Archive for February, 2019

Wednesday 27th February 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 27, 2019 by bishshat

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The Road to Hell

Chris Rea

Well I’m standing by the river
But the water doesn’t flow
It boils with every poison you can think of
And I’m underneath the streetlight
But the light of joy I know
Scared beyond belief way down in the shadows
And the perverted fear of violence
Chokes the smile on every face
And common sense is ringing out the bell
This ain’t no technological breakdown
Oh no, this is the road to hell

And all the roads jam up with credit
And there’s nothing you can do
It’s all just bits of paper flying away from you
Oh look out world, take a good look
What comes down here
You must learn this lesson fast and learn it well
This ain’t no upwardly mobile freeway
Oh no, this is the road
Said this is the road
This is the road to hell

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Chelsea 2 Spurs 0

Pedro’s strike and Kieran Trippier’s embarrassing own goal gave Chelsea a 2-0 victory over rivals Tottenham in the Premier League on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.

The eagerly-anticipated team news saw Kepa Arrizabalaga dropped to the bench for Willy Caballero after the Spaniard’s show of dissent in the Carabao Cup final defeat at Wembley on Sunday, while on the pitch both sides hit the woodwork in a goalless first half through Gonzalo Higuain and Harry Winks.


Chelsea took the lead through Pedro, who cut in from the right and squeezed an effort through Hugo Lloris’ legs from an angle, before Trippier’s backpass caught the Spurs goalkeeper rushing out, only to see the ball roll into the net.

Spurs failed to register a shot on target for the first time under Mauricio Pochettino in the Premier League, and the result further dents their slim title hopes, leaving them nine points off leaders Liverpool. Chelsea remain sixth, three points off fourth-place Arsenal, but with a game in hand.

Before the game, Sarri described his decision to drop Kepa as a message for the group, and he received a big team performance for a vital win in the race for the top four.

During an exhilarating start, Chelsea hit the post as Moussa Sissoko’s failed clearance fell to Higuain, only for the forward to slice a half volley against the post from 12 yards.

Higuain then curled wide from the edge of the box with Lloris rooted, before a flashpoint at the other end as Harry Kane unsportingly chased down a Spurs pass-back to David Luiz after a drop ball. Luiz and Caballero took umbrage with Kane’s actions before an altercation, and though Kane was seen moving his head towards Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta, referee Andre Marriner did not punish him.


Spurs began to find their rhythm and were nearly ahead before the break, only for Winks’ long-range effort to rebound off the bar after taking the slightest touch off a Chelsea foot.

But Chelsea upped the pace after the break and got a deserved opener through man-of-the-match Pedro, beating Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld on the right flank, cutting onto his left and finding the net through the legs of Lloris from 10 yards.

Kane was then found by Davies in a fine position, eight yards out, but couldn’t get his feet right, miscuing wide of goal as Spurs struggled to muster up any clear second-half chances.


Their misery was compounded with six minutes remaining as Trippier put too much on a simple backpass for Lloris, catching the goalkeeper unaware as they watched the ball roll agonisingly into the net.

Tuesday 26th February 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 26, 2019 by bishshat

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Monday 25th February 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 25, 2019 by bishshat

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Sunday 24th February 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 24, 2019 by bishshat

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Saturday 23rd February 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 23, 2019 by bishshat

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Burnley 2 Spurs 1

The sun was shining down on the pitch and that caused a headache for the Spurs defence in the first half, with Hugo Lloris forced to divert Jeff Hendrick’s attempt straight from a corner over the bar inside the first two minutes.

Harry Kane made the headlines after making a full recovery from an ankle ligament injury to start his first game in six weeks.
All eyes were on the 25-year-old and after an understandably slow start, Kane got his first glimpse of goal after driving towards the penalty area and sending a low shot wide of the far post. Burnley nearly took the lead in some style through Ashley Barnes just after the half-hour mark, the striker latching onto a scuffed cross from Jeff Hendrick to fire narrowly over the bar.


Chances were at a premium in the first half but the game livened up after the interval, and Heaton had to be on hand to deny Kane after the striker had unleashed a ferocious effort from 30 yards. Then came the opener, but not from the team who was providing the pressure. Dwight McNeil whipped in a lovely corner and there was Chris Wood to send a bullet header in off the bar.


Spurs responded quickly and it wasn’t long before they were back on level terms. Some quick thinking from Danny Rose enabled him to send a long throw down the line to Kane, who shrugged off Ben Mee’s challenge to poke past Tom Heaton.

