Arsenal Are Fucking Things Up Again

Arsenal FC are in a fucking big mess. And the only ones to blame are that senile idiot Arsene Wenger and the equally moronic board at the club. No ambition, no will to win, no clue as to what the club needs and the fans want! They are so full up their asses that they will ruin what good will is left between the fans and the team. The season has not yet even begun and already Arsenal are ensconced in their first injury crisis. In the past, the Gunners have been struck badly by ill-fortune, robbing them of key players in a spookily systematic manner. However, this time Arsene Wenger and the club must accept a big portion of the blame. This mess is largely of Arsenal’s own making.

At the moment, Arsenal find themselves without a fit senior centre-half. The first to drop out of contention was Per Mertesacker, with a knee ligament injury in July ruling him out of the first half of the campaign. Then a couple of nights ago they lost Gabriel Paulista, who appeared to tweak some ligaments of his own. The incident was an innocuous one some time after the 90th minute, bringing new and painful meaning to the phrase ‘injury time’. The prognosis is currently unclear, but it’s safe to say he’ll miss the start of the season. Throw in the fact that Laurent Koscielny has only just returned to training and the dire nature of the situation swiftly becomes clear. After featuring in every game as France reached the final of Euro 2016, Koscielny and Olivier Giroud were granted several weeks off to rest their bodies and clear their heads. He rejoined the squad on Monday—it’s surely inconceivable that he could be pressed into action this weekend.

Even before the transfer season opened, we knew we needed a solid defender. Now we are desperate for two! Arsenal should have acted far earlier int he summer. Now, time is running out. Wenger often insists that the final two weeks of the window are the optimum time to do a deal. However, there are complications: selling clubs are loathe to let their best players go at a stage of the window when it will be difficult to secure a replacement. Also, clubs will be acutely aware that the urgency of Arsenal’s business grows with each passing day. They can charge a premium price, safe in the knowledge that Wenger now has little choice but to pay up. What’s more, Arsenal’s chase for a centre-back is compromising their other agenda in the transfer window. The club’s need for a new centre-forward is still to be addressed. While making a defender a priority is understandable given the succession of injuries in that position, the failure to recruit a new goalscorer would be a huge blow to Arsenal’s title credentials.

Arsenal should never have let it come to this. The next few weeks now promise to be a nervous period for Wenger and the Gunners fans. Without the necessary recruits, they stand little chance of competing for the Premier League title. And no one seems to want to come to us. No one we target and look to transfer. Clubs know that Wenger is a pussy when it comes to money and transfers so they play hard ball. And Wenger backs out with his equally dickless cronies in the club. Our rivals are upgrading their squads and building their title challenging sides. We are daily rumoured to be interested in this or that player but the morons in charge do nothing to seal up those deal. And finally we are the laughing stock for looking for rejects from Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea who are now in lesser sides and struggling there too! What a joke of a club.

Bad Timing

Someone’s left you a voicemail message, but all you can make out are the last words: “I’m sorry. I should’ve told you months ago. Bye.” Who is it from, and what is this about?

It could be the woman you have had a major crush on for the past year or two but have never had the guts to open up and share your feelings with as you were too scared or shy to do so. You’ve wanted to tell her and you’ve lusted after her and yearned for a kiss and more but didn’t think that you could ever measure up to her. And now she is gone and she had similar feelings for you but it is too late.

Or it’s that woman you’ve been casually dating on and off for several months maybe even years and she just found out that’s she pregnant and you are the daddy. But she isn’t sure about marriage and keeping you tied down to a commitment since you had mentioned time and again that it wasn’t what you were looking for and that you were happy with the current arrangement. So since you made it very clear that you didn’t want to be hitched and/or have kids, she hide her pregnancy from you and went on a “business trip” to clear her head and now is moving away to have the baby and start a new life.

Or….it could be that hot woman you met at a hotel bar while you were on a vacation or work related trip and you got to know a little as you talked while having a few martinis. And then you really got to know later in either of your rooms. And you exchanged numbers with and promising to call but you didn’t since you have a wife and kids. And several months later she is calling you to tell you that she is HIV positive and perhaps so are you!

