Monday 20th November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 20, 2017 by bishshat

Ain’t Talkin’

Bob Dylan

As I walked out tonight in the mystic garden
The wounded flowers were dangling from the vine
I was passing by yon cool crystal fountain
Someone hit me from behind

Ain’t talking, just walking
Through this weary world of woe
Heart burning, still yearning
No one on earth would ever know

They say prayer has the power to heal
So pray for me, mother
In the human heart an evil spirit can dwell
I am trying to love my neighbor and do good unto others
But oh, mother, things ain’t going well

Ain’t talking, just walking
I’ll burn that bridge before you can cross
Heart burning, still yearning
There’ll be no mercy for you once you’ve lost

Now I’m all worn down by weeping
My eyes are filled with tears, my lips are dry
If I catch my opponents ever sleeping
I’ll just slaughter them where they lie

Ain’t talking, just walking
Through the world mysterious and vague
Heart burning, still yearning
Walking through the cities of the plague.

Well, the whole world is filled with speculation
The whole wide world which people say is round
They will tear your mind away from contemplation
They will jump on your misfortune when you’re down

Ain’t talking, just walking
Eating hog eyed grease in a hog eyed town.
Heart burning, still yearning
Some day you’ll be glad to have me around.

They will crush you with wealth and power
Every waking moment you could crack
I’ll make the most of one last extra hour
I’ll revenge my father’s death then I’ll step back

Ain’t talking, just walking
Hand me down my walking cane.
Heart burning, still yearning
Got to get you out of my miserable brain.

All my loyal and my much-loved companions
They approve of me and share my code
I practice a faith that’s been long abandoned
Ain’t no altars on this long and lonesome road

Ain’t talking, just walking
My mule is sick, my horse is blind.
Heart burning, still yearning
Thinking about that girl I left behind.

Well, it’s bright in the heavens and the wheels are flying
Fame and honor never seem to fade
The fire gone out but the light is never dying
Who says I can’t get heavenly aid?

Ain’t talking, just walking
Carrying a dead man’s shield
Heart burning, still yearning
Walking with an ache in my heel

The suffering is unending
Every nook and cranny has its tears
I’m not playing, I’m not pretending
I’m not nursing any superfluous fears

Ain’t talking, just walking
Walking ever since the other night.
Heart burning, still yearning
Walking until I’m clean out of sight.

As I walked out in the mystic garden
On a hot summer day, a hot summer lawn
Excuse me, ma’am, I beg your pardon
There’s no one here, the gardener is gone

Ain’t talking, just walking
Up the road, around the bend.
Heart burning, still yearning
In the last outback at the world’s end.

On Ovid

They fear us
They hate us
And as they hate us
So they promote us
They promote us to make us as them
So that we will stop
So we will stop our condemnation of them
They attempt to turn gold into metal
They attempt to take away our power
They try to stop our voices with new laws
The power of poets as always been this
The power of lyrics has always been this
Banishment is not an option
So they knight us they shower us with garlands
They invite us to their soirée
They give us keys that unlock nothing
They grant us freedom to a city
Where we have always roamed free
If this does not work
Then they will kill us

John Bish November 20th 2017


Sunday 19th November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 19, 2017 by bishshat


Saturday 18th November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 18, 2017 by bishshat

Arsenal 2 Spurs 0

Two goals in five minutes at the end of the first half saw the north London derby go Arsenal’s way on Saturday. A touch of fortune went against us with both goals but we weren’t at our best at the Emirates.

The game started in typical derby style, all hustle and bustle, few chances and Arsenal’s goals actually came after our best spell.

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Christian Eriksen hit the post and Harry Kane forced Petr Cech to save at full stretch just after the half-hour but 10 minutes later, we were 2-0 down.

