A Look Back At The 2014 World Cup In Brazil

With the 2014 World Cup returning to Brazil, the country had much to prove since it had suffered two consecutive quarterfinal exits in the preceding competitions. The 2014 World Cup did not disappoint. During the tournament, players found the back of the net a whopping 171 times, matching the 1998 record in France. Many would argue that the 2014 World Cup was the best one since the 1982 iteration. The tournament was chock-full of controversy, drama, brilliance, and heartbreak. The first week of the 2014 World Cup brought about the biggest upset. Spain’s unexpected demolition was the talk of football nerds for years to come. Spain entered the competition after bagging the Euro in 2008 and 2012, with the 2010 World Cup between them. A double defeat by the Netherlands and Chile, took Spain out in the first round.

Fans were left with their jaws on the floor when Suarez bit Chiellini in their final group stage match. Uruguay won 1-0, but Suarez’s (not so) unexpected bite overshadowed the game’s outcome. Costa Rica stunned everyone when they beat Uruguay 3-1 in their opening match. Brazil’s chance to wipe out the Maracanazo memories from 1950, where they lost in the final, came in the 2014 World Cup. They had spent years building themselves for the 2014 tournament. Unbelievably, they were routed by Germany in a 7-1 defeat. Germany scored four of the goals within six minutes. The tale of national redemption for Brazil turned into one of humiliation in the 2014 World Cup. The drama surrounding Germany’s win over Brazil almost overshadowed Miloslav Klose’s fete of beating Ronaldo’s 15 World Cup goals.

More than one billion fans tuned in to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil final. In addition, the competition reached a global in-home television audience of 3.2 billion people, according to final figures from FIFA and Kantar Media. An estimated 280 million people worldwide watched matches online or on a mobile device, which shows that more and more fans are embracing new technology for sports content. The 2014 FIFA World Cup broke several TV audience records in key international markets, including the United States and Germany. Six hundred ninety-five million people watched the final between Argentina and Germany, up 12 percent from the 2010 final. Over 1.013 billion people watched the final, including those who watched for more than a minute at home and away from home.

What’s In Your Bag?

I’m not a lady so the bag in question is a laptop bag. And I do not carry a laptop in it!

Well it is for work and since they have given us desktops for work, we usually do not use laptops. However since March 2020 and the lockdowns, I was given my work desktop to keep at home so whenever I have gone in to work, I have used a laptop that I take from the tech team and that is allocated to our department to use for when we are in a bind. Like yesterday.

But yes when I do go to the office I will have a 1 litre bottle of water as hydration is very important. And from now on I will carry an apple with me so I can snack on it post dinner, maybe when I feel a bit peckish. I will also have my lanyard with my id & access card and a client device in it as well.

Prompt from 100+ Blog Post Ideas That Your Readers Will Love at Macy Michelle

What Would Be A Dream Job For Me?

What Is Your Dream Job?

I remember writing a similar post sometime last year. And I think that I would love to have that if possible. I would also like to have other types of jobs like getting paid – well – for watching movies and tv shows and writing about them and giving my 2 cents and review on them. Anything that I can enjoy as much as I do these things will be awesome.

Music too. I love the music that I have in my collection and similar types of music. How about football as well? Scifi! These are all things that I really enjoy watching and experiencing and I would just love to immerse myself in them wholly not just for pleasure (and to probably keep myself sane) but to also make a lot of money. That would be so awesome.

In actuality anything that keeps me working from home on a permanent basis is the dream. I would like to get a job that lets me stay at home, send me a work laptop so I can set things up at home (I wouldn’t want to use my personal laptop for a company or business that I do not own) and then leave me be.

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Morocco’s Goalkeeper Change Drama At The World Cup

Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bounou mysteriously disappeared before kickoff of his team’s shocking 2-0 World Cup win over Belgium on Sunday. Bounou lined up with the Morocco team for the national anthems then went to speak to coach Walid Regragui, who embraced him and turned to speak to his reserve keeper. Munir El Kajoui then ran onto the field in time to be included in the pre-match team photo and didn’t allow a goal as Morocco beat second-ranked Belgium.

While there was no immediate explanation of Bounou’s absence from the Morocco team or match officials at Al Thumama Stadium, Moroccan TV channel 2M said on its official Twitter account that he had felt dizzy right before kickoff and asked to be replaced. The 31-year-old Bounou, who was born in Canada, is Morocco’s No. 1 goalkeeper and plays for Spanish club Sevilla. He played in Morocco’s 0-0 draw with Croatia in the opening round of group games. Images from the stadium showed Bounou slumped over with his hands braced on his knees.

