Leicester City 1 Arsenal 3

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said his side are “taking a direction I like” after they followed up their Europa League win over Benfica with an impressive comeback victory at high-flying Leicester. Things started badly for a much-changed Gunners side, with poor defending allowing Youri Tielemens to run unchecked down the right before firing a low shot into the far corner with just six minutes played. Arsenal refused to be adversely affected, though, and took control of the game with impressive attacking intent and far greater fluency than Leicester. David Luiz headed them level from a free-kick before Alexandre Lacazette levelled from the penalty spot after the video assistant referee (VAR) judged that Wilfred Ndidi had blocked Nicolas Pepe’s shot in the box with an outstretched arm.

Pepe sealed the deserved win with a close-range finish to take the Gunners into the top half of the table. Leicester’s loss comes three days after their disappointing Europa League exit to Slavia Prague and is a big blow to their increasingly forlorn-looking pursuit of Premier League leaders Manchester City. On a miserable afternoon at the end of a dire week for the Foxes, they also had influential winger Harvey Barnes carried off on a stretcher with his leg in a brace to add to their already considerable injury problems. The Foxes’ sixth home loss of the campaign leaves them 10 points behind a Manchester City side who have won their past 20 games.

Arsenal move up to ninth, eight points off the top four but with a renewed interest in events above them in the table. Arteta actually chose to rest a number of key players on Sunday, including Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose late winner had won their Europa League tie against Benfica. In naming a stronger side on paper for Thursday’s game and resting key players at the King Power, Arteta appeared to be suggesting that success in Europe represented his side’s best route back into the Champions League. Granted, they got off to an appalling start, practically waving Tielemens in for his early opening goal. But they did not allow the incident to alter the gameplan – one designed to sensibly take the game to Rodgers’ side.

What To Do On A First Date?

So are you going on a first date and not sure of what to do or get for the young lady in question? With limited dating experience but a whole lot of research and ideas, I can offer just the few tips.

Show up on time : if you are like me and usually nervous on these first dates, that means you get confused as to the time and are either too early or too late. Calm down and be punctual. Leave early enough so you are not in a rush and arrive say 5-10 minutes before the agreed upon time.

Choose your outfit wisely : I would suggest that you wear something comfortable but not too casual unless that’s the kind of place that you are meeting her. A nice pair of jeans with a formal shirt isn’t a bad look. And it makes it easy for you relax in if it a comfortable fit and not too tight.

Shave, shower, shampoo : I shouldn’t even have to say this. But yeah, a fresh shaven look with the hair washed and shampooed. Also wear the right amount of deodorant and aftershave lotion.

Have a plan for the date : Meet up for coffee first, maybe a little light shopping in the mall while you stroll around and then going for lunch and or a movie at the end. That sounds like a really good plan to me.

Be a gentleman : Show her that you were raised with manners. Open doors for her, help her to her seat – simple things.

Gift : Give her something simple yet pretty as a gift. You don’t want to give her an expensive item on the first date but something simple is nice. Maybe even a small box of chocolates for her to take home and enjoy post the date so she can keep having the sweet taste and smile while reflecting on the day with you. That’s what I would do.

What I Can’t Do Without

What is one thing that you could never live without? Why?

I am gonna give the answer as music. I love many things – drinking, watching movies & tv shows, science fiction, football, Youtube. But music is what keeps me from going insane most of the time. I need some good ole hard rock, blues and heavy metal to get me through the day.

Even if I don’t listen to much music on a day or two I will make up for it the next few days. I need it otherwise I end up singing to myself and playing air guitar and people are going to wonder what is wrong with me. When I am happy I want to hear songs, when I am upset I want to hear songs. Also when I am angry, horny, emotional, nostalgic etc etc.

Youtube is a great source for live clips and rare songs. I play the songs a lot.

Prompt from FEBRUARY BLOG PROMPTS {12 MONTHS OF WRITING IDEAS} at Food Fun Family

Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

1 whole fryer chicken cut into 8 pieces
3 ¬Ĺ¬†tsp¬†seasoned salt¬†divided
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper divided
3 cups buttermilk divided
3 cups all purpose flour
¬Ĺ¬†cup¬†cornstarch
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
3 large eggs
1 tsp hot sauce
Oil for frying preferably peanut or vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Season chicken pieces on all sides with 1 tsp seasoned salt and ¬Ĺ tsp black pepper. Place into an oblong baking dish and cover with 2 ¬Ĺ cups buttermilk. Turn to coat. Chill overnight, turning once.
  • 30 minutes before frying: Remove chicken from buttermilk, discard marinade. On a plate sift together the flour, cornstarch, 2 tsp seasoned salt, 1 tsp black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika.
  • In a large shallow bowl whisk together the eggs, ¬Ĺ tsp salt, ¬Ĺ tsp black pepper, ¬Ĺ cup buttermilk and hot sauce.
  • Dredge chicken pieces in flour, into egg wash then into flour again. Arrange on a baking sheet. Let stand for 30 minutes to bring to room temperature and set breading.
  • To fry: Preheat the oven to 200¬įF. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with an oven safe baking rack. Set aside.
  • Fill a 12-inch cast iron skillet between ? full with oil. Heat to 350¬įF. Carefully lower chicken pieces in oil. Fry dark meat and white meat separately.
  • Maintain oil temperature around 350¬įF. Fry chicken in batches cooking dark meat pieces and white meat separately. Cook for 10-15 minutes per side or until juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 165¬įF. Turn carefully using tongs to avoid splatters.
  • Place fried pieces on rack and keep warm in oven between batches.
  • Rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Arsenal 3 Benfica 2

Perre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a dramatic late winner to help Arsenal edge past Benfica into the last 16 of the Europa League. In a ‘home’ leg played at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, Greece, because of Covid-19 restrictions, Aubameyang opened the scoring to give the Gunners a 2-1 aggregate lead. Diogo Goncalves levelled for Benfica just before the break with a superb free-kick after Dani Ceballos had needlessly fouled Julian Weigl. The Spanish midfielder compounded that error after the interval with a poor defensive header that saw Rafa Silva race clear to put the visitors in front.

With Arsenal needing two goals to advance because of the away goals rule, Kieran Tierney’s low drive set up a grandstand finish before Aubameyang rescued the tie. Having exited the Europa League at the same stage last season to Olympiakos, it looked as though circumstances had conspired for another European campaign to end in desperate fashion. Faced with a four-hour flight for a fixture technically billed at home and inside a stadium where they have enjoyed mixed fortunes in the past, Arteta’s side started brightly enough. When Aubameyang raced on to Bukayo Saka’s incisive pass to lift the ball beyond Benfica goalkeeper Helton Leite, they were firmly in control having drawn the first leg 1-1 in Rome’s Olympic Stadium.

But from that point the game began to unravel as Benfica scored from their first two efforts on target – thanks to a helping hand from Ceballos. To their credit, though, the Gunners, who had won just one of their past six matches, displayed plenty of resolve to come back from the brink of a damaging defeat that would surely have left their hopes of lifting a trophy this season in tatters. Tierney was rewarded for a fine individual display by becoming the first Scottish player to score in a major European competition for the club since 1980. And Aubameyang, who came in for criticism after missing several chances in the first leg, atoned with his second of the night from Saka’s back-post cross.

4 Shorts & 1 Blonde Joke

Why did the blonde get fired from the M&M factory?
She kept throwing out all the ‘W’s.

Why are blonde jokes so short?
So they can remember them.

How do you make a blonde laugh on Saturday?
You tell her a joke on Wednesday.

A blonde asked her coworker, “Do you have any kids?”
“Yes,” she replied. “I have one child that’s just under two.”
The blonde said, “I might be blonde, but I know how many one is.”


A guy took his blonde girlfriend to her first football game. They had great seats right behind their team’s bench. After the game, he asked her how she liked the experience. “Oh, I really liked it,” she replied, “especially the tight pants and all the big muscles, but I just couldn’t understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents.”

Dumbfounded, her date asked, “What do you mean?” “Well, they flipped a coin, one team got it, and then for the rest of the game, all they kept screaming was, ‘Get the quarterback! Get the quarterback!’ I’m like, hello? It’s only 25 cents!”

Zombi 2

Zombi 2¬†is a 1979 Italian¬†zombie film¬†directed by¬†Lucio Fulci. It was adapted from an original screenplay by¬†Dardano Sacchetti¬†to serve as a sequel to¬†George A. Romero’s¬†Dawn of the Dead¬†(1978), which was released in Italy with the title¬†Zombi. It stars¬†Tisa Farrow,¬†Ian McCulloch, and¬†Richard Johnson, and features a score by frequent Fulci collaborator¬†Fabio Frizzi. Frizzi’s score has been released independently of the film, and he has performed it live on tour.

