Archive for December, 2019

Wednesday 4th December 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 4, 2019 by bishshat

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Inside the Parish Church of St Nicholas in Alcester (parts of which date back to the 14th century) can be found the tomb of Sir Fulke Greville (Died 10 November 1559) and his wife Elizabeth Willoughby, 3rd Baroness Willoughby de Broke, de jure 11th Baroness Latimer (Born 1512 – Buried 15 November 1562) and it was beside this tomb, according to the Paranormal Database, that the apparition of the aforementioned Fulke Greville has been witnessed.

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At the west end of the north aisle is a well-preserved altar-tomb with the alabaster effigies of Sir Fulke Greville, 10 Nov. 1559, and Lady Elizabeth (Willoughby) his wife, 1562. The knight wears the full plate armour of his younger years, sword and dagger: his hands are in prayer and his feet rest on a lion: about his shoulders is a chain with a pendent cross. He wears three rings on the fingers of each hand. His head rests on his helmet, which bears a crest of a greyhound’s head. His armour is painted black with gilded enrichments. The lady, on his left, wears a close-fitting cap and veil, a small ruff and a necklace. The tight bodice is held by knotted cords, and has slashed and puffed sleeves, also pendent false sleeves with cheveron ornament: an overskirt is folded back revealing the pleated underskirt. From her waist is a pendent chain with a flat round sachet. Over all she wears a mantle loosely tied across her breast by pendent cords with tasselled ends. Her head rests on a cushion.

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Her hands are in prayer and she wears three rings on each. At her feet is a tiny dog biting the end of her overskirt. The effigy has remains of colouring, the mantle being red; the other garments were probably black. The top slab has moulded edges in which is the carved inscription. At the angles of the sides of the tomb are round shafts with spiral ornament, and similar intermediate shafts divide the longer sides into three bays. Each middle bay bears a shield of arms in a garter, the dexter Greville, the sinister Willoughby. In the other bays are represented the children as weepers: the dexter bays have three and four sons respectively, the eldest in armour, the others in gowns, except the sixth who is shown in grave-clothes. On the sinister side are eight daughters, the sixth being in grave-clothes. At the head end of the tomb is a quartered shield of Greville in a garter with nude men as supporters. At the foot end, under the wording: ‘Arma Richardi dni. de bello campo, baronis de Powick & dni. de Alincester’ are a shield with the quartered Greville arms, a lozenge with the twenty Willoughby quarterings, and between them a small shield of Beauchamp quartering Ufflete. The quarterings of Greville and Willoughby are repeated on small shields below the top string.

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Tuesday 3rd November 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 3, 2019 by bishshat

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Bad Guy

Billie Eilish & Justin Bieber

White shirt now red, my bloody nose
Sleepin’, you’re on your tippy toes
Creepin’ around like no one knows
Think you’re so criminal
Bruises on both my knees for you
Don’t say thank you or please
I do what I want when I’m wanting to
My soul so cynical

So you’re a tough guy
Like it really rough guy
Just can’t get enough guy
Chest always so puffed guy

I’m that bad type
Make your mama sad type
Make-your-girlfriend-mad type
Might seduce your dad type
I’m the bad guy (Duh)
I’m the bad guy

Gold teeth, my neck, my wrist is froze
(So icy)
I got more ice than, than the snow
That guy don’t act like you don’t know
That guy, so critical
Tattoos on both my sleeves, yeah I
Don’t sleep, please don’t wake me
Loosen my tie up, so I can breathe
It ain’t political, oh no

Yeah I’m a bad guy
Ain’t no holdin’ back guy
Come off like a mad guy
Always got your back guy
Yeah I’m the real type
Keep you full of thrills type
Show you what it feels like
Got an open invite
I’m the bad guy, whoa (Duh)
I’m the bad guy (Duh)

I’m only good at being bad, bad

I like when you get mad
I guess I’m pretty glad that you’re alone
(So icy)
You said she’s scared of me?
I mean, I don’t see what she sees
But maybe it’s ’cause I’m wearing your cologne
(Let’s go)

(I’m a bad guy)
(Damn right)
(I’m-I’m a bad guy)
(Oh yeah)
(I’m a—)

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To Ashes, To Dust

Psycho Nikoros

To ashes, to dust
Robbed of light
But not yet now
Miracles wait until the last
ocean of time
Eternal law
To ashes, to dust
To ashes
But not yet

To ashes, to dust
Robbed of light
But not yet to
wait for miracles
But not now
miracles wait until the last

It’s just a dream
Just hitting the wind
Who knows exactly?
The clock on your wall
It is filled with sand
Lay your hand in mine
And let us be eternal
You now make your choice
And throw us between happiness and torment
But I can forgive
you You are so close to death
And yet your gaze so clear
Know me, I am ready
And seek immortality

It’s just a dream
Just hitting the wind
Who knows …

Severija Janusauskaite

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Dust, Ash and Disgrace

I have a hunger that won’t be satisfied
It just won’t stop
Like a virus it will devour its host
It won’t rest
No peace of mind, no lazy day
Like the fires of Hell it burns away
My soul will never survive this ride
The end of my time
Will I guess decide
I don’t believe in a better place
My pain will cease
Dust and ash and disgrace
No heroes mark
No dreams
No longing
No desire
All will have gone
My atoms returning to the bigger plan
Until the heat death of the universe

But chaos does not have a plan

John Bish 26th June 2019

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Monday 2nd December 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 2, 2019 by bishshat

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December 2019

I have nothing more to say
The poet closes his eyes
As his eyes close he lets go the pen
The page remains blank
He closes the book and sets it in a draw
The draw one of nine is full of things he has thought
Things he has seen and done
All seem without point
Love, sadness and loss
Loss always loss
This loss creates empty space
And now there appears not enough time to organise things
To arrange them into something that would make sense
Make it all right
The mind is weak
The body is unforgiving
The memory more so
Even sleep is arrested by pain
So many books unread
So much to learn but for what
Another year’s end approaches
Another fake TV Christmas
So many decisions left undecided
Each turn of his mind is neglected
Look no further than simple
For complications lead to sadness
There it is
All said now
The poet closes his mind
And as his mind closes he lets go of it all

John Bish December 2nd 2019.

