Arsenal 3 Tottenham Hotspurs 1

Arsenal’s revival gathered pace as Tottenham’s recent decline continued in an entertaining north London derby at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners propped up the table after three games while Spurs were top under new manager Nuno Espirito Santo – how things have changed as a rampant Arsenal ripped their shambolic rivals to shreds in a brilliant first half. Emile Smith Rowe started the celebrations for the Arsenal fans when he arrived unmarked to sweep home Bukayo Saka’s cross after 12 minutes before the scorer turned provider as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got the second midway through the half.

Spurs were producing a horror show and nothing summed it up better than Arsenal’s third after 34 minutes. Harry Kane fell over the ball in a Spurs attack then missed two tackles on Saka as he raced back into his own penalty area to try to rescue the situation. Saka compounded the agony with a calm finish. Inevitably, Spurs improved after the break, Kane bringing a good save from Aaron Ramsdale and wasting a good chance, before Son Heung-min pulled one back. Ramsdale spared Arsenal any late anxiety with another superb stop, touching Lucas Moura’s shot on to the bar as Mikel Arteta’s side closed out a richly deserved win.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has staked his Arsenal future on a long-term plan but admits he will not get quick results and has called for patience. But there was evidence for optimism here despite those three opening league defeats. The Gunners’ latest win was based on the brilliance and exuberance of Saka, Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard, aged 20, 21 and 22 respectively. Aubameyang, whose own form and commitment have been questioned as he struggled, set the tone and lit the fuse on an explosive atmosphere inside the Emirates by chasing down Spurs’ defenders in the opening moments.

Beach Times With The Cousins

I am not a good swimmer even if I have taken classes for while when I was 18. That was in a pool at the rooftop of the Abad Plaza hotel. I had booked a 2 month excercise, steaming, swimming and sauna for 3-4 months at the insistence of my parents and since there was a great deal of teens, I took it up. I enjoyed the steam room (it was a small room so you went in alone) and the sauna but I loved the swimming a lot.

Before that all my swimming was done in the Periyar River and the Fort Kochi beach. Well not so much swimming at the beach, more like walking in and getting wet and enjoying splashing water around. Also a few times we have been to the beach in Trivandrum as well. But in the Periyar river we would go swimming as lot. It has been ages ofcourse but I still remember the fun we had. Ofcourse it was us boys swimming but the girls would get knee deep and have their own fun as well.

I remember a couple of incidents we had at the Trivandrum beach. During one summer vacation (or was it Christmas) we were all at Trivandrum and staying at my mum’s eldest brother’s rented home. My cousins and I went to the beach almost every day and we also played frisbee at the beach. This one afternoon one of my cousins swung the frisbee hard and straight at the head of some man who was out with his family. We went over to apologize and he took it well. That was probably in 1991.

Second time was at Periyar river and I had borrowed my older cousin’s sports shorts which were too big for me, so I had to use a belt. A bunch of us went to the river to play and throw a beach ball. There were a bunch of young college girls from some other state in town for a trip. They were standing at the edge of the banks and us boys (I was 15 at the time) went closer to the banks to *ahem* pose for them. While we were standing around, I suddenly saw something floating near us and it looked familiar.

Yes! To my embarrassment it was my shorts! The girls didn’t notice but I did. I made my cousins stand in front of me so no one would see me put on the shorts and tighten the belt again. Travesty averted, we played some more and then went home.

