Archive for October, 2016

Monday 24th October 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on October 24, 2016 by bishshat


I’m A Boy

The Who

One little girl was called Jean-Marie
Another little girl was called Felicity
Another little girl was Sally-Joy
The other was me
And I’m a Boy

My name is Bill and I’m a head case
They practice making-up on my face
Yeah I feel lucky if I get trousers to wear
Spend days just taking hairpins from my hair

I’m a boy, I’m a boy
But my ma won’t admit it
I’m a boy, I’m a boy
But if I say I am
I get it

Put your frock on, Jean-Marie
Plait your hair, Felicity
Paint your nails little Sally-Joy
Put this wig on little boy

I’m a boy, I’m a boy
But my ma won’t admit it
I’m a boy, I’m a boy
But if I say I am
I get it

I wanna play cricket on the green
Ride my bike across the street
Cut myself and see my blood
I wanna come home all covered in mud

I’m a boy I’m a boy
But my ma won’t admit it
I’m a boy, I’m a boy, I’m a boy
I’m a boy, I’m a boy, I’m a boy, I’m a boy
I’m a boy, I’m a Boy
I’m, A, Boy!



Sunday 23rd October 2016

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


Cardinals 6 Seahawks 6

For the first time in Seahawks history, they had a game end in a tie, thanks in part to both teams missing short attempts at game-winning field goals in overtime. For the game to end 6-6, both kickers had to miss attempts inside of 30 yards in, an unusual finish, to say the least, to a defensive struggle at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Seahawks offense found itself out of sync through four quarters of play on Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium, but eventually found its rhythm in the overtime period, as Seattle played its way to a 6-6 tie with the Arizona Cardinals in an NFC West clash that was very much more of a defensive battle than an offensive showcase.

“We just couldn’t get in sync at all,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said at his postgame press conference. “We couldn’t get in any kind of sync in the first half.”


Seattle averaged just 2.5 yards per play in the first two quarters and went into halftime with just 47 total yards, converting only two first downs and going 0-5 on the all-important third down. By the end of regulation those numbers didn’t look too much better, in part because of penalties that had wiped out a number of big plays the offense did manage to put up.

“If we made a play all the sudden the penalties started jumping up on us and we must have had three or four holds, five,” Carroll said. “They really were costly in a really tough, tight game.  They impacted our drives, we’re first-and-20 and we weren’t able to make it back.”

Added receiver Jermaine Kearse, who had a 14-yard third-quarter catch wiped out by an offensive pass interference call: “It’s tough to get drives going and keeping that momentum when you’re continuously going backwards, the wrong way. So we’ve just got to continue to clean those up.”

But in overtime, thanks large in part to a Seahawks defense that was equally as stingy in keeping a potent Arizona offense under wraps, Seattle still had a chance to win the ball game. Six of the Seahawks’ 11 first downs on the night came in the extra period, as quarterback Russell Wilson led a field goal drive to tie the game at six and then helped set up a potential game-winning kick as he started connecting with Kearse, Jimmy Graham, Tyler Lockett, and Doug Baldwin for sizable gains, while running back Christine Michael found room to run on the ground.

“It comes down to me delivering the ball at the right time, guys making the catch, guys making the run, guys making the block, and it’s really that simple of a game,” said Wilson, who finished 24-of-37 for 225 yards passing. “We didn’t do that in the first part of it, but I kept telling the guys on the sideline, ‘The score’s just 3-0, the score’s just 3-3, the score’s just 6-3,’ and just stay the course. Adversity is temporary. We kept battling, we kept believing in our defense, that we’re going to keep standing up and making plays and offensively we kept believing in one another.

“We had a chance to win it, which is the good part of the game.”

In addition to all the penalties slowing the offense down – the Seahawks were flagged a total of 10 times, tying a season-high – Wilson said field position played a role in preventing Seattle’s offense from staying on schedule.

“We were kind of backed up the whole game it felt like in a lot of situations and we’re just trying to battle and find a way to get out of there and find a way to give ourselves chance, which we did,” he said. “And that’s the exciting part about our football team. That’s the best part about it all is that we have a great football team that believes in one another, sticks together and we believe that every time we’re in these situations, these tight games, we’re going to win it. Hopefully we can find a way to not make it so tight, but next time we believe we’re going to make it and find a way to win.”


Since Carroll arrived in Seattle, Mondays at Virginia Mason Athletic Center have been reserved for telling the truth of what happened during the game, and this week’s meeting with undoubtedly touch on some of the offense’s struggles in the desert.

