Tuesday 17th July 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 17, 2018 by bishshat

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Sunday 15th July 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 15, 2018 by bishshat

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Dante

Anna Akhmatova

Even after his death he did not return
to the city that nursed him.
Going away, this man did not look back.
To him I sing this song.
Torches, night, a last embrace,
outside in her streets the mob howling.
He sent her a curse from hell
and in heaven could not forget her.
But never, in a penitent’s shirt,
did he walk barefoot with lighted candle
through his beloved Florence,
perfidious, base, and irremediably home.

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France 4 Croatia 2

The day after Bastille Day France are champions and deservedly so. But only after the most remarkable, crazy and controversial encounter against a courageous Croatia in which there was a VAR storm, and an actual storm in the skies above Moscow, a first-ever own goal in a World Cup Final, a cool strike from a new global superstar, an horrific goalkeeping blunder by the man who lifted the trophy – and a Pussy Riot pitch invasion.

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To secure its status as the best ever World Cup the tournament needed a memorable final. It got it. What a finale it was to this 31-day festival of football, as Gareth Southgate called it, and it was the highest-scoring final since England beat West Germany 4-2 in 1966. Well, they sang football’s coming home. At least the score was the same and while England and their fans will never stop dreaming of what might have been – just 22 minutes from the final, if anyone needed reminding – France have the 18-carat gold, 14-inch, 11lb trophy for the second time ever and the second time in 20 years.

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Saturday 14th July 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 14, 2018 by bishshat

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Belgium 2 England 0

England’s run ends in disappointment
Southgate made five changes to the team beaten by Croatia – but there was still a clear determination to secure their best result at this tournament since 1966.

And with Belgium counterpart Roberto Martinez adopting the same approach, it made for an entertaining play-off in this magnificent arena in St Petersburg.

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It would have been easy for England’s heads to drop after defensive sloppiness from Danny Rose – who allowed Meunier to slide in on his blind side – led to them falling behind so early.

England, as others have before them, struggled to cope with the variety of Belgium’s attack, but their attitude was once again commendable and they had chances to pull the game level before Hazard snuffed out their hopes.

Dier’s clever chip was miraculously cleared off the line by Alderweireld, before he and Harry Maguire headed wide from good positions as England pressed.

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This is a fixture regarded as an unwanted intrusion for teams who have suffered the despair of a World Cup semi-final defeat, but Belgium and England made it competitive.

It was, in some respects, a game too far for England after the disappointment of Wednesday’s loss to Croatia – but to go home having finished fourth at this spectacular World Cup in Russia is no disgrace.

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Friday 14th July 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 14, 2018 by bishshat

Sorry

The Moody Blues

Just look at me know
Because I’m tired of yelling
Look at me now
It’s only me I’m selling
I’m not willing to trade
My life to make the sale
You turn me around
You put me down
Look at me now

I’m hanging out my heart to dry
For the last time
I’ll tell you the reason why
It’s for the last time

Laid back uptown turnaround people – lie
Laid back uptown turnaround people – wear disguises
Sorry a word they only use too late
Sorry is a word that only ever means forgive my yesterdays
Laid back uptown turnaround people – lie
Laid back uptown turnaround people – wear disguises
And sorry that’s a word they can only use too late
Sorry is a word that only ever means forgive my yesterdays
(Sorry)

Here I am loving you
You lay you lay so quietly
I can feel your breath upon my skin
Afterglow came suddenly
With you it always did

I’m hanging out my heart to dry
For the last time
I’ll tell you the reason why
It’s for the last time
Laid back uptown turnaround people – lie
Laid back uptown turnaround people – wear disguises

They say sorry that’s a word
They only use too late
Sorry is a word that only ever means
Forgive my yesterdays

(Uptown people lie)
Laid back uptown turnaround people – wear disguises
They say sorry
That’s a word they only use too late
Sorry is a word that only ever means forgive

Home Ed today. Hard work but enjoyable.

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Thursday 12th July 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 12, 2018 by bishshat

A tough day in the art world today…one student did a picture of Shrek. I told her it was a great study of ALf and she had even got the colour that he believes himself to be..

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Shrek: Ogres are like onions.
Donkey: They stink?
Shrek: Yes. No.
Donkey: Oh, they make you cry.
Shrek: No.
Donkey: Oh, you leave em out in the sun, they get all brown, start sproutin’ little white hairs.
Shrek: No. Layers. Onions have layers. Ogres have layers. Onions have layers. You get it? We both have layers.
Donkey: Oh, you both have layers. Oh. You know, not everybody like onions.

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Two blind swans swimming on the lake, One ate a Kit-Kat the other took a break.

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Voulez-vous
Candy colour trees
Soup real lake
Blind swans
Strangers at a fence
Green legs
Shrek and onions
So many layers
Seventeen minds
Without a single thought to share
Apart from one
A nature lover a loner
She saved my day

But to be honest it all came good in the end I had them do a group crit which was light hearted and fun and they all contributed. Our visit was today, it was absolutely fantastic! Thank you for all the organisation and enthusiasm!