The first goal came from a debated free-kick against Davinson Sanchez on Alexis Sanchez on 37 minutes. Mezut Ozil curled in the set-piece and Shkodran Mustafi headed across Hugo Lloris and home. Five minutes later and we were facing an uphill task. Arsenal had got in a couple of times down our right and made no mistake at the third time of asking. Alexandre Lacazette might have been a shade off-side when he broke clear, but his cross to the near post was collected by Alexis Sanchez who fired into the roof of the net from the angle.

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We dominated the second half in terms of possession without creating clear-cut opportunities. Kane had a sight of goal blocked by Nacho Monreal and Christian Eriksen fired over but Arsenal held firm and looked a danger on the break, Hugo Lloris forced into one-on-one saves to deny Sanchez.

A late flourish saw Eric Dier’s header tipped away by Cech and Heung-Min Son volley over from 16 yards – it wasn’t our day.

Friday 17th November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 17, 2017 by bishshat

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The Moody Blues

Just like the driftwood of a dream
Left of the seashore of sleep
Just like the words that wouldn’t rhyme
Lost in the desert of time
Time waits for no one at all
No, not even you
You thought you’d seen it all before
You really thought you knew

I don’t remember what was said
In the confusion that night
I only know what’s on my mind
What’s in the future we will decide
Time waits for no one at all
No, not even you
You thought you’d seen it all before
You really thought you knew

I’ve shattered the illusion
Of fortune and of fame
But darling now I know you
Life could never be the same
Oh no… don’t leave me driftwood
On the shore

Time waits for no one my love
No, not even you
You thought you’d seen it all before
You really thought you knew

I’ve shattered the illusion
Of forture and of fame
I’m waking up
I’m reaching up
I’m getting up from this game
Oh no… don’t leave me driftwood
On the shore
Oh no… don’t, don’t leave me driftwood
On the shore…

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Thursday 16th November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 16, 2017 by bishshat

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Victoria & Abdul

Abdul Karim, a young prison clerk from Agra, India, is instructed to travel to England for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 (four years after the death of John Brown in Mrs Brown) to present her with a mohur, which has been minted as a token of appreciation from British-ruled India.

The Queen, who is lonely and tired of her fawning courtiers, develops an interest in and later a friendship with Abdul. She spends time with him alone, and promotes him to become her Munshi as his guardian. She asks him to teach her Urdu and the Qur’an. When Victoria discovers that he is married, she invites his wife and mother-in-law to join him to England. They arrive wearing black Burqas, to the consternation of the household.


While Victoria treats Abdul as a son, his preferment is resented by her household and inner circle, including her son Bertie and the Prime Minister. The household plots to undermine their relationship, hoping that Abdul will be sent home. When Victoria embarrasses herself by recounting to the court the one-sided account of the Indian Mutiny that Abdul had told her, Victoria’s faith and trust in him are shaken and she decides he must go home. But the following day she changes her mind and asks him to stay. She gives Abdul a bejewelled locket with her photograph.

Victoria’s interest in India grows, and at her Isle of Wight home of Osbourne House, she has the Durbar Room built for state functions, elaborately decorated with carvings by Bhai Ram Singh in an intricate style, and with a carpet from Agra. She hangs portaits of Indians in the House. She tells the household that she intends to give Abdul a knighthood.


The Prime Minister is adamant that the royal household must find a way to get rid of Abdul. They research his family background in India, and present Victoria with a dossier to show that his family is more ordinary and poor than Abdul has told her. When Victoria insists her doctor examine Abdul to find out why his wife has not fallen pregnant, he discovers that Abdul has gonorrhea, and rushes to tell the Queen, expecting her to dismiss him in disgust. However, Victoria remains loyal to Abdul and admonishes her courtiers for plotting against him.


Eventually the household decides that, if Victoria does not break with Abdul, they will all resign. They also threaten to certify Victoria as insane. When Victoria is told, she angrily summons the entire household to the Durbar Room and demands that anyone who wants to resign step forward. When none do so, she tells them she has decided not to make Abdul a knight, but to include him in her next honours list as a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire.

