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Thursday 23rd March 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 23, 2017 by bishshat

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Graceland

Paul Simon

The Mississippi Delta was shining
Like a National guitar
I am following the river
Down the highway
Through the cradle of the civil war

I’m going to Graceland
Graceland
In Memphis Tennessee
I’m going to Graceland
Poorboys and Pilgrims with families
And we are going to Graceland
My traveling companion is nine years old
He is the child of my first marriage
But I’ve reason to believe
We both will be received
In Graceland

She comes back to tell me she’s gone
As if I didn’t know that
As if I didn’t know my own bed
As if I’d never noticed
The way she brushed her hair from her forehead
And she said losing love
Is like a window in your heart
Everybody sees you’re blown apart
Everybody sees the wind blow

I’m going to Graceland
Memphis Tennessee
I’m going to Graceland
Poorboys and Pilgrims with families
And we are going to Graceland

And my traveling companions
Are ghosts and empty sockets
I’m looking at ghosts and empties
But I’ve reason to believe
We all will be received
In Graceland

There is a girl in New York City
Who calls herself the human trampoline
And sometimes when I’m falling, flying
Or tumbling in turmoil I say
Oh, so this is what she means
She means we’re bouncing into Graceland
And I see losing love
Is like a window in your heart
Everybody sees you’re blown apart
Everybody feels the wind blow

In Graceland, in Graceland
I’m going to Graceland
For reasons I cannot explain
There’s some part of me wants to see
Graceland
And I may be obliged to defend
Every love, every ending
Or maybe there’s no obligations now
Maybe I’ve a reason to believe
We all will be received
In Graceland

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Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 22, 2017 by bishshat

Westminster terror attack leaves five dead including cop and terrorist who drove car through pedestrians on Westminster Bridge leaving 20 injured before he launched stab attack on Parliament policeman.

There for the grace of God we were there yesterday roughly the same time as this incident today.

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Tuesday 22nd March 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 22, 2017 by bishshat

 

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Protestors call to end ‘theft’ of equity on park home sales

Thousands of mobile home owners have called on the government to end the “theft” of part of the value of their homes when they are sold.

Currently a commission charge of up to 10% is paid to site owners.

A petition signed by 40,000 park home owners was delivered to Downing Street by campaigners, who said site operators were “making fortunes”.

The government has said the commission is “legitimate income” and “does not result in profiteering”. Park home owners said most operators were charging the maximum commission, which was set at 10% when it was last amended in 1983.

A parliamentary debate in 2014 heard that homes could be worth between £150,000 and £200,000.

The Park Home Owners Justice Campaign said the charge was a “theft of equity”, leaving some owners unable to move.

Founder Sonia McColl, from Wareham, Dorset, said: “Thousands of people all over the country are literally trapped in their homes by this charge.

“If they want to move on it’s got to be inferior because they don’t have the money after parting with 10% of their equity.” The government has previously said the commission was an “important income strand” for site owners, which could not be reduced without increasing annual rents by between 20% and 32%.

It has pledged to carry out a review of the park homes industry this year.

A government-commissioned study in 2002 said that commission payments created a “financial incentive for unscrupulous operators to ‘churn’ their residents.”

It found that at least 7% of park home owners had experienced pressure to leave.

Brian Doick, president of National Association of Park Home Residents, said: “These landowners are making fortunes. This is ridiculous that they should be allowed to take away people’s assets that they have worked hard for.”

The British Holidays and Home Parks Association has said parks were “increasingly reliant on income from pitch fees and commissions”.

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One incident stuck in my throat. What to me was obviously a truck belonging to a park owner was parked directly in Parliament Street right by the Cenotaph. On checking the license plate on line I found it had No Tax!!! Typical this shows how much notice these people take of any laws.

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Monday 20th March 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 20, 2017 by bishshat

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The White Cliffs of Dover

Vera Lynn

Walter Kent  Nat Burton

There’ll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover,
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.

I’ll never forget the people I met
braving those angry sky’s
I remember well as the shadows fell
the light of hope in their eyes
and though I’m far away I still can hear them say
Sun’s up
for when the dawn comes up

There’ll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover,
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.

