Archive for August, 2017

Wednesday 30th August 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on August 30, 2017 by bishshat


Tuesday 29th August 2017

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Sunday 27th August 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on August 27, 2017 by bishshat


Spurs 1 Burnley 1

Dele Alli’s goal early in the second half was cancelled out by a stoppage-time Chris Wood strike as we were held to a point by Burnley at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The visitors kept it tight and compact in defence during the first half, ensuring they always had plenty of numbers back and, while we enjoyed the majority of possession, we struggled to create chances.

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Harry Kane and Eric Dier sent headers over the bar, with Ben Mee and James Tarkowski doing the same at the other end of the pitch, while Tarkowski was proving a rock at the heart of the Burnley defence, blocking our shots time and again.

The goal came four minutes after the break when Christian Eriksen’s corner landed at the feet of Dele and with his second attempt, he smashed the ball past Tom Heaton.

That opened the game up and, as Burnley came out of their shell in search of an equaliser, we created some good chances on goal, only for Heaton to deny Kane twice, Eriksen and Dele in a 10-minute spell.

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But having not taking the opportunities, we were always susceptible to the counter-attack and when Robbie Brady’s clipped ball over the top found substitute Wood breaking from deep on his Premier League debut, Burnley’s new signing drilled into the far corner to level it up.


Saturday 26th August 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on August 26, 2017 by bishshat

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Friday 25th August 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on August 25, 2017 by bishshat

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A 2016 biographical romantic drama film directed by Aisling Walsh and starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. A co-production of Ireland and Canada, the film is about the life of artist Maud Lewis, who painted in Nova Scotia. It was shot in Newfoundland and Labrador, requiring a recreation of Lewis’s famously small house.

In Marshalltown, Nova Scotia, Maud Dowley is an arthritic woman with an Aunt Ida and brother Charles in the 1930s. Maud is shocked to learn that Charles has sold their family home, which their parents had left to him. In the meantime, she is berated by Ida about visiting the local nightclub. Maud had once been impregnated and gave birth, but Charles and Ida told her that the child was deformed and died.


At a store, Maud sees the inarticulate and rough fish peddler Everett Lewis place an advertisement for a cleaning lady. Maud answers the call and takes the position for room and board. Everett’s house is very small, and the two share a bed, causing scandal in the town, with gossip that Maud is offering sexual services. While attempting to clean the shack, Maud paints a shelf. She then begins painting flowers and birds on the walls, for aesthetic improvement. She meets one of Everett’s customers, Sandra from New York City, who is intrigued by Maud’s paintings and buys cards Maud has decorated. She later commissions Maud to make a larger painting for $5.


Maud persuades Everett to marry her, while her paintings receive more exposure in print coverage and sales begin at the house. U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon even contacts the Lewises to purchase one. After the couple appears on TV news, Everett becomes disturbed that local viewers see him as cold and cruel. Ida, increasingly ill, also saw the coverage, and Maud wishes to see her before Ida dies. Ida tells Maud that she is the only Dowley who ever found happiness, and confesses Maud’s baby girl did not die. Believing Maud could never care for a child, Charles had adopted the baby out to a family for a price. Maud is devastated, and Everett becomes convinced the relationship has brought nothing but emotional anguish. The two separate.


After Everett and Maud reconcile, Everett takes her to the home of the adoptive family, where Maud sees her grown daughter for the first time. However, Maud’s physical state is deteriorating, and she dies at the hospital, telling Everett she was loved.

Lewis was born Maud Dowley on March 7, 1903 in South Ohio, Nova Scotia, the daughter of John and Agnes (Germain) Dowley. She suffered from a result of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. In 1935, her father died and in 1937, her mother followed. As was typical at the time, her brother inherited the family home. After living with her brother for a short while, she moved to Digby to live with her aunt. Dowley was introduced to art by her mother, who instructed her in the making of watercolour Christmas cards to sell. She began her artistic career by selling hand-drawn and painted Christmas cards.


Dowley married Everett Lewis, a fish peddler from Marshalltown, on January 16, 1938, at the age of 34. According to Everett, Maud unexpectedly showed up at his door step in response to an advertisement he had posted in the local stores looking for a “live-in or keep house” for a forty year old bachelor. Several weeks later, they were married. They moved into Everett’s one-room house with a sleeping loft in Marshalltown, a few miles west of Digby. This house would operate as Maud’s studio, where Everett would perform all of the housework. Lewis lived most of her life in poverty with her husband in the one-room house. The house is now located in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax.

Maud Lewis accompanied her husband on his daily rounds peddling fish, bringing along Christmas cards that she had drawn. She would sell the cards for twenty five cents each. These cards proved popular with her husband’s customers as he sold fish door-to-door and encouraged her to begin painting. She started painting on various other surfaces such as pulp boards (beaverboards), cookie sheets, and Masonite. Lewis was a prolific artist and painted on more or less every available surface in their tiny home: walls, doors, breadboxes, and even the stove. She completely covered the simple patterned commercial wallpaper with sinewy stems, leaves, and blossoms. Everett encouraged Lewis to paint, and he bought her her first set of oils.