The film tells the story of a Caribbean island cursed by¬†voodoo¬†whose dead residents rise as zombies to attack the living. A scientist’s daughter journeys to the island after her father’s boat turns up abandoned in¬†New York City. Intended by its writer as a return to “classic zombie tales”,¬†Zombi 2¬†was filmed in Italy, with further location shooting in New York and¬†Santo Domingo.

Twitter vs. Facebook ‚Äď For Bloggers

Twitter vs. Facebook ‚Äď which is better for bloggers

I must say that even though I use Twitter less and less since maybe early 2020. I find that I most share a few images or pics of something significant and maybe one article or the other but it is quite less than previous years. The most time I spend on Twitter is during a football match in which Arsenal plays and I share my view points. Otherwise I kinda have been ignoring Twitter. I think it’s mainly because of the tons of nonsense that is usually on Twitter and trying to keep a track of everything is a chore. Though I must say that there are a lot of semi-naked or even almost completely nude chicks on Twitter.

While I do think it is easier to share your blog posts on Twitter, I have been trying to share my posts and even my vlogs on Facebook instead and trying to share them to specific groups as I target my audience. It hasn’t really worked out completely I think I should do it a lot more instead of one here and one there. So if I have a sports related post or vlog then I share it to a group of sports fans. Star Trek or science fiction related posts & vlogs go into the many, many groups I am a member of where you can find a lot of like minded people. Same for music and humour. Target your audience according to the subject of your post.

That is ofcourse you are a personal blog like I am. I write about a multitude of topics that I have an interest in and not everyone in my audience would be interested in each and every post. Hence I target them as much as I can. And therefore I think Facebook is better than Twitter for bloggers.

Prompt from 30 SUBJECT-SPECIFIC BLOG POST IDEAS AND PROMPTS

Bira Boom Super Strong Lager

The rich and malty Boom Strong is a malt flavoured beer with notes of honey and biscuit. The makers have achieved a balance between the flavours of noble hops. The different ingredients include water, barley malt, rice, hops, yeast, CO2 and ethyl alcohol.

Based on the Munich style lager, it has a rich and nicely thick pillowy head but smell wise it is a lot like most lagers. It isn’t as bitter as most lagers, targeting the Millennial crowd and it is easy to drink. It is around 8 ABV but less on sugar.

10 Weird Laws In Oregon

1) No weddings on ice skating rinks.

2) No whistling underwater.

3) Shoelaces must be tied while walking down the street.

4) Women may not wrestle in Salem.

5) No pet reptiles in the city limits of Springfield unless you’re a school or a city.

6) No Animal Sex in the city of Stanfield.

7) No predicting the future in Yamhill.

8) Marion County ministers are forbidden to eat garlic or onions before their Sunday sermons.

9) No ice cream on Sundays.

10) Juggling is strictly prohibited without a license in Hood River.

Useful Tips For Travelling India On Motor Bike

If you are traveling to India soon, you may want to consider doing so on a motorbike. This is one of the fastest ways, if not the easiest, strategies for getting through most countries with the least amount of money. That is because the cost of gas for a motorbike will be far less than you would ever pay for gasoline in a larger motor vehicle. That's why many people often look for the best routes to take and the best times of year to go into India, where they can safely use a motorbike to get to their destinations. Here are five tips that you can use for traveling in India if you would prefer to do so on a motorbike.

Start Comparing Different Motorbike Rental Companies

If you would like to start comparing motorbike companies for the best motorcycle tours in India, it is advantageous to do so at least a few months before you go. Assuming that you would be traveling during seasons with very little precipitation, you will likely find many of them rented out if you come in just a few weeks before you need to go. By contacting them by email or simply visiting their website to find their contact information, you can quickly speak with representatives and schedule a time to do the rental. It is recommended that you travel at certain times of the year in India, you need to go when it is not raining.

What Is The Best Time To Travel In India?

If you are coming in from a different country, you are likely not aware of the seasonal changes that can occur due to this country's latitude. If you want to visit India during the most pristine times, October and March are the best time. During this time, especially in the north, you are going to experience blue skies. If you want to travel when it is cooler, traveling during December or January would be the best choice. This will enable you to have clear mountain views, so many people travel to this area of India.

What Can You See While You Are Traveling?

There are three things that you can see while you are in India that many people enjoy. First of all, you can go to the cities. These cities may include Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and many others. Second, you may want to go to very scenic mountain ranges. Many of them are at extreme altitudes. For traveling on a motorbike, it is much better to travel between October and November if you want to stay warm while you are traveling. Finally, you will likely want to see some of the coastal cities. This will enable you to experience how life has developed very differently in some regions of the country. If you are traveling to the south, where most of the beachfront property is, you will likely travel through Pondicherry, Kanyakumari, and Gokarna.

