Martinez Joins Aston Villa

Emiliano Martinez became Aston Villa’s third signing of the summer transfer window on Wednesday. And the goalkeeper was quick to get to know his new surroundings at Bodymoor Heath as he posed for photos around the training ground.

The goalkeeper arrives at Villa Park on a four-year deal with a stellar reputation following an outstanding end to the 2019/20 campaign with the Gunners. With trophies in the cabinet, Martinez felt like it was the right time to start a new journey.

“When I won the FA Cup and the Community Shield, I told my family that it’s time to have a new challenge,” he told VillaTV. “He [Dean Smith] explained why he wants me here, the process that he wants from the club and also the playing style, and that’s why I decided to come here. “Aston Villa gave the opportunity, I trust the process, the playing style and I truly believe that we can have a good season. “I always decide with my family, I ask for opinions and they all said good things about Villa. “I always follow my instincts, and I had no doubts about coming here.” Martinez, who had two years remaining on his Arsenal contract, impressed when he stepped in for Bernd Leno when the German was injured following June’s Premier League restart, but was absent from the matchday squad for the opening weekend win at Fulham.

The Argentine kept nine clean sheets in 23 games last season and helped Arsenal win the FA Cup, and also started in their Community Shield triumph over Liverpool at the start of 2020/21. The 28-year-old posted an emotional farewell message to Arsenal supporters on Tuesday, in which he outlined his frustration at a lack of playing time during the majority of his time at the club. In a post on Instagram, Martinez, who joined Arsenal from Independiente in 2010, said: “I could not be happier to leave through the front door, with the Arsenal fanbase supporting me.

“I’m very grateful for the 11 years at Arsenal, even if it was hard for me and I suffered through my time. “Season after season I was trying come back to the club I love to try and have my chance. “I’m proud to have overcome my frustration and show the Arsenal fanbase what it missed ten years ago. I knew I could do the same thing years before. “It was hard, but I knew there was light at the end of the tunnel.”

Aubameyang Signs New 3 Year Arsenal Deal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new three-year contract with Arsenal. Having put pen to paper on his new deal, our 31-year-old captain wanted to break the news on Arsenal.com and on social media by telling fans LIVE that he was staying, with the ambition to lift more trophies and leave a long-term legacy. The Gabon international signed from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 and has since made 111 appearances and scored 72 goals. In his first full season with us, Auba jointly won the Premier League Golden Boot with 22 goals.

Last season he netted 29 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice in the Heads Up FA Cup final victory against Chelsea. He kicked off this season in similar fashion, scoring against Liverpool in the Community Shield as we lifted the trophy on penalties.

“Signing for this special club was never in doubt,” Auba said. “It’s thanks to our fans, my team-mates, my family and everybody at this club that I feel like I belong here. I believe in Arsenal. We can achieve big things together. We have something exciting here and I believe the best is to come for Arsenal.”

Mikel Arteta added: “It was important for Pierre-Emerick to stay with us.  He’s a superb player with an incredible mentality. Being the player to have taken the least amount of time to reach 50 goals with this club tells you everything you need to know about him and his way of working. He’s an important leader for the team and a big part of what we’re building.  He wants to be up there with the best players in the world and leave his mark. He can achieve that here.”

Technical director Edu said: “It’s clear Auba loves the club and everything we stand for on and off the pitch. He’s obviously a very important part of the team so we’re all delighted he has committed his future to us. It’s a big boost for everyone – fans, team-mates and staff.”

2 Muslim Jokes

A guy walks into a Muslim bookstore wearing a Make America Great Again hat…
As he was wandering around taking a look, the clerk asked if he could help the man find anything.

“Do you have a copy of Donald Trump’s book on his U.S. immigration policy regarding Muslims and illegal aliens?”

The clerk said, “Kiss my ass… get out… and stay out!”

The man said, “Yes, that’s the one. Do you have it in paperback?”


A muslim woman is getting arrested
The police officer handcuffs her

“You have the right to remain silent” he says.

She suddenly starts laughing. The police officer notices, and questions her behavior.

“Why, you see, I’m just happy to finally have a right!”

Night Shift Instead

Ah, I was wrong about my shift for this week and probably for the next couple of weeks as well. The latest batch joined the office on Monday and instead of the 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm shift, it is now instead a 9:30 pm to 6:30 am shift. I guess the one hour difference does make some difference. This is ofcourse not that great for my health but it can’t be helped. I need to make sure that I get enough sleep, probably more hours that usual and get lots of rest in between.