The last minute change of keeper left many fans puzzled, while El Kajoui was thrown right into the fire with Belgium threatening to score in the fourth minute. Belgium captain Eden Hazard had set up Michy Batshuayi, but his shot from a tight angle was calmly stopped by El Kajoui. Incidentally, BBC commentators took 38 minutes to notice Morocco changed goalkeepers just before kick-off and repeatedly called Munir Mohamedi the wrong name.

Not At All What I Imagined It To Be

Is your life what you imagined?

Not at all. I never imagine when I was younger that I would ever be a lonely 46 year old who is overweight and sad. I never imagined that I would have the health issues that I have and be afraid of going out even if it is just to go get a haircut and have a lunch out with a friend. I never imagined that my life would be mostly confirmed within the four walls of a bedroom in a smallish apartment that I share with my aged parents.

Job wise it has been stuck in a rut as well since the past 7 years and I am feeling burned out and frustrated with things at the office. I find myself getting pissed off more and more with the utter nonsense that they expect us to do and each year it just keeps piling up and I’ve kinda reached the end of my tether. It is high time that I look out for something else.

I hope to find something else soon, something that will left me work permanently from home, or my issues to clear up right away. I can’t go on like this for much longer as I feel depressed and tired. My only escape is the music and music that I watch and the dreams that I have.

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Facts About The Samosa

Origins are not Indian : Yes, this might leave you disappointed, but the roots of your favourite Samosa can be traced back to the 10th century, where it was known as Samsa, which was a popular dish in the Iranian plateau, Middle East region. Initially, the dish was made by stuffing meat and this recipe traveled through countries like Egypt, Libya, Central Asia, wherein it was named as Sanbusak, Sanbusaq and Sanbusaj. Experts believe that it was during the rule of invaders in Delhi Sultanate, when this recipe made its way to the royal kitchen and gradually to the locals in different variations.

Meant for the royals : According to ancient scriptures, during the 13th century Samosa was only meant for the royal families and elites of Arab and Middle Eastern countries. This dish was relished during special suppers and was considered to be a possession of royal families.

International Day of Samosa : If you thought that you are the only one who loves Samosas, then you would be amazed to know that the fan following of this desi snack is such that there is a special day dedicated to it! Yes, there’s a World Samosa Day celebrated on 5th of September to celebrate the taste and love for this wonderful snack.

Why triangle : Have you ever wondered why Samosa got this shape? It was believed that the shape of this stuffed delicacy has a striking similarity to Pyramids, this was the reason why it was named as Samsa linking it to the Egyptian Pyramids.

Origins are not veg : In Northern & central parts of India it is mostly known that the samosa has a spicy potato stuffing with peanuts and peas, but you will be amazed to know that Samosa was initially made by stuffing meat, nuts, pistachios, spices and herbs inside a dough pocket, which was deep fried and served with dips and sauces. I guess the Kerala samosas are most like the traditional type. Mutton, chicken, beef are very common down South. Infact I almost never eat the veg style.

My Process For Writing And Editing A Blog Post

What’s your process for writing and editing a blog post?

Well, it is pretty simple. Once I know what I want to blog about, either due to something that I have seen/heard/felt/experienced or from a prompt that I see on one of the many, blogs that I check then the first thing I do is to copy the prompt and then decided if I want that as the title of the post of just as a heading at the top of the post. The next thing I will do is write the “Prompt from” link which I usually leave at the bottom of the post so to give credit as to where I got the idea from.

And then I write what comes to my mind based on the prompt. I then search for an image – for some of these posts – that I want to add to the post. That usually takes a few minutes and I resize it according to my tastes and then once that is done I publish it. Otherwise I also seem to search for informational and facts based posts that interest me and when I collect some information about the topic and post them here, with or without an image.

Usually I have coffee or water next to me as I type on my laptop keys and once it is all to my liking, I will hit the publish button and then check out how it looks like on my blog site. I usually only check it out on Chrome though and will make changed if I feel like I want to improve upon it.

