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Sunday 18th February 2018

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

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An unlikely stoppage-time equaliser from substitute Steve Davies saw League One Rochdale snatch a Wembley replay in our FA Cup fifth round tie on Sunday afternoon.
We’d been made to work hard all afternoon by the hosts at the Crown Oil Arena and fell behind on the stroke of half-time when Ian Henderson fired past Michel Vorm.

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Minds started to wander back to our fourth round struggles at Newport County when we fell behind against a lower-ranked side on their own patch and were reliant on a late equaliser to force a replay.

Thankfully we didn’t have to wait as long as we did at Rodney Parade as new signing Lucas Moura capped an excellent performance on his full debut to level just before the hour-mark.

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Dale were clearly starting to tire and it was very much one-way traffic as the second half wore on and, when Dele Alli was upended by Harrison McGahey in the box late on, up stepped substitute Harry Kane to fire us ahead from the spot on the ground at which he made his Football League debut as a 17-year-old on loan at Leyton Orient in January, 2011.

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There only looked to be one winner as we kept pushing on but when Rochdale attacked down the left and a cross came in, it flicked off the top of Toby Alderweireld’s head and fell to Davies on the far side, who took a quick touch before drilling into the bottom corner in the third of four added minutes.

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Get Out

Black photographer Chris Washington reluctantly agrees to meet the family of his white girlfriend Rose Armitage. During their drive to the family’s countryside estate, they hit a deer and report the incident. The white policeman asks for Chris’s identification even though he was not driving, but Rose intervenes and the encounter goes unrecorded.

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At the house, Rose’s parents, neurosurgeon Dean and hypnotherapist Missy, and her brother Jeremy make discomfiting comments about black people. Chris witnesses strange behavior from the estate’s black workers, housekeeper Georgina and groundskeeper Walter. Unable to sleep, Chris goes outside to smoke and sees Walter sprinting through the grounds while Georgina prowls the house. Missy catches Chris returning and talks him into a hypnotherapy session to cure his smoking addiction. In a trance, he recounts the death of his mother in a hit-and-run when he was a child, about which he feels guilty. He sinks into a void Missy calls the “sunken place”. He awakens believing he had a nightmare, but realizes cigarettes now revolt him. Walter confirms that Chris was in Missy’s office. Georgina unplugs his phone, draining his battery, though she claims it was an accident.

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Dozens of wealthy white people arrive for the Armitages’ annual get-together. They take an interest in Chris, admiring his physique or expressing admiration for black figures such as Tiger Woods. Jim Hudson, a blind art dealer, takes particular interest in Chris’s photography skills. Chris meets Logan King, a young black man who also acts strangely and is married to a much older white woman.

Chris calls his friend, black TSA Agent Rod Williams, about the hypnosis and the strange behavior at the house. Chris stealthily photographs Logan to send the image to Rod, but the camera flash makes Logan hysterical, yelling at Chris to “get out”. The others restrain him and Dean claims Logan had an epileptic seizure. Away from the house, Chris persuades Rose that they should leave, while Dean holds an auction with a photo of Chris. Rod recognizes Logan as missing person Andre Hayworth. Suspecting a conspiracy, Rod goes to the police but is derided.

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While packing to leave, Chris finds photos of Rose in prior relationships with black people, including Walter and Georgina; Rose had claimed that he is her first black boyfriend. The family blocks his exit. Missy hypnotizes him and he awakens strapped to a chair in the basement. A video presentation featuring Rose’s grandfather Roman explains that the family transplants the brains of white people into black bodies; the consciousness of the host remains in the “sunken place”, watching but powerless. Hudson tells Chris he wants his body so he can gain sight and Chris’s artistic talents.

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Chris plugs his ears with cotton stuffing pulled from the chair, blocking the hypnosis. When Jeremy comes to collect him for the surgery, Chris bludgeons him and impales Dean with the antlers of a deer mount. After killing Missy and Jeremy, he drives away in Jeremy’s car, but hits Georgina. Remembering his own mother’s death, he carries Georgina into the car, but she is possessed by Rose’s grandmother Marianne; she attacks him and he crashes, killing her. An armed Rose apprehends him with Walter, possessed by Roman. Chris awakens Walter with his phone flash. Walter takes Rose’s rifle, shoots her and then himself. Chris begins to strangle Rose, but stops. Rod arrives in a TSA car and he and Chris drive away.

