RIP Guy LaFleur

Canadian professional ice hockey player, Guy Damien Lafleur OC CQ, nicknamed “The Flower” and “Le DĂ©mon Blond”, has passed away at the age of 70 . He was the first player in National Hockey League (NHL) history to score 50 goals in six consecutive seasons as well as 50 goals and 100 points in six consecutive seasons. Between 1971 and 1991, Lafleur played right wing for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Quebec Nordiques in an NHL career spanning 17 seasons, and five Stanley Cup championships in 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979 (all with the Canadiens). In 2017 Lafleur was named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in history.

For decades, Lafleur — nicknamed “The Flower” — scored seemingly with ease at all levels of hockey and grew into the role of one of the game’s flashiest superstars. He often mesmerized fans with his signature long blond hair flowing behind him as he rushed up the ice before unleashing one of his patented booming slapshots. Lafleur played junior hockey for the Quebec Jr. Aces and Quebec Remparts. He amassed a staggering 465 points in two seasons and two playoffs with the Remparts, leading the team to the Memorial Cup title in 1971. His scoring prowess was so dominating in the late ’70s that legendary Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster Dick Irvin Jr. called him the greatest player in the world.

Lafleur transcended the sport despite his known habit of smoking cigarettes. Former coach Scotty Bowman said he would even smoke between periods. At only 33 years old, he abruptly announced his retirement weeks into the 1984 season. For the next three years, Lafleur generally only played publicly in charity hockey events, and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988. That same year, New York Rangers general manager Phil Esposito convinced him to come out of retirement and return to the NHL. Lafleur played a season in New York, highlighted by a two-goal performance at the fabled Montreal Forum, resulting in a rare standing ovation for an opposing player. He then played two more years with his hometown Quebec Nordiques before calling it a career for a second and final time following the 1991 season.

Today his statue stands outside Montreal’s Bell Centre arena alongside Canadiens all-time greats Howie Morenz, Maurice Richard and BĂ©liveau. His No. 10 hangs in the rafters of the arena after being retired on Feb. 16, 1985. At the time it was the sixth number retired by the Canadiens franchise. The cause of death was not immediately known. However, Lafleur suffered through health issues in the latter stages of his life. In September 2019, he underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery, which was followed by lung surgery two months later. Then, in October of 2020, he endured a recurrence of lung cancer. Lafleur is survived by his two sons, Mark and Martin, and his wife, Lise.

Seven More Crazy Laws In Wales

7. Hanging out the washing : Residents on a new development in Beverley, East Yorkshire, are subject to a “restrictive covenant” which bans them from hanging out the washing or airing clothes outside. Other common covenants prevent people from putting up fences in front gardens and washing cars outside their homes.

8. Playing ‘knock-a-door-run’ or ‘knock-knock-ginger’ : The Metropolitan Police Act 1854 makes it an offence to “wilfully and wantonly disturb any inhabitant by pulling or ringing any doorbell or knocking at any door without lawful excuse”. So naughty kids could face a fine of up to ÂŁ500.

9. Bringing Polish potatoes into England : The Polish Potatoes Order 2004 makes it illegal to “import into England, potatoes which he knows to be or has reasonable cause to suspect to be Polish potatoes”. The order was made after outbreaks of ring rot on Polish potato farms.

10. Playing football in the street : The Metropolitan Police Act 1839 makes it an offence to “fly any kite or play at any game to the annoyance of the inhabitants or passengers […] in any street”. So children having a kickabout outside your front door could land a ÂŁ500 fine.

11. Engaging in small talk : Staff at Carlisle City Council were banned from talking about anything other than work. An email sent to 31 workers in 2011 warned them “to be aware of the reason why they are here, which is to work and not to treat the office as a day-to-day holiday camp”.

12. Failing to carry a spare dog poo bag : Daventry Council, Northamptonshire, has a fine of up to ÂŁ100 for dog walkers caught without a poop bag. So if they are stopped AFTER binning a full bag they could still be fined.

13. Cleaning your doormat : Section 60 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 makes it an offence to beat a doormat in the street after 8am. Beating your carpet at any time of day could mean a ÂŁ500 fine.

(This is part 2 of 2. Part 1 is here)

Here Are Some Fun Facts About Burritos

Most of us love burritos. Burritos are a staple menu item in many Mexican-American restaurants as they are versatile, portable, and oh-so-tasty! You can make it healthy with all fresh ingredients and less cheese or crema. Instead veggies and maybe some scrambled eggs for protein – you have a breakfast burritos. It is very versatile.

