Ramsey Set To Join Juventus

Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey has come to an agreement with Juventus on a five-year deal, it’s claimed. The Wales international is set to leave Arsenal after a new contract offer was withdrawn by the club, with Ramsey’s current deal expiring at the end of the season. The 28-year-old has been linked with a stream of top European clubs including Juventus and Bayern Munich. And now reports by Italian news outlet Mediaset say a five-year del worth around £6million a year has been agreed.

They add the deal is ’practically done’ and that an announcement could come in February, when Juventus are allowed to officially confirm it. Emery said after the Fulham game that he believes Ramsey will stay until the summer rather than be sold during the January window, and he again called on the midfielder to remain focused. “I want his focus every day with us on training and thinking for the next match, which is against Blackpool,” Emery said. “I am looking at him and he’s very concentrated with us now. On Tuesday, he scored when he played 15 minutes, and he gave a good performance. “I want that from him, and also he needs to look at his future. But I want him in the present with us. At the end of the season is the moment he can go to one team or another team.”

Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth believes Emery will keep picking Aaron Ramsey for Arsenal – despite him being on the way out. Sheth said: “The structure that’s in place at Arsenal – there’s people at Arsenal above Unai Emery who deal with all the contracts and who deals with the players. “Emery sees it as a 25-man squad and sees it as ‘right, this is the squad I have available for this game, what is the best team I can pick for this game?’ “He doesn’t think about a contract situation. The only time that a contract situation over Aaron Ramsey would come about is if Ramsey is actually being affected by all the talk and whether he’s going to leave or not. “Every time I see him score he doesn’t look like a player who is unhappy.”

RIP “Mean” Gene Okerlund

Legendary professional wrestling ringside interviewer and commentator “Mean” Gene Okerlund passed away on Wednesday, WWE confirmed. He was 76. Okerlund was a prominent figure during the 1980s and was the lead interviewer for the then WWF. After the 1990s he made few returns to the company. He was referred to as “Mean” Gene by Jesse “The Body” Ventura during his commentary stint though he was always an affable figure backstage.

Gene Okerlund was born in 1942 and became famous after becoming an interviewer for the American Wrestling Association (AWA). He joined WWE in1984 and quickly became a staple in the company by interviewing stars like Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and many more. Okerlund moved to the rival World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1993 and became their lead announcer. In WCW he worked with legends like Sting, Ric Flair, Diamond Dallas Page, Goldberg. After making his return to WWE, Okerlund was inducted into the Hall of Fame on April 1, 2006, by Hogan. Okerlund made his last appearance on television in January 2018 when he appeared on the 25th-anniversary episode of Raw to interview AJ Styles.

Okerlund had been married to his wife Jeanne since March 27, 1964 and had two grown children. Gene’s son Todd starred on the University of Minnesota ice hockey team from 1983 to 1987. Todd played on the 1988 United States Olympics team that competed in Calgary. He played four games with the NHL’s New York Islanders. A chronic knee injury ultimately forced his early retirement.

Do Mobile Phones Help Or Hinder Socialising?

When we refer to a mobile phone today, it carries an entirely different connotation to what it did years ago. It’s amazing how mobile phones have changed over the years, far beyond simple mobility to much more through to texting, cameras, social media apps, banking and so on. Mobile phones are a multi-functional tool that encapsulates mostly everything we need to survive in modern society.

But most importantly, one of the the most interesting things about phones being what it does and doesn’t do for our social skills. We can’t deny our interaction with each has changed as relationships with our phones have become stronger, so let’s explore a few areas we’re all too familiar with in order to answer whether cells help or hinder social lives.

Hiding Behind The Screen

The ability to hide one’s emotions by using our cells is an incredibly powerful and desirable tool for many. For example, face to face interaction with another while arguing may become more heated when you can witness one another’s body language and words fly out without thinking in the moment. However arguing over text, it’s impossible to see or hear how the other person is actually feeling, all you have to go on is there choice and arrangement of words, and perhaps a few emojis on a message. The ability to downplay our emotions by using our phones as a filter, can help in some circumstances to think about what you’ll type before you send it, and even convey that you’re not at all upset about a situation you are. In opposition you can explain you’re incredibly happy for someone, even though you may not be. In person, hiding is a lot harder to do, as your body language, tone of voice,and language are a strong indication of your standpoint on a discussion. Using your phone to actively hide your emotions to prevent hurting someone is a positive for socialising. However, consistently pretending you’re not as happy, sad, or pleased as you express over your phone can begin portraying yourself to others as someone you’re not. This can hinder your social life by sacrificing who you truly are as you constantly dull/or even change what you think to suit and serve others.

