Archive for January, 2018

Wednesday 31st January 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 31, 2018 by bishshat

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Then He Kissed Me

The Crystals

Well, he walked up to me and he asked me if I wanted to dance
He looked kinda nice and so I said I might take a chance
When he danced he held me tight
And when he walked me home that night
All the stars were shining bright
And then he kissed me
Each time I saw him I couldn’t wait to see him again
I wanted to let him know that he was more than a friend
I didn’t know just what to do
So I whispered I love you
He said that he loved me too
And then he kissed me
He kissed me in a way that I’ve never been kissed before,
He kissed me in a way that I want to be kissed forever more
I knew that he was mine so I gave him all the love that I had
And one day he took me home to meet his mon and his dad
Then he asked me to be his bride
And always be right by his side
I felt so happy I almost cried
And then he kissed me
Then he asked me to be his bride
And always be right by his side
I felt so happy I almost cried
And then he kissed me
And then he kissed me
And then he kissed me

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Play reading/Casting at Kineton Hall at 8.00pm for a play called “SUFFRAGETTES!” by Paul King which will take place in April. It was an amazing evening and the people from Kineton Amateur Dramatic Society were very nice and very friendly. I had to read the part as a policeman with a line saying “What have you got under there then” while lifting the skirt of a suffragette?

I was policeman 3 last night with only two lines. Its been changed to policeman 2?

Policeman 2:             What you got under there then darling? (He lifts her skirt.)

Suffragette 5:             How dare you?!

Policeman 2:              Going to stop me, are you?!

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Green = give, white =women, violet = votes. “Give women votes”.

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Spurs 2 Man Utd 0

Christian Eriksen scored the third fastest goal in Premier League history which laid the foundations for a fantastic and thoroughly deserved 2-0 victory against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The midfield magician curled home after just 11 seconds to give us the perfect start in what was a crunch game in our bid for a top four finish in the division. Jan Vertonghen sent a long ball forward after receiving the kick-off, Harry Kane nodded into the path of Dele Alli, whose mis-hit shot fell perfectly for Eriksen to stroke home – his 50th goal in our colours.

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We doubled our lead on 28 minutes when Kieran Trippier’s fine low cross was put through his own net by United defender Phil Jones, putting us firmly in control of the match.

The visitors created very little, Hugo Lloris saving from Jesse Lingard early on and then producing a fine stop to deny Romelu Lukaku in the second half but at the other end, we were carving United open time and again, just failing to apply the finishing touches to some wonderful football.

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Kane saw a number of efforts saved by David De Gea, Eriksen fired just wide from distance and Heung-Min Son was denied by the United stopper with 21 minutes remaining – although had he squared the ball to Kane, the England striker would have had a tap-in. It mattered not though as we comfortably saw out the rest of the game in front of another record Premier League crowd – 81,978 in the stadium, surpassing our previous best of 80,827 against Liverpool earlier this season.

Tuesday 30th January 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 30, 2018 by bishshat

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Stand By Me

Ben E King

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we see
No I won’t be afraid
No I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
And darling, darling stand by me
Oh, now, now, stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me
If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountain should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry
No I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
And darling, darling stand by me
Oh, stand by me
Stand by…

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Sunday 28th January 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 28, 2018 by bishshat

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The Last Flag Flying

Set in December 2003, Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) visits the bar of Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston), a former Marine that he served with in Vietnam. After introducing himself, Doc, a Navy corpsman briefly mentions his bad-conduct discharge and subsequent incarceration in the US Navy prison. The next morning, Sal and Doc drive to the church of another friend from Vietnam, Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne), where he is the pastor. At Mueller’s house that evening, Doc reveals that his wife had recently passed away, and the purpose of his trip was to ask his friend to accompany him to retrieve and bury his son, Larry, who had recently been killed in Iraq. Sal agrees, while Mueller is initially reluctant to leave; at the insistence of his wife he eventually agrees and they begin the trip to Washington DC.

