Archive for October, 2018

Saturday 27th October 2018

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Friday 26th October 2018

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Thursday 25th October 2018

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


The March of the Imagination

I am amazed that after all this time we are still bedazzled by pretty lights
Pretty glowing lights and pretentious titles
Make of it what you will
You decide what it means
What does it mean to be human?
You decide what it means
A juxtaposition of smoke and mirrors
What do the messages mean?
You decide what they mean
Immersive, interactive, included
A migration of shadows and illumination
Flat surfaces, reflections and reflective
Shiny stuff and Fluorescent paint
Make of it what you will
For it is only the march of the imagination
You are the art
The illusions are complete you have been fooled
Once again you have been led up the garden path
By a will-o’-the-wisp

John Bish October 25th 2018


Wednesday 24th October 2018

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


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Hugo Lloris sent off as Spurs are pegged back
De Jong late leveller leaves Tottenham in Champions League trouble

Hugo Lloris’ red card proved costly as Luuk de Jong’s late equaliser denied Tottenham in a 2-2 Champions League draw at PSV Eindhoven.


Harry Kane looked to have secured his side a first Group B win of the season with his second-half header, but goalkeeper Lloris was dismissed for a 78th-minute foul on Hirving Lozano and De Jong smashed home an equaliser three minutes before full time.

Earlier, Lozano pounced on Toby Alderweireld’s 29th minute mistake to give the home side the lead, but Lucas Moura equalised 10 minutes later after Davinson Sanchez had controversially had a goal ruled out for offside.

The late drama means Spurs, who had lost their opening two matches to Inter Milan and Barcelona, remain third in Group B, with qualification for the knockout stages hanging by a thread with just one point on the board.

PSV also started the match without a point, but after Kane had looped an early header onto Jeroen Zoet’s crossbar, Lozano gave them the lead when he capitalised on a mistake by last man Alderweireld.


The Tottenham defender conceded possession 30 yards from goal, allowing the PSV forward to drive into the area and shoot. Alderweireld did well to get back and make a recovery tackle, but his efforts only helped the ball loop over Lloris and into the net.

Sanchez thought he’d equalised five minutes later when he rifled the ball home after Zoet pushed away Alderweireld’s header, but he was denied by the linesman’s flag as Kane – standing several yards away from the ball and out of the goalkeeper’s vision – was penalised for standing in an offside position.

However, the equaliser arrived five minutes after that as Eriksen slipped in Kieran Trippier to pull the ball back for Lucas, whose shot deflected off Nick Viergever and in.

Gaston Pereiro hit the bar as the first half drew to a close, but Spurs had the lead within nine minutes of the restart. Heung-Min Son created space for Eriksen to cross from the left and Kane headed down into the turf and beyond Zoet to put Tottenham within reach of victory.


Substitute Erik Lamela rattled the bar in the 73rd minute, but the game turned on its head five minutes later when Lloris raced out of his area and took down the rampaging Lozano to earn a straight red card.

Michel Vorm came off the bench and did well to keep out De Jong’s free-kick at full stretch, but the PSV striker had the final say when he lashed home from close range three minutes from time after a free-kick caused chaos in the Tottenham penalty area.

That late goal means Mauricio Pochettino may now need maximum points from the remaining three games – at home to PSV and Inter Milan before a final-day trip to Barcelona – if Spurs are to reach the last 16 of the Champions League for a second straight season.

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

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


The Finer Things

Steve Winwood

While there is time
Let’s go out and feel everything
If you hold me
I will let you into my dream
For time is a river rolling into nowhere
We must live while we can
And we’ll drink our cup of laughter

The finer things keep shining through
The way my soul gets lost in you
The finer things I feel in me
The golden dance life could be

Oh, I’ve been sad
And have walked bitter streets alone
And come morning
There’s a good wind to blow me home
So time is a river rolling into nowhere
I will live while I can
I will have my ever after

The finer things keep shining through
The way my soul gets lost in you
The finer things I feel in me
The golden dance life could be

We go so fast, why don’t we make it last
Life is glowing inside you and me
Please take my hand, here where I stand
Won’t you come out and dance with me
Come see, with me, come see

