I & You Loves Me

What do you love most about yourself? What do you love most about your favorite person? Are the two connected?

I think the thing I love most about myself is what other people also seem to love about me. So I’m gonna pick two of those because I, well I usually feel so down about myself that I could really use more positivity.  The first thing is my sense of humour, which although I feel is not for everybody so I actually tone it down and remove the dirty jokes and double meanings, but still I am considered to be a funny guy!

I like making people laugh and when I get a good laugh from a person or persons that makes me so happy. I have been a positive influence in someone’s life today and make them laugh and have them something to smile about. I love that. I especially like it when people I am fond of love my sense of humour. Which brings me to my next thing that I love about myself – I seem to get some affection from people, especially younger people at work. They seem to like me and think I am a sweet and nice guy. Well I am but it’s almost bringing me to the point of embarrassment at how much I am appreciated for being a nice guy.

Still I love these two things about me and I won’t give them up for anything. Well most things. What I do love about my favourite person is that she is sweet, naughty, loves my jokes and sense of humour and thinks I am a very decent, sweet, funny and nice guy. And I love that!

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RIP Greg Lake

Greg Lake, a singer and multi-instrumentalist who helped propel prog rock into the mainstream as a member of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and King Crimson, died Tuesday. His manager told the BBC he had recently had “a long and stubborn battle with cancer”; the news comes nine months after the death of his bandmate, Keith Emerson. He was 69. As a lyricist and vocalist, Lake helped define prog rock’s flair for introspection with a dash of fantasy. He sang with clarity and confidence, making his voice a singular force among his and his fellow musicians’ experimentation. Whether playing bass or guitar, as he often did with Emerson, Lake and Palmer, he wrote in a way that allowed for his bandmates to build vast, intricate soundscapes. He was a skillful player whose guitar playing, in particular, added depth to some of ELP’s grand classical experiments, such as their rock interpretation of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Greg Lake was born in Bournemouth, England on November 10th, 1947. He befriended eventual King Crimson leader Robert Fripp, who played guitar and lived nearby, and sought out opportunities to play music. In 1967, he joined the Gods, a group that had previously featured Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, but Lake left before they recorded their debut LP. The seeds of King Crimson were also formed in 1967 and Lake joined in 1968. The group played its first concert the following April and Lake sang lead vocals and played bass on their debut, 1969’s groundbreaking In the Court of the Crimson King – which Pete Townshend called “an uncanny masterpiece,” according to The Guardian – and its follow-up, 1970’s In the Wake of Poseidon. While on tour with King Crimson, Lake befriended Emerson, then a keyboardist of their tourmates the Nice. The two musicians had similar musical aesthetics and formed a new group, recruiting Palmer, who had played with the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster, to join them. The trio considered bringing a full-time guitarist into the fold – Lake was pulling double duty on bass and guitar – but, according to the book Legends of Rock Guitar, the only musician they all agreed could keep up with them was Jimi Hendrix and their acrynomic name would then become “HELP.”

Emerson, Lake and Palmer made their live debut in 1970, releasing their self-titled debut that same year. They were an near-instant hit. Each of the albums they put out in the Seventies – including their landmark Brain Salad Surgery – went gold in the U.S., and several charted in the Top 10 of Billboard’s album chart. The ambitious Tarkus, their second album – a deft and grandiose fusion of classical and rock – was a Number One album in the U.K. in 1971. Lake served as sole producer for most of the group’s works, which sold more than 48 million albums, according to the BBC. Their live performances featured light shows and theatrics, including the parading of their “Tarkus” mascot, and their highest-charting album in the U.S. was the live outing, Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends – Ladies and Gentlemen, Emerson, Lake and Palmer. The group recorded the album in Anaheim, California in 1974; its title referencing lyrics in the Brain Salad Surgery track “Karn Evil 9.”

