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Friday, 24 October 2008

Arsenal FC - Videos (watch them in HQ if available)

Arsenal FC - Simply Fantastic Football Part 1

Arsenal FC - Simply Fantastic Football Part 2

Arsenal FC - The Beautiful Game

Arsenal 07/08

Arsenal Last season Review 07/08

The Boy From Barcelona

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Did you know?

* The dollar symbol ($) is a U combined with an S (U.S.).

* The infinity sign is called a lemniscates

* The word "queueing" is the only English word with five consecutive vowels

* The word 'byte' is a contraction of 'by eight.'

* The word 'pixel' is a contraction of either 'picture cell'

* Canada is an Indian word meaning " Big Village ".

* If you add up the numbers 1-100 consecutively (1+2+3+4+5 etc) the total is 5050.

* Race car is a palindrome.

* "Bookkeeper" and "bookkeeping" are the only words in the English language with three consecutive double letters.

* The Mercedes-Benz motto is “Das Beste oder Nichts” meaning “the best ornothing”.

* If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on your right side. Ifyou are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.

* Men’s shirts have the buttons on the right, but women’s shirts have the buttons on the left.

* Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jag of Flapan, instead of flag of Japan .

* The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

* Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are:Mizaru(See noevil), Mikazaru(Hear no evil), and Mazaru(Speak no evil)

* A crocodile can't move its tongue and cannot chew.
Its digestive juices are so strong that it can digest a steel nail

* Money notes are not made from paper, they are made mostly from a special blend of cotton and linen. In 1932, when a shortage of cash occurred in Tenino, Washington, USA, notes were made out of wood for a brief period.

* Tea is said to have been discovered in 2737 BC by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water. The tea bag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York .

* A person can live without food for about a month, but only about a week without water. If the amount of water in your body is reduced by just 1%, you'll feel thirsty. If it's reduced by 10%, you'll die.

* Camels are called "ships of the desert" because of the way they move, not because of their transport capabilities. A Dromedary camel has one hump and a Bactrian camel two humps. The humps are used as fat storage. Thus, an undernourished camel will not have a hump.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Quotes on Happiness !!!

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring to think so ourselves.
- Confucius

Be virtuous and you'll be happy? Nonsense! Be happy and you'll begin to be virtuous.
- James Gould Cozzens

Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty. But learn to be happy alone. Rely upon your own energies, and so do not wait for, or depend on other people.
- Thomas Davidson

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
- Benjamin "Dizzy" Disraeli

The greatest wealth consisteth in being charitable, And the greatest happiness in having tranquility of mind. Experience is the most beautiful adornment; And the best comrade is one that hath no desire.
- Tibetan Doctrine

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
- Hugh Downs

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal. Not to people or things.
- Albert Einstein

To fill the hour-that is happiness.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
- Epictetus

All good men are happy when they choose to be their own authors. Those who choose to have others edit their pathways, must live on the edge of another man's sword.
Julie Arabi

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
Saint Augustine

Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure: where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness.
Saint Augustine

Let no one who loves be called unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.
Sir James Matthew Barrie

Happiness sneaks through a door you didn't know that you left open.
John Barrymore

No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a really nice man who wishes she were not.
Mary Catherine Bateson

People who've had happy childhoods are wonderful, but they're bland... An unhappy childhood compels you to use your imagination to create a world in which you can be happy. Use your old grief. That's the gift you're given
Baron Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett

You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.
William Blake

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.
Thomas Edward Bodett

It is only possible to live happily-ever-after on a day-to-day basis.
Margaret Bonnano

Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!
Amanda Bradley

Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.
William Adams

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Joseph Addison

There is a courage of happiness as well as a courage of sorrow.
Alfred Adler

Those who gave thee a body, furnished it with weakness; but He who gave thee Soul, armed thee with resolution. Employ it, and thou art wise; be wise and thou art happy.

We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn to direct our inner drives, our interest and our attention to something outside ourselves.
Ethel Perry Andrus

Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy.
Robert Newton Anthony

Monday, 17 March 2008

Man with no bad habbits !!!

Once a man was waiting for a taxi.

A beggar came along and asked him for some money. The man ignored him.
But being a professional, the beggar kept on pestering him. The man became irritated when he realized that the beggar would not leave him alone unless he parts with some money.

