Wednesday 4th December 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 4, 2019 by bishshat

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Inside the Parish Church of St Nicholas in Alcester (parts of which date back to the 14th century) can be found the tomb of Sir Fulke Greville (Died 10 November 1559) and his wife Elizabeth Willoughby, 3rd Baroness Willoughby de Broke, de jure 11th Baroness Latimer (Born 1512 – Buried 15 November 1562) and it was beside this tomb, according to the Paranormal Database, that the apparition of the aforementioned Fulke Greville has been witnessed.

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At the west end of the north aisle is a well-preserved altar-tomb with the alabaster effigies of Sir Fulke Greville, 10 Nov. 1559, and Lady Elizabeth (Willoughby) his wife, 1562. The knight wears the full plate armour of his younger years, sword and dagger: his hands are in prayer and his feet rest on a lion: about his shoulders is a chain with a pendent cross. He wears three rings on the fingers of each hand. His head rests on his helmet, which bears a crest of a greyhound’s head. His armour is painted black with gilded enrichments. The lady, on his left, wears a close-fitting cap and veil, a small ruff and a necklace. The tight bodice is held by knotted cords, and has slashed and puffed sleeves, also pendent false sleeves with cheveron ornament: an overskirt is folded back revealing the pleated underskirt. From her waist is a pendent chain with a flat round sachet. Over all she wears a mantle loosely tied across her breast by pendent cords with tasselled ends. Her head rests on a cushion.

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Her hands are in prayer and she wears three rings on each. At her feet is a tiny dog biting the end of her overskirt. The effigy has remains of colouring, the mantle being red; the other garments were probably black. The top slab has moulded edges in which is the carved inscription. At the angles of the sides of the tomb are round shafts with spiral ornament, and similar intermediate shafts divide the longer sides into three bays. Each middle bay bears a shield of arms in a garter, the dexter Greville, the sinister Willoughby. In the other bays are represented the children as weepers: the dexter bays have three and four sons respectively, the eldest in armour, the others in gowns, except the sixth who is shown in grave-clothes. On the sinister side are eight daughters, the sixth being in grave-clothes. At the head end of the tomb is a quartered shield of Greville in a garter with nude men as supporters. At the foot end, under the wording: ‘Arma Richardi dni. de bello campo, baronis de Powick & dni. de Alincester’ are a shield with the quartered Greville arms, a lozenge with the twenty Willoughby quarterings, and between them a small shield of Beauchamp quartering Ufflete. The quarterings of Greville and Willoughby are repeated on small shields below the top string.

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Tuesday 3rd November 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 3, 2019 by bishshat

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Bad Guy

Billie Eilish & Justin Bieber

White shirt now red, my bloody nose
Sleepin’, you’re on your tippy toes
Creepin’ around like no one knows
Think you’re so criminal
Bruises on both my knees for you
Don’t say thank you or please
I do what I want when I’m wanting to
My soul so cynical

So you’re a tough guy
Like it really rough guy
Just can’t get enough guy
Chest always so puffed guy

I’m that bad type
Make your mama sad type
Make-your-girlfriend-mad type
Might seduce your dad type
I’m the bad guy (Duh)
I’m the bad guy

Gold teeth, my neck, my wrist is froze
(So icy)
I got more ice than, than the snow
That guy don’t act like you don’t know
That guy, so critical
Tattoos on both my sleeves, yeah I
Don’t sleep, please don’t wake me
Loosen my tie up, so I can breathe
It ain’t political, oh no

Yeah I’m a bad guy
Ain’t no holdin’ back guy
Come off like a mad guy
Always got your back guy
Yeah I’m the real type
Keep you full of thrills type
Show you what it feels like
Got an open invite
I’m the bad guy, whoa (Duh)
I’m the bad guy (Duh)

I’m only good at being bad, bad

I like when you get mad
I guess I’m pretty glad that you’re alone
(So icy)
You said she’s scared of me?
I mean, I don’t see what she sees
But maybe it’s ’cause I’m wearing your cologne
(Let’s go)

(I’m a bad guy)
(Damn right)
(I’m-I’m a bad guy)
(Oh yeah)
(I’m a—)

