Pigeon Daddy On The Lookout

And now the dad pigeon seems to be hanging out on the upper ledge of my balcony! He has been sitting there all day (it’s almost 3pm now) and seems to be trying to protect his mate who is sitting on the plant pot with the eggs. And he is staring me down!

It’s like he is saying to me “Dude, that’s my honey over there and we have these two babies that she is trying to hatch. Do not, I repeat, go near her and disturb her again!” Because that’s just what I did – as I was making some coffee, I went to the balcony to check on mamma pigeon and the eggs and the pigeon flew away as I approached. I checked in on the eggs, still intact, and then came in.

And then I noticed the daddy pigeon. And he has been eyeballing me with a dirty look on his face. “I see you buddy”! I gotta be careful I guess!

Arteta The Fav To Be In Charge of Arsenal?

Arsenal are in the midst of hiring their first new manager in 22 years after Arsene Wenger’s departure from the club. Former captain and midfielder Mikel Arteta – currently coaching at Manchester City – is the favourite for the job, and what is expected to be a major overhaul at the Emirates Stadium. The new boss will embark on the club’s second successive season without Champions League football, with the Gunners having finished a whopping 37 points behind title winners Manchester City. Yesterday marked precisely two years since Mikel Arteta stood at the bottom of the Emirates Stadium tunnel in tears, trying to compose himself for the last interview of his playing career.

And now it looks more and more likely that he will return as the new man in charge. Granted it’s not how it was with Wenger who was taking care of everything but…. still are the board really going to replace two mediocre years for the club and the exit of Wenger, a manager for the past 22 years with Arteta? Fans want Enrique, Ancellotti, Simeone or Allegri – the latter who seems to be the massive favourite to replace Arsene. But the board are looking at Arteta! If the board appoints Arteta, it’s a step in the wrong direction. It shows that they went for the cheaper option, someone they can control a lot and make him a yes man.

And that seems just like the thing that this spineless & gutless board under that cockroach Kronke would do.

Pigeon’s A Nesting

So this Sunday morning while I was having coffee, I went to the dining table and my mother was talking about this pigeon who she found in one of the plant pots. Apparently the pigeon did not move so my mother assumed that the pigeon was sitting on top of her egg. I went to check and she was right!

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Mamma pigeon was indeed with child…..or with egg! She had laid an egg and was nesting (is that what we call it) and looked a little frightened as I approached.

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She moved away when I came close so I could snap a photo of the egg. Then I went away.

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Yesterday I went to check on her in the afternoon. There she was sitting in the same pot and taking care of her baby in the egg. Once again, I went close and thought I could pet her but she moved away after a small touch. Okay, pigeon don’t freak out on me.

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And now I see ——she has two eggs! Two more pigeons in this world. Am I gonna have to start a nursery in her? Is my balcony now the maternity ward? Am I the pigeon’s male equivalent of a doula?

RIP Margot Kidder

Margot Kidder, whose best known role was as reporter Lois Lane in the 1978 Superman movie has died aged 69. The Franzen Davies funeral home in Montana confirmed her death on Sunday.

Margaret Ruth Kidder (October 17, 1948 – May 13, 2018 ), professionally known as Margot Kidder, was a Canadian-American actress and activist. She rose to fame in 1978 for her role as Lois Lane in the Superman film series, alongside Christopher Reeve. Kidder began her career in the 1960s appearing in low-budget Canadian films and television series, before landing a lead role in Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (1970). She then appeared playing twins in Brian De Palma’s cult thriller Sisters (1973); in the slasher film Black Christmas (1974); and the drama The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), opposite Robert Redford. Her performance as Kathy Lutz in the blockbuster horror film The Amityville Horror (1979) gained her further mainstream exposure.

By the late 1980s, Kidder’s career began to slow. Later, in 1996, she had a highly publicized manic episode and nervous breakdown. By the 2000s, however, she had maintained steady work in independent films and television, with guest-starring roles on Smallville, Brothers & Sisters, and The L Word. In 2000 she appeared in three episodes of Peter Benchley’s Amazon (1999 TV series), playing a striking role as an insane Canadian woman bent on domination of all the local tribes. In 2015, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance on the children’s television series R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour. She also acted in theatrical productions, most notably appearing on Broadway in a 2002 production of The Vagina Monologues. In 2005, Kidder became a naturalized U.S. citizen. In later years, Kidder became an outspoken political, environmental, and anti-waractivist. She died on May 13, 2018, at her home in Livingston, Montana.

