death into the fires as a branch he is on breaks. Mowgli is hailed as a hero and he returns to his pack and spends his days with his two best friends Bagheera and Baloo.

Scared that this movie would trample upon the loving memory of my childhood I was pleasantly surprised as the movie is indeed a mighty homage to a wonderful story. Everything was good. Full praise to the kid actor in his debut and the actors who voiced and brought life to the animals. 8.5 outta 10!

What A Day @ Lulu Mall

It’s been a long day. After work yesterday I reached home at 2:30 am – well actually it was today early morning at 2:30 am – and went to sleep quickly as I wanted to wake up by 7. I did wake up around 7 ish and went on my morning routine of brushing my teeth, coffee, internet, checking Youtube. By 9 am I took a shave and a shower and got ready. I booked an Uber and within 5 minutes the car was at my building’s entrance. I had booked a ticket at the PVR in Lulu Mall and wanted to get there early, so I didn’t even bother with breakfast.

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Due to a traffic block as caused by a section of the road being blocked in Kaloor, I got there only by 10:40 am and went in straight to Costa and got a coffee and a chocolate twister. After that I walked around for a while and still being hungry I went to Bloomsbury and had a lovely sandwich and cold coffee. I waited a bit more and walked around a bit more until it was almost 1 pm and time to get into the theatre. I took my seat in one of the premium seats and settled in the seat (not very comfortable, I prefer the ones in Cinepolis) and put on my 3D glasses. I liked the movie and enjoyed it.

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By 3pm a friend named Ranjith met me just after the movie ended and we went for a late lunch at a place called Galitos at 3:30pm. It was a good lunch and we enjoyed it a lot. Then we went to Lulu Connect where he looked for a phone while I bought an iron for my home (as I had broken the old one a couple of nights ago). That done we parted ways and I went to Lulu Hypermart and bought a few things and then booked an Uber and made my way back home. We had to take the off beaten path due to the traffic jam and it took longer than usual.

Not A Good Friday So Far

What a miserable day it has been. For one, the power has hone out twice this morning and the second time it had’t come back by 3pm and time for me to head to work. Not to mention that it is a hot and humid day again after a bit of a respite the last two days when it wasn’t so hot. Sweating while I am changing into my clothes isn’t the ideal way I  be leaving.

Also the iron box in my home isn’t working. The plug is missing a pin and hence it won’t get hot and therefore you cannot yoyr clothes. I didn’t have any shirts ironed out and hence had to wear a white shirt which I had just bought for the Mondays as we have to wear white to work. Which is a dumb thing but atleast I had a shirt thay did not need ironing.

So I am off to work sweating in my new white shirt and black pants. Wonderful Friday.

RIP Don Francks

Missed this news somehow and I guess because he isn’t a really well known in media today, I guess Facebook posts were also at a bare minimum. Actor & jazz musician Don Francks died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 84. A veteran of classic American cop and detective TV shows like Mission Impossible, Mannix and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., his Toronto agent Jennifer Goldhar on Monday confirmed his death. Born in Vancouver on Feb. 28, 1932, Francks, as a young jazz musician and vocalist, drove east to Toronto and starred in a host of 1950s CBC TV specials. He later moved to New York City, where he performed in the 1960s at the Blue Angel and recorded a live album at the Village Vanguard.

As a spokesman for Other Voices (Canadian TV series) in mid-1960s, he investigated a boy’s murder at Saskatchewan Red Pheasant First Nation. He married and moved there with his second wife Lili Francks, named there as Red Eagle. He was adopted as a Cree, and named Iron Buffalo “strong like iron. Like the buffalo who knows where to go, is a good provider and good for his family”. She is dancer and member of the Plains Cree First Nation. His acting career got started with the CBC in 1954 as a regular on Burns Chuckwagon From the Stampede Corral, a Western-themed series with musical artists, and other Canadian shows such as Riding High and The Adventures of Tugboat Annie. In the 1960s, he also guest starred on classic U.S. TV series including The Wild Wild West, The Virginian and Ben Casey, and played the role of U.S. Army captain Franklin Sheppard on the short-lived 1966 drama Jericho.