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Wednesday 11th July 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 11, 2018 by bishshat

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England 1 Croatia 2

I am not really sure how they lost this game. They had a great chance to get it done during the first half but then they let them off the hook football is a tough watch most of the time, they did well only a bunch of kids.

I was worried with all the spurs players in the side, for the last 40 minutes they never held the ball or passed it direct to a front man, Sterling just ran and ran his legs nuch faster than his feet or his head. Lingard was toothless and Kane also but they never really had a direct pass to their feet. All the passing backwards did my head in and nearly did for England They could have scored two or three more but for Pickford.

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The game kind of reminded me very much of the Spurs Juventus CL game on top for 45 minutes lost 2-1. I always say Supporting England is like supporting Spurs and tonight it was. Could have 10 spurs and old spurs player on the sane pitch in the third place game.

England’s bid to reach a first World Cup final since 1966 came to an agonising end as they lost in extra time to Croatia in Moscow. Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute of the semi-final, slotting in from Ivan Perisic’s flick-on into the area.

Gareth Southgate’s side – playing England’s first semi-final since they were beaten on a penalties by West Germany at Italia 90 – were given the perfect start through Kieran Trippier’s 20-yard free-kick after only five minutes, but Perisic’s 68th-minute equaliser sent the match into extra time. England’s players were inconsolable at the final whistle as the dream was snatched away and they can take great pride and credit from this World Cup – but the pain was etched on their faces as well as that of manager Southgate.

Croatia, in sharp contrast, were jubilant and will now face France in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday. Unfancied before the competition, England defied expectations by reaching the semi-finals, but were undone by an experienced Croatia side.

Harry Kane’s golden touch deserted him when he missed a great chance to double their lead while Jesse Lingard also wasted a chance by shooting wide.

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As England allowed their opportunity to slip from their grasp, Croatia grew in confidence.

England lost momentum after the break and were punished when Perisic stole in ahead of Kyle Walker for an athletic finish. Croatia, with Luka Modric the orchestrator, took control as England faded, with Perisic hitting the post and Jordan Pickford saving magnificently from Mandzukic, before the striker made the decisive contribution with 11 minutes of extra time left.

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The 32-year-old reacted quicker than John Stones in the area to beat Pickford – and England had nothing left to give.

Tuesday 10th July 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 10, 2018 by bishshat

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Kodachrome

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Matt Ryder (Jason Sudeikis) is a record executive who is in danger of losing his job due to his constant failings to sign big artists to the record label. He is met in his office by Zooey Kern (Elizabeth Olsen) who is the assistant to Benjamin Ryder (Ed Harris), a lifetime photographer and Matt’s father. She informs him that Ben is dying and has a final request: to go to Parsons in Kansas to develop some Kodachrome film from “Dwayne’s Photo”, a small photo shop that is the last place that develops Kodachrome film — and will stop developing Kodachrome in a few weeks. Matt and Ben haven’t spoken in over a decade, and Matt refuses to take his father to Kansas. Their estranged relationship is very apparent after a contentious dinner where Matt blames Ben for his bad childhood, including sleeping around on his mother.

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Larry (Dennis Haysbert), Ben’s manager, offers to arrange a sitdown between Matt and the Spare 7’s, a popular rock band that he has been trying to sign and might just save his job. The condition being that Matt takes Ben to Kansas. In an old convertible, Matt, Ben and Zooey start their journey to Kansas. Zooey confronts Matt about being “less scared” to let Ben in and to try and loosen up. Coming back from his working, Matt peers through the open blinds of Zooey’s hotel room and sees her playing cards with Ben, laughing and having a fun time. At a diner, Ben makes a point about Zooey’s marriage ending in an affair, while Matt continues his verbal hostility towards him. She in turn continues to warn Matt about his father’s time being limited.

The journey continues, with Matt sharing a story with Zooey about the death of his mother. Ben suggests they detour an hour out of the way to see Ben’s brother Dean (Bruce Greenwood) and his wife Sara (Wendy Crewson). Sara confuses Matt and Zooey’s relationship, and despite their explanation of not being together, they end up sharing a room. They bond a little over Matt’s old music collection, with Ben teasing her about having never heard of the band Live, or the song “Lightning Crashes”. Later, in speaking to Aunt Sara, Matt expresses concern that everyone in the family is too easily accepting of Ben, even after all of Ben’s mistakes and failings. Uncle Dean tells Matt that he’s happy that Matt is taking this trip. Later, a drunk Matt tells Zooey how beautiful she is. When he leans in to kiss her, he falls off of the bed. He sleeps on the floor, while Zooey takes the bed, and they end up sharing stories of their failed marriages.