Kidder dated former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau, directors Brian De Palma and Steven Spielberg, writer/director Tom Mankiewicz, and actor/comedian Richard Pryor.[32]She was married and divorced three times. Kidder’s first husband was American novelist Thomas McGuane, with whom she had her only child, daughter Maggie McGuane, born in 1976. She was married to actor John Heard in 1979 for only six days, and was married to French film director Philippe de Broca from 1983 to 1984. Kidder stated in an interview with TV Guide that she was an atheist.

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of These

I has this lovely dream early this morning. It was so sweet and I can remember feeling so happy both in the dream and just as I woke up. And ofcourse I was sad and disappointed as soon as I realized that it was just a dream. What kind of dream was it? Well ofcourse it was of the matters of the heart.

In this dream I was at work and was talking with this woman, a beautiful woman from the North East and who had just joined the organization 2 months ago. I had been talking with her for many days, almost everyday of her in the office, and we had struck a very nice friendship. I was attracted to her and thought there was no chance for me but apparently, against all odds, she was reciprocating that attraction back. This one day I asked her where she was headed to and she said she was bored and wanted to see a bit of the city. So I offered to be her guide and off we went.

We booked an Uber and rode in the back and pretty soon we were holding hands. It felt comfortable and familiar and nice. Lovely indeed. My heart was bursting with joy. In this dream I dunno how many days passed but the relationship must have blossomed. I also remember that we kissed and I asked her about her living situation. She lived in a house with 10 other women, all from outta town and who were working in companies in Kochi. At one point I remember feeling a bit scared and asking her how old she was to which she said she was 36 almost 37 which was good.

The next thing I remember is heading to work and she looking up and seeing me settling down at my station. She came up with a big smile on her face and sat next to me and said she had some chocolate for me. We went to have coffee and eat some of the chocolate and it just felt so good holding her hand. I was sad to wake up and realize that it was all just a dream. I do remember her name, which was Sarah.

Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1

Arsene Wenger’s 1,235-game reign as Arsenal manager came to an end with a victory over Huddersfield on the final day of the Premier League season. The game had little riding on it, with Huddersfield having already avoided relegation and Arsenal finishing sixth no matter what, and was played in front of a carnival atmosphere at John Smith’s Stadium. Wenger came out to a rapturous reception and went over to applaud the Arsenal fans, taking a bow before kick-off. Both sets of fans gave him a standing ovation after 22 minutes – to celebrate his 22 years in English football with the Gunners – and two planes flew over the ground in the early stages with banners celebrating the Frenchman.

Wenger brought three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including two Doubles, to Arsenal – but leaves them in the lowest position since he arrived, sixth. In fact this win over Huddersfield was the first time in eight attempts they have picked up any points away from home in the Premier League in 2018 – making them the last professional team in England to do so. Their goal was scored by Wenger’s final signing, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as he slid home a low cross from their longest-serving player, Aaron Ramsey. Terriers midfielder Aaron Mooy almost denied Wenger his farewell win late on as his shot crashed off the crossbar.

The Gunners’ sixth-placed finish is their worst under Wenger, and seven consecutive away Premier League defeats before this game tell their own story. They were slightly fortunate to send Wenger off with a victory, with the only goal coming when Alexandre Lacazette passed the ball wide to Aaron Ramsey, who delivered an excellent low cross which Aubameyang turned home. The Gunners only had four shots on target, with Lacazette chipping into Jonas Lossl’s hands and Danny Welbeck firing straight at the goalkeeper in the second half. Now Arsenal have to find a replacement for Wenger and when the 2018-19 season starts, there will be a manager other than the Frenchman in the dugout for the first time since 1996.