And lovers try
‘Til they get the best of the night
And come morning
They are tangled up in the light
So time be a river rolling into nowhere
They love while they can
And they think about the night so sweet

The finer things keep shining through
The way my soul gets lost in you
The finer things I feel in me
The golden dance life could be


Poor Man’s Moody Blues

Barclay James Harvest

All the nights that I’ve missed you
All the nights without end
All the times that I’ve called you
Only needing a friend
Now your eyes shine with beauty
That I missed long ago
Guess the truth is I love you
I can’t say any more
‘Cause I need you
Yes I want you
Yes I love you

As I look from my window
To the streets where you stand
I am gazing through dark glass
We can’t walk hand in hand
Though your friends try to tell me
Though your friends you defend
They keep my heart from your heart
We must be in the end
‘Cause I love you
Yes I need you
Yes I love you


Monday 22nd October 2018

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


Sunday 21st October 2018

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

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The Great 1974 Mining Disaster

Barclay James Harvest

Heard a song the other day
About a major out in space
And though the song was kind of grey
It took me far away
Heard the news the other day
About a sailor oh so gay
And though his policies were grey
They took me far away
‘Cause I couldn’t stand the thought
Of being taken in again

Have you seen my life, Mr. Groan?
Do you know what it’s like to be outside?
All you have to do is smile to cause a landslide
And you do, and you do, Mr. Groan

Heard a song just yesterday
About a man who sold the world away
And though the song was still quite grey
It took me far away
‘Cause I couldn’t stand the thought
Of being taken in again

Have you seen my life, Mr. Groan?
Do you know what it’s like to be outside?
All you have to do is smile to cause a landslide
And you do, and you do, Mr. Groan

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Paper Wings

Barclay James Harvest

His crazy frame against the dawn
His hungry leap and ragged fall
A suicidal perch is now laid bare
To searching eyes and empty stares
A fearful silence hits the crowd
The air hangs heavy with the sound
Of useless wings against the morning sky
As paper yields before their eyes

Oh, can you see him now?
A broken man without a dream
Oh, can you hear him now?
A futile laugh above the screams


Franz Reichelt

Austrian-born French tailor, inventor and parachuting pioneer, now sometimes referred to as the Flying Tailor, who is remembered for jumping to his death from the Eiffel Tower while testing a wearable parachute of his own design. Reichelt had become fixated on developing a suit for aviators that would convert into a parachute and allow them to survive a fall should they be forced to leave their aircraft. Initial experiments conducted with dummies dropped from the fifth floor of his apartment building had been successful, but he was unable to replicate those early successes with any of his subsequent designs.


Believing that a suitably high test platform would prove his invention’s efficacy, Reichelt repeatedly petitioned the Parisian Prefecture of Police for permission to conduct a test from the Eiffel Tower. He finally received permission in 1912, but when he arrived at the tower on 4 February he made it clear that he intended to jump personally rather than conduct an experiment with dummies. Despite attempts to dissuade him, he jumped from the first platform of the tower wearing his invention. The parachute failed to deploy and he fell 57 metres (187 ft) to his death. The next day, newspapers were full of illustrated stories about the death of the “reckless inventor”, and the jump was shown in newsreels.


Reichelt announced to the press in early February 1912 that he had finally received permission and would shortly conduct an experiment from the Eiffel Tower to prove the value of his invention.

On Sunday, 4 February, at 7:00 a.m., he arrived at the tower by car with two friends. He was already wearing his parachute suit. The news footage of his jump shows him modelling his invention in its folded form, which Le Gaulois described as “… only a little more voluminous than ordinary clothing …” (“… un peu plus volumineuse qu’un vêtement ordinaire …”). The suit did not restrict the wearer’s movements when the parachute was packed, and Le Petit Parisien described the method of deploying the parachute as being as simple as extending the arms out to form a cross with the body. Once extended, the outfit resembled “a sort of cloak fitted with a vast hood of silk” (“une sorte de manteau, muni d’un très vaste capuchon de soie”) according to Le Temps. L’Action Française reported that Reichelt stated the surface area of the final design to be 30 square metres (320 sq ft) with a canopy height of 5 metres (16 ft), while Le Figaro judged the surface area might have reached 32 square metres (340 sq ft). La Croix claimed that the suit may have weighed as little as 9 kilograms (20 lb). The weather was cold, with temperatures below 0 °C (32 °F),and there was a stiff breeze blowing across the Champ de Mars.


