Underdog

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On any given night, anything can happen / if the underdog is hungry the favourite might fall / with all of the people yelling and clapping / anything can happen, anything at all

Those are the lyrics to the chorus of the 80s hit single Anything can happen by Was Not Was. Whenever I hear or see the word “underdog” I always automatically think of this song and the chorus, which is instantly hummable and catchy.

Now, who doesn’t love an underdog who rises up to the occasion and tries to win the battle against the odds, against a much more fancied opponent. Against a tricky and difficult situation. In real life, we all love underdogs and I would love to be the underdog, the unexpected winner, the written off candidate who managed to surprise the public and to be the David who defeats Goliath.

It’s a romantic feeling that is full of charm and grace and excitement.

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Natural Disaster Three

If you had to evacuate your home because of a natural disaster, what three things would you take with you?

I’ve done similar prompts before but let’s give it a go:

Medicine box – with my asthma inhaler and some other medicines, including band-aids and sprays. This is important and could be a life saver after a disaster.

My laptop – easy! I need to be connected and will need my computer for that. Plus I have a bunch of needed data saved in it so that can help me. Also if I just need to get online the computer is the best and well for entertainment.

And then….well I guess my smartphone. It’s a given, you need to be able to make calls and use maps and GPS and all that shit. I can get a lot of stuff done and use it for making payments as well. Photographic evidence of damage done is also easily taken and sent to anyone who it matters to as well.

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Koln FC 1 Arsenal 0

Manager Arsene Wenger said Arsenal “had got the job done” by advancing to the Europa League knockout stage as Group H winners despite losing at Cologne. A penalty by Sehrou Guirassy, after Mathieu Debuchy was harshly adjudged to have fouled the French striker, earned Cologne only their second win in 17 Bundesliga and Europa League games this season. The closest the Gunners came to scoring was when Francis Coquelin hit the post when the game was goalless in the first half. With one match remaining, Arsenal have 10 points from five games, four ahead of Cologne and Red Star Belgrade, who were held to a goalless draw by Bate Borisov.

A second successive Europa League win for Cologne means they could qualify for the knockout stage after losing their first three matches. Of the five defeats Wenger’s side have suffered this season, this was the least damaging after qualifying for the last-32 stage with two games to spare. Yet a much-changed Gunners line-up failed to build on the afterglow of victory over neighbours Tottenham on Saturday as they were beaten again in Germany. They were hammered 5-1 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League in February 2017 and November 2015, as well as losing 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund in September 2014.

Wenger changed the entire starting XI from the north London derby, forward Danny Welbeck returning from a groin injury after missing the past seven games. Arsenal’s side, which featured Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere, had only 16 Premier League starts between them this season, and it was a lacklustre performance against the Bundesliga’s bottom club. Coquelin twice went close to scoring his first goal for four years, the French midfielder fizzing a shot narrowly wide from 20 yards before another effort bounced off the foot of the Cologne post. Welbeck lasted 45 minutes before he was replaced at the start of the second half by Alex Iwobi.

One of the few positives for Arsenal was another eye-catching display by Reiss Nelson. The 17-year-old has impressed in the Europa League and Carabao Cup this season, and again caught the eye after replacing Calum Chambers midway through the second half. In one sublime move, Nelson danced his way around three defenders before forcing a save from Timo Horn, who also stopped a long distance effort by Wilshere in the closing stages.

This was My Thursday

What a day! So, today is day two of my 6 days in a row holiday. Doesn’t look like I will be going anywhere but that’s ok I guess. I am still gonna enjoy it. Yesterday I was indoors the whole day and didn’t do anything but catch up on my sleep. I watched some tv shows and even rewatched a movie before bedtime – 2011’s Paul, which was funny and entertaining.

Today I woke up by 9 and then waited till 11am to shave and get dressed. I took the new novel, Origin by Dan Brown, with me and went to Kahawa Bistro and ordered a nice thick peanut butter & chocolate milkshake and a double decker burger. Both were amazing. I sat there for a while and read the book as I relaxed and chilled in the airconditioned cafe. I then went to get a haircut – it’s been pending for a long time – and then went to the bank.

Post that I went to Center Mall and roamed around for a bit. I then went to buy a few things from Big Bazaar before going to Burger King, also in a mall for a paneer burger and a Mountain Dew. The day was hot and sweaty. I then went to buy some medicines for me and then hailed an Uber to come back home. Bought some M&Ms for the evening and now waiting for 11:30 pm to watch some football.

White Zombie

White Zombie is a 1932 American Pre-Code horror film directed and independently produced by Victor and Edward Halperin. The screenplay by Garnett Weston, based on The Magic Island by William Seabrook, tells the story of a young woman’s transformation into a zombie at the hands of an evil voodoo master. Béla Lugosi stars as the antagonist, Murder Legendre, with Madge Bellamy appearing as his victim. Other cast members included Robert W. Frazer, John Harron, and Joseph Cawthorn.

