Fulham 0 Arsenal 3

Debutants Gabriel and Willian impressed as Arsenal blew away promoted Fulham in the opening game of the Premier League season. Former Chelsea winger Willian had a hand in all three goals and Gabriel – a £23m signing from Lille – scored in his first game in English football. Arsenal were highly impressive, while Fulham caused themselves too many problems at the back. Both sides have played and won at Wembley – twice for the Gunners – in the 48 days since the last Premier League season finished. Alexandre Lacazette scored the opener from close range after Willian’s effort was saved. Centre-back Gabriel then scored from Willian’s corner with his shoulder. Willian, who also hit a post from a free-kick, picked out Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng with a perfect cross-field ball and the captain curled home Arsenal’s third.

Arteta admitted he was surprised at how well Gabriel played on his first game since March when Ligue 1 was curtailed. “He hadn’t played any football for six months so to come and play a game in the Premier League after training with the team for three or four days is a big task,” he told BBC Sport. “The boy showed a lot of character and what he can do. He can still improve a lot but he had a really good game. “Willian knows the league, the country and is very settled here so I knew his performance would settle straight away.” Fulham created few chances, with last season’s top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic coming on with only 27 minutes to go and forcing Bernd Leno into a save.

There were signs of improvement under boss Mikel Arteta last season, with Arsenal showing a new defensive solidity and looking confident going forward. They won the FA Cup final and Community Shield – against Chelsea and Liverpool respectively – at either end of August. Despite a pre-season break of less than a month, they are in good shape if this performance is anything to go back. Fulham had little answer to Arteta’s tactics. Ainsley Maitland-Niles was nominally a left wing-back but spent a lot of his game in midfield, with central defender Kieran Tierney playing almost as a left-back. Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka, whose Arsenal careers looked over last season, had solid performances in midfield. Leno started in goal, with Emiliano Martinez, who ended last season as number one with Leno injured, set to join Aston Villa for £20m.

For the fourth season in a row it took less than 10 minutes for the opening goal of a Premier League season, with Lacazette becoming the first player to score the first goal in two different seasons. He made no mistake from close range after Marek Rodak parried Willian’s shot. The dominant Gunners should have been further clear at half-time, with Willian striking the base of a post with a fine free-kick. The second half followed the same pattern and Arsenal made the game safe. Gabriel became the third Arsenal defender to score on his Premier League debut as he turned home Willian’s corner. He tried to head the ball but it went in via his shoulder. The new laws this season say if the ball hits the area where a T-shirt sleeve would be, that it is not handball. Aubameyang scored the pick of the goals with a trademark curling effort from another Willian pass. Willian is the first player to assist two goals on his Premier League debut for Arsenal since Ray Parlour in August 1992 against Liverpool.

Another Week Passes, More Of The Same

And ofcourse the grind continues. I will be handling my 4th batch of new joinees since July. The latest batch will be joining the office on Monday and I will be training them remotely from home. This almost means another shift change back to 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm from a 10:30 pm to 7:30 am. I have to tell you that I am really happy to move outta that graveyard shift. Man that is bad for my health. I am always tired and always have a dry throat it seems during the graveyard shift.

Unfortunately this sudden new change in the schedule also means that I have to work a bit during the weekend. There are client tool ids that need to be created and it is a 4 step process that takes a long time to get done. I cannot believe that this huge company cannot find an easier and simpler method to create ids for their software. It is ridiculous how much time one has to waste in getting them created and setup for a new set of folks. I guess that’s why they outsource this stuff.

Anyways, I have just received the list of new folks who are joining the company on Monday. I have to work for a couple of hours tomorrow to create their ids and I will be showing a colleague as to how to do the same so we can share the work. Tonight it’s KFC and maybe a beer.

5 Arts That Were Never Finished

Every piece of art is a labor of love. It takes immense effort and a considerable period of time to put together an artwork that strikes the chord with the masses, and stays amongst them for generation altogether.  

However, do you know that there have been some artworks in the history of art that never happened to get completed, but still turned out to be enormously beautiful and popular paintings? Yes! These paintings are unfinished, and that is their biggest attraction. For, each of them tells a story and an incident in the past, that no pitch-perfect and complete painting clouds ever do!  

In this article, we introduce you to 5 such striking pieces of art that were never finished. These include portraits, beautiful landscapes, miniatures, and more. Let’s have a look at them one by one.  