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Along the way, Sal expresses his frustration in Mueller, who had been referred to as The Mauler in Vietnam for frequently hiring prostitutes, for his reformation and religious adherence. Conversely, Mueller expresses his disappointment that Sal has not matured since they had last seen each other in Vietnam. Upon arriving at Dover Air Force Base, Doc requests to view the body of his son, against the advice of LtCol. Willits (Yul Vazquez). Sal and Mueller are led away by LCpl. Charlie Washington, Larry’s close friend that was with him when he died. Charlie reveals that Larry had been killed while shopping at an Iraqi market, contrary to the official story of dying while fighting heroically. Doc is distraught after seeing his son’s body, and subsequently learns the truth about how his son died. Against the advice of Willits, Doc demands to take his son’s body and bury him in his hometown of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, rather than Arlington National Cemetery. Sal and Mueller leave to rent a U-Haul truck to carry the coffin, and reveal their abuse of Doc’s morphine supply in Vietnam resulted in a painful death of a fellow Marine and Doc’s bad conduct discharge. After renting the truck, Mueller is dropped off at a bus station, intending to return home. After loading Larry’s coffin into the truck, Doc and Sal are stopped by Security Forces, as Mueller is simultaneously apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security. The men are released, and Willits admits that their false apprehension came from a suspicious report by the rental agent at U-haul. The three men agree to allow the government to transport Larry’s coffin by train to New Hampshire, accompanied by Charlie.

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Doc, Sal, and Mueller disembark in New York City, and subsequently miss their train. While at dinner, they discuss the death of Jimmy Hightower, the fellow Marine who was unable to get any morphine. The following morning, they catch a train to Boston, where Sal arranges to meet Jimmy Hightower’s mother. Intending to come clean about her son’s painful death, the three men realize that she believes the story that Jimmy died heroically while saving others, and continue to support that story.

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Arriving in Portsmouth, Doc, Sal, and Mueller reconnect with Charlie, and prepare for Larry’s funeral. Doc, upset with the government for lying about his son’s death, intends for Larry to be buried in a suit. At Charlie’s insistence, Larry will be buried in his uniform. At the burial ceremony, Sal and Mueller wear their uniforms, and participate in the flag-folding ceremony. Back at Doc’s house, Charlie gives Doc a letter from Larry, revealing that he wished to be buried next to his mother in uniform, and thanking Doc for his parenting.

Saturday 27th January 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 28, 2018 by bishshat

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Harry Kane’s 30th goal of the season was one of the most crucial as the striker spared our blushes and kept us in the FA Cup at Newport County on Saturday evening.
The League Two hosts did a real job on us in the first half and were eight minutes away from causing a major upset thanks to Padraig Amond’s header seven minutes before the break.

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But Kane popped up with a back-post tap-in with the wind blowing and the clock ticking down after Kieran Trippier’s corner was flicked on by substitute Heung-Min Son to force a Wembley replay in this fourth round tie.
Son might have levelled earlier in the second period but for a vital save from Exiles goalkeeper Joe Day on a heavy Rodney Parade pitch.
Newport had enjoyed a great opening 45 minutes from their perspective and had a handful of efforts at goal, but a change of shape at the interval saw us back to our usual selves and the 1-1 draw.

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Friday 26th January 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 26, 2018 by bishshat

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Thursday 25th January 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 26, 2018 by bishshat

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Monday 22nd January 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 23, 2018 by bishshat

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Alone In Berlin

In 1940, a working-class couple in World War II-era Berlin, Otto and Anna Quangel, decide to resist Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, after receiving the news of the death of their only son. An additional impetus for their growing resistance to the regime is the fate of an old Jewish woman living in their building. Though the official deportation of Jews to death camps had not yet started, Jews have no recourse to any legal protection. Ruthless Nazis — and “non-ideological” common criminals — use the opportunity to loot the old woman’s apartment with impunity. Despite the efforts of the Quangels and other kind neighbors to help her, the persecution ends with the old woman jumping to her death from a high floor window.

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Impelled by all this, the couple starts writing postcards to urge people to stand against Hitler and the Nazis and protest against them, and furtively placing the cards in public places – a capital crime. Their first card reads: “”Mothers, Hitler Will Kill Your Son Too”. At first, Otto wants to do it all by himself, warning Anna, “They hang women, too!” She, however, insists on taking part in this dangerous activity. While in the beginning of the film the couple’s marriage seems to have dried up, being unable to console each other for the loss of their son, their shared risk and commitment brings them back closer, in effect falling in love with each other all over again.