 

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Thursday 15th February 2018

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

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The Physician 

It is the Dark Ages, and the Church is fighting against ‘black magic’. The medical knowledge of Greek physicians like Hippocrates and Galen had been lost to the medicine of medieval Europe (until taught later in schools such as the School of Salerno after the Arabic-Latin translation movement of the 12th century). In 11th-century England, travelling barber surgeons attempted to supply medical care to the ordinary population, often at the risk of the Church persecuting them for witchcraft.

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Robert Cole has an extraordinary gift, where he can sense when someone left untreated has a terminal illness. He notices this for the first time when he feels it as a little boy when his sick mother is dying of appendicitis, a disease he was unaware of. The young orphan joins an itinerant barber-surgeon who calls himself Barber. Barber teaches him the basics of medieval medicine, with services such as cupping therapy, bloodletting, and dental extraction. Even as an apprentice Rob recognizes the limitations of these simple practices. When Barber suffers from a cataract, Rob consults a real Medicus for him. This Jewish doctor heals Barber completely. He learns a little bit of Jewish culture. He speaks with two children, Jesse and Benjamin. There, Rob sees for the first time a world map, and learns of the famous Ibn Sina, who teaches medicine in distant Persia. So he decides to train there to become a physician. During the Islamic Golden Age, the medicine in the medieval Islamic world (evolved from a symbiosis of Gondishapur Iranian medicine and Nestorian Byzantine medicine in Baghdad’s House of Wisdom) is far more advanced than in Europe. The doctor, scientist and philosopher Ibn Sina teaches in Isfahan, the most important school for aspiring practitioners in the world at that time.

Rob is told Christians are forbidden in Muslim lands while Jews are tolerated. Upon arriving in Egypt, Rob therefore circumcises himself and calls himself Jesse ben Benjamin, pretending to be a Jew (Rob is, in fact, a Christian). In a caravan he comes to know Rebecca who reads to him from a book about Aladdin and Sinbad the Sailor. The caravan experience a desert storm, so Rob almost dies. When, after arriving to Isfahan, he asks for admission to the hospital and school of Ibn Sina, he is thrown out and beaten by guards. Lying in the street with a cut and a concussion he is found by the Guardian, so then he is taken in as a patient.

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In a bimaristan (hospital) and madrasa (college), he is treated by Ibn Sina and admitted as a student to learn the basics of scientific medicine as well as other sciences and philosophy (including Aristotelian and Islamic philosophy). Rob learns to perform a medical history and medical examination including pulse diagnosis, the leech treatment, the use of opium, including the analgesic effect, and surgical procedures. After the Shah refuses a peace treaty with the Seljuks, the Seljuks send a man infected with the Black Death to infect the city.

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Thousands begin to die after being cared for by Ibn Sina and his students. Only by Rob’s discovery and rapid application of basic hygienic principles, the plague is overcome. Rob suggests that oriental rat fleas may be the carriers of the Black Death, and with rat poison the pest may be suppressed. Rob is reunited with Rebecca, who has come down with the plague, and is able to bond with her since her husband temporarily abandons the city, leaving her to become sick. Rob nurses her back to health, Rebecca makes a full recovery, and she and Rob become romantically involved and engage in extramarital sex right before Rebecca must return to her husband, who has returned to the city. Rebecca is impregnated as a result, and her husband eventually discovers this, which leads to her being sentenced to death by stoning.

The Christian, Jewish and Islamic religions influence the evaluation of medical science, and a conflict is sparked by the ethical assessment of the autopsy on the human body. As a Zoroastrian dies of appendicitis, Rob learns from him that Zoroastrianism does not prohibit an adherent from undergoing autopsy after death. Rob secretly performs an autopsy on his body to deepen his knowledge of anatomy and to discover the inflamed vermiform appendix. When the mullahs discover what he has done, both Rob and Ibn Sina are being sentenced to death for necromancy. Rebecca is about to be stoned for adultery, when the Shah is apparently stricken with appendicitis. Rob and Ibn Sina are freed so that Rob will perform an appendectomy, using anesthesia, on the Shah. Before beginning the surgery, Rob arranges for Rebecca to be rescued from her impending execution.