CREAMY CHICKEN SALAD WITH APPLES

This chicken salad is packed with sweet and crunchy apples, tart dried cranberries, and a light and creamy homemade dressing. You‚Äôll need about 3 cups chopped cooked chicken for this recipe, so if you‚Äôre not using rotisserie chicken, you‚Äôll want to cook some chicken first. I used two chicken breasts (about 1.3 lbs. total).¬† Cook them in a skillet with a little oil over medium heat until they were golden brown on each side and cooked to an internal temperature of 165¬ļF. Let them cool and chop them into small pieces. Chop one apple into small pieces (about 1.5 cups) & inely dice about ¬ľ cup red onion. Add the chopped chicken, diced apple, diced red onion, and ¬ľ cup dried cranberries to a bowl.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3¬†cups¬†chopped cooked chicken¬†($7.97)
  • 1¬†apple (1.5 cups chopped)¬†($0.76)
  • 1/4¬†cup¬†diced red onion¬†($0.20)
  • 1/4¬†cup¬†dried cranberries¬†($0.22)
  • 1/3¬†cup¬†mayonnaise¬†($0.53)
  • 1/3¬†cup¬†plain yogurt¬†($0.35)
  • 1¬†Tbsp¬†Dijon mustard¬†($0.18)
  • 1¬†Tbsp¬†red wine vinegar¬†($0.10)
  • 1/4¬†tsp¬†salt¬†($0.02)
  • 1/4¬†tsp¬†freshly cracked black pepper¬†($0.02)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Chop the cooked chicken and the apple into small pieces. Finely dice the red onion.
  • Place the chicken, apple, onion, and dried cranberries in a large bowl.
  • Combine the mayonnaise, yogurt, Dijon, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Stir until smooth.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients in the bowl and stir until everything is coated. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.

Greenland (2020 Movie)

Greenland is a 2020 American disaster thriller film directed by Ric Roman Waugh and written by Chris Sparling. The film stars Gerard Butler (who also produced), Morena Baccarin, Roger Dale Floyd, Scott Glenn, David Denman, and Hope Davis, and follows a family who must fight for survival as a planet-destroying comet races to Earth. Originally scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States, Greenland was delayed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film was released domestically by STXfilms, through video on demand on December 18, 2020, and then played on HBO Max and Amazon Prime. It was still released theatrically in other territories, beginning with Belgium on July 29, 2020. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and grossed $52.3 million worldwide with a production budget of $35 million.

Star Light Star Bright First Star I See Tonight

Look to the stars. First star you see tonight; what would you wish for?

If you have read my blog for a while, I think it should be clear what I would wish for. I am an atheist & humanist and I am also a lover of scifi and Star Trek in particular. I would wish for everyone to have a safe, comfortable, completely healthy, luxurious in some ways, existence. I have said it before but I will say it again that my wish is for every human to have a nice, big and luxurious home with all the comforts and safety that we could desire. As well as for all their pets – all cats and dogs (and yeah throw in some other pets too) deserve to have a nice comfy home with their human family to feed and love them.

One of the things that people love to do is travel. Imagine if this way, with my wish, you can travel so easily between place or cities or even countries and take your pets with you! No need to leave the dog or cat back home with someone coming to feed them or leave them at a pet care/lodge or at a family members place. Or restrict travel to other countries just because you don’t want to leave the pets behind. No siree – the husband & wife can easily travel and take the kids and pets with them.

And ofcourse as I would repeat, the quest to explore the stars is the ultimate goal. So I also wish that we live in a Star Trek style world where it is pretty easy to get a ship, pack the kids and the dogs and cats and me & the wife can travel to various planets and moons. Just like other humans can too and we can make friends with some benevolent alien races and keep away from the nasty, evil ones. That is all I wish for.

Prompt from SEPTEMBER BLOG AND JOURNAL PROMPTS From Living A Sunshine Life

A Get Out Of Jail Free Card

If you had an actual get out of jail free card, what would you do with it?

Hmmm, I would have to really think about this. Would I commit a crime and then get arrested only to pull out this get out of jail free card? Do a little voyeurism at the all women’s college dormitory? Steal a few crore rupees from the big banks?

I think the very best thing I could do is go and slap – I mean literally slap – and kick some sense into some of these bloody politicians and religious leaders and you know, make their lives a living hell as I have not only slapped them but also kicked them in the groin and they have to get treatment to get the pain out.

And that time I am sure that I will be arrested and before the manhandling and jail sentencing can even begin – whoosh, I pull out my get out of jail card and the cops will have to let me go. I will smile and laugh my way back home.