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Escherich is the police inspector charged with finding the source of the postcards. He is a professional police detective, acting out of professional pride rather than Nazi ideology. During three years of painstakingly gathering clues about the “Hobgoblin” (as he calls the mysterious writer of the postcards) he develops an increasing respect for this elusive unknown opponent. With the lack of progress in his investigation, Escherich is beaten up by the obviously impatient S.S. senior officer, and is further forced thereby, to execute extrajudicially, a man whom he is certain has no connection with these subversive postcards.

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Finally, Otto Quangel is arrested due to the accidental fall of postcards out of his pocket, while at work. He remains, though, stoic about the certain death sentence awaiting him, and only tries in vain to take all the blame on himself and save Anna. After the couple has been executed, Escherich is alone in his office. He gathers up all of the couple’s hundreds of subversive postcards, scatters them out of the open window of the police headquarters, and shoots himself. The film ends with the image of the postcards swirling in the wind, falling down on the Berlin streets and picked up by passersby — giving the film’s protagonists a posthumous moral victory.

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Otto and Elise Hampel were a working-class couple who created a simple method of protest while living in Berlin during the early years of World War II. They composed postcards denouncing Hitler’s government and left them in public places around the city. They were eventually caught, tried, and beheaded in Berlin’s Plötzensee Prison in April 1943.

Otto Hampel was born in Mühlbock, a suburb of Wehrau, now in Poland, but then part of Germany.  He served in World War I and was later a factory worker.
Elise Lemme was born in the Bismark area of Stendal. Her education lasted only through elementary school. She worked as a domestic and was a member of the National Socialist Women’s League.

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The couple married in 1935. After learning that Elise’s brother had been killed in action, the Hampels undertook efforts to encourage resistance against the Third Reich. From September 1940 until their arrest in autumn 1942, they hand-wrote over 200 postcards, dropping them into mailboxes and leaving them in stairwells in Berlin, often near Wedding, where they lived.

The postcards urged people to refuse to cooperate with the Nazis, to refrain from donating money, to refuse military service, and to overthrow Hitler. Although nearly all the postcards were immediately brought to the Gestapo, it took two years for the Gestapo to find the couple. The Hampels were denounced in autumn 1942 and were arrested. Otto declared to the police that he was happy to be able to protest against Hitler and the Third Reich. At trial at the Volksgerichtshof, the Nazi “People’s Court”, the Hampels were convicted of Wehrkraftzersetzung and of “preparing for high treason”. They were both decapitated on 8 April 1943 in the Plötzensee Prison, Berlin.

 

Sunday 21st January 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 21, 2018 by bishshat

Southampton 1 Spurs 1

Harry Kane’s 99th Premier League goal saw us come from 1-0 down, but we couldn’t push on to find a winner at a rain-drenched St Mary’s on Sunday.
Davinson Sanchez accidentally converted Ryan Bertrand’s dangerous cross at the near post as Southampton started brightly, but their lead lasted only three minutes as Kane headed home from a corner with 18 on the watch.

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Eric Dier had hit the post in between goals but while Moussa Sissoko and Jack Stephens were off-target before half-time, the potentially decisive chances didn’t come until the closing moments of the game.

Young debutant striker Michael Obafemi couldn’t connect in front of goal and fellow substitute Sofiane Boufal’s shot was heroically blocked six yards out by Sanchez for Southampton before Kane found himself as the spare man as we worked the ball across the 18-yard line and into the box from right to left on 89 minutes, but his left-footed drive arrowed across the face of goal and wide with Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela arriving just too late.

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It meant a share of the spoils on the south coast with some tired legs at the end after an energy-sapping contest in the rain.

