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Sunday 20th January 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 20, 2019 by bishshat

Fulham 1 Spurs 2

Spurs sealed a last-gasp 2-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage as goals from Dele Alli and Harry Winks completed a turnaround after Fernando Llorente’s own goal.

Llorente scored a first-half own goal and then missed a glorious late chance to win the game after Dele Alli had headed Spurs level, before Alli himself limped off with a hamstring injury.

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However, Spurs were rewarded on their last attack of the game as Georges-Kevin N’Koudou – on for Alli – crossed for Winks to head home from close range in the 93rd minute.

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri threw new signing Ryan Babel, signed on a six-month loan from Besiktas this week, into the line-up in place of Ryan Sessegnon.

Mauricio Pochettino gave Llorente the chance to lead the line from the start in Kane’s absence, but things could hardly have gotten off to a poorer start for the Spaniard.

With just over a quarter of an hour played, Llorente was caught on his heels as Jean Michael Seri’s corner ricocheted off his shin and past Lloris to give the home side the lead.
He would have had chance to make immediate amends has Erik Lamela’s square pass not been woefully over-hit, but it was Fulham who came closest to adding to the score before the break.


Aleksandr Mitrovic thought he’d doubled the lead, heading the rebound home after Lloris had pushed away André Schurrle’s terrific volley, only to see the flag correctly raised, before Jan Vertonghen made a vital last-ditch challenge on Babel.

Fulham were made to pay for not increasing their lead during their spell of good pressure shortly after the restart, when Alli headed Christian Eriksen’s back post cross past Rico after awful defensive work from Tim Ream and Denis Odoi.

A deflection of Odoi sent Danny Rose’s strike crashing off the crossbar, before a game-long battle between Mitrovic and Davinson Sanchez threatened to take centre-stage, with both carded for some handbags.

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It wasn’t until eight minutes from time that Spurs fashioned a clear chance to win it, but it was not to be for Llorente, who managed to get only the faintest of touches on Rose’s cross when he looked certain to score.

Dele Alli’s injury threatened to cap a nightmare day for Pochettino, but Winks’ header in the 93rd minute – off a cross from Alli’s replacement, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou – meant Spurs had the last laugh at the Cottage to boost their top four hopes.



Saturday 19th January 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 19, 2019 by bishshat

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Edgar Allen Poe

Oh! that my young life were a lasting dream!
My spirit not awakening, till the beam
Of an Eternity should bring the morrow.
Yes! tho’ that long dream were of hopeless sorrow,
‘Twere better than the cold reality
Of waking life, to him whose heart must be,
And hath been still, upon the lovely earth,
A chaos of deep passion, from his birth.
But should it be- that dream eternally
Continuing- as dreams have been to me
In my young boyhood- should it thus be given,
‘Twere folly still to hope for higher Heaven.
For I have revell’d, when the sun was bright
I’ the summer sky, in dreams of living light
And loveliness,- have left my very heart
In climes of my imagining, apart
From mine own home, with beings that have been
Of mine own thought- what more could I have seen?
‘Twas once- and only once- and the wild hour
From my remembrance shall not pass- some power
Or spell had bound me- ’twas the chilly wind
Came o’er me in the night, and left behind
Its image on my spirit- or the moon
Shone on my slumbers in her lofty noon
Too coldly- or the stars- howe’er it was
That dream was as that night-wind- let it pass.

I have been happy, tho’ in a dream.
I have been happy- and I love the theme:
Dreams! in their vivid coloring of life,
As in that fleeting, shadowy, misty strife
Of semblance with reality, which brings
To the delirious eye, more lovely things
Of Paradise and Love- and all our own!
Than young Hope in his sunniest hour hath known.