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Age-Old Questions

“Age is just a number,” says the well-worn adage. But is it a number you care about, or one you tend (or try) to ignore?

Well it’s not just that we care about the number or the age in particular but it’s a lot about how we feel. You cannot defy the passing of time and we do not fact the fictional fountain of youth. Some people with a combination of good genes, taking great care of their health and perhaps a bit of luck can look and feel much younger than they are and well, kudos to them. But the rest of us do have our problems.

I am 40 years old now and although I don’t feel my age (and dare I say it, I do not look my age) I am terribly fat and certainly way, way out of shape. I barely get any exercise and it shows. And what’s more I do feel aches in the back and the knees. This is mostly due to my weight but also perhaps the advancing of age. No more a youngster, no more a spring chicken and though not old, I am certainly getting there. I need grease in the joints to make me feel better than usual.

So age is just a number in outlook. I do not like to be overly serious or talk only about politics and shit. Give me the dirty jokes, loud music and having fun. I do know when to be serious but I wanna stay fresh and young. But age is catching up with me.

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Prisoners (2013)

It’s a crime drama with a lot of tension and emotion. Prisoners is a 2013 American thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve from a screenplay written by Aaron Guzikowski. The film has an ensemble cast including Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano.

In a small town in Pennsylvania, Keller & Grace Drover are attending a Thanksgiving dinner at Franklin & Nancy Birch’s house. The families who are friends and neighbours also include Drover’s older son Ralph and young daughter Anna as well as the Birch’s teenage daughter Zoe and Joy who is Anna’s age. After dinner while the adults sip wine and the teens watch tv downstairs, Anna and Joy sneak away to a parked campervan they had come across before. Sometime later the adults realize that the two young kids are missing and go out in search of them. Ralph mentions the van and they look for it but it is now gone.

The cops are called and detective Loki is assigned to the case. After a search he finds the camper which crashes against a tree when the driver tries to escape. At the police station Loki questions the young man, Alex Jones, who appears to be confused and turns out he has the IQ of a 10 year old. His vehicle is searched by forensics but nothing is found relating to the girls. Loki investigates in houses in the neighbourhood the next day and finds corpse in the basement of Father Patrick Dunn’s house. The priest (Len Cariou) admits that he killed the man because he confessed he was “waging a war against God” and boasted of killing sixteen children. The cops release Alex because of lack of evidence and Drover gets upset as he believes that the young man knows more. He attacks him outside of the police station. Jones whispers to him, “They didn’t cry until I left them.” Since Loki won’t re-arrest him, Dover abducts Jones by himself, locks him up in an abandoned apartment building and begins torturing him until he cooperates with the help of a reluctant Franklin.

The town has a candlelight vigil for the missing girls at which Loki spots a suspicious man in a hoodie and chases him when he takes off. He evades Loki breaks into both families’ houses but leaves without doing anything. Loki, also suspects Dover and follows him to the building where Alex is kept prisoner but doesn’t see anything unusual and Dover tells him that he comes here to drink away from his wife. While he is there, Loki gets a tip from a store that saw the man in the hoodie shopping for children’s clothes and goes to the address using the license plate number and arrests him at his home, whose walls are covered in drawings of mazes. Loki then finds crates filled with maze books, live snakes, and bloodied children’s clothing, including items belonging to the missing girls after Dover confirms it. At the police station, Taylor confesses to the abduction but during a physical altercation with Loki and two other officers, he snatches a gun and kills himself without revealing any more information. The police conclude that Taylor was a fantasist and had no involvement with the disappearances; he stole the clothes from the girls’ homes and bloodied them with pig’s blood to recreate abductions.