At the peak of ELP’s success in 1975, Lake put out a solo single, “I Believe in Father Christmas,” which was a Number Two hit in the U.K. behind “Bohemian Rhapsody.” After the trio disbanded in 1979, Lake launched a solo career and, in 1981, issued a star-studded self-titled LP, which featured performances by guitarists Gary Moore and Steve Lukather, drummer Jeff Porcaro and saxophonist Clarence Clemons. It made it up to Number 63 on the U.S. chart and its follow-up, 1983’s Manoeuvers, which also featured Moore, did not make the Top 200. Subsequently, Emerson and Lake regrouped in the mid-Eighties, but with drummer Cozy Powell instead of Palmer, who was playing with Asia. Their sole LP, Emerson, Lake and Powell, was a hit, making it up to Number 23 in the U.S. Palmer came back, and the original trio continued through much of the Nineties, with a reunion in 2010. He released a final solo album, Ride the Tiger, in 2015. In 2001, Lake toured as a member of the seventh incarnation of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. In 2003, Lake played the bass on The Who song “Real Good Looking Boy”. The group’s usual bassist, Pino Palladino, was set to do it but he was touring during the time of recording, so Lake was asked instead.

In 2005, Lake toured Germany and the UK with his assembled group, the Greg Lake Band, which included David Arch on keyboards, Florian Opahle on guitar, Trevor Barry on bass, and Brett Morgan on drums. In 2006, Lake played as a member of the supergroup The RD Crusaders in aid for charity. Lake performed “Karn Evil 9” with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at several shows. In 2010, Lake and Emerson completed an acoustic world tour, performing ELP songs. The tour got off at a bad start following a backstage altercation between the two, but “we completed the tour and it was very happy. We actually ended up enjoying ourselves”. In July 2010, Lake joined Emerson and Palmer for a one-off gig from Emerson, Lake & Palmer at the High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London, to commemorate the band’s fortieth anniversary. Lake continued to tour solo in the 2010s. His Songs of a Lifetime Tour began in 2012 which featured songs of his career and those by his favourite artists, including Elvis Presley and Johnny Kidd & the Pirates. The tour ended in November of that year.

Moana

Moana is a 2016 New Zealand-American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, and co-directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams. The film features music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina. Featuring the voices of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk, the film tells the story of Moana, the strong-willed daughter of the chief of a Polynesian tribe, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. When a blight strikes her island, Moana sets sail in search of Maui, a legendary demigod, in the hope of saving her people.

Moana is a cute toddler when we see that she is drawn to the ocean as she is collecting seashells. As the movie explains, in the beginning, there was only ocean. Then Te Fiti, an island goddess, emerged. Te Fiti’s heart, a small pounamu stone, possessed the power to create life. It was stolen by the demigod Maui, who was planning to give it to humanity as a gift. But the lava demon Te K? confronted him, causing the heart to become lost in the ocean along with Maui’s magical fishhook. Moana’s destiny is to retrieve the heart, find Maui and confront Te Ka, bringing the heart back to Te Fiti. Her overprotective father, chief on the small Polynesian island of Motunui, forbids her and his people from venturing out beyond the reef. Chief Tui, insists the island provides everything the villagers might need, but when fish become scarce, coconuts begin to spoil, and the island’s vegetation begins to die, Moana proposes going beyond the reef to find more fish. Tui angrily rejects her request, as sailing beyond the reef is forbidden. Moana’s mother Sina confesses Tui fears the ocean because he lost his best friend when he attempted to sail beyond the reef.

Tui’s mother, Tala, who encourages her granddaughter despite a failed attempt at sailing, takes her to a secret closed cave where Moana learns off the island’s ancestors who were seafaring voyagers. Tala gives Moana the heart of Te Fiti, and soon falls ill while Tui and Moana are having an argument. With her dying breath Tala tells Moana to go and so reluctantly the young teen takes one of the sailing canoes and sets off to find Maui, with her pet rooster Heihei, who has accidentally stowed away on the sailboat. Moana follows a constellation that looks like Maui’s fishhook, but a huge wave caused by a typhoon flips her sailboat and knocks her unconscious. She wakes up the next morning on a small island inhabited by Maui, who distracts Moana by boasting of his exploits, traps her in a cave and steals her sailboat. After escaping the cave, Moana tries to convince Maui to return the heart, but Maui refuses, fearing other dark creatures will be attracted to its power. They must soon fight of pygmy pirates Maui agrees to help bring the heart back to Te Fiti, but in order to do so, he needs his hook, which is hidden in the Realm of Monsters and held by a giant coconut crab named Tamatoa.

