Archive for September, 2017

Saturday 30th September 2017

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

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War Pigs

Black Sabbath

Generals gathered in their masses,
just like witches at black masses.
Evil minds that plot destruction,
sorcerer of death’s construction.
In the fields the bodies burning,
as the war machine keeps turning.
Death and hatred to mankind,
poisoning their brainwashed minds…Oh lord yeah!

Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to the poor

Time will tell on their power minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait `till their judgement day comes, yeah!

Now in darkness, world stops turning,
ashes where the bodies burning.
No more war pigs have the power,
hand of god has struck the hour.
Day of judgement, god is calling,
on their knees the war pigs crawling.
Begging mercy for their sins,
Satan, laughing, spreads his wings…Oh lord, yeah!

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Huddersfield 0 Spurs 4

Harry Kane took his tally to 11 goals in a quite remarkable September as a quickfire flurry of goals in the first half again paved the way for our sixth successive away win in the Premier League and seventh in all competitions at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Kane’s lack of goals in August was well-documented, but he’s more than made up for it, his 11 Spurs strikes now fully eight clear of his best tally by the end of September in his first three seasons in the first team.

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Just like at West Ham last weekend – where Kane struck twice in four minutes – we were clinical with a one, two, three, three goals in 15 minutes to put us firmly in charge.

Kane made no mistake when Chris Lowe missed his clearance and left him with a free run at goal after nine minutes. Ben Davies then continued his fine form with the second goal, a clever finish on 16 minutes before Kane’s best, a quick spin and curler into the corner from the edge of the box for 3-0 on 24 minutes.

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Dele struck the post soon after and although Laurent Depoitre fired against the crossbar just before the break, the home team rarely threatened.

As if often the case in this scenario, the second half couldn’t quite match the first, although we finished in style when Moussa Sissoko came off the bench to tap home from Davies’ pass in injury time to open his Spurs account.

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That’s seven away wins on the spin in all competitions and six in the top flight – our best away sequence now in the Premier League era.

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Thursday 28th September 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 28, 2017 by bishshat

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Changes

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I feel unhappy
I feel so sad
I lost the best friend
That I ever had
She was my woman
I loved her so
But it’s too late now
I’ve let her go
I’m going through changes
I’m going through changes
We shared the eve’s
We shared each day
In love together
We found a way
But soon the world
Had its evil way
My heart was blinded
Love went astray
I’m going through changes
I’m going through changes
It took so long
To realize
That I can still hear
Her last goodbyes
Now all my days
Are filled with tears
Wish I could go back
And change these years
I’m going through changes
I’m going through changes

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1500 cinemas across the globe were be able to relive the evening as Black Sabbath: The End Of The End, the live concert film shot at that final show at the Genting Arena, is shown. “To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special,” say the band. “It was so hard to say goodbye to the fans, who’ve been incredibly loyal to us through the years. We never dreamed in the early days that we’d be here 49 years later doing our last show on our home turf.”

“What a journey we’ve all had,” adds Ozzy Osbourne. “It’s fucking amazing.”

Black Sabbath: The End Of The End was shown in cinemas for one night only, on September 28 this year. As well as the live footage, the film will include behind-the-scenes footage shot in the build-up to the final show, including studio footage of the band playing songs not featured in the live setlist.

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The End of The End chronicles the final tour from the band who forged the sound of metal – Black Sabbath. On 4th February, 2017, the band took to the stage in Birmingham, the city where it all began, to play the 81st and final gig of The End tour – bringing down the curtain on a career that spanned almost half a century.

The sold out show marked the culmination of a tour that had seen them play to well over a million fans in arenas across the globe. Since their beginnings in 1968, they created a sound that would form the basis of heavy metal, going on to influence bands all over the world – an influence which is still felt to this day.

The End of The End is the story of that final, emotionally-charged concert. Fans are taken into the heart of the action, up close and personal with the band on stage as they perform genre-defining hits, from Iron Man to Paranoid to War Pigs, amongst others. Sabbath also took the opportunity to spend some time in the studio, delivering a unique performance of some of their favourite songs.

This film gives fans an intimate glimpse into the band’s relationships and their banter with each other, with both individual and group recollections from Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. This is the final word from the greatest metal band of all time.

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Children Of The Grave

Black Sabbath

Revolution in their minds – the children start to march
Against the world in which they have to live
and all the hate that’s in their hearts
They’re tired of being pushed around
and told just what to do
They’ll fight the world until they’ve won
and love comes flowing through

Children of tomorrow live in the tears that fall today
Will the sun rise up tomorrow bringing peace in any way?
Must the world live in the shadow of atomic fear?
Can they win the fight for peace or will they disappear?

So you children of the world,
listen to what I say
If you want a better place to live in
spread the words today
Show the world that love is still alive
you must be brave
Or you children of today are
Children of the Grave, Yeah!

