Matt Turner Joins Arsenal From New England Revolution

Goalkeeper Matt Turner has joined Arsenal on a long-term contract from MLS side New England Revolution. The 28-year-old USA international has made 18 appearances for his country since making his international debut in January 2021. He started all six matches on the way to the United States winning the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup and has also been an integral part of the squad which has won qualification to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. After graduating from Fairfield University, Connecticut, Matt joined Jersey Express in the US Premier Development League for one season, before signing for New England Revolution in 2016.

Matt made 102 appearances for New England Revolution during his six years with the MLS side, being voted both the fans’ and teammates Most Valuable Player in 2020In August 2021 he was selected to represent the MLS in the 2021 MLS All-Star Game, where he saved two penalties and was voted MVP. Matt also spent a successful loan spell in the United Soccer League with Richmond Kickers in 2016 at the start of his time with New England Revolution. Matt will wear the number 30 shirt and will soon join up with his new team mates for pre-season training.

Mikel Arteta said: “Matt is an experienced goalkeeper who will bring high quality to our squad. He has shown with his performances in recent years in both the MLS and at international level with the United States that he is a goalkeeper who will give us added strength going into next season. We welcome Matt and his family to the club and we look forward to working together in the years to come.”

Technical director Edu added: “We are delighted that Matt is joining us. Matt is a goalkeeper with established qualities and experience, who will be a great addition to our squad. We identified Matt some time ago and worked hard to ensure that his transfer was complete so he could join us in time for our pre-season in July. We now look forward to Matt joining us, settling into his new home and working ahead of next season.”

6 Things You May Not Have Know About Hotel California

1. Don Felder did not expect the song to be a hit.

Knowing full well that most radio hits at the time clocked in around the three-minute mark, Don Felder thought there was no way “Hotel California” would take off. “‘Hotel California’ is six minutes, the intro is a minute long, it stops in the middle with no drums and you’ve got a two-minute guitar solo at the end,” he said to MusicRadar in 2012. “It’s the absolute wrong format for a single.” He was mistaken.

2. The working title was “Mexican Reggae.”

As Don Felder began to build the foundation of the song, he presented his progress to bandmate Don Henley. “Henley came back and said he really liked that song, and I think he kind of nicknamed it ‘Mexican Reggae,'” Felder recalled on Uncle Joe Benson’s Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show. “And I went, ‘Oh, okay. ‘Mexican Reggae.’ That sounds good to me.”

3. When it came time to record the song, Don Felder had forgotten what he’d written.

When the band sat down to record the song, Don Henley insisted the track be cut like the original demo. But having written it a year earlier, Felder could not recall what he had played. “I had left my original cassette in my studio in Los Angeles in Malibu,” he told UCR. “So I had to call my housekeeper, have her go find the cassette, put it in a blaster, play it over the phone, so we could record it in the studio in Miami. Then I had to sit down and learn what I had just made up, note for note from the hip because Don wanted it just like the demo.”

4. “Steely knives” is a reference to Steely Dan, who inspired Eagles to expand their lyrical horizons.

“One of the things that impressed us about Steely Dan was that they would say anything in their songs, and it didn’t have to necessarily make sense,” Glenn Frey said on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show. “They called it ‘joke sculpture.’ But it was also meant to be playful repartee.” “Walter Becker’s girlfriend loved the Eagles, and she played them all the time,” Frey told Cameron Crowe. “I think it drove him nuts. So, the story goes that they were having a fight one day, and that was the genesis of the line, ‘Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening’ in ‘Everything You Did,’ from Steely Dan’s The Royal Scam album. During the writing of ‘Hotel California,’ we decided to volley.”

5. “Mercedes bends” is not a typo. 

When the album was released, the songs’ lyrics were included. Some fans assumed the misspelling of “Mercedes bends” was an error, but it was a purposeful play on words, emphasizing the woman’s fanatical and “Tiffany-twisted” mind.