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Friday 18th January 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 18, 2019 by bishshat


What a Fool Believes

The Doobie Brothers

He came from somewhere back in her long ago
The sentimental fool don’t see tryin’ hard to recreate
What had yet to be created once in her life
She musters a smile for his nostalgic tale
Never comin’ near what he wanted to say
Only to realize it never really was
She had a place in his life
He never made her think twice
As he rises to her apology
Anybody else would surely know
He’s watchin’ her go
What a fool believes he sees
No wise man has the power to reason away
What seems to be
Is always better than nothing
And nothing at all
Keeps sending him somewhere back in her long ago
Where he can still believe there’s a place in her life
Someday, somewhere, she will return
She had a place in his life
He never made her think twice
As he rises to her apology
Anybody else would surely know
He’s watchin’ her go
What a fool believes he sees
No wise man has the power to reason away
What seems to be
(If love can come an’ love can go)
(Why can’t love be ?)
Is always better than nothing
(Ooo, )
And nothing at all
(Oh my)
What a fool believes he sees
(He believes he’s never gone away)
No wise man has the power to reason away
(To reason)
To reason away
(Oh if love can come an’ love can go)
What seems to be
(Oh my love)
Is always better than nothing
(Better than nothing)
Nothing at all
(Oh my love)


A Dream Within a Dream


Thankfully I don’t have to try too hard to hear your voice
It rings and awakens the young man in my heart and soul
Sadly some parts of me do not heed the alarm
All the blood required has been used to focus my eyes and mouth
Words tumble from my lips faster than my brain can arrange
Them into something coherent
And then comes the night where thoughts of you form images to keep a youthful smile
On the face of an old man

For Edgar Allen Poe


Thursday 17th January 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 17, 2019 by bishshat


“Thursday’s Child has Far to Go”

Being a Capricorn born on January 17th, you are well known for your intelligence, discipline and loyalty. You have an agile mind, which makes you an unstoppable problem solver when assisted by your attention to detail and appreciation for structure. It is then no surprise that you overcome challenges and meet goals with great fortitude. You may be surprised to know that your family and friends greatly admire your discipline, but it may be your loyalty that they appreciate the most. You commit yourself fully to loved ones and always seem to have their best interest at heart.



Monday 14th January 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 14, 2019 by bishshat

Antoninianus Roman Empire. Tacitus AE Antoninianus. Rome mint.


Marcus Claudius Tacitus Augustus 

c. 200 – June 276 was Roman Emperor from 275 to 276. During his short reign he campaigned against the Goths and the Heruli, for which he received the title Gothicus Maximus.
Tacitus was born in Interamna in Italia. He circulated copies of the historian Gaius Cornelius Tacitus’ work, which was barely read at the time, perhaps contributing to the partial survival of the historian’s work. Modern historiography rejects his claimed descent from the historian as a fabrication.
In the course of his long life he discharged the duties of various civil offices, holding the consulship twice, once under Valerian and again in 273, earning universal respect.

After the assassination of Aurelian, the army, apparently in remorse at the effects of the previous centuries’ military license, which had brought about the death of the well-liked emperor, relinquished the right of choosing his successor to the senate.[6] Initially, the Senate hesitated to accept the responsibility, but when the delay had gone on eight months from Aurelian’s death it at last determined to settle the matter and offered the throne to the aged Princeps Senatus, Tacitus.

Tacitus, after ascertaining the sincerity of the Senate’s regard for him, accepted their nomination on 25 September 275, and the choice was cordially ratified by the army. This was the last time the Senate elected a Roman Emperor. The interregnum between Aurelian and Tacitus had been quite long, and there is substantial evidence that Aurelian’s wife, Ulpia Severina, ruled in her own right before the election of Tacitus. Tacitus had been living in Campania before his election, and returned only reluctantly to the assembly of the senate in Rome, where he was elected. He immediately asked the Senate to deify Aurelian, before arresting and executing Aurelian’s murderers.

Amongst the highest concerns of the new reign was the restoration of the ancient powers of the senate. He granted substantial prerogatives to the senate, securing to them by law the appointment of the emperor, of the consuls, and the provincial governors, as well as supreme right of appeal from every court in the empire in its judicial function, and the direction of certain branches of the revenue in its long-abeyant administrative capacity. Probus respected these changes, but after the reforms of Diocletian in the succeeding decades not a vestige would be left of them.