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Seven Weird Laws In Trinidad & Tobago

1. It is illegal to own a pet mongoose.

Aww they look so cute and cuddly don’t they? Ever wanted to own a mongoose as a pet? Well just so you know…it’s illegal to own mongooses in Trinidad & Tobago. According to the Mongoose Act (yes that’s right..they have a MONGOOSE Act): (1) No person shall keep or have in his possession any live mongoose. (2) Any person who contravenes this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one thousand dollars.” And you can’t import the cute critters either.

2. Don’t air your dirty laundry.

We’re not talking about your personal secrets – we’re talking about ACTUAL laundry. In Trinidad and Tobago persons cannot put clothes out to dry in the street. If caught it could be liable to a fine of two hundred dollars or to imprisonment for one month.

3. Flying kites in Port of Spain (or any borough) is prohibited :

Did you know flying kites in the city of Port of Spain and any borough in Trinidad and Tobago is actually prohibited? According to section 71 of the Summary Offences Act: is liable to a fine of forty dollars. Police officers can even destroy a kite that a person flies illegally.

4. Don’t roll that hoop!

Hoop rolling, also called hoop trundling, is both a sport and a child’s game in which a large hoop is rolled along the ground, generally by means of an object wielded by the player. The aim of the game is to keep the hoop upright for long periods of time, or to do various tricks this simple childhood game is actually illegal to play in the street.

5. Fortune Telling

Reading palms and looking through crystal balls to tell people’s futures? – Well you’re actually breaking the law in T&T. Yep, that’s right; pretending or professing to tell fortunes is actually illegal in Trinidad and Tobago. A person committing any of the offences mentioned below in this section may be deemed an idle and disorderly person, and shall be liable to a fine of two hundred dollars, or to imprisonment for one month any person pretending or professing to tell fortunes.

6. Washing your car in public

Time to wash your car? Just make sure to wash it in your yard and not in a public street. Why? Because washing it in the street can actually get you in trouble with the law. anyone who “makes, repairs, washes, or cleans any vehicle (except in case of accident where repair on the spot is necessary)” in any street is liable to a fine of $200 or imprisonment for up to one month.

7. Camo is a NO NO.

The majority of us know that camouflage clothing is illegal in Trinidad and Tobago but did you know that this law is pretty unique to the Caribbean and most countries around the world do not ban the wearing of camouflage by non-members of the army? In Trinidad and Tobago it is illegal to wear any item of clothing resembling the uniform of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force. is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one thousand dollars and to imprisonment for eighteen months.”


2010 saw the World Cup being held in an African country for the first time and we also had a first-time winner. In 19 editions of the tournament, only eight teams have won the soccer tournament: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, Germany, England, France, and Spain. The 19th FIFA World Cup would be held in Africa, which meant only African countries could place a bid. Five countries were interested: Egypt, Libia, Tunisia, Morocco, and South Africa. South Africa lost the voting process for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, receiving 14 votes for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

A controversial match was Uruguay against Ghana. Ghana’s national team had the opportunity to be the first African country to reach the semi finals. With the game drawn at 1-1 it seemed Ghana was scoring the winning goal in the nail-biting last minutes of extra time. But the ball didn’t enter the net. Instead, Uruguayan forward Luis Suárez deliberately stopped the ball with his hands. He immediately received the red card, and Ghana was awarded a penalty. The last moment of extra time was a penalty. Asamoah Gyan would have the chance to bring Africa to the Semi-Finals. Unfortunately, the pressure was too much for him, and he missed it. Luis Suárez watching from the sideline, openly celebrated. Uruguay won on penalties.

Germany and Argentina met in the quarterfinals. Everyone expected this match to be challenging for both sides. But it appeared Argentina somehow couldn’t overcome Germany’s playstyle. Thomas Muller scored the first goal three minutes after kick-off. Then, in the 2nd half, Miroslav Klose and Arne Friedrich scored three goals in total in 21 minutes. Argentina was knocked out in the quarter-finals, as was the case 4 years earlier. After the Netherlands defeated Brazil in the Quarter-Final, they became more confident about reaching a FIFA World Cup Final. Their next opponent was Uruguay. Many people wanted the Netherlands to win due to how Uruguay won the Quarter-Final against Ghana. It was an exciting match with five goals scored in total. The first goal was a surprising one by Dutch midfielder Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The 2nd half saw its first goal in the 70th minute by Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder. Three minutes later, Arjen Robben scored again for the Netherlands. The Netherlands knew they would advance with a score of 1-3. In injury time, however, Uruguayan right back Maximiliano Pereira woke both teams up by scoring the second goal for Uruguay. Netherlands reached a FIFA World Cup Final for the first time since 1978. Wesley Sneijder became the 2010 World Cup top scorer with five goals, Diego Forlan, David Villa, and Thomas Muller. Spain survived the knockout stage by defeating Portugal and Paraguay with 1-0 scorelines. In their semifinal against Germany, this continued as Germany couldn’t score and a Carlos Puyol goal sent his side to the finals.