There were some police officers present to maintain order, as the Parisian Prefecture of Police had given Reichelt permission to proceed. After Reichelt’s death, Louis Lépine who, as the Prefect of Police (Préfet de Police), was ultimately responsible for the permission being granted, issued a statement making it clear that while the police routinely gave permission for experiments to be performed from the Eiffel Tower, it was understood in these cases that dummies would be used. They had given permission in Reichelt’s case only on the basis that he would be conducting dummy drops, and that under no circumstances would they have allowed him to proceed if they had known he would be making the jump himself. Lépine assured La Croix that he had never signed an order that allowed a live jump. From his arrival at the tower, however, Reichelt made it clear that he intended to jump himself. According to a later interview with one of the friends who accompanied him up the tower, this was a surprise to everybody, as Reichelt had concealed his intention until the last moment.
His friends tried to persuade him to use dummies in the experiment, assuring him that he would have other opportunities to make the jump himself. When this failed to make an impression on him, they pointed to the strength of the wind and said he should call off the test on safety grounds, or at least delay until the wind dropped. They were unable to shake his resolve; seemingly undeterred by the failure of his previous tests, he told journalists from Le Petit Journal that he was totally convinced that his apparatus would work, and work well. When questioned as to whether he planned to take any additional precautions, such as using a safety rope, he replied that he would not, since he intended to trust his life entirely to his parachute:


I want to try the experiment myself and without trickery, as I intend to prove the worth of my invention. (Je veux tenter l’expérience moi-même et sans chiqué , car je tiens à bien prouver la valeur de mon invention.)

Hervieu, who was present to witness the demonstration, also attempted to dissuade him from making the jump. He was concerned that the parachute needed longer to fully open than the few seconds the drop from the first platform would allow, and he also presented other technical objections to which Reichelt could not provide a satisfactory response. Reichelt finally replied that:

You are going to see how my seventy-two kilos and my parachute will give your arguments the most decisive of denials. (Vous allez voir comment mes soixante-douze kilos et mon parachute vont donner à vos arguments le plus décisif des démentis.)

Film captured Reichelt’s jump and fall, his body being removed, and measurement of the hollow created by the impact.
Ropes had been suspended between the legs of the tower by the police at Reichelt’s request to prevent the crowds from spilling onto the landing zone, and he spent some time discussing the arrangements with the marshals and ensuring that there was sufficient space for his landing before going to the stairs to climb to the first platform.

According to Le Petit Parisien, Reichelt’s initial attempt to ascend to the first stage of the tower was blocked by a guard named Gassion, who had witnessed previous unsuccessful dummy drops and feared that Reichelt’s attempt would end in disaster, though Le Figaro reported that he had merely not received a copy of the order and had to wait for telephone confirmation from his superiors. Despite the guard’s resistance, by 8:00 a.m. the matter had been resolved: Reichelt, who was visibly shaken by his argument with the guard, was allowed to mount the tower with his two friends and a cinematographer (another was stationed near the foot of the tower to record the jump from below).


As he climbed the stairs he paused, turned back to the crowd, raised his hand and wished them a cheery “À bientôt”. (See you soon). His friends continued to try to talk him out of the jump, but Reichelt was quite determined. At 8:22 a.m., observed by a crowd of about 30 journalists and curious onlookers, he readied himself – facing towards the Seine – on a stool placed on a restaurant table next to the interior guardrail of the tower’s first deck, a little more than 57 metres (187 ft) above the ground. After adjusting his apparatus with the assistance of his friends and checking the wind direction by throwing a piece of paper taken from a small book, he placed one foot on the guardrail, hesitated for about 40 seconds, then leapt outwards. According to Le Figaro, he was calm and smiling just before he jumped.
His parachute, which had seemed to be only half-open, folded around him almost immediately and he fell for a few seconds before striking the frozen soil at the foot of the tower.