But in reality I was working from around 5:30 pm or 6pm yesterday. That’s the worst part as we have a lot of other work that is done in tandem with a large set of new people joining the organization. I worked for 3.5 hours on Sunday to get a bunch of this stuff done and coached a colleague on how he can do the same for another set as well. This looks like we will have to do this again for this weekend as well.

At 3:45 am I stopped to go get some coffee and a small snack (biscuits) and then at 6 I toasted bread for 2 peanut butter sandwiches which was my breakfast. At 6:30 am I quit everything and got into bed so I can watch some Corner Gas and then went to sleep.

Fan Of These Bands

Back in 2007 I had written a post about the number of years that I had been a fan of my favourite bands. 2007 is such a long time ago now and it’s time to see how may years have I been a fan of the artists that I enjoy listening to so much. My list of songs & albums and decided that it deserved a post. So here it is, in descending order, the bands that I have been a fan of (I’m not including bands that have disbanded but artists who have died are included, provided that they have a considerable amount of recorded material) :

Band / Artist No. of Years Year which I first heard them

  1. Bon Jovi – 34 – 1986
  2. Europe – 34 – 1986
  3. Scorpions – 33 – 1987
  4. Van Halen – 33 – 1987
  5. Deep Purple – 33 -1987
  6. Bryan Adams – 32 – 1988
  7. Def Leppard – 32 – 1988
  8. Neil Young – 32 – 1988
  9. Eric Clapton – 32 – 1988
  10. Deep Purple – 32 – 1988
  11. AC / DC – 32 – 1988
  12. Aerosmith – 32 – 1988
  13. Guns n’Roses – 31 – 1989
  14. Metallica – 31 – 1989
  15. Alice Cooper 31 – 1989
  16. Warrant – 31 – 1989
  17. Poison – 30 – 1990
  18. Iron Maiden – 30 – 1990
  19. Jeff Healey – 30 – 1990
  20. Queensryche – 29 – 1991
  21. Megadeth – 29 – 1991
  22. Rush – 28 – 1992
  23. Pearl Jam – 28 – 1992
  24. Joe Satriani – 28 -1992
  25. Yngwie Malmsteen – 28 – 1992
  26. Steve Vai – 27 – 1993
  27. Alice In Chains – 27 – 1993
  28. Crash Test Dummies – 27 – 1993
  29. Ugly Kid Joe – 27 – 1993
  30. Barenaked Ladies – 22

These are the longest that I can think of. There are other bands that I like, but I either own just a few songs (like Ozzy, Judas Priest) and or never bought any of their albums (Led Zepplin).

Blocked By A Racist

Someone I know only online just asked me if he would be thought of as a racist if he thought some Africans / people of Africa heritage were ok but that some of them are still more monkey than the rest of us!!!! This guy actually said that.

I was like “Excuse me!! That is not something you say” but he then proceeded to send a pic of a football player and typed “Look at this guy! Look at his head especially his face and his mannerism. Don’t tell me this guy isn’t part gorilla or some other species!”

I was blown away but then all I could say was that humans are basically less hairy apes. We chimps and other monkeys all had evolved from a common ancestor.

To that he started abusing me. I checked his Twitter profile page – AH! Creationist. I had hit a nerve. I abused him back and told him to shove his opinions up his arsehole! I am now blocked by him and feeling rather proud of myself!

What Is On Your Music Playlist Right Now?

Mostly the same bands and artists that I usually listen to. The classics are always great. Most bands that I currently listen to I have been listening to for a long, long time. Bands from the 70s, 80s & 90s and a few from the 2000s. There are a few artists that I listen to a bit more now than previously. Like Slayer – I barely listened to them for so long but recently, since the past 2 years, I have been playing them on Youtube a lot more.

One band that I have started listening to are Greek Black Metal band formed in 1987 and their first album came out in 1991 but I only started listening to them last year and they blow me away. I have also been watching/listening to some cover bands, The Classic Rock Show and the Lexington Lab Band, that are a class above (meaning about as good as top class rock bands but these guys only play covers) a lot on Youtube since they do really fine, almost updated, covers of some of my bands songs and bands.