1. President Franklin Delano

Elizabeth Shoumatoff was a famous Russian-American artist known for having painted the portraits of many famous individuals. However, what turned out to be her most famous painting is an unfinished portrait painting of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  

President Roosevelt was in awe of Elizabeth’s painting skills in their first meeting itself. Inspired by her past works, the President hired her to paint his own portrait for the White House. By their second meeting, the President’s health was deteriorating. Still, he agreed to pose for the painting. Though the President was in good spirits that day, he fell off his chair in an unconscious state, just as the painting was about to be completed. Roosevelt died a few hours later. 

Interestingly, Elizabeth Shoumatoff decided not to finish the painting and keep it as an authentic representation of the President’s final moments. Even today, the original painting is famously displayed that the place where Roosevelt died and its recreations are popular amongst the masses all over, for its uniqueness.

2. The Entombment


https://www.1st-art-gallery.com/Caravaggio/The-Entombment-1602-03.html 

The Entombment, an unfinished artistic depiction of the proceedings of Jesus’ burial, is arguably one of the most controversial unfinished paintings of all time. It’s a historical painting dating back to the 1500s. Some experts believe that painting was commissioned to the famous painter Michelangelo.  

However, there is no evidence that works actually began. The painting’s rawness and lack of depth support the argument that it was not painted by Michelangelo but rather by a lesser-known and naive artist.  

No matter what the origins of The Entombment have been and who its creator was, the painting is certainly an interesting one amongst the vast collection of Renaissance-era paintings.

3. The Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci 

https://www.1st-art-gallery.com/Leonardo-Da-Vinci/Adoration-Of-The-Magi.html 

Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most famous painters of all time, has some unfinished paintings too to his credit.  Vinci was known for his lack of patience and short attention spans. Therefore, he left in the midway, the painting which did not interest him anymore. One famous example of this is “The Adoration of the Magi”. 

The painting, though unfinished, has all the elements of all famous Leonardo da Vinci masterpieces. Here, he has deviated from the traditional interpretations of the Magi and has created something truly original and new. Apart from virgin Mary, Jesus, and Magi, Leonardo has included whirling horses and some scary frightening human figures in the painting.  

Though other artists attempted to finish the painting after Leonardo abandoned it, Leonardo’s unfinished painting turned out to be more popular than only of those. And why not, though unfinished, the painting has ample of the master artist’s mastery.  

4. The Death of Marat by Jacques Louis David 

https://www.1st-art-gallery.com/Jacques-Louis-David/The-Death-Of-Marat-1793.html 

The Death of Marat is similar to Shoumatoff’s “Unfinished Portrait”, in the way that the painting’s claim to fame is due to the historical events that it became a part of, rather than the artist’s own popularity. The painting depicts the famous political hero Jean-Paul Marat and was painted in the same year that he was killed. The background of the painting was left unfinished.  

It is believed that this was a deliberate move by the painter Jacques Louis David.  Nevertheless, the artwork is famous for its glorified depiction of the political hero, and for the sheer fact that it was one of the last paintings of him before he died. 

5. Portrait of Ria Munk III by Gustav Klimt 

https://www.1st-art-gallery.com/Gustav-Klimt/Portrait-Of-Ria-Munk-Iii.html 

This artwork, again, goes for an interesting piece of the story. Munk family had commissioned a series of three portrait paintings to capture the memory of their daughter Ria, who had committed suicide. Ria’s mother had appointed Gustav Klimt to recreate a deathbed of her daughter through the painting. Surprisingly, the first two portraits created by Klimt were rejected by the family, and the third one ended up being unfinished.  

However, the very fact that it was unfinished, led to the painting being seen as a living testimony of the artist’s painting methods, style, and approach.  The painting indicated how much of a spontaneous painter Klimt was. Thanks to this interesting piece of information that the painting captured, it was sold for a whopping $27.8 million in 2010.  

Takeaway  

Unfinished paintings can be more interesting and exciting than you think. Having a recreation of such paintings in your collection, no doubt will make it truly worthy and unique. So, what are you waiting for? Order a recreation today, and get ready to flaunt these unfinished paintings!  

3 Things

Three things you want in a relationship.