6. There are countless theories as to the architectural inspiration behind “Hotel California.”

Eagles maintained the song was always an overarching metaphor for the fleeting materialism and wealth of California, but fans began to wonder if a real-life hotel had inspired the song. Various interpretations arose, according to Songfacts, ranging from local psychiatric hospitals to Aleister Crowley’s mansion in Scotland to the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.

Four Fun Facts About Wimbledon

THE FASTEST SERVE WAS 240 KPH

When we think of great servers, our minds are drawn to stars like Federer, Roddick and Pete Sampras, but the fastest serve recorded at Wimbledon was actually achieved by American Taylor Dent. In a 2010 match, Dent served a 240 kmph rocket to Novak Djokovic. Earlier that year, Dent also set a record at Roland Garros – he wasn’t a household name, but Dent was a hard server and no slouch as a player, peaking at 21st in the rankings.

THE LONGEST SPONSORSHIP IN SPORTS HISTORY

Did you know that Wimbledon’s relationship with Slazenger is the longest in sports history? The British sporting company started supplying balls to the championship in 1902 and hasn’t stopped since.

THE YOUNGEST WINNER? JUST 15 YEARS OLD!

In 1887, Charlotte Dod won the championship at just 15 years old, and went on to retain her title for five years in a row, before losing it at the ripe old age of twenty. Charlotte wasn’t just a tennis star – in addition to her Wimbledon exploits, she won a silver in archery at the 1908 Olympics, won the British Amateur Golf Championship in 1904 and competed with the national field hockey team.

On the men’s side, the youngest winner was German Boris Becker, who was just 17. Although he was older than Charlotte Dod, the feat may be even more impressive, as he won in 1985, competing against highly paid, well-trained professionals. Becker was also the first unseeded champ and the first German to win Wimbledon.

The Champions Climb To See Family In The Stands

Like strawberries and cream, the Queue and all-white outfits, the champion’s climb to the players’ box to celebrate his victory with his closed ones has become a tradition at Wimbledon. It all started with Pat Cash back in 1987. Since then, 14 players have scaled terraces to the players’ box to embrace their family and coaches. The most unexpected – and out of character – climb was probably Sampras‘ when he beat Pat Rafter in 2000 and broke Roy Emerson’s Grand Slam record.

Some Ideas & Tips For Enjoying A Staycation

Have a spa day. It might not be as glamorous as a real day at the spa, but you can still make your own home feel like a peaceful retreat. Try a face mask with cucumber slices or an Epsom salt bath.

A staycation is the perfect opportunity to dive into a good read—or several! Set up a hammock in your backyard or lay out a blanket under a tree and let yourself unwind with a good book. If you live in an apartment building get a recliner and some tea/coffee.

Take a hike in the great outdoors, canoe the local river, or enjoy a peaceful walk in a nearby park. Pack a lunch for the trip and enjoy a picnic with your family, or even grab your running shoes to hit that runner’s high!

Pitch a tent, light the fire, and make some s’mores. When it’s time to call it a night, crawl into the tent and sleep under the stars. (Or you can bring the gang back inside to sleep in your comfortable beds too—we won’t judge.)

Plan movie nights. You don’t have to leave your house to catch a good flick. Rent a movie—or even better, stream one for free. This is the perfect time to tackle a marathon of trilogies or introduce your kids to iconic classics for the first time. But don’t forget the snacks! Grab some popcorn and candy from a grocery store and you’ll be set.

Stay somewhere new. Let’s be clear: It’s okay to stay at your house during your staycation (and it saves major money not having to pay for a hotel or bed-and-breakfast). But if you do want to switch it up, check in to a local hotel or Airbnb for a night or two. It’s amazing how getting away to a new spot in your hometown can feel so refreshing.

Prompt from 170 Creative Summer Blog Post Ideas for All Bloggers at Nikki Blogs

YogaBar Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter

If you like dark chocolate and peanut butter than one of the options you can try is the YogaBar Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter. This is from their latest range of food products that are heavily advertised online has a delicious taste. I am used to their YogaBar protien bars which are really good but they also have peanut butter and oats. Now the dark chocolate ones come in either crunchy or creamy but I never buy the crunchy ones.