There’ll be love and laughter
And peace ever after.
Tomorrow, when the world is free

The shepherd will tend his sheep.
The valley will bloom again.
And Jimmy will go to sleep
In his own little room again.

There’ll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover,
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.

There’ll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover,
Tomorrow, just you wait and see.

 

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Sunday 19th March 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 19, 2017 by bishshat

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We made it 10 consecutive Premier League home wins at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon as we held on to defeat Southampton in a hard-fought victory.

Christian Eriksen opened the scoring with an excellent goal on 14 minutes, striking a low left-foot shot past Fraser Forster from 20 yards, who was then beaten from the penalty spot by Dele Alli on 32 minutes, the England midfielder picking himself up to convert from 18 yards after being fouled by Steven Davis.

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Southampton pulled one back six minutes into the second period when James Ward-Prowse found himself free at the back post and tucked home past Hugo Lloris.

After an entertaining first half, the second was much more attritional as we had to dig in against a determined Southampton fightback, with neither side really creating clear-cut chances. Substitute Vincent Janssen did test Forster in the 89th minute with a fierce drive and Sofiane Boufal drilled wide at the other end a minute later, but we held firm to make it 10 on the spin in N17 and cut Chelsea’s lead back to 10 points at the top of the Premier League table.

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Chuck Berry dies this weekend age 90.When I was a kid and Bob Wilson’s Mammoth Fun Fair came to the Big Field in Shard End, I would hang around the Waltzers just listening to the LOUD music..and this was just one of my favourites.

No Particular Place To Go

Chuck Berry

Ridin’ along in my automobile
My baby beside me at the wheel
I stole a kiss at the turn of a mile
My curiosity runnin’ wild
Cruisin’ and playin’ the radio
With no particular place to go.
Ridin’ along in my automobile
I’m anxious to tell her the way I feel,
So I told her softly and sincere,
And she leaned and whispered in my ear
Cuddlin’ more and drivin’ slow,
With no particular place to go.
No particular place to go,
So we parked way out on the Kokomo
The night was young and the moon was bold
So we both decided to take a stroll
Can you imagine the way I felt?
I couldn’t unfasten her safety belt!
Ridin’ along in my calaboose
Still tryin’ to get her belt unloose
All the way home I held a grudge,
But the safety belt, it wouldn’t budge
Cruisin’ and playin’ the radio
With no particular place to go.

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Johnny B. Goode

Chuck Berry

Deep down Louisiana close to New Orleans
Way back up in the woods among the evergreens
There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood
Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode
Who never ever learned to read or write so well
But he could play the guitar just like a ringing a bell
Go go
Go Johnny go
Go
Go Johnny go
Go
Go Johnny go
Go
Go Johnny go
Go
Johnny B. Goode
He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
Go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track
Oh, the engineerswould see him sitting in the shade
Strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made
People passing by they would stop and say
Oh my that little country boy could play
Go go
Go Johnny go
Go
Go Johnny go
Go
Go Johnny go
Go
Go Johnny go
Go
Johnny B. Goode
His mother told him “Someday you will be a man,
And you will be the leader of a big old band.
Many people coming from miles around
To hear you play your music when the sun go down
Maybe someday your name will be in lights
Saying Johnny B. Goode tonight.”
Go go
Go Johnny go
Go go go Johnny go
Go go go Johnny go
Go go go Johnny go
Go
Johnny B. Goode

Friday 17th March 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 17, 2017 by bishshat

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Monte Carlo or Bust!

Monte Carlo or Bust! is a 1969 British/French/Italian co-production comedy film, also known by its American title, Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies. The story is based on the Monte Carlo Rally – first raced in 1911 – and the film recalls this general era, set in the 1920s. A lavish all-star film (Paramount put $10 million behind it), it is the story of an epic car rally across Europe that involves a lot of eccentric characters from all over the world who will stop at nothing to win.