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Isfahan is betrayed by the mullahs to the Seljuks, since they want to drive the Jewish community and Ibn Sina’s madrasa out of the city. Mullah soldiers then arrive to attack the hospital. Ibn Sina heads to the burning library and transfers his medical writings to Rob Cole, and also awards him the medical title ‘Hakim.’ Ibn Sina . He then stays to die in the burning library. Rob Cole, as well as others, escape through a gate the Shah has told them about while he and his men go to make a last stand against the Seljuks. Rob returns with Rebecca, as his wife, to London and establishes a hospital. The old Barber, Cole’s first teacher, learns from a little boy about his former pupil’s return and fame. The Barber then asks the boy to take him to see his old pupil as the film ends.

 

 

 

Wednesday 14th February 2018

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

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Tuesday 13th February 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 13, 2018 by bishshat

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The first few minuets of this game I thought Spurs were in real trouble and after Kane got one back Aurier’s useless and reckless tackles nearly stuffed Spurs again. But heck the boys were brilliant and settled and gave a terrific performance. Eriksen and Dembelee dominated mid field and Lamela gave 100% effort. Once again Harry Kane showed his worth equaling the record for the most goals scored by an English player in a single Champions League season 7.

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Spurs  produced a brilliant comeback to draw at Juventus after a disastrous start to their Champions League last-16 first leg in Turin.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were 2-0 down inside 10 minutes after Gonzalo Higuain followed up a sumptuous volley with a penalty, awarded for Ben Davies’ foul on Federico Bernardeschi.

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Harry Kane started the fightback after rounding Gianluigi Buffon following Deli Alli’s threaded pass and Higuain then missed a penalty for the hosts with the last kick of the first half, following Serge Aurier’s poor challenge on Douglas Costa.

Spurs dominated possession against the Italian champions and got their reward when Christian Eriksen’s low free-kick evaded Buffon to give Spurs the edge going into the second leg at Wembley on 7 March.

It was the first time the Serie A side had ever lost a two-goal lead at their stadium since they moved there in 2011.

Monday 12th February 2018

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

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I rejoined ancestry.com for two months and found some very interesting things. My Grandmothers father Harry Benyon, who I was told, was killed by a tram in Trenton NJ USA as a family memory. Indeed was killed in Trenton New Jersey and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery 1800 Hamilton Ave Trenton Mercer County New Jersey USA. he was killed after being struck by a motor car on a Friday night the 27th October 1939 on West State Street and Hermitage Avenue.

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Also I found out that my Great Grandfather Stephen Bracebridge’s other son Stephen Henry service number DM2/155220. He was in the 265th Mechanical Transport Company. He died on the 2nd April 1918 in France aged 38 in the 25th Stationary Hospital Rouen. He is buried in St Sever ext Cemetery Rouen France.

The Base Hospital was part of the casualty evacuation chain, further back from the front line than the Casualty Clearing Stations. They were manned by troops of the Royal Army Medical Corps, with attached Royal Engineers and men of the Army Service Corps. In the theatre of war in France and Flanders, the British hospitals were generally located near the coast. They needed to be close to a railway line, in order for casualties to arrive (although some also came by canal barge); they also needed to be near a port where men could be evacuated for longer-term treatment in Britain.

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There were two types of Base Hospital, known as Stationary and General Hospitals. They were large facilities, often centred on some pre-war buildings such as seaside hotels. The hospitals grew hugely in number and scale throughout the war. Most of the hospitals moved very rarely until the larger movements of the armies in 1918. Some hospitals moved into the Rhine bridgehead in Germany and many were operating in France well into 1919. Most hospitals were assisted by voluntary organisations, most notably the British Red Cross.

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St Sever Cemetery and St. Sever Cemetery Extension are located within a large communal cemetery situated on the eastern edge of the southern Rouen suburbs of Le Grand Quevilly and Le Petit Quevilly.

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The officers and men of the ASC – sometimes referred to in a joking, disparaging way as Ally Sloper’s Cavalry – were the unsung heroes of the British Army in the Great War. Soldiers can not fight without food, equipment and ammunition. They can not move without horses or vehicles. It was the ASC’s job to provide them. In the Great War, the vast majority of the supply, maintaining a vast army on many fronts, was supplied from Britain. Using horsed and motor vehicles, railways and waterways, the ASC performed prodigious feats of logistics and were one of the great strengths of organisation by which the war was won.

