Archive for December, 2018

Thursday 13th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 14, 2018 by bishshat

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Wednesday 12th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 12, 2018 by bishshat

Maybe if I looked like a poet I could truly become one.

Look Again

I cannot remember when we last laughed together
Thanks for letting me know
I’m in so much pain right now
My mind is full of nagging questions I keep putting to myself
I don’t trust myself either to deliver an answer that could save me
I enquire upon the situation daily
I asked a Samaritan for some guidance
I speak louder than I want to
I speak more often than I should
I use more words than are good for me
Take it away
Return to the dullness
Forget the need for tenderness
And surly the pain will stop

John Bish 12th December 2018

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Why Remain

We seldom get around
As though we’re living underground
Our windows shuttered and the blinds well down
We never circulate
We spend our time in contemplating
Why the world continues to go round

With all the bad things
Why remain?
With all the sadness and the pain

We grow things in the yard
It’s easier if you discard
Material possessions like the set
The TV is a bore
We’ve seen the programmes all before
Why bother to repeat them when you get

All the bad things
Why remain?
With all the sadness and the pain

With all the sad things
Why remain?
With all the sadness and the pain

Stuart J. Wolstenholme

 

Tuesday 11th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 11, 2018 by bishshat

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Oliver 2 years old today.

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Gift

Life indeed is a
precious gift
but I often think
It seems sent to a wrong person

Ren Hang

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Barcelona 1 Spurs 1

Lucas Moura scored a dramatic 85th-minute equaliser to book Spurs place in the Champions League last 16 with a 1-1 draw at Barcelona. I thought Spurs more than deserved this result tonight and could have won had they taken earlier chances.

Spurs looked to be heading out after Ousmane Dembele pounced on a mistake by Kyle Walker-Peters to hand Barcelona a seventh-minute lead in Camp Nou.

Maurcio Pochettino’s side wasted a host of second-half chances but with Inter Milan only able to draw 1-1 at home to PSV Eindhoven, a point was enough to qualify and Moura duly delivered, steering home Harry Kane’s cross to haul the visitors level.

Barca, already top of the group, rested several players including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, but this was still a resolute display from Tottenham in tense circumstances.

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Pochettino gambled by handing 21-year-old Walker-Peters only his seventh senior start and it appeared to backfire almost immediately as he dallied in possession, allowing Dembele to surge forward on the counter-attack.

He still had plenty to do but beat Walker-Peters in a subsequent footrace before checking back as Harry Winks dived in and slotting the ball past Hugo Lloris.

Spurs initially struggled to find any rhythm but slowly worked their way into the game and after 32 minutes, Heung-Min Son burst through on goal from Christian Eriksen’s pass, only for Jasper Cillessen to stand big and make a fine save with his left foot.

Spurs had dangerous moments thereafter but Philippe Coutinho almost put Barcelona 2-0 up on the strike of half-time, collecting Munir’s pass before driving into the box and hitting Lloris’s left-hand post with a curling effort.

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Barca replaced Ivan Rakitic with Sergio Busquets at the break, however Tottenham upped their game after the interval with Eriksen forcing Cillessen into another good save before Kane skied the ball over when clean through.

Messi was introduced for the final 27 minutes but Spurs continued to create opportunities. Lucas Moura, on for Son, headed Moussa Sissoko’s 75th-minute cross goalwards only for Cillessen to claw the ball away. Moura curled the rebound wide.

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Coutinho hit the post at the other end as Tottenham threw everything forward in search of a precious goal, one that Moura eventually provided. A brief wait followed the final whistle and once the result was confirmed, Tottenham’s away contingent erupted in jubilation.

Sunday 10th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 11, 2018 by bishshat

Seahawks 21 Vikings 7 

Bobby Wagner blocked Dan Bailey’s field goal attempt midway through the fourth quarter, sparking the Seahawks to two late touchdowns and a 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, Seattle’s fourth straight victory.