Le Petit Parisien reported that his right leg and arm were crushed, his skull and spine broken, and that he was bleeding from his mouth, nose and ears. Le Figaro noted that his eyes were wide open and dilated. He was already dead by the time the onlookers rushed to his body, but he was taken to the Necker hospital where he was officially pronounced dead, and then on to a police station in the rue Amelie before being returned to his home in rue Gaillon.

Saturday 20th October 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on October 20, 2018 by bishshat

Destination Star Trek Birmingham

The only official Star Trek event in Europe, DST will be bringing you the stars of Star Trek from over 50 years of great television, including the Original Series and the very latest Discovery series, and all that came between.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Deep Space Nine, and we have plenty to help you celebrate this landmark from exclusive photo shoots with actors in costume & make-up, plus dedicated talks, and a host of DS9 stars to entertain you.

Jason Isaacs is scheduled to appear in what will be his first UK public convention appearance since taking the role of Lorca in Discovery. William Shatner, the legendary Captain Kirk is also set to appear, alongside fellow TOS star Walter Koenig.



First appearance: Star Trek: The Original Series “Journey to Babel” (1968)
The Andorians are an aggressive yet advanced race that was one of the first alien races that formed the original Federation of Planets with humanity.

The Andorians have distinctive blue skin, white hair, and two protruding antennae. The blue skinned humanoids have an advanced armada and a long history of conflict with the Vulcans. This conflict was put aside as Andorians entered into the Federation and, with it, decades of peace. But peace wasn’t easy, as seen in Star Trek: Enterprise, in which Federation Captain Archer and Andorian Captain Thy’lek Shran developed an adversarial relationship that, thankfully, culminated in a friendship based on mutual respect.

The Andorians are more than a bit xenophobic as they refer to humans and Vulcans as “pink skins” and have a long standing mistrust of everything not Andorian. In fact, the Andorians don’t even trust their offshoot race, the very rarely encountered, white-skinned, psychic Aenar.

Enterprise is a bit unfairly-maligned by some Trekkers, but it will always be the show that took the Andorians from background characters to a narratively-explored race with deep contradictions. Of course, I need to mention that the Andorian was also one of the final Trek dolls Mego produced. It is very sparkly.



First appearance: Star Trek: The Original Series “Errand of Mercy” (1967)
When we first met the Klingons, they were classically humanoid aliens that mirrored the worst of humanity. In the earliest Klingon appearances, Klingon society was portrayed as brutal and despotic. They were slave masters that would do anything to crush any opposition.

The Klingons were constant threats. At times, the Klingons seemed to be analogous to the Nazi Third Reich. In other instances, they resembled Communist Russia. But whatever real world nightmare the Klingons represented at any given moment, whenever a Klingon Bird of Prey warped into a confrontation with the Enterprise, fans know that intense action would follow.

When the Klingons returned in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, this brutal race’s appearance was altered. Suddenly, Klingons were shown to have deep forehead ridges and a more bestial appearance. The real reason this was done was because Trek now had a budget, but there has never been an in story reason for the Klingon alteration. This just adds to the mystique of the Klingon race.

Klingons take the next step of their story evolution in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Now, a Klingon served on the bridge of the Enterprise, and it could be argued that this Klingon — Mr. Worf — was the very model of what a Starfleet officer should be. Through Worf, Next Gen explored every aspect of Klingon culture and made it more like a race of honorable technologically-advanced Vikings or Mongols than an analogy to fascism. That exploration continued into Deep Space Nine and, through the half Klingon-half human engineer B’Elanna Torres, onto Voyager.

There is an actual a Klingon language that exists in the real world. A whole freakin’ language has been created inspired by these honorable and violent warriors of the cosmos. So, raise a glass of Klingon Warnog, grab your Bat’leth, and salute the Klingons — a race that started out as typical villains, but evolved into one of the most engaging and inspiring races in the galaxy.



First appearance: Star Trek: The Next Generation “The Last Outpost” (1987)
I would tell you some facts about the Ferengi, but I’d have to charge you about ten bars of (snarl, drool) gold-pressed latinum first. Because that’s what drives the Ferengi race: cold, hard, glimmering, wonderful cash-money.