The film is a sequel to the 1965 hit Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. Terry-Thomas appeared as Sir Cuthbert Ware-Armitage, the equally dastardly son of the Sir Percy Ware-Armitage, which Thomas had played in the earlier film. Some others of the cast from the first film returned, including Gert Fröbe and Eric Sykes. Like the earlier film, it was written by Ken Annakin and Jack Davies and directed by Annakin, with music by Ron Goodwin. The title tune is performed by Jimmy Durante. The credits sequence animation was the work of Ronald Searle, who was also featured in Annakin’s earlier Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. Tony Curtis and Susan Hampshire played other contestants in the race; Curtis also starred in the similar period-piece comedy The Great Race (1965) from Warner Bros.

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The film was originally intended to be called Monte Carlo and All That Jazz. The American distributors Paramount Pictures re-titled it Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies to tie it to Annakin’s 1965 film; re-editing also meant cuts, up to a half-hour, from the original UK release.

An international car rally in the 1920s attracts competitors from all over the world to compete in the Monte Carlo Rally. The archrivals from England, Italy, France and Germany find that their greatest competition comes from the United States in the form of Chester Schofield (Tony Curtis), who had won half of an automobile factory in a poker game with the late father of baronet Sir Cuthbert Ware-Armitage (Terry-Thomas). Ware-Armitage has entered the race in a winner-take-all to exact revenge and win back the lost half of the company.

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The international cast of characters appear to mirror their national foibles. British Army officers Maj. Digby Dawlish (Peter Cook) and Lieut. Kit Barrington (Dudley Moore), who have entered to preserve the honour of the British Empire, drive an outlandish vehicle festooned with odd inventions. Italian policemen Angelo Pincelli (Walter Chiari) and Marcello Agosti (Lando Buzzanca) seem to be more interested in chasing three French women, led by Doctor Marie-Claude (Mireille Darc). The German entry from overbearing Willi Schickel (Gert Fröbe) and Otto Schwartz (Peer Schmidt) turn out to be convicts, driving with stolen gems on board.

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As the race begins, the contestants find that not only are they in a 1,500-mile battle with each other, but dangerous roads and the elements including a massive avalanche, are just as formidable. Chester and his new co-driver, Betty (Susan Hampshire) end up duelling with Cuthbert while the Italians are the winners of the rally but relinquish their prize to the French woman’s team to help people injured in the snowslide. Various misfortunes plague each of the contestants, with Cuthbert, poised to win, being disqualified for cheating, the British Army team blowing up, the Germans being arrested and Chester falling asleep at the wheel. In the end, the Italians are declared the winners and share their winnings with the French girls. Chester does eventually cross the finish line, albeit due to Betty and some others pushing his car.

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I Am A Rock

Paul Simon

A winter’s day
In a deep and dark December
I am alone
Gazing from my window
To the streets below
On a freshly fallen, silent shroud of snow
I am a rock
I am an island
I’ve built walls
A fortress, steep and mighty
That none may penetrate
I have no need of friendship
Friendship causes pain.
It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain.
I am a rock
I am an island
Don’t talk of love
Well, I’ve heard the words before
It’s sleeping in my memory
And I won’t disturb the slumber
Of feelings that have died
If I never loved, I never would have cried
I am a rock
I am an island
I have my books
And my poetry to protect me
I am shielded in my armour
Hiding in my room
Safe within my womb
I touch no one and no one touches me
I am a rock
I am an island
And a rock feels no pain
And an island never cries

Opening preview for the Clearing and Compton Verney new season.

A major exhibition examining our relationship with the countryside, bringing together Old Masters and contemporary artists whose work spans more than 350 years.

Creating the Countryside provokes reflection on the artistic, social and political forces that have played an important role in forming successive generations’ perceptions of this ‘green and pleasant land’.
The rural idyll occupies a deeply rooted place in the nation’s psyche – Compton Verney’s ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped grounds are themselves an expression of this. Creating the Countryside explores how artists have shaped the vision of rural life and landscape, offering a new perspective on the countryside and its expression in contemporary art and society.
Works by artists including Thomas Gainsborough, Claude Lorrain, George Stubbs and Stanley Spencer are joined by pieces from contemporary artists such as Mat Collishaw, Anna Fox, Sigrid Holmwood and Grayson Perry to present you with a broad spectrum of responses to, and interpretations of, this sceptred isle.