Here are some fun facts you may or maynot know about burritos:

-The burrito is a traditional food in the city of Juarez in northern Mexico.
-Burritos made in Mexico are made thin and small and are only made with one ore two ingredients.
-Burritos made in the United states are bigger and contain multiple ingredients centered around meat or vegetable.
-The burrito is especially popular in Cuidad Juarez, in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua where they were invented.
-The burrito was made popular by Northern Mexican and American gold miners.
-The flour tortilla is usually lightly grilled or steamed, to soften it and make it more pliable.
-The word burrito means “little donkey” in Spanish.
-The first documented burrito was made in 1922
-The tortilla was first made in Chihuahua, where the wheat grows the best.
-The first first certain reference to a burrito is from a roadhouse cafe near Tuscon.
-The first mention of a burrito in the Los Angeles Times wasn’t until 1958.
-In 1958 the burrito appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary.
-The first restaurant in San Fransisco known to serve the burrito in the late 1960’s.
-Burritos combine ancient traditions with contemporary ingredients spiced to suit tastes of the general public.
-If fried the burrito becomes a chimichanga.
-California burritos are the most popular in America.
-The three most popular burrito types in the U.S. are wet burritos, break burritos, and California burritos.

Five Facts About Cognac

1. Cognac is the Champagne of brandy

Cognac is a type of brandy, or distilled wine, made in a delineated region of about 200,000 acres surrounding the town of Cognac, on France’s western coast. All Cognac is brandy, but not all brandy is Cognac. Like how all rhombuses are squares, but not all squares are rhombuses. Or how all grilled cheeses are sandwiches, but not all sandwiches are grilled cheeses. We can keep going but we’ll stop because you probably got it the first time. 

2. There are six distinct Cognac-making regions

Within this “delimited area,” as it’s called by French Cognac authorities, are six zones of production defined by their terroir. From highest-quality (chalky, limestone-rich soil that retains the most moisture and reflects the most sunlight to the grapes) to lowest (soil that is mostly clay or sand), they are: Grande Champagne, Petit Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bons Bois, and Bois Ordinaires. Virtually all Cognacs are blended from several eaux-de-vie (distilled spirits of varying ages) from these six regions for the most well-rounded flavor.

3. There are some really strict laws about Cognac

Here are a few: Cognac must be made from one or a combination of just three types of grapes (Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, and Colombard). It must be aged for at least two years. It must be double-distilled in copper pot stills of a particular shape and configuration (Chartenais, after the French district where the process originated). Its grapes must be harvested only in October, and it must be distilled only from November 1st to March 31st. And distillers have to sing La Marseillaise at no louder than a whisper to each individual barrel three times a day (okay we made that up but seriously it would be believable considering everything else).

4. That whole “VS” and “VSOP” thing is actually pretty simple

There are three main classifications for Cognac: VS, or Very Special, has been aged at least two years (Cognacs marked with three stars are also VS); VSOP, or Very Superior Old Pale, has been aged at least four years; XO, or Extra Old, has been aged at least six years (though as of next April, Cognac will need 10 years of aging to qualify as XO).

5. People used to drink Cognac from those big honking glasses to keep it warm

Back when smallpox was a daily topic of conversation at ye olde tavern, The Queen’s No-Central-Heating, it was just cold all the time. Those big bulb glasses are designed to channel heat from the necessarily meaty grip of your hands to the drink, which is best enjoyed at about 70 degrees.

Chelsea 2 Arsenal 4

Arsenal got their pursuit of a place in the Premier League’s top four back on track as they ended a run of three defeats with a crucial victory at Chelsea. The Gunners’ hopes of securing a place in next season’s Champions League had been significantly damaged by those losses but this win will provide renewed belief. Eddie Nketiah was selected ahead of out-of-sorts Alexandre Lacazette in Arsenal’s attack and he rewarded manager Mikel Arteta’s faith when he took advantage of Andreas Christensen’s weak back pass with a composed finish.

It was the start of a chaotic first half as Timo Werner equalised with a deflected shot four minutes later before Emile Smith Rowe showed a touch of class to beat Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy with a cool finish from the edge of the area. Chelsea were back on terms again before the break through captain Cesar Azpilicueta but Nketiah pounced on a series of defensive errors in the Blues’ box to put Arsenal back in front just before the hour mark. Bukayo Saka was outstanding for Arsenal and he got the reward his performance deserved when he sealed the win from the spot in added time after he was hauled down by Azpilicueta.