Spain finally made it to the FIFA World Cup Final for the first time in World Cup History. Their opponent was the Netherlands which never won a FIFA World Cup either. The last time a Final consisted of two countries who never won a World Cup was in Argentina in 1978. With an attendance of 84,000 the match was pretty rough, with many fouls made from both sides. The Netherlands was playing aggressively, resulting in a total of 9 yellow cards. Spain received five yellow cards. Everyone expected that the Final would end with a penalty shootout until the match reached the 116th minute. Andres Iniesta scored the most crucial goal in the history of Spanish football. The Netherlands became the only national team to have lost 3 FIFA World Cup Finals without having won once.

2010 FIFA World Cup Facts

Dates: 11 June – 11 July 2010
Final: Netherlands – Spain 0-1
3rd place: Uruguay – Germany 2-3
Teams: 32
Stadiums: 10
Host cities: 9
Matches played: 64
Goals: 145
Attendance: 3,178,852
Top scorers: Thomas Muller (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), David Villa (Spain), Diego Forlan (Uruguay) (5 goals)

Some Fun Facts About American Thanksgiving

Here are nine fun facts about American Thanksgiving to share.

  • The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three day harvest festival. It included 50 Pilgrims, 90 Wampanoag Indians, and lasted three days. It is believed by historians that only five women were present.
  • Turkey wasn’t on the menu at the first Thanksgiving. Venison, duck, goose, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish were likely served, alongside pumpkins and cranberries (but not pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce!).
  • Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863. Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” convinced Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday after writing letters for 17 years.
  • The history of U.S. presidents pardoning turkeys is patchy. Harry Truman is often credited with being the first president to pardon a turkey, but that’s not quite true. He was the first to receive a ceremonial turkey from the National Turkey Federation – and he had it for dinner. John F. Kennedy was the first to let a Thanksgiving turkey go, followed by Richard Nixon who sent his turkey to a petting zoo. George H.W. Bush is the president who formalized the turkey pardoning tradition in 1989.
  • There are four towns in the United States named “Turkey.” They can be found in Arizona, Texas,  Louisiana, and North Carolina.
  • The average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving is 4,500.
  • Butterball answers more than 100,000 turkey-cooking questions via their Butterball Turkey Hotline each November and December.
  • The tradition of football on Thanksgiving began in 1876 with a game between Yale and Princeton. The first NFL games were played on Thanksgiving in 1920.
  • More than 54 million Americans are expected to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday this year. That’s up 4.8% from last year.

Hot Beverage Of Choice While Writing

Coffee or tea? Which do you drink while you write and why?

Coffee. I never drink tea. Well, not true. Usually when I am in a cafe I get coffee, hot or cold. However at some places if I find that they have an iced tea on the menu I will go for it. Never make it at home but yes it some places like Bloomsbury or Galitos where they have peach ice tea, I will order one and enjoy the taste.

But otherwise it is coffee. It has been years since I had a hot tea served to me and drank it. One of my aunts used to make this awesome tea – I don’t what she does to the tea or adds to it but it was awesome – and as they lived 2 houses next to my old house for over 10 years I drank a bunch of that. But I never had any at home or anywhere else.

Why? Because I prefer the taste of coffee over tea. I love coffee and I love the taste. I love when it is mixed with stuff like caramel or mocha flavoured or whipped cream etc. It gives me a boost, I would even say that it gives me life. That’s why I drink it while I write & blog.


Hershey’s Whole Almond Chocolate Bar

So until a few years ago we never used to see any Hershey’s products here in my neck of the woods. I am not sure about the metros but in my part of India I don’t think I had ever seen it until like 2019 or so.  Hershey’s, is an American multinational  company and one of the largest chocolate  manufacturers in the world. It also manufactures baked products, such as cookies and cakes, and sells beverages like milkshakes, as well as other products. Its headquarters are in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. I saw some of their Kisses bags and shakes in small cartoons at a counter.