They trick the giant crab and retrieve the hook Maui teaches Moana how to sail and to navigate by the stars and, with Moana’s encouragement, reacquaints himself with the transformational powers of his magical hook. Moana learns that Maui was a human raised by gods after being abandoned by his parents. at Te Fiti, where Te K? appears and tries to destroy them. Maui tries to fight back, but Te K? is too strong and he tells Moana to turn back. She ignores him, believing that they can use Te K?’s aversion to water to their advantage, and Te K? severely damages Maui’s hook and repels their boat out to sea. Maui leaves Moana stranded, fearing that going back to fight Te K? will permanently destroy his hook. He tells her that the ocean chose the wrong person to save her people. Moana is distraught and she begs the ocean to take the heart and find another person. Tala’s spirit appears to her and encourages Moana to find her true self.

Moana gets the heart back and returns to Te Fiti, and gets past Te K? to return the heart. Maui, having had a change of heart, returns to distract Te K?, though his hook is destroyed in the battle. Moana, reaching the top of the mountain, realizes that the island is gone and that Te K? is actually Te Fiti without her heart. Moana asks the ocean to clear a path so Te K? can approach her. Moana restores her heart, and Te Fiti returns. In gratitude, Te Fiti gifts Moana a new canoe and Maui a new hook before slumbering at peace. Maui and Moana bid each other a fond farewell. Moana returns to her island and later sets sail with the rest of the villagers in search of new islands as Maui accompanies them in his hawk form.

Fun to watch and throughly enjoyable. I have never been to an animation movie in a theatre before and certainly did not like the 3D but it was a good film to watch and the songs were fun. 8 outta 10!

Star Trek Movie Watching

I have 4 days off from work this week – took two days leave and two days is my weekend – so it’s as good as a time as any to start my Star Trek movie watching. I do this every two years, watch all the movies in order. This year because of Star Trek Beyond getting released, I started off with the reboot films and have seen Beyond 2 times already.

This afternoon I watched Star Trek The Motion Picture and it blew me away with the vision and grandeur of production for that time which was truly amazing. And I have seen this film 3 times before! By the end of the year I will have finished all remaining 9 films. I hope to do this every 2 years for as long as I live. Star Trek is a passion and a longing for me and it’s always a pleasure to watch, read or discuss about it.

As 2016 comes to a close I will be watching Star Trek till the end cause I am also re-watching Star Trek Enterprise and Star Trek Deep Space Nine.

The Fun Platform

If you were the new leader of your country and had the chance to transform something that’s currently an annoyance (or worse) into a very fun activity, what would it be? How would you go about the change, and why would you choose that particular thing?

So I get elected as the new PM, first thing I would do is make it mandatory for 3 day weekends. Everyone needs some extra time off. Maybe increase the working hours per week if needed but three days off for everyone. Making Friday part of the weekend is excellent.

Now what current annoyance can I make into a fun activity? Public transport. Indian buses, trains and metros are boring and dull. It’s crowded and smelly and mostly everyone not in first class seats in a train can’t wait to get off. SO we’ll make things entertaining and get musicians and entertainers like jugglers, mimes and others to keep things fun. No more boring journeys to work or back again.

I dunno what else. How about court cases that are in the form of musicals? Oh boy, I’d go to court to see those.