Prompt from 31 Blog Post Ideas for September @ A Grande Life

Share A Favorite Breakfast Recipe

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One of the breakfast options that I really have liked during the past couple of weeks is this that you see up here. This is button mushrooms that cut in half and cooked in butter, with some chicken salami that I also cooked in the same pan. Now the slightly spicy chicken salami that I bought was ofcourse tasty enough as a cold cut but when you cook it along with the mushrooms it takes on a whole new life of it’s own and the taste is enhanced.

So those two added together is delicious on it’s own but then I added a couple chunks of cheddar cheese and added it to the bowl. I didn’t want it to be melted but straight from the fridge and when I add it to the hot mushrooms and salami, it does become a little warm but does not melt. This breakfast in a bowl on a Sunday morning is just hmmmm with a cup of black coffee.

Arsenal 3 Wimbledon 0

Arsenal beat League One AFC Wimbledon to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup and make it three wins in a row in all competitions. Alexandre Lacazette was making his first start since April and scored a penalty after Nesta Guinness-Walker fouled Gabriel Martinelli. Emile Smith Rowe converted from Lacazette’s pass and Eddie Nketiah’s lovely flicked backheel from Cedric Soares’ cross sealed the win. Arsenal host Leeds in round four.

The Gunners should have beaten the Dons by more after hitting the woodwork twice. Visiting goalkeeper Nik Tzanev tipped the ball onto his own bar in the first half, and Nuno Tavares later headed off the post. The Gunners named a strong team, with Nketiah the only member of the starting XI not to play in the Premier League this season. AFC Wimbledon did not manage a shot on target in the game. At Arsenal since 2017, Alexandre Lacazette seems to be heading towards an end of the adventure for the Gunners. Discussions for a contract extension are not moving in the right direction and the chances of the Frenchman leaving London in the coming months are high.

Diego Simeone & Atletico de Madrid are still interested and positioned on Alexandre Lacazette. The Colchoneros are naturally among the favorites to recover the former Lyonnais. Contact with its representatives has never been broken. And according to sources, Atletico has already validated the opening of a site for the arrival of a new number 9 next summer. Free from any contract, Alexandre Lacazette is naturally on the short-list and a priority file for the reigning Spanish champion.

How My Blog Is Different Than Others?

How your blog is different than others?

My blog is different from other blogs because……none of them are posted by me. Ok dad jokes aside, let me try and tell you.

My blog is different because I blog about anything and everything that I like, love, hate or interests me. You will find the most varied of subjects in my blog that you may not find in other blogs. Ok – you will never find them. I have so many categories, much, much more than any that I have ever seen in any other blog. And that is because I don’t limit my blog to particular things or niches. I dunno how it happened, but it happened. When I started blogging, way back in 2002, it was supposed to be a journal of things that has happened and things that I did, especially since I was staying in a new city.

I moved back in less than a year and my blogging still became like a journal of what I did, some of my thoughts of events, what I saw on tv or listened to. Eventually I started writing more and more about my feelings, my dad out, so many more things. I kept adding category after category once I started this blog back in 2007 and it just kept going. In fact, in the past year I have added two new categories. Isn’t that weird? But I realize that it’s¬† because my interests are varied and I write mainly about what interests me. Therefore the various categories since I am interested in a lot of things.

I also try to be as honest as I can on my blog. I don’t hold back – well maybe I might tone down the language a bit, even though I have thrown in a few choice words many times. Yet it is still very tame when I compare it with what I say when I get angry or think. I also try to post as much positive things as I can and keep it varied.

Prompt from 121 LIFESTYLE BLOG POSTS IDEAS TO WRITE ABOUT IN 2021

Why do you need a blog planner?

I do not really keep a planner and I honestly do not recommend keeping one yourself. Unless you are planning to write about certain topics that you get paid to do – in that case by all means, do keep a planner with notes or bulletpoints jotted down on a small notepad/scribblepad or even on Word/Notepad on your own pc/laptop. What I usually do is, if I get a few ideas about the topics that I want to blog about, I create them on WordPress and save them as drafts because I know that I will come back to them later. This way I don’t forget said topics and also I have my set of blog posts all mapped out for the next couple of days.