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The next morning, Zooey is startled out of bed by the sounds of Ben, who has fallen in the bathroom and cannot stand up. Breakfast is uncomfortable as Ben looks at both Zooey and Matt, saying “You two are screwing now?”, then brings up an incident from long ago where Ben slept with Sara before she met Dean. Back on the road, Ben continues to discuss Zooey and Matt sleeping together, and is disappointed when he finds out they aren’t.

Larry has arranged for special passes to a Spare 7’s concert where Matt will have a chance to pitch his record label to the band. He runs his sales pitch by Ben, who thinks its terrible, and tells Matt he should speak with authority, telling the band what he can fix instead of just gladhanding. Ben then questions Matt’s real motives for even coming on this road trip. When Matt meets the band, he tries to offer them creative control and special treatment to try to sign them. When they balk, he tries Ben’s tactic of telling the band what they are doing wrong and how they need to get it fixed. The band’s lead singer, Jasper (Gethin Anthony) and the band admires Matt’s nerve and as they begin to agree to work with Matt, they look over and see Ben, who has accidentally urinated himself, and begin to laugh and mock him. Matt realizes the low character of the band members, and declines to sign them, walking out.

Arriving back to the hotel, Matt walks over to a nearby bar, while Ben expresses disappointment at Matt for not closing the deal. Zooey, appalled by Ben’s attitude towards Matt after Matt threw away a career decision to defend him, confronts Ben, which leads to Ben firing her as his nurse and assistant. Hurt, she joins Matt at the bar. After word of Matt’s walking out in the Spare 7’s gets out, his record company sends him a text that he’s fired. Zooey then begins to sing along to “Lightning Crashes”, playing overhead, revealing that she is familiar with the band Live. They return to the hotel room and sleep together.

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Matt awakens with Zooey dressed and packing, as she’s heading to the airport, saying she’s called a nurse to replace her, and says the previous night with Matt a mistake. She tells him that her marriage didn’t end because her husband cheated — it ended because she cheated on him. She gets on an elevator and leaves. When Ben doesn’t answer his door after Matt knocks repeatedly, he gets the hotel staff to open it, finding Ben passed out on the floor. At the hospital, the nurse tells Matt that Ben’s cancer has spread to the point where they can keep him comfortable, but he cannot travel anymore, especially the hundreds of miles remaining to Kansas. Ben wakes up, asking Matt not to tell Zooey that he’s in the hospital, to avoid her blaming herself. That night, he struggles to load film into a camera, eliciting Matt’s help. Through tears, Ben tells Matt that he doesn’t expect forgiveness, but that he loves him and apologizes for not being a good father.

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The next day, Matt rolls in a wheelchair, planning on taking Ben out of the hospital to make it to the photo shop, which by this time, will stop developing Kodachrome by the close of business the next day. They finally make it to Parsons, Kansas early the next morning. When they check into the hotel, the manager puts them in the same room, saying that people have been coming in from all over the world to get their film developed and the rooms are scarce. Inside Dwayne’s Photo, the clerk tells them that they stopped taking Kodachrome the day before, because they ran out of dye. Ben calls for Dwayne to come out, and he does, giving Ben a hearty welcome and sharing that they go way back. He says he left a little room in the film processing just in case Ben made it, and says the pictures will be ready the next day. As Matt and Ben start to leave, Ben is recognized by several patrons, including one from National Geographic, admitting that he became a photographer because of Ben. Matt stands by, understanding the impact his father has had on the photography world.

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In the hotel room, Ben is cleaning his camera while sitting at a desk. He falls asleep and passes away. As his body is loaded into an ambulance, dozens of photographers salute him by lining the walkway and flashing their cameras. Larry arrives, saying he’s working on getting the body released. Then Dwayne appears, delivers the developed photos, saying that outside of the ones he took personally, Ben’s pictures are the last ones to ever be developed by Kodachrome. As Matt starts to hand them to Larry, Larry refuses, saying that Ben was very direct that Matt take care of them.

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Matt tries calling Zooey, leaving a few voicemails, expressing regret over the choices he’s made, and how he doesn’t want to give up on her. Arriving back at Ben’s home, Matt pulls out the pictures, loads them into the projector and sees them for the first time. He is surprised to see dozens of pictures of himself as a little boy, many with his deceased mother, and some as a baby with his father. Zooey appears, saying that Larry told her Matt would be there. She asks if he’d like some company, and he says yes, and they stand together closely, watching the pictures on the wall. Many pictures taken by Ben appear during the credits, and the credits reveal the film was shot on Kodak 35mm film

Kodachrome

Paul Simon

When I think back
On all the crap I learned in high school
It’s a wonder
I can think at all
And though my lack of education
Hasn’t hurt me none
I can read the writing on the wall

Kodachrome
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world’s
a sunny day
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

If you took all the girls I knew
When I was single
And brought them all together
for one night
I know they’d never match
my sweet imagination
Everything looks worse
in black and white