The Clearing is a collaborative artwork by artists Alex Hartley and Tom James (He of the clean boots). Together they are building a geodesic dome by the lake, an ‘eye-catcher’ for the 21st Century, where visitors can explore at first hand a future afflicted by climate change.

Vix and myself had volunteered to help tend the fire for the opening. As usual we ended up doing almost all of the arty farty peoples work for them. Mckenzie Vix daughter was brilliant as always and Stacey’s gang of kids helped out when they arrived. for sure Vix had been there all day and stayed on in her own time to make sure the event went smooth.

She does not get enough recognition for the amount and quality of work and support she brings to the projects. I for one know how committed and how hard she works. The artists did what artists do and at one time they made themselves tea and ignored offering us one.

We did the potatoes the fire the butter the beans and served them up and cleared away the plates on what was a bitter cold day and evening. We never got to hear the speaches or see the exhibition. We had no visit from the director either.

Well done the volunteers I say!

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Maev Kennedy The Guardian 

Green and unpleasant land: UK countryside takes sinister twist in new exhibition
Warwickshire gallery explores how artistic, social and political forces have shaped Britain’s relationship with rural landscape

Images of a green and pleasant land with a sinister undertone – where lambs gambol but a corpse might lie under a nearby hedge – feature in an exhibition examining Britain’s relationship with the countryside. The show at Compton Verney gallery in Warwickshire sets the scene with a small 1645 sketch by Claude Lorrain of a beautiful vista, charming ruin, mannerly animals and a picturesque peasant boy. It shows how centuries later the vision still seeps into everyday life, from pictures on beer bottle labels to air fresheners.

As well as idyllic views by JMW Turner, John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough, the exhibition includes a Midsomer Murders souvenir tea tray, a vase by Grayson Perry of villagers jostling to watch a woman in Victorian attire being taken away in a police van, and an ominously brilliantly coloured photograph by Anna Fox of a pair of feet in scarlet high heels in a green ditch.

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“There’s just something apparently endlessly seductive about the idea that beneath all this lovely greenery, something evil lurks,” said the curator, Verity Elson.

Joint curator Rosemary Shirley, of Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “We want to preserve this ideal of peace and solitude, but at some level it also induces anxiety.”

She has contributed a unique collection of air fresheners, whose creators boasted of capturing the essence of English national parks. The Lake District fragrance is described as “midnight, berry and shimmering mist”, and the Peak District is “golden lilies and spring breeze”. “Actually I live very near the pub,” Shirley said, “so when I open the window what I mostly smell is chips.” The Compton Verney is set in an Arcadian fantasy, a mansion by a lake in what appears to be idyllic countryside with cows grazing by a rippling stream. However, it is a careful construct by the most famous landscape designer of the 18th century, Capability Brown, involving moving a village and flooding a valley.

“Many visitors assume this is quintessential English countryside, unchanged for centuries,” said the gallery’s director, Steven Parissien. “In fact absolutely everything you see is manmade.”

Another project at Compton Verney this month is The Clearing, a “living, breathing encampment” built in the parkland grounds of the former stately home, where some 21st-century ornamental hermits will spend the next seven months as residents. The geodesic dome – the futuristic housing solution beloved of 1960s hippies – was built from salvaged and donated materials, including packing crates for Rolls-Royce airplane nose cones by the artists Tom James and Alex Hartley.

I have to say I am surprised at this as I saw piles of new wood when the construction first started and on asking about it I was told that new wood is cheaper than reclaimed timber?

Anna Bennett, who will move in on Monday, the first of 40 people chosen from 160 applicants, is interested in solar technology, which is handy as the lighting rig has just failed. The hermits are permitted “alcohol in moderation”, but it is bad news for anyone expecting newly laid eggs for breakfast: the chickens do not arrive until June.

The dome has a composting toilet in a separate shed, but that proved a retro step too far for the planning authority – the hermits will be expected to walk 200 metres to the loos in the visitors’ centre. The dome, built on a platform overhanging the lake after the curators won planning permission for three years in the Grade II-listed landscape, is described as “part school, part shelter and part folly” – seen as partly an echo of the eye-catcher ruined abbeys and castles with which Capability Brown studded his landscapes, partly a genuine experiment in living off-grid and partly a horrible warning.
The artists will be hosting weekend workshops “to teach you the skills you’ll need once the seas have risen, the global economy has collapsed, and big Sainsbury’s is on fire”.

