Thursday 17th January 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 17, 2019 by bishshat

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“Thursday’s Child has Far to Go”

Being a Capricorn born on January 17th, you are well known for your intelligence, discipline and loyalty. You have an agile mind, which makes you an unstoppable problem solver when assisted by your attention to detail and appreciation for structure. It is then no surprise that you overcome challenges and meet goals with great fortitude. You may be surprised to know that your family and friends greatly admire your discipline, but it may be your loyalty that they appreciate the most. You commit yourself fully to loved ones and always seem to have their best interest at heart.

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Monday 14th January 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 14, 2019 by bishshat

Antoninianus Roman Empire. Tacitus AE Antoninianus. Rome mint.

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Marcus Claudius Tacitus Augustus 

c. 200 – June 276 was Roman Emperor from 275 to 276. During his short reign he campaigned against the Goths and the Heruli, for which he received the title Gothicus Maximus.
Tacitus was born in Interamna in Italia. He circulated copies of the historian Gaius Cornelius Tacitus’ work, which was barely read at the time, perhaps contributing to the partial survival of the historian’s work. Modern historiography rejects his claimed descent from the historian as a fabrication.
In the course of his long life he discharged the duties of various civil offices, holding the consulship twice, once under Valerian and again in 273, earning universal respect.

After the assassination of Aurelian, the army, apparently in remorse at the effects of the previous centuries’ military license, which had brought about the death of the well-liked emperor, relinquished the right of choosing his successor to the senate.[6] Initially, the Senate hesitated to accept the responsibility, but when the delay had gone on eight months from Aurelian’s death it at last determined to settle the matter and offered the throne to the aged Princeps Senatus, Tacitus.

Tacitus, after ascertaining the sincerity of the Senate’s regard for him, accepted their nomination on 25 September 275, and the choice was cordially ratified by the army. This was the last time the Senate elected a Roman Emperor. The interregnum between Aurelian and Tacitus had been quite long, and there is substantial evidence that Aurelian’s wife, Ulpia Severina, ruled in her own right before the election of Tacitus. Tacitus had been living in Campania before his election, and returned only reluctantly to the assembly of the senate in Rome, where he was elected. He immediately asked the Senate to deify Aurelian, before arresting and executing Aurelian’s murderers.

Amongst the highest concerns of the new reign was the restoration of the ancient powers of the senate. He granted substantial prerogatives to the senate, securing to them by law the appointment of the emperor, of the consuls, and the provincial governors, as well as supreme right of appeal from every court in the empire in its judicial function, and the direction of certain branches of the revenue in its long-abeyant administrative capacity. Probus respected these changes, but after the reforms of Diocletian in the succeeding decades not a vestige would be left of them.

Next he moved against the barbarian mercenaries that had been gathered by Aurelian to supplement Roman forces for his Eastern campaign. These mercenaries had plundered several towns in the Eastern Roman provinces after Aurelian had been murdered and the campaign cancelled. His half-brother, the Praetorian Prefect Florianus, and Tacitus himself won a victory against these tribes, among which were the Heruli, gaining the emperor the title Gothicus Maximus.

On his way back to the west to deal with a Frankish and Alamannic invasion of Gaul, according to Aurelius Victor, Eutropius and the Historia Augusta, Tacitus died of fever at Tyana in Cappadocia in June 276. It was reported that he began acting strangely, declaring that he would alter the names of the months to honor himself, before succumbing to a fever.[citation needed] In a contrary account, Zosimus claims he was assassinated, after appointing one of his relatives to an important command in Syria.

Providentia standing left holding baton over globe at foot left and cornucopiae.

Providentia appeared on Roman coins issued under Vespasian, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Septimius Severus, Commodus and Diocletian. A coin issued by Titus depicted his deified father Vespasian handing a globe to his son as his successor, with the legend Providentia Augusta. Coins issued by Nerva depicted the Genius of the Senate handing the globe to the new emperor, with the legend Providentia Senatus, “the Providence of the Senate.”

In ancient Roman religion, Providentia is a divine personification of the ability to foresee and make provision. She was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the Imperial cult of ancient Rome. Providentia thus figures in art, cult, and literature, but has little or no mythology as such.