Spurs continued their push for a winner, with Pochettino sending on Fernando Llorente and Erik Lamela, but it was Burnley who found the crucial opening when Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s cross was turned in by Ashley Barnes at the back post to land a firm blow to Spurs faint title hopes

Friday 22nd February 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 22, 2019 by bishshat

Heart on My Sleeve

Gallagher and Lyle

I wear my heart on my sleeve,
I’m not afraid to say what i mean,
Mean what i say.
I set myself up, let myself down,
I may be a fool to spread it around.
But i just wanna let you know,
Sometimes i find it so hard not to show,
So i sigh and i let my feelings go.
I wear my heart on my sleeve,
Don’t count the cost,
If i can’t live in love then surely i’ve lost.
You tend to get burned, tend to get bruised,
But it’s my life whatever i choose.
Oh, i just wanna let you know,
Sometimes i, i find it so hard not to show,
So i sigh and i let my feelings go.
I wear my heart on my sleeve,
I wear my heart on my sleeve.
You tend to get burned, tend to get bruised,
But it’s my life whatever i choose.
Oh, i just wanna let you know,
‘Cause sometimes i find it so hard not to show,
So i sigh, but, baby, you’re not alone.
You wear your heart on your sleeve,
You wear your heart on your sleeve.
I wear my heart on my sleeve,
I wear my heart on my sleeve.
I wear my heart on my sleeve,
I wear my heart on my sleeve,
I wear my heart on my sleeve,
Mm, my heart on my sleeve,
Baby, you know, i wear my heart on my sleeve,
Oh, my heart on my sleeve.
You wear your heart on your sleeve,
I wear my heart on my sleeve.


The Chamberlain Clock is an Edwardian, cast-iron, clock tower in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, England. It was erected in 1903 to mark Joseph Chamberlain’s tour of South Africa between 26 December 1902 and 25 February 1903, after the end of the Second Boer War. The clock was unveiled during Chamberlain’s lifetime, in January 1904[1] by Mary Crowninshield Endicott, Joseph Chamberlain’s third wife.

Standing at the junction of Vyse and Frederick Streets with Warstone Lane, it is now a local landmark and symbol of the Quarter. Chamberlain had been a resident on Frederick Street and had also helped jewellers through his campaign work to abolish Plate Duties – a tax affecting jewellery tradesmen of the time. The timepiece was originally powered by a clockwork winding handle.


Warstone Lane Cemetery, also called Brookfields Cemetery, Church of England Cemetery, or Mint Cemetery (from the adjacent Birmingham Mint), is a cemetery dating from 1847 in Birmingham, England. It is one of two cemeteries in the city’s Jewellery Quarter, in Hockley (the other being Key Hill Cemetery).

A major feature is the two tiers of catacombs, whose unhealthy vapours led to the Birmingham Cemeteries Act which required that non-interred coffins should be sealed with lead or pitch.

The foundation stone for the chapel was laid on 6 April 1847. The blue brick gate lodge building, designed by J. R. Hamilton and J. M. Medland and built in 1847–8, survives, and is a Grade II listed building. The cemetery is itself Grade II on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. The cemetery was originally reserved for members of the established Church of England, whereas Key Hill (opened in 1836) was non-denominational, and was therefore favoured by nonconformists.

On the night of 11 December 1940, all but the tower and classical west portico of St Thomas’ Church, Bath Row, was destroyed by German bombs. The church was not rebuilt. The grounds were laid out for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 when the gravestones were removed and the dead reinterred at Warstone Lane Cemetery. The gardens were re-designed as the St. Thomas’s Peace Garden in 1995 in commermoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II.


The War Stone rock in Warstone Lane Cemetery in the Jewellery Quarter. It is a glacial erratic made from the volcanic rock felstone, which was carried here from its parent rock in Wales by glacial ice and deposited as the ice melted. Originally it was known as the Hoar Stone, which was likely derived from the Old English har stan feld, meaning ‘boundary stone field. It was used as a parish boundary where the manors of Aston, Birmingham and Handsworth met. It has lay in the area for many thousands of years in peace and tranquility until the industrial revolution hit and the sprawling urban landscape of Birmingham and it’s emerging Jewellery quarter quickly developed around it. Today it remains as a monument to the past and has been located on a sandstone plinth with the following inscription:

“This felsite boulder was deposited near here

by a glacier during the Ice Age: being at one

time used as a parish boundary mark, it

was known as the ‘Hoar Stone’ of which the

modern War Stone is a corruption”.


