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Thursday 22nd September 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 23, 2016 by bishshat

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Wednesday 21st September 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 23, 2016 by bishshat

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Richmond is a suburban town in southwest London, 8.2 miles west-southwest of Charing Cross. The town is on a meander of the River Thames, with a large number of parks and open spaces, including Richmond Park, and many protected conservation areas, which include much of Richmond Hill. A specific Act of Parliament protects the scenic view of the River Thames from Richmond.

Richmond was founded following Henry VII’s building of Richmond Palace in the 16th century, from which the town derives its name. (The Palace itself was named after Henry’s earldom of Richmond, North Yorkshire.) During this era the town and palace were particularly associated with Elizabeth I, who spent her last days here. During the 18th century Richmond Bridge was completed and many Georgian terraces were built, particularly around Richmond Green and on Richmond Hill. These remain well preserved and many have listed building architectural or heritage status. The opening of the railway station in 1846 was a significant event in the absorption of the town into a rapidly expanding London. Richmond was formerly part of the ancient parish of Kingston upon Thames in the county of Surrey. In 1890 the town became a municipal borough, which was later extended to include Kew, Ham, Petersham and part of Mortlake (North Sheen).

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The White Cross pub dates back to 1780 and was originally called the Waterman’s Arms. It was rebuilt in 1838, and changed its name to The White Cross in 1840. The landlord at the time was Samuel Cross which may explain the name change. The pub is built on the site of the observant Franciscan Friary which was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1534, but there may be some remains of the friary incorporated within our extensive cellars.

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Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England, 11.7 miles south west and upstream of central London on the River Thames. Redevelopment began to be carried out in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII. In 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the King seized the palace for himself and later enlarged it. Along with St James’s Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by King Henry VIII.

In the following century, King William III’s massive rebuilding and expansion project, which destroyed much of the Tudor palace, was intended to rival Versailles. Work ceased in 1694, leaving the palace in two distinct contrasting architectural styles, domestic Tudor and Baroque. While the palace’s styles are an accident of fate, a unity exists due to the use of pink bricks and a symmetrical, if vague, balancing of successive low wings. King George II was the last monarch to reside in the palace.

Today, the palace is open to the public and is a major tourist attraction, easily reached by train from Waterloo Station in central London and served by Hampton Court railway station in East Molesey, in Transport for London’s Zone 6. In addition, London Buses routes 111, 216, 411 and R68 stop outside the palace gates. The structure and grounds are cared for by an independent charity, Historic Royal Palaces, which receives no funding from the Government or the Crown. In addition the palace continues to display a large number of works of art from the Royal Collection.

Apart from the Palace itself and its gardens, other points of interest for visitors include the celebrated maze, the historic real tennis court and the huge grape vine, the largest in the world as of 2005.

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I have had a few special moments with The Moodies all of them together and in situations when I have had chance to say thanks to them at fan club meets etc. I really never know what to say to them other than thanks and I love you. Then my mind goes blank and I try not to let my GUSHING over come me. I just get excited. Well I am going to post my review when I can get my head around it but wanted to say a big thank you to The Moody Blues John Lodge and Emily his daughter for such a fun special evening. Meeting friends is always good and meeting old friends and facebook friends for the first time is pretty unusual and great fun.The Moody Blues, John Lodge, Lee Thomas, Tim Crowe, Marianne Crowe, Norda Mullen, Gordy Marshall, Colin Jeffery, Bet Jeffery, Paul Lindsey, Nick Kounoupias, Roland Giblin, Jules Holland, Melani Bell, Bernadette van der Wereld and many others who I did not mention because I cannot remember their names but all added to the fun. The evening was very very nice indeed. The wine went to my head and luckily I got on the right buzz back to Richmond. The band were very generous with their time. I was more than generous with my terrible singing rendition of Saved By The Music but to be honest I didn’t care I had a ball. It was also very strange and special to meet Emily. Really that was quite a mind blowing moment also. Thanks Tomo, Alan, Gemma,Tim and John the band.

Thanks John, so glad you came and enjoyed it.

I’ll always remember hearing a room of people sing along to Emily’s
Song… it was very special.

