Archive for December, 2018

Saturday 22nd December 2018

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

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It Came Out Of The Sky

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Oh, it came out of the sky, landed just a little south of Moline
Jody fell out of his tractor, couldn’t b’lieve what he seen
Laid on the ground and shook, fearin’ for his life
Then he ran all the way to town screamin’ “It came out of the sky.”
Well, a crowd gathered ’round and a scientist said it was marsh gas
Spiro came and made a speech about raising the Mars tax
The Vatican said, “Woe, the Lord has come”
Hollywood rushed out an epic film
And Ronnie the Popular said it was a communist plot

Oh, the newspapers came and made Jody a national hero
Walter and Eric said they’d put him on a network T.V. show
The White House said, “Put the thing in the Blue Room”
The Vatican said, “No, it belongs to Rome.”
And Jody said, “It’s mine and you can have it for seventeen million.”

Oh, it came out of the sky, landed just a little south of Moline
Jody fell out of his tractor, couldn’t b’lieve what he seen
Laid on the ground a shakin’, fearin’ for his life
Then he ran all the way to town screamin’ “It came out of the sky.”

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Thursday 20th December 2018

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

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Video Killed the Radio Star

Buggles

I heard you on the wireless back in ’52
Lying awake, intent at tuning in on you
If I was young it didn’t stop you coming through

Oh-a oh

They took the credit for your second symphony
Rewritten by machine on new technology
And now I understand the problems you can see

Oh-a oh
I met your children
Oh-a oh
What did you tell them?
Video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star
Pictures came and broke your heart
Oh-a-a-a oh

And now we meet in an abandoned studio
We hear the playback and it seems so long ago
And you remember the jingles used to go

Oh-a oh
You were the first one
Oh-a oh
You were the last one

Video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star
In my mind and in my car
We can’t rewind we’ve gone too far

Oh-a-a-oh oh
Oh-a-a-oh oh

Video killed the radio star
Video killed the radio star
In my mind and in my car
We can’t rewind we’ve gone to far
Pictures came and broke your heart
Put the blame on VTR

You are a radio star
You are a radio star
Video killed the radio star (You are)
Video killed the radio star (Radio star)
Video killed the radio star (You are)
Video killed the radio star (Radio star)
Video killed the radio star (You are)
Video killed the radio star (Radio star)
Video killed the radio star (You are)
Video killed the radio star (Radio star)

Oh-a oh

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Wednesday 19th December 2018

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

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Arsenal 0 Spurs 2

Spurs avenged their league defeat to Arsenal by booking their place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win at the Emirates.

Breakaway goals in either half from Heung-min Son and Dele Alli saw Spurs reach the last four in the competition for the first time since 2015. Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette struck the post with efforts but that was as close as Arsenal came as they slipped to back-to-back defeats for the first time since August.

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The Gunners started in similar fashion to their league victory over Spurs earlier in December, bombarding the visitors’ goal with attempts early on. Henrikh Mkhitaryan glanced wide from a corner inside two minutes, Ramsey missed the target a drilled shot six minutes later, and the Arsenal pair combined brilliantly on 12 minutes only for Paulo Gazzaniga to keep the Wales international’s near-post effort out.

But against the run of play, Spurs took the lead. Gazzaniga’s long punt sparked a counter as Alli gathered and released Son through on goal, and the South Korean showed great composure to finish into the far corner beyond Petr Cech.

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Spurs should have had a second on the half hour as Christian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko combined on the counter, but the Frenchman blazed over upon receiving the ball on the edge of the Arsenal area.

Arsenal threatened to draw level before half-time with a flurry of late chances. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang charged down a Gazzaniga clearance, but, after Ben Davies failed to clear the danger, Ramsey’s unnecessary back-heel was cut out.

Gazzaniga then pulled off a sunning save a point-blank range to tip a volley from Ramsey onto the post before Sokratis Papastathopoulos headed wide from a corner before the interval. Lacazette and Kane were introduced on 58 minutes as both managers looked to turn the derby in their favour.

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But it was the Spurs striker that had an instant impact, controlling a clearance on halfway a minute after coming on and releasing Alli, who lofted home Spurs’ second over the on-rushing Cech.