“It’s half satirical, half serious,” James said. “But it gets less and less funny every day Trump has got his finger on the button.”

Country Girls

Collaboration with Alison Goldfrapp exploring story telling and constructed imagery.
A series of staged colour photographs based on both personal stories (experiences of growing up as young women in rural Southern England) and the story of Sweet Fanny Adams, violently murdered in Alton in the early 1900’s.

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Poor Fanny’s headstone which was erected by Public subscription and renovated a few years ago, is pictured here with her younger sister and Minnie Warner, and still stands in the town cemetery on the Old Odiham Road. It might have been our only reminder of the tragic affair had it not been for the macabre humour of British Sailors.

In 1869 new rations of tinned mutton were introduced for British seamen. They were unimpressed by it, and suggested it might be the butchered remains of Fanny Adams. “Fanny Adams” became slang for mutton[6] or stew and then for anything worthless – from which comes the current use of “sweet Fanny Adams” (or just “sweet F.A.”) to mean “nothing at all”. It can be seen as a euphemism for “fuck all” – which means the same. The large tins the mutton was delivered in were reused as mess tins. Mess tins or cooking pots are still known as Fannys.

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Fanny Adams

Fanny Adams (30 April 1859 – 24 August 1867) was a young English girl murdered by solicitor’s clerk Frederick Baker in Alton, Hampshire. The expression “sweet Fanny Adams”, or “sweet FA”, refers to her and has come, through British naval slang, to mean “nothing at all”.

On Saturday, 24 August 1867, at about 1:30 pm, Fanny’s mother, Harriet Adams, let 8-year-old Fanny, her friend Minnie Warner (aged 7) and Fanny’s sister Elizabeth (aged 5) go up Tanhouse Lane towards Flood Meadow.

In the lane they met Frederick Baker, a 29-year-old solicitor’s clerk. Baker offered Minnie and Elizabeth three halfpence to go and spend and offered Fanny a halfpenny to accompany him towards Shalden, a couple of miles north of Alton. She took the coin but refused to go. He carried her into a hops field, out of sight of the other girls.

At about 5 p.m., Minnie and Elizabeth returned home. Their neighbour, Mrs. Gardiner, asked them where Fanny was, and they told her what had happened. Mrs. Gardiner told Harriet, and they went up the lane, where they came upon Baker coming back. They questioned him and he said he had given the girls money for sweets, but that was all. His respectability meant the women let him go on his way.

At about 7 p.m., Fanny was still missing, and neighbours went searching. They found Fanny’s body in the hop field, horribly butchered. Her head and legs had been severed and her eyes removed. Her eyes had been thrown into the River Wey. Her torso was dismembered and the entire contents of her chest and pelvis had been torn out and scattered across the hop field, with some internal organs found further slashed or mutilated. Her remains were taken to and put back together in a nearby doctor’s surgery at 16 Amery Street.

Harriet ran to The Butts field where her husband, bricklayer
George Adams, was playing cricket. She told him what had happened, then collapsed. George got his shotgun from home and set off to find the perpetrator, but neighbours stopped him.

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Fences

Fences is a 2016 American drama film directed by and starring Denzel Washington and written by August Wilson, based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name (Wilson died in 2005, but completed a screenplay before his death). In addition to Washington, the film also stars Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson and Saniyya Sidney.

Principal photography on the film began on April 25, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the Hill District, and wrapped in mid-June 2016. Fences was released in the United States on December 16, 2016, by Paramount Pictures, received positive reviews and has grossed $63 million. The film was chosen by the American Film Institute as one of the top ten films of 2016, and has been nominated for numerous awards, including four Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Washington), Best Supporting Actress (Davis), and Best Adapted Screenplay, with Davis winning for her performance. It also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for Washington and a Best Supporting Actress win for Davis.