By the time fans met the crew of the Kirk’s Enterprise, most races in the galaxy had abandoned cash-based economies to focus on the improvement of science and technology for all beings. But not the Ferengi. These big-eared, fanged critters utilize science and technology to procure cash and heaven help any sentients that stand in their way.

Fans first me the Ferengi in Next Gen as the greedy race of miscreants became the first real adversaries Picard’s crew had to face. The Ferengi in Next Gen were vile and greedy, sort of like spacefaring Daffy Ducks. But, in Deep Space Nine, fans were introduced to Quark, Rom, Nog, and other Ferengi that had a streak of nobility. Oh, they were still as greedy as they come, but this Ferengi family, saved the DS9 space station more than once. Heck, Nog even became the first Ferengi to serve in Starfleet.

In DS9, fans learned many of the finer points of Ferengi culture. For example, Ferengi women aren’t allowed to wear clothes. In addition to their odd dress codes, the Ferengi live by the Rules of Acquisition, an almost religious text that teaches the Ferengi the best ways to make money. Quark constantly had to choose between loyalty to his friends and his Ferengi impulses for cash and this often humorous double nature led to some fun dramas.

But, if you have a piece of latinum in your pocket, be warned that there are many Ferengi out there who would kill for it because that is the Ferengi way.


Kira Nerys  is a fictional character in the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–99). She is played by the actress Nana Visitor.

Kira is assigned as the senior Bajoran Militia officer aboard Deep Space Nine, acting as the station’s executive officer under the Starfleet commander Benjamin Sisko, who commands the facility. In the early episodes of the series after Cardassia’s withdrawal from Bajor, the recently ranked Major Kira, now age 26, becomes an influential figure in Bajor’s reconstruction and the politics of the region, due to her assignment to Deep Space Nine, and her closeness to Benjamin Sisko, whom the Bajorans believe to be an emissary from the Bajoran Prophets.

Odo played by René Auberjonois, is a fictional character in the science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He is a member of a shapeshifting species called Changelings and serves as the head of security for the space station Deep Space Nine on which the show is set. Intelligent, observant and taciturn, Odo uses his unique abilities throughout the show to maintain security on the DS9 station and, later, aids the Bajoran people and the Federation throughout the Dominion War against his own people, the Founders.



First appearance: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine “The Emissary” (1993)
As we all know, life in the Trek universe can take many and varied forms. One of the most profoundly different races of the Trek galaxy are the Changelings, a race of intelligent liquid-based shape shifters that reshaped the political climate of the galaxy with the same ease that they reshape their bodies.

The Changelings were also known as The Founders and were the puppet masters behind the Dominion War. From their wormhole homeworld, the Changelings manipulated the universe. The Founders used entire races like chess pieces showing the Federation and its enemies that there are beings that exist within and behind the galaxy that are willing to go any lengths for power. But not all Changelings were adversarial. Through Odo, Trek fans saw another side to this fascinating species. Odo was the constable aboard DS9, a by-the-books cop who went to any lengths (literally) to solve crimes. He was a defender of his Federation friends, particularly Kira Nerys the woman he learned to love. When the Founders merged their liquid forms with Odo, they learned about humanity, and his love and bravery spread even to the hidden spaces of the galaxy.

Plus, The Changelings are an alien species that can easily disguise themselves as furniture. You can’t teach that!



First appearance: Star Trek: The Next Generation “Ensign Ro” (1991)
It is apropos that the Bajorans and Cardassians are so close on this list because the two races are forever linked in the mind of Trek fans. Trekkers first met the Bajoran through Enterprise Ensign Ro Laren, a fiery and ultra-capable young Starfleet cadet.

Ro had everything it took to get ahead in Starfleet. She was loyal, dedicated, brilliant, and strong willed. Yet, the past of her people, the Bajorans, was filled with so much tragedy. The loyalty to her race led Ro away from Starfleet and into the waiting arms of the Marquis, a group that abandoned Starfleet to form a renegade fleet of rebels dissatisfied with Federation doctrine.

