Are we on spring or are we not there yet?

It is funny that the last entry on this blog was a year ago. Right to the date. You plan on adding regular entries but then life happens and the days go by. Before you know it, it has been more than 365 days.

So the Winter Olympics have begun. But I don't seem much bothered to watch. Is this lack of interest a result of sports fatigue? Or am I just waiting for the World Cup of Soccer instead?

After the thrilling match last weekend in which they lost their long unbeaten record to Liverpool, English Premier League leaders defeated Newcastle United 3 - 1. With a hat-trick from Aguero, Manchester City remain 12 points ahead of second-place city rivals Manchester United.

Liverpool have to wait until Monday for their chance to go back to third above Chelsea. They will need three clear goals or more to do so with a superior goal difference. It often happens that the reds follow up an outstanding performance with a rather disappointing one.

Let's hope they will not defeat themselves this time as they frustratingly tend to.

Just learned about the recent death of someone who used to work in the computer labs back when I was studying for my first degree. It has been quite a while but I do remember that he was a nice and helpful fella.

Condolences to his family.


Talk about Loyalty.

FC  Barcelona have announced that superstar striker Lionel Messi has agreed to a new contract that will keep him at the Catalan club for the next four years.

It was always hard to imagine the club without their talisman. And it would probably have come as a shock if he decided to leave the team he has been with since the young age of 13.

Hopefully, he will help them get back to winning ways. Their only trophy last campaign was the Spanish domestic cup. They were beaten to the La Liga title by old rivals Real Madrid who, under Zinedine Zidane, also managed to outplay Juventus and win the European Champions League cup.

It has been a busy few weeks for Messi. He married his longtime sweetheart and mother of his child just last week with a ceremony back at his home town of Rosario, Argentina.

Barca had their work cut out for them in the round of 16. They had to turn around a 4-0 deficit from the first leg in Paris if they were to progress to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. And for each goal PSG might score at Camp Nou, the Catalans had to score 2 so as to avoid defeat by the away goals rule.

You knew they could do it. And they did it.

It was astonishing to watch as Messi and co produced a stunning comeback in the first leg to make history and progress to the next round for the 10th consecutive season at this stage of the competition.Anything can happen in this beautiful game. And FC Barcelona proved once again why they are one of the most formidable teams ever to grace the world of sports.

No wonder futbol aka football aka soccer is the most popular game in the world.

Apple CEO Tim Cook apparently had some tea and biscuits at 10 Downing St. Assuming that's standard offering at the Prime Minister's residence in London.

The previous day, Cook was in Scotland receiving an honorary degree from University of Glasgow.

Millions dream of coming to America and making it. It is, after all, the secret sauce of what makes this nation great: The fact that the strengths of these United States lie in their allure as a melting pot of cultures and skills and points of view.

One can't help but wonder how much damage will have been done to the credibility and desirableness and influence of this great nation of immigrants by the time this disastrous new era comes to an end. If the last 11 days are anything to go by, we are in for a rough ride.

It's not just that management are reckless and clueless, but too many are sitting idly by and letting them get away with it.

At least sensible minds are expressing their displeasure with mass protests and legal challenges. And there lies the hope for the future. But in the meantime, the outlook is dim.

God help America.

The New York Times reports that George Orwell’s classic book “1984,” about a dystopian future where critical thought is suppressed under a totalitarian regime, has seen a surge in sales this month.

The title has risen to the top of the Amazon best-seller list in the U.S. The book's publishers have as a result printed tens of thousands of new copies to meet market demand.

Liverpool's dismal form in the new year continues. Southampton were the better side for much of the game and deserved to get through to the finals of the League Cup. And they did so without conceding a single goal so far in the competition.

Jurgen Klopp has much work to do. Next up are leaders Chelsea in the Premier League.

Coutinho may have extended his contract with the club until 2022. But with their current form, Liverpool may yet end empty handed this season.