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To Ashes, To Dust

Psycho Nikoros

To ashes, to dust
Robbed of light
But not yet now
Miracles wait until the last
ocean of time
Eternal law
To ashes, to dust
To ashes
But not yet

To ashes, to dust
Robbed of light
But not yet to
wait for miracles
But not now
miracles wait until the last

It’s just a dream
Just hitting the wind
Who knows exactly?
The clock on your wall
It is filled with sand
Lay your hand in mine
And let us be eternal
You now make your choice
And throw us between happiness and torment
But I can forgive
you You are so close to death
And yet your gaze so clear
Know me, I am ready
And seek immortality

It’s just a dream
Just hitting the wind
Who knows …

Severija Janusauskaite

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Dust, Ash and Disgrace

I have a hunger that won’t be satisfied
It just won’t stop
Like a virus it will devour its host
It won’t rest
No peace of mind, no lazy day
Like the fires of Hell it burns away
My soul will never survive this ride
The end of my time
Will I guess decide
I don’t believe in a better place
My pain will cease
Dust and ash and disgrace
No heroes mark
No dreams
No longing
No desire
All will have gone
My atoms returning to the bigger plan
Until the heat death of the universe

But chaos does not have a plan

John Bish 26th June 2019

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Monday 2nd December 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 2, 2019 by bishshat

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December 2019

I have nothing more to say
The poet closes his eyes
As his eyes close he lets go the pen
The page remains blank
He closes the book and sets it in a draw
The draw one of nine is full of things he has thought
Things he has seen and done
All seem without point
Love, sadness and loss
Loss always loss
This loss creates empty space
And now there appears not enough time to organise things
To arrange them into something that would make sense
Make it all right
The mind is weak
The body is unforgiving
The memory more so
Even sleep is arrested by pain
So many books unread
So much to learn but for what
Another year’s end approaches
Another fake TV Christmas
So many decisions left undecided
Each turn of his mind is neglected
Look no further than simple
For complications lead to sadness
There it is
All said now
The poet closes his mind
And as his mind closes he lets go of it all

John Bish December 2nd 2019.

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Seahawks 37 Vikings 30

There were no secrets as the Seahawks’ offense came to the line facing a third-and-one at the Minnesota 33-yard line, just over two minutes left in a game that had seemed so secure just a few ticks of the clock earlier that was suddenly hanging on what would happen on the next snap.

The play call, left tackle Duane Brown said, was Y Zone, to the right.

“We called it maybe four, five plays in a row,” Brown said. “By the fourth or fifth time they knew exactly what was coming.’’

And with the offensive line leading the way as it had all night, Chris Carson pushed forward for 11 yards, which helped Seattle run out the clock on a 37-30 victory that not only gave the Seahawks 10 wins for the seventh time in the Pete Carroll era but also put them in first place in the NFC West, and gave them the second playoff seed in the NFC.

And if there’s a lot more football left, veteran linebacker K.J. Wright – part of all those previous 10-win seasons – said it means something for Seattle to be where it is now.

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“You’ve got to be in first place at some point, so it feels good,” he said “We know we’ve got to continue it. It won’t be an easy road for us. But for us to get home-field advantage (in the playoffs) is definitely on our radar, and we know once we get that we can be scary.”

The 10th win and moving into first place came in a manner that Carroll couldn’t have admired more – with a punishing run-first offensive attack that converted a few big plays when it had to, and an opportunistic defense and special teams that forced three turnovers. Sure, there were a few stumbles – the game appeared to be a rout when Seattle took a 34-17 lead early in the fourth quarter.

But Carroll and others, it said something that Seattle didn’t wilt when things suddenly got tough. “We didn’t get rattled at all,” Wright said. “We actually wanted to make up for the two touchdowns we did give up.”

And when the Vikings got the ball back with 3:27 left needing a touchdown to take the lead, Seattle got the stop it had to have, forcing a turnover on downs at the Vikings 42.

And then, with 2:27 left and the Vikings still having all of their timeouts, the offense got the first down it needed to run out most of the clock, with the special teams then securing things with a forced fumble and recovery on the final kickoff.