After leaving entertainment to live on the Red Pheasant Reserve in Saskatchewan as Iron Buffalo, Francks returned to Toronto in 1974. His subsequent film and TV credits included Joel Surnow’s La Femme Nikita, in which he played the role of Walter; The Listener; My Bloody Valentine; and more recently a stint on Gangland Undercover. On the movie front, Francks co-starred alongside Petula Clark and Fred Astaire in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1968 fantasy musical Finian’s Rainbow. Since 1979, he has been living in Toronto with wife Lili and their son Rainbow Sun (former MuchMusic VJ & actor from Stargate Atlantis & The Listener). His daughter Cree Summer resides and works in Hollywood. He has two children from his first marriage, his son Trane and a daughter.

That Ended

Think of your longest relationship: describe how your love has changed over time, did you go from the giddiness of infatuation, to mad passion, to deep respect, esteem, and friendship? Tell us about your love story.

I’m thinking about my first real relationship that last from 1993-1998. It was deep, it was passionate, it was all consuming. It was everything I thought it would be for a while until it wasn’t. She was my world, occupying my hours and my thoughts for the longest time, until the pleasure and happiness wasn’t there and misery and sadness took over.

I was 16 when we first met, she a year younger than me but in the same class as me. At first she didn’t return my affections and said we should just stay friends. Also there was another guy in love with her who she knew from  her previous school and she was torn. I eventually won her heart but being a friend, being loyal and being true and I was ecstatic. We talked for hours and hours. I dreamed of her, dreamed of a time when we we’d be older and married and living together with a cat and a dog and making a family. It was intense. We shared kisses and eventually things got more physical after we turned 18. I thought that this was it. Unfortunately things didn’t turn out that way.

There were problems, deep emotional and psychological ones that have been in her family since she was little. I was too young to recognize the fact that she liked loving me as much as she liked hurting me. And I don’t mean in the physical way but emotionally. One day she could be mean and cold for no reason and the next loving and compassionate. She couldn’t live without me but she also could. We had an on-off relationship for a while until things were not there anymore. I would lie in my bed and wonder for hours what I could do. Little did I know of the abuse that she and her mother had gone through occasionally and that is what she knew and what she felt. She began to withdraw and the end was near, no matter how much I denied it.

I was 22 and still holding on to her because I didn’t know what I could do without her. I finally realized that this was going no where and I had to let go. Things became easier because she was moving to Mumbai for higher studies and her family was following her soon. The decision was made easier for me, we didn’t have cellphones the way we would have it later. So I said a sad and angry goodbye through a payphone and the biggest chapter of my life at that moment came to close. At times I still do think about those days and how happy she made me for a while and I have never been able to experience quite the same thing again, even if I have been in a couple of relationships since then. It may never happen for me.

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Beer Review – Stella Artois Lager

Stella Artois is a pilsner beer of between 4.8 and 5.2% ABV which has been brewed in Leuven, Belgium, since 1926. A 4% ABV version is sold in Britain, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand. Stella Artois is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer.

Although Belgium is best known internationally for its ales, the so-called “table beers,” the bottom-fermented pilsner lagers such as Stella Artois head the list for domestic consumption, making up almost 75% of Belgian beer production. Stella Artois is available on draught and in several packaged sizes, including a 275 ml bottle, 284 ml bottle, a 330 ml bottle, a 440 ml can, a 50cl can, a pint size can known as “La Grande Biere” (568 ml), 66 cl bottle, 70 cl bottle and a 1 liter bottle.

Stella Artois has been associated with film in the UK since 1994, organizing events, sponsoring television, and hosting a website. Stella Artois has been or is a primary sponsor of the Cannes, Melbourne, and Sundance film festivals, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the Little Rock Film Festival. For many years previously The Queen’s Club Championships, an annual tournament for male tennis players, held on grass courts at the Queen’s Club in West Kensington, London and part of the ATP World Tour 500 series on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour, was known as the Stella Artois Championships.

Providence Road

Street – One Word Prompt

I thought of writing a post about my street, Providence Road, the one I live on since even a lot of local people aren’t aware about it. I think the name Providence came from the small old age home care that is located near the entrance of the road from the main road (Banerjee Road in Kacheripady) which is also called Providence home for the elderly. at the entrance is a small hospital, not a really good one but for emergencies people who live in this area do go to it, as have I on a few occasions.