Providentia was an important moral and philosophical abstraction in Roman discourse. Cicero says it is one of the three main components of prudentia, “the knowledge of things that are good or bad or neither,” along with memoria, “memory,” and intellegentia, “understanding.” The Latin word is the origin of the Christian concept of divine providence.

Tweedledum and Tweedledee are fictional characters in an English nursery rhyme and in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. Their names may have originally come from an epigram written by poet John Byrom.
John Byrom  was an English poet, the inventor of a revolutionary system of shorthand and later a significant landowner. He is most remembered as the writer of the lyrics of Anglican hymn Christians awake! Salute the happy morn, which was supposedly a Christmas gift for his daughter.

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The nursery rhyme has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 19800. The names have since become synonymous in western popular culture slang for any two people who look and act in identical ways, generally in a derogatory context.

The characters are perhaps best known from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice Found There (1871). Carroll, having introduced two fat little men named Tweedledum and Tweedledee, quotes the nursery rhyme, which the two brothers then go on to enact. They agree to have a battle, but never have one. When they see a monstrous black crow swooping down, they take to their heels. The Tweedle brothers never contradict each other, even when one of them, according to the rhyme, “agrees to have a battle”. Rather, they complement each other’s words. This fact has led Tenniel to assume that they are twins, and Gardner goes so far as to claim that Carroll intended them to be enantiomorphs — three-dimensional mirror images. Evidence for these assumptions cannot be found in any of Lewis Carroll’s writings.

Enantiomorph, (from Greek enantios, “opposite”; morphe, “form”), also called ANTIMER, or OPTICAL ANTIPODE, either of a pair of objects related to each other as the right hand is to the left, that is, as mirror images that cannot be reoriented so as to appear identical. An object that has a plane of symmetry cannot be an enantiomorph because the object and its mirror image are identical.

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‘Tweedledum and Tweedledee’ from the proverbial names of Handel and the musician Buononcini, who were supported by rival factions though it was thought by some that there was nothing to choose between them.

Some say, compar’d to Bononcini
That Mynheer Handel’s but a Ninny
Others aver, that he to Handel
Is scarcely fit to hold a Candle
Strange all this Difference should be
‘Twixt Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee!

Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle;
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.
Just then flew down a monstrous crow,
As black as a tar-barrel;
Which frightened both the heroes so,
They quite forgot their quarrel.

Sunday 13th January 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 13, 2019 by bishshat

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Spurs 0 Man Utd 1

I always feel that every season the other major teams like Man Utd try to put a hook into Spurs and this season they have done it again by vying for Pochettino to leave Spurs for them. In The past they have tried to poach and entice their star players like Carrick, and Berbatov.  They tried to get Kane this season along with Toby Alderweireld all appears to me to destabilize Spurs and this season the added effect of the stadium build and again not spending money on new players. All this adds to Spurs having their belief and confidence knocked. Its all such a pity. They are a very exciting team they just need real belief and stability. They need their owner also t have this want and need to win nt just t make money. The fans deserve better.

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David De Gea denied Spurs time and again with a series of stunning second-half saves, mainly with his legs. The goalkeeper made 11 saves in all.

For Mauricio Pochettino this was a deeply frustrating afternoon. He may be United’s first-choice to become their next manager, and this result and performance should do little to dissuade them, but he surely saw Spurs flickering title hopes disappear as Marcus Rashford scored the only game of an exciting contest.

It was the kind of result, though, that will see Solskjaer’s stock rise and the momentum will continue to grow, will quicken, for him to remain in charge.

It was open and entertaining and felt more like a match-up of heavyweights with each intent on landing their blows. United, thankfully, came to attack and so did Spurs with chances traded before, just before half-time, the visitors landed one.

They had counter-attacked cleverly and seized on a loose pass by Kieran Trippier with Jesse Lingard intercepting and Paul Pogba sending a superb raking pass out to Rashford who took on Jan Vertonghen. The Spurs defender, in his first game for a month, was struggling to keep up and Rashford drove a right-foot shot across Hugo Lloris and into the net. It was an excellent goal – all about pace and movement and finishing. All about what United should be about.

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It was also a significant plus for Solksjaer who had rejigged his formation with Rashford pulling out to the right and Lingard almost used as a ‘false nine’ through the middle to stop the Spurs centre-halves from bringing the ball out. It also meant Rashford and Anthony Martial could capitalise on the space left by the Spurs’ full-backs as they pushed on.