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Seahawks 37 Vikings 30

There were no secrets as the Seahawks’ offense came to the line facing a third-and-one at the Minnesota 33-yard line, just over two minutes left in a game that had seemed so secure just a few ticks of the clock earlier that was suddenly hanging on what would happen on the next snap.

The play call, left tackle Duane Brown said, was Y Zone, to the right.

“We called it maybe four, five plays in a row,” Brown said. “By the fourth or fifth time they knew exactly what was coming.’’

And with the offensive line leading the way as it had all night, Chris Carson pushed forward for 11 yards, which helped Seattle run out the clock on a 37-30 victory that not only gave the Seahawks 10 wins for the seventh time in the Pete Carroll era but also put them in first place in the NFC West, and gave them the second playoff seed in the NFC.

And if there’s a lot more football left, veteran linebacker K.J. Wright – part of all those previous 10-win seasons – said it means something for Seattle to be where it is now.

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“You’ve got to be in first place at some point, so it feels good,” he said “We know we’ve got to continue it. It won’t be an easy road for us. But for us to get home-field advantage (in the playoffs) is definitely on our radar, and we know once we get that we can be scary.”

The 10th win and moving into first place came in a manner that Carroll couldn’t have admired more – with a punishing run-first offensive attack that converted a few big plays when it had to, and an opportunistic defense and special teams that forced three turnovers. Sure, there were a few stumbles – the game appeared to be a rout when Seattle took a 34-17 lead early in the fourth quarter.

But Carroll and others, it said something that Seattle didn’t wilt when things suddenly got tough. “We didn’t get rattled at all,” Wright said. “We actually wanted to make up for the two touchdowns we did give up.”

And when the Vikings got the ball back with 3:27 left needing a touchdown to take the lead, Seattle got the stop it had to have, forcing a turnover on downs at the Vikings 42.

And then, with 2:27 left and the Vikings still having all of their timeouts, the offense got the first down it needed to run out most of the clock, with the special teams then securing things with a forced fumble and recovery on the final kickoff.

“Close games are cool, aren’t they?” Carroll said with a laugh of what was Seattle’s ninth win this year by eight points or fewer.

But what he seemed to like most was the way the offense controlled the game, and especially a line that in years passed was often pointed to as one of the team’s biggest weaknesses, but as the calendar turns to December appears to be again finding the form of last season when the Seahawks led the NFL in rushing.

“I think the guys up front did a really good job against a really good group,” Carroll said.”This is an especially hard defense to play against and we came through.”

Indeed, against a defense that came into the game ranked sixth in the NFL against the run at 94.2, Seattle rushed for a season-high 218 yards on a season-high-tying 43 rushing attempts.

Quarterback Russell Wilson said the number of runs was in part because of the way the Vikings decided to play defense — at essence, keeping two safeties back to focus on defending Seattle’s passing game.

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“They kept playing two-high shell super deep,” Wilson said. “They didn’t want any shots thrown on them. So we just said, ‘OK, we’ll run it. We’ll do what we do really well.’ “

That led to Chris Carson bouncing back from the follies in Philly with 102 yards and Rashaad Penny showing last week was no fluke with 74 yards on 15 carries. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer admitted later that “I thought they would be throwing the ball a little bit more than they did. They stuck with it (the run) more than I thought.”

Brown said the fact that Seattle has played Minnesota four times in the past two years (including two preseason games) meant that “we kind of knew what to expect of them.”

But the real key, Brown said, “was just guys playing physical. We knew we wanted to run the ball. They have a really good pass rush. We didn’t want to get into a game where we were one-dimensional.”

Seattle hung with the run even after it fell behind 14-7 on a bizarre pick-six late in the second quarter when Wilson had a pass tipped at the line back in his direction and then tried to bat it back to the ground, as he has been coached to do.

Instead, he got hit by Minnesota’s Stephen Weatherly which threw off his balance.

“I was trying to knock it down,” he said. “I think I got hit as I was trying to knock it down. Just got to work on my hops a little bit and get a little higher.”

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But Wilson quickly recovered, leading a field goal drive – one of five straight scoring drives spanning the late second to early fourth quarters. Those were aided by a Tre Flowers interception (Flowers was one of eight players struck by a flu bug and was said by Carroll to vomit in pratice during the week) and a fumble recovery by Bradley McDougald. That gave Seattle a 34-17 lead with 13:30 to play in the game.

A blown coverage led to a long TD for Minnesota (“just a mental mistake,” Carroll said), and then a DK Metcalf fumble and a penalty on Flowers led to another, and suddenly it was 34-30 with 7:14 left.

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But the Vikings got no closer, and as the game ended, Jordan Roos grabbed a Seahawks flag and waved it in the end zone as the Beastie Boys song “You’ve got to Fight for Your Right to Party” rung through the stadium.

Not that anyone was asking for, or needed, permission on this day.

“It just felt as good as we would ever remember it,” Carroll marveled of the atmosphere that felt like the 2012-14 glory days on a night when the game felt like it, too.

Sunday 1st December 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on December 1, 2019 by bishshat

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