There is a nice hotel, called the Senate, with small business / corporate halls for meetings, buffet dinners, coffee shop and restaurant. There is a small, tiny shop near it, a pet supply store with fish and small aquariums, stationary stores, ice cream parlour, shoe store, an internet cafe or two (I think one closed down), a printing and press shop, DTP center, and some other smaller businesses on one section. A few houses too. There is also a small college on the same road as well as a law office and a bank’s small office branch and we reach a four way junction.

Beyond the four way junction we have more stores, a grocery store (not the kind you think of just a small hole in the wall), a large stationary/novelty etc etc store, a men’s clothing shop, a women’s clothing shop, a small photo studio, three tea shops and small restaurants, a panwala, a printing store, more houses, 3 apartment buildings, a wood work and carpentry store, a small soft drink store, an office building for a press company. Whew all that on a small road like ours.

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Beer Review – Erdinger Weissbier (Hefe-Weizen)

Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu
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Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Erdinger has been brewing their Bavarian wheat beers for over 100 years. Beers like this classic Hefe Weissbier have attributed to their international success. This hefeweizen pours a hazy gold colour with a foamy white head. A lively carbonation brings delicate aromas of bananas and cloves to the nose. Classic flavours of banana and clove are accompanied by a biscuity maltiness and perhaps even a bit of lemongrass. A medium body and crisp dry finish make this a very refreshing drink, pure and simple.

I was lucky to get this imported beer from the Discovery Wines & Liquor, a store that was walking distance from my hotel where I stayed at while in Gurgaon. I only went in there once during my stay in Gurgaon and got 3 imported beers that I had never tried before.

Everyday, I Got The Blues

We all feel down from time to time. How do you combat the blues? What’s one tip you can share with others that always helps to lift your spirits?

Simple stuff. I will drink a beer or two or some vodka or rum with Sprite or Coke and blow my blues away. Or I will put on some of my favourite music (of which the Blues is part of) and sing away my sorrows. Or I will shower, shave and head out to my favourite watering hole or burger joint and enjoy some food and drink.

Go and hang out with friends. Watch at movie at the theatre and enjoy some popcorn. Or go to the mall and shop. Forget about the shit that life hands you. Put on your fav sit-coms or comedy films and laugh yourself silly. Watch your fav science fiction shows and get lost in the possibilities of what the future could hold. Go on a long drive with a loved one.

So many things you can do.

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Alternate Me

If you could spend the next year as someone radically different from the current “you” — a member of a different species, someone from a different gender or generation, etc. — who would you choose to be?

Hmmm, that is something that I would need a lot of thinking before deciding. I have created alternate timeline Roshans, mirror universe Roshans, Roshans who live way off into the future and I think I would like to explore one of these options.

The Roshan who has a big house, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a hot, loving, wife. Who live in a nice place in a beautiful city, on a beautiful continent on a distant planet – one of several that has been terra-formed and colonized by the human race, sometime 5 -7000 years in the future. And who travel the galaxy in a starship that is more like a mansion with comfy & luxurious furniture and rooms. They are protected by this impenetrable shield or forcefield that even is applied on their spacesuits. And they fight evil aliens while helping the good ones.

I dream of this stuff. I even day dream this scifi universe.

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Thoughts On Funeral Rituals

I attended the funeral of my sister’s father-in-law this morning. Being from a Hindu family they ofcourse observed Hindu rituals, with slight differences than what people in my region observe. It’s been a while since I attended a funeral (for which I consider myself to be lucky); the last being in 2008 for my maternal grandma.

Once again I observed the almost disconnected rituals with seemingly no pause about the individual. These rituals always seem to be …..like followed just because of tradition and no concern over what the person was like. I’m sure its not this way to the believers but to me its a cold way to do a funeral. Rituals handed down from generation to generation and not once thought as to is it what is to be done or not. The only changes they make is they add gas to the fire so the body and funeral pyre wood burns quicker.