Other than that ofcourse I listen to my fav bands – Rush, Barenaked Ladies, Pearl Jam, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Alice In Chains, Queensryche, Def Leppard, Deep Purple, Dream Theatre, Bryan Adams, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, etc etc a lot.

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Fulham 0 Arsenal 3

Debutants Gabriel and Willian impressed as Arsenal blew away promoted Fulham in the opening game of the Premier League season. Former Chelsea winger Willian had a hand in all three goals and Gabriel – a £23m signing from Lille – scored in his first game in English football. Arsenal were highly impressive, while Fulham caused themselves too many problems at the back. Both sides have played and won at Wembley – twice for the Gunners – in the 48 days since the last Premier League season finished. Alexandre Lacazette scored the opener from close range after Willian’s effort was saved. Centre-back Gabriel then scored from Willian’s corner with his shoulder. Willian, who also hit a post from a free-kick, picked out Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng with a perfect cross-field ball and the captain curled home Arsenal’s third.

Arteta admitted he was surprised at how well Gabriel played on his first game since March when Ligue 1 was curtailed. “He hadn’t played any football for six months so to come and play a game in the Premier League after training with the team for three or four days is a big task,” he told BBC Sport. “The boy showed a lot of character and what he can do. He can still improve a lot but he had a really good game. “Willian knows the league, the country and is very settled here so I knew his performance would settle straight away.” Fulham created few chances, with last season’s top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic coming on with only 27 minutes to go and forcing Bernd Leno into a save.

There were signs of improvement under boss Mikel Arteta last season, with Arsenal showing a new defensive solidity and looking confident going forward. They won the FA Cup final and Community Shield – against Chelsea and Liverpool respectively – at either end of August. Despite a pre-season break of less than a month, they are in good shape if this performance is anything to go back. Fulham had little answer to Arteta’s tactics. Ainsley Maitland-Niles was nominally a left wing-back but spent a lot of his game in midfield, with central defender Kieran Tierney playing almost as a left-back. Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka, whose Arsenal careers looked over last season, had solid performances in midfield. Leno started in goal, with Emiliano Martinez, who ended last season as number one with Leno injured, set to join Aston Villa for £20m.

For the fourth season in a row it took less than 10 minutes for the opening goal of a Premier League season, with Lacazette becoming the first player to score the first goal in two different seasons. He made no mistake from close range after Marek Rodak parried Willian’s shot. The dominant Gunners should have been further clear at half-time, with Willian striking the base of a post with a fine free-kick. The second half followed the same pattern and Arsenal made the game safe. Gabriel became the third Arsenal defender to score on his Premier League debut as he turned home Willian’s corner. He tried to head the ball but it went in via his shoulder. The new laws this season say if the ball hits the area where a T-shirt sleeve would be, that it is not handball. Aubameyang scored the pick of the goals with a trademark curling effort from another Willian pass. Willian is the first player to assist two goals on his Premier League debut for Arsenal since Ray Parlour in August 1992 against Liverpool.

Another Week Passes, More Of The Same

And ofcourse the grind continues. I will be handling my 4th batch of new joinees since July. The latest batch will be joining the office on Monday and I will be training them remotely from home. This almost means another shift change back to 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm from a 10:30 pm to 7:30 am. I have to tell you that I am really happy to move outta that graveyard shift. Man that is bad for my health. I am always tired and always have a dry throat it seems during the graveyard shift.

Unfortunately this sudden new change in the schedule also means that I have to work a bit during the weekend. There are client tool ids that need to be created and it is a 4 step process that takes a long time to get done. I cannot believe that this huge company cannot find an easier and simpler method to create ids for their software. It is ridiculous how much time one has to waste in getting them created and setup for a new set of folks. I guess that’s why they outsource this stuff.

Anyways, I have just received the list of new folks who are joining the company on Monday. I have to work for a couple of hours tomorrow to create their ids and I will be showing a colleague as to how to do the same so we can share the work. Tonight it’s KFC and maybe a beer.

5 Arts That Were Never Finished

Every piece of art is a labor of love. It takes immense effort and a considerable period of time to put together an artwork that strikes the chord with the masses, and stays amongst them for generation altogether.  

However, do you know that there have been some artworks in the history of art that never happened to get completed, but still turned out to be enormously beautiful and popular paintings? Yes! These paintings are unfinished, and that is their biggest attraction. For, each of them tells a story and an incident in the past, that no pitch-perfect and complete painting clouds ever do!  