On The Go

If you’re travelling, working and just generally a busybody, you may have little to no time as it is to dedicate to visiting your nan you haven’t seen for a while or having a catch up with your best friend. This is when mobile phones could enhance your social life, however, it can’t replace the impact of real face to face interaction, but advanced technology such as Face-time allows it to come pretty close. The same goes for keeping in touch with your sibling, friend, work colleague a text message to catch-up, or a phone call on your lunch break. When you’re physical presence is everywhere else but with your closest, a mobile can keep you connected to a degree, helping you to maintain connections with people when you’re away.

Living In The Moment

It’s not unfamiliar to go out for lunch whether with family, friends or a date and sometimes (usually by habit) be driven to look at your phone. Worst of all it’s probably not for anything of particular importance, it’s just a sudden impulse that takes you away from living in the moment. When you’re too concerned with taking selfies, tagging your location for every stranger and it’s dog to find you and posting on Facebook to update your status your constant connection to your cell could mean you miss what’s going on in front of you. Some people may think looking at your phone while you’re with them is actually a bit rude, which also hinders the socialising factor.


With a surge in apps such as Tinder and Grindr, it’s changed the game for romantic hookups almost completely. With people advertising themselves as a commodity online, the past protocol of  meeting people in person has somewhat taken a back seat. There are some drawbacks to discuss here. With Tindr for instance being concocted solely on the basis of how someone looks and swiping people left to right depending on whether you approve or not. This action entails judging people imminently and  encourages a shallow selection process meaning you may reject someone whose personality who would of perfectly gelled with yours. However, for those leading a busy lifestyle, it enables them to meet like minded people without having to actively leave their workplace or house to connect with someone initially in person.

The answer to the original question is, phones hinder socialisation when people use it as there only option to interact with people, as opposed to making an effort to see them face to face. After all, mobile phones don’t force people to carry them everywhere and compulsively look at them at every opportunity, that’s purely based on how individuals decide to alter their behaviour around phones, to an extent some may even have withdrawal symptoms. So in fact, when the questions of whether socialisation is hindered or helped by cells, actually largely come down to the choices of people, the phone cannot be blamed for hinder or enhancing socialising.

Ever Thought About Becoming A Wrestler? Now Is The Time To Act

The world of wrestling and sports entertainment is a truly fascinating environment. Whether you grew up with Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold, John Cena, or Daniel Bryan doesn’t matter. You’ve probably had dreams about stepping inside the squared circle for yourself.

Spoiler alert: getting into the WWE roster is almost impossible. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t get into wrestling by joining a school with a view to joining an independent promotion. Here’s why 2019 is the year to do it.

Wrestlers Enjoy A Greater Status Than Ever Before

At the top end of the scale, wrestlers even have the opportunity to become mayors! Likewise, the crossover of WWE stars to UFC and Hollywood has seen their stock rise. Meanwhile, many of the smaller promotions are now blessed with big name stars, even if they only do guest spots. Essentially, then, the stigma and condescending elements surrounding wrestling have gone. If you want to try wrestling out, you will command greater respect than in previous generations.

The Opportunities Are There For Women Too

While the WWE has always had women wrestlers, they were often eye candy and little more. Nowadays, Vinnie Mac’s global giant champions the athletic ability of the women’s division. The fact that Ronda Rousey is signed to the company says it all. Crucially, the WWE is still the trendsetter, even though smaller operations do things with their unique quirks. As women thrive in the big pond, the opportunities continue to grow across the board.

Wrestling Improves Your Life

Given that wrestling is likely to start as a hobby, you will need it to bring some value to your life. Aside from the obvious benefits of getting fitter, it can encourage you to become more confident and a better speaker. It’ll also train your brain to think quickly and make instant reactionary decisions. So, grab some awesome wrestling shoes and hit the nearest locker room as soon as possible. It could be the start of a truly life-changing time in your life.

It’s Better Than Living With Regret

There’s nothing worse than looking back on life with regrets. If you’ve been thinking about wrestling, it’s probably not a one-off thought. It’s something you’ve wanted to do for several years. Conquering your fears and pushing yourself to the limit in this sense will unlock a far happier future. Not only will you discover whether wrestling is right for you or not, you should also gain a mindset that will help you in other areas. Wondering ‘what if’ is the last thing you need.

You Just Never Know

If you’re going to become a wrestler, it’s OK to have dreams of joining the WWE. Nonetheless, you must accept that the odds are stacked against you. Thankfully, though, there could soon be a new big hitter in town as the Khan family’s new promotion is set to challenge the WWE. Seriously, All Elite Wrestling could change everything. So, if you become a talented ringmaster over the coming months and years, a future career as a professional wrestler may yet be on the cards.