The most valuable feature is the peanuts are slow-roasted. It is said that the more roasted peanuts are, the better it is. How does it taste? It isn’t very sweet and infact is not as sweet as most regular peanut butter. It has it’s natural oil when you open it, so it is best to do a good mix before you use it. Best with toast or buns or chapathi. You get the taste of dark chocolate a lot more than the peanut butter but after you take your first chew you will slowly get the texture of peanut butter. It has 26% Protein per serving, is high in fibre, zero Trans fat & Zero Cholesterol.

Ideally do not refrigerate it, though you can. Instead store it in a cool, dark place and enjoy whenever you want to get that toast or chapati. I dunno if this is gonna replace the usual brands of peanut butter I buy right now, since it has chocolate in it but it sure is good. 4 outta 5 stars or 8.5 outta 10!

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF Therapy)

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF therapy), also known as low field magnetic stimulation (LFMS) uses electromagnetic fields in an attempt to heal non-union fractures and depression. Pulsed PEMF therapy treats your cells like batteries. It’s common for them to slowly be drained of energy. By the end of a day, your body and mind may feel tired and depleted. That’s where PEMF technology can help. Dr. Williams uses it to generate energy in your cells without an invasive procedure. This amplifies your natural energy and encourages your body to function more effectively. Also known as low field magnetic stimulation, it uses electromagnetic fields to try to help cellular dysfunction. How does PEMF work?

Pulsed PEMF therapy sends magnetic energy into the body. These energy waves work with your body’s natural magnetic field to improve healing. The magnetic fields help you to increase electrolytes and ions. This naturally influences electrical changes on a cellular level and influences cellular metabolism. It works with your body’s own recovery processes to help relieve chronic pain. Best of all, it’s entirely safe.

Ultimately, the human body requires electricity to sign signals throughout the body and to your brain. PEMF therapy effectively can realign the electricity in your cells. When a cell is stimulated, it allows positive charges to enter a cell in an open ION channel. The inside of this cell becomes positively charged, which will trigger other electrical currents, turning into pulses. This can positively influence movement, healing, and sending of signals. Any disruption in electrical currents can lead to dysfunction or illness. Pulsed PEMF therapy helps restore this disruption in electrical current to the normal state, which promotes overall wellness.

My Favourite Bars In Cochin

Couchyn at The Grand is a restaurant on Grand Hotel, MG Road Ernakulam in Kochi. It is a preferred destination for several old timers in the city as it is attached to one of the oldest & famous family restaurants in Cochin. A perfect place for wining and dining, drop into enjoy your favorite beverages, cocktails & mocktails. Recommended food pairings are their Trivandrum style chicken, fish fingers, tandoori chicken and French fries.

Blue Rock Resto Bar at Olive Downtown – very cool and awesome location at Kadavanthara. They mix fine dining dishes with fast food and snacks. They have happy hours and offers as well. A tad more expensive than Couchyn. Best pro is that you can get burgers & pizza from the hotel’s cafe downstairs to pair with your beer while you sit in the bar. Recommended is the crispy fried prawns, pork chops & their pizzas.

The Ava Lounge & Bar is hotel Raddison Blu’s bar which is on the 6th floor. Comfy chairs and Couches, thoughtful and polite staff, variety of beer, wine and liquor with a great ambience & service. Decent prices for 5 star hotel however you must go during their happy hours from 11am-4pm. Afghani chicken, tempura prawns and French fries are the only food I have tried from there and I highly recommend them. It tends to get crowded during the evenings and on weekends.