Still Spurs also had chances and should have gone ahead when Heung-Min Son, in his last game before departing for the Asian Cup, running in behind the United defence and slipping the ball through to Harry Winks who dragged a low shot across goal.

Soon after and Winks drove the ball over the bar after it broke to him from a corner before United fashioned opportunities. Ashley Young’s dangerous cross was headed on by Toby Alderweireld as he attempted to clear and the ball ran to Lingard who fired over.

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Then Martial ran at Alderweireld from the left wing, pushing the ball to his left and shooting low with Lloris saving with his legs having earlier denied Rashford.

It continued to remain open with Phil Jones failing to track Harry Kane from a corner – although he managed to recover and block the striker’s shot. Kane did have the ball in the net, bundling it home from close-range, but was correctly pulled up for offside with Spurs also having to deal with the loss of Moussa Sissoko who was substituted with an apparent hamstring injury.

Early in the second-half Spurs went close to drawing level as Sissoko’s replacement, Erik Lamela, combined with Alli who teed up Kane. Again he had found space away from Jones only for De Gaea to save his shot with his right leg. The goalkeeper had to work even harder to deny Alli, turning away his header low down to his left.

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Lloris also had to excel as Pogba followed up his charged down shot, powered his way through and attempted to lift the ball over his international team-mate only for the Spurs captain to tip the ball over.

It continued to ebb and flow from end to end with Lloris holding on to Pogba’s header and De Gea clutching on to one from Kane. Then Kane missed a cross, it struck Lamela on the shoulder and flew over before Lloris reacted quickly to dive to his right and push out Pogba’s low shot.

There had been a shift in formation by Pochettino who pushed Son out wide left to provide more width and they again began to show the greater threat and really should have equalised when Alli ran through and on to Kane’s excellently weighted pass but shot straight at De Gea. Alli held his head, knowing he had to do better.

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De Gea saved United again. It was wave after wave of Spurs attack and he reacted brilliantly to kick out a near post shot by Alderweireld after the defender met a clever Christian Eriksen corner at the near post. Alli had another opportunity, cutting back inside as he faced Victor Lindelof but once more De Gea denied him.

United were pinned back and Pogba was possibly fortunate to escape with only a booking for a high challenge that caught Alli on his thigh. Remarkably De Gea denied them again after Kane was found by substitute Fernando Llorente. Once more De Gea got his feet in the way of the shot. Spurs just could not beat him.

Wednesday 9th January 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 9, 2019 by bishshat

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Tuesday 8th January 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 8, 2019 by bishshat

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Maxwell’s Silver Hammer

The Beatles

Joan was quizzical, studied pataphysical
Science in the home
Late nights all alone with a test tube
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Maxwell Edison, majoring in medicine
Calls her on the phone
“Can I take you out to the pictures
Joa, oa, oa, oan?”

But as she’s getting ready to go
A knock comes on the door
Bang! Bang! Maxwell’s silver hammer
Came down upon her head
Bang! Bang! Maxwell’s silver hammer
Made sure that she was dead

Back in school again Maxwell plays the fool again
Teacher gets annoyed
Wishing to avoid and unpleasant
Sce, e, e, ene

She tells Max to stay when the class has gone away
So he waits behind
Writing fifty times “I must not be
So, o, o, o”

But when she turns her back on the boy
He creeps up from behind
Bang! Bang! Maxwell’s silver hammer
Came down upon her head
Bang! Bang! Maxwell’s silver hammer
Made sure that she was dead

P. C. Thirty-one said, “We caught a dirty one”
Maxwell stands alone
Painting testimonial pictures
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Rose and Valerie, screaming from the gallery
Say he must go free
(Maxwell must go free)
The judge does not agree and he tells them
So, o, o, o

But as the words are leaving his lips
A noise comes from behind
Bang! Bang! Maxwell’s silver hammer
Came down upon his head
Bang! Bang! Maxwell’s silver hammer
Made sure that he was dead
Whoa, oh, oh, oh

Silver hammer man

Maxwell’s Silver Hammer was an analogy for when something goes wrong out of the blue, as it so often does, as I was beginning to find out at that time in my life. I wanted something symbolic of that, so to me it was some fictitious character called Maxwell with a silver hammer. I don’t know why it was silver, it just sounded better than Maxwell’s hammer. It was needed for scanning. We still use that expression even now when something unexpected happens.