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FC Basel 1 Arsenal 4

Arsenal finished top of Champions League Group A thanks to a Lucas Perez hat-trick in Basel and Paris St-Germain’s draw with Ludogorets Razgrad. PSG would have sealed top spot with victory, with anything less allowing in the Gunners, who took control through two Perez tap-ins. Perez drove in his third from the edge of the box and Alex Iwobi rolled in a fourth before Seydou Doumbia cut through for a Basel consolation. A 2-2 draw in Paris left Arsenal top of a group for the first time since 2011-12. Arsene Wenger’s side failed to make it past the last 16 that year, and have fallen at the first knockout stage in each of the past six seasons. Aside from breaking their run of second-placed group finishes, the Gunners have also gone through a group stage unbeaten for the first time since they reached the final in 2005-06.

A 2-2 draw at home against PSG in November looked to have consigned Arsenal to second place and, in theory, a harder assignment in the last 16. Their only hope of topping the group was help from Bulgarians Ludogorets, who twice led in Paris and, despite Angel di Maria’s late equaliser, held on to seal a place in the Europa League. As a result, Arsenal know they will avoid Barcelona and Monaco, who have knocked them out in the past two seasons respectively, as well as Atletico Madrid and Napoli in Monday’s draw. However, they will face one of:

  • Bayern Munich, their conquerors in 2013 and 2014
  • One of Borussia Dortmund or Real Madrid
  • Benfica
  • Bayer Leverkusen
  • One of Porto or FC Copenhagen
  • One of Juventus, Seville or Lyon

Spaniard Perez has struggled to make an impression since a £17m move from Deportivo La Coruna in August, making just one Premier League start and only finding the net with a double against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup. Here he was twice in the right place at the right time, an empty net at his mercy first after Kieran Gibbs rolled the ball across goal, then when a Gibbs shot was parried, both strikes coming at the end of flowing passing moves. Perez completed his hat-trick soon after half-time, surging towards the Basel goal and angling a finish past a weak attempt at a save from home goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik. Arsenal were incisive and consistently dangerous on a freezing and misty night in Switzerland, with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil constantly linking – Sanchez’s delightful pass finding Ozil, who fed Iwobi from the left for the fourth.

Fell Sick….Again

Although not as bad as in October (exactly 2 months ago to the day) I fell ill on Sunday evening. I was in Big Bazaar on Sunday afternoon shopping for groceries and stuff and getting maida, atta and other stuff in the powder and spices racks always makes me start to sneeze. There must have been a torn packet or two in the aisles and I was getting dust particles from everywhere. Now, being asthmatic and allergic, I catch on to those quickly.

After I paid for all my stuff then I went to get a quick lunch at Subway and in hind sight maybe I should not have gotten that cold Pepsi. Anyways I came back home and watched some tv shows and in the evening I started sneezing so badly. I drank two cups of strong, black coffee and ate a little snack and then that was it for me. I was conked out, tired and needed to rest. I watched a movie – Don’t Breathe – and slept off.

The next morning I woke up with a slight fever and cold and cough so I rested as much as I could. Did some inhalation and took medicine. I went to work by 6pm, reached there by 7pm and managed to do a 5 hour work stint with a 30 minute break for dinner. I went upstairs, took my bag went to the locker where I keep my phone and checked to see if a colleague, one of my trainees, who was also feeling ill wanted to leave early and wanted a ride home in my Uber. She had already left at 9:30 pm and had sent me texts letting me know that she was at home now and about to sleep. So I wished her a speedy recovery, booked my Uber and came back home. I watch a TBBT and then slept for 7 hours and feel better today.

RIP Jayalalithaa

Jayalalithaa Jayaraman (24 February 1948 – 5 December 2016) was an Indian politician who served five terms as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, from 1991 to 1996, in 2001, from 2002 to 2006, from 2011 to 2014, and finally from 2015 to 2016. She was a leading actress before her entry into politics and appeared in 140 films from 1961 to 1980 in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi industries. She was re-elected as Chief Minister on 19 May 2016 and took the oath as Chief Minister for the sixth time on 23 May 2016. She died on 5 December 2016 after 75 days of illness and subsequent hospitalisation, where multiple attempts to resuscitate her after she suffered a cardiac arrest failed.