  1. Companionship: I want to live with a woman who wants to live with me and spend her days and nights with me as much as I want to do with her.
  2. Sharing experiences and interests : I would love to listen to music with my woman. Watch movies and tv shows together. Go to different places and enjoy the food and drink and talk about these. I would want a woman who I can introduce my favourite things to and share them with her so we can enjoy them together. I hope she also loves dogs and cats because I would like to raise a dog or two with her and a couple of cats.
  3. Love : Emotional and physical. I want to be one with her. And that’s emotional as well as sex. To be comfortable and sleep together knowing that the love we have is wonderful and great.

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Have You Ever Had Jury Duty?

So in India we do not have a jury system. But I think that’s a good thing. I don’t think we would do well with the jury system. I mean we can easily find people – second largest population in the world. How hard do you think it would be to get 12 people to sit in a jury? But it’s the next part that scares me.

The jury must decide upon facts to determine someone’s guilt or non guilt. Listen to disputes and take notes on evidence and facts presented to assist in making a decision. Jurors add certainty to the law, that is the jury merely states that the accused is guilty or not guilty and does not give a reason. That is what scares me because I am not sure about local people being able to do that without some bias or the other.

Therefore I have never had to do jury duty and never will while I live here in India. But it would be fun. Or maybe I have read too many John Grisham novels or watched too many movies that have jury trials.

Prompt from 30 Days Of September Writing Prompts at The SitsGirls

Mid-Week 30 Things – Part 2

16. What’s a saying that you say a lot? “God Less”

17. Who told you they loved you last? My baby cousin on a Facebook post

18. Last furry thing you touched? ahem!!

19. How many hours a week do you work? 48-50

20. How many pics do you have on your mobile phone? 561

21. Favorite age you have been so far? 29

22. Your worst enemy? myself

23. What is your current desk wallpaper? The USS Interceptor, a Star Trek online starship

24. What was the last thing you said to someone? “I’m off to bed”

25. What was the last thing you received as a gift? A skull designed mug from colleagues

26. Where did you go for your last vacation? Hahaha – to a hotel in the city

27. What was the last alcoholic drink you had? Amstel lager on Saturday

28. If you could eat only one thing for breakfast for the rest of your life what would it be? Omelettes

29. What is your favourite holiday? New Year’s Day

30. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to go back in time and fix all your mistakes which would you choose? The Million … I could use it

Mid-Week 30 Things – Part 1

01. When you look at yourself in the mirror, what’s the first thing you look at? my glasses

02. How much cash do you have on you? Rs.3000 in my wallet and Rs.5000 which is my emergency stash

03. What’s a word that rhymes with “TEST”? breast

04. Favorite plant? Marijuana

05. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone? Airtel (from their automated marketing)

06. What is your main ring tone on your phone? ‘Wonder Woman Theme’

07. What shirt are you wearing? black with black n white diamond shaped designed

08. Do you “label” yourself? yes, rock n’roll GOD

09. Name brand of your shoes currently wearing? Gubatti (local Indian brand)

10. Bright or Dark Room? depends on my mood, as of right now…DARK

11. What do you think about the person who took this survey? Never meet him (PD) but he seems like an alright bloke

13. What were you doing at midnight last night? working

14. What did your last text message you received on your cell phone say? “Ok”

15. Do you ever click on “Pop Ups” or Banners? occasionally

Book Gifts

What bookish items do you love to give as gifts?

This would have been easier when I was younger. Atleast till my early 30s. I was the bookworm. I read a lot, mostly fiction with the off biography and I also read a lot about some history and things.

When I was younger, while my cousins and uncle watched cricket matches, I could be found lying in a corner or sitting in a sofa with a book in my hands. As a youngster I loved comics and could spends hours with a bunch of them. As I turned 14-15 I turned to novels and read a lot each months. I liked to read as much as I could. People found it easy to give me gifts; they just needed to get me some books.

If I would gift someone now, I’d try to find their interests and get books based on them. Biographies, autobiographies and memoirs. If they like a particular field of interest or sports then I would find books on that. Someone likes horror – Stephen King’s novels. Etc etc. Get a few books and have them gift wrapped and give them as a gift for a housewarming, anniversary, promotion or birthday. Even some coffee table books are good gifts.