Chris Carson followed the blocked kick with a 2-yard TD run with 2:53 left, and Justin Coleman provided the capper with a 29-yard fumble return touchdown 18 seconds later.

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What was an ugly and mostly forgettable first three quarters turned into a Seattle party in the fourth as the Seahawks (8-5) moved to the brink of wrapping up a wild-card spot in the NFC. One win in Seattle’s final three games — including matchups with lowly San Francisco and Arizona — should be enough to put the Seahawks into the postseason.

Minnesota (6-6-1) twice had scoring chances in the fourth quarter when it was still a one-score game but was turned away each time. Minnesota’s chances of winning the NFC North took a major hit, but the Vikings still hold the No. 6 spot in the NFC.

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Wagner has been one of the top linebackers in the NFL this season, but it was a debatable special teams play that made the difference. The question was whether his leap over the line of scrimmage was legal to block Bailey’s 47-yard field goal attempt with 5:38 left. Wagner’s jump through a gap in Minnesota’s offensive line was fine, but it appeared he used his teammates to gain leverage, which allowed him to come through and block the kick. A flag was initially thrown but was picked up by the officials.

Seattle took possession and Russell Wilson immediately scrambled 40 yards deep into Minnesota territory. Five plays later, Carson scored and Seattle finally had a cushion.

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Two plays after that, Jacob Martin sacked Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins and the ball popped to Coleman, who weaved his way for the clinching touchdown.

Cousins threw a 6-yard touchdown to Dalvin Cook with 1:10 remaining, but Seattle recovered the onside kick.

Wilson had one of the worst passing games of his career, completing 10 of 20 for career-low 72 yards and a baffling interception late in the first half, one of the many mistakes by Seattle that allowed Minnesota to hang around. But Seattle’s ground game was outstanding against one of the better run defenses in the NFL. The Seahawks finished with 214 yards rushing, led by 90 yards from Carson.

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Minnesota hung around despite failing to run a play in Seattle territory until there was 4:16 left in the third quarter. Cousins was 20 of 33 for 208 yards, most of that coming late. But he failed to get the Vikings into the end zone from inside the Seattle 5 while trailing 6-0 early in the fourth quarter.

The Vikings had first-and-goal at the Seattle 4 but turned the ball over on downs with 9:06 remaining. Two short runs and an incompletion brought up fourth-and-goal at the 1, and Cousins’ pass for Kyle Rudolph was knocked away by Bradley McDougald. Bailey’s field goal was blocked on Minnesota’s next drive.

Sebastian Janikowski hit field goals of 37 and 35 yards to account for all of Seattle’s scoring until the closing minutes.

Sunday 9th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 9, 2018 by bishshat

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I rescued this Buzzard from the middle of the road on the way to Compton Verney.
I had to turn around to pick him up thinking it was already dead. Very much alive just stunned one lucky Buzzard. It took great pleasure in spiking my hands and fingers.
We released it on the lawn after giving it a good check over and it flew away.
Beautiful bird.

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Saturday 8th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 8, 2018 by bishshat

Like a bad penny I  keep turning up
But now I have nowhere else to go

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After the Day

Barclay James Harvest

The eyes of night march slowly by
The last grain falls
The kneeling man just sighs
Protected by the one great wall
Of coloured parts
He probes his clouded mind
If he takes a look around him
Is there nothing left to see
Is there nothing left at all
After the day
With trembling hands he wipes his eyes
He tries to stand
But does not feel the need
The morning sun shines on
The multicoloured cross
Left standing through it all
If he takes a look around him
Is there nothing left to see
Is there nothing left at all
After the day
If he takes a look around him
Is there nothing left to see
Is there nothing left at all
After the day

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True Colors

Billy Steinberg Tom Kelly

You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged
Oh I realize
It’s hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small

But I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

Show me a smile then,
Don’t be unhappy, can’t remember
When I last saw you laughing

If this world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
You call me up
Because you know I’ll be there

And I’ll see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

Can’t remember, when I last saw you laugh.

If this world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
You call me up
Because you know I’ll be there

And I’ll see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors
True colors are shining through

I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow.