The Post

The Post is a 2017 American historical political thriller film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Liz Hannahand Josh Singer. It stars Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, the executive editor of The Washington Post, with Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Carrie Coon, and Matthew Rhys in supporting roles. Set in the early 1970s, The Post depicts the true story of attempts by journalists at The Washington Post to publish the Pentagon Papers, classified documents regarding the 30-year involvement of the United States government in the Vietnam War.

I especially liked seeing Streep as Katherine, a middle-aged woman not too sure of herself and who has been used to seeing her father and then her husband run the company. After her husband’s death she relies heavily on her board’s recommendation and advise to run things as she lacks experience and is frequently overruled by more assertive men who advise or work for her. Hanks plays Ben Bradlee, executive editor of the Washington Post. Meanwhile, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Graham’s longtime friend, confides in her that he is to be the subject of unflattering coverage by the Times.

The story turns out to be an exposé of the government’s long-running deception of the American public. A former govt military expert, who was disillusion by what he saw in Vietnam and that the war was hopeless, steals photocopies classified reports documenting the country’s decades-long involvement in the conflict in Vietnam, dating back to the Truman administration. Ellsberg then leaks these documents to reporters at The New York Times; the movie follows two weeks in 1971 at The Washington Post and the publishing of the Pentagon Papers. However, the series is halted by a court injunction against further publication by the Times.

The Post’s assistant editor Ben Bagdikian tracks down Ellsberg as the source for the leak, who provides Bagdikian with copies of the same material given to the Times. A team in the Post works on these files and ask Katherine’s permission to run the story. The lawyers for the Post advise against publishing the material, lest the Nixon administration bring criminal charges against them. Graham talks to McNamara, Bradlee, and trusted Post chairman Fritz Beebe, agonizing over the decision of whether to publish. The situation is made even more complicated when the Posts lawyers discover that Bagdikian’s source is the same as the Timess, possibly putting Graham in contempt of court. If charges are brought against the company, Graham could destroy the newspaper she sees as a family legacy.

Alternately, if she were to win any legal challenge, the Post could instead establish itself as an important journalistic institution. She chooses to run the story. The White House takes The Times & The Post to the supreme court and the successful ruling of 6-3, is found in favour of the press. Nixon demands that the Post should be barred from the White House. One year later, security guard Frank Wills discovers a break-in in progress at the Watergate complex after a guest at the Watergate hotel called complaining about people using flashlights.

Now, it’s fairly safe to say that both Hanks & Streep are acting heavyweights and that they are just about in the top 5 actors of all time. Or atleast their generation, I dunno. I am a huge fan of both, especially Hanks as I haven’t watched too many movies with Meryl in it but I do love her. This film is not a very exciting one and not one that I am going to want to watch many times over. It’s a big dull and methodical but does have the acting chops to pull it off. A 7.5 outta 10!

Blocked An Asshole On Youtube

I had to block another asshole idiot on Youtube. And this time it’s an Indian or Pakistani moron. Really these people who have no other life but sprout their bullshit online. What the fuck do your parents teach you when you were growing up? Mind your own business and if it is not content that you are into, move on and find something you like. This guy can read and see I suppose.

He comes onto my channel and (I dunno if he is a subscriber or just happened to come on in) and on my review of a pizza from Dominos, he comments that he prefer to have vada pav and samosas with tea. Odd comment but still ok and so I reply that it’s cool, to each his own and that I wasn’t a fan of vadapav. That sets him off and he tells me to be more Indian and abuses me. I tell him to fuck off and a couple of replies later I blocked the fucker. I will not be mocked and abused on my channel, motherfucker.

This leads me to think once again, why do you even bother to go online to check out things you have no interest in or like and then spout off your shit at others. Go home and suck on your pacifier. Shitheads!

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a 2017 American adventure comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, and Jeff Pinkner based on a story by McKenna. Part of the Jumanji franchise, the film is a sequel to Jumanji (1995) (based on the 1981 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg). he film stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, and Bobby Cannavale. he film received generally positive reviews from critics, who called it a “pleasant surprise” and praised the cast. It has grossed over $962 million to borrow money worldwide, the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2017 and the 40th-highest-grossing film of all time. A sequel is scheduled to be released in December 2019.