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Maud Lewis used bright colours in her paintings, and subjects were often of flowers, oxen teams, horses, birds, deer, or cats. Many of her paintings are of outdoor scenes, like Cape Island boats bobbing on the water, horses pulling sleigh, skaters, portraits of dogs, cats, deer, birds, and cows. Her paintings were inspired by childhood memories of the landscape and people around Yarmouth and South Ohio as well as Digby locations such as Point Prim and Bayview. Christmas cards and calendars also provided influence. Most of her paintings are quite small – often no larger than eight by ten inches, although she is known to have done at least five paintings 24 inches by 36 inches. The size was limited by the extent she could move her arms. She used mostly wallboard and tubes of Tinsol, an oil-based paint. Lewis’s technique consisted of first coating the board with white, then drawing an outline and then applying paint directly out of the tube. She never blended or mixed colours.


Early Maud Lewis paintings from the 1940s are quite rare. A large collection of Lewis’ work can be found in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS). The AGNS occasionally displays the Chaplin/Wennerstrom shutters (now part of the Clearwater Fine Foods Inc. collection). This collection comprises twenty-two exterior house shutters that Lewis did in the early 1940s. The work was done for some Americans who owned a cottage on the South Shore. Most of the shutters are quite large, at 5 ft x 1 ft.6 inches. Lewis was paid 70 cents a shutter.


Between 1945 and 1950, people began to stop at Lewis’ Marshalltown home on Highway No. 1, the main highway and tourist route in western Nova Scotia, and buy her paintings for two or three dollars. Only in the last three or four years of Lewis’ life did her paintings begin to sell for seven to ten dollars. She achieved national attention as a result of an article in the Toronto-based Star Weekly in 1964, and in 1965, she was featured on CBC-TV’s Telescope. Two of Lewis’ paintings were ordered by the White House in the 1970s during Richard Nixon’s presidency. Unfortunately, her arthritis deprived her from completing many of the orders that resulted from the national exposure. In recent years, her paintings have sold at auction for ever increasing prices. Two of her paintings have sold for more than $16,000. The highest auction price so far is $22,200.00 for lot 196 “A Family Outing”. The painting was sold at a Bonham’s auction in Toronto on November 30, 2009. Another painting, “A View of Sandy Cove”, sold in 2012 for $20,400. A painting found in 2016, “Portrait of Eddie Barnes and Ed Murphy, Lobster Fishermen”, at an Ontario thrift store sold in auction for almost three times its estimated price. The online auction ended May 19, 2017, and the painting, which was appraised at $16,000, went for $45,000.

Later life and death
In the last year of her life, Maud Lewis stayed in one corner of her house, painting as often as she could while travelling back and forth to the hospital. She died in Digby, Nova Scotia, on July 30, 1970.[12] Her husband Everett was killed when a burglar murdered him during an attempted robbery at the house in 1979.


Maud Lewis House
After both the Lewises’ deaths, the painted home began to deteriorate. In response, a group of concerned citizens from the Digby area started the Maud Lewis Painted House Society; their only goal was to save this landmark. In 1984, the house was sold to the Province of Nova Scotia and turned over to the care of Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS).The AGNS restored her house and installed it in the gallery as part of a permanent Maud Lewis exhibit.


A steel memorial sculpture based on her house has been erected at the original site of her house in Marshalltown, Nova Scotia, designed by architect Brian MacKay-Lyons. A replica of the Maud Lewis House built by retired fisherman Murray Ross, complete with interior, was built in 1999 and is located a few kilometres north of Marshalltown on the road to Digby Neck in Seabrook.


Thursday 24th August 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on August 24, 2017 by bishshat


The Punch and Judy Man

Based on Hancock’s childhood memories of Bournemouth, the movie is set in 1963 in the sleepy fictional seaside town of Piltdown. Hancock plays Wally Pinner, the unhappily married Punch and Judy Man. Wally and the other beach entertainers, the Sandman (John Le Mesurier) who makes sand sculptures, and Neville the photographer (Mario Fabrizi) are socially unacceptable to the town’s snobbish elite.

Wally’s wife, Delia (Sylvia Syms), runs a typical seaside curios shop of the time below their flat, and is socially ambitious. To achieve this she needs to have Wally invited to entertain at the official reception for Lady Jane Caterham (Barbara Murray), who is to switch on the town’s illuminations, and at the mayoress’s suggestion the reception committee invites Wally to entertain.