In this article, we introduce you to 5 such striking pieces of art that were never finished. These include portraits, beautiful landscapes, miniatures, and more. Let’s have a look at them one by one.  

1. President Franklin Delano

Elizabeth Shoumatoff was a famous Russian-American artist known for having painted the portraits of many famous individuals. However, what turned out to be her most famous painting is an unfinished portrait painting of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  

President Roosevelt was in awe of Elizabeth’s painting skills in their first meeting itself. Inspired by her past works, the President hired her to paint his own portrait for the White House. By their second meeting, the President’s health was deteriorating. Still, he agreed to pose for the painting. Though the President was in good spirits that day, he fell off his chair in an unconscious state, just as the painting was about to be completed. Roosevelt died a few hours later. 

Interestingly, Elizabeth Shoumatoff decided not to finish the painting and keep it as an authentic representation of the President’s final moments. Even today, the original painting is famously displayed that the place where Roosevelt died and its recreations are popular amongst the masses all over, for its uniqueness.

2. The Entombment


https://www.1st-art-gallery.com/Caravaggio/The-Entombment-1602-03.html 

The Entombment, an unfinished artistic depiction of the proceedings of Jesus’ burial, is arguably one of the most controversial unfinished paintings of all time. It’s a historical painting dating back to the 1500s. Some experts believe that painting was commissioned to the famous painter Michelangelo.  

However, there is no evidence that works actually began. The painting’s rawness and lack of depth support the argument that it was not painted by Michelangelo but rather by a lesser-known and naive artist.  

No matter what the origins of The Entombment have been and who its creator was, the painting is certainly an interesting one amongst the vast collection of Renaissance-era paintings.

3. The Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci 

https://www.1st-art-gallery.com/Leonardo-Da-Vinci/Adoration-Of-The-Magi.html 

Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most famous painters of all time, has some unfinished paintings too to his credit.  Vinci was known for his lack of patience and short attention spans. Therefore, he left in the midway, the painting which did not interest him anymore. One famous example of this is “The Adoration of the Magi”. 

The painting, though unfinished, has all the elements of all famous Leonardo da Vinci masterpieces. Here, he has deviated from the traditional interpretations of the Magi and has created something truly original and new. Apart from virgin Mary, Jesus, and Magi, Leonardo has included whirling horses and some scary frightening human figures in the painting.  

Though other artists attempted to finish the painting after Leonardo abandoned it, Leonardo’s unfinished painting turned out to be more popular than only of those. And why not, though unfinished, the painting has ample of the master artist’s mastery.  

4. The Death of Marat by Jacques Louis David 

https://www.1st-art-gallery.com/Jacques-Louis-David/The-Death-Of-Marat-1793.html 

The Death of Marat is similar to Shoumatoff’s “Unfinished Portrait”, in the way that the painting’s claim to fame is due to the historical events that it became a part of, rather than the artist’s own popularity. The painting depicts the famous political hero Jean-Paul Marat and was painted in the same year that he was killed. The background of the painting was left unfinished.  

It is believed that this was a deliberate move by the painter Jacques Louis David.  Nevertheless, the artwork is famous for its glorified depiction of the political hero, and for the sheer fact that it was one of the last paintings of him before he died. 

5. Portrait of Ria Munk III by Gustav Klimt 

https://www.1st-art-gallery.com/Gustav-Klimt/Portrait-Of-Ria-Munk-Iii.html 

This artwork, again, goes for an interesting piece of the story. Munk family had commissioned a series of three portrait paintings to capture the memory of their daughter Ria, who had committed suicide. Ria’s mother had appointed Gustav Klimt to recreate a deathbed of her daughter through the painting. Surprisingly, the first two portraits created by Klimt were rejected by the family, and the third one ended up being unfinished.  

However, the very fact that it was unfinished, led to the painting being seen as a living testimony of the artist’s painting methods, style, and approach.  The painting indicated how much of a spontaneous painter Klimt was. Thanks to this interesting piece of information that the painting captured, it was sold for a whopping $27.8 million in 2010.  

Takeaway  

Unfinished paintings can be more interesting and exciting than you think. Having a recreation of such paintings in your collection, no doubt will make it truly worthy and unique. So, what are you waiting for? Order a recreation today, and get ready to flaunt these unfinished paintings!  