When Victoria falls ill, she urges Abdul to return to India, while she can still provide him with protection. She warns him that when she dies, the court will turn on him. But Abdul insists that he will stay with Victoria until the end of her life.


In 1901, Victoria dies. Her son, Edward VII, rejects Abdul, burning all the gifts and papers he has received from the Queen, and sending him and his family back to India. Abdul’s wife manages to save the locket for him.

It is revealed that Abdul lived in India until his death eight years later in 1909. The film ends with Abdul kneeling at a large statue of the Queen close to the Taj Mahal, talking to it and kissing its feet in respect.

Wednesday 15th November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 16, 2017 by bishshat

The Secret of Life

Gretchen Peters

Couple of guys sittin’ around
Drinkin’ down at the Starlight Bar
One of ’em says, “You know I been thinkin'”
Other one says, “That won’t get you too far”

He says, “This is your life and welcome to it
It’s just workin’ and drinkin’ and dreams
Ad on the TV says ‘Just Do It’
Hell if I know what that means”

The secret of life is a good cup of coffee
The secret of life is keep your eye on the ball
The secret of life is a beautiful woman
And Marilyn stares down from the barroom wall

You and me, we’re just a couple of zeroes
Just a couple of down-and-outs
But movie stars and football heroes
What’ve they got to be unhappy about?

So they turn to the bartender, “Sam, what do you think
What’s the key that unlocks that door?”
Sam don’t say nothin’, he just wipes down the bar
And he pours ’em a couple more

‘Cause the secret of life is in Sam’s martinis
The secret of life is in Marilyn’s eyes
The secret of life is in Monday night football
And Rolling Stones records and mom’s apple pies

Sam looks up from his Sunday paper
He says, “Boys, you’re on the wrong track
The secret of life is there ain’t no secret
And you don’t get your money back”

The secret of life is gettin’ up early
The secret of life is stayin’ up late
The secret of life is try not to hurry
But don’t wait, don’t wait

The secret of life is a good cup of coffee
The secret of life is keep your eye on the ball
The secret of life is to find the right woman
The secret of life is nothin’ at all

Couple of guys sittin’ around
Drinkin’ down at the Starlight Bar
One of ’em says, “You know I been thinkin'”
Other one says, “That won’t get you too far”

He says this is your life and welcome to it
It’s just workin’ and drinkin’ and dreams
Ad on the TV says ‘Just Do It’
Hell if I know what that means


Keeping The Faith

The film begins with a drunken and downtrodden Catholic priest telling his story to a sympathetic bartender (Brian George). Father Brian Finn (Edward Norton) has been dedicated to his calling since he was a child and now shares the duties of a New York parish with an older priest, Fr. Havel (Miloš Forman). Rabbi Jacob “Jake” Schram (Ben Stiller), best friends with Brian since childhood, is the youngest rabbi at his Conservative[citation needed] synagogue; his lack of effort to find a Jewish wife often results in his mother, Ruth (Anne Bancroft) and other women of his congregation setting him up on blind dates, much to his dismay. The two men show a close bond, even in their professions, where the two are planning the opening of a jointly sponsored community center. In its earlier days, the friendship included a third party. Via flashbacks and reminiscent musings, Anna Reilly (Jenna Elfman) is introduced: she met Jake and Brian in middle school, after beating up a bully who was picking on them. The three became great friends, and enjoyed their childhood together. Unfortunately, Anna’s father got a new job that resulted in the Reillys moving to California, and ultimately she lost touch with Brian and Jake.