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Georges Auguste Couthon

Was a French politician and lawyer known for his service as a deputy in the Legislative Assembly during the French Revolution. Couthon was elected to the Committee of Public Safety on 30 May 1793 and served as a close associate of Maximilien Robespierre and Louis Antoine de Saint-Just until his arrest and execution in 1794 during the period of the Reign of Terror. Couthon played an important role in the development of the Law of 22 Prairial, which was responsible for a sharp increase in the number of executions of accused counter-revolutionaries.

In 1793, at the height of the Terror, Couthon was still strong and active enough to be sent out en mission, first to his native Puy-de-Dôme and then to reek vengeance on the defeated counter-revolutionaries of Lyons. According to R.R. Palmer, on 2nd October 1793, the “nimble general”, as he jokingly called himself, was helped by his wife from a carriage at the village of Sainte-Foy just outside Lyons. A few days later he entered the city. On 12th October, following the final defeat of the rebels, came the fateful decree from the Convention ordering Lyon’s total destruction. Famously, on 26th October Couthon had himself carried “in an armchair” around the Place de Bellecour where he struck the houses with a silver hammer to symbolise their imminent demolition.

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Spurs 1 Chelsea 0

Harry Kane kept his cool from the penalty spot to give Spurs a 1-0 win in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final against rivals Chelsea.

Spurs surged to a thrilling 3-1 win in the most recent Premier League meeting between the sides but Wembley played host to a more cagey contest on this occasion.

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s ill-advised challenge on Kane allowed Spurs to claim their slender advantage ahead of the return clash, as the England captain converted from 12 yards with typical aplomb.

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N’Golo Kante hit the post for Chelsea, who controlled large spells of the second-half only to gain little change out of a miserly Spurs backline.

Callum Hudson-Odoi brought a vibrancy to the Chelsea attack and forced Paulo Gazzaniga into a routine save before life became more complicated for the Spurs goalkeeper’s opposite number.

Kepa hared off his line as Kane chased Toby Alderweireld’s raking ball and, once a VAR referral confirmed the England captain was onside, a penalty and booking were inevitable.

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Chelsea’s number one guessed correctly but could not redeem himself as Kane’s spot-kick beat him for pace. Kane was unable to get the better of Kepa from further afield in the 52nd-minute – the Spain international making a superb stop from his 25-yard piledriver.

Kante tested Gazzaniga from similar range before Blues defender Andreas Christensen missed a glorious chance when Ross Barkley flicked on Eden Hazard’s corner.

Spurs back-up goalkeeper dangerously fumbled an 86th-minute cross from Hazard, while a crunching stoppage-time challenge from Danny Rose left the full-back with an apparent hamstring injury as Mauricio Pochettino’s men held out.

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Despite Pochettino’s talk of prioritising the Premier League and the Champions League, this competition and the prospect of a major honour clearly matters a great deal to him and his players. That much was clear from the team-sheet, with Kane able to score a first goal in this competition since 2014. The weight of the occasion also weighed on a Spurs team who showed none of the freewheeling destructiveness that saw them take Chelsea apart two months ago. It was a stifled affair, particularly after half-time, but Spurs got the job (half) done.

Hong Kong Garden

Siouxsie And The Banshees

Harmful elements in the air
Cymbals crashing everywhere
Reap the fields of rice and reeds
While the population feeds

Junk floats on polluted water
An old custom to sell your daughter
Would you like number 23
Leave your yens on the counter please
Hong Kong garden

Tourists swarm to see your face
Confucius has a puzzling grace
Disoriented you enter in
Unleashing scent of wild jasmine

Slanted eyes meet a new sunrise
A race of bodies small in size
Chicken Chow Mein and Chop Suey
Hong Kong garden takeaway
Hong Kong garden

Sunday 6th January 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 6, 2019 by bishshat

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Saturday 5th January 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 6, 2019 by bishshat

Cowboys 24 Seahawks 22

The Seahawks’ season had just come to an end following a 24-22 Wild Card playoff loss to the Cowboys, and players knew they let an opportunity get away from them.