The 1918 Spring Offensive or Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser’s Battle), also known as the Ludendorff Offensive, was a series of German attacks along the Western Front during the First World War, beginning on 21 March 1918, which marked the deepest advances by either side since 1914. The Germans had realised that their only remaining chance of victory was to defeat the Allies before the overwhelming human and matériel resources of the United States could be fully deployed. They also had the temporary advantage in numbers afforded by the nearly 50 divisions freed by the Russian surrender (the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk).

There were four German offensives, codenamed Michael, Georgette, Gneisenau, and Blücher-Yorck. Michael was the main attack, which was intended to break through the Allied lines, outflank the British forces which held the front from the Somme River to the English Channel and defeat the British Army. Once this was achieved, it was hoped that the French would seek armistice terms. The other offensives were subsidiary to Michael and were designed to divert Allied forces from the main offensive on the Somme.

No clear objective was established before the start of the offensives and once the operations were underway, the targets of the attacks were constantly changed according to the battlefield (tactical) situation. The Allies concentrated their main forces in the essential areas (the approaches to the Channel Ports and the rail junction of Amiens), while leaving strategically worthless ground, devastated by years of combat, lightly defended.

The Germans were unable to move supplies and reinforcements fast enough to maintain their advance. The fast-moving stormtroopers leading the attack could not carry enough food and ammunition to sustain themselves for long and all the German offensives petered out, in part through lack of supplies.

By late April 1918, the danger of a German breakthrough had passed. The German Army had suffered heavy casualties and now occupied ground of dubious value which would prove impossible to hold with such depleted units. In August 1918, the Allies began a counter-offensive with the support of 1–2 million fresh American troops and using new artillery techniques and operational methods. This Hundred Days Offensive resulted in the Germans retreating or being driven from all of the ground taken in the Spring Offensive, the collapse of the Hindenburg Line and the capitulation of the German Empire that November.

Sunday 11th February 2018

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

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Saturday 10th February 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on February 10, 2018 by bishshat

Spurs 1 Arsenal 0

The England striker scored his seventh goal in seven games against the Gunners and we carved out a whole host of chances after the interval, only for the visitors to so nearly spoil the party deep into stoppage time.

The first half had been fairly uneventful, Kane heading over the crossbar and Hector Bellerin driving over from 20 yards five minutes before the interval, but the same certainly couldn’t be said about the second period!

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We took the lead just nine minutes after the restart when Ben Davies delivered a cross from the left and Kane climbed above two defenders to bury a header past Petr Cech, a goal which really brought the game to life.

The chances kept coming for us, only for the Arsenal goalkeeper to produce a string of fine saves to keep the game in the balance. After Kane had glanced a header just wide, Cech then beat out our England striker’s volley before keeping out Christian Eriksen’s free-kick and close-range efforts from substitute Erik Lamela and Kieran Trippier, while Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli both put glorious chances wide.

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But for all our second half dominance, Arsenal so nearly snatched an unlikely point. Twice in the dying seconds Alexandre Lacazette should have scored, rifling a volley well over the bar and then, in the third minute of added time, latching into Mohammed Elneny’s through-ball and, with just Lloris to beat, shot wide of the far post.

There was still time for Arsenal to be awarded a free-kick 25 yards out, but when Mesut Ozil’s effort struck our wall, that signalled the end and the points were safe… just!

Back In The High Life Again

Steve Winwood

It used to seem to me
That my life ran on too fast
And I had to take it slowly
Just to make the good parts last
But when you’re born to run
It’s so hard to just slow down
So don’t be surprised to see me
Back in that bright part of town

I’ll be back in the high life again
All the doors I closed one time will open up again
I’ll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched me once will smile and take me in

And I’ll drink and dance with one hand free
Let the world back into me
And on I’ll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again

You used to be the best
To make life be life to me
And I hope that you’re still out there
And you’re like you used to be
We’ll have ourselves a time
And we’ll dance ’til the morning sun
And we’ll let the good times come in
And we won’t stop ’til we’re done

We’ll be back in the high life again
All the doors I closed one time will open up again
We’ll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched us once will smile and take us in
And we’ll drink and dance with one hand free
And have the world so easily
And oh we’ll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again

We’ll be back in the high life again
All the doors I closed one time will open up again
We’ll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched us once will smile and take us in
And we’ll drink and dance with one hand free
And have the world so easily
And oh we’ll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again