It is an adventure movie with a lot of fun. We first see the board game in 1996 being discovered by Alex Vreek’s father on a beach after it was thrown over a bridge by Alan Parrish and Sarah Whittle 27 years earlier. Alex sets the game aside. That night, it transforms into a video game cartridge which catches Alex’s attention when he is awakened by the Jumanji drums and he is transported into the game. We then flash back to 2017 6, four Brantford High School students serve detention: Spencer Gilpin, caught writing an essay for former friend Anthony “Fridge” Johnson (also in detention); Bethany Walker, who made a video call during an English-class quiz and Martha Kaply, who refused to participate in gym class. They are sent to the school basement to prepare magazines for recycling and to think about their future. Fridge discovers Alex’s discarded video-game system when he explores the basement, and he and Spencer set up the game.

Although it has five playable characters, the first one cannot be selected. Spencer and Fridge choose two characters, and the girls choose their own. When Spencer presses “Start”, they are transported into the game. The teens find themselves as characters in the game – Spencer is a heavily ripped muscular explorer and archaeologist Smolder Bravestone; Fridge is diminutive zoologist Franklin “Mouse” Finbar, whom he chose after misreading “Mouse” as “Moose”; Bethany is chubby male cartographer and intellectual Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon (whose nickname she mistook for a woman’s), and Martha is beautiful commando and martial arts expert Ruby Roundhouse. They each have three lives; Spencer deduces that if they lose all three, they really die.

They are met by Nigel, the game’s guide, who takes them to a point and tells them that Jumanji is in danger. Corrupt archeologist Russel Van Pelt stole the Jaguar’s Eye (a magic jewel) from its shrine, cursing Jumanji. Nigel escaped Van Pelt with the jewel, and the players must return it to a jaguar statue and call “Jumanji” to lift the curse. The teens must dogdge the bad guys in Van Pelt’s army as they work their way through the different levels. They are soon helped by by Alex (the missing fifth player, whose avatar is pilot Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough) and ofcourse in the end all of the rise up above their trepidation and conquer their fears as they are able to restore the eye and the game is over and they return back to the real world and in their own bodies.

They later meet the real Alex, who was returned back to 1996 and he is now married with children, he named his eldest daughter after Bethany out of gratitude for saving his life and introduces them to his infant son, Andy. Martha and Spencer become romantically involved and the four are now friends after their experiences in the game. When they hear Jumanji’s drumbeats, they bring the game behind the school and Fridge destroys it with a bowling ball (also found in detention) to prevent anyone from playing it again.

The movie is a good watch with some good laughs and some good action. Everyone is good in their roles but Jack Black steals the show as a teenage girl in a 40Plus old man’s body. 8 outta 10!

Plans For The Weekend?

Working for the weekend! It amazes me that I just had a 4 day weekend that ended on the 1st of May and coming back to work on the 2nd but I cannot wait for this day to end and I can start my weekend. Last week, despite the long weekend we had 4 days of work and then only Sunday to relax and since I slept through most of morning and was in bed till about 5pm watching tv.

This weekend I want to go out. Spending too many days at home. I think I will check and see if I want to go out on Saturday, depending on what time I wake up and my mood and if not then I will go out on Sunday, get a pizza and maybe a beer or go to the mall and buy a few things for home. Nothing fancy or anything – though I do want to buy some pants. I might do that. I want some shirts too but it can wait till the end of the month or next month.

Whatever else I do, for sure I will watch a movie or too at home. And finish the football season with Arsenal’s final game of the season against Huddersfield away.

Day Missed

So yesterday we had no blog posts because after I woke up in the morning at 11 am I noticed that the broadband was down. I called up Asianet as soon as I made myself a cup of coffee and they raised a complaint. It came back up only by 4:30 pm and I was getting ready to take a shave and a shower by then.

My day at work is kinda good these days. I have less work and I leave early or rather on time Except for this Monday as I was asked to stay back for an hour to complete some nys deferred compensation loans stuff. Yesterday I reached the office by 6:15pm and had a coffee and a snack before starting my training sessions for the day with my batch of new joinees. I send them for dinner by either 8:30 pm or 9:30 pm. We work till 3:20 am when I give them 10 minutes to sign off and fill a daily survey and send them on their merry little way.