The illumination ceremony ends in farce when Wally’s electric shaver shorts out some of the lights, causing some of the illuminated signs to display unflattering comments about the town. The dinner degenerates into a food fight when one of the drunken guests heckles Punch, and when Lady Jane rounds on Wally, Delia floors her with a punch. Her dreams of social acceptance are gone, but Wally and Delia retire, wiser and closer.

The town of Piltdown is apparently named after Piltdown Man.

The film is a gentle but bitter-sweet comedy, and provides some considerable insight into Hancock himself. The screenplay by Hancock and Philip Oakes appears to be based partly on Hancock’s own life and marriage. In an early scene, Wally and Delia have breakfast in almost total silence, and the scene demonstrates that they are married from habit, and no longer have anything in common. The scene is often considered to be an observation on Hancock’s marriage to the former Cicely Romanis.


In the following scene, Wally angrily rams a bunch of flowers up a porcelain pig’s backside. The flowers were first intended to go up the pig’s nose, but Hancock argued that the joke had to be stronger and so a prop with a suitable orifice was made. Delia later discovers the flower-abused pig in a socially awkward situation. The beginning of this scene was cut from the DVD, and from many television versions (though a still survives), leaving only the moment when Delia finds the flowers.

In another scene, Wally retreats from the rain into an ice cream parlour with a small boy, played by Sylvia Syms’ nephew, Nicholas Webb. The boy asks for a large sundae (a “Piltdown Glory”) and Wally orders the same. Then, because he is uncertain of the correct etiquette for eating the dessert, Wally carefully watches the boy and imitates his every move. The scene was done in several takes and in between each take Hancock would rinse his mouth with vodka to remove the taste of the ice cream, which he disliked.

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Several actors from Hancock’s earlier television series, Hancock’s Half Hour, also appear in supporting roles: John Le Mesurier, Hugh Lloyd, Mario Fabrizi and (briefly) Hattie Jacques. Syms was cast as Delia after Billie Whitelaw withdrew. Roger Wilmut, in Tony Hancock: Artiste (1978), argues that the climactic food fight escalates too quickly and that a more experienced director would have been given it more time to develop comedically.


The film itself was partly shot on location in Bognor Regis, and when the producers asked for some local people to take parts as extras, over 2,000 people turned up. Many parts of the town are immortalised in the film; the pier and the town hall feature alongside other areas such as Spencer Street, Belmont Street, and York Road, beside the Esplanade and Royal Hotel, where in fact the film crew stayed. Tony Hancock himself stayed at the more expensive and smarter Royal Norfolk Hotel during filming.

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

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Tuesday 22nd August 2017

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


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Let not our babbling dreams affright our souls:
Conscience is but a word that cowards use,
Devised at first to keep the strong in awe:
Our strong arms be our conscience, swords our law.
March on, join bravely, let us to’t pell-mell
If not to heaven, then hand in hand to hell.

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Really shocked at how the King Edward hotel in Calgary looks today.

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The Out-of-Towners

I managed to find and watch a film I have fond memories of.

A 1970 American comedy film written by Neil Simon, directed by Arthur Hiller, and starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis. It was released by Paramount Pictures on May 28, 1970.

Much of the film’s humor is derived from the interaction between George, the manic husband desperately collecting the names of everyone he encounters with plans to sue every last one of them, and Gwen, the mousy wife who accepts each new indignity with quiet resignation.

A number of comic actors, including Anne Meara, Sandy Baron, Ann Prentiss, Paul Dooley, Dolph Sweet and Anthony Holland, were cast in small supporting roles.

Originally, playwright Neil Simon planned his tale of a suburban Ohio couple’s misadventures in New York City to be one of a quartet of vignettes in his Broadway play Plaza Suite. He quickly realized, however, the comic possibilities were numerous enough to warrant a full-length treatment, and the action was more suitable for the screen than the stage. During filming in the spring of 1969, Hiller took full advantage of Manhattan, including Grand Central Station, Central Park, and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, in his location shooting. Scenes were also filmed at Logan International Airport and South Station in Boston, and at MacArthur Airport in Islip, New York (standing in for the fictional Twin Oaks, Ohio air terminal).

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The plot revolves around Gwen and George Kellerman, whose company has invited him to interview for a possible job promotion in New York City. From the moment they depart their home town of Twin Oaks, Ohio, the couple suffers nearly every indignity out-of-towners possibly could experience: Heavy air traffic and heavy fog forces their flight to circle around Kennedy Intl. Airport and the New York skyline repeatedly before finally being rerouted to Boston’s Logan Airport, where they discover their luggage – in which George’s ulcer medication and Gwen’s extra cash are packed – was left behind.