Suddenly an idea struck him.He told the beggar, "I do not have money, but if you tell me what you want to do with the money, I will certainly help you."
"I would have bought a cup of tea", replied the beggar.

The man said, "Sorry man. I can offer you a cigarette instead of tea". He then took a pack of cigarettes from his pocket and offered one to the beggar.

The beggar told, "I don't smoke as it is injurious to health."

The man smiled and took a bottle of whisky from his pocket and told the beggar, "Here, take this bottle and enjoy the stuff. It is really good".

The beggar refused by saying, "Alcohol muddles the brain and damages the liver".

The man smiled again. He told the beggar, "I am going to the race course. Come with me and I will arrange for some tickets and we will place bets. If we win, you take the whole amount and leave me alone".

As before, the beggar politely refused the latest offer by saying, "Sorry sir, I can't come with you as betting on horses is a bad habit."

Suddenly the man felt relieved and asked the beggar to come to his home with him. Finally, the beggar's face lit up in anticipation of receiving at least something from the man. But he still had his doubts and asked the man, "Why do you want me to go to your house with you".

The man replied, "My wife always wanted to see how a man with no bad habits looks like."

IT life

1) Project Manager is a person who thinks nine women can deliver a baby in one month.

2) Developer is a person who thinks it will take 18 months to deliver a baby.

3) Onsite Coordinator is one who thinks single woman can deliver nine babies in one month.

4) Client is the one who doesn't know why he wants a baby.

5) Marketing Manager is a person who thinks he can deliver a baby even if no man and woman are available.

6) Resource Optimization Team thinks they don't need a man or woman; They'll produce a child with zero resources.

7) Documentation Team thinks they don't care whether the child is delivered, they'll just document 9 months.

8) Quality Auditor is the person who is never happy with the PROCESS to produce a baby.

And last but not the least...

9) Tester is a person who always tells his wife that this is not the right baby.

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Smells like Team Spirit -- India 1-2

What a reply by India after having been defeated by Australia in an unethical manner at Sydney. A win which can be considered as one of the greatest wins in Indian cricket history, a win which came on a ground which was supposed to be the fastest and bouncier track in the world and more importantly a win which ended the mighty Australian winning streak of 16 consecutive wins. India totally outplayed Australia in every department in perth test, whether it is bowling or batting against fiery fast bowlers like lee, Johnson, tait, and Clarke. Young Indian fast bowlers used the pitch and wind conditions better than the hosts in this track and registered a memorable win for the country and kept the series still alive. This test has also witnessed one of the finest feat which no other Indian bowler has achieved, 600 wickets for kumble. Now he stands at number 3 in the list of highest wicket takers, he may not get to the top at the end of his career but his contribution to Indian test cricket can never be forgotten. The most precious Indian captaincy at 38 years of age, a series win over pakisthan after almost 3 decades in india, 600 wickets on his name, and a special win at perth- things can’t get any better for veteran leg spinner Anil Kumble. He proved once again that in any kind of track he has the ability to take the wickets. Now, the final test in adelide has got everyone’s attention which is basically a good batting track and can support the spinners as well in the 4th and 5th day. I think Kumble will persist with Bajji as there is no regular 2nd spinner in the team and ishanth may sit out for the next test, and karthik has to take over jaffer most probably. One thing which disappointed every Indian after this memorable win was the decision of ruling out one of the best batsman at number 3 in the world, and the man who has contributed in highest opening stand for india. Yes, the Indian squad which was finalized for the triangular series after the last test doesn’t have the names of Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman albeit they have been performing well in the current series. Thank god they haven’t touched the batting maestro on the basis of age, though neither dhoni or vengsarkar have the guts to remove him(who knows, wish they won’t). This time the selectors have chosen “Youth” as the mantra and left out great batsmen who have served for the Indian cricket for many years and they still have lots to offer for this country. I wonder on what basis selectors have removed these 2 (except laxman as he hasn’t been appearing in ODI since long ago), look at their performance in the last few games. Ganguly averaged over 40 in the year 2007, if at all fielding is the only concern of the selectors then they should have looked at sehwag’s average in the same number of games. Yes I agree, young players like raina, utappa can add lot of strength to Indian fielding but if you look at the experience they have in this form of cricket it is still a blunder made by the selectors, it is not only sufficient to stop fours or singles moreover it’s important to make big scores, build good partnerships in the middle. And that too, we are playing against Australia and Sri lanka, two great cricketing nations, so for an important series like this the selectors should have persisted with them. Of all the wins for india in ODI cricket, India managed to win over 60% ( I think this fraction is more) of the games due to big opening stands between sachin and sourav (considered as the best opening stand in the world in ODIs) and sensible play in the final overs by players who come at no.3 or 4. With the kind of bowling attack Australia and Sri Lanka have, the early wicket in first few overs is always likely, so the batsman who comes at no.3 has to adapt to the situation very early and has to build good partnership in the middle overs, which eventually leads to big scores. I don’t think either Gambhir, or utappa or raina fall under the same category as Ponting, Sangakkara, Kallis who bat at number 3 for their respective countries. Atleast The selectors should have waited till the next test and decide the squad, what if dravid, ganguly and laxman slam great centuries with good run rate in the last test? Will they be recalled? We should not ask such kind of questions because even if they perform they don’t get as much credit as they deserve. The gamble has been done already, and only the time will tell whether the decision of dropping one of the best batsmen India have ever produced is correct or not.