All the best
Emily

Emily’s Song

Lovely to know the warmth
You’re smile can bring to me
I want to tell you but the words you do not know
Sing me a lullaby
Of songs you cannot write
And I will listen for there’s beauty where there’s love
And in the morning of my life
And in the evening of my day
I will try to understand in what you say…
River’s of endless
Tides have passed beneath my feet
And all too soon they had me standing on my own
Then when my eyes were closed
You opened them for me
And now we journey thro’ our lives to what will be
And in the morning of my life
And in the evening of my day
I will try to understand in what you say
Through all that live can give to you
Only true love will see you through
And will stand beside you now in what you say
And in the morning of my life
And in the evening of my day
I will try to understand in what you say
Take me into your world
Alone I can not go
For I’ve been here so long
You’re leaving me behind
Walk with me now
Into your land of fairy tales
And open up that book of pages in my mind
And open up that book of ages in my mind

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Saved By The Music

When you’re swallowing all your pride
Do you need somewhere
A place to hide?
A smile from your face
Where the light comes shining through
All its strength, it came from you
It’s lost now all that age before I knew you
Is it that forever is hard to find?
You made me recognize what I’d been leaving far behind
Is it closing in on you like it was on me?
This time I’m saved by the music
Saved by the song we can sing
This time I’m saved by the music
Saved by the song that you bring
When you’re following all life’s lies
And find its meaning
The truth still hides
Don’t cover your face
Let the warmth come flowing through
Welcome dawn, new morning dew
This time I’m saved by the music
Saved by the song we can sing
This time I’m saved by the music
Saved by the song that you bring
When you’re swallowing all life’s lies…
This time we’re saved by the music
Saved by the song we can sing
This time we’re saved by the music
Saved by the song that you bring
This time we’re saved

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Spurs 5 Gillingham 0

Vincent Janssen and Josh Onomah opened their goalscoring accounts for us, Christian Eriksen hit a double and Erik Lamela was also on target as we cruised to victory against Gillingham in the third round of the EFL Cup at the Lane on Wednesday evening.
Eriksen got the ball rolling with a superb opener on 31 minutes as we completely dominated proceedings, although only had the one goal to show for it at half-time.

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It was a different story after the interval though, as Eriksen added a second three minutes into the second half and Janssen converted a penalty for 3-0 shortly after. Another quick-fire double gave the scoreline a healthy look, with Onomah netting on 66 minutes and Lamela adding our fifth two minutes later.
The game was notable for a number of Spurs debuts as well, with Cameron Carter-Vickers, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Marcus Edwards and Anton Walkes all appearing in our colours for the first time, the latter three all coming off the bench, while Harry Winks made his full debut and was impressive in his 90 minute stint.
We subsequently found out we’ll face Liverpool away in the fourth round in the week commencing October 24. An exact date for the game will be announced in due course.

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Tuesday 20th September 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 23, 2016 by bishshat

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Music and Beans

O how I hate being old
I hate seeing myself in a mirror
I hate seeing close up pictures of myself
Sideways big and thick and slow
The music never fits my mood
No matter how I try to make it do so

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I feel Stu’s pain
And yet he has excitement available
He walks alone as do we all
Out of the door on grey and sun filled days
I so most people walk in a cloud of loneliness
Yet they are connected in a way
That was beyond my childhood dreams
They all sit at tables with coffee and food
Killing each other softly without hardly a look
He was disturbed and stared at walls
He was lost in an uncomplicated moment
She was intense on the laptop
He only glanced at her just once
She at him not at all
Then an exchange
She pushed the laptop towards him open
He took it without emotion
Then she became animated
She began to talk to him
But he now didn’t see or take notice
He passed her the necessary roll up equipment
She took it still in conversation with herself
A brief snatch at a kiss then with only a whatever
She headed for the door he paid no attention
He continued his solo display
Other café users sat light from laptops illuminating their faces
Alone and yet in couples alone
Food and more coffee
Twitching dancing feet
Sometimes they shared each others screens but that was all
Worrying looks and intensity
I alone with pen and paper noted not a single outward look to the world
I should now leave the set and move out into the street full of music and beans

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Sir Gregory Page, 1st Baronet (c. 1669 – 25 May 1720), was a baronet in the Baronetage of Great Britain and a Member of Parliament in the Parliament of Great Britain.

He was the eldest son of Gregory Page (died 1693) and his second wife Elizabeth Burton. Page Senior was a wealthy London merchant, shipwright and director of the British East India Company, who owned a brewery in Wapping; he was an Alderman of the City of London in 1687. Elizabeth Burton was a widow from Stepney.