“Close games are cool, aren’t they?” Carroll said with a laugh of what was Seattle’s ninth win this year by eight points or fewer.

But what he seemed to like most was the way the offense controlled the game, and especially a line that in years passed was often pointed to as one of the team’s biggest weaknesses, but as the calendar turns to December appears to be again finding the form of last season when the Seahawks led the NFL in rushing.

“I think the guys up front did a really good job against a really good group,” Carroll said.”This is an especially hard defense to play against and we came through.”

Indeed, against a defense that came into the game ranked sixth in the NFL against the run at 94.2, Seattle rushed for a season-high 218 yards on a season-high-tying 43 rushing attempts.

Quarterback Russell Wilson said the number of runs was in part because of the way the Vikings decided to play defense — at essence, keeping two safeties back to focus on defending Seattle’s passing game.

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“They kept playing two-high shell super deep,” Wilson said. “They didn’t want any shots thrown on them. So we just said, ‘OK, we’ll run it. We’ll do what we do really well.’ “

That led to Chris Carson bouncing back from the follies in Philly with 102 yards and Rashaad Penny showing last week was no fluke with 74 yards on 15 carries. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer admitted later that “I thought they would be throwing the ball a little bit more than they did. They stuck with it (the run) more than I thought.”

Brown said the fact that Seattle has played Minnesota four times in the past two years (including two preseason games) meant that “we kind of knew what to expect of them.”

But the real key, Brown said, “was just guys playing physical. We knew we wanted to run the ball. They have a really good pass rush. We didn’t want to get into a game where we were one-dimensional.”

Seattle hung with the run even after it fell behind 14-7 on a bizarre pick-six late in the second quarter when Wilson had a pass tipped at the line back in his direction and then tried to bat it back to the ground, as he has been coached to do.

Instead, he got hit by Minnesota’s Stephen Weatherly which threw off his balance.

“I was trying to knock it down,” he said. “I think I got hit as I was trying to knock it down. Just got to work on my hops a little bit and get a little higher.”

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But Wilson quickly recovered, leading a field goal drive – one of five straight scoring drives spanning the late second to early fourth quarters. Those were aided by a Tre Flowers interception (Flowers was one of eight players struck by a flu bug and was said by Carroll to vomit in pratice during the week) and a fumble recovery by Bradley McDougald. That gave Seattle a 34-17 lead with 13:30 to play in the game.

A blown coverage led to a long TD for Minnesota (“just a mental mistake,” Carroll said), and then a DK Metcalf fumble and a penalty on Flowers led to another, and suddenly it was 34-30 with 7:14 left.

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But the Vikings got no closer, and as the game ended, Jordan Roos grabbed a Seahawks flag and waved it in the end zone as the Beastie Boys song “You’ve got to Fight for Your Right to Party” rung through the stadium.

Not that anyone was asking for, or needed, permission on this day.

“It just felt as good as we would ever remember it,” Carroll marveled of the atmosphere that felt like the 2012-14 glory days on a night when the game felt like it, too.

Sunday 1st December 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 1, 2019 by bishshat

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Saturday 30th November 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 30, 2019 by bishshat

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Spurs 3 Bournemouth 2 

Dele Alli inspired Spurs to 3-2 win over Bournemouth as Jose Mourinho maintained his 100 per cent start with another goal-laden affair in his first home Premier League match in charge.

Alli’s revival under Mourinho continued with a decisive and twinkle-toed performance, as he scored twice to make it three goals – as well as two assists – in as many appearances under the Portuguese.

He was also the architect of Spurs third goal, releasing Heung-min Son to cross for Moussa Sissoko, who scored for the first time since September 2017.

It would be unfair on Mourinho’s predecessor, Mauricio Pochettino, to ascribe Alli’s form solely to a change in the dugout – the England international has been steadily improving since the start of October – but this was his best performance in at least a year and he should really have finished with the match-ball after blazing over from a good position and then testing Aaron Ramsdale with a stinging shot.

