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Robin van Persie provided a painful illustration of what Arsenal are missing as he set Manchester United on the way to a comfortable win against his former club at Old Trafford. The striker – who received a hostile reception from the fans who once idolised him, following his £24m summer move from Arsenal to United (and I joined them in swearing at him whenever he appeared on my screen)- was on target inside three minutes with his 10th goal of the season. United were in such command that they could even afford a missed penalty from Wayne Rooney before Patrice Evra wrapped up the victory with a second-half header.

And to make matters worse on a miserable day for Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger, Jack Wilshere was sent off with 20 minutes left after receiving a second yellow card from referee Mike Dean for an overzealous challenge on Evra. Santi Cazorla pulled a goal back for the Gunners with the final kick of the game but the scoreline was not a true reflection of United’s obvious supremacy in all areas. The result put United, at least temporarily, top of the Premier League with three points collected with the minimum of fuss in the 44th meeting between Wenger and his great adversary Sir Alex Ferguson.

For Arsenal, defeat leaves them with 15 points from 10 games, their worst start to a Premier League season under Wenger. It may not have been the humiliation of last season’s 8-2 thrashing at Old Trafford but Arsenal’s manager will struggle to take any positives from this performance.

The Amityville Horror (2005)

The Amityville Horror – this is a remake of the 1977 book which was ostensibly inspired by a real life mass murder in Long Island, New York. A movie was made in 1979, which is still one of my family’s favourite horror movies, although I can’t remember seeing it. And I didn’t know much about the story either, so that left me as a newbie to the movie. It stars Ryan Reynolds as George Lutz and Melissa George as Kathy Lutz. The couple, along with their three children, move into what they believe will be their dream home; unaware that it previously belonged to the DeFeo family, and that Ronald DeFeo, Jr. had murdered his parents and siblings with a rifle the year before. DeFeo had claimed it was the “voices” that caused him to do it.

It doesn’t take long for the Lutz family to start hearing ghostly voices, and witnessing apparitions, including the ghost of Jodie DeFeo, who appears to little Chelsea as a friend. George is the most affected, and he eventually becomes a danger to those around him. In the true story (at least, some believe it to be true) that inspired “The Amityville Horror,” George Lutz woke up demonized every night at 3:15 a.m., the exact time a boy living in his house a year earlier killed his family The local priest is called in to bless the house, and he fails, warning Kathy to leave the house before it’s too late.

There are some creepy moments in the film, which dissapoints because it ends so quickly and without proper closure as such. There were so many angles that the movie makers could have tried, in order to really make this an excellent movie. I read that this version is more true to the book by Jay Anson and not the original movie of 1979. Hence people who saw & liked the first movie may have reservations after seeing the 2005 version. The kids in the movie do a terrific job, Melissa George plays a convincing young mother torn between protecting & raising her three kids and the love she has for her new husband.

But the top marks for the movie should go to Ryan Reynolds, who plays a good disturbed character. Reynolds uptil then know more for his goofy characters and his funny roles like “Michael Bergin” in the sitcom series Two Guys & A Girl and as “Van Wilder” in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder. A guy who went for a total change over from a comic actor who normally makes us laugh and wince to hilarious & disgusting antics like farting & stuff, stuns in a total makeover role for him. I give the movie a 7 outta 10!


“When was the last time you felt really, truly lonely?” Right now! All the time.

I’m a hopeless romantic at heart and I am lonely. I miss having a woman to hold and love. I’ve been single for so long, I’m actually forgetting what it’s like to be with someone. I’m 36 now and it just seems that time is running out for me to find someone who will be my partner, my wife and my soulmate and I don’t know if I will ever find her and get married. I just don’t want to go via the arranged married route – I don’t care about having parents doing the search, having all that rigmarole and nonsense, especially if it’s gonna be that the people start looking into astrology, “jadagham” and Bull crap! That’s just not me.

I’d prefer to find the woman myself, becomes friends first and get to really know her and find out that we both are suited for each other and that we love each other and want to spend the rest of our lives together. Is that too much to ask? I’ve seen real assholes & bitches get married to the ones that they want to and if they can do it and I haven’t till now – what the heck does that say about me? Am I such a big time loser?

I can become really lonely in a huge crowd just because of this thought in the back of my mind. Will I be alone for ever? Will I die never having been married or lived with the love of my life? Am I destined (I hate that word) to be one of those old men who arrived all alone at functions, stays a bit and then leaves before the rest and not be missed at all. That would be the worst thing ever. Going to meet a lot of people, spending time with everyone and then going back all alone. For the rest of my life. Until I die. All alone until the end.

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