Leicester 0 Spurs 2

Spurs retained third place in the Premier League with a comfortable victory over a flat Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

With Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen both rested, Spurs initially struggled to break down the hosts until Son Heung-min’s superb strike just before the break.

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The South Korea forward cut in from the right and hit the top corner with a curling left-footed shot from outside the area.

The impressive Dele Alli then headed in Son’s weighted cross after a flowing counter-attack to put the game beyond Leicester.

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Spurs had dropped to fifth after wins for rivals Chelsea and Arsenal earlier on Saturday, but now move back above their London rivals and are five points behind Manchester City in second.

Friday 7th December 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 7, 2018 by bishshat

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The Chauffeur

Duran Duran

Out on the tar plains, the glides are moving
All looking for a new place to drive
You sit beside me, so newly charming
Sweating dew drops glisten, freshing your side

And the sun drips down bedding heavy behind
The front of your dress all shadowy-lined
And the droning engine throbs in time
With your beating heart

Way down the lane away, living for another day
The aphids swarm up in the drifting haze
Swim seagull in the sky
Towards that hollow western isle
My envied lady holds you fast in her gaze

And the sun drips down bedding heavy behind
The front of your dress all shadowy-lined
And the droning engine throbs in time
With your beating heart

And the sun drips down bedding heavy behind
The front of your dress all shadowy-lined
And the droning engine throbs in time
With your beating heart

Sing blue silver

And watching lovers part, I feel you smiling
What glass splinters lie so deep in your mind
To tear out from your eyes
With a thought to stiffen brooding lies
And I’ll only watch you leave me further behind

And the sun drips down bedding heavy behind
The front of your dress all shadowy-lined
And the droning engine throbs in time
With your beating heart

And the sun drips down bedding heavy behind
The front of your dress all shadowy-lined
And the droning engine throbs in time
With your beating heart

Sing blue silver
Sing, sing blue silver

Known as Albert Schweitzer

There’s more to this kind of camouflage
More than just color and shape

Who’s crawling now, in the tall grass near my tent?

Listen

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The origins of the lyrics for “The Chauffeur” have become part of the Duran Duran legend. In May 1980, while the band were working for Paul and Michael Berrow, who at the time ran the Rum Runner night club in Birmingham, one of the Rum Runner barmaids recommended her ex-boyfriend to be their new lead singer.

Simon Le Bon auditioned in May 1980, bringing with him a book of poetry and lyrics, including the lyrics to the song which would eventually become The Chauffeur.

The word “chauffeur” does not appear in the lyrics at any point, however the song is written from the point of view of someone who is driving another person, a woman, on a hot day.

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Some versions of the song feature words at the end of the track, spoken sotto voice by a man. This monologue is taken from a natural history recording – the man is speaking about insects in the grass.

The song refrain “sing blue silver” was used as the title of the band’s video covering its 1983-84 tour. A book of the same name was also produced to support the tour, showcasing still photography by official tour photographer Denis O’Regan.

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The flute-like instrument heard toward the end of the song is an ocarina played by Simon Le Bon. John Mulligan (often simply known as ‘Mulligan’) of the Birmingham new wave band Fashion supplied the synthesizer arpeggios in the song. John Taylor has stated that he was heavily influenced by Mulligan and Fashion, with Duran Duran opening for Fashion on a number of Fashion’s early tour dates.

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The Poet

Stuart J Wolstenholme

Here I sit watching the day out
No one beside me who may doubt
All of the words that I could chose to say
So listen, believe, or be gone from this day

I need a friend to walk with me
And sit in the shade of an old tree
To think nothing much, just agree with my thoughts
To say nothing much, never tell what I ought

Watching the people pass by now
They just don’t know why or know how
They don’t seem to care about all that I’ve seen
They just walk on by never knowing I’ve been
Sitting up here where I’m wind blown
Only to ask and to be shown
Things that would make you believe what I say
I’ll tell you myself and I’ll show you some day