I do like the funerals where people speak about the individual who just passed away, share stories and incidents, and fondly remember them before the end of the ceremony. It seems to be the better way to remember the person and say a fond farewell.

Star Trek : Horizon

Another fan film with love to all fans of the franchise, Star Trek : Horizon is a 2015 film. Tommy Kraft was all of the following: director, writer, producer, editor, director of photography, he did the visual effects, he did the music, and he even was the costume designer. Set in the 22nd century, a little after the end of Star Trek : Enterprise the film and tells the tale of a sister starship of the same design, the NX-04 USS Discovery. The story sees the nascent Starfleet aided by the Vulcans & the Adnorians in a joint fight against the Romulan empire and brings back the Temporal Cold War elements that we saw in Enterprise.

We start the film 2500 years ago, when the last surviving members of a race legendary in the galaxy, the Iconians. They have been defeated by another race that created a super weapon called Horizon. The two Iconians take and hide the weapon so it cannot be used again. Back in 2160 the crew of the NX-04 Discovery is captained by Captain Harrison Hawke, who took command of the ship just as the war with the Romulan Empire began. T’mar, a Romulan defector bringing important tactical information to Starfleet and the crew of the Discovery are bringing her back to Earth when they are attacked by a trio of Romulan Bird of Preys. Although they are heavily damaged, the Discovery is able to defeat the Romuans with help arriving in the form of the NX-01 Enterprise. But the ship suffers some casualties, including the helmswoman Lt. Amelia Yarris who was swept away into the vacuum of space when a section of the hull is destroyed. Hawke reports back to Admiral Gardner back on earth as the ship is being repaired and is given new orders; T’Mar is also assigned as the Discovery’s new helms officer, a fact that does not sit well with the rest of the crew. They learn from T’mar that the Romulans are building a super weapon just two light-years from earth. A fleet of Vulcan and earth ships, including the newly repaired Discovery, head out to find and destroy the weapon, called Horizon.

Before the repairs are done, the senior officers share a toast to Amelia, with Hawke confessing to his second in command, Commander Jackson Gates, that he and Amelia were in love. The fleet comes under attack by Romulans, and it’s left to the Discovery to destroy the weapon with their new prototype torpedoes. The torpedoes cause an unexpected spacial rift to form, and Discovery is pulled through. The crew find themselves at the planet Horizon was brought to by the Iconians. While investigating a structure on the surface they are found by Daekon, a Romulan defector from the future and a combatant in the Temporal Cold War. We learn that he is the mysterious man from the future in the Enterprise series. Amelia turns up alive; she informs Hawke that she is from the 31st century and is a Temporal agent and was pulled away at the last moment by her colleagues before she was about to be killed. The crew of Discovery works to defeat him and finally completely destroy the weapon, bringing the Temporal Cold War to a close at long last. The ship returns back to earth and Amelia bids farewell to Hawke, hopeful that they will meet again someday.

It’s got a good story, connecting the end of Enterprise and bringing an end to the Temporal Cold War. Fans of Enterprise and yes any Trekkie should be fond of this film. Is the film great? No but for a fan film it is. Is the acting top notch? No, but for a fan film the acting is good. Is the special effects top class? No but it’s better than even some smaller budget movies. Yes the lensflare is annoying at times but I give the team a pass on that. I’d rate Star Trek Horizon, as a movie, a 6.5 outta 10. But for a fan film it’s an 8!

Arsenal 4 Watford 0

Arsenal kept their faint hopes of the Premier League title alive with an easy victory over a poor Watford side. The Gunners led inside four minutes – Alexis Sanchez slotting in from close range – and controlled the first half. Alex Iwobi forced Heurelho Gomes into a stunning save and soon doubled their advantage by sweeping in from 12 yards to finish off a superb team move. Hector Bellerin’s shot deflected in for Arsenal’s third, while substitute Theo Walcott completed the rout late on. Arsenal had lost three straight home games in all competitions going into the match, but this was a routine win as they closed the gap to leaders Leicester to eight points.