The Gunners are now level on points with north London rivals Tottenham with a derby at Emirates Stadium still to come. Questions about Arsenal’s character and ability to maintain a fight for a top-four finish were starting to be asked after three defeats in a row but this was a display that showed plenty of grit. Arsenal were on the front foot right from the start, pressing Chelsea into mistakes and refusing to buckle even when Thomas Tuchel’s side equalised twice. Nketiah was the headline-grabber with two goals but Saka and Smith Rowe showed Arsenal have two real gems for the future.

Saka gave Marcos Alonso a tough time on Arsenal’s right flank, helping to create Smith Rowe’s goal, setting up other chances then scoring the fourth with a clinical penalty after he was fouled. Smith Rowe demonstrated great composure to finish sweetly for his 11th goal of the season, a fine tally for this richly promising 21-year-old playmaker. Arsenal now face struggling Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on Saturday lunchtime feeling much better about themselves after a deserved triumph.

Here Are Some Scary Science Facts

A CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) is the most likely civilization ending disaster to come from space. The sun emits them regularly, and they hit the earth every few hundred years. The last one occurred in the 1890’s, but society at the time was less susceptible to the effects. Were one to hit the earth today it would basically destroy all the tech infrastructure on whichever side of the planet is facing the sun at the time. This would knock the effected hemisphere back into the stupid ages, and it would take decades to recover, altering the global balance of power forever. It’s only a matter of time. We could mitigate the effects, but it would be expensive so we haven’t and likely never will. At least not until the problem becomes real to people. By then it will be too late. This is a much more likely scenario than an asteroid impact.

Researchers have found viruses in the Arctic permafrost that have been frozen for thousands of years. One of these viruses, Pithovirus, was dormant for 30,000 years until the researchers revived it and it infected the amoebas that were placed in the tank with it. Which of course presents a scary scenario: what happens when the ice melts away and viruses are released that haven’t been in contact with humans for 10,000+ years?

There is a gravitational anomaly in space called the great attractor which is pulling everything within the Virgo and Hydra-Centaurus superclusters towards it. It lies 150-250 million light years from the milky way, which itself is being pulled towards it too. The scary part is that relative to us, this anomaly lies within the same plane as our own galaxy making it very difficult to observe. Essentially, we have almost no concrete idea of what it is.

Congo (1995)

Congo is a 1995 American science fiction action-adventure film loosely based on Michael Crichton’s 1980 novel of the same name. The picture was directed by Frank Marshall starring Laura Linney, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson, Grant Heslov, Joe Don Baker, and Tim Curry. The film was released on June 9, 1995, by Paramount Pictures. A Tech & communications giant company’s employees discover the ruins of a lost city near a volcanic site in a remote part of the Congo jungle. When their camp looks to be destroyed, Karen Ross is sent to find out what happened to them.

Meanwhile a primatologist and his assistant are looking for funds to take the sign language proficient female gorilla, Amy, back to the jungles in Zaire, which is she was found as a baby, as she is having trouble sleeping and having nightmares. When their Romanian benefactor’s funds fail, Ross gives them the money needed for the fuel & other costs to fly to Central Africa. What they end up finding there is the Lost City of Zinj and her diamonds.

Signs Of Heatstroke & Ways To Cool Down

As the mercury rises in late April, May and going on into June, with the sun at it’s brightest we run the riskof heatstroke and exhaustion if you step outside and are out in the streets for longer than a few minutes. Heat exhaustion is not usually serious if you can cool down within 30 minutes. If it turns into heatstroke, it needs to be treated as an emergency.

The signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • a headache
  • dizziness and confusion
  • loss of appetite and feeling sick
  • excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin
  • cramps in the arms, legs and stomach
  • fast breathing or pulse
  • a high temperature of 38C or above
  • being very thirsty

The symptoms are often the same in adults and children, although children may become floppy and sleepy. If someone is showing signs of heat exhaustion, they need to be cooled down.

If someone has heat exhaustion, follow these 4 steps:

  1. Move them to a cool place.
  2. Get them to lie down and raise their feet slightly.
  3. Get them to drink plenty of water. Sports or rehydration drinks are OK.
  4. Cool their skin – spray or sponge them with cool water and fan them. Cold packs around the armpits or neck are good, too.

Stay with them until they’re better. They should start to cool down and feel better within 30 minutes.