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In 1950s Pittsburgh, Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) lives with his wife Rose (Viola Davis) and their son Cory (Jovan Adepo), and works as a waste collector alongside his best friend, Jim Bono (Stephen Henderson). Troy’s younger brother, Gabriel Maxson (Mykelti Williamson), sustained a head injury in World War II that left him mentally impaired, for which he received a $3,000 government payout that Troy used to purchase a home for his family. Gabriel has since moved out, but still lives in the neighborhood, often getting in trouble with the law for his eccentric behavior, which includes religious fixations.

In his adolescence, Troy left home from his abusive father and became a robber to sustain himself. After killing a man during a robbery led him to prison, he met Bono and revealed himself to be a talented baseball player. He then played in the professional Negro Leagues; but he never made it to Major League Baseball, which had no black players in the years before 1947. When Bono says that Troy was born too soon, Troy rejects this choice of words and insists that he was passed over due to the color of his skin. Having survived a near-fatal bout of pneumonia in his youth, Troy claims to have done so by defeating the Grim Reaper in a fistfight, upon which the Reaper vowed to return for a rematch.

Troy’s estranged son from a previous relationship, Lyons Maxson (Russell Hornsby), visits him on each payday to borrow money, upsetting Troy, whose belief in responsibility rejects Lyons’s pursuing his dream of becoming a musician instead of finding a real job – Troy refuses to even visit the club where his son’s band is playing. Rose later tells Troy that Cory is being scouted by a college football team, but Troy is dismissive of Cory’s chances of reaching the NFL. Not only is he stung by his own lack of success in baseball, but he believes that racial discrimination is still common in the major leagues. He tells Cory that he will not sign the permission documents. He does not want his son to fail as he did, but there is also some jealousy that Cory might achieve the success that had eluded his father.

Rose asks Troy to build a fence around their house, and Troy demands that Cory help him as punishment for Cory not doing his chores due to football practice. Troy and Cory clash over Cory’s ambitions to play college football. On learning that Cory is not working at his part-time job due to football practice, Troy demands that he return to the job, despite Cory’s attempts to convince him that the job is being held for him until football season is over.

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Troy achieves a promotion to driving the garbage truck, becoming the first African-American to do so in Pittsburgh, even though he can’t read and doesn’t have a driver’s license. Bono finds out that Troy is cheating on Rose with Alberta, a woman he met at the local bar, and alerts him his actions will have repercussions. The two then become estranged when Troy is assigned to a different neighborhood. Troy later finds out that Cory did not return to his part-time job at the A&P, and forces Cory’s coach to kick him off the team – Troy also refuses to meet with the college scout who plans to visit their home. Cory lashes out and throws his helmet at Troy, which Troy claims is the first of Cory’s three permitted offenses. When called to bail Gabriel out of jail for disturbing the peace, Troy unknowingly signs papers rerouting half of Gabriel’s pension to a psychiatric hospital, forcing Gabriel to be institutionalized.

Troy is forced to reveal his affair to Rose when his mistress becomes pregnant, leading to an argument in which Troy aggressively grabs Rose, causing Cory to intervene and knock Troy into a fence, which Troy marks as Cory’s second offense. In the following months, Troy and Rose become estranged, although they keep living in the same house, as Troy continues to visit his mistress, who ultimately dies in childbirth after going into early labor, leading an embittered Troy to angrily challenge the Reaper to another fight.

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Troy brings his baby daughter Raynell home, and Rose decides to raise her as her own, but refuses to accept Troy back into her life. Cory is considering enlisting in the United States Marine Corps after missing his opportunity to attend college. One day, when he returns home, an intoxicated Troy blocks his path and instigates a fight in which Cory swings at Troy with a baseball bat. Troy gains the upper hand, grabs the bat from Cory, and drives him out of the house. Both energized and disoriented by his victory, Troy once again challenges the Reaper to come for him.

Six years later, Troy has died of a heart attack, and Cory, now a USMC corporal, returns home but informs Rose he will not attend the funeral. Rose admits to loving Troy despite his many flaws and pleads that Troy is still a part of him, and Cory later reconsiders after interacting with an older Raynell (Saniyya Sidney). Lyons is serving three years for fraud, and gets furlough to attend the funeral. Similarly, Gabriel is released from the hospital to attend and reunites with his family as they all bid farewell to Troy. Gabriel prays for St. Peter to open the gates of heaven for Troy, and a shimmering sunlight glistens over them, symbolizing intergenerational forgiveness and peace.