On 22 September 2016, Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospitals, Greame’s Road, Chennai, for infection and acute dehydration. Over the next 74 days, she was treated by a team of specialist doctors from Apollo, AIIMS and from the UK. Her condition slowly improved. Her official duties were handed over to her aide O. Panneerselvam on October 12. She was also said to be suffering from severe pulmonary infection and septicaemia, which were cured. During the course of treatment, her right arm was said to be swollen, as indicated by her inability to affix her signature on the November bye-election nomination papers for three of her party members who were standing for the elections. On 4 December, specialist doctors at AIIMS declared her “fit” and ready to be shifted to her house in Poes Garden whenever ready, indicating that she was well, conscious and aware of events around her since her first signs of major improvement in November. The next day, however, she was re-admitted to the CCU after she suffered a cardiac arrest around 16:45.

The hospital’s Executive Director Sangita Reddy said that she was in a critical state. The hospital also released a press statement saying that the chief minister’s condition was “very critical” and that she was on life support. According to India Today, AIADMK MLAs were summoned to the hospital to sign a declaration naming Panneerselvam as her successor. In the afternoon of 5 December, Tamil channels issued premature reports of Jayalalithaa’s death, which were swiftly rejected by the hospital. The hospital officially announced the death of the chief minister on 5 December 2016 at 11:30 PM.

Don’t Breathe

Don’t Breathe is a 2016 American horror film directed by Fede Alvarez and written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues. The film stars Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang, and focuses on three friends who get trapped inside a blind man’s house while breaking into it. It received critically positive reviews and grossed over $152 million, which is fantastic for a lower budget film made on $9.9 million.

Rocky, Alex, and Money are three Detroit delinquents who make a living by breaking into homes secured by Alex’s father’s security company and selling the items they take. However the man who Money, their sort of leader and overall douchebag, sells the stuff too isn’t very much and not nearly enough to fund Rocky’s dream of moving to California with her little sister Diddy to escape their neglectful mother and her alcoholic boyfriend. The man tells Money about a Gulf war veteran living in an abandoned Detroit neighborhood has $300,000 in cash in his house, given as a settlement after a wealthy young woman, Cindy Roberts, killed his daughter in a car accident. The three stake out the blind man’s house and find out that he is blind and lives alone with just a ferocious Rottweiler for company. As the blind man hasn’t left his house for several days, they decide to break into his house at night, whereas they usually break in during the day time.

At night they drug the dog by using some meat and sneak in through a small window and search the house in vain. Find a locked door, Money shoots the lock open waking up the blind man. Money holds the gun towards him and threatens him but he is subdued by the veteran and murdered by his own gun. Rocky hides in a closet, where she witnesses the Blind Man open a safe to check on his money. After he leaves, Alex finds Rocky in the closet, and the two open the safe and take the money. Meanwhile, the Blind Man finds Money’s and Rocky’s shoes downstairs, and realizes that Money was not the only intruder. Rocky and Alex evade the blind man and go downstairs to the basement where they find a restrained, gagged woman in a homemade padded cell. She holds a piece of a newspaper towards them that lets them know that she is infact Cindy Roberts, who went missing after the settlement. The two let her free and about to go out through the storm cellar door when the blind man comes in with the gun and shoots at them. Cindy is killed and Rocky and Alex flee into the cellar while the Blind Man, enraged at Cindy’s death, shuts off the lights. After a struggle, Alex subdues the Blind Man, and Rocky follows him back upstairs. The blind man dumps Cindy’s body in the septic tank.