Dover continues to torture Alex who then starts denying he is Alex Jones and claims he escaped from a maze. Dover visit’s Alex’s aunt Holly who tells him that Alex became the way he is due an accident involving snakes that her husband raised. She also says that she and her husband were religious until their young son died of cancer. Back at the police station, Loki becomes frustrated with getting nowhere with the case until he matches a maze Taylor drew whilst in custody to the maze necklace worn by the man Patrick Dunn killed in his basement. We then see a drugged Joy, who has escaped from her captors, being found on the streets and brought to the hospital. When Dover asks her where Hanna is, Joy drowsily says that he was there! Dover is suspected of being involved in the crime and he makes of fin the car but he realizes that Joy meant that he was at Alex’s aunt’s house. Loki searches for Dover at the apartment building and discovers Alex. Dover then goes back to the Jones’ house to get information from Holly, but she pulls a gun on him. She explains that, before her husband left her, they abducted many children as part of their “war on God” after their son’s death. Alex was the first child they abducted, followed by Taylor. Holly imprisons Dover in a concealed pit in her yard, where he finds a whistle belonging to his daughter.

Loki goes to the aunt’s house to tell her that Alex has been found when he sees a photograph of Holly’s husband wearing the same maze necklace found on the body in the priest’s basement, making him her missing husband. He sees her drugging Anna and pulls a gun on her but she fires at him as well, injuring him before she is shot dead. Loki then rushes Anna to the hospital where she reunites with her mother. Alex, revealed to be Barry Milland in the newspaper, is reunited with his parents after surviving the torture. A day later, Loki returns to the Jones’ house where the authorities have begun excavating the property. As the other investigators depart for the night, Loki hears Dover’s labored whistling from the pit.

A great performance from the cast especially Leo, Gyllenhall and yes even boorish Hugh (who I usually call Huge Jackass). I never like his acting or him much but this movie has some great acting from everyone. It’s a 7.5 for me though because parts of the film drags out quite a bit.

Junk Food Junkie

What’s your biggest junk food weakness? Tell us all about it in its sugary, salty, glory.

Like most people who like junk food, it’s burgers and pizza. Though I do not call pizza junk food unless it’s from a fast food chain like Dominos or Pizza Hut. Those are certainly not junk food. KFC or Chick King fried chicken, along with similar chains like SFC Plus or MarryBrown’s chicken, is also a big craze for me. Specially on Saturday nights when I want to stay at home and even more specially if it has been raining and I want some hot chicken with some vodka.

I ofcourse love McDonald’s and, from last month since they only just launched here, Burger King. I wish we could get Wendy’s here in my neck of the woods too. I have only had Wendy’s once and it was in Gurgaon. So I love the French Fries and burgers (even though we do not get beef from the National chains) and the other burgers from local joints which frankly taste much, much better plus we get juicy beef burgers from them.

Dominos wins over Pizza Hut for me for sheer taste of the toppings and crust. And I love pizza. Drinks of choice would be 7up over Coke/Pepsi.

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American Crime Story : The People vs O.J. Simpson

American Crime Story is an American true crime anthology television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who are executive producers with Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Ryan Murphy, and Brad Simpson. It premiered on the cable network FX in the United States on February 2, 2016. The first season, subtitled The People v. O. J. Simpson, presents the murder trial of O. J. Simpson, based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson.

The series stars Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Bruce Greenwood, Nathan Lane, Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, John Travolta, Courtney B. Vance and has guest roles by Selma Blair, Connie Britton, Rob Morrow & Steven Pasquale. The 10 episode series is an amazing and revetting storytelling of the events during the “trial of the century” starting from the finding of the dead bodies of OJ’s ex-wife Nicole Brown and her boyfriend Ron Goldman to the end of the trial at which the jury finds the former football star and actor not guilty. The series has many comedic bits interspersed between some awesome casting, some wonderful acting and production to make it look like we are looking at events shot 20 years ago.

Racism, bias, corruption, friendship and loyal on display along with the defense that money can buy, pot shots by both sides, the lengths to what people will do to bring down an opponent, the obsession with what a woman in a male dominated industry is wearing or looks like and how much insensitivity is doled out on a person in the public’s eye is amazing to see in just 1 single season of hour long. And the performances is top notch; everyone was great but I must single out Sarah Paulson, Sterling Brown, David Schwimmer and Courtney B Vance (as much as I dislike the character he played) who were just awesome. Cuba, Travolta and others were really good too. I love the story and the show and it’s a huge recommend to anyone who likes good tv shows. I would rate this season as a 9 outta 10!