Next he moved against the barbarian mercenaries that had been gathered by Aurelian to supplement Roman forces for his Eastern campaign. These mercenaries had plundered several towns in the Eastern Roman provinces after Aurelian had been murdered and the campaign cancelled. His half-brother, the Praetorian Prefect Florianus, and Tacitus himself won a victory against these tribes, among which were the Heruli, gaining the emperor the title Gothicus Maximus.

On his way back to the west to deal with a Frankish and Alamannic invasion of Gaul, according to Aurelius Victor, Eutropius and the Historia Augusta, Tacitus died of fever at Tyana in Cappadocia in June 276. It was reported that he began acting strangely, declaring that he would alter the names of the months to honor himself, before succumbing to a fever.[citation needed] In a contrary account, Zosimus claims he was assassinated, after appointing one of his relatives to an important command in Syria.

Providentia standing left holding baton over globe at foot left and cornucopiae.

Providentia appeared on Roman coins issued under Vespasian, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Septimius Severus, Commodus and Diocletian. A coin issued by Titus depicted his deified father Vespasian handing a globe to his son as his successor, with the legend Providentia Augusta. Coins issued by Nerva depicted the Genius of the Senate handing the globe to the new emperor, with the legend Providentia Senatus, “the Providence of the Senate.”

In ancient Roman religion, Providentia is a divine personification of the ability to foresee and make provision. She was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the Imperial cult of ancient Rome. Providentia thus figures in art, cult, and literature, but has little or no mythology as such.

Providentia was an important moral and philosophical abstraction in Roman discourse. Cicero says it is one of the three main components of prudentia, “the knowledge of things that are good or bad or neither,” along with memoria, “memory,” and intellegentia, “understanding.” The Latin word is the origin of the Christian concept of divine providence.

Tweedledum and Tweedledee are fictional characters in an English nursery rhyme and in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. Their names may have originally come from an epigram written by poet John Byrom.
John Byrom  was an English poet, the inventor of a revolutionary system of shorthand and later a significant landowner. He is most remembered as the writer of the lyrics of Anglican hymn Christians awake! Salute the happy morn, which was supposedly a Christmas gift for his daughter.


The nursery rhyme has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 19800. The names have since become synonymous in western popular culture slang for any two people who look and act in identical ways, generally in a derogatory context.

The characters are perhaps best known from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice Found There (1871). Carroll, having introduced two fat little men named Tweedledum and Tweedledee, quotes the nursery rhyme, which the two brothers then go on to enact. They agree to have a battle, but never have one. When they see a monstrous black crow swooping down, they take to their heels. The Tweedle brothers never contradict each other, even when one of them, according to the rhyme, “agrees to have a battle”. Rather, they complement each other’s words. This fact has led Tenniel to assume that they are twins, and Gardner goes so far as to claim that Carroll intended them to be enantiomorphs — three-dimensional mirror images. Evidence for these assumptions cannot be found in any of Lewis Carroll’s writings.

Enantiomorph, (from Greek enantios, “opposite”; morphe, “form”), also called ANTIMER, or OPTICAL ANTIPODE, either of a pair of objects related to each other as the right hand is to the left, that is, as mirror images that cannot be reoriented so as to appear identical. An object that has a plane of symmetry cannot be an enantiomorph because the object and its mirror image are identical.


‘Tweedledum and Tweedledee’ from the proverbial names of Handel and the musician Buononcini, who were supported by rival factions though it was thought by some that there was nothing to choose between them.

Some say, compar’d to Bononcini
That Mynheer Handel’s but a Ninny
Others aver, that he to Handel
Is scarcely fit to hold a Candle
Strange all this Difference should be
‘Twixt Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee!

Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle;
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.
Just then flew down a monstrous crow,
As black as a tar-barrel;
Which frightened both the heroes so,
They quite forgot their quarrel.

Sunday 13th January 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 13, 2019 by bishshat

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Spurs 0 Man Utd 1

I always feel that every season the other major teams like Man Utd try to put a hook into Spurs and this season they have done it again by vying for Pochettino to leave Spurs for them. In The past they have tried to poach and entice their star players like Carrick, and Berbatov.  They tried to get Kane this season along with Toby Alderweireld all appears to me to destabilize Spurs and this season the added effect of the stadium build and again not spending money on new players. All this adds to Spurs having their belief and confidence knocked. Its all such a pity. They are a very exciting team they just need real belief and stability. They need their owner also t have this want and need to win nt just t make money. The fans deserve better.