Large portions of White Zombie were shot on the Universal Studios lot, borrowing many props and scenery from other horror films of the era. White Zombie opened in New York to negative reception, with reviewers criticizing the film’s over-the-top story and weak acting performances. While the film made a substantial financial profit as an independent feature, it proved to be less popular than other horror films of the time.

In Haiti, the newly arrived Madeleine Short reunites with her fiancé Neil Parker, with imminent plans to be married. On the way to their lodging, the couple’s coach passes Murder Legendre, an evil voodoo master, who observes them with interest and manages to grab Madeleine’s scarf. Neil and Madeleine arrive at the home of the wealthy plantation owner, Charles Beaumont. The musical chanting that the locals do at the funeral is enough to give anyone the creeps, especially at night. Charles has ulterior motives; he wants Madeline for himself and takes the aid of Legendre to get her to do his bidding.  Murder states that the only way to help Charles is to transform Madeleine into a zombie with a potion. Beaumont agrees and surreptitiously gives the potion to Madeleine. Shortly after Madeleine and Neil’s wedding ceremony, the potion takes effect on Madeleine and she appears to die.

After her funeral Neil takes it badly and drinks his sorrow but on visiting her tomb and finding it empty he seeks the help of  the local missionary, Dr. Bruner, who recounts how Murder turned many of his rivals into zombies, who now guard his estate. The two men journey to Murder’s cliffside castle to rescue Madeleine. Meanwhile Charles regrets his actions and begs Murder to release Madeline from the zombie state but the latter refuses. Charles discovers he has been tainted by Murder’s voodoo and is transforming into a zombie. Neil and Dr. Bruner enter the fortress and Madeline under the influence of Legendre is ordered to attack Neil.  She approaches Neil with a knife, but Bruner stops her. As the zombies attack Neil & Bruner, Charles wrestles with Legendre and knocks him out. The zombies, directionless fall off a cliff disoriented and dazed.

Murder awakes but Charles pushes him off the same cliff and he too falls down to his death. Murder’s death releases Madeleine from her zombie trance, and she awakens to embrace Neil. White Zombie is considered the first feature length zombie film. Modern reception to the film has been more positive than its initial release. Some critics have praised the atmosphere of the film, comparing it to the 1940s horror film productions of Val Lewton, while others still have an unfavorable opinion on the quality of the acting. 7 outta 10!

Ranking DCEU Movies

First of all, I have no idea why the call it the DC Extended Universe. But we all got to have our lists, don’t we? So if I do not consider the older Superman or Batman films, I have the ones that have come since 2013 and here is the order in which I would rate them:

  1. Wonder Woman
  2. Batman vs Superman : Dawn of Justice
  3. Justice League
  4. Man of Steel
  5. Suicide Squad

Any surprises? I think Henry Cavill isn’t very charismatic and doesn’t do “justice” (pun not intended) to the role of Superman, though he was better in Justice League. Suicide Squad – don’t get me started on that drivel. I bet it will be my least favorite DC film of all time and least favourite superhero movie of all time.

We Will Be On A Staycation

That’s it people, we got a staycation coming up! My annual leave from work. Last year I had one in February and this year it’s in November. I guess you can’t always pick and choose in our line of work.

So Feb 2016 I took a few days off for some fun and relaxation. 4 days leave coupled with the Saturday and Sunday before it for 6 whole days to do anything I want or nothing. Last time I went for a beer and some food and even went to Lulu Mall for the very first time. This time I dunno. I might not go anywhere but I might have to go shopping for some new shirts – I am overdue. I might pick some places to go and relax with a good book and drink coffee for a while. I don’t think any movies I want to see will be playing in the theatres this week but I will check out the changes on Friday.

Oh so it starts from tomorrow till next monday so 6 days in today and just 4 days leave in all. I wanted more but I guess I can’t get it. It’s not fair but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. If you are wondering where the pic in this post is from, the word “staycation” was originally coined by Canadian comedian Brent Butt in the television show Corner Gas, in the episode “Mail Fraud”, which first aired October 24, 2005.

Lappy Date

Just like my earlier post about books and not reading much in the form of novels when I used to read a lot. I also haven’t been taking my laptop to a cafe and going online while drinking the cafe’s coffees and frappes or eating a sandwich. It’s been ages and I miss it.

As I am planning a mini-vacation or staycation for a few days starting Wednesday, I plan to go to a couple of cafes which used to be my faourite places to go to. I am checking up on various cafes that do offer free Wifi (I can think of only two at the moment) and I plan to go there sometime this week; early by atleast 11 or 11:30 am and order a large coffee and a sandwich and ask them for their wifi password. And I plan to sit down and take out my mouse (the USB kind, take your mind out of the gutter) and click on to the browsers.

