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Friday 3rd November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 3, 2017 by bishshat

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It’s Only Love

Simply Red

It’s only love
It’s only love

Don’t be afraid to touch me babe
Girl let’s be real
There’s nothing wrong
With the way we’re carrying on
So enjoy and live
Because
It’s only love doing it’s thing baby
It’s only love that you’re feeling
It’s only love doing it’s thing baby
It’s only love that you’re giving

I wanna stay with you night and day
Until the end of time
It’s OK when you lay
Lay your body next to mine
Because
It’s only love doing it’s thing baby
It’s only love that you’re feeling
It’s only love doing it’s thing baby
It’s only love that you’re giving

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Something Got Me Started

Simply Red

Something got me started
You know that I will love you
Lately since we parted
I truly know that I need you

I’d give it all up for you
(Yes I would)

Totally broken-hearted
Guilty of what I did to you
Lately since we parted
I truly know that I need you

I’d give it all up for you
(Yes I would)

You’ve got to help me, help me,help me

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A New Flame

Simply Red

I was bowled out
I was sold down the river
And her warm heart
Would turn me forever

She’s turned me round
A new flame has come
And nothing she can do
Can do me wrong

I am stern now
Petty words
Don’t believe me
But her warm smile
Is never gonna leave me

She’s turned me round
A new flame has come
And nothing she can do
Can do me wrong

Wrong oh no
Wrong oh no

She’s made of real glass
She got real real emotion
But my heart laughs
I have that same
Sweet devotion

She’s turned me round
A new flame has come
And nothing she can do
Can do me wrong

Wrong oh no
Wrong oh no
Nothing she can do
Can ever do me wrong

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Thursday 2nd November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 2, 2017 by bishshat

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Brads Status

When Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) accompanies his college bound son to the East Coast, the visit triggers a crisis of confidence in Brad’s Status, writer and director Mike White’s bittersweet comedy. Brad has a satisfying career and a comfortable life in suburban Sacramento where he lives with his sweet-natured wife, Melanie (Jenna Fischer), and their musical prodigy son, Troy (Austin Abrams), but it’s not quite what he imagined during his college glory days. Showing Troy around Boston, where Brad went to university, he can’t help comparing his life with those of his four best college friends.

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A Hollywood bigshot (White), a hedge fund founder (Luke Wilson), a tech entrepreneur (Jemaine Clement), and a political pundit and bestselling author (Michael Sheen). As he imagines their wealthy, glamorous lives, he wonders if this is all he will ever amount to. But when circumstances force him to reconnect with his former friends, Brad begins to question whether he has really failed or is, in some ways at least, the most successful of them all.

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Duplex

Alex Rose (Ben Stiller) and Nancy Kendricks (Drew Barrymore) are a young, professional, married New York couple in search of their dream home. When they finally find the perfect Brooklyn brownstone, they are giddy with anticipation. The duplex is a dream come true, complete with multiple fireplaces, except for one thing: Mrs. Connelly (Eileen Essell), the old lady who lives on the rent-controlled top floor. Assuming she is elderly and ill, they take the apartment.

However, they soon realize that Mrs. Connelly is in fact an energetic senior who enjoys watching her television at top volume day and night and rehearsing in a brass band. As a writer, Alex is attempting to finish his novel against a looming deadline. However, he is interrupted daily by Mrs. Connelly’s numerous demands and requests, and what begins as a nuisance quickly escalates into an all-out war. Alex and Nancy try to get Mrs. Connelly to move out, but she refuses. Next, they try to file a noise complaint against her, but discover that she has already gone to the police first and filed a harassing complaint against them. Mrs. Connelly soon turns all of Alex and Nancy’s friends against them by play-acting as the “poor, innocent, old lady” and makes it appear that the young couple are out to harm her.

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When Nancy loses her job and Alex misses his deadline (all because of the old lady’s antics) the pair are trapped at home together with Mrs. Connelly with no place to go. Their rage turns to homicidal fantasy as they plot ways to get rid of their manipulative, no-good neighbor. After peace overtures and a break-in lead to nothing, Alex and Nancy decide to hire a hitman, named Chick (James Remar), to kill her. However, his asking price for doing the hit is $25,000. Unable to initially come up with the money, Alex approaches his friend and fellow writer, Coop, to ask for a loan, but is rudely rebuffed. Desperate and needing the money in two days, they sell almost every possession they own to pay Chick who will do the hit on Christmas Eve. Chick does break into Mrs. Connelly’s apartment as planned, but fails to kill her when she defends herself with her speargun by shooting him in the shoulder, forcing him to flee, and the couple in fact have to rescue the old woman when the struggle results in a fire in her apartment.

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Accepting defeat, Alex and Nancy decide to evict themselves, but find out that the old woman has died right when they leave. Alex and Nancy, now with no jobs, friends, or money left, move away where they contemplate their strange encounters. But here the audience learns in a climatic plot twist that the realtor of the duplex, Kenneth (Harvey Fierstein) (revealed to be Mrs. Connelly’s son) and the ill-tempered NYPD Officer Dan (Robert Wisdom) (Kenneth’s gay lover) who had frequently harassed and distrusted the couple and always sided with Mrs. Connelly in her arguments with Alex and Nancy, and Mrs. Connelly herself (who is not in fact dead) have been doing this to others. This wicked and unethical trio have been running a mean-spirited, real-estate scam for several years: Kenneth sells the ground floor apartment only to good-natured young couples, then Mrs. Connelly, aided by the corrupt Officer Dan, harasses and destroys the young couple’s lives, eventually forcing them to move out, and then faking Mrs. Connelly’s own death so that the couple will never return and leaving Mrs. Connelly, Kenneth and Dan to collect and live off of the sales commission from the next occupants that buy the ground floor apartment. Alex and Nancy were Mrs. Connelly and her son’s latest victims among so many.