A Guide To The ILEC Exam (International Legal English Certificate)

Have you decided that you want to have a career in law? The legal field is one that has long been popular with students all over the world. Depending on what area of law you wish to specialise in, there are going to be a number of different types of qualifications you are expected to attain. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at the ILEC exam in further detail. So, let’s take a look…

The International Legal English Certificate is an examination of the English language for individuals who want to be involved in some form of law, no matter whether you want to work in family law or you wish to hand out drug trafficking fines. It is in fact considered an essential requirement in regards to many companies and many areas of law itself. That is why we decided to put together this informative blog post about it.

After all, individuals must have some form of accreditation to display that they are competent in the English language and can use it effectively in their practice. This blog post aims to give you as much information as possible about the ILEC examination so that you know what you are faced with.

How is the exam split up? What are the different modules?

The first thing that you should be aware of is that the exam is split into four different parts. The four sections are as follows; reading, writing, listening and speaking. Each section is worth an equal amount and so accounts for 25% of the examination.  Nevertheless, each section is a different length in regards to time and obviously includes a different procedure.

The reading and writing part of the examination are both one hour and fifteen minutes long each. The reading part consists of 54 questions which are split into six different parts. The aim of this section is to decipher whether the individual will be able to correctly read different law-related texts. These are obviously texts that they would be expected to come across in their everyday practice. On the other hand, the writing section has the aim of ensuring that individuals would be able to effectively compose documents in their work. It is split into two parts; one requires the person to write a letter and the other requires them to write a memorandum

The listening and the speaking sections of the ILEC exam are shorter in regards to the time period. The listening party of the examination is 45 minutes long, whereas the speaking section is a mere 15 minutes. The speaking section requires the individual to listen to law material (such as interviews) in order to determine whether they understand what is being relayed to them. And finally, the speaking part is utilised in order to decipher whether the person can communicate with their potential clients in a correct and effective manner.

Have you passed?

Now that the examination itself has actually been dealt with, it is important to consider how the exam results work. First and foremost, you will receive one overall grade – you will not get four different grades for the four different sections. There are five grades available. Three of these grades are pass marks and the other two are a fail. The failing grades are split up easily; a narrow fail or a fail. The passing grades are as follows; C1 pass with merit, C1 pass, and B2 pass.

This examination is one which has a global recognition and so it is highly beneficial for those who decide to take it. Hopefully, this blog post will have helped to give a greater understanding of what can actually be expected from it. If you are going to take this exam, it is definitely worth doing further research online so you can have a better understanding regarding each of the modules. You may even find that there are past papers available so that you can do some practicing. No matter your current level of experience or what field of law you are interested in moving into, there is no denying that the ILEC exam can help.

Arsenal 4 Fulham 1

Goals from Granit Xhaka, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped the Gunners to only their second win in six games as Arsenal won 4-1 at home against Fulham. After Ryan Sessegnon had missed two good chances for Fulham, Xhaka put the hosts ahead, finishing past Sergio Rico after a good cross from the impressive Alex Iwobi. Lacazette doubled the lead when he finished off Sead Kolasinac’s pull-back following a fine Arsenal passing move. Kamara pulled one back from close range, but Ramsey scored the Gunners’ third after Aubameyang had hit the post. Aubameyang’s deflected shot gave Arsenal their fourth and a deserved three points.

Unai Emery defended his decision to substitute goalscorer Lacazette as Arsenal bounced back from their thrashing by Liverpool to beat Fulham 4-1. The French striker grabbed the Gunners’ second goal in the second half, but was replaced by midfielder Aaron Ramsey with the score at 2-1, soon after the Cottagers’ Aboubakar Kamara reduced the deficit in the 69th minute. The decision was met by a negative reaction from a large number of home fans. It had been a poor festive season for Arsenal as they only managed a 1-1 draw at Brighton on 26 December before their thrashing at Anfield.

The Gunners were again without Mesut Ozil, with the German still sidelined with the knee injury that kept him out of the Liverpool match, while Ramsey, out of contract in the summer and a transfer target for Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Juventus, Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid, was only among the substitutes. Nevertheless, the hosts took a 25th-minute lead when Xhaka finished from Iwobi’s cross and they ended the first half strongly with chances for Matteo Guendouzi, Xhaka and Aubameyang. A wonderful passing move down the left wing after 10 minutes of the second half, involving Iwobi, Kolasinac and Lacazette, led to the Gunners’ second as the Frenchman scored his seventh Premier League goal of the campaign. Arsenal started the game with three centre-halves – Laurent Koscielny, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi – but were lucky not to fall behind as Sessegnon twice missed good chances when it was goalless.