The Seahawks, who finished the season so strongly in large part because of a league-leading rushing attack, had one of their worst rushing performances of the season, gaining just 73 yards on 24 carries. And while the Seattle defense did a lot of things well throughout the night, most notably a red-zone takeaway in the form of a K.J. Wright interception, that unit also gave up too many big plays, including a 16-yard Dak Prescott run on third-and-14 that set up the touchdown that gave Dallas a 10-point lead with just over two minutes left on the clock.

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But while it will take a while for the pain of this loss to go away for the Seahawks, they also end their year knowing the future is bright. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider always pushed back against the notion that their team was rebuilding in 2018, but they were unquestionably a different team, one that went through a significant amount of roster turnover while also making changes at offensive and defensive coordinator, as well as offensive line coach. Despite all that change, which in turn created lower expectations outside of team headquarters—though never inside the building—the Seahawks overcame a slow start to the season, won six of seven down the stretch and earned a playoff berth with a 10-6 record.

“I think the story of this season just continues to be told, at least in our locker room,” Carroll said. “Our guys know and they just keep coming back and keep coming back and keep battling. We’re really building something that’s really special. Really excited about that. The connection and the spirit of what we’re trying to get done, it’s so unfortunate that we weren’t able to take this next step today to continue to grow it. But it’s really special… It’s very disappointing to be done right now. Nobody wants to go home. Guys are ready and raring to go. I feel like we’re just getting warmed up, but that’s the way it is. I couldn’t be more forward-thinking about these guys. I couldn’t be more positive about what’s here in this locker room, what can happen for these guys. We’ll have to give some time up, we’ll come back around and get cranking again. That’s a very special group.”

While the Seahawks didn’t run the ball very well on Saturday, they established over the course of the season the type of offensive identity they were looking for after a slow start, and over the second half of the season they averaged 30.0 points per game, the second-highest total in the league. The defense, which saw several Pro Bowl players depart due to trades, free agency, and injury, wasn’t perfect by any means, but improved as the season went on and with so many young players contributing, should only grow next season.

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“We had all these doubters and opinions, but one thing we believed in was the guys in this organization, in this room,” cornerback Shaquill Griffin said. “We believed in that and we made it this far. It’s only going to get better from here. We’re not going backwards next year. We’re going to be a team to be reckoned with and I can’t wait to see it.”

Frank Clark, who set a career high with 13.0 sacks in the regular season and added one more on Saturday, lamented the things the defense did wrong, most notably big penalties late and Prescott’s third-down run.

“The teams that go far in the playoffs are the teams that stay consistent, are the teams that do the little things the best, and unfortunately we weren’t that team tonight,” Clark said.

But in his fourth season, one that saw him take on a bigger leadership role, Clark saw enough to know that the Seahawks will be in good shape moving forward.

“Look at the guys we’ve got, how young we are, it just screams potential for what we can have in the future, how special we are,” he said. “We took a group of quote-unquote nobodies and made us contenders. Took a group of guys that everybody counted out and nobody had faith in but the people in this locker room. That’s the most special part about it all. When you can build that type of camaraderie in the locker room, and you can build that unity amongst the team, that’s special for a football team. We’ve got so much more, we’ve got so much we can do with this. Guys just have to keep the faith. If we keep the faith, man, you never know what’s going to happen in the future.”

And perhaps more than anything else, Carroll and his players feel like this team had a special connection that can carry over to 2019.

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Asked what he was most encouraged by about this season, Carroll said, “Without question, it’s this connection that our guys have. Their willingness to keep going the extra step, the extra mile, whatever it takes to keep adding. Really, it comes down to these guys fighting to be great teammates. They care so much. We said in the locker room that you don’t ever lose if you get better by the things that happen. You always have a chance to get back on course and get going again. There’s always something positive you can keep building on. These guys, that’s how they think and that’s how they operate. It’s a great mentality. It gives us a chance no matter what. I mean, nobody thought we were going to be here. So we’re miles ahead of where expectations were, which doesn’t mean anything to me because that’s not my expectations. It was everybody else’s. But it still happened. It was important that it did. We finished really well in the season. Six out of the last seven was a big deal. But it wasn’t quite enough to get us at home in the playoffs, which we know is so valuable.”

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