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Sixteen years later, Anna calls her old friends out of the blue and the friendship is rekindled when her company temporarily reassigns her to a New York position. Feelings quickly begin to run deeper than before, as Anna, despite her workaholic tendencies, is as vibrant as Brian and Jake remembered her; however, it is, ironically, the men’s careers that prove to be the most problematic. She and Jake begin sleeping together, but he is reluctant to be involved in a serious relationship with her because she is not Jewish, a fact which could compromise his relationship with his congregation and also with his mother (who disowned her eldest son – Jake’s older brother Ethan – for marrying outside the faith). Between the religious conflict and their desire to spare the feelings of their mutual friend, the relationship is kept mostly secret, resulting in both humorous and harmful complications. As the months pass, both Jake and Anna’s feelings for each other become stronger but due to the aforementioned issues, Jake still refuses the relationship as a serious one, despite Anna dropping hints to him about her having been recently taking a class (but refusing to tell him what kind of class it is), and her becoming visibly upset when they run into members of Jake’s congregation while on a date and Jake introducing her only as “my old friend Anna”.


Meanwhile, Brian is involved in his own test of faith as he struggles with his feelings for Anna despite his vows. Apart from praying about the situation and discussing it with Fr. Havel, he keeps these thoughts mostly to himself. Brian begins misinterpreting Anna’s words and actions (some of which are subtle signals to Jake as their affair is kept under wraps) and even has an erotic dream about her; he begins to seriously consider quitting the priesthood to pursue a romantic relationship with her. Anna tells Jake that she wants things to be more serious between them and he does not respond well. While the three have dinner one night with Jake’s mother Ruth, Ruth has a private conversation with Anna, where she tearfully reveals that she knows about Anna and Jake’s secret relationship. Jake and Brian walk in on the ladies having a tearful moment, and later Jake and Anna have an argument over the religious issues complicating their romance, which ends in the two parting ways in frustration. Anna calls Brian for comfort and he rushes over to her apartment. Still unaware of what’s been going on, he takes her tearful ramblings to be a confession of feelings for him, then kisses her and admits his love. When she interrupts him, he first assumes it to be guilt based on his vows, but she tells him she is in love with Jake and finally admits that she and Jake have been seeing each other secretly for months. Feeling embarrassed and rejected, Brian raids Anna’s liquor cabinet, angrily cutting off her attempts to re-assure him and apologize. He leaves and spends the whole night out drinking on the streets. The next day, still drunk, Brian stumbles into Jake’s temple and interrupts a post-bar mitzvah gathering, resulting in a confrontation with Jake that ends with the priest punching the rabbi. He leaves and stumbles around the city, which brings the movie back to the very first scene with the bartender.


As the Community Center’s grand opening approaches, along with the last days of Anna’s East Coast assignment, the relationships begin to mend, first with Jake reconciling with Brian, followed by Anna reconciling with Brian shortly after. A discussion between the two men prompts Jake to go to Anna’s office building, with Brian shouting encouragement at him as he runs down the street. Jake interrupts Anna’s going away office party and manages to get her attention from a window in the building across the street and calls to explain himself and offer to set things right. Later that evening, they surprise Brian in the middle of his karaoke number at the interfaith center, which looks to be off to a successful start. Anna greets Rabbi Lewis (Eli Wallach) as he passes by and asks about their meetings together, referencing the class that Anna had told Jake briefly she had been taking, at which point it becomes clear that she had been taking classes to convert to Judaism. She tells him she hopes to pick it up again as she is also now staying in New York, with Jake clearly thrilled. The film ends happily with the three childhood friends posing for a photo together.

Tuesday 14th November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 14, 2017 by bishshat

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Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent is a 2017 biographical animated drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh, and in particular, the circumstances of his death. It is the first fully painted animated feature film. It is written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. The development was funded by the Polish Film Institute, and partially through a Kickstarter campaign. Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 115 painters. The film premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.


One year after the death of Vincent van Gogh, Postman Roulin requests that his son Armand personally deliver Van Gogh’s last letter to his brother, Theo, after previous attempts to mail the item failed. Despite not having been fond of Van Gogh and recalling the incident when the deceased mutilated his ear and gifted it to a local prostitute, Armand begrudgingly accepts due to his father’s affection for the painter. Postman Roulin acknowledges Van Gogh’s mental illness and blames the other townspeople for ostracising and driving him out. He also expresses bemusement about the cause of Van Gogh’s death, as he had received a letter from him six weeks prior to the suicide that showed him in a calm and normal mood.