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Emperor

Brigadier-General Bonner Fellers is sent to Japan as a part of the occupation force. He is tasked with arresting Japanese war criminals, including Prime Minister Hideki Tojo. Before he departs, he privately orders his Japanese interpreter, Takahashi, to locate his Japanese girlfriend, Aya Shimada. After arresting Tojo, the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur informs Fellers Emperor Hirohito can be tried as a war criminal. Doing so could lead to a revolt, but the American people want the Emperor to stand trial for Japan’s actions. MacArthur gives Fellers ten days to investigate the Emperor. When Takahashi informs Fellers that Aya’s Tokyo apartment was bombed. Fellers orders him to investigate her hometown, Shizuoka.

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Fellers and his staff compile a list of people who were with Emperor Hirohito when the war started. Because none of the Japanese who are friendly to the Americans are among them, they resort to enticing Tojo to give them information. During a visit to Sugamo Prison, Fellers demands Tojo give him three names. He, instead, gives one: Fumimaro Konoe, the former prime minister. Fellers goes to Konoe’s home and asks him if the Emperor was responsible for starting the war. Konoe gives no conclusive evidence, but directs Fellers to Kōichi Kido, Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal. While Fellers waits to meet with Kido, he recalls the time before the war when Aya suddenly returned to Japan. Takahashi informs Fellers Kido will not show up.

Fellers recalls his 1940 visit to Tokyo when he reunited with Aya, then an English teacher. He learns Aya returned to Japan after her father became ill and died. In a banquet at MacArthur’s residence, Brigadier-General Richter informs Fellers that MacArthur will not look bad to the American public. After the banquet, Takahashi informs Fellers Shizuoka was bombed; Fellers immediately travels there. He is devastated by the damage and orders Takahashi to find a list of the dead.

Fellers recalls his visit to Aya’s uncle, General Kajima, for help with a paper on the mindset of the Japanese soldier. Kajima insists if the United States and Japan were at war, the Japanese would win because of the Japanese soldier’s sense of duty to the Emperor. When Fellers returns to Tokyo, he decides he must interview Teizaburō Sekiya, a member of the Privy Council. Sekiya, like Konoe, does not give any evidence to exonerate the Emperor.

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During Fellers’ interview with Kido, he discusses the time before the Japanese surrender. The Supreme Council’s deadlock between those in favour of surrender and those who were not led the Emperor to address the Council. Because there were strong militarists in the army, the Emperor made an audio recording of his order to surrender. Before the recording could be broadcast, the militarists attempted a coup and attacked the Imperial Palace. The Emperor and Kido survived and broadcast the recording. Unfortunately for Fellers, the other witnesses committed suicide and all records were destroyed, leaving him only with Kido’s testimony. Kido informs Fellers the Emperor’s role is, in actuality, a ceremonial one and the Emperor was influential in ending the war.

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Fellers decides to visit General Kajima, who was also Aya’s uncle. He explains to Kajima the Japanese people are selfless and capable of great sacrifice as well as unspeakable crimes because of their devotion to a set of values. Kajima does not know if the Emperor is guilty, but he notes his role in ending the war. He gives Fellers a box of folded letters written by Aya to Fellers and learns Aya died in an Allied bombing raid.

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Fellers concludes it cannot be determined whether the Emperor is guilty or innocent, but his role in ending the war was significant. He gives his conclusion to MacArthur, who is displeased because of the lack of conclusive evidence. Fellers argues the Emperor should be exonerated as the Allies agreed they would allow Japan to keep him as the head of state. MacArthur orders Fellers to arrange a meeting between him and the Emperor. Before the Emperor arrives, Fellers informs MacArthur of his role in diverting Allied bombers away from Shizuoka. MacArthur replies because no American lives were lost because of it, he will turn a blind eye. When Emperor Hirohito arrives, he offers himself to be punished rather than Japan. MacArthur states he has no intention of punishing Japan or Hirohito and wishes to discuss Japan’s reconstruction.

Friday 19th January 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 19, 2018 by bishshat

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Spirits of the Dead

Edgar Allan Poe

Thy soul shall find itself alone
‘Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone;
Not one, of all the crowd, to pry
Into thine hour of secrecy.

Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness — for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still.

The night, though clear, shall frown,
And the stars shall not look down
From their high thrones in the Heaven
With light like hope to mortals given,
But their red orbs, without beam,
To thy weariness shall seem
As a burning and a fever
Which would cling to thee for ever.

Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish,
Now are visions ne’er to vanish;
From thy spirit shall they pass
No more, like dew-drop from the grass.

The breeze, the breath of God, is still,
And the mist upon the hill
Shadowy, shadowy, yet unbroken,
Is a symbol and a token.
How it hangs upon the trees,
A mystery of mysteries!

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Thursday 18th January 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 19, 2018 by bishshat

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Have You Ever Seen the Rain

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Someone told me long ago
There’s a calm before the storm,
I know;
It’s been comin’ for some time.
When it’s over, so they say,
It’ll rain a sunny day,
I know;
Shinin’ down like water.

I want to know, have you ever seen the rain?
I want to know, have you ever seen the rain
Comin’ down on a sunny day?

Yesterday, and days before,
Sun is cold and rain is hard,
I know;
Been that way for all my time.
‘Til forever, on it goes
Through the circle, fast and slow,
I know;
It can’t stop, I wonder.

I want to know, have you ever seen the rain?
I want to know, have you ever seen the rain
Comin’ down on a sunny day?

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The Shape of Water

Elisa Esposito was rendered mute by a neck injury she had sustained as an infant, and communicates using sign language. Living alone in an apartment above a movie theater, she works as a janitor at a secret government laboratory in Baltimore during the Cold War in the early 1960s. Her two closest friends are her next door neighbor Giles, who is an artist and closeted gay man, and Zelda, an African-American woman co-worker who also serves as her interpreter at work.

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The facility receives a creature in a tank, which has been captured from a South American river by Colonel Richard Strickland. Curious, Elisa discovers that the creature is a humanoid amphibian. She begins visiting the creature in secret and the two form a close bond.

Seeking to exploit the creature for possible advantages in the Space Race, General Frank Hoyt orders Strickland to dissect it. One scientist, Robert Hoffstetler, who is secretly a Soviet spy, pleads unsuccessfully to keep the creature alive for further study, and is also ordered by his Soviet spymasters to euthanize the creature. Elisa learns what the Americans plan for the creature, and convinces Giles to help free him. Hoffstetler discovers Elisa’s plot and chooses to help her, and Zelda becomes involved as the escape is underway.

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Elisa keeps the creature in her bathtub using water-conditioning chemicals smuggled out by Hoffstetler, planning to release him into a nearby canal when it opens to the ocean in several days. As part of his efforts to recover the creature, Strickland interrogates Elisa and Zelda, but he dismisses the notion that “the help” could be involved. Back at the apartment Giles discovers the creature eating one of Giles’ cats. Startled, the creature slashes Giles’ arm and bolts from the apartment. The creature gets as far as the cinema downstairs before Elisa finds him and returns him to her apartment. The creature touches Giles on his balding head and his wounded arm, and the next morning, Giles discovers that his hair has grown back and the wounds on his arm are healed. Elisa and the creature soon become romantically involved, having sex in her bathroom which she at one point floods for him.

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Meanwhile, Hoyt threatens Strickland’s life if he does not recover the “asset” within 36 hours. At the same time, Hoffstetler’s spymasters tell him that he will be extracted two days later. As the planned release date approaches, the creature’s health starts deteriorating.

As Hoffstetler leaves to rendezvous with his spymasters, Strickland tails him. Hoffstetler is shot by his spymasters in an assassination attempt, but before they can finish Hoffstetler off, Strickland kills the spymasters and then tortures Hoffstetler for information. Hoffstetler implicates Elisa and Zelda before he dies from his wounds. Strickland then threatens Zelda in her home, causing her terrified husband to reveal that Elisa had been keeping the creature. Strickland searches Elisa’s apartment and finds a calendar note revealing where she is taking the creature.

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At the canal, Elisa and Giles bid farewell to the creature, but Strickland arrives and shoots both the creature and Elisa. The creature heals himself and kills Strickland. As police arrive on the scene with Zelda, the creature takes Elisa and jumps into the canal, where he heals her and transforms her neck scars into gills. An epilogue from Giles reveals that Elisa and the creature escaped together.