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Tuesday 26th September 2017

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

 

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After The Thrill Is Gone

The Eagles

Same dances in the same old shoes
Some habits that you just can’t lose
There’s no telling what a man might use,
After the thrill is gone

The flame rises but it soon descends
Empty pages and a frozen pen
You’re not quite lovers and you’re not quite friends
After the thrill is gone, oh,
After the thrill is gone

What can you do when your dreams come true
And it’s not quite like you planned?
What have you done to be losing the one
You held it so tight in your hand well

Time passes and you must move on,
Half the distance takes you twice as long
So you keep on singing for the sake of the song
After the thrill is gone
After the thrill is gone

You’re afraid you might fall out of fashion
And you’re feeling cold and small
Any kind of love without passion
That ain’t no kind of lovin’ at all, well

Same dances in the same old shoes
You get too careful with the steps you choose
you don’t care about winning but you don’t want to lose
After the thrill is gone
After the thrill is gone
After the thrill is gone, oh
After the thrill is gone

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Harry Kane made it 11 goals in September for club and country with a perfect hat-trick to maintain our 100 per cent record in this season’s UEFA Champions League at APOEL in Cyprus on Tuesday night. The deadly front man came up with a crucial left-footed opener six minutes before the break to take the sting out of APOEL’s spirited charge before drilling in Moussa Sissoko’s pass with his right foot on 62 minutes, then completing his treble with a header five minutes later.

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That made it seven goals in five career Champions League appearances for our home-grown hitman, who has now scored in four consecutive ties in the competition dating back to Monaco away last November. APOEL did hit the woodwork through Igor de Camargo in the first period while Hugo Lloris had to make a couple of smart saves after the break, but we were always in control of the Group H tie.

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There was a nice moment six minutes from time, too, as young winger Anthony Georgiou, who is eligible to play for Cyprus, came on for his senior competitive debut in place of Sissoko. It means we’re on six points out of six in the group ahead of back-to-back matches with holders Real Madrid next month.

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The History of Love

A decade after its publication, Nicole Krauss’ best-selling novel The History of Love reaches the screen in a sprawling big-budget France-Canada co-production directed by Romanian-born Radu Mihaileanu. Ranging from prewar Poland to Chile and latter-day New York, the movie has something for everyone — and plenty to irritate, too. Neither art house, like most of Mihaileanu’s previous movies, nor mainstream storytelling, The History of Love casts its net wide and will need astute marketing to recoup its sizeable outlay, estimated at $20 million.

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The voiceover to the pre-credit sequence — “Once upon a time there was a boy. He lived in a village that no longer exists” — hints at folk-tale simplicity. But things rapidly become more complicated as the story of the doomed love affair between shtetl sweethearts Leo Gurski (Mark Rendall) and Alma Mereminski (former Bond girl Gemma Arterton) unfolds. Alma is packed off to New York by her parents, aware of the growing threat from Nazi Germany. When Leo arrives on the scene a few years later, having survived the Nazi invasion, he has kept his promise of remaining true to Alma. But he finds that she, believing him dead, has married and has two children, one with her husband and one the fruit of her idyll with Leo. She extracts a promise from him not to reveal to the boy that he is his father.

Leo’s tribulations as a young man are recounted in parallel with those of his much older self, played by Derek Jacobi — the film’s present day is the year 2006 — an octogenarian and retired locksmith living in a cramped apartment in New York’s Chinatown, the former Lower East Side (he prides himself on being “the last Jew in Chinatown”}.

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Another parallel strand tells the story of an adolescent girl, also called Alma (Sophie Nelisse), who lives in Brooklyn and yearns for a profound, unconditional love but is unable to believe in its possibility. She has earnest discussions on the nature of love with a young Russian-born immigrant called Misha (Alex Ozerov), to whom she is attracted but whose advances she rejects. She has a precocious 10-year-old brother, Bird (William Ainscough), so named because he once tried to fly out a window, who believes he is one of the Lamed Vav — the 36 Just Men who, according to the Talmud, keep the world on an even keel. Meanwhile, her widowed mother Charlotte (Torri Higginson) has received a mysterious offer to translate from Spanish into English a novel titled The History of Love. We later learn that it was in reality written in Yiddish by Leo Gurski during his time in the shtetl but appropriated and published by one of his boyhood friends under his own name. Meanwhile, Leo’s son has grown up to become a successful writer.

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If all this sounds unduly complex and difficult to follow, it is, and Mihaileanu himself has admitted as much. The doomed-love theme ramifies into a plethora of motifs including betrayal and loyalty, the binding nature of promises, the transmission of memory, survival, friendship and death. There are also graphic portrayals of the German advance into Poland and the programmed extermination of its Jewish population. This thematic complexity may be a richness to some audiences, a headache to others. The same applies to the humor, embodied largely by Bird and by Bruno Leibovitch (Elliott Gould), the friend who also somehow survives (though a late revelation renders this problematic) and engages in long kvetching sessions with Leo that frequently veer into oy-vey arm-waving stereotype territory.