Arsenal sought an immediate response and almost got it as Aubameyang drove to the byline and cut the ball back for Lacazette, but his scuffed effort clipped the outside of the post. But after Aubameyang saw a sliced cross hit the crossbar, little else materialised from the Arsenal attack as Spurs gave their fans some early Christmas cheer.

 

Monday 17th December 2018

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

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Sunday 16th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 16, 2018 by bishshat

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Seahawks 23 49rs 26 OT

Facing third-and-4 on the first possession of overtime, Russell Wilson lofted a pass towards J.D. McKissic, who was streaking down the right sideline, and the running back hauled in the catch for a 32-yard gain to put the Seahawks in 49ers territory.

Then Wilson looked behind him and saw the flag, which caused him to briefly drop to a knee in frustration. Instead of a first down, a holding penalty made it third-and-14. The Seahawks were unable to convert and had to punt, then the 49ers drove down the field—in part thanks to a pass interference penalty—setting up the field goal that gave them a 26-23 victory.

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In a game where the Seahawks were called for 14 penalties, totaling 148 yards, it was somewhat fitting that overtime turned in part because of two big penalties.

“That was kind of the tale of the day,” Wilson said. “We had too many penalties. We’ve got to be sharper, we’ve got to be cleaner. It’s a disappointing loss, because we felt like we could have played better in that sense… When it comes down to crunch time, we’ve got to be great, we’ve got to be rock solid, and we will be moving forward.”

The penalties were costly in all three phases, whether it was the five holding penalties that helped kill drives, or the two 15-yarders on defense on one 49ers drive that ended in a field goal, or the multiple penalties on special teams that changed field position. All of those penalties made it so the Seahawks lost despite posting a lot of numbers that would usually indicate success.

The Seahawks rushed for 168 yards, they went 9-for-19 on third down while limiting the 49ers to a 3-for-10 conversion rate, and they won the turnover battle, but none of that was enough to overcome the most penalty yards in franchise history.

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“This was really a clear game where we hurt ourselves so much with this penalty thing that it took our chances away,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “We ran the football, we converted on third down, we held them on third down, time of possession, so many things—we were plus in the turnover ratio—that’s how we play, but really uncharacteristically, we had 148 yards in penalties, and 10 (penalties) in the second half, which is just crazy, I don’t know how that could happen.

“There was just too much to overcome, so that was a difficult game. This was obviously a really important championship opportunity for us, and there’s huge lessons for our team. We’ve got to make sure we don’t hurt ourselves, and when that happens it’s hard to overcome, and we didn’t today.”

Added receiver Doug Baldwin, “We can’t have 14 penalties. It really comes down to the details, being locked in for four quarters. It’s as simple as that. We had some explosive plays get called back because of penalties. If we eliminate that, we win this game, and I don’t think it’s as close as it was. That’s going to be the biggest lesson, making sure we get the penalty situation cleaned up.

“It’s just a bump in the road. This is nothing that we’re going to overreact to. We’re going to learn from it, move forward and get better.”

As Carroll noted, the Seahawks had a big opportunity on Sunday, namely the ability to clinch a playoff berth, but Carroll and his players were quick to point out that they fell short of that goal because they were sloppy on Sunday—and because of the things the 49ers did well—and not because they were in any way overlooking an opponent that came into the game with a 3-10 record.

“I don’t think any of that is what happened,” Carroll said. “I think we were sloppy with the penalty situation. All of the numbers match up to how we play—the running numbers, the third down numbers were the best we’ve had in quite a while, the defense kept the numbers down, played really well in the second half, so we did a lot of really good things like we normally do. Two of the last three weeks we’ve had four penalties, so 14 today for 148 yards, it’s just really hard to overcome that, and we weren’t able to in a close game.”

Baldwin, who had 77 yards and two touchdowns, said he could see why people watching on TV might wonder about the Seahawks overlooking an opponent, but said emphatically that wasn’t what happened Sunday.

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“I know how hard our coaches work, I know how hard these players work, and I can’t take anything away from the 49ers, they played an excellent game tonight,” Baldwin said. “They battled hard, and they fought back—every time we threw a punch, they threw one back at us. So again, I’ve got to give them some credit.”

