Living In The Limelight – The Universal Dream, For Those Who Wish To Seem

Celebrity status – would you want it or not?

I have thought about this for many, many years. Ever since I was a kid of say 12 or 13. Watching my favourite sports teams and players, I wondered what it would be like to win Wimbledon or the World Cup and be adored by millions, get paid tons of money and be endorsed & sponsored by multi-billion dollar companies just so they can use me as their brand ambassador. And when I got into music, I wonder how it would be to perform a guitar solo and sing in front of a crowd of adoring fans.

Or be in the movies and have paparazzi follow me and take my pics while fans rush to a venue just to meet me and take a pic with me and have me sign autographs. And you know, have the lovely ladies kiss and have me sign certain parts of their boobies bodies. And you know, have the more glamourous and sexiest of the lady fans meet me in my hotel room so we can discuss the complexities of the universe.

But at the same time, I do not like crowds, pleasing too many people with fake and insincere answers and quotes and well I like the peace & quiet. So although I might enjoy the odd fanfare I think what I will love about being a celebrity is the money and perks that come with it. I wish that could come true.

Prompt from 30 Random Blog Post Ideas at My Inner Shakti

Bournemouth 0 Arsenal 3

Arsenal swept aside Bournemouth to continue their perfect start and rise to the top of the Premier League table. Captain Martin Odegaard put the Gunners in control inside the opening 10 minutes with a well-taken double. After the break, William Saliba curled home a beautiful third before Gabriel Jesus saw his clever finish ruled out by VAR for offside. It is the first time Arsenal have won their opening three fixtures since the 2004-05 season. Bournemouth had won their first home game back in the Premier League against Aston Villa and there was a rousing feel to this Saturday teatime kick-off at the division’s smallest ground.

It took a mere five minutes for that feeling to be punctured as Odegaard tapped in after Bournemouth keeper Mark Travers had saved Gabriel Martinelli’s low strike. The Norway midfielder struck again shortly after when he nabbed the ball off Jesus’ toes to sweep a clinical left-footed finish past the helpless Cherries keeper. Arsenal bided their time before sealing the win but did it in style when the impressive Saliba elegantly found the top corner from the edge of the penalty area. Jesus was then denied a deserved goal by a tight VAR review that ruled him just offside from Odegaard’s clever through ball.

It is very early days – and there are far harder tests to come – but the Gunners have laid down a marker with their superb start to the season. Wins against Crystal Palace and Leicester meant Arteta had no qualms naming the same starting line-up for this one, the first time Arsenal have had an unchanged team for their opening three fixtures since the 2003-04 season – the last time they won the league. It was clear from kick-off that confidence is high and Odegaard’s early opener was reward for fine build-up, including a dynamic run from Jesus to create the chance for Martinelli.

Odegaard’s quiet influence on this Arsenal side was made more obvious when he doubled the lead five minutes later. Young France centre-back Saliba has won plenty of plaudits already this season and capped another fine performance with a delicious strike into the top corner from Granit Xhaka’s cutback. For the raucous travelling fans, the only thing missing from a perfect away day was a Jesus goal, the Brazil striker having one disallowed before being denied by a fine Travers save late on. With an appealing run of fixtures ahead, the Gunners have a chance to make their presence felt at the top of the table.