I need to reword the title – it’s not really a celebrity fight, but you know what I mean…

So, in the blue (or should that be red white and blue?) corner, we have Steve Rodgers, aka Captain America, as per his appearances in the MCU.

 


In the red corner, we have Khan Singh, as per his appearance in Star Trek Into Darkness.

 

Both are superhuman, possessing strength and endurance well beyond normal means. In a fight to the death, who walks away alive?

Rodgers has demonstrated several remarkable feats since he appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger. Aside from the obvious displays of speed and strength, he has literally thrown a motorbike with enough force to dent a jeep, prevented a helicopter from flying away by using his bare hands, and whilst he wasn’t exactly beating Loki in hand-to-hand combat, he wasn’t going down easily. Rodgers’ fights against Hydra goons showed him to be way out of their league, dispatching them like they were ragdolls. He also went into hand-to-hand combat against Tony Stark’s Iron Man and, whilst he would have lost if not for Bucky’s interference, he held his own.

Rodgers is also very accurate with his shield – a lethal weapon in his hands.

Khan’s performances are in many respects similar. His accuracy with guns in the fight scene against the Klingons was astonishing, especially given a number of the shots were fired one-handed. He stood there and took several punches from Kirk without so much as a second thought, and would have killed Spock (impressive, given Vulcans are said to have three times the strength of humans) had Uhura not intervened.

So in many respects, they are actually similar in strength, which makes this a close-run fight. If Cap has his shield (and he rarely doesn’t have it), then he has a ranged weapon and a close-range weapon, that could do a lot of damage. However, the key difference between the two is their ruthlessness, and believe it or not, Rodgers is more ruthless in many respects, which is why he wins this one for me.

Khan could have killed Spock by simply throwing him off the aerial platforms they were fighting on. Instead, he toyed with him, and as such, gave away the initiative. Rodgers is more inclined to end a fight quickly, which gives him the advantage. That said, if they were placed into an environment like say, a boxing match, it would be too close to call.

As I type I’m sitting on a rail replacement bus, waiting for the thing to start moving (I only want to go one bloody stop!). There is a lingering odour from outside, possibly an open sewage drain, which is omnipresent and slowly killing off my sense of smell. I am tired and hungry and have to wonder why the bus has sat here for 20 minutes. I can hear loud voices from outside (I think a car has parked in front of the bus – genius), and I have the feeling that it will be dark by the time I get home. Le sigh. 

For the second time in a few weeks I have nearly been run over by a cyclist who seems confused as to where the cycle path is – or just doesn’t care. I’m not amused. 

(my ‘not amused’ face)

I mean come on. The path is a joint pavement/cycle path and the boundary is well defined. There’s no excuse to be on the pedestrian path when there’s a clear cycle path right beside you. What’s worse, I have a feeling the guy who almost hit me yesterday (who must have seen me as he was coming down the hill) is the same guy who nearly hit me the other week. Rest assured people, if he hits me, there’ll be a hopping mad meerkat on the loose!

Last night ranks among the worst for lack of sleep I have ever had. For reasons I don’t know, I could not settle, and so this morning feel beyond tired. I’ve not been feeling myself for a few days now, so I could really use good sleep, not the broken slumber I suffered last night. 

Worse, my tossing and turning probably kept my wife awake (or woke her up). For this, I can only apologise! 

By now it’s probably apparent that I’m a bit of a sadomashocist. Or however you spell that word. After all, I routinely delve into the dark and murky waters of MRAs and religious fundamentalism. I must enjoy it in some way, right?

Yet there is one thing that I do that I don’t enjoy, yet I do it repeatedly. What is it? Words with Friends. Basically, Scrabble but online. Why don’t I enjoy it, and why do I still do it?

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Maybe I do derive some hidden enjoyment out of being thrashed by my wife repeatedly (that sentence really needs reconsidering). Maybe I’m pigheaded and stubborn (very possible). Maybe I’m engaging in a penance for something. Maybe I’m a bit of an idiot. In any event, I’m pretty sure the game hates me.

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I know what you’re thinking – ‘a game can’t hate’! Well, WWF can. It’s diabolical in fact. You end up (or I end up) with three scenarios – the tray of virtually all vowels (wow, AAUIFEO, thanks), a tray of awkward letters (CUZQCIS), or constanant city (BDDTRWS). This certainly seems to be the recurring theme.