Friday, 11 January 2008

India undone by umpires 2-0

The first test in the year 2008 will be remembered by the world for many years, this test had all the types of entertainment that you could expect in a test cricket, there was high drama throughout the game, there was excellent batting by both the teams, century on each day of the test, aussies players behavior on / off the field, excellent comeback by India after having defeated by heavy margin and not to forget lot of controversies. Every Indian would have been disappointed with the way it has ended. It is pretty hard to digest the result. We have seen tests destroyed by bad lights, rains etc., but rarely we have seen a test spoiled by the umpires by which it was turned out to be one of the worst tests in the cricket history. The decisions of Dravid, and ganguly and many decisions in the first innings of Australia which were given against India by umpires. Adding to this, ICC shocked India by banning harbhajan singh for 3 tests. The Australian’s behaviour especially their captain ponting’s “win at any cost” attitude raised many eyebrows not only in india but by the cricket fans all over the world including Australian greats. This test has shown how the so called professional players in the game behave on the field when they were on the edge of losing a game which could break a record winning streak. They are not at all professionals, professionalism means agreeing that the fielder has touched the boundary line while trying to catch, without asking for the third umpire, professionalism means congratulating any opponent batsman when he scores a century or hits you for a six. Whatever aussies have shown is not at all professionalism they have even forgot to shake hands with the losing team.. after the test the statement by kumble - “Only one team was playing in right spirit of the game” shows how Indians would have felt after the test. Initially, India had the chance of squaring up the series in this test, but umpires spoiled all those hopes of winning a test series (or at least a draw) in Australian soil. There were some silly decisions given by umpires in this test, even as a viewer we can tell whether that batsman is out or not. These mistakes over shadowed some of the mistakes done by Indian cricketers. India batted well in their first innings with the help of centuries from laxman and sachin, but their batting was not good in the second innings, once again they nearly failed to reach 200 apart from the wrong umpiring decisions. And also they couldn’t capitalize the pitch conditions in the second innings and allowed aussies to score more than 400 runs. Remember they have restricted them to 134/6 in the first innings of the same test. So we should look at not only whatever has happened with umpires, aussies but also we should look at our failures in this test. There has been a lot of discussion and debates over this test in the news papers and tv channels, but no one talks about the failures in this test like batting failures of jaffer and yuvraj. Yes they haven’t been performing well since the start of the series, and they should be axed now and new players should be given a chance, because after losing the series with 2-0 india should look for winning the last two test matches atleast( I am being optimistic J). I think, kumble should allow yuvraj to go and have trip with deepika, as he is not concentrating in either things, his personal life or his cricket career. And pathan should be given a place of yuvraj, as he can be handy in a pitch that suits fast bowlers. So india should stop thinking about what has happened in the past, as they have no concern with the next test, because Sydney test’s man of the match is not umpiring in this test and bajji is allowed to play this test. So everything happened is over, we don’t get anything by looking at the history and digging the things again. That won’t make the result as 1-1. We should come back strongly in the next match and take the revenge on aussies. All I can say to Indian team is ALL THE VERY BEST in the next test. Hope you will win this test and break aussies winning record.

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