Diving Deeper Into Your Favourite Media

When you’re sitting down on a Saturday night, ready to put your favourite TV show on, would you consider yourself more of a casual viewer, or do you need to know everything about everything there is to do with the media in front of you? Maybe when you’re reading through a book, and you excitedly get to the end, are you disappointed it stops there? Do you immediately head online to see if there’s a sequel? Have you found yourself doing so more times than not?

No matter how you choose to spend your spare time, either with a good book or a great film, there’s a very good chance you’re curious about what comes next, or what the past of those characters you love looks like. So let’s see how we can dive just a little bit deeper into the entertainment you love.

Join a Social Media Group

There’s all kinds of Facebook pages and Twitter communities out there that you can be a part of, and these commodities are used day in and day out by casual groups, big and small businesses, and anyone who has a voice they want to be heard on a larger scale. So it only follows suit that there should be some groups out there that have the same interests in media as you do, and are willing to invite you in to talk all about it.

These places are great for sharing your theories and personal interpretations of certain texts, or scenes in the movie series you love so much, and you should have a bunch of people on hand to talk about it whenever you want to. After all, it’s hard to bring up the same idea over and over again with friends and family who have no idea what you’re talking about. So just drop a post, wait for some responses, and get back to them whenever you can – it’s simple.

See if There’s a Wiki

And no, we’re not just talking about sparse Wikipedia here. If the media you’re consuming has a long history to it, or multiple entries in the series either in the same or different canon, then there’s a very strong chance there’s a Wikia server out there dedicated to documenting all the lore. And if you’re someone who loves to learn and discover as a result of the entertainment you’re sat in front of, you should take full advantage of this fact.

And Wikias exist for all kinds of genres and formats – take Lemony Snicket as a good example: there’s even an extensive page for Daniel Handler himself. It’s always good to do some surround reading in your quest to become the world’s expert on fictional worlds that’ll win you some good points in a quiz.

Diving a bit deeper into the books, films, and TV shows you absolutely love takes a bit of time and effort, but there’s always a site or a group out there that’ll give you the information you’re looking for.

Pics From Dad’s 80th!

Not posting pics of the folks at the function as I decided to protect their privacy and I won’t post them here without the people saying ok (unlike on Facebook, anyone can view the pics here) so here are a couple of pics at the venue.


This was the outside of the hall that my sister & I paid for at the BTH Sarovaram in Maradu. It wasn’t expensive and it was airconditioned. A small hall that could fit 40 people easily with chairs and probably even 50.


LOL, can’t show you pics of the people at the event but I can show you this. This was the stones they placed around the roots of this tree in the grounds. I kinda like these stones and would love to have this if I had a house and a tree in the property.


Lunch is served and was the traditional Kerala vegetarian meals. And it was really good.

Happy 12th Blogaversary

Happy 12th birthday to my blog Awake & Dreaming & a happy 12th Blogaversary to me! I can’t believe that it’s been 12 years already.

It was on the 1st of January that I setup this blog in a day with the help of my cousin (over the phone), who guided me through the process and by night I had the thing setup. Then I installed WordPress and started blogging. I then spent many days trying out various themes; I think this one here is the 30th or so theme that I have tried out.

This isn’t my first blog though; I first started blogging in 2002, through blogger.com, when I lived in Calicut and continued with it when I moved back to Cochin. I was an inconsistent blogger, nothing having an internet connection at home & from 2003 till 2006, not having a computer at home. By 2005 I started getting more & more into blogging and I created a new one in blogger.com and called it Count Roshculla : Awake & Dreaming. I started spending more time in internet cafes and hence could blog a lot more consistently. But I always wanted my very own website & domain and I wanted to install WordPress. That was achieved on January 1st, 2007.

After 12 years I have made quite a bit of money with this blog. I am so proud of what I have done, especially in the last year or so. This blog is a big part of me and I want to continue through for several more years to come.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN: First 11 Songs Listened To In 2019

Every year on January 1st, I post about the first 11 songs that I listen to on my Mp3 player on my system. I pick them at random or like today when I specifically selected a couple of songs because I was thinking about them. This year I picked them on random but on Youtube instead.

  • Master Of Puppets – Metallica
  • Bat Out Of Hell – Meatloaf
  • I Saw Red – Warrant
  • Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush
  • The Flower Song – Tom Keifer
  • In State – Kathleen Edwards
  • Life’s About To Get Good – Shania Twain
  • Say It Isn’t So – Bon Jovi
  • Don’t Tell Me What Love Can Do – Van Halen
  • Holy Diver – Dio
  • It Must Have Been Love – Roxette