So once again, if only for a little while, I will rejoin the Republic of Laptopistan and drink coffee in a cafe while browsing the internet.

Justice League

Justice League is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name, consisting of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film is the fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by Zack Snyder with a screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, from a story by Terrio and Snyder. It features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen and J. K. Simmons.

Thousands of years ago, Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons attempt to conquer and remake Earth through the combined energies of the Mother Boxes. They are foiled by a unified army that included the Olympian Gods, Amazons, Atlanteans, ancient humans, and Green Lanterns. After repelling Steppenwolf’s army, the Mother Boxes are separated and hidden in locations around the world.

  • So what did I think of this film? I watched it in Lulu PVT Gold (the plush recliner seats and expensive theatres of Lulu PVR) last evening with my cousin and we liked it a lot. It’s not my favourite superhero film but it’s pretty good.
  • We have a weak, one-dimensional almost cartoonish villain who keeps babbling about. That kinda spoiled it a bit. We should be getting more complex and evil villains.
  • Gal Gadot is a sight for sore eyes. She really was meant to play this role, this version of Wonder Woman, just like Linda Carter was made to play the 70s version. She is gorgeous, graceful, classy and a bad ass. She brings to life the superhero of our childhood and dreams. She is probably my favourite superhero playing character of all the ones rights now (sorry but Christopher Reeve is still #1 of all time for me).
  • Ben Affleck does an tremendous job again as an older Batman. He has fit into the role so well that even I, a former Affleck non-fan and critic, has warmed up to him. I would gladly watch several films of him as the detective Batman. Sadly, I doubt if we are going to see him in them for another film, if the rumours are true.
  • Ezra Miller is fun as Barry Allen aka The Flash and provides the comedic elements to this film. He has averted my fears of doing a good job in this role though for me, Grant Gustin IS THE FLASH. I don’t care how many movies Miller makes in the DC’s movieverse, he just won’t be Flash enough for me.
  • Likewise Ray Fisher as Cyborg is a good addition. I don’t know anything about Cyborg to compare his performance to but I think he did very well. There is a progressive change in the character’s evolution in the movie. Also, I have never seen the actors in a role before. There is supposed to be a standalone movie on the Cyborg character sometime soon.
  • Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry aka Aquaman – although he was good, Jason plays the same type of grumpy or gruff musclebound character in everything he is known for. Ronan in Stargate Atlantis, Conan The Barbarian, Khal Drogo in Game Of Thrones and now as Aquaman. I know he can’t change his style and physical appearance but he doesn’t show much variety.
  • Henry Cavill as Clark Kent aka Superman has an awesome return in the film. I haven’t been sold on Cavill as Superman. I find him to rigid and lacking any charisma. Perhaps I am comparing him to evergreen and fan favourite Christopher Reeve but that is bound to happen. Cavill is a big guy but he is no charmer like Reeve was. Still, I liked him better here than in the previous two movies he has been as Superman!
  • Diane Lane, Amy Adams, JK Simmons, Connie Nielsen & Jeremy Irons return to portray their supporting characters to good effect in the film. And the post-credit scene showing  Joe Manganiello and Jesse Eisenberg as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke and Lex Luthor, respectively looks ominous and interesting.

Everyone else did a find job. The story was ok, the fight scenes were pretty good and the laughs were well timed. We had fun watching it in the theatre. And that’s all we can ask for. I liked the special effects and the script though I felt that it would have been better if they had the movie be longer than it was. 8 outta 10!

Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspurs 0

Arsenal closed to within a point of Tottenham and maintained their arch-rivals’ miserable record at Emirates Stadium with a comfortable north London derby victory. The pressure was on Arsene Wenger and the Gunners as they trailed Spurs in the Premier League table – but they responded in style and were superior in all areas of the pitch to win with plenty to spare. Shkodran Mustafi headed a free-kick powerfully past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris in the 36th minute after referee Mike Dean had contentiously penalised Davinson Sanchez for a challenge on Alexis Sanchez. The German defender also looked to have been offside.

Arsenal’s domination was underlined five minutes later when Sanchez finished emphatically at the near post, effectively securing the Gunners’ first league win over Spurs since 2014. Tottenham – who have only once in 12 league visits to the Emirates – suffered with Harry Kane, looking well short of match fitness after missing England’s friendlies against Germany and Brazil with a hamstring injury, rarely threatening, although Arsenal keeper Petr Cech saved athletically from Eric Dier’s late header.