Thursday 16th March 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on March 16, 2017 by bishshat

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Paradise Ballroom

Graeme Edge and Adrian Gurvitz

You gotta save your city
Don’t let it fall
Don’t let it change your life
Cause it’s a pity if you’re lettin’ someone come and steal your wife
And he thinks she’s still pretty
Save your city
Fight for your belief
Don’t let them change your side
Or pay you off with money, honey
I ain’t foolin’, I’m gonna change my city

Two time losers, save yourselves
The fourth time’s gonna give you up, if you let it
I just tell it, tell it on passin’ by
Can you tell me the way to the terrible city, baby, in the sky?
To Paradise Ballroom
Paradise Ballroom

Fallen city from a rock to a pebble
That’s how you smash my frills
Not a bird, there’s nowhere to land, it has to take to the hills
You’ve had your cake and you’d better eat it
Fallen lovers
So sad to see you gamble with your lives
You’ve had your bellies filled with card games and all those fights
It’s about time you choose right

Don’t you know you gotta save your city
Don’t let it fall
Don’t let it change your life
‘Cause it’s a pity if you’re lettin’ someone come and steal your wife
And you think she’s still pretty

Fallen lovers
So sad to see you gamble with your lives
You’ve had your bellies filled with card games and all those fights
It’s about time you choose right
It’s about time you choose right
It’s about time you choose right
To save your city, yeah
Paradise Ballroom, where are you today?
The tension of my evenings
I thought they were great
So pray for the people
I still get off for free
At the Paradise Ballroom, my friends and me

Paradise Ballroom

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Attraction

Attraction is a Russian science-fiction drama film directed by Fyodor Bondarchuk. The plot tells about an alien spaceship that crash-lands in Moscow district Chertanovo. The Russian government immediately introduced martial law, as the locals grow increasingly angry at the unwelcome guest.

According to Bondarchuk, the movie is a social allegory. The script writers stated that it was inspired by 2013 Biryulyovo riots.

The project became the fourth Russian film transferred to the IMAX 3D format. The premiere of the film in Russia was on January 26, 2017. Attraction became a box office hit, grossing more than 1 billion rubles, and was generally well received in Russian media.
Mankind has for so long dreamed of a contact with extraterrestrial civilizations, and a dialogue with the inhabitants of other planets has finally come true. An unidentified flying object crashes right in the middle of Moscow. Having put its weight down on a densely populated city block, it leads to the loss of many lives. The military encircle the area where the object crashed in an effort to contain the situation but somehow things just go wrong.

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Hekon is a representative of an alien race, biologically identical to human but more developed technologically, arrives to the Earth incognito for research purposes. His spaceship was damaged by a meteor shower. Russian Airforce mistook the spaceship for a meteor and damaged the ship causing its emergency landing. The ship landing resulted in the destruction of several buildings.

The Russian government decided not to enter into a contact with the ship and let it fix itself on its own. The landing area was evacuated, fenced and guarded, but the city of Moscow continued its normal life for the most part.

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The storyline revolves around colonel Valentin Lebedev, who is in charge of the military operation, his daughter Yulia, who develops a romantic relationship with the alien, and her dumped boy-friend, who is the main antagonist. The fabula of the movie is vocalized by Yulia at the end: The truth is that one alien from far away trusted us more than we trust ourselves.

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Joyeux Noël

Joyeux Noël is a 2005 film about the World War I Christmas truce of December 1914, depicted through the eyes of French, British and German soldiers. It was written and directed by Christian Carion. It was screened out of competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

The film, which included one of the last appearances of Ian Richardson before his death, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards. It is a fictionalized account of an actual event that took place in December 1914 when Wilhelm, German Crown Prince, sent the lead singer of the Berlin Imperial Opera company on a solo visit to the front line. Singing by the tenor, Walter Kirchhoff, to the 120th and 124th Württemberg regiments led French soldiers in their trenches to stand up and applaud.