Prompt from 52 DISCUSSION POST PROMPTS FOR YOUR BOOK BLOG IN 2018

Naughty Jokes For You

The teacher is teaching a class and she sees that Johnny isn’t paying attention, so she asks him, “If there are three ducks sitting on a fence, and you shoot one, how many are left?” Johnny says, “None.” The teacher asks, “Why?” Johnny says, “Because the shot scared them all off.” The teacher says, “No, there are two left, but I like how you’re thinking.”

Then Johnny asks the teacher, “You see three women walking out of an ice cream parlor. One is licking her ice cream, one is sucking her ice cream, and one is biting her ice cream. Which one is married?” And the teacher responds, “The one sucking her ice cream.” Johnny says, “No, the one with the wedding ring, but I like how you’re thinking.


“Two hookers were on a street corner. They started discussing business and one of the hookers said, “Yep, it’s gonna be a good night, I smell cock in the air.” The other hooker looked at her and said, “No, no. I just burped.”


“A couple were in the bathroom getting ready for work when the husband looked at his wife and said, “I gotta have you!” He backed her up against the bathroom door, pulled down her panties, and ravaged her. He knew he was doing great because she screamed and wiggled more than she ever had before. When he was finished, he started putting his clothes back on and when he noticed his wife still writhing against the door he said, “That was the best, honey. You’ve never moved like that before, you didn’t hurt yourself, did you?” And his wife replied, “No, no. I’ll be okay once I can get this old doorknob out of my ass.”

Banana Strawberry Milkshake

Perfect for a hot summer’s day but the Banana Strawberry milkshake – ice cream optional – is a crowd pleaser and goes down so well. While I feel that strawberry shakes on it’s in a bit bland, adding ripe bananas into the mix gives it an added freshness and the taste is awesome.

Ingredients:

2 Bananas (the riper the better)
2 cups Frozen Strawberries
6 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
2 cups Milk

Optional Toppings: strawberry syrup, whipped cream, fresh strawberries and banana slices

Directions:

  • Place all of your ingredients into your blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Top with strawberry syrup, whipped cream and fresh strawberry and banana slices if desired.
  • Serve immediately.

10 Tips For Night Shift Work @ Home

The night shift. Most of us dread it and some fear it. There are some crazy souls who do like the night shift as they feel like their city takes on a whole different look and feel when they go out at the night time. I have trained a bunch of folks in Hyderabad who like the 9 pm to 6 am shift. That’s great for you crazy people. The rest of us have to prepare ourselves for it. So I am working a 10:30 pm to 7:30 am shift this week and possibly the next 2 more weeks as well.

Here are some of my tips for people in the night shift especially if you working from home:

1.Wear comfortable clothes – it doesn’t even matter if you are wearing you jammies. I wear my lungi, which are like Indian pyjamas, and a shirt. If I wore t-shirts then I would chose them instead.

2. Have you dinner by 8 or 8:30 pm. You do not want to feel very heavy right when you have to start your shift. And avoid heavy foods or spicy food as much as you can.

3. Arrange your breaks for every 2 hours, the same as you would have in a normal day shift. You need, deserve and have a right to those breaks. And walk around even if it just in your home or apartment during those breaks. Stretch if you can.

4. Make sure to drink a lot of water in between. Gotta stay hydrated. And avoid really cold water, though slightly chilled is fine.

5. For snacks try to get biscuits or fruit. I like what I call my “apple breaks” in that I keep chilled pieces of apple in my fridge and have them at 2 am or so. Keeps me feeling fresh. Grapes, pears and bananas are also awesome snacks.

6. Coffee or tea. Yeah, I need my caffine kick. But I have tried to keep it to just one coffee a night shift. Strong and black and usually at around 4 am which is when I start to feel a drowsy and tired.

7. Plan your breakfast. What I do is I give both myself and my batch of trainees, if I have one, a break at around 6 am. For them it will be breakfast is what I was told and for me it is to go and make my breakfast. I try to eat my breakfast at around that time or prepare something that I can eat quickly at 7:30 am. Soon as I finish the shift.

8. Don’t stay up after that. Breakfast done, I either go to bed straight away or lie in bed and watch a little tv until I feel my eyelids get heavy so I can sleep as much as I can.

9. Naps are great. If you haven’t got enough sleep during the day, a light nap will do wonders. This could be between the hours of 7 and 9. Not later than that.

10. Don’t go out during the day, unless it is a quick trip for groceries or anything else that you really need. I don’t want to feel even more tired than I actually need to be.