Page Junior followed his father’s footsteps as a brewer and merchant, building a vast fortune in trade with South and East Asia. He was elected to Parliament as Whig member for New Shoreham in West Sussex at a by-election in December 1708. He retained the seat, whose prime industry was shipbuilding, over two parliaments, despite accusations that he had bribed voters for their support. He stood down at the British general election, 1713, and was created a baronet on 3 December 1714.

He returned to Parliament, again for New Shoreham, in the British general election, 1715, and again sat as a Whig, supporting the Hanoverian government until his death.

He married on 21 January 1690 Mary Trotman, the 17-year-old daughter of Thomas and Mary Trotman of London. They had four children: two sons (Gregory and Thomas) and two daughters (Mary and Sophia).

He died on 25 May 1720, and was buried in linen on 2 June 1720 at Greenwich. The baronetcy and his “immense fortune” was inherited by his eldest son, Gregory. His widow died at Greenwich on 4 March 1729 aged 56. She was buried in a vault at Bunhill Fields on the outskirts of the City of London. Her epitaph hinted at a painful illness, which was possibly Meigs’ syndrome. The epitaph reads in part:

In 67 months, she was tap’d [tapped] 66 times, Had taken away 240 gallons of water, without ever repining at her case, or ever fearing the operation.

The first baronet’s second son, Thomas, married a sister of Viscount Howe and was buried, without issue, at Greenwich on 4 November 1763. Gregory, the second baronet, died in 1776, when the baronetcy became extinct. The estate passed to Sir Gregory Turner, 3rd Baronet, who took the name Page-Turner in consequence. He was the grandson of the first baronet’s daughter Mary (buried 18 February 1724 at Greenwich), who had married the first Turner baronet, Edward Turner. The first baronet’s other daughter Sophia was the first wife of Lewis Way (a member of the Inner Temple, director of the South Sea Company and president of Guy’s Hospital). She died without issue on 2 January 1735.

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The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre in the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe. The Centre hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions. It also houses a library, three restaurants, and a conservatory. The Barbican Centre is member of the Global Cultural Districts Network.

The London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra are based in the Centre’s Concert Hall. In 2013, it once again became the London-based venue of the Royal Shakespeare Company following the company’s departure in 2001.

The Barbican Centre is owned, funded, and managed by the City of London Corporation, the third-largest artsfunder in the United Kingdom. It was built as The City’s gift to the nation at a cost of £161 million (equivalent to £480 million in 2014) and was officially opened to the public by Queen Elizabeth II on 3 March 1982. The Barbican Centre is also known for its brutalist architecture.

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Fabric was a nightclub in Islington, London, England. Founded in 1999, it was controversially closed down by local authorities in 2016. Fabric began a campaign to save the club and the UK’s dance music culture on the 16th September 2016.

Located on Charterhouse Street opposite Smithfield Market, the club was voted World Number 1 Club in DJ Magazine’s “Top 100 Clubs Poll” in 2007 and 2008 and ranked World Number 2 in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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On 7 September 2016, after a review into the supposedly drug-related deaths of two people in the club, Fabric’s licence was revoked and the venue was closed permanently, despite a campaign to secure the club’s future backed and popularized by DJs, musicians, venue-goers and several politicians. London’s mayor Sadiq Khan criticized the decision and placed it in the context of the city having lost 50% of its nightclubs since 2008, a “decline [which] must stop if London is to retain its status as a 24-hour city with a world-class nightlife”.

According to The Independent, documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request show that the closure was a long term plan orchestrated by the local Islington council long before the two drug-related deaths occurred, “with the police as pawns and drug legislation as a constant, convenient excuse.” A undercover police operation, codenamed “Operation Lenor” (apparently after the fabric softener brand) found some evidence of drug taking inside the venue, witnessing open drug use and drugs being offered for sale. The original undercover police report stated “the general atmosphere of the club was friendly and non-threatening”, but these findings did not make it into the Islington statement. The same police borough had recently referred other London venues’ management to Fabric as a “bastion of good practice”.The Independent linked the local council’s closure decision to austerity-imposed cross-board cost cutting: “Fabric may have made money locally, yet that money never made its way back to the council and police in the area.”

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Legend

French-British crime thriller film written and directed by Brian Helgeland. The film is adapted from John Pearson’s book The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins, which deals with the rise and fall of the Kray twins; the relationship that bound them together, and charts their gruesome career to their downfall and imprisonment for life in 1969.