Wear Pajamas To Work Day? Well…..

Wear Pajamas to Work Day: Maybe you can do this, but if not, put on pajamas as soon as you get home. Get cozy and write about anything you want!

So I would never have thought that this would possible but then Covid-19 hit us and a lot of people have or are still continuing to work from home. Including me? Now, I do not have pajamas and stopped wearing them by the time I turned 15 and switched to lungis instead. You can call lungis the pajamas of the South Indian world. They aren’t something I would wear outside of the home.

So yeah in effect I have been wearing pjs to work or at work or while working since March 23rd 2020 and am still continuing to do so. And it feels good. Yes since mid March the weather has become hot and humid and I hope it starts to rain and feel cold as soon as possible but it is better, way better, than wearing pants while working.

Oh, and I go commando! Awesome.

Prompt from APRIL BULLET JOURNAL IDEAS

RIP Mike Bossy

Former Canadian professional ice hockey player, Mike Bossy, passed away on April 14th. He spent his entire NHL career, which lasted from 1977 to 1987, with the Islanders, and was a crucial part of their four consecutive Stanley Cup championships in the early 1980s. Bossy won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1978 as NHL rookie of the year when he set the then-record for most goals by a rookie with 53. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in the 1982 Stanley Cup playoffs as the most valuable player and the Lady Byng Trophy for combining high quality play with sportsmanship three times. He led the NHL in goals twice and was second three further times. Bossy was voted to the league’s first all-star team as right wing five times, with three further selections to the second all-star team.

He is one of two players to score consecutive Stanley Cup-winning goals (1982 and 1983) and the only player to record four game-winning goals in one playoff series (1983 Conference Final). Bossy is the NHL’s all-time leader in average goals scored per regular season game, holds the NHL’s third-highest all-time average points scored per regular season game, and is one of only five players to score 50 goals in 50 games, although three others did it faster than 50 games. He tied for the record for most 50-goal seasons with Wayne Gretzky with nine, though his were consecutive as opposed to Gretzky’s being non-consecutive; he thus is the sole record-holder for most consecutive 50-goal seasons.

Bossy was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991. In 2017, he was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history. He grew up in a family of Detroit Red Wings in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville area of Montreal. As a youth, Bossy played in the 1969 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Montreal. He started his junior career with the Laval National of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League at the age of 15. After his playing career he joined the broadcaster roll and radio. Bossy met his future wife Lucie Creamer when he was 14, and she was working the snack bar at a rink where he was playing; they were married July 23, 1977.

Bossy and his wife had two daughters, Josiane and Tanya, and two grandchildren. On October 19, 2021, Bossy announced that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and died in Montreal at the age of 65.

3 Day Weekend Passes Me By At Warp Speed

Why does a 3 day week rush on by so quickly? I mean I didn’t go out or anything and yet the 3 days have flown on by at warp speed. Ofcourse we had the big lunch with my sister, niece and cousin joining my dad, mom & I in our place. We had sadya and payasam and chit chatted a lot. And I didn’t even watch more than a couple of movies as well. A few tv show episodes but most of the time that I was awake I was at my computer and drinking either lots of coffee or juice or just plain old cold water as it is very hot & humid and I am sweating – even as I write this up.

I only went out once, briefly and that too just to two stores at the next junction. That was yesterday, Sunday, when I went to the new Aster medical store to get some medicines for myself and some ORS packets for hydration. Once I paid for them, I walked across the road to the Greens Angadi store near my building. There, as I have done since the last few weeks, I buy some apples, some black grapes (I prefer green but they were all out the last two weekends I went in), bread, some ice cream (Baskin n Robbins Hopscotch Butterscotch) and then came back home. The ice cream, a small 450ml one, was still very welcome for us.

Saturday night I did order in a couple of burgers for my mother and me while for dad I had bought him fried chicken and porotta. I only watched 2 movies – Buck Privates & The Firm. And yeah a few episodes of tv shows but I had planned to watch a whole lot more. Anyways, it has also been raining a bit and there’s thunder & lightning making things a lot more humid especially at night. I’m also feeling a lot more sleepier than usual and I think the heat has something to do with it. Well, it’s Monday now and back to work we go!

If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time

If you could rewind the clock 10 years, what would you do differently?