Awesome Saturday

I had a nice day out. I’m trying to get back to some degree of normalcy by going out every Saturday and enjoy a day out of the apartment. Well 2 hours atleast. Yesterday I went out to get my hair cut. I had last cut my hair in March, a week before we went into lockdown. And even if I am having a big bald patch on the top and the hairline is in the advanced stages of receding, in 5 months my hair was long on the sides and back. When I sweat or after a shower, I hate it when my hair sticks to the back of my neck.

But up first I had to collect 9 packages from the post office – because the postman is a lazy bugger. I waited for the bugger to come and deliver them and since he doesn’t leave them on the table (no security guard due to Covid) at times, I have to go and collect it from the main post office in Ernakulam. What is it’s a weekend that I want to relax and stay in at home? I still have to go because this idiot can’t do his job probably. His excuse this week was that “were 9 packages” so he is too lazy to carry them. Why not on split it on different days? Idiot!

Anyways I went and collected my packages and then went to Ole to get my haircut. I had to, for the first time in my life, book an appointment to go get my haircut at this nice salon. They are accepting appointments for the most part to avoid crowds in their store. Is this what it feels like to be a women? Once that was done, I walked next door (they are in the same compound) and went to Couchyn, which is the bar of the the Grand Hotel, and bought 4 Amstel beers. Post that I went to an ATM and took out some money and then went to a grocery store for a few provisions. Then it was time for lunch and decided on Dominos and had a nice pizza.

After that it was back home to watch a movie – The Craft – and a nap. In the evening I had an over 3.5 hour WhatsApp video chat while he was drinking vodka and Sprite and I was drinking a couple of beers. He had KFC and I had a burger and fries in our respective homes and discussed scifi, movies families and shot the shit so to speak. It was fun.

Dani On Loan With Arsenal For Another Year

Dani Ceballos has rejoined Arsenal on a season long loan from Real Madrid. The Spanish international become an important component of Mikel Arteta’s side last season, and played a key part in our FA Cup success. He formed a solid partnership with Granit Xhaka, catching the eye with his energetic, committed performances, which also brought some small measure of creativity to our midfield. It was quite a turnaround from a few months previously when he gave serious consideration to cutting short his loan spell, but having been challenged by the Arsenal boss, he responded by ‘training like an animal‘, winning over his compatriot to become a regular starter.

Arteta was keen to bring him back, saying, “Dani knows really well what I think about him. He was pretty clear with me as well that his intention was to remain with us. Last season, Ceballos made 37 appearances in all competitions, despite missing months due to a serious hamstring injury, scoring twice and making two assists. He will be looking to improve on those stats during the new campaign. It’s good news for the Arsenal midfield, which is still an area of uncertainty, but securing the 24 year old – who is desperate to play for Spain in next summer’s European Championships – is a positive development.

It’s believed there are no obligatory purchase clauses attached to the deal. Ceballos becomes Arsenal’s third summer signing, with the arrivals of Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes boosting the Gunners’ squad ahead of Arteta’s first full season in charge. Last season Ceballos wore the number eight shirt at the Emirates, and the Gunners have confirmed that he will once against wear the same jersey.

Has The Perfect Cheeseburger Changed?

How do you make the perfect cheeseburger?

So I answered this blog prompt almost exactly 2 years ago. But how do you get the perfect cheeseburger? I mean so many options, so much variations you could do. Each place has its own little touches and make that burger delicious and unique. So let’s see in the 2 years since, has my taste changed.

Big buns. I like big, soft buns and I cannot lie. Seasame seeds are optional. Slightly spicy mayo on the top and bottoms. No lettuce! Yeah, that has changed. I mean I was never the biggest fan of lettuce but that is just crunchy water. So no lettuce. Instead some grilled onions either on the bottom bun or just above the burger patty. Big, thick and juicy patty which is 80% beef, 20% pork patty! Yeah, I am mixing it up.

One thick slice of cheese on top of it. Then another 80% beef, 20% pork patty. Boom! One more slice of cheese! A single slice of tomato. A fried egg on top of that – BOOM! 3 slices of hot, crispy bacon. More sauce dribbling on the top.

Damn! That’s a mighty fine burger right there.

Prompt from 30 DAYS OF SEPTEMBER WRITING PROMPTS at The SitsGirls