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In the 1960s, Reggie Kray is a former boxer who has become an important part of the criminal underground in London. At the start of the film, his twin brother Ron is locked up in psychiatric prison for pathological violence and psychiatric instability. Reggie uses threats to obtain the premature parole of his brother, who is rapidly discharged from psychiatric prison. The two brothers unite their efforts to control a large part of London’s criminal underworld. One of their first efforts is to muscle-in on the control of a local night club, using extortion and brutal violence.

Reggie enters into a relationship with Frances, the sister of his driver, and they ultimately marry; however, he is imprisoned for a previous criminal conviction, which he cannot evade. While Reggie is in prison, Ron’s psychopathic problems and violence lead to severe setbacks at the night club. The club is almost forced to close after Ron scares away most of the customers. When Reggie is finally released from prison, the two brothers have an all-out fist fight on the first night after Reggie’s release, but they manage to partially patch things up.

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The brothers are approached by Angelo Bruno of Philadelphia (USA) on behalf of Meyer Lansky, to try to interest them in a crime syndicate deal. Bruno agrees to a fifty-fifty deal with Reggie to split London’s underground gambling profits in exchange for local protection from the Kray brothers. Initially, this system is highly lucrative for the Kray brothers. However, the results of Ron’s barely concealed psychopathic violence continues to cause problems with Scotland Yard. The police open a full investigation on the Kray brothers.

Reggie beats and rapes Frances and she leaves him. Reggie then approaches her to start afresh offering her a holiday to Ibiza. However, she is soon found dead after committing suicide with an overdose of prescription drugs. The brothers’ criminal activities continue, and they are unable to thwart the escalating Scotland Yard investigation by Detective Superintendent Leonard “Nipper” Read, who soon arrests Ron. The final scene shows a police squad breaking down the door to Reggie’s apartment in order to apprehend him.

The closing captions indicate both brothers receiving criminal convictions for murder. They died five years apart, Ron from a heart attack in 1995, and Reggie from cancer in 2000.

Monday 19th September 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 23, 2016 by bishshat

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Hell or High Water

American heist crime film directed by David Mackenzie and written by Taylor Sheridan, whose script was the winner of the 2012 Black List. The film follows two brothers who execute a series of bank robberies to save their family farm and stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges.

In West Texas, divorced father Toby Howard and his ex-con brother Tanner carry out early morning robberies of two branches of the (fictional) Texas Midlands Bank. They plan to commit several small-scale bank robberies over the course of a few days. Though the robberies are well-planned, Tanner’s wild nature leads to him taking unnecessary risks, frustrating Toby. It is revealed that their mother has recently died, leaving their ranch in debt due to a reverse mortgage, which, if not paid off in a few days, will result in foreclosure on the property. Toby is determined to pay off the mortgage and, because oil has recently been discovered on the land, he plans to sell the oil rights in order to pay for a comfortable life for his estranged sons. It is also revealed that Tanner’s prison sentence resulted from his killing of their abusive father.

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Two Texas Rangers, Marcus Hamilton and Alberto Parker, are sent to catch the robbers. Hamilton, who is close to retirement, quickly determines the brothers’ methods and personalities. Meanwhile, Tanner robs another bank while Toby unknowingly waits at a nearby diner. After a third escape, they take the stolen money to an Oklahoma Indian casino to be laundered. They exchange the stolen bills for chips and Tanner plays Texas hold ’em, winning more chips. Toby then has the casino convert them into a check made out to the Texas Midlands Bank – the same bank whose branches they stole from in the first two robberies. With untraceable funds and gambling as a cover for how they were acquired, the brothers head back to Texas to obtain more.

Hamilton initiates a stakeout of another branch of the Texas Midlands Bank. The brothers do not show, and Hamilton deduces a pattern to the robberies and determines their next target. Hamilton and Parker are en route when the final robbery indeed occurs there. Tanner decides to continue the heist even though the bank is full of customers, many of whom are carrying weapons, and a shoot-out ensues when a security guard fires at the brothers. Tanner kills the guard and an armed customer to effect their escape, and Toby is wounded.