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Overall, Mihaileanu’s direction is uneven and it’s tempting to speculate on what a filmmaker less intensely preoccupied with Jewish themes — such as Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron, who was initially slated to helm — might have made of it. The elements touching on the refugee experience are well-handled, in particular the arrival of a shipload of emigrants as they contemplate the 1940s New York skyline. However, the central relationship between Leo and his lost love never really resonates, and the most moving moment in the film comes in the closing stages when the narratives involving the older Leo and the younger Alma finally come together.

Monday 25th September 2017

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

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Paris, Texas is a 1984 road movie directed by Wim Wenders and starring Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Nastassja Kinski, and Hunter Carson. The screenplay was written by L.M. Kit Carson and playwright Sam Shepard, while the distinctive musical score was composed by Ry Cooder. The film was a co-production between companies in France and West Germany, and was shot in the United States by Robby Müller.

The plot focuses on an amnesiac named Travis (Stanton) who, after mysteriously wandering out of the desert, attempts to reunite with his brother (Stockwell) and seven-year-old son (Carson). After reconnecting with his son, Travis and the boy end up embarking on a voyage through the American Southwest to track down Travis’ long-missing wife (Kinski).

At the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, the film won the Palme d’Or from the official jury, as well as the FIPRESCI Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. It went on to win other honors and critical acclaim.

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Travis Henderson walks alone through the South Texas desert, then stumbles into a building and loses consciousness. A German doctor examines him and determines he is mute, but discovers he possesses a telephone number and calls it. The call is answered by Walt Henderson, Travis’ brother from Los Angeles. Walt has not seen or had contact with Travis for four years, and agrees to travel to Terlingua, Texas, to retrieve him. His French wife, Anne, is concerned about the matter, as they have adopted Travis’ son Hunter, with Hunter’s biological mother Jane also missing. Walt reaches Terlingua, and finds Travis wandering from the clinic where he was found. The two brothers begin driving back to Los Angeles. When Walt becomes increasingly frustrated with Travis’ muteness, Travis finally utters the name “Paris”, asking to go there. Walt mistakenly assumes he means Paris, France. Farther down the road, Travis shows Walt a photograph of empty property in Paris, Texas, which he had purchased, believing he was conceived in that town.

The Hendersons reach Los Angeles, and Travis is reunited with Anne and Hunter. Hunter, aged seven, has very little memory of his father, and is wary of Travis until the family watches home movies from days when they were all together. Hunter realizes that Travis still loves Jane. As Hunter and Travis become reacquainted, Anne reveals to Travis that Jane has had contact with her, and makes monthly deposits into a bank account for Hunter. Anne had traced the deposits to a bank in Houston. Travis imagines he can possibly see Jane if he is at the Houston bank on the day of the next deposit, only a few days away. He acquires a new vehicle and borrows money from Walt. When he tells Hunter he is leaving, Hunter wishes to go with him, though he does not have Walt or Anne’s permission.

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Travis and Hunter drive to Houston, while Hunter recounts the Big Bang and the origins of Earth. When they arrive at the Houston bank, Hunter identifies his mother in a car, making a drive-in deposit. He calls for Travis via walkie-talkie, and they follow her car to the peep-show club where she works. While Hunter waits outside, Travis goes in, finding the business has rooms with one-way mirrors, where clients only converse with the strippers through a telephone. He eventually sees Jane, though she cannot see him, and leaves.

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The next day, Travis leaves Hunter at the Méridien Hotel in downtown Houston, with a message that he feels obliged to reunite mother and son, as he is guilty of separating them in the first place. Travis returns to the peep show. Seeing Jane again, and with her seemingly unaware of who he is, he tells her a story, ostensibly about other people. He describes a man and younger girl who meet, marry and have a child. The man descends into alcoholism, while the young wife suffers from baby blues and dreams of leaving the family. The man had also dreamed of withdrawing to an unknown place “without language or streets”. A fire in a trailer home after an incident of domestic abuse finally parted the family. Jane realizes she is speaking to Travis, and he tells her Hunter is in Houston and needs his mother. Jane has longed to be reunited with her boy, and enters the hotel room where Hunter is waiting, while Travis watches from the parking lot. He climbs into his vehicle and drives away.