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Alli, whose form cannot have gone unnoticed by England manager Gareth Southgate, is benefitting from playing his favourite No.10 role, next to Harry Kane, and both his goals came from raking long balls from Toby Alderweireld in the resumption of a combination that was so often effective in the past.

The 23-year-old appears fitter than at any point since the 2018 World Cup and he is also having fun again. His performance was full of dribbles, darting runs, clever flicks and forward passes. The only thing missing was a trademark nutmeg.

Alli’s impressive show came in another encouraging performance from Spurs, as Mourinho’s fine start continued with a third consecutive win.

The Portuguese has made some decisive tweaks since succeeding Pochettino but it is his playing of some of the Argentine’s greatest hits that is having the biggest impact on Spurs’ fortunes; Alli at No.10, Eric Dier at holding midfield and Alderweireld as a playmaker from centre-half were all big parts of Pochettino’s success and they were evident again here.

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But Mourinho will be concerned about the way Spurs faded again after going 3-0 up, just as they did in another 3-2 win at West Ham a week ago. Substitute Harry Wilson curled home a fine direct free-kick and scored in stoppage-time with a low finish for the Cherries to make it a nervy finale.

For all Spurs’ improvement, Mourinho has work to do to fix the defence and ensure his team remain at it for 90 minutes.

The new manager made three changes from the 4-2 win over Olympaicos mid-week, with Jan Vertonghen, Tanguy Ndombele and Sissoko coming in for Danny Rose, Harry Winks and Lucas Moura.

Vertonghen, who was making his first appearance since late October, tucked-in to form a back-three when Spurs were in possession, while Sissoko found himself in a right-wing role in a straight swap for Lucas, having played primarily as a box-to-box midfielder under Pochettino. The Frenchman has frequently said he prefers to play centrally but he was excellent here, and his cushioned finish on the volley was as surprising as it was impressive, suggesting Mourinho is making a difference in the most unlikely areas. Sissoko was, however, beaten too easily by Arnaut Danjuma for Wilson’s second goal.

After a slow start against Olympiacos, Spurs were again tentative out of the blocks and Danjuma and Diego Rico both stung Paulo Gazzaniga’s palms in the early exchanges. It took the hosts 18 minutes to fashion a chance and exposed the visitors’ vulnerability on the counter-attack. Alli skipped around a challenge and fed Kane and the striker’s pass released Son down the left with only Lewis Cook for company. The South Korean dragged a low shot just beyond Ramsdale’s far post. Three minutes later, Alli and Son were involved again as Spurs took the lead, with Alderweireld the creator. The Belgian’s long ball caught Bournemouth’s back four static as Son raced behind and the South Korea’s cushioned touch fell to Alli, who passed home first time.

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As Spurs began to go through the gears, Kane tested Ramsdale with a low shot after a one-two with Son and the hosts thought they had doubled the lead a few seconds later, when Sanchez crashed home from 12 yards. But referee Lee Mason spotted a handball from the Colombia international when he controlled Sissoko’s shot. Mason was not so eagle-eyed when Cook clearly handled Alli’s cross in the box, with Spurs believing the incident merited a review from the VAR. It was not all one-way traffic, however, and Jack Stacey and Danjuma both went close before the interval, leaving Spurs with work to do.

It took just five minutes of the second half for Alli to seemingly kill off the Cherries, however, as he showed great control and strength to hold off two defenders from Alderweireld’s pass and dink past Ramsdale.

Wilson curled home a trademark free-kick to take the gloss off the win and Mourinho will have been deeply concerned by the way Bournemouth dominated in the final ten minutes, threatening again through Cook and Solanke before Wilson’s second goal, a first-time finish from Danjum’s cutback.

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Friday 29th November 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 29, 2019 by bishshat

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Though I could not caution all, I still might warn a few:
Don’t lend your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools.