They come out of the basement and run into the dog, who is now recovered. Alex and Rocky are unable to unlock the front door in time before the dog attacks them, and so they flee into the upstairs bedroom, where they find themselves trapped by the barred windows. Rocky escapes the room through a ventilation duct, while the dog breaks into the bedroom and attacks Alex, who falls out of a window onto a skylight and briefly falls unconscious. Alex awakens, falls through the glass after the blind man shoots at the skylight and is subdued, seemingly dead after the blind man attacks him with a tool. Rocky escapes from the dog and falls to the basement cellar where she is captured by the blind man wakes up restrained in the basement, where the Blind Man reveals that Cindy was carrying his child in order to replace the one she killed. He prepares to impregnate Rocky with a turkey baster, using his frozen sperm, but Alex, still alive, intervenes and handcuffs him. Rocky gags him with the baster at the two friends plan to leave. They attempt to leave through the front door, but the Blind Man breaks free and shoots Alex dead. Rocky flees, but the dog pursues her.

She manages to trap the dog in her car trunk, but is recaptured by the Blind Man and dragged back to his house. Inside, Rocky disorients the Blind Man by setting off his house’s loud alarm system, then beats him with a crowbar and knocks him into the basement; the gun goes off and shoots him as he falls. Rocky leaves him to die and escapes before the police arrive. With the money Rocky buys tickets to go to California with her kid sister and sees a news report stating that the Blind Man killed two intruders (Alex and Money) in his house and survived his injuries, but, for some reason, did not report Rocky or the stolen money. Rocky then starts leaving the train station, heading out of Detroit.

Terrific, tension filled film that leaves you gripping the arms of your seat throughout the film from the time the three break into the house. Shock, gasp and gag. It’s an 8 outta 10!

Man Outta Time

Anachronism (noun): an error in chronology; a person or thing that’s chronologically out of place. Write a story in which a person or thing is out of place, or recount a time when you felt out of place.

I know I am not meant for this time. I am a person out of time. I wish I could live way way way into the future in a life which is much better than what we have now. I want to live in a time, say a few hundred or thousands of years in the future where religions do not exist and race, borders and other issues do not separate humans at all. Everyone lives in a society or societies – as we would have expanded out into space and colonized a few planets and moons in the galaxy.

We have no hunger, thirst, physical pain, illness or homelessness. Everyone lives comfortable lives and never lack for anything as we have devised ways to get all materials needed for a luxury life and not to mention food, drink and medicine. We all also have no need for making money and no one has to work to gain money and get these things. Which means no poor or destitute people. No animals who are in pain or hungry as they are all taken care off. Plenty of cats, dogs and other pets have loving homes and humans to take care of them. Traveling is easy as pie and traveling between planets in space is very easy, just like driving from one town to the other.

I want to live in that era. Visiting exotic new planets and meeting alien lifeforms. Getting to befriend many and have fun and avoid the bad ones. Exploring space would be what I want to do.

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West Ham United 1 Arsenal 5

Alexis Sanchez’s fine hat-trick secured an emphatic victory over West Ham at London Stadium as Arsenal moved up to second in the Premier League table. Mesut Ozil opened the scoring with Arsenal’s first shot on target after Angelo Ogbonna’s mistake and Sanchez’s cut-back set up a simple finish. The Hammers threatened to equalise after the break before Sanchez turned, drove into the box and finished brilliantly past Darren Randolph. The Chilean added a second eight minutes later with a low strike into the corner, before Andy Carroll came on for a first appearance since 18 August and stooped to nod in the rebound from a Dimitri Payet free-kick that hit the bar. However, any faint hopes of a comeback were extinguished by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s excellent finish from range and Sanchez’s masterful dinked chip over the keeper.

The heavy defeat leaves Slaven Bilic’s side one point above the relegation zone after Sunderland beat Leicester 2-1 earlier on Saturday. Arsenal trail leaders Chelsea by three points but will slip to third if Liverpool win at Bournemouth on Sunday. Arsene Wenger’s side are now unbeaten in 13 league games, and their last away defeat was in February. There was a 10-minute second-half spell during which many Arsenal fans might have recognised the familiar beginnings of a slump to draw or defeat despite having dominated for much of the game. But Sanchez provided the match’s key moment when he killed Shkodran Mustafi’s booming pass from deep, turned past Anthony Makuanu and found the far angle of the net with brilliant ease with just under 20 minutes to play. Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny had been forced to clear a Manuel Lanzini cross bound for Ashley Fletcher from right underneath his own crossbar, West Ham’s record signing Andre Ayew had just come on, and Carroll – who scored a hat-trick against Arsenal in a 3-3 draw in April – was being readied for action. However, it was Sanchez’s force that proved the most compelling. Each of his three goals were superbly taken but it was the final, hat-trick goal that will live longest in the memory.