“Sometimes the defense is going to have their night and the offense isn’t and sometimes it is going to be the other way around,” Carroll said. “We know it’s going to be back and forth and that has no bearing on the way we look at things here. We just have to get right and get better and make sure when we need you, you’re there for us. And when we needed it, the offense got down the field and we just didn’t get it done at the end.

“We will figure it out and talk a little about it tomorrow, tell the truth, and then we’ll move on.”

Said Kearse: “We’ve just got to clean stuff up. We’re going to take a look at the film and just continue to try to get better. We’ve still got a lot of games left on the schedule to make things happen, and that’s what we’re looking forward to.”

Saturday 22nd October 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on October 22, 2016 by bishshat


Colin Jeffery

Forever changing in quick, slow time.
A place to go my friends to find.
Duty calls! It’s natures way
to summon hope and save the day.

Stefan Stanimirov

Eternal field for Uppyalf
where my soul twin still jumps about.
Bad Cat and Hincho come sometimes
to share friendship, love and rhymes

Steve Haywood

Field of green and sky of blue.
I like to jump and dance in you.
You make me feel alive and well.
So please stay the happy place I dwell.

Christie Schultz

Sweeping into the sky,
Sparkling liquid notes fly,
Float on the soft air,
And spiral downward to home.

Shannon Edwards

Sometimes, longing is a trumpet call,
A blank command,
A siren singing me past each horizon
To find what this vast desire
must have called into being,

Michala Gyetvai

Through all the changing seasons
A different dance I gave
In thanks and admiration
For natures gifts it made

Lou Lowe

Wind, rain, sun, or snow,
To the field Bish will go,
Camera ready, box of tricks,
Jump around, take lots of pics.
Weather beaten, never mind,
Another day…….without a find!

Mike Mosier

A lovely field across the Pond,
As Bish’s leaps help form a bond.
There are fields here much like there,
Wind, rain, sun, and the same air…

Tim Jones

John and the Field
What is there to say
One makes art
The other hay.
Giovanna Marie

Clay History in the making
The field stands still
A work of Art, he’s creating
The still life water colours
The field is his canvas
Ever changing day by day
Seasons come and go
Leaves change as the earth
Turns from green to gold
Winter carpets fields with snow
The field is ever changing
Its’ images captured with his lens,
Our lives are rearranging
But the field stands—still
Even after we’re gone
And it always will


Bournemouth O Spurs O

Spurs missed the chance to move top of the Premier League – at least for a few hours – as they were held to a goalless draw at Bournemouth.

Bournemouth nearly took a shock early lead when Charlie Daniels’ close-range effort following a corner was brilliantly saved by Hugo Lloris, the Spurs keeper reacting to deflect the ball onto the bar with his legs. Spurs’ Erik Lamela then hit the crossbar at the other end, and though the visitors raised their game after the break, the Cherries held firm, with keeper Artur Boruc keeping out Dele Alli and Danny Rose, while Bournemouth substitute Benik Afobe headed just over late on.


Meanwhile, referee Craig Pawson upset the home fans who felt Lamela should have been shown a second yellow card, while substitute Moussa Sissoko was not punished for an apparent elbow into Harry Arter’s face. Pawson then waved away late Bournemouth appeals for a penalty when Jack Wilshere went down after a challenge by Jan Vertonghen.

Both managers had praised their opponent’s style of play in the build-up and it was no surprise when the game began at a high tempo with both sides attacking freely.

But Bournemouth showed more steel than the side who lost 5-1 to a Harry Kane-inspired Spurs this time last year, with Arter particularly relishing the physical battle, epitomised by a perfectly timed tackle – hard but fair – on Victor Wanyama. While Tottenham shaded possession, the frenzied nature of the game and the visitors’ determination to stop Bournemouth counter-attacking at pace saw Lamela, Vertonghen, Alli and Rose all enter Pawson’s notebook before half-time for fouls.


Lamela was perhaps fortunate not to receive a second caution before the break for a challenge no better than those that had earned earlier bookings – minutes after he had struck the bar with a curling shot. Alli tested Boruc from long range early in the second half, with the big Pole diving right to palm the ball away – but the 20-year-old only lasted 71 minutes before being withdrawn. Wilshere, closely shadowed by the towering Wanyama while having every touch booed by the away fans for his Arsenal connections, found space to cross for Callum Wilson who headed wide.

Meanwhile, Rose – one of four English full-backs whose buccaneering play must have impressed Southgate – was first wasteful after being set up by Christian Eriksen, skewing his shot across goal, and then foiled by Boruc after trying a low shot with 15 minutes left.