As the brothers race out of town, several of the armed townspeople pursue in their own vehicles. After gaining some distance, Tanner stops and fires an automatic rifle at the pursuing “posse,” causing them to turn back. The brothers then split, with Toby taking the money and departing in a second vehicle left just outside of town, while Tanner turns around to confront the Texas Rangers and local law enforcement. To give his brother more time to escape, he draws the lawmen off the trail to a desert mountain ridge and takes potshots with a sniper rifle, killing Parker. Furious, Hamilton calls in the SWAT team, then uses a local resident’s knowledge of the area to sneak to a nearby ridge behind Tanner. Borrowing the local’s rifle, he takes Tanner out with a single long-range shot.

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During the standoff, Toby manages to pass through a law-enforcement checkpoint without them noticing his bloody bullet wound and makes it back to the casino where he is able to launder the rest of the stolen cash. While he is at the casino he sees a news report of his brother’s death. He delivers the casino’s checks to the bank in time to prevent the ranch’s foreclosure.

Some time later, after Hamilton has retired, he returns to his former post to learn that the Rangers have cleared Toby as a suspect, as his record is clean and he has no motive to steal since the new oil wells earn more in a month than the total from all of the robberies. The money from the oil wells is deposited at the Texas Midlands Bank, and it is stated that they have not co-operated with the investigation into the robberies for fear of losing management of his family trust fund. Hamilton confronts Toby at the ranch, and makes it clear that he knows that the brothers were partners in the robberies and that Toby had masterminded the entire scheme, despite what the Rangers and the banks say. Without explicitly admitting culpability, Toby explains his motivations in wanting to keep his sons from experiencing a life of poverty similar to his own, comparing it to an inherited disease. Both men are armed, and Hamilton affirms Toby’s right to self-defense while on his property, but the tension between them is broken when Toby’s ex-wife and sons arrive and Hamilton realizes Toby gave the farm and its profits to them. Hamilton departs, as Toby suggests that they meet again soon to finish the conversation, each of them implying that they may try to kill the other when the time comes.

Sunday 18th September 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 23, 2016 by bishshat

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Ove Arup

A key figure in 20th century engineering, Danish-born Sir Ove Arup is widely considered to be the foremost engineer of his era in Britain. His is one of the few modern engineering names known to the public at large, not least for the extraordinary Sydney Opera House, one of the world’s iconic structures.
Arup uniquely combined a philosophical and artistic as well as practical approach to business, and is remembered as an eminent bridging figure between the aesthetics and the constructional aspects of building design. He is one of the few engineers to have received the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture and to have been a member of MARS (Modern Architecture Research Group, active 1933-1957), both of which reflect his strong links with the foremost Modernist architects of the period.
His varied career saw him succeed in many roles, as a consultant, contractor, civil and structural engineer, educational theorist, lecturer and author. His technical achievements include groundbreaking use of precast concrete and structural glue, and for over 50 years he maintained a written output of over 50,000 words a year, covering a wide range of topics. Significantly, he is a key figure in the development of the nature of the relationship between engineer and architect, believing that there are no natural boundaries between the disciplines and that any we construct eventually become barriers.
Not only did Ove Arup make a significant contribution to 20th Century engineering as an individual but he also did so as a director and partner in various firms, and as founder of the hugely successful global company that bears his name, Arup — the roots of which can be traced back to 1946 when he set up as an independent consultant at the age of 51. Today Arup the company is renowned worldwide, with offices as far-reaching as the Americas, Australasia, East Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa. The spirit of its founder is still very much in evidence.

Pegasus was the first “user friendly” computer, and about forty Pegasus systems were sold, between 1956 and 1962. Scores of programmers and users of the machine have commented on the ease of programming and operation.

A fundamental part of Pegasus was a simple operating system, a set of routines called Initial Orders which was stored permanently in a write-protected area of the drum.

Pressing the “Start” key caused the Initial Orders to be executed, and they gave the programmer facilities for inputting programs and data, for debugging, for assembling large program systems from sub-sections and libraries, and so on.

The Science Museum Pegasus, serial number 25, has been re-located at least eight times in its life, including a period in Sweden. The museum acquired it from UCL London in 1983 and it was initially displayed in Manchester where it was occasionally maintained by a colleague and myself. After a couple of years the machine moved back to London.

When the Computer Conservation Society was formed in 1989, a group of expert volunteers re-commissioned and demonstrated Pegasus at the museum. It was put on prominent display in the Computing gallery in 2000, where for the first time in its long life, Pegasus was on view to the public. It is a tribute to the quality of the original engineering that Pegasus survived this repeated stripping down, moving, and re-assembling.