Played through by Oxlade-Chamberlain, he feigned a dummy shot to fool already defeated Hammers keeper Randolph before delicately lifting the ball into the net for what must be one of the goals of the season so far. There were 14 minutes and 29 seconds between the first and third goals of Alexis Sanchez’s hat-trick. Sanchez has been directly involved in six of Arsenal’s past eight Premier League goals (five goals, one assist). His tally for the season is 13 goals and nine assists from 19 matches in all competitions. No player has received more yellow cards this Premier League season than Winston Reid, with six. Ozil has equalled his Premier League goal tally of last season with eight goals.

Food Review #131

Club Burger & Cold Coffee Shake at Carrots Confectionery & Cakes – burger patty was a pre-cooked variation kinda disappointing, with eggs and veggies. French Fries were bland. The Cold Coffee shake was awesome and perfect for the blazing hot & humid day I went there.

Strike a Chord

Do you play an instrument? Is there a musical instrument whose sound you find particularly pleasing? Tell us a story about your experience or relationship with an instrument of your choice.

I took lessons for the guitar back in 1988 when I was about 12 years old. For almost 9 months and I hated the experience because we had a rude teacher. He was loud, obnoxious and was just about the worst guy you could ever ask for in terms of who to teach you to learn something you are passionate about. He was in his mid-50s and barked more than spoke.

I ended up regretting having joined but stuck for a while before calling it quits and now have no clue how to play a single chord. He made it more like a class in school and I hated every minute of it. But I regret never having continued lessons. I should have just found another place to get lessons from. Learning my favourite instrument would have been fun. I could really have the music to accompany my awesome singing voice (ahem, ahem)!

Anyways I excel at air guitar. Just wish it was the real thing.

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ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Star Trek Movies Ranked

Well it’s time to rank all 13 Star Trek Movies. Yes I know I call it Roshan’s Eleven but since there are 13 films in total, I will be ranking them all. This list does change from time to time and I go back and forth. I will be watching all the films before the end of the year so it will be interesting to see if my list does have changes in positions.

Without further ado, here is my ranking:

  1. Star Trek  : The Wrath Of Khan
  2. Star Trek : First Contact
  3. Star Trek : The Undiscovered Country
  4. Star Trek : The Voyage Home
  5. Star Trek : Generations
  6. Star Trek : Beyond
  7. Star Trek : The Motion Picture
  8. Star Trek : Nemesis
  9. Star Trek : The Final Frontier
  10. Star Trek : The Search For Spock
  11. Star Trek : Insurrection
  12. Star Trek (2009)
  13. Star Trek : Into Darkness

Future Perfect

What is the best dream you’ve ever had? Recount it for us in all its ethereal glory. If no dream stands out in your memory, recount your worst nightmare. Leave no frightening detail out.

The best dream or dreams I have ever had are simple ones and I have mentioned them before. The best ones are of me, my wife (the woman changes from time to time), two dogs – one of which is a still alive Shawny and another Golden – 2 cats and a few robots. They comprise my crew.

Yes, I and they go around the galaxy in a small spaceship, a 4 level ship with enough space for the dogs and cats to roam around but in the long run, more like a large mansion that can fly in space. Atleast on the inside. And we go to various planets and moons and spend our time completing our missions. It’s all exciting and yet we are always safe inside our impenetrable force fields.

That’s my idea of a utopian existence. I am as always inspired by Star Trek and other scifi shows and movies and this is the kind of life I would want to live in. Futuristic and totally a dream world.

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