Friday 21st October 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on October 21, 2016 by bishshat


Inspired by Compton Verney’s nationally designated Chinese bronze collection, contemporary visual artist Aowen Jin will host an exciting interactive art event for this year’s Museums at Night festival, looking into the cultural and social impact of early Chinese civilisation on our modern lives.

In this spectacular installation, Aowen will cover the floors of our newly restored ‘Capability’ Brown chapel with UV reactive and glow in the dark rice – wonder at the significance of the grains of rice and explore them with UV torches. You’ll also have the opportunity to perform your own ritual with her magical glowing rice in our beautiful Adam hall.

Spectacular interactive art installation in the chapel.
Make your own rice-based artworks in Adam Hall.
Bronze handling demonstrations with Compton Verney’s China expert Morgan Jones.
Inspirational talks and a Q&A with a renowned poet, an award-winning BBC radio producer and journalist, an emerging artist and Aowen herself. A great opportunity to find out more about the creative industries and how to start and grow a creative career, and ask questions.
Soap Box: listen to how MA students from The School of Art & Design at Coventry University reflect on The Ritual and see how they created new and innovative works with the specially treated rice.
Unique late-night access to Compton Verney’s stunning collection of ancient Chinese bronze.


I worked all afternoon alongside Aowen Jin today It was quite an experience. She was great fun and I found her a real tonic to be with but I was worn out by the time I got home as she is a pocket sized whirl wind. She was super super excited by the free mayonnaise.

Aowen Jin was born in Luoyang, Henan in China. She moved to the United Kingdom as a student when she was 18, and initially studied Law & Economics at Durham University. After rediscovering a passion for art she switched to studying Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London.
During her degree she was commissioned to produce painting works for British Prime Minister Tony Blair and for Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th Birthday, and was named by both Dazed & Confused magazine and The Times Magazine as one of the UK’s top emerging artists.
Aowen was part of Goldsmith’s graduate exhibition at Free Range Shows in 2006, titled ‘Textile Collective’.


Today marks 211 years since the Battle of Trafalgar – the day when Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson successfully halted Napoleon Bonaparte’s quest to conquer Europe.

The battle, held on 21 October 1805, not only stopped Napoleon but also cemented the British Royal Navy as ruler over the high seas, a status that has given Britain status as a global power for more than a century.

While the Battle of Trafalgar was a victory for Britain, the day also saw the death of a British hero on his ship HMS Victory.


It seems strange to me that on this anniversary a flotilla of Russian warships is sailing down the English Channel to and appears to me is an provocative display of military force with tensions between Britain and Vladimir Putin at breaking point. The aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov  sailed through the North Sea and then into the English Channel. At the same time, two other Russian corvettes, which are travelling north towards the UK from the direction of Portugal, are also set to be watched by the Navy.


Thursday 20th October 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on October 20, 2016 by bishshat


Country Dreamer


I’d like to walk in a field with you,
take my hat and my boots off too.
I’d like to lie in a field with you.
Would you like to do it too, may?
Would you like to do it too?
I’d like to stand in a stream with you,
roll my trousers up and not feel blue.
I’d like to wash in a stream with you.
Would you like to do it too?
You and I, country dreamer,
when there’s nothing else to do;
Me oh my, country dreamer,
make a country dream come true.
I’d like to climb up a hill with you,
stand on top and admire the view.
I’d like to roll down a hill with you.
Would you like to do it too, may?
Would you like to do it too?
I’d like to climb up a hill with you,
take my hat and my boots off too.
I’d like to lie in a field with you.
Would you like to do it too, may?
Would you like to do it too?



In December 1941, two agents from the Czechoslovak government-in-exile, Jozef Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan) are parachuted into their occupied homeland. Jozef is badly injured when he crashes through a tree upon landing, but both men set out to find their contact in Czechoslovakia. They are discovered shortly after by two resistance fighters who turn out to be traitors; one is shot by Jozef but the other man escapes. Stealing their truck, the agents head for Prague.

When they seek out their contact, they are directed to Dr. Eduard (Sean Mahon), who stitches Jozef’s foot, and arranges for the agents to meet other members of the resistance, led by “Uncle” Jan Zelenka-Hajský (Toby Jones). The agents reveal that they are to execute “Operation Anthropoid,” an assassination of Reinhard Heydrich (Detlef Bothe), the main architect of the Final Solution, and the head of Nazi forces in German–occupied Czechoslovakia.