Sunday 24th September 2017

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

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Titans 33  Seahawks 27

For about two quarters Sunday, the Seahawks looked like themselves — the offense was struggling while the defense was keeping the game close, a formula that looked like it might be just enough once again.
Then, in a dizzying and ultimately dismaying second half, they became almost unrecognizable.
Tennessee not only beat Seattle 33-27, but the Titans dropped the Seahawks to 1-2 with a second road defeat already this season. It came despite Seattle’s vain efforts at a comeback at the end. And it left quarterback Russell Wilson insisting afterward that everything will still turn out just fine.

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“It wasn’t going to be easy,’’ Wilson said. “Tennessee is a great football team. They are going to be really good all year long. … I don’t think we have to go searching anywhere like we are not a good football team or thinking any thoughts like that. We are a great football team. We played a great team today. … There’s no panic in this room. We have been through it all. We just have to continue to believe in what we are doing and how we are doing it. We just have to continue to stay the course and we believe that it will happen for us.’’

It looked like it might Sunday when Wilson first led an 86-yard drive to put Seattle up 7-6 late in the first half and then a 75-yarder to start the second half and put the Seahawks up 14-9. But then came three Tennessee touchdowns on three consecutive possessions, all on big plays.

The first was a 55-yard pass from Marcus Mariota to Rishard Matthews on a play when Seattle’s Frank Clark jumped offsides. That gave the Titans a free play and appeared to maybe distract the Seahawks, who seemed to be waiting for a whistle. Instead, Mariota threw a short pass to Matthews who broke free for the touchdown.

“Although we practice that constantly there is a mental moment in there that you can relax,’’ Carroll said. “You think they are going to blow the whistle and they didn’t.’’

It was the second time this season an opponent has scored on a free play with Green Bay doing it in Week 1 on a 32-yard Aaron Rodgers pass to Jordy Nelson.

Then came a 24-yard pass from Mariota to tight end Jonnu Smith, who lined up as fullback on the play and blew past linebacker Michael Wilhoite and into the open for an easy score. “We missed coverage on the wheel route,’’ Carroll said. “It was a clear responsibility.’’ Then came the stunner — a 75-yard touchdown gallop by DeMarco Murray on a play that began looking like not much and turned into the longest run the Seahawks have allowed under Carroll.

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DeMarco Murray’s 75-yard touchdown run was the longest allowed by the Seattle defense since Frank Gore had an 80-yarder against the Seahawks in 2009. That was before Pete Carroll was hired in January 2010.

K.J. Wright and Kam Chancellor missed chances to get Murray near the line of scrimmage and he then wove his way down the field, outrunning Jeremy Lane and Richard Sherman into the end zone to put Tennessee ahead 30-14. “Eliminating the frustration,’’ Chancellor said of what needs to happen. “Eliminating the bickering with other teams, eliminating the extra exertion of energy that we don’t need. Need to conserve the energy for each play so your brains can think. That, and just tackling better.’’

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What defensive players didn’t use as an excuse was how long they were on the field early — the Seattle offense punted after its first six possessions — and the fact it was 88 degrees at kickoff. “Fatigue shouldn’t be an issue,’’ said Wright. “We just can’t let it. No matter how long we are out there, we’ve got to finish. Man up and find a way to get off the field.’’ Tennessee’s 195 yards rushing were more than the Seahawks gave up in any game since 2013. Last season they led the NFL in allowing just 3.4 yards per carry. Seattle is allowing 5.3 yards per carry this season.

“I think we played a really good game until a couple of busted plays,’’ insisted defensive lineman Michael Bennett. “We jumped offsides more than we needed to. The plays they scored on us were pretty much just miscommunication and in the wrong position and I think those are things we can bounce back from. …

“We can go back to the tape and see it wasn’t something physical, it wasn’t like we were dominated, it was just miscommunication, a lack of concentration, and those are things we can go back and fix and that’s what we are going to do.’’

Saturday 23rd September 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 23, 2017 by bishshat
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Harry Kane’s quickfire double laid the foundations for victory in a typically tense derby against West Ham on Saturday.
We’d had the lion’s share of possession in the first half-hour and then hit the Hammers with a one-two in the space of four minutes.
The first goal was a lightning break from Andy Carroll’s loose pass, the pace of the transition from Christian Eriksen to Dele Alli to Kane heading home something to behold.
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The second goal wasn’t far away, created by Jan Vertonghen, Dele denied by Joe Hart and Kane there to roll home the rebound from the edge of the box.
We were well in control and it was no suprise when Eriksen drilled home the third after Kane had struck the post with a free-kick on the hour. The midfielder is now the highest Danish scorer in Premier League history.
West Ham hit back through Chicharito and we heaped pressure on ourselves when Serge Aurier was sent off for a second bookable offence 20 minutes from time.
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To be honest, we looked more likely to score on the break but Cheikhou Kouyate headed home three minutes from time to up the ante even more. This time, we stood firm to take a deserved three points.
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Friday 22nd September 2017

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

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The last day of Overdale School.