David De Gea denied Spurs time and again with a series of stunning second-half saves, mainly with his legs. The goalkeeper made 11 saves in all.

For Mauricio Pochettino this was a deeply frustrating afternoon. He may be United’s first-choice to become their next manager, and this result and performance should do little to dissuade them, but he surely saw Spurs flickering title hopes disappear as Marcus Rashford scored the only game of an exciting contest.

It was the kind of result, though, that will see Solskjaer’s stock rise and the momentum will continue to grow, will quicken, for him to remain in charge.

It was open and entertaining and felt more like a match-up of heavyweights with each intent on landing their blows. United, thankfully, came to attack and so did Spurs with chances traded before, just before half-time, the visitors landed one.

They had counter-attacked cleverly and seized on a loose pass by Kieran Trippier with Jesse Lingard intercepting and Paul Pogba sending a superb raking pass out to Rashford who took on Jan Vertonghen. The Spurs defender, in his first game for a month, was struggling to keep up and Rashford drove a right-foot shot across Hugo Lloris and into the net. It was an excellent goal – all about pace and movement and finishing. All about what United should be about.


It was also a significant plus for Solksjaer who had rejigged his formation with Rashford pulling out to the right and Lingard almost used as a ‘false nine’ through the middle to stop the Spurs centre-halves from bringing the ball out. It also meant Rashford and Anthony Martial could capitalise on the space left by the Spurs’ full-backs as they pushed on.

Still Spurs also had chances and should have gone ahead when Heung-Min Son, in his last game before departing for the Asian Cup, running in behind the United defence and slipping the ball through to Harry Winks who dragged a low shot across goal.

Soon after and Winks drove the ball over the bar after it broke to him from a corner before United fashioned opportunities. Ashley Young’s dangerous cross was headed on by Toby Alderweireld as he attempted to clear and the ball ran to Lingard who fired over.


Then Martial ran at Alderweireld from the left wing, pushing the ball to his left and shooting low with Lloris saving with his legs having earlier denied Rashford.

It continued to remain open with Phil Jones failing to track Harry Kane from a corner – although he managed to recover and block the striker’s shot. Kane did have the ball in the net, bundling it home from close-range, but was correctly pulled up for offside with Spurs also having to deal with the loss of Moussa Sissoko who was substituted with an apparent hamstring injury.

Early in the second-half Spurs went close to drawing level as Sissoko’s replacement, Erik Lamela, combined with Alli who teed up Kane. Again he had found space away from Jones only for De Gaea to save his shot with his right leg. The goalkeeper had to work even harder to deny Alli, turning away his header low down to his left.


Lloris also had to excel as Pogba followed up his charged down shot, powered his way through and attempted to lift the ball over his international team-mate only for the Spurs captain to tip the ball over.

It continued to ebb and flow from end to end with Lloris holding on to Pogba’s header and De Gea clutching on to one from Kane. Then Kane missed a cross, it struck Lamela on the shoulder and flew over before Lloris reacted quickly to dive to his right and push out Pogba’s low shot.

There had been a shift in formation by Pochettino who pushed Son out wide left to provide more width and they again began to show the greater threat and really should have equalised when Alli ran through and on to Kane’s excellently weighted pass but shot straight at De Gea. Alli held his head, knowing he had to do better.


De Gea saved United again. It was wave after wave of Spurs attack and he reacted brilliantly to kick out a near post shot by Alderweireld after the defender met a clever Christian Eriksen corner at the near post. Alli had another opportunity, cutting back inside as he faced Victor Lindelof but once more De Gea denied him.

United were pinned back and Pogba was possibly fortunate to escape with only a booking for a high challenge that caught Alli on his thigh. Remarkably De Gea denied them again after Kane was found by substitute Fernando Llorente. Once more De Gea got his feet in the way of the shot. Spurs just could not beat him.

Wednesday 9th January 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on January 9, 2019 by bishshat

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