Wimbledon Overall Records

Wimbledon Men’s Records

Winner of most Gentlemen’s Singles titles

(8) Roger Federer

Winner of most consecutive Gentlemen’s Singles titles

(6) William Renshaw

Winner of most Gentlemen’s Doubles titles

(9) Todd Woodbridge

Winner of most consecutive Gentlemen’s Doubles titles

(5) Reginald Doherty & Laurence Doherty,and Todd Woodbridge & Mark Woodforde

Winner of most Mixed Doubles titles

(4) Ken Fletcher & Vic Seixas, and Owen Davidson & Leander Paes

Winner of most Championships (total: singles, doubles, mixed)

(13) Laurence Doherty

Women’s Records at Wimbledon

Winner of most Ladies’ Singles titles

(9) Martina Navratilova

Winner of most consecutive Ladies’ Singles titles

(6) Martina Navratilova

Winner of most Ladies’ Doubles titles

(12) Elizabeth Ryan

Winner of most consecutive Ladies’ Doubles titles

(4) Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver, and Natasha Zvereva

Winner of most Mixed Doubles titles

(7) Elizabeth Ryan

Winner of most Championships (total: singles, doubles, mixed)

(20) Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King

Fun Things To Do At Home On Hot Days

Fun things to do at home on hot days

Well at times you can’t really do anything but I have found that when it is a hot, humid and sweaty day and it is way too sunny out there, it is best not to brave it out there. Unless you have an air-conditioned car that you can get into in the covered porch of your building or garage – in that case, drive straight on till your favourite mall or movie theatre and enjoy an afternoon in the air-conditioned hall while enjoying a good movie.

If you’d rather stay at home, crank up the ac, pour yourself a nice, tall & cold drink, eat a nice light lunch and relax in your home while watching movies set in the snow! That ought cool down your mind, sense and body. For dinner again, keep things light and crispy and enjoy a nice evening with a cool drink in hand. Wear some light, loose fitting clothes and go to bed with new cool, crisp sheets.

Or do as I do and sleep in the nude. Cools things down way more!

Prompt from 170 Creative Summer Blog Post Ideas for All Bloggers at Nikki Blogs

2001 : A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, and was inspired by Clarke’s 1951 short story “The Sentinel” and other short stories by Clarke. Clarke also developed a novelisation of the film, which was released after the film’s release, and in part written concurrently with the screenplay. The film stars Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester and Douglas Rain, and follows a voyage to Jupiter with the sentient supercomputer HAL after the discovery of an alien monolith. The film is noted for its scientifically accurate depiction of space flight, pioneering special effects, and ambiguous imagery. Kubrick avoided conventional cinematic and narrative techniques; dialogue is used sparingly, and there are long sequences accompanied only by music.

The soundtrack incorporates numerous works of classical music, by composers including Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss II, Aram Khachaturian, and György Ligeti. The film received diverse critical responses, ranging from those who saw it as darkly apocalyptic to those who saw it as an optimistic reappraisal of the hopes of humanity. Critics noted its exploration of themes such as human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning Kubrick the award for his direction of the visual effects. The film is now widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made. In 1991, it was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Back Working At The Office After 8 Months

So, yesterday I went to the office to work after a very long, long time. The last time I had worked at the office was back in the end of September. After that mainly due to health reasons, I have stayed back at home and worked from here. I’m very comfortable here at home working and now it is a big pain to go to the office but I had to go as there needed to be atleast one of us at the office while two batches of new employees were getting trained.

So yesterday I got up by 9 am and got ready by 11:45 am and then booked an Uber to take me to the office. I reached there by 12:30 pm and then went to sign in at the security desk, as I am designated as a Work from home employee. I then went to our tech section to get one of the laptops that is assigned to us temporarily for work purposes while at the office (we have desktops at home given by the company) and went to the large floor where the new employees were sitting. They had just come in and were setting up their logins and online modules. I went to where my batch were sitting and plugged in my laptop and we started the day.

At 2pm I went for a quick lunch of an omelette, ketchup & mayo sandwich and a bottled grape juice. I then went back to continue the rest of the training. We broke for a coffee break – I had the same grape juice – and I joined a new team member who I had not met till now and also met some colleagues who I hadn’t seen in ages. By 9:30 pm I logged off and sent the batches home and then met two colleagues who were coming in the 9:30 pm to 6:30 am shift and then quickly booked a cab to come home and have my dinner before watching some tv.