Since the pandemic I have bought Hershey’s chocolates a few times, usually in one of the online grocery delivery options. The Whole Almonds is one of my favourite treats to have. It is just so good. Hershey’s Whole Almond Bars come with the goodness of whole almonds. These wholesome, tasty and delicious bars offer a delectable taste in every bite to satisfy your sweet urges. They also have two other flavours in these bar format : Creamy Milk and Cookies N Crème flavors. I have had the Cookies N Creme but though they are good, they pale in comparison to the Whole Almond.

These smooth, creamy, indulgent, delicious & mouth-watering chocolate bars are a classic treat that all can enjoy. Whether you are celebrating with friends, family, colleagues or spending quality time at home, HERSHEY’S Bars can be your perfect partner. These delights can be delightful gifts too for various gifting occasions. I agree. I love them. A 9 outta 10!


Ah the 2006 World Cup. This tournament would stand out and be remembered for two things – the first being that Italy won the World Cup for the 4th time and for the Zindane incident. Hero of the French 1998 World Cup title, Zinedine Zidane, also stood out in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The playmaker managed to steer France into yet another FIFA World Cup final. But instead of going into the hall of fame, Zidane ended up losing his head: Marco Materazzi showered him with verbal insults, and in retaliation, he headbutted him and was sent off in his last ever match. In the end, Italy won the 2006 FIFA World Cup on penalties and their fourth title.

Five countries initially showed interest in hosting the 18th FIFA World Cup. Germany, South Africa, England, Morocco, and Brazil were the countries. In the end, only four countries placed their bid since Brazil withdrew. As a result, three voting rounds were needed before the winner was announced, which was a first. Germany (12 votes) received one vote more than South Africa (11 votes). For the first time in 72 years, the defending champion of the previous FIFA World Cup had to qualify for a World Cup. This meant Brazil, the 2002 FIFA World Cup champion, did not qualify automatically.

Trinidad and Tobago played their first World Cup. They managed to draw against Sweden, which alone deserved a little celebration but lost 0-2 to England. The two countries I support were in the same group. As expected, Netherlands and Argentina advanced. Both countries had equal points and drew 0-0 in their match, so the goal difference rule determined who would top the group which would be Argentina. Only after 84 minutes of playtime did Tim Cahill score the first goal ever for Australia in a FIFA World Cup in a 3-1 win against Japan. The most infamous match until the final was the round of 16 between Portugal against the Netherlands. A record amount of cards were handed out. Four red cards and 16 yellow cards! Players screamed, pushed each other, and performed aggressive fouls.

Germany beat out Argentina on penalties in the quarterfinals. Argentina defender Leandro Cufré received the red card due to violent conduct towards German player Per Mertesacker. He became the first and only player so far in World Cup history to have received a red card after a match was already over. Portugal beat England on penalties in a match in which Rooney stamped on Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho, Ronaldo ran to the referee and appeared to call for Rooney to be sent off. The referee gave in, and Rooney received a red card for his behavior. Thierry Henry who scored a goal coming from a free kick as France beat Brazil 1-0.

In the semis Italy beat hosts Germany 2-0 : two goals were scored by Italy in three minutes! France beat Portugal by a solitary penalty scored by Zidane. For the second time for France to reach the Final, and for Italy, it was already the 6th time. So the Final would be the 4th Final, consisting only of European countries. Zidane took a successful penalty in the 7th minute of the match. In that same half, Marco Materazzi equalized pretty fast in the 19th minute. Materazzi. Materazzi pulled Zidane’s jersey before the Frenchman walked away from him. Zidane suddenly turned around since the Italian midfielder started to provoke him. Zidane responded with a headbutt in Materazzi’s chest. As a result, Materazzi was knocked to the ground, and the referee had to give Zidane the red card.

Italy would go on to win on penalties. Zidane ended up being awarded the Golden Ball despite the headbutt. The Golden Ball poll was conducted halftime during the Final before the headbutt incident occurred. Germany would still finish third, beating Portgual, and would end the 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament with the best attack, 14 goals. Miroslav Klose scored five times and finished the competition as the top scorer.

World Cup 2006 Facts

Date: June 9 – July 9, 2006
2006 World Cup Winner: Italy – France 5-3 (penalties)
3rd place: Germany – Portugal 3-1
Teams: 32
Stadiums: 12
Host cities: 12
Matches played: 64
Goals: 147
Attendance: 3,359,439
Top scorer: Miroslav Klose (Germany) (5 goals)