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Maid of Orleans

OMD

If Joan of Arc had a heart
Would she give it as a gift?
To such as me who longs to see
How an angel
Ought to be

Her dream is to give her heart away
Like an orphan along the way
She cared so much, she offered up
Her body to the grave

Joan Of Arc

Leonard Cohen

Now the flames they followed Joan of Arc
as she came riding through the dark;
no moon to keep her armour bright,
no man to get her through this very smoky night.
She said, “I’m tired of the war,
I want the kind of work I had before,
a wedding dress or something white
to wear upon my swollen appetite.”
Well, I’m glad to hear you talk this way,
you know I’ve watched you riding every day
and something in me yearns to win
such a cold and lonesome heroine.
“And who are you?” she sternly spoke
to the one beneath the smoke.
“Why, I’m fire,” he replied,
“And I love your solitude, I love your pride.”

“Then fire, make your body cold,
I’m going to give you mine to hold,”
saying this she climbed inside
to be his one, to be his only bride.
And deep into his fiery heart
he took the dust of Joan of Arc,
and high above the wedding guests
he hung the ashes of her wedding dress.

It was deep into his fiery heart
he took the dust of Joan of Arc,
and then she clearly understood
if he was fire, oh then she must be wood.
I saw her wince, I saw her cry,
I saw the glory in her eye.
Myself I long for love and light,
but must it come so cruel, and oh so bright?

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Don’t Leave Me Now

Supertramp

Don’t leave me now
Leave me out in the pouring rain
With my back against the wall
Don’t leave me now

Don’t leave me now
Leave me out with nowhere to go
And the shadows start to fall
Don’t leave me now

Don’t leave me now
Leave me out on this lonely road
As the wind begins to howl
Don’t leave me now

Don’t leave me now
All alone on this darkest night
Feeling old and cold and grey
Don’t leave me now

Don’t leave me now
Leave me holding an empty heart
As the curtain starts to fall
Don’t leave me now

Don’t leave me now
All alone in this crazy world
When I’m old and cold and grey and time is gone…

Return to Innocence

I’ve crawled back to 1968
I’ve crawled back to my sanctuary
Back into my room
Laying on my bed
A red light glows lighting a small corner
Safe, safe in my solitary space
My cave, my tomb of memories
My music plays filling my head with guitars and words
Keyboards, drums, and Mellotron
My inner sanctum
I’m surrounded by my books, my poetry, and my life
Safe, safe
Close the door let the music play
Drift away
Back, back, back
Safe to before the storm in my head
Grew larger than reality
To a place before they got a hold of me
Before they told me what to think
No drugs required
No alcohol required
Music only music
Let the music play
Let the darkness take away the pain
Close my eyes
Shut out the loss of love
Sail back on the breeze of sound
Let go of your knowledge
And return to the days of dreams
Let the music play
Guitars, drums, keyboards and words
Shut out the years of what has been
Return to innocence
Before the storm in my head had taken me away
Close the door
Shut it tight
Don’t let them in
Try as they might
Return to my room
Lay on my bed
Listen to the music
Not the storm in my head

John Bish 7th December 2018

Tomb Of Memories

Paul Young

When a man had a thing to say
Sometimes words never come his way
Strong enough to transact something physical.

All the ways that a head can find
To evolve a picture from a state of mind.
You never seems to mean the same to every guy.
Something physical

Words can be found and twisted round.
Words are no substitute when it seems if we’re locked in a room
That’s a tomb of memories.

The hurt, it don’t stop
The hurt, it don’t stop
The hurt, it don’t stop memories

Simple words from a simple man
Can see more than the learning head.
They turn emotion into something physical, yeah
Something physical

Words can be found and twisted round.
Words are no substitute when it seems if we’re locked in a room
That’s a tomb of memories.

The hurt, it don’t stop
The hurt, it don’t stop
The hurt, it don’t stop
The hurt, it don’t stop
The hurt, it don’t stop memories

The hurt, it don’t stop
The hurt, it don’t stop