For nearly a decade Pegasus was demonstrated every fortnight, but in 2009 a fault with the machine required it to be shut down and Health and Safety considerations subsequently stopped further operation. This historic, 60-year old computer continues to be an important artefact in the Science Museum’s Computing and Data Processing collections.

Chris Burton is a volunteer at the Museum who helps maintain and run Pegasus, one of the oldest computers in the world. Chris is a member of the Computer Conservation Society.

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You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 70

This major exhibition at the V&A will explores the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s upon life today. From global civil rights, multiculturalism, environmentalism, consumerism, computing, communality to neoliberalist politics, the world we live in has been vitally influenced by five revolutionary years 1966 – 70. You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 70 will investigate the upheaval, the explosive sense of freedom, and the legal changes that took place resulting in a fundamental shift in the mindset of the Western world.
You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 70 will explore the way that youth culture catalysed an optimistic idealism, motivating people to come together and question established power structures across every area of society. More than 350 objects encompassing photography, posters, literature, music, design, film, fashion, artefacts, and performance that defined the counterculture will illustrate the way that a whole generation shook off the confines of the past and their parents, radically revolutionising the way they lived their lives.

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Highlights on display will show the creative, social and legal outputs of revolutionary new ways of living. They will include underground magazines from Oz to the International Times; a shopping list written behind barricades during the 1968 Paris student riots; a moon rock on loan from NASA alongside the space suit worn by William Anders, who took the defining ‘Earthrise’ photograph on the Apollo 8 mission; a rare Apple 1 computer; an Ossie Clark costume for Mick Jagger; original artworks by Richard Hamilton; shards from Jimi Hendrix’s guitar; the suits worn by John Lennon and George Harrison on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and handwritten lyrics for Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles.

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The Vietnam Song

Country Joe and the Fish

Give me an “F! …”F”! give me a “U”! …”U”!
Give me a “C”! …”C” Give me a “K”! …”K”!
WHATS THAT SPELL? …”FUCK!”

Well come on all of you big strong men, Uncle Sam needs your help again,
he got himself in a terrible jam, way down yonder in Vietnam,
put down your books and pick up a gun, we’re gunna have a whole lotta fun.

and its 1,2,3 what are we fightin for?
don’t ask me i don’t give a dam, the next stop is Vietnam,
and its 5,6,7 open up the pearly gates. Well there aint no time to wonder why…WHOPEE we’re all gunna die.

now come on wall street don’t be slow, why man this’s war a-go-go,
there’s plenty good money to be made, supplyin’ the army with the tools of the trade,
just hope and pray that when they drop the bomb, they drop it on the Vietcong.

and its 1,2,3 what are we fightin for?
don’t ask me i don’t give a dam, the next stop is Vietnam,
and its 5,6,7 open up the pearly gates. Well there aint no time to wonder why…WHOPEE we’re all gunna die.

now come on generals lets move fast, your big chance is here at last.
nite you go out and get those reds cuz the only good commie is one thats dead,
you know that peace can only be won, when you blow em all to kingdom come.

and its 1,2,3 what are we fightin for?
don’t ask me i don’t give a dam, the next stop is Vietnam,
and its 5,6,7 open up the pearly gates. Well there aint no time to wonder why…WHOPEE we’re all gunna die.

listen people i dont know you expect to ever stop the war if you cant sing any better than that… theres about 300,000 of you fuc|ers out there.. i want you to start singing..

Now come on mothers throughout the land, pack your boys off to vietnam,
come on fathers don’t hesitate, send your sons off before its too late,
be the first one on your block, to have your boy come home in a box

and its 1,2,3 what are we fightin for?
don’t ask me i don’t give a dam, the next stop is Vietnam,
and its 5,6,7 open up the pearly gates. Well there aint no time to wonder why…WHOPEE we’re all gunna die.

Alrite !!!!!!!

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Martin Roth, Director of the V&A, says, “This ambitious framing of late 1960s counterculture shows the incredible importance of that revolutionary period to our lives today. This seminal exhibition will shed new light on the wide-reaching social, cultural and intellectual changes of the
late 1960s which followed the austerity of the post-war years, not just in the UK but throughout the Western world. Our collections at the V&A, unrivalled in their scope and diversity, make us uniquely placed to present this exhibition.”
Objects are drawn from the breadth of the V&A’s varied collections, alongside important loans to highlight connections between people, places, music and movements across the UK, Europe and the USA. The exhibition will focus on particular environments that defined the cultural and social vanguard of the period, including Carnaby Street in London, clubs and counterculture, the Paris protests of May 1968, World Fairs including Montreal and Osaka, the Woodstock Festival of 1969 and alternative communities on the West Coast of America. Ideological connections will be made to the world of 2016, from the election battle to appoint the new president of the most powerful nation on earth to the rights of individuals everywhere to make a difference.