The Seahawks still have two more games to try to secure a playoff berth, but know they need to play a lot cleaner game when they host the Chiefs and Cardinals in their final two games at CenturyLink Field.

“This is where great players show up, this is where great teams show up, this is where you face a little adversity—there’s going to be adversity, and you’ve got to know how to respond to it,” Wilson said. “So maybe it was a great sense of a lesson learned where we can get better.”

Saturday 15th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 16, 2018 by bishshat

Spurs 1 Burnley 0

It looked like it was going to be one of those frustrating days as we totally dominated with over 70 per cent possession, Hugo Lloris not having a save to make in a game of one-way traffic, but the breakthrough just wouldn’t come as Burnley defended for their lives.

But the great Dane delivered the magic moment in the 91st minute, taking Harry Kane’s pass and firing past Burnley keeper Joe Hart to give us a hard-fought 1-0 win.

With Jan Vertonghen missing with a thigh injury and Eric Dier suffering from a virus, left-back Ben Davies stepped in at centre-back while 18-year-old Academy product Oliver Skipp was handed his full Premier League debut. Fellow Academy starlet TJ Eyoma was on the bench as defensive cover.

The game took a while to get going as Burnley set out their game plan from the first whistle, happy to sit back and invite us to break them down while countering whenever the opportunity arose and it was 18 minutes before we fashioned our first chance. Erik Lamela clipped a ball over the top for Lucas Moura who met it first time with a right-foot lob from just inside the area, but it sailed just wide.

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We had claims for a penalty waved away after a coming together between Kane and James Tarkowski and Dele Alli had a shot blocked before Hart made the first save of the game on 31 minutes. A quick free-kick taken by Moussa Sissoko just outside our area led to a swift move involving Lamela and Kane, who swept the ball out wide to the supporting Sissoko, he in turn found Lamela inside the area but Hart was out quickly to smother from close range.

Burnley’s first real chance came in the last minute of the half, Lloris’ clearance going straight to Phil Bardsley who clipped in a cross which was met by Barnes but he headed way over.

And it was the visitors with the first sight of goal after the interval, Robbie Brady’s 48th-minute free-kick volleyed back across goal by former Spur Aaron Lennon to Ashley Barnes, whose effort from 10 yards out was blocked by a combination of Toby Alderweireld and Kane.

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But from then on we dominated the second half, certainly in terms of possession as we controlled the ball for long periods, switching from left to right and back again, trying to open up the massed ranks of the Burnley defence. The fact that both Brady and Bardsley were booked for time-wasting showed the frustrating nature of the game.

One great opportunity did come our way in the 75th minute when we switched the ball out to the left to Danny Rose, his cross falling to the feet of Lamela whose side-footed effort from six yards was kept out by Hart’s strong hand low down to his right.

Within the last 25 minutes we made three attacking substitutions as Eriksen, Heung-Min Son and Fernando Llorente all entered the fray. And two of them almost combined for the breakthrough five minutes from time, the latter heading down for Son, but he dragged his shot wide from the corner of the six yard box. Then in the final minute of normal time it almost came again, Son’s low cross going all the way to the back post but Dele just couldn’t get a clean touch and he hit the side-netting.

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But eventually the pressure told and when Kane collected the ball with his back to goal inside the area, he had the foresight to wait for Eriksen’s support before laying it into his path, the Dane lashing the ball past Hart to the delight of all but a small corner of Wembley Stadium. It was no more than we deserved, a reward for our patience in a tough, frustrating match but another big three points on the board.

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Friday 14th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 16, 2018 by bishshat

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Huntingdon

No more kisses
No more I love you
No more hugs
The texts write out lines on the screen
That states the facts of a love grown cold
The chill reaches me in my bed alone and sad
I do not want to question her words or lack of them
This just hits home that the love has gone
I must act but a dulling sleep seems the only option right now
Turn ff the music
Turn off the light
Close the book
Put away the pen
And then?
And then!
Endure the emptiness of surrender
The inevitable sadness that seeps in
So under the blanket I must go
Sleep
Sleep
Sleep
Sleep and hope the pain goes away

J Bish 14th December 2018