The main reason why I say that a planner isn’t something I recommend is because it looses spontaneity. When I do plan these things it seems a bit forced for me and I kinda lose a bit of the excitement as I already knew a couple of days ahead what I was going to write about. Now the exception is for paid/sponsored posts which either I have the list of topics (depending on what the client wants, it can be a set of 5 to 10 per month) already emailed to me, so I do know in advance what it is I will be blogging about.

However the stuff that I write just for me because it is what I enjoy writing about, am passionate about or what interests and intrigues me is always more spontaneous. The best thing is to get the idea or think about ideas or search for ideas and the moment one clicks, I go to my blog’s tab and open up a new post blog – the button that says “Add New” – and I start typing. Depending on how easy it is to write about it, I may spend from 20 minutes to a whole day on it.

RIP Willie Garson

Willie Garson, the actor best known for playing talent agent Stanford Blatch in Sex and the City, has died at the age of 57, his son says. In the hit HBO series, he played the role of close friend and confidante of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw. Most recently, he had been working on the spin-off series And Just Like That. Garson was also known as conman Mozzie in the TV series White Collar. He also had a memorable turn as Marty Lloyd the alien in 3 episode of Stargate SG-1. The cause of his death has not been disclosed.

Born William Garson Paszamant in New Jersey in 1964, Garson studied theatre and received a masters of fine arts from Yale School of Drama. He then took on small roles in several popular television series in the 1980s, including Cheers, Family Ties and LA Law. He also appeared in some hit programmes of the 1990s such as The X-Files, Boy Meets World and Friends. His film credits include Groundhog Day, There’s Something About Mary, and Fever Pitch.

Most recently, Garson lent his voice to Big Mouth and had a recurring role on Supergirl from 2019 to 2020. Garson’s upcoming projects included And Just Like That and the series Duke of the Valley. Although he kept it quiet, he had been battling cancer. Garson was also a strong advocate for adoption, having served twice as a spokesperson for National Adoption Day and, in 2009, adopted his son Nathen, who shared a tribute on Instagram.

Why Does One Select A Particular Breed Of Dog?

Write a blog about why you chose your specific breed of dog or if you‚Äôre a cat person or a reptile or pot belly pig person ‚ÄĒ blog about what drew you to the species and tout its benefits!

When I was a kid I really wanted a dog for our family. At the age of 11 my sister & dad went to get us a Pomeranian puppy, who we named Lassie. Now, I have never liked the breed much – still don’t – and it wasn’t my choice but hey! A puppy is a puppy. She unfortunately had some complications and died within 4 days. I was devastated and wasn’t sure about keeping pets for a while. But we had a stray cat deliver babies inside our house (she found an slightly open window) and my sister & I ended up taking care of the kittens for 2 weeks. The mamma cat came by when were in school and seemingly took all 4 kittens away.

That incident made my sister & me want to have cats as pets. We were at to our mom’s mother’s place for a few days and another stray cat had delivered babies in an old auto-rikshaw that was lying in the grounds next to the house. My sister & I took permission from our parents and took 2 of the kittens home with us. We named the girl kitten Lollipop – she was almost all white with just a couple of patches of ginger on her – and the boy kitten was called Chocolate – he was mostly ginger. They had such awesome personalities and were very loving to us. They both died within a year of each other, Chocolate by the time I was turning 16.

Even though I missed the cats, I really wanted a dog. So in 1994 I kept looking out for puppy sales in the newspaper. I really wanted either a Golden Retriever or a Labrador Retriever. It didn’t matter much to me at the time, I just liked both from what I had seen on some Discover shows. However the fact that the Goldens looked more prettier kinda won me over and since I was picking the breed, I choose Golden at the end. I found a breeder who had 2 pups left from a litter of 8 – 1 boy and 1 girl. My cousin & I went to pick out the dog and I wasn’t sure if I should get the girl or the boy.