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Director Christian Carion has mentioned in the beginning of January 2015 that he is considering making a sequel centered on the lives of Lieutenants Horstmayer and Audebert.

The story centers mainly upon six characters: Gordon (a Lieutenant of the Royal Scots Fusiliers); Audebert (a French Lieutenant in the 26th Infantry and reluctant son of a general); Horstmayer (a Jewish German Lieutenant of the 93rd Infantry); Palmer (a Scottish priest working as a stretcher-bearer); and German tenor Nikolaus Sprink and his Danish fiancée, mezzo-soprano, Anna Sørensen (two famous opera stars).

The film begins with scenes of schoolboys reciting patriotic speeches that both praise their countries and condemn their enemies. In Scotland, two young brothers, Jonathan and William, join up to fight, followed by their priest, Father Palmer, who becomes a chaplain. In Germany, Sprink is interrupted during a performance by a German officer announcing a reserve call up. Audebert looks at a photograph of his pregnant wife, whom he has had to leave behind (in the occupied part of France, just in front of his trench), and prepares to exit into the trenches for an assault. However the assault fails with the French taking many casualties while William loses his life.

In Germany, Anna gets permission to perform for the soldiers and Sprink is allowed to accompany her. They spend a night together and then perform. Afterward, Sprink expresses bitterness at the comfort of the generals at their headquarters, and resolves to go back to the front to sing for the troops. Sprink is initially against Anna’s decision to go with him, but he agrees shortly afterward.

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The unofficial truce begins when the Scots begin to sing festive songs and songs from home, accompanied by bagpipes. Sprink and Sørensen arrive in the German front-line and Sprink sings for his comrades. As Sprink sings “Silent Night” he is accompanied by a piper in the Scottish front-line. Sprink responds to the piper and exits his trench with a small Christmas tree singing “Adeste Fideles”. Following Sprink’s lead the French, German, and Scottish officers meet in no-man’s-land and agree on a cease-fire for the evening. The various soldiers meet and wish each other “Joyeux Noël”, “Frohe Weihnachten”, and “Merry Christmas”. They exchange chocolate, champagne, and photographs of loved ones. Horstmayer gives Audebert back his wallet, with a photograph of his wife inside, lost in the attack a few days prior, and they connect over pre-war memories. Palmer and the Scots celebrate a brief Mass for the soldiers (in Latin as was the practice in the Catholic Church at that time) and the soldiers retire deeply moved. However, Jonathan remains totally unmoved by the events around him, choosing to grieve for his brother.

Father Palmer is being sent back to his own parish and his Battalion disbanded as a mark of shame. Despite emphasising the humanity and goodwill of the truce, he is rebuked by the bishop, who then preaches an anti-German sermon to new recruits, in which he describes the Germans as inhumane and commands the recruits to kill every one of them. Father Palmer overhears the preaching, and removes his cross as he leaves.

Back in the trenches, the Scots are ordered by a furious major (who is angered by the truce) to shoot a German soldier who is entering no-man’s-land and crossing towards French lines. The soldiers deliberately miss in response but the German soldier is hit by a bitter Jonathan. Audebert, hearing the familiar alarm clock ringing outside, rushes out and discovers that the soldier is a disguised Ponchel, his batman. With his dying words, Ponchel reveals he gained help from the German soldiers, visited his mother, and had coffee with her. He also informs Audebert that he has a young son named Henri.

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Audebert’s punishment is being sent to Verdun, and he receives a dressing down from his father, a general. In a culminating rant, young Audebert upbraids his father, expressing no remorse at the fraternization at the front, and also his disgust for the civilians or superiors who talk of sacrifice but know nothing of the struggle in the trenches. He also informs the general about his new grandson Henri. Moved by this revelation, the general then recommends they “both try and survive this war for him”.

Horstmayer and his troops, who are confined in a train, are informed by the Crown Prince that they are to be shipped to the Eastern Front, without permission to see their families as they pass through Germany. He then stomps on Jörg’s harmonica, and says that Horstmayer does not deserve his Iron Cross. As the train departs, the Germans start humming a Scottish carol they learned from the Scots, L’Hymne des Fraternisés’/ I’m Dreaming Of Home.