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The collection of the cult radio presenter and musical tastemaker John Peel will provide a musical odyssey through some of the greatest music and performance of the 20th century from Sam Cooke’s A Change is Gonna Come to The Who’s My Generation to Jimi Hendrix live at Woodstock. Music will be played through Sennheiser headsets using innovative audio guide technology which adapts the sound to the visitor’s position in the gallery. Sound will be integrated with video and moving image, including interviews with key figures from the period including Yoko Ono, Stewart Brand and Twiggy, psychedelic light shows and seminal films including Easy Rider and 2001: A Space Odyssey to create a fully immersive and dramatic audiovisual experience.

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Consumer wants can have bizarre, frivolous, or even immoral origins, and an admirable case can still be made for a society that seeks to satisfy them. But the case cannot stand if it is the process of satisfying wants that create the wants.

Ohio

Neil Young

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We’re finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.

Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?

Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We’re finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.

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A robotically woven carbon-fibre pavilion developed by a team from the University of Stuttgart has been erected in the courtyard of London’s V&A museum as part of a season of engineering events

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Spurs 1 Sunderland 0

Harry Kane’s second half goal was enough to settle the outcome against Sunderland at the Lane on Sunday afternoon in a game which we totally dominated from start to finish.
The England striker scored for the second week running in the Premier League, gratefully tucking home from close range in the 59th minute after a defensive error in the Sunderland area to secure the three points and move us up to third in the table.

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It should have been a far more convincing victory though as we had 31 shots at goal and enjoyed 74 per cent of possession. But the Black Cats were indebted to goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as he made a string of smart saves to keep us out, while Heung-Min Son hit the post and we spurned numerous other chances.
We were thankful to Kyle Walker’s goal-line clearance on 44 minutes as he denied former Spur Steven Pienaar, one of only four shots on target Sunderland had in the entire game.
The visitors finished the game with 10 men following the late dismissal of Adnan Januzaj and, although substitutes Erik Lamela and Vincent Janssen missed good chances in the final minutes, Kane’s strike proved to be enough.

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Hitchcock

American biographical drama film directed by Sacha Gervasi and based on Stephen Rebello’s non-fiction book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.

Hitchcock centers on the relationship between film director Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) during the making of Psycho, a controversial horror film that became one of the most acclaimed and influential works in the filmmaker’s career.

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In 1959, Alfred Hitchcock opens his latest film, North by Northwest, to considerable success, but is troubled by a reporter’s insinuation that it is time to retire. Seeking to reclaim the artistic daring of his youth, Hitchcock turns down film proposals like adapting Casino Royale in favor of a horror novel called Psycho by Robert Bloch, which is based on the crimes of murderer Ed Gein. Gein appears in sequences throughout the film in which he seems to prompt Hitchcock’s imagination regarding the Psycho story, or act as some function of Hitchcock’s subconscious mind (for instance, drawing Hitchcock’s attention to sand on his bathroom floor, the quantity of which reveals how much time his wife Alma has been spending at the beachhouse with Whitfield Cook).

Hitchcock’s wife and artistic collaborator, Alma, is no more enthusiastic about the idea than his colleagues, especially since she is being lobbied by their writer friend, Whitfield Cook, to look at his own screenplay. However, she warms to Hitchcock’s proposal, suggesting the innovative plot turn of killing the female lead early in the film. The studio heads at Paramount prove more difficult to persuade, forcing Hitchcock to finance the film personally and use his Alfred Hitchcock Presents television crew (over at competitor Revue/Universal) to produce the film. (As this film completed his contract with Paramount, all subsequent films were made at Universal.)

However, the pressures of the production, such as dealing with Geoffrey Shurlock of the Motion Picture Production Code, and Hitchcock’s lecherous habits, such as when they confer with the female lead, Janet Leigh, annoy Alma. She begins a personal writing collaboration with Whitfield Cook on his screenplay at his beach house without Hitchcock’s knowledge. Hitchcock eventually discovers what she has been doing and suspects her of having an affair. This concern affects Hitchcock’s work on Psycho. Hitchcock eventually confronts Alma and asks her if she is having an affair. Alma angrily denies it.