The reason I picked the girl? The boy puppy wasn’t coming towards us while the girl puppy was very curious and playing with my shoe laces. So I told my cousin that this was the one I wanted and I went to pay the breeder as I was in love with the girl puppy. I brought her home and that dog is the legendry, illustrious and forever my best friend – Shawny!

Prompts from September Blogging Prompts For Pet Bloggers

Advantages Of Being An Atheist

To be clear: Atheism is not a disbelief in gods or a denial of gods; it is a lack of belief in gods.

Advantages of being an Atheist:

1. INTELLIGENCE : Atheists tend to have higher IQs and have been shown to generally be more intelligent than religious people. Intelligent people also tend to spend more time in school, which in turn leads to greater success professionally.

2. BETTER JOBS : This follows from the previous reason – more intelligent people tend to do better in the workplace. The same studies that have shown higher levels of IQs for atheists also equated that with getting higher-level jobs and higher pay.

3. SELF-ESTEEM & SELF-RELIANCE : These are two sides of the same coin. Atheists are not being told that they are guilty and sinful, as is the case with many religious teachings. This leads to higher self-esteem and a feeling of control over life’s events. As atheists do not expect a deity to help them solve a problem, they will address it personally and directly. The increased self-reliance can have a positive effect on their own lives, but also on the lives of others. When there’s no wheel of life, reincarnation, heaven, or hell, the responsibility for made choices lies with individuals.

4. HEALTH : Atheists believe in science and would not stand in the way of medical treatments on religious grounds. While there have been studies that showed the mental and physical health benefits of being a believer, there have also been recent studies that showed no significant difference in the mental health of religious and non-religious people. In fact, it can be argued that having strong self-esteem and better economic status would make atheists more healthy.

5. PROGRESS : Atheists tend to value scientific discovery more and are less likely to stand in the way of scientific progress as has often happened for religious reasons. An atheistic society is more rational and science-oriented.

6. PEACEFULNESS : Atheists do not start wars or commit acts of terrorism for religious reasons, just to prove their deity is the correct one. On the other hand, Marxist-Leninist atheism at the core of communism has certainly given atheism a bad name, but it’s not necessarily an argument that it was atheism itself that led to the repressions and killings. There were complex historical, social, and economic reasons for that. Atheists tend to not kill others for the sake of atheism.

6. SCEPTICISM : Atheists are generally skeptical and tend to look at issues from a rational, often scientific standpoint that demands proof. For an atheist, elements of reality are observable and can be tested.

7. SOCIAL ISSUES : Atheists tend to be very involved in social justice issues. They do not believe in some higher power or order that could have pre-ordained a human’s lot in life. Everything is of this material universe and can be improved upon.

Found on Quora & Big Think’s : 10 Reasons Atheists Do It Better

3 Weeks No Sugar

Congratulations to me! I have now completed 3 weeks without any sugar added. I have also not had any milk or cream added to my coffee in these past 3 weeks. I used to think that this was impossible for me to drink as even if the sugar is less in my cup of coffee I would find it difficult to drink. But all that has changed and now, I do not mind drinking my black coffee without sugar. Some people have said that drinking black coffee without sugar is “Savage” but I say, hey it’s not that bad.

I haven’t even added any stevia to the coffee, even though I bought some and it is lying in my cupboard. I bought the stevia since I thought it might be difficult to get through sugarless coffee but I haven’t added any once. I think I will keep the stevia for coffee that I buy from cafes and I also want to try some iced coffee and iced without sugar and with me adding the stevia to it. That would be interesting to try out. So I am looking at getting some great coffee from Cafe Coffee Day, Costa Coffee & Starbucks but the ones without whipping cream and without sugar added. The cold ones all come with sugar/sweetner mixed so I can’t choose those.

I might not even go back to adding actual sugar to my coffee in the future. Well never say never but I don’t feel that it is necessary anymore. HoweverI do have a sweet tooth and hence I am not ruling it out. Let’s see!