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At the conclusion, it is revealed in a voice-over by Alex that he and Nancy relocated to the Bronx. Like all of the other couples that the trio scammed, they never saw Mrs. Connelly or returned to Brooklyn again, nor did they ever find out about the scam they were the victims of. While Mrs. Connelly, Kenneth and Officer Dan continue their scam by targeting the next friendly young couple that moves into the ground-floor apartment right after Alex and Nancy move out, Alex used his unpleasant experience of living there as inspiration for writing his next book, titled “Duplex”, which became a best-selling novel, saving Alex and Nancy from their life of poverty, and giving the film a semi-happy ending.

Wednesday 1st November 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 1, 2017 by bishshat

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A magnificent team performance saw reigning European champions Real Madrid put to the sword in devastating fashion at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday evening, as we booked our place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with two games to spare. Dele Alli marked his first appearance in this season’s competition with a brace before Christian Eriksen added a third to leave us in command against the 12-time champions of Europe, whose late strike from Cristiano Ronaldo was mere consolation on a glory, glory night.

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It was a night which evoked memories of 2011, when then Champions League holders Inter Milan were torn apart at White Hart Lane and this was an evening for the Class of 2017 to write their names into Spurs’ folklore. Again, this was only a group stage match, but it was the manner of victory that thrilled the Spurs faithful and will grab the headlines, achieved with a mature and stylish performance against one of the best teams in world football. Dele got the ball rolling in the 27th minute when he tucked home Kieran Trippier’s cross from close range, before adding his second 10 minutes after half-time, drilling a shot from 20 yards which deflected in off Sergio Ramos. Five years ago tomorrow, our England midfielder made his debut for MK Dons at Cambridge City in the FA Cup!

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Our fans were in dreamland at that stage, but it got even better in the 65th-minute when Dele and Harry Kane combined to set Eriksen free and he calmly slotted past Kiko Casilla to make it 3-0, Real unable to cope with our magnificent counter-attacking football.

The visitors pulled one back 10 minutes from time when Ronaldo slammed home from close range and they applied plenty of late pressure in the game. But we were as solid at the back as we were efficient in front of goal and held on for another famous win.

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45 Years

The film takes place across six days, marked by intertitles.

Five years after retirees Kate and Geoff Mercer had to cancel their 40th wedding anniversary because of his heart bypass surgery, the comfortably-off, childless, Norfolk couple are now planning to celebrate their 45th anniversary with dozens of friends at the Assembly House in Norwich.

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A week before the anniversary party, they gently discuss the music that will be played. The first song from their wedding 45 years ago is their choice for the opening dance again – this is a song that Geoff has always liked. Their morning is somewhat disturbed when Geoff opens a letter from Switzerland telling him that the body of Katya, his lover in the early 1960s, has become visible in a melting glacier where she fell into a crevasse on their hike with a guide over five decades ago. Memories rush back to him and he realizes he has forgotten much of what little German he used to know and that he would need a dictionary to fully understand all that the letter says.

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Kate has been told about Katya previously by Geoff and seems initially unconcerned by his controlled disquiet. “I can hardly be cross about something that happened before we even existed…” she says, but after a pause adds “Still…”.

The next day Kate helps Geoff find his old German-English dictionary. Soon, Geoff’s conduct begins to show that there is more on his mind than he says. Among other things, he tries to keep from Kate that he is beginning to take steps to fly to Switzerland without her to see Katya’s body, which he imagines preserved in the now-transparent ice, still looking youthful.

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Prompted by Kate, Geoff talks about his relationship with Katya and thoughts evoked by the discovery of her body. He tells Kate that he and Katya had pretended to be married in order to be able to share a room in the more puritanical early 1960s. Because of this, the Swiss authorities consider him to be Katya’s next of kin. Kate is troubled by the revelation.

As the days pass and preparations for the party continue, Geoff continues to be moody and takes up smoking, which both had given up in the past. One night, Geoff climbs into the attic to look at his memorabilia of Katya and only reluctantly shows Kate a picture of Katya when she insists. Kate starts to ponder all of her life with Geoff and their possibly rebound relationship, and even begins “to smell Katya’s perfume” in every room.

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While Geoff is out at a reunion luncheon at his former workplace, Kate climbs the ladder to the attic to seek what he might be keeping there. She finds Geoff’s scrapbook filled with memorabilia from his life with Katya, including pressed flowers from their last hike. And then she finds a carousel slide projector, loaded with images of Switzerland and Katya, next to a makeshift screen to view them. One slide shows Katya with her hand on top of her protruding abdomen, indicating Katya was pregnant at the time of her death.

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Kate also takes up smoking again and, upon learning of his visit to the local travel agency to inquire about trips to Switzerland, confronts Geoff about his recent behavior involving Katya without revealing what she saw in the attic. Geoff promises that their marriage will “start again,” which he begins by serving her tea in bed and making breakfast for her the next morning.

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They attend their anniversary party in the historic Grand Hall. Kate is constrained, distracted, and remains impassive during Geoff’s speech in which he professes his love for Kate, while saying “the choices we make in our youth are most important”. He brings himself to tears, just as Kate’s friend Lena has predicted men always do at weddings and anniversaries. Kate seems fleetingly heartened by the conclusion of his speech. The first dance is