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I may be starting to lose patience with this.

Today has been a pointed reminder that the customer is most definitely not always right. I can’t begin to stress how much I hate this notion, especially right now.

If you buy something, is it reasonable to expect your purchase to be in good shape? I’d say yes. Got no problem with that. Having said that, if I order something, collect it, and wait over a week before opening it, is it fair to kick up a storm if the item isn’t up to scratch?  if you work in an industry which involves fitting items and is time sensitive, is it common sense to check out the items you will be working with?

It’s unfortunate when something arrives in a bad condition, but please remember folks, it’s not the store’s fault (even though the store is expected to put the problem right). We don’t have the time to check every last product we receive, and no quality control process in the world can check every product that leaves the production line. That’s not a fair expectation, so customers, snap out of that one.

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Enough already!

I’m walking home with my headphones in (as I sometimes do) and admittedly I’m not paying as much attention to the world around me as I could. However, I’m walking in the middle of the pavement, and therefore I’m not expecting to see a cyclist swerve to avoid me whilst gesturing angrily. I guess the cycle path that was empty wasn’t obvious enough for him?

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Josh runs The Friday Blog. There’s an undercurrent of wit about this blog that I really like, a sort of omnipresent sideways grin.

A nomination for an award, for me?! Firstly, many thanks to B.G of Getting Through Anxiety for nominating me – if you haven’t already done so then please check out her blog – it’s really good!

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So, as per the rules, I need to nominate 12 other bloggers for this award.

Firstly, I nominate Getting Through Anxiety, and not because she nominated me. The blog is both insightful and thought-provoking, as any good blog should be.

The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise is not only the title of the next site, but a humourous and passionate insight into feminism in the modern world.

The Bookmark Chronicles is a good site to visit for both quizzes, and for frank discussions about race.

What is it like to be an Englishman living in France? Just Merveilleux has the answer, and reminds us that same-sex couples are just like anyone else.

Tom from Shouts from the Abyss is the self-styled Guru of Negativity. One look and you’ll know why.

The author of Anger Spread Thin is punchy, spirited and eloquent. Please check out what she has to say.

Next up is the Nudge Wink Report. In truth, this is a group blog (one that Carla, Tom and I contribute to), but it’s the brainchild of Blogdramedy, so she gets the credit for this one! It’s all about humourous observations, and it’s very funny!

Next up is a more unusual choice. I can’t say I agree with everything he has to say, but Paul of Blogging Theology certainly offers interesting conversation!

Playing Chess with Pigeons is a funny yet factual site that picks apart creationism.

David Ellis is another contributer to Nudge Wink. He’s an author and I like what he says on his blog.

There are five questions to answer too. Here Goes:

Why did you start a Blog?

I don’t know if I can pinpoint an answer to this. Originally Meerkat Musings started as a site, with a blog attached to it, but the blogging aspect of it quickly became the dominant theme. I guess why I do it is because I can share my experiences and perspectives with other people, on an almost daily basis if I so choose. I enjoy that.

What is your favourite Book?

Another tough question. I can point to many books that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed down the years, and I honestly don’t know if I could name a favourite. I really enjoyed ‘Old Man’s War’ and ‘The Last Colony’ by John Scalzi. ‘The Reality Dysfunction’ by Peter F. Hamilton is another really good read.

What do you dislike the most?

I can’t stand needless aggression and digs made at people. There’s usually no need for it and it irritates me. I for one don’t respond well to snappy remarks and gestures – it’s inclined to make me respond in kind, or ignore the person making the remarks completely.

What is your favourite food item from the mall?

At my local shopping centre there are many options, and they all tantalise me. Taco Bell is different to the usual burger joints, whilst there’s a fish and chip restaurant that I thoroughly love.

I dare say though, it’s Burger King and the bacon double cheese burger that claims victory.

What is your favourite pastime?

Ooooh. Erm. I don’t think I can pick one! I enjoy writing, I play video games, I watch movies and I read books. Sometimes I like to stretch my legs and go for a walk. I’ll listen to music whilst going for a walk. Swimming is another enjoyable activity. Don’t ask me to choose!