Just missing the train at South Station, they chase it to the next stop by cab, board it (it is extremely overcrowded), and wait two hours for seats in the dining car, only to discover the only food left is peanut butter sandwiches, green olives, and crackers. Upon arrival at Grand Central Terminal in New York by 2:00am, they discover that mass transit, taxicab drivers, and sanitation workers all are on strike. Making their way to the Waldorf-Astoria on foot past tons of garbage in a torrential downpour, they discover their reservation – guaranteed for a 10:00pm arrival – has been given away, and the hotel – like every other one in the city – is booked to capacity due to the strikes.


What follows is a series of calamities that includes two muggings (one while they sleep in Central Park), kidnapping by armed liquor store robbers while the Kellermans are riding in a police car enroute to an armory, a cracked tooth, broken high heels, accusations of child molestation, an exploding manhole cover, expulsion from a church, and an attack by protestors in front of the Cuban embassy. With each successive catastrophe, George angrily writes down each perpetrator’s name and promises to sue them or their company when he returns home.

The only thing that goes right for George is he somehow manages to arrive on time for his 9:00am interview, with rumpled clothing. Despite receiving a very lucrative offer, the two realize an upwardly mobile move to the big city is not what they truly cherish after the urban problems they have gone through, and they make the decision to return to their small town in Ohio, only to be subjected to one more major catastrophe—their flight home is hijacked to Cuba. Gwen says “Oh my god!” (which she had said various other times during the movie) ending the film……

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Sandra Dale “Sandy” Dennis (April 27, 1937 – March 2, 1992) was an American theater and film actress. At the height of her career in the 1960s she won two Tony Awards, as well as an Oscar for her performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

Dennis was born in Hastings, Nebraska, the daughter of Yvonne (née Hudson), a secretary, and Jack Dennis, a postal clerk. She had a brother, Frank. Dennis grew up in Kenesaw, Nebraska and Lincoln, Nebraska, graduating from Lincoln High School (Lincoln, Nebraska) in 1955. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Nebraska, appearing in the Lincoln Community Theater Group before moving to New York City at the age of 19. Dennis lived with prominent jazz musician Gerry Mulligan from 1965 until they split up in 1974. She also lived with actor Eric Roberts from 1980 to 1985. In an interview with People magazine in 1989, Dennis revealed she and Gerry Mulligan had suffered a miscarriage in 1965 and went on to say, “if I’d been a mother, I would have loved the child, but I just didn’t have any connection with it when I was pregnant…I never, ever wanted children. It would have been like having an elephant.”

Dennis has been identified as a lesbian by a number of Hollywood historians.According to Dennis’ biographer, Peter Shelley, Eric Roberts, upon being asked if Dennis was bisexual, spoke of her telling him about her many lesbian relationships and said that she, “appreciated the beauty of women. But Sandy also liked and appreciated what a very, very young man could do to a woman, I suppose.”

During Dennis’ lifetime, in-depth published interviews with her, such as one with The Christian Science Monitor during her stint performing in an ensemble cast at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1981, made no mention of a close relationship with a female. That interview included the following exchange about her marital status:

At one point I say, “When you were married to Gerry Mulligan…” but she breaks in, tersely: “I was never married to anybody.” I point out that “Who’s Who” says she was married to Mulligan. She says, “It’s not – I’m not fussy about that – the truth is I was never married. We had a long association but we never married…” But there it is in Current Biography: “In June, 1965, after a three-week courtship, Sandy Dennis was married to Gerry Mulligan, the jazz saxophonist and composer.”

She sits bolt upright and repeats: “I’ve never been married. And I’m not fussy about it. It’s just the truth is, that I was never married. It isn’t true that I was ever married, which means that I never got a divorce. The newspapers jumped to that conclusion. It’s so hard to get to somebody and say…Oh, they’re so funny about it.”
Sandy Dennis died from ovarian cancer in Westport, Connecticut, at age 54.


Monday 21st August 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on August 21, 2017 by bishshat


Sunday 20th August 2017

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


Spurs 2 Chelsea 1

Same sort of game as the semi final last year all the possession 67.5%. 18 shots to their 9 and they had only 2 on target yet again lost the game.

Marcos Alonso’s brace stole the points in an intense London derby against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday. We marked our first home league outing at the national stadium with a bright, energetic performance, pushing Chelsea back and restricting them to only a handful of chances throughout the 90 minutes.


The problem was, the Blues took two of them. Left-back Alonso curled home an unstoppable 25-yard free-kick in the first half and despite it being attack-versus-defence for most of the second period in our pursuit of a way back into the game, it wasn’t to be against our bitter rivals.

Our relentless pressure forced substitute Michy Batshuayi to head Christian Eriksen’s free-kick into his own net eight minutes from time, Wembley erupting in celebration of a thoroughly-deserved equaliser.


But the noise was silenced and the fans’ flags, also on show to stunning effect before the game, disappeared from view when possession was turned over in midfield and substitute Pedro laid in Alonso to blast past Hugo Lloris at his near post to seal a 2-1 win for the visitors with just over two minutes remaining.