Armand visits Père Tanguy, who informs him that a depressed Theo, who suffered from syphilis, deteriorated and died shortly after his brother’s death. He recalls his time in Paris with Van Gogh as well as the latter’s strained family life and eventual pursuit of art after several failed career paths. While describing Van Gogh’s funeral, he mentions that Dr Gachet, who housed Van Gogh after his release from an asylum and shared a mutual love of art with him, had treated Van Gogh as family and had been visibly distraught at the funeral; Tanguy recommends that Armand get the forwarding address for Theo’s widow and child from Dr Gachet.


After travelling to Auvers-sur-Oise, Armand learns that Dr Gachet is out on business from his housekeeper, Louise, who expresses contempt for Van Gogh. While waiting for the doctor’s return, Armand chooses to stay at the same inn that Van Gogh had during his time in the area. There he meets temporary proprietress Adeline Ravoux, who was fond of Van Gogh and was present on the day of his apparent suicide attempt and eventual death. She describes him as a quiet and eccentric man who was fond of his painting and children. Like Armand’s father, she admits to being surprised at his suicide, as he had seemed in good spirits and had ordered more paint to continue his art. Upon her suggestion, Armand visits the local boatman, who informs him that Van Gogh kept close company with Dr Gachet’s sheltered daughter, Marguerite. Armand meets Marguerite, who claims she did not have a close relationship with Van Gogh and rebuffs him after he suggests that Van Gogh’s suicidal mood occurred after her father got into an argument with the painter and forbade Van Gogh from seeing her.


Armand continues to investigate Van Gogh’s death and questions why he chose to return to the inn after shooting himself in the stomach, rather than shooting himself again in the head. Later, Armand discovers that the shot that mortally wounded Van Gogh happened in a different location than was reported, and that he had been in the company of local boys, one of whom, René Secretan, was in possession of a gun and had often drunkenly waved it around town. Armand visits the boatman again, who informs him that René enjoyed tormenting and humiliating Van Gogh. After a visit to Doctor Mazery, who examined Van Gogh, Armand also learns that the shot that killed the painter came from a distance, and at an angle that made it impossible to rule it a suicide.


Armand meets Marguerite again, who admits that she was close to Van Gogh, but not romantically, and the argument that happened between him and her father was not about her. Armand theorises to Marguerite that a drunken René accidentally shot Van Gogh, who refused to reveal the truth in order to protect the boy. Marguerite tells him that no matter what happened, Van Gogh was still dead and his life mattered more than the circumstances of his death.


Dr Gachet finally returns and promises to deliver Armand’s letter to Theo’s widow. The doctor rebuffs Armand’s theory, telling him that depressed patients’ moods can vary wildly and that he could easily have gone from calm to suicidal in six weeks. The guilt-ridden Gachet admits that he was envious of Van Gogh’s talent and commitment to art, and that the argument had occurred after Van Gogh had accused Gachet of being too cowardly to pursue his passion. Gachet, enraged, accused Van Gogh of making Theo’s health worse due to the financial strain caused by having to treat his brother’s mental illness and support his profitless pursuit of art. Gachet posits that the accusation had driven Van Gogh to suicide in order to release Theo from the burden.


Armand returns home, and Postman Roulin later receives word from Theo’s widow, Johanna, thanking Armand for returning the letter – signed, “Your loving Vincent.” The credits reveal that Armand pursued a lifelong career in the army; Adeline married a local innkeeper; Marguerite remained unmarried in her father’s house and kept Van Gogh’s painting of her for over 40 years; and René Secretan admitted on his deathbed to tormenting Van Gogh, but claimed Van Gogh had stolen his gun to commit suicide. A title card notes that Van Gogh painted over 800 paintings in just 8 years, none of which sold to the public, though he would go on to be named by art historians as the father of modern painting.