My Pet Crow

Many people have a pet or more than one. People have cats or dogs or hamsters, love birds, parrots, macaws, snakes, spiders, etc etc. I have a crow!

A crow that comes to my balcony almost every day. Atleast it seems like it is the same crow cause once in a while it’s a different crow. One of them has a spiky hairdo…or his feathers on his head is ruffled to look more like a spike hairdo! And he looks like he could be a mean bugger.

The one that usually comes sits patiently in the morning waiting for his bit of food that we put out for him. Usually a piece of dosa, crispy is what he likes it to be. Or some left over chapathi. Some days if he has been waiting for a long time he starts to caw loudly and won’t stop until one of us puts the food on the balcony so he can take it. He won’t let us come to close though as he flies away. Still does not trust the hand that feeds ya, huh?

Somedays he doesn’t come by. I wait. Other days he is there earlier than usual. Some days he comes by in the afternoon and demands food. We give it. And wait for him to come back again.

Get By With A Little Help

When you do something scary or stressful — bungee jumping, public speaking, etc. — do you prefer to be surrounded by friends or by strangers? Why?

I guess having your support group with you when you have to do something which you find scary, especially the first couple of times, will be really a good thing. The more cheering faces you see, the more encouragement you get, the more you can do and the more confidence you have to achieve things that you set out to do. Public speaking can be as scary as bungee jumping or paragliding or skydiving and if you have friends with you it makes it all the more easier to do.

The support structure is very important for a lot of us and the right people egging us on can do a lot of good for you. You might even do more than what you had initially set out to do. Now, that can be a good thing or a bad thing. Sometimes you might get carried away. Drink too much, jump out too soon or drive too fast. If it is to just get some confidence and support to something reasonable then it is a good thing and I hope everyone gets that kind of support.

Just don’t get carried away by peer pressure.

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Stroll

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I have been meaning to take more evening walks. The weather has been pretty good for that. And I could use the exercise. I need to lose weight plus an evening stroll around the area will be good for me. I think I should start doing it sooner rather than later. Once I start it will be easier to stick to a schedule.

Starting is ofcourse the main thing. The idea is to try and find the right time, this weekend looks like the best way to get started. Take a walk at around 7pm or so, just around the block and back again to the apartment building.  Stop by on the way to pick up grocery stuff for home if needed. Or  just walk on and get a lemonade just before I reach back home.

This weekend should see the start of a new schedule. It is high time I did something. I am 40 after all and quite fat. Obese. I need to walk and lose some weight.

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Birthday Cake

Well we had a nice birthday dinner. My sister and her two younger kids (oldest is away at college) came over to join my dad, mum and me. I ordered a bunch of chicken fried rice, naan, chicken tikka masala and butter chicken from a restaurant named Aangan. It’s a new place and I had never had food from there before but I have only heard good reviews about them. The food was really delish. My sister and the kids had bought me a cake, red velvet with raspberry glaze on top. Never had that flavour before either. It was good.

40s A New Frontier

Space….the final frontier….these are the voyages of a Trekkie who is boldly entering his 40s!

So I enter my 4th decade of life, not happy at all with that. I am still light years away from where I want to be or where I thought I’d be when I was much younger. But life throws you some black holes, asteroids in your path and the glitches in the warp core with nacelles going “kaput”. And yet you go on and on, cause life is about boldly going on inspite of the odds and the Romulans or the Borg.

Happy birthday to me!

Over Again

If you were able to relive one day from the last 12 months, which day would it be — and why?

Last September – the last time Madhu, Anil & I were together and had dinner and some beers. These days are few and far between nowadays, what with Madhu being in Qatar and Anil is Thrissur but the last get together was brilliant as all of our ones usually are.

We met twice in the spate of a few days and it was fun. I miss them, I miss our more frequent hangouts. We are all older now, all in our 40s (well me from tomorrow onwards). We don’t meet up as often as we used to but they are still my best buds. I miss them.

So I would relive our last two meetings which were fun and a lot of laughs with good food and beer.

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