Ro’s discontent was expanded upon by the inclusion of the Bajorans in Deep Space Nine. In DS9, fans learnt of the suffering that the Bajorans were forced to endure at the hands of the Cardassians. Bajorans were a race of freedom fighters, a highly scientific and artistic race that had to embrace militarism and xenophobia in order to survive.

In DS9, fans learned almost every aspect of the Bajoran race. What began with Ro continued the Kira Nerys, the second in command of the Deep Space Nine space station and a woman who would do anything to keep her people free and punish her former oppressors.

DS9 introduced many Bajoran notables in its many seasons, and not all of them were benevolent. Of all the races introduced in Star Trek, the Bajorans might be the most tragically human as they had to see their own darkness in order to survive the unthinkable in order to survive the Cardassians.



First Appearance: Star Trek Pilot “The Cage” (1965)
Is there any race in genre fiction more beloved than the Vulcans? This race of logic-driven, emotionless, pointy-eared people have defined the Star Trek experience since day one.

In the Star Trek pilot, “The Cage,” the world was introduced to science officer Spock, a cold, calculating yet brave and benevolent alien who loyally assisted his captain. Fifty years later, Spock is still the strong right hand of the Enterprise. The Vulcan’s lack of emotion serves as a perfect narrative contrast to human nature, with the interactions and differences between Spock, McCoy, and Kirk as the beating heart of Trek since Roddenberry first put pen to paper.

But the wonder of the Vulcans don’t end with Spock. Over the decades — through countless books, films, TV episodes, and comics — many Vulcans have taken center stage and have, in the words of the most famous Vulcan of them all, fascinated fans for generations…

There has been Sarek, Spock’s father who dared to follow his emotions and take a human wife. There has been Tuvok, the brave and able Vulcan officer who served on Voyager. There has been T’Pol, the sometimes cold but always loyal commander that served as the first officer of the first Enterprise. By being so alien, all these characters and so many more have shown the world what it means to be human.

Trek lore has delved deeply into Vulcan history, creating one of most fully-functioning and detailed fictional worlds in all of sci-fi. Sadly, in the latest set of Trek films, Vulcan has fallen and this magnificent race is endangered. But take heart that Spock, Vulcan and Earth’s favorite son, is endeavoring to rebuild the race that has long made Star Trek so awesome.

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First appearance: Star Trek: The Next Generation “Q Who” (1989)
Throughout Trek history, the wonderful men and women who have crafted stories for Star Trek have often reminded fans that space can be a cruel and terrible place — but no race has represented the horrors of the Final Frontier more than the Borg.

The Borg is a race of cyborg drones that share a hive mind. Their only aim is to assimilate the universe and make all Borg. Borg are mindless automatons that answer to the Borg Queen and the Collective. They are unstoppable and fiercely efficient. The Borg roam the galaxy in their distinctive Borg Cubes and, when they encounter any organic race, that race is forcibly assimilated into the Borg. All hopes, history, art, passion, and individuality become part of the Collective while the individual becomes a living weapon, a husk dedicated only to the Borg. Famously, Jean-Luc Picard fell to the Borg and was transformed into Locutus. As Locutus, Picard came an eyelash away from assimilating the Enterprise.

Later, through characters like Hugh Borg and Seven of Nine, some humanity was given to the Borg. Hugh was an injured Borg healed by Picard’s crew, while Seven of Nine broke her programming and served on Voyager. Through both characters, more and more history was revealed about the Borg. Fans even got to meet the Borg Queen in the film Star Trek: First Contact — and what an H.R. Giger nightmare that was.

Throughout the decades, Star Trek has been the most hopeful of sci-fi franchises. Trek is infused with humankind’s potential for greatness and a hope for an enlightened future. The Borg serve as a reminder that technology can lead to paradise, yes, but it can also lead to a cold future of pure horror where individuality is worthless and resistance is futile.



First appearance: Star Trek: The Original Series “A Private Little War” (1968)
Because sometimes in space, there are giant, poisonous horned gorillas. What’s not to love about Mugato? He’s kind of cute, very fuzzy, and is as poisonous as the nastiest snake. Poisonous gorillas in space, this is why we love Trek. Sadly, Mugato only appeared briefly, attacking and poisoning Kirk before being disintegrated by Doctor McCoy.