3 Things

Three things you want in a relationship.

  1. Companionship: I want to live with a woman who wants to live with me and spend her days and nights with me as much as I want to do with her.
  2. Sharing experiences and interests : I would love to listen to music with my woman. Watch movies and tv shows together. Go to different places and enjoy the food and drink and talk about these. I would want a woman who I can introduce my favourite things to and share them with her so we can enjoy them together. I hope she also loves dogs and cats because I would like to raise a dog or two with her and a couple of cats.
  3. Love : Emotional and physical. I want to be one with her. And that’s emotional as well as sex. To be comfortable and sleep together knowing that the love we have is wonderful and great.

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Have You Ever Had Jury Duty?

So in India we do not have a jury system. But I think that’s a good thing. I don’t think we would do well with the jury system. I mean we can easily find people – second largest population in the world. How hard do you think it would be to get 12 people to sit in a jury? But it’s the next part that scares me.

The jury must decide upon facts to determine someone’s guilt or non guilt. Listen to disputes and take notes on evidence and facts presented to assist in making a decision. Jurors add certainty to the law, that is the jury merely states that the accused is guilty or not guilty and does not give a reason. That is what scares me because I am not sure about local people being able to do that without some bias or the other.

Therefore I have never had to do jury duty and never will while I live here in India. But it would be fun. Or maybe I have read too many John Grisham novels or watched too many movies that have jury trials.

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Mid-Week 30 Things – Part 2

16. What’s a saying that you say a lot? “God Less”

17. Who told you they loved you last? My baby cousin on a Facebook post

18. Last furry thing you touched? ahem!!

19. How many hours a week do you work? 48-50

20. How many pics do you have on your mobile phone? 561

21. Favorite age you have been so far? 29

22. Your worst enemy? myself

23. What is your current desk wallpaper? The USS Interceptor, a Star Trek online starship

24. What was the last thing you said to someone? “I’m off to bed”

25. What was the last thing you received as a gift? A skull designed mug from colleagues

26. Where did you go for your last vacation? Hahaha – to a hotel in the city

27. What was the last alcoholic drink you had? Amstel lager on Saturday

28. If you could eat only one thing for breakfast for the rest of your life what would it be? Omelettes

29. What is your favourite holiday? New Year’s Day

30. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to go back in time and fix all your mistakes which would you choose? The Million … I could use it

Mid-Week 30 Things – Part 1

01. When you look at yourself in the mirror, what’s the first thing you look at? my glasses

02. How much cash do you have on you? Rs.3000 in my wallet and Rs.5000 which is my emergency stash

03. What’s a word that rhymes with “TEST”? breast

04. Favorite plant? Marijuana

05. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone? Airtel (from their automated marketing)

06. What is your main ring tone on your phone? ‘Wonder Woman Theme’

07. What shirt are you wearing? black with black n white diamond shaped designed

08. Do you “label” yourself? yes, rock n’roll GOD

09. Name brand of your shoes currently wearing? Gubatti (local Indian brand)

10. Bright or Dark Room? depends on my mood, as of right now…DARK

11. What do you think about the person who took this survey? Never meet him (PD) but he seems like an alright bloke

13. What were you doing at midnight last night? working

14. What did your last text message you received on your cell phone say? “Ok”

15. Do you ever click on “Pop Ups” or Banners? occasionally

Book Gifts

What bookish items do you love to give as gifts?

This would have been easier when I was younger. Atleast till my early 30s. I was the bookworm. I read a lot, mostly fiction with the off biography and I also read a lot about some history and things.

When I was younger, while my cousins and uncle watched cricket matches, I could be found lying in a corner or sitting in a sofa with a book in my hands. As a youngster I loved comics and could spends hours with a bunch of them. As I turned 14-15 I turned to novels and read a lot each months. I liked to read as much as I could. People found it easy to give me gifts; they just needed to get me some books.

If I would gift someone now, I’d try to find their interests and get books based on them. Biographies, autobiographies and memoirs. If they like a particular field of interest or sports then I would find books on that. Someone likes horror – Stephen King’s novels. Etc etc. Get a few books and have them gift wrapped and give them as a gift for a housewarming, anniversary, promotion or birthday. Even some coffee table books are good gifts.

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