Ooh, 10 years ago it would have been 2012 and yeah I have the perfect thing that I should change if I could rewind the clock 10 years ago. So, having left (and I really had no choice) my previous organization / place of employment in 2011 I had joined a startup company. I had thought that this would be a real change of pace for me as I had gotten tired of the Indian style of reporting and dealing with Indian clients some of whom, though working for a large corporate company, have this idea that they have bought slaves or servants in their outsourced partners.

However that startup was so poorly managed that it had no reason to exist. I unfortunately only realized this after I had joined, since I had only met one person from the startup and he was the younger brother of someone I had previously worked with. So once I joined and saw the setup and the consultants that they had, I realized that I was in trouble. It took a while but they had to shut down operations. A week after I left, they moved locations to a much smaller place and then shut down two months later. That was 2 weeks after I joined another company, which was yet another startup. However they were much more professionally run and initially I did enjoy it quite a lot.

But then things started getting messed up, two of the 3 partners who had put in investments withdrew and the 3rd guy who was running the show started struggling financially. Soon, the writing was on the wall and I along with a few others were let go, since we were part of their leadership team (around 5 or 6 of us). I had to struggle for sometime, doing a bit of freelance training, applying for several jobs and attending interviews before landing my current job. So that is what I would change. 2012 to 2015 is a waste of 3 years as far as I am concerned so despite my disdain, I would have looked for a job in a bigger company instead of my second startup. Infact there were openings in 2012 in my current company (if I remember correctly, I even did get a call to apply for an interview) and things would have been better if I had joined them 3 years earlier.

That is what I would have done differently!

Prompt from 52 BLOG POST IDEAS FOR THE #ATOZCHALLENGE #ATOZTHEMEREVEAL at VidyaSurya

Choosing To Go Via The Custom Built Home Route

There are some advantages you get over a pre-built one when selecting a custom home builder. Building a home means much more than just building a house. When you choose to build your own home, you’re taking yourself and the entire household on a very exciting adventure. So before you look for the best custom home builders in Toronto, let’s have a look at the advantages:

1. Your House Will Be One of a Kind

In an age of subdivisions and tract housing, the idea of a custom home is appealing to many people. Production homes (which involve using the same design over and over again) have to be built for general use. But everyone has unique needs and desires, and you shouldn’t feel like your home’s layout or design is getting in the way of your ability to live comfortably and enjoy your space. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all home. A custom home is designed specifically for you and your family to meet your particular needs and preferences. By working with a custom home builder, not only will your home be unique—it will be unique to you.

2. You Can Be Involved in the Design Process

Need extra kitchen space? Want a beautiful, large deck overlooking your backyard? Looking for separate living spaces for in-laws or older kids? By working with a custom home builder, you can create your designs to include exactly what you need and exclude what you don’t. With the right custom home builder, you don’t have to settle for just being happy with the overall design of your new home, addition, or remodeled space. You can be involved every step of the way and love every detail, because you chose them all.

3. Your Dream Home, in Your Dream Location

If you’re planning on building your own home from scratch, using a custom home builder means that you not only get to be involved in designing your dream home, but you also get to choose the location! Whether you picture a quaint bungalow in a bustling neighborhood filled with shops and unique restaurants, or a secluded lodge-style cabin in the woods, or just about any other style of home and location, your new custom home can be situated just where you want it.

4. Only pay for what you want

Getting a house tailor-built allows you to steer clear of useless trends. You actually pay for luxuries you want to enjoy. These are not generic houses thrust upon the owner.  There is no compulsion to get a floor-to-ceiling window, a large, walk-in closet, and a full blown wine cellar simply because it’s in vogue. Since your builder works only after you’ve approved of the home design, you’ll save some cash by avoiding any whimsical, useless, expensive additions.

5. There is room for home improvement

When you build a house around your needs, you can make room for alterations down the line. When kids arrive or you decide to moonlight as a painter, this personalized home can be tweaked to suit your changing needs with minimum fuss. Future-proofing, as it’s fondly called. It gives you complete control of indoor and outdoor spaces, to be used when you like it. Hiring custom builders are increasingly getting popular. The best custom builders walk every step of the way with you to fulfill your dream of a home that stands out and stands tall.

Lays West Indies’ Hot n’ Sweet Chilli Chips

Ah yes, another one from Lays. This was one that eluded me for the longest time. For one, they only seem to be available in these Rs. 10 pack. Which is crazy for chips that you buy at home – I mean who the heck only buys the small pack? Turns out that this is not yet a full fledged flavour that Lays India is adding to their arsenal and hence they test it out for marketplace reviews and customer buying reports for a couple of years before decided that yes this belongs to the regular list. Once I found that out I thought I should now try it out.