But, remember: as you watch the hard sci-fi and techno jargon of Trek, as you witness the human adventure of Roddenberry’s galaxy, as you watch carbon-based life forms achieve full potential and enlightenment, remember, in this same world there are fuzzy, horned, albino gorillas that will poison the crap out of you.



First appearance: Star Trek: The Original Series “The Trouble with Tribbles” (1967)
They’re fuzzy, they squeak, they can be deadly — who doesn’t love Tribbles? Ask any casual fan to name a Trek alien, and there’s a good chance Mr. Joe on the street guy will say Tribbles because these bundles of fur are just that darn famous.

“Trouble with Tribbles” — The Original Series installment that first introduced these puff balls — allowed Shatner, Nimoy, and company to really flex their comedy chops. But, when you break down the threat the Tribbles represented, they actually are pretty terrifying… Imagine a species that reproduces so fast, a ship can be suffocating on the things in a matter of days. That’s a bit more Giger than Pokemon.

Despite the threat, the Tribbles also brought the laughs to generations of fans. Of course, the Tribbles were revisited in the classic DS9 episode “Trials and Tribble-ations” and also played a major role in the recent film Star Trek: Into Darkness. To quote a great man from a rival space franchise: “Not bad for a little fuzzball.”


You will be able to sit on the Classic Bridge, or if you prefer see how comfortable the last captain’s chair is from Discovery. A host of genuine screen used props and costumes will also be on display including the recently acquired original phaser from the 1960’s filming.

West Ham 0 Spurs 1

In-form Erik Lamela won the London Derby at West Ham on Saturday afternoon.
The Argentine attacker, in for his first league start of the season at the London Stadium, bagged his fifth goal in seven games, converting Moussa Sissoko’s dangerous delivery shortly before half-time to give us a 1-0 win.
Hugo Lloris preserved our advantage after the break with two superb saves to deny West Ham hotshot Marko Arnautovic, while centre-back Davinson Sanchez stepped up when we needed him most to help us withstand a late Hammers onslaught, notably combining with Lloris to thwart Arnautovic when he wriggled through on goal in stoppage time.
It means we’ve now won seven out of nine in the Premier League ahead of our return to Champions League action at PSV in midweek.
The first half belonged to us as we gradually applied more and more pressure on the Hammers’ box. West Ham did force a trio of corners in the opening exchanges but Lucas Moura was there at the near post each time to deal with it while defender Toby Alderweireld was often in the way of the hosts’ forward endeavours.

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Sissoko went close in the 10th minute, arriving late onto Lucas’ pass across the 18-yard line and letting fly, only to see his strike loop behind for a corner. Our two full-backs were getting into good areas down the sides of the box as the half went on while Harry Winks was a willing explorer through the middle, but clear chances just wouldn’t open up for us. Harry Kane crept in behind down the left side but Issa Diop did just enough to prevent him from getting a shot away from inside the box before our persistence told on 44 minutes when Sissoko found a pocket of space on the right and sent in a dangerous delivery which Lamela turned in at the near post.

There was an extended period of stoppage time due to an injury to West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko, who was taken off on a stretcher shortly before the opener, and we nearly took full advantage to double our lead, only for Lukasz Fabianski to produce a low double save from Lamela and Sanchez, who had stayed up following a free-kick.
Two brilliant saves from skipper Lloris in the first 15 minutes of the second period prevented Arnautovic from drawing his side level, the keeper hurling himself to his left to claw the Austrian international’s header over the top three minutes after the restart and then diving low in the same direction as the in-form front man drilled through a crowded area on the hour mark.

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Sanchez and Diop sent free headers wide at either end but West Ham had the door shut on Kane up top and it was the hosts who wrestled the momentum away as the game went on. The off-side flag went up well before substitute Chicharito fired into the top corner but when the same player slid through for Arnautovic eight yards out amid a period of intense pressure from the hosts in added time, some last-ditch defending saw us survive as Sanchez tackled him from behind and the ball ricocheted away off Lloris right in the danger zone. The hosts never gave up, but neither did we as we defended so resolutely to see out the win.

Friday 19th October 2018

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


Thursday 18th October 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on October 18, 2018 by bishshat

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