The Best Places To Find Gourmet Food

If you enjoy eating fantastic food that is representative of the country of India, several places are highly recommended. Delhi is likely at the top of that list. It is there that you will get to experience some of the best dishes, including chole bhature, aloo chaat, and golgappe. Kolkata is another destination that many people enjoy. It is called the City of Joy. It has some of the best dishes that include fish, suite meats, and spicy jhal muri. If you are traveling alone, you will have plenty of time to check out the many different restaurants, all of which will have excellent meals for you to consume.

Always Pack Light

The final tip that you need to embrace is that bringing too much with you will not work. Motorbikes are very small, even if you get the oversized models, which are designed for two people that will be traveling together. If you are traveling alone, make sure you can put your one piece of luggage on the back. If there are two of you, try to combine everything into one large backpack or suitcase. Doing so will make it so much easier to travel anywhere you want to not worry about what you are bringing.

Using these simple tips, you will be on your way to having a fantastic trip in India. If you are traveling on a motorbike, it’s going to be a fantastic event. It is recommended that you travel from October through February, and if you are heading into the high mountains, December through January will be the best time to go. You now know where to go to get some of the best cuisines throughout the country, and traveling to the coast will likely be one of your most exciting experiences. Whether you are going alone or traveling with friends or a family member, you can always have a great time on a motorbike traveling throughout India.

Footbags

For the longest time I have heard of footbags in tv shows and movies from North America and I have wondered what they were. This pic on the left is an image of one.

A¬†footbag¬†is the term for a small, round¬†bag¬†usually filled with plastic pellets or sand, which is kicked into the air as part of a competitive game or as a display of dexterity. “Hacky Sack” is the name of a brand of footbag popular in the 1970s (currently owned by¬†Wham-O), which has since become a¬†generic trademark. The most common game of footbag consists of two or more players standing in a circle and trying to keep the sack off the ground for as long as possible.

Footbag-like activities have existed for many years. The game is similar to traditional Asian games of kicking the shuttlecock, known as jianzi or chapteh. The game is also similar to some South East Asian games, such as sepak takraw and sipa. This game is known as jegichagi in Korea. The Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan practice dates back to at least the 1930s.

My favourite instance of footbag/hacksack is in an episode of Corner Gas where officer Karen Pelly is playing with one and when she can’t find it suspects others in the town of hiding it from her.

Arsenal 0 Manchester City 1

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he is surprised by his side’s imperious run of form “when everyone is suffering in this world” as they extended their winning run to 18 games with victory at Arsenal. The Premier League leaders have not dropped a point since 15 December and have taken control of the title race as they sit 10 points clear at the top of the table with 13 games remaining.

City looked confident right from the outset at Arsenal, taking the lead with just two minutes on the clock as Raheem Sterling somehow managed to outjump Rob Holding to head in Riyad Mahrez’s cross. The visitors had four shots to Arsenal’s none in the opening quarter of an hour and it looked as if the Gunners were in danger of being on the end of a heavy defeat as Guardiola’s side poured forward at every opportunity. To Arsenal’s credit, they weathered that early storm and grew into the game as Kieran Tierney tested Ederson with a strong effort from distance, while there were glimpses of a threat on the break through the pace of Bukayo Saka.

City failed to kick on after the break although still looked the most likely to add to their lead as Kevin de Bruyne – making his first start in more than a month – lifted an effort just wide while Ilkay Gundogan saw a shot saved by Bernd Leno before Joao Cancelo clipped a lovely strike inches past the post late on. In the end, a second goal was not needed as City took the three points to ensure they stay in control at the top of the standings. Arsenal, meanwhile, are 10th and six points off the top six.

11 Months W@H

We have now completed 11 months of work from home due to Covid. And a few days ago I just got word that officially my employers have extended the work at home initiative for everyone who are currently working from their homes till June 21. I have accepted that news with a happy heart and applaud them for doing so. Also, they have stated that they are looking at having us continue to work from home as long as we get a say so from our clients (each process & client have their own rules and regulations).

Continue to work at home is my option for the rest of my career. I do not want to work in an office ever again as mentioned in previous posts. I prefer working from home after an initial reluctance and I have gotten used to it. Just not having to commute itself is a big deal. Going straight to bed or being able to relax immediately after my shift is the best feeling. Not having to dress up or dress at all is another. I usually am in my undershirt and a lungi, going commando beneath that as well. There are some negative points as well but they are dwarfed by the plus points.