So last weekend when I was placing orders for some groceries via Big Basket, I placed an order for these and thought I’d try it out on Sunday. By the way it isn’t anything like what I thought it would taste like. I love Thai sweet chilli sauce; love it with tempura prawns, fish sticks or even just plainly with some bread! I actually thought that these chips would taste like them. I was wrong! I thought it is funny that they have chilli and sugar cubes on the packaging. I mean – what?? It isn’t spicy except when your tongue actually touches the chips for more than a couple of seconds.

It’s also got a slightly meaty flavour as well and feels like a bbq chip with some spice added. It’s good and I can see myself having it with my evening coffee or even with beer or vodka. Out of the 5 Lays that we get here in India this one would be 3rd best, smack down middle of the road. I’d give it a 7.5 outta 10, closer to an 8 (so maybe like a 7.45 outta 10). American Style cream & Onion is definetely #1 and Tangy Tomato is a sure shot 2nd place candidate. This one is below those two with plain salted being in 4th and the yucky Magic Masala in 5th.

Southampton 1 Arsenal 0

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admitted his side’s form was “a real worry” after Southampton won at St Mary’s to inflict a third successive defeat on the top-four chasing Gunners. Jan Bednarek scored the game’s only goal late in the first half after the visitors had failed to adequately deal with a Saints corner. Bukayo Saka was denied from point-blank range by Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster with the score still goalless, but further clear-cut openings proved hard to come by for Arsenal until the closing stages of the second half. Emile Smith Rowe forced another fine save out of Forster after latching on to Yan Valery’s attempted clearance, before Martin Odegaard dragged a left-footed shot wide of the near post after cutting in from the right.

Forster produced yet another impressive stop to deny Granit Xhaka late on as Arsenal desperately piled forward in search of an equaliser. The Gunners remain three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham – who were beaten at home by Brighton earlier on Saturday – although they do still have a game in hand on their north London rivals. Southampton, meanwhile, climb to 12th after claiming their first league win since February. Following lacklustre displays at Crystal Palace and at home to Brighton last weekend, Gunners fans may have hoped this trip to St Mary’s would prove to be an ideal fixture to reignite their top-four push.

Saints had lost five of their past six games in all competitions before Saturday and conceded 19 goals in the process – including a 6-0 capitulation at home to Chelsea in their last match. They had also won only one of their past 12 meetings with Arsenal in the Premier League. The hosts had Forster to thank for keeping the score goalless in the early stages of the first half, the veteran goalkeeper getting down low to palm Gabriel Martinelli’s curling shot past the post before brilliantly tipping Saka’s close-range effort over the bar following an error from Valery.

Although the Gunners continued to dominate possession as the half wore on, they lacked the tempo to create further openings against a resolute and defensively organised Southampton, who punished Arsenal when Bednarek fired home his fourth goal of the season with a minute of the first half remaining. When Arsenal did manage to penetrate the Saints rearguard late in the second half, they found Forster in inspired form. The 34-year-old did magnificently to parry Smith Rowe’s goal-bound effort wide before getting in the way of a low Saka shot. Forster also managed to get his fingertips to Xhaka’s curling strike with the clock ticking towards 90 minutes – although the Switzerland international’s effort may have been heading narrowly wide.

What Is the First And Last Thing You Do Every Day?

Well the first thing I do in the morning as soon as I wake up is to reach for my phone. Unfortunately, that is the first thing I do – it’s either that, or depending on how thirsty I am when I wake up, it is to grab the bottle I keep next to my bed and drink some water. And then grab my phone to see what alerts and notifications I have.

I know it’s not the best thing in the world to do, reaching out for one’s phone as soon as you wake up but it’s a habit that I can’t seem to break. After that, since I sleep in the nude, I wake up and put my clothes on and then stumble into the bathroom to go and take a leak and then wash my face and brush my teeth. All of this is not as important as getting that first cup of coffee though.

As for the last thing I do, once I establish that  cannot keep my eyes open for much longer, I switch the tv off and then take my clothes off. I place my glasses on the table and then switch the lights off. I get into bed and make myself comfortable. I sigh internally and then start to think of the scifi future I wish I was living in, instead of the now and drift off into sleep dreaming of flying in large spaceships with a bunch of people and off to see what’s beyond that second start to the left!

Prompt from APRIL 2022 JOURNAL PROMPTS at Rachel Grieg