With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city under lock-down, Jozef and Jan must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, an operation that, they hope, will change the face of Europe. With the help of two young women, Marie Kovárníková (Charlotte Le Bon) and Lenka Fafková (Anna Geislerová) along with other plotters, the agents plan to ambush Heydrich as he arrives at his headquarters by car. When the agents learn that Heydrich is about to be transferred, the plan goes into effect with the duo bolstered by the addition of other agents who have been parachuted into Czechoslovakia and the remaining resistance fighters in Prague.


On 27 May 1942, the attack is carried out but nearly botched when Jozef’s Sten submachine gun jams, but Heydrich is severely wounded when Jan throws a bomb that shatters his limousine, followed by Jozef’s fusillade of gunfire. Immediately after, the assassins go on the run, and Nazi forces round up thousands of Czech citizens and carry out a terrible reprisal. When Heydrich dies, the combined group of seven parachutists are pursued to their refuge at the Orthodox Cathedral of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Prague. Resistance fighter Karel Čurda (Jiří Šimek) turned on the agents and revealed where they were hiding. Hundreds of Nazi troops storm the cathedral and all the agents are killed in a fierce battle.


Reprisals continued with the village of Lidice destroyed with all the males 16 years old and older shot, children gassed to death and women sent to camps. Another Czech village, Ležáky, was also destroyed and its inhabitants were murdered because a radio transmitter was found there. Ultimately, a total of 15,000 Czechs were killed in the aftermath of the “Heydrich Terror”. The assassination of SS-Obergruppenführer Heydrich was the only successful government-organised assassination of a top-ranking Nazi in the Second World War.


Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich was a high-ranking German Nazi official during World War II, and one of the main architects of the Holocaust. He was SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Polizei (Senior Group Leader and Chief of Police) as well as chief of the Reich Main Security Office (including the Gestapo, Kripo, and SD). He was also Stellvertretender Reichsprotektor (Deputy/Acting Reich-Protector) of Bohemia and Moravia, in what is now the Czech Republic. Heydrich served as president of the International Criminal Police Commission (ICPC; later known as Interpol) and chaired the January 1942 Wannsee Conference, which formalised plans for the Final Solution to the Jewish Question—the deportation and genocide of all Jews in German-occupied Europe.

Heinrich Himmler (second from right) with Reinhard Heydrich (third from right) and Benito Mussolini (second from left) at a meeting of the police chiefs of Germany, Yugoslavia, Albania, and Portugal, circa 1938

Many historians regard him as the darkest figure within the Nazi elite; Adolf Hitler described him as “the man with the iron heart”. He was the founding head of the Sicherheitsdienst (SD), an intelligence organisation charged with seeking out and neutralising resistance to the Nazi Party via arrests, deportations, and murders. He helped organise Kristallnacht, a series of co-ordinated attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on 9–10 November 1938. The attacks, carried out by SA stormtroopers and civilians, presaged the Holocaust. Upon his arrival in Prague, Heydrich sought to eliminate opposition to the Nazi occupation by suppressing Czech culture and deporting and executing members of the Czech resistance. He was directly responsible for the Einsatzgruppen, the special task forces which travelled in the wake of the German armies and murdered over two million people, including 1.3 million Jews, by mass shooting and gassing.

Heydrich was critically wounded in Prague on 27 May 1942 by a British Special Operations Executive-trained team of Czech and Slovak soldiers who had been sent by the Czechoslovak government-in-exile to kill him in Operation Anthropoid. He died from his injuries a week later. Intelligence falsely linked the assassins to the villages of Lidice and Ležáky. Lidice was razed to the ground; all men and boys over the age of 16 were shot, and all but a handful of its women and children were deported and killed in Nazi concentration camps.

Wednesday 19th October 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on October 19, 2016 by bishshat


Tuesday 18th October 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on October 18, 2016 by bishshat


Bayer 0 Spurs 0

Spurs withstood Bayer Leverkusen’s second-half assault to secure a 0-0 draw and hold on for valuable point in the Champions League. Mauricio Pochettino’s side started the better of the two sides at the BayArena, going close through Dele Alli, Vincent Janssen and Erik Lamela in the first half.


But Leverkusen, who are 10th in the Bundesliga, responded strongly after the break and they should have gone ahead minutes after the restart but Hugo Lloris produced a spectacular save to deny former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez. Roger Schmidt’s side continued to pile the pressure on Spurs, who needed Lloris to keep out Charles Aranguiz and Admir Mehmedi, but Pochettino’s side held on for a valuable draw to stay second in the group behind Monaco, who drew 1-1 with CSKA Moscow.