The Ship of Fools

What’s black about Friday?
What’s black about November?
I know it’s been dark
I know the rain has lashed at my windows
The mud is building as I’ve said before
I admit the sky is not blue
It’s vapid
I’m fed up with the nagging on every media
Every day it’s black this and black that
And Brexit this and Brexit that
And the lies o for goodness sake the lies
I try to keep up with events but they are stuck in this mud
My hopes are clouded and as feeble as this sky
This Prime Ministers mendacity is like a children’s game
Does he not know the damage of his colluding?
He and the opposition appear as a ship of fools
All parties offer the impossible
And I cannot stand it
This black Friday mentality is created for their own gain
The whole mood of the nation is black
I do not pretend to have an answer
But I cannot follow these lying impostors

John Bish 29/11/2019

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Ship Of Fools

Grateful Dead

Went to see the captain, strangest I could find,
Laid my proposition down, laid it on the line.
I won’t slave for beggar’s pay, likewise gold and jewels,
But I would slave to learn the way to sink your ship of fools.

Ship of fools on a cruel sea, ship of fools sail away from me.
It was later than I thought when I first believed you,
Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools.

Saw your first ship sink and drown, from rockin’ of the boat,
And all that could not sink or swim was just left there to float.
I won’t leave you drifting down, but woh it makes me wild,
With thirty years upon my head to have you call me child.

Ship of fools on a cruel sea, ship of fools sail away from me.
It was later than I thought when I first believed you,
Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools.

The bottles stand as empty, as they were filled before.
Time there was and plenty, but from that cup no more.
Though I could not caution all, I still might warn a few:
Don’t lend your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools.

Ship of fools on a cruel sea, ship of fools sail away from me.
It was later than I thought, when I first believed you,
Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools.

It was later than I thought when I first believed you,
Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools.

John Bish 29th November 2019

There’s the shipowner, larger and stronger than everyone in the ship, but somewhat deaf and rather short-sighted, with a knowledge of sailing to match his eyesight. The sailors are quarrelling among themselves over captaincy of the ship, each one thinking that he ought to be captain, though he has never learnt that skill, nor can he point to the person who taught him or a time when he was learning it. On top of which they say it can’t be taught. In fact they’re prepared to cut to pieces anyone who says it can. The shipowner himself is always surrounded by them. They beg him and do everything they can to make him hand over the tiller to them. Sometimes, if other people can persuade him and they can’t, they kill those others or throw them overboard. Then they immobilise their worthy shipowner with drugs or drink or by some other means, and take control of the ship, helping themselves to what it is carrying. Drinking and feasting, they sail in the way you’d expect people like that to sail.

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Snookeroo

Bernie Taupin, Elton John

One, two, three, four!

I was born in the north of england,
I was raised in a working town.
I broke all the rules when i went to school,
But the teacher’s couldn’t pin me down.

I tried to make my parents proud
By adapting the social powers.
Oh, pigs will fly and the earth will fry,
When they get me doing honest hours.

Snookeroo, snookeroo, daddy’s going on the booze.
Mother used to cut my hair and sister used to make the news.
Well, it was two rooms up and two rooms down,
We were sentenced by the wrecking crane.
Oh, i was born on the eve of halloween
And snookeroo, snookeroo, snookeroo’s my name.

I need someone to cook for me
And turn me lose at night.
I could spend my life with a factory girl,
‘Cause a factory girl’s my type.

I hear them gossip on the street,
Most of what they say is true.
Oh, don’t you know that i hear them say,
“there goes that lazy, no good snookeroo.”

Snookeroo, snookeroo, daddy’s going on the booze.
Mother used to cut my hair and sister used to make the news.
Well, it was two rooms up (two rooms up)
And two rooms down, (two rooms down)
We were sentenced by the wrecking crane.
Oh, i was born on the eve of halloween
And snookeroo, snookeroo, (snookeroo)
Snookeroo’s my name.

(oo-oo, oo-oo, oo-oo, oo-oo)

Snookeroo, snookeroo, daddy’s going on the booze.
Mother used to cut my hair and sister used to make the news.
Well, it was two rooms up (two rooms up)
And two rooms down, (two rooms down)
We were sentenced by the wrecking crane.
Well, i was born on the eve of halloween
And snookeroo, snookeroo,
Snookeroo, snookeroo,
Snookeroo, snookeroo,
Snookeroo’s my name, yeh.

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Thursday 28th November 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 28, 2019 by bishshat

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