Archive for February, 2018

Wednesday 28th February 2018

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

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Spurs 6 Rochdale 1

A perfect hat-trick from Fernando Llorente helped us to a resounding FA Cup fifth round replay win against Rochdale at a snowy Wembley Stadium on Wednesday evening – but that doesn’t begin to tell the story of a crazy game!

The Spanish striker hit a 12-minute second half treble, Heung-Min Son netted a brace of his own and Academy graduate Kyle Walker-Peters scored his first professional goal as we turned on the style after the interval, having seen two goals disallowed – the first one by the Video Assistant Referee – in the first period and our League One visitors draw level after Son’s opener.

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The drama began after just six minutes when Erik Lamela tucked home a loose ball which seemingly gave us the lead, only for VAR Graham Scott to advise referee Paul Tierney to disallow the goal for a foul by Fernando Llorente in the build up.

We did open the scoring on 23 minutes with Heung-Min Son curling home from just inside the area and we thought we’d doubled our lead five minutes later when Son converted from the penalty spot, awarded thanks to VAR after Matt Done’s foul on Kieran Trippier. But the South Korean stopped midway through his penalty run-up, an illegal manoeuvre, and so the goal was ruled out.

Rochdale took full advantage and levelled the game through Stephen Humphrys, almost going ahead just before half-time when Andrew Cannon beat Michel Vorm but not the far post.

There was real bewilderment inside Wembley at half-time following the events of the first half, but thankfully the players cleared their heads quickly during the break and blitzed Rochdale with four goals in the opening 20 minutes of the second period to put the tie to bed.

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Llorente did most of the damage, chipping Dale goalkeeper Josh Lillis with his right foot before poking home with his left and then heading in from close range, all within the space of 12 minutes and thanks to great build-up play from those behind him.

Son converted Lamela’s pass for 5-1 after 65 minutes and there was a great moment deep into stoppage time when Walker-Peters played a one-two with Dele Alli and beat Lillis with a right-foot shot.

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The victory sees us progress to the FA Cup quarter-finals where we will face a trip to Swansea City on Saturday, March 17, kick-off at 12.15pm at the Liberty Stadium.

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Tuesday 27th February 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 27, 2018 by bishshat

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Monday 26th February 2018

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

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Sunday 25th February 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 25, 2018 by bishshat

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Crystal Palace 0 Spurs 1

Harry Kane proved to be the match winner once again, heading home an 89th-minute goal to finally break Crystal Palace’s resistance and earn us three vital Premier League points at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon.

Despite totally dominating the game from start to finish, enjoying 76 per cent possession, the goal looked like it was never going to come until our England striker popped up at the far post to nod in Christian Eriksen’s corner for his 35th goal of the season and the 150th of his club career.

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An uneventful first half saw very little of action of note, bar a couple of penalty claims from us and a superb save from Wayne Hennessey to deny Kane from close range with just 10 minutes on the clock.

Palace were resolute defensively and, when we did manage to break through, it was a combination of wastefulness in front of goal and some good saves from Hennessey that was threatening to deny us the win.

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Eriksen skied a half-volley over the crossbar, Kane sliced wide when unmarked and with just the goalkeeper to beat and the Palace keeper denied Aurier, Ben Davies and Kane as we laid siege to the home side’s goal.

A glorious chance came and went when Aurier failed to convert inside the last 10 minutes, but we kept plugging away and got our just rewards in the final minute of normal time thanks to that man Kane.

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Saturday 24th February 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 24, 2018 by bishshat

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Friday 23rd February 2018

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

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Thursday 22nd February 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 22, 2018 by bishshat

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When Do I Get To Sing My Way

Sparks

No, no use in lecturing them, or in threatening them
They will just say “who are you”
Is that a question or not, and you see that the plot
Is predictable, not new
But you’re still stunned at the things you will do

No, no use in taking their time or in wasting two dimes
On a call to God knows who
When all you feel is the rain and it’s hard to be vain
When no person looks at you
So just be gracious and wait in the queue

So when do I get to sing “My Way”
When do I get to feel like Sinatra felt
When do I get to sing “My Way”
In heaven or hell
When do I get to do it my way
When do I get to feel like Sid Vicious felt
When do I get to sing “My Way”
In heaven or hell

Yes, it’s a tradition they say, like a bright Christmas Day
And traditions must go on
And though I say, yes I see, no I really don’t see
Is my smiley face still on?
Sign your name with an X, mow the lawn

They’ll introduce me, “Hello, hello”
Women seduce me and champagne flows
Then the lights go low
There’s only one song I know

There, this home which once was serene, now is home to the screams
And to flying plates and shoes
But I have no souvenirs of these crackerjack years
Not a moment I could choose
And not one offer that I could refuse

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The Man Who Invented Christmas

Two years after the success of Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) is suffering financial hardship from the failure of his last three books. Rejected by his publishers, he sets out to write a new book to restore his finances. Seeing inspiration around London, most notably a rich man’s funeral that is largely unattended, he begins writing A Christmas Carol, due in six weeks in order to be published by Christmas. As Charles begins to develop his story, he interacts with the characters he is writing about, most notably Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer). Helping Dickens is one of his servants, Tara, an Irish immigrant who is literate and able to provide advice.

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While writing his book, Charles is greeted by the arrival of his father, John Dickens (Jonathan Pryce), who views him as immature and fiscally irresponsible. Charles’s relationship with his family is increasingly strained as he struggles to finish the book in time, as he is unable to resolve Scrooge’s story. Hearing that Charles intends to let Tiny Tim die, Tara suggests a resolution for Scrooge by having him save Tiny Tim instead. Charles rejects her help, and soon sends her away from his house in a fit of rage. Additionally, Charles has a falling out with his father and sends him away upon learning that he has been selling Charles’s signature.

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It is revealed that much of Charles’s animosity towards his father is from his childhood embarrassment of working in a blacking factory after his family was taken to debtor’s prison. Returning to the long-abandoned factory, Charles is forced to confront his own insecurities through Scrooge. Charles realizes that his story should be one of redemption, and races home to finish his manuscript. As he leaves to submit it to his illustrator, he encounters Tara, and invites her back. His wife suggests he do the same with his father, who is about to board a train to leave London. Reconnecting with his family, Charles submits the manuscript in time for publishing before Christmas. The film ends with the Dickens family celebrating the holidays, while a title text explains the overnight success of A Christmas Carol, and its lasting impact on the Christmas holiday.