Arsenal Sign Portuguese Midfielder Fabio Vieira From Porto FC

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of highly-rated Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira from FC Porto for a reported fee of £30m plus add-ons. The 22 year-old midfielder, who made 54 appearances during his time with Porto, developed through the Portuguese club’s youth academy, making his first team debut in June 2020 and was part of the Primeira Liga winning squads in both 2019/20 and 2021/22. The deal – which has seen him sign a long-term contract – has come as somewhat of a surprise to Gunners fans given Vieira hadn’t been one of the select few names being relentlessly linked with a move to the Emirates. However, the switch has been officially announced and Mikel Arteta can consider Vieira his first big signing of the summer window.

Fabio is a Portuguese Under-21 international and has scored an impressive 13 goals from his 21 appearances. He also represented his country at youth level, playing all five tournament matches as Portugal finished runners-up at the 2019 UEFA Under-19 Championship. During last season’s Primeira Liga winning season, Fabio made 27 appearances, scoring six goals and making 14 assists during the league campaign. Fabio will wear the number 21 shirt and join up with his new team mates soon for pre-season training. Everyone at Arsenal welcomes Fabio to the club.

Technical Director Edu said: “We’re so pleased to have completed the signing of Fabio from FC Porto. Fabio is a player with special qualities who is comfortable with the ball in the final third of the pitch. We are all looking forward to working with him and enjoying his future contribution to Arsenal. We will now continue to work hard and are looking forward to finishing this transfer window as strongly possible.”

Mikel Arteta added: ”I am very excited that we have identified and signed such a special talent. Fabio is a very creative player that will bring high quality and versatility to our attacking play. We welcome Fabio and his family to our club and are looking forward to starting work with him ahead of the new season.”

The Graveyard Shift Of The Vampire

Last week was a tough one. Due to a work requirement, I had to do a late night shift. 9:30 pm to 6:30 am. This was one of the worst shift timings that you can ever do. It was because I had to start and train a new batch of 15 new employees and we could only do it in this time slot. So the previous weekend I tried to ensure that I went to sleep late, watching tv shows till 3:30 am or 4:30 am and then sleeping in till noon. On Monday I woke up by 11 am but made sure that I got a couple of hours of sleep in the afternoon post lunch. I got up by 5 pm and then went about getting coffee and a snack and lazed around till 6:30 pm.

Then I shaved and showered and relaxed with a juice and waited for my dinner. By 9pm I was logged in and checking my email. The trainees started joining my Webex bridge slowly and then post introductions and expectation setting, I started the sessions. I gave them two breaks of 30 minutes each – one at 12:30 am and then other at 4am for coffee/tea and snacks. At 6:15 am I would make them fill the training survey and then send then for the day. I then got my breakfast – no coffee, which I had at 4:00 am – and then watched a bit of tv before falling asleep.

I would only wake up by 2 pm and then brush my teeth and then have lunch. I’d watch tv till 6 pm when I’d have coffee and then shave and shower. More coffee until dinner and then wait for the trainees to arrive. Repeat until Saturday morning. It was fun but tiring and now I am back at the more reasonable working hours of 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm for I guess the next 2 weeks.

Seven Weird Laws In Minnesota

1. In Minneapolis, there is a law prohibiting the use of alleys for through pedestrian traffic. No shortcuts in this city!

2. In Cottage Grove, as an emergency water saving measure, your street number dictates when you can use your sprinklers and water your plants. Even numbered days are for even addresses, and odd numbered days are for odd addresses.

3. Minnetonka residents must also keep their wood piles neatly stacked or secured to avoid collapse, lest they be declared a public nuisance.

4. Finally, in this obviously clean city, it is also a public nuisance to drive a vehicle with wheels or tires that deposit mud, dirt, sticky substances, litter, or other materials.

5. As of 2010, a statute states that no person may be charged with or convicted of the offense of drunkenness or public drunkenness. The trick is to avoid all other chargeable offenses once publicly intoxicated.

6. There is still a law stating that when a married woman commits adultery, both the wife and husband can be fined up to $3,000 and imprisoned for up to one year.

7. It is illegal to conceal your identity in public with a robe, mask, or other disguise for any purpose other than entertainment, weather protection, or medical treatment. If you see the paparazzi, you better run really fast.