Thursday 21st February 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 22, 2019 by bishshat



A vision met me like the apocalypse
Like a meteor had hit
Like the scene at Hooge or Memetz Wood
It was awful
I felt sick inside
I was hoping you would not ask me
You did
I could not speak
I stood and stared
Really I felt sick
But you
You were so strong
You were
So determined
I must give you that
I was impressed by you all
And I felt old
I felt my time is nearly done here
My sadness is a waste of energy I see that
You are right and I am left behind
That’s how it is
That’s how time passes
New things grow from great effort
But I am tired now
The young won’t care about sentiment
They are the now and you make it happen
You are Legend

Bish 22nd February 2019


Good morning John,

I’m getting in touch as it has come to my attention that you posted a series of images on Instagram yesterday about the changes taking place around the Forest School site. Your reaction is completely understandable and will no doubt be shared by many others. However, as an employee and therefore an advocate of Compton Verney, I would like to impress upon you the potential impact that a seemingly innocuous post on social media can have, and would implore you to remove the post.

Your colleagues across the organisation are working very hard to deliver the essential changes that must take place to ensure a sustainable future for Compton Verney. All the work has been carefully planned and undertaken with the approval and recommendations not only from Stratford District Council, but also Historic England, Middlemarch (part of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust) and Warwickshire Archaeology. Some of the decisions have been difficult to make, but those making them have done all they can to ensure that the action being taken is the best option, for the benefit of the parkland, organisation, and visitor experience.

The reason for the removal of trees around the Forest School site has not been necessitated solely by the changes to the car park, as you may assume. It has also been essential for the maintenance of the ecology of the woodland. The Wellingtonias and other protected trees were under threat from encroaching plants and these had to be removed in order to protect them and secure their futures. There were also several plants and trees that were reaching the end of their natural life cycle and were beginning to pose a potential threat of falling, which I’m sure you would agree would be devastating should they hurt a member of the public, particularly a child at the Forest School site. While the site may feel somewhat barren at the moment, the project is still quite far from completion, with lots of planting planned, including the introduction of mature oak trees.

I know that change is hard, and the Forest School site is held closely in many peoples’ hearts, but it is for this reason that we’re asking staff, volunteers and all advocates of Compton Verney to come together to present a positive and united approach, and to reassure the wider public that the decision has not be thoughtless, and that it will ultimately result in a better experience for all. This will be communicated thoroughly with staff during Induction Week, but before then I know that Emma and Emma have plans to brief the Forest School team for the incoming education groups who will be arriving earlier than the general public.

A little post on social media may feel private and personal, but it can be seen and shared by many, or prompt others to create similar posts. It can begin a chain reaction of responses that can quickly escalate, and ultimately has the potential to be picked up by press. This not only creates a significant amount of work for the Marketing and Communications team to manage, but may also upset colleagues throughout the organisation who have been working tirelessly on the project to make it the best it can be.

We do have a thorough plan to communicate the changes to staff and the wider public, and therefore I would kindly ask that you remove the post and help us to share a positive message that supports the work of our colleagues.

If you have any questions and concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, or to speak directly to Emma and the Learning Team. I hope you understand and that you might put aside any personal opinions, to focus on the positives and share a hopeful message for the future.

All the best,
Jess Wolinski
Director of Sales and Marketing

Hello Jess

Yes I fully understand your letter to me.

I am very committed to CV and have been for ten years.
I will continue to promote its many wonderful offerings to everyone. I know my colleagues work hard and are as committed as I am to promoting CV.

I have to say as a sixty plus man I sometimes forget that the internet has a wider audience than just me and people known to me. I often post things so I can remember them like a personal diary or the like.

I am a poet and an artist and have a real passion for art, life and nature.
This mix sometimes gets me into trouble as I also wear my heart on my sleeve and say things that I mean and do not hide my feelings.

I can see my friends working hard and I regret posting the image I did not want to upset people on a personal level.

They know how painful it was for me to see the forest school area as it is now.
I worked very hard with Vix and Clifford and other volunteers but it was mostly I and Clifford every week and more working in this area so it really hurt.

I apologise again and have removed the post. I regret posting it.

Hope you can understand I never meant to cause harm to CV or my friends.

John Bishop