And it was great early this morning – I got an Uber right near the entrance of my office premises and reached home in under 20 minutes! That was a record but it was also because the driver was a little speedy but not too speedy that I was scared for my life.

Arsenal Update : Enrique Fav? & Kos Out For 6 Months

Arsenal are confident of naming a successor to Arsene Wenger before the World Cup kicks off next month. The Frenchman, who has two more games as manager, is leaving the club after almost 22 years. The Gunners have no specific deadline for the recruitment process, but an announcement is expected before the tournament starts in Russia on 14 June.

Ex-Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has been linked with the job, and seems to be the favourite by bookies and experts to become manager, along with Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri. Former Arsenal midfielders Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira have also been suggested as potential successors, as have Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim and three-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny will be out for six months after surgery on a ruptured Achilles tendon, says Gunners manager Arsene Wenger. Koscielny, 32, was carried off 12 minutes into Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final second leg defeat by Atletico Madrid last Thursday. France manager Didier Deschamps had already confirmed the centre-back would miss this summer’s World Cup.

Arsenal 5 Burnley 0

Arsenal turned on the style to thrash Burnley in Arsene Wenger’s final home game as manager. The 68-year-old, who has won 10 major trophies during a near 22-year reign, oversaw a dominant, free-flowing display in his 1,233rd game, with slick first-half goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Sead Kolasinac aurora loan scored with a powerful low drive after the break, and another goal was started and finished explosively by Alex Iwobi, one of 83 academy graduates to come through the ranks under Wenger. Aubameyang got his second from close range to complete the rout.

Listless Burnley, who had their Europa League qualification confirmed on Saturday, lost striker Ashley Barnes to a 22nd-minute suspected dislocated shoulder, but will nevertheless finish an impressive campaign in seventh. Wenger was given a guard of honour by both teams before kick-off and fans of both sides frequently chanted “There’s only one Arsene Wenger”. Arsenal’s supporters also sang the name of former midfielder Patrick Vieira, who has been among the candidates tipped to take over at the Emirates next season. Red T-shirts bearing the phrase “Merci Arsene” were draped over seats for the home fans to wear, and the slogan was also emblazoned on a banner across the front of the stadium.

The outgoing manager was presented with the golden trophy given to the club after their 2003-04 unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ season on the pitch after the match. Addressing the fans, he wished seriously-ill former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson a swift recovery before saying: “Thank you for having me for such a long time. Above all, I am like you – an Arsenal fan. “For me, this group of players I leave behind me has a special quality. Please support them really well next season because they deserve it. “I would like to finish with one simple phrase – I will miss you. Thank you for being such an important part of my life and I hope to see you soon.” German defender Per Mertesacker also said farewell to the Emirates, appearing as a second-half substitute before his retirement at the end of the season.

Also saying goodbye was veteran kit-man and Arsenal Ladies pioneer Vic Akers, who is leaving the Gunners after 33 years. Arsenal’s players delivered a vintage Wenger performance for his poignant home farewell. Or ‘Total Wengerball’, as it was dubbed on the club’s Twitter account. The “collective football” that the Frenchman has championed, often involving at least three players in moves and at times attempting to elevate the beautiful game to an artform, was very much in evidence. The Gunners made 664 passes to Burnley’s 368 overall, and both goals in the opening 45 minutes came after slick, quick-passing moves.

That continued after the break when Jack Wilshere, who is out of contract in the summer and could also depart, with no new deal agreed, broke impressively and slipped in Kolasinac to score with a low arrowed drive. Wilshere received a standing ovation when he was substituted. Iwobi’s goal was another deftly-constructed treat that left Burnley chasing shadows, and Aubameyang – who has now had a hand in 12 goals in 11 Premier League appearances – showed his prowess with the fifth. Danny Welbeck, who replaced Lacazette, could have made it six but smashed the bar with a late volley from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s pass. This three points will make no difference to Arsenal’s sixth-placed finish this term, and they have missed out on a top-four spot for the second straight season.