Wenger has mysteriously often decided against using Ozil, Lacazette and Sanchez as a potent three-pronged attack this season. This was only the third time he has used the three players together and the combination’s potential and threat was obvious as Spurs were outplayed for most of this north London derby. It also begged the question why it was not used – with £52m Lacazette the most obvious victim of Wenger’s selection policy – in the 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool and the 3-1 loss at Manchester City earlier this season. The France striker is already a popular figure among Arsenal fans, as proved by the fierce jeering when he was replace by Francis Coquelin with 17 minutes left, while Sanchez and Ozil have long been providing the attacking class for the Gunners.

RIP Malcolm Young

Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, died Saturday at the age of 64. Young had been suffering with dementia for the past three years, an illness that forced his retirement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band he founded with his brother Angus Young in 1973. “Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” AC/DC wrote in a statement.

“Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.” The Young brothers lost their older brother George Young, the Easybeats guitarist and AC/DC’s longtime producer, in October at the age of 70. In an additional statement from Malcolm Young’s family, the band said that Malcolm Young died peacefully Saturday with his family by his side.

Young founded AC/DC in November 1973, and soon asked Angus to join when they were 20 and 18 years old respectively. They began national touring in 1974 with singer Dave Evans. AC/DC relocated to the UK in 1976, and began a heavy schedule of international touring and recording. The first six albums of the band were produced by ex-Easybeats members Harry Vanda and George Young, Angus and Malcolm’s brother, and they were also the production team behind the Marcus Hook Roll Band. After the death of lead singer Bon Scott in 1980, they recorded their biggest selling album Back in Black with singer Brian Johnson. Young missed the majority of AC/DC’s Blow Up Your Video World Tour to address his drinking problem. He eventually became sober and returned to the band. During his absence he was replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young with some fans not realising that he had been replaced as Stevie Young bears a striking resemblance to his uncle.

In April 2014, Young became seriously ill and was unable to continue performing. On 16 April 2014, AC/DC released a note stating that Young would be “taking a break from the band due to ill health”. On 24 September 2014, the band’s management announced that Young would not be rejoining the band. Stevie Young continued to fill in for Malcolm on the band’s 2015 Rock or Bust World Tour. On 26 September 2014, The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Young had dementia and had been admitted to a nursing home where he could receive full-time care. A source close to Young was quoted in this article as saying that he had “complete loss of short-term memory”. At the conclusion of the Black Ice World Tour, Malcolm was diagnosed with lung cancer. It was treated at an early stage, so surgery was successful and the cancer was removed. He also had an unspecified heart problem and wore a pacemaker.

Three things I’d Want In A Relationship

Three things you want in a relationship

  • Companionship – when I say companionship, I mean you want to do things together. And not just sex. But actually just lying together in bed and talking. Or even lying together in bed not talking but just being comfortable lying naked in each other’s arms. Wanting to do stuff together like going for a walk, driving on a road trip, watching a movie, going out shopping with each other, cooking meals together, sitting out on the deck on a nice night sky and sipping wine or beer or whatever and staring at the stars.
  • Love – who doesn’t want to be loved. I want true love when you really can’t be for long without the person you love. You go ahead and do your own things but you miss the lover and you can’t wait to be with her and share your experiences of the day with her. I want that kind of love. I want love that lasts for a lifetime. A life partner, a soulmate and a love of a lifetime. Yes, I am hitting the cliches but they are all true and from the heart.
  • Loyalty – I can be really loyal and loyal to a fault. I won’t like anyone saying anything bad about you and I will defend you till the day that I die. I want that kind of loyalty. I want the kind of loyalty that bests everything else. And I want to be deserving of such loyalty.

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Food Review #198

Burger King’s The Shanghai Whopper has a never before combination of the signature Kung Pao Sauce and Crispy fried noodles for the authentic yin-yang flavors of Chinese cuisine. The mouth-watering Whopper continues to have the soft Sesame buns along with a flame-grilled patty made from 100% chicken for non-veg lovers. This unique burger is topped off with cheesy jalapeno sauce, onions, fresh tomatoes, crunchy lettuce and a slice of cheese

Strange Going Ons

Well it’s been a strange and long, confusing week. We are having some changes at the office, some that are tremendously shocking and it will change the mood and atmosphere at the office. I am surprised that this much has happened in this week and I still have a day left to go to work for the week!

I guess the first three days working that dreadful 4:30 am to 1:30 pm shift took a lot outta me. I am 41 and no spring chicken. Those kinda hours is for younger folk. No sooner than I get back to my regular evening shifts (I went in at 7pm yesterday) and I get hit with these changes. I dunno how much change is good for you. Change is good but when it is this much in so little time, it’s bound to have repercussions. Things haven’t been all good these days.

People behaving strangely, all kind of funny stories around and stuff that I can’t keep up with. Also with people I thought were decent, turns out that they aren’t.