Arsene Wenger’s side still need an unlikely collapse from both the Foxes and second-placed Tottenham to have any hope of securing the league title, while tough trips to West Ham and Manchester City await in their remaining seven games. Nigerian youngster Iwobi showed his potential with a pacy performance that threatened the Watford defence throughout. He netted the second goal as well as rattling the crossbar with a curling effort. Iwobi, Sanchez and Mesut Ozil all had fine games – but were given time and space by a lethargic Watford side and by the protection offered in the middle of the park by Mohamed Elneny, who controlled the contest with a match-high 127 passes, 96% of which found a team-mate. The Egyptian also had time to make three tackles and two interceptions, but Arsenal’s upswing in form might have come too late in the season. The damage may have already been done as they picked up just their fourth win in their last 11 league games.

With this win, Arsenal have 58 points after 31 games and sit in 3rd place. Both Leicester and Tottenham also play this weekend and the Gunners will have a game in hand but 3rd place looks the best bet. Unless one of the two teams ahead of them falter in the final 8 games.

Food Review #78 (Snack Review)

CORNITOS NACHO CRISPS ARE:

Crispy Tortilla Chips

Made from Stone Ground Non-GMO Corn
Baked / Cooked in Healthier Corn Oil
0g Trans Fat
Gluten Free

Ingredients
Corn (70%)
Corn Oil
Maltodextrin
Sugar
Milk Solids
Salt
Flavourings
Spices & Condiments
Shortening Powder
Acidity Regulator (E270)
Stabilizer (Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein)
Flavor Enhancer (E635)
Anti-caking Agent (E551)

While staying in Gurgaon, I picked up a pack of Cornitos Nacho Crisps Cheese & Herbs flavour. I had never had them before but loved it. It is a great coffee time or beer time snack and the cheddar taste is strong on this one.

.And here is video review

I’ve Got The Travel Bug, Sorta!

My recent 12 day stay in Gurgaon, although it was for work, and last year’s week stay in Chennai, again albeit for work, had kindle an interest in traveling in me. Shocking, as I usually hate traveling. I think it’s more because I associate traveling in India with train journeys and I hate traveling in a train. Noisy, crowded and yuck! I can’t stand train journeys and would prefer to travel in a bus as you only have to stare out the window or the seat in front of you and perhaps an occasional glance at the person sitting next to you and not a horde of people.

But back to the point; I found myself checking out OYO rooms in locations that I want to visit and thinking of a quick 3-4 day trip and how much it would cost me for just the travel and the cost of the room. Finding some rather decently charged rooms in kinda of bed and breakfast places with really nice bedrooms, I am tempted to take a leave the next Friday and go for a three day vacation in places in the state! Or tack on a few more days and go to Goa or Pondi or Coorg! Heck Bangalore too for a few days and enjoy some pub action! That is something I really want to do and I think I may go in June.

Even a quick 2 day stay in a nice place somewhere in the outskirts of the city I live in would be quite relaxing. I would do it as long as the prices are reasonable and I can relax for a couple of days. That would be good for the mind and body.

Sparkling Still

What’s your idea of a perfect day off: one during which you can quietly relax, doing nothing, or one with one fun activity lined up after the other? Tell us how you’d spend your time.

There is no such thing as a perfect day. Let me get that one thing straight. Having said that, depending on my mood and who I am with I can think of several ways to spend a day off.

At this moment, feeling a little tired and it being a Friday, if I had things my way I would like to spend a quite day at home alone. Recharging and relaxing is a great way to unwind. Sometimes I feel like a two day weekend is too short! Ok, so I would probably like to wake up by 8 am or so and listen to music all morning as I made a leisurely breakfast and drink coffee. I would also like a cold milkshake with some fruit in it like banana or apple. I would crank up an ac and relax all day as the days are so boiling hot outside.

By noon I would start feeling peckish so here’s what I would order. A large pizza with everything on it and I would poop open a couple of beers. That’s the way, ahuh ahuh, I like it, ahuh ahuh! Gulp down those beers and munch on the delicious pizza as I watch a movie or two and relax on my bed. By 5 a quick shower and more coffee with music and Youtube on. Spend the evening like that until 9pm and order some bbq chow and maybe a vodka and Sprite and enjoy the evening. Another movie before I go to bed. That would be simple and yet relaxing. Sleepy for 8 hours after that too!

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