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Alma temporarily takes over production of the film when Hitchcock is bedridden after collapsing from overwork, but this sequence, which included a complicated process shot showing Arbogast’s demise, with Alma’s specification of a 35mm lens, instead of the 50mm lens preferred by Hitchcock for this film, proved to be the least effective in the film.

Meanwhile, Hitchcock expresses his disappointment to Vera Miles at how she didn’t follow through on his plan to make her the next biggest star after Grace Kelly; but Miles says she is happy with her family life.

Hitchcock’s cut of Psycho is poorly received by the studio executives, while Alma discovers Whitfield having sex with a younger woman at his beach house. Hitchcock and Alma reconcile and set to work on improving the film. Their renewed collaboration yields results, culminating in Alma convincing Hitchcock to accept their composer’s suggestion for adding Bernard Herrmann’s harsh strings score to the shower scene.

After maneuvering Shurlock into leaving the film’s content largely intact, Hitchcock learns the studio is only going to exhibit the film in two theaters. Hitchcock arranges for special theater instructions to pique the public’s interest such as forbidding admittance after the film begins. At the film’s premiere, Hitchcock first views the audience from the projection booth, looking out through its small window at the audience (a scene which recalls his spying on his leading actresses undressing earlier in the film–by looking through a hole cut in the dressing room wall–which itself is a voyeuristic motif included in the film of Psycho). Hitchcock then waits in the lobby for the audience’s reaction, conducting slashing motions to their reactions as they scream on cue. The film is rewarded with an enthusiastic reception.

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With the film’s screening being so well received, Hitchcock publicly thanks his wife afterward for helping make it possible and they affirm their love. At the conclusion at his home, Hitchcock addresses the audience noting Psycho proved a major high point of his career and he is currently pondering his next project. A raven lands on his shoulder as a reference to The Birds, before turning to meet with his wife.

The final title cards say that Hitchcock directed six more films after Psycho, none of which would eclipse its commercial success, and although he never won an Oscar, the American Film Institute awarded him its Life Achievement Award in 1979 – an award he claimed he shared, as he had his life, with his wife, Alma.

Los Angeles Rams 9 Seahawks 3

In the first NFL game for the Los Angeles Rams since 1994, the Seattle Seahawks were unable to play the role of spoilers, falling 9-3 in road game number one of the 2016 season.
Russell Wilson finished the game 22 of 35, passing for 253 yards while battling through an ankle injury, and additionally ran for 14 yards on five carries. Unlike last week against the Dolphins, Wilson wasn’t able to put together another game-winning drive for the Seahawks, who fell to 1-1 on the season.

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The Seahawks held the ball trailing 9-3 with under two minutes, but were unable to capitalize off a great start to the drive. After a 53-yard bomb to Tyler Lockett set the tone, Los Angeles’ defense held its own in the final minute, forcing running back Christine Michael to fumble a short pass on third down.
The score of the game resembled a baseball score more than a football one, largely because of the defensive performances from both teams along with penalties. Although the Seahawks didn’t register their first sack of the game until the third quarter — a week after recording five against Miami — Seattle held up well against Los Angeles most of the day and contained running back Todd Gurley to just 51 yards. Still, the Seahawks committed 10 penalties for 114 yards, which included a face-mask call on a third down that would’ve handed them the ball with roughly 2:39 to go. Instead, that gave Los Angeles a new set and additional time to burn the clock.

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Saturday 17th September 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 17, 2016 by bishshat

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I’ll Find My Way Home

Jon and Vangelis

You ask me where to begin
Am I so lost in my sin
You ask me where did I fall
I’ll say I can’t tell you when
But if my spirit is lost
How will I find what is near
Don’t question I’m not alone
Somehow I’ll find my way home

My sun shall rise in the east
So shall my heart be at peace
And if you’re asking me when
I’ll say it starts at the end
You know your will to be free
Is matched with love secretly
And talk will alter your prayer
Somehow you’ll find you are there.

Your friend is close by your side
And speaks in far ancient tongue
A seasons wish will come true
All seasons begin with you
One world we all come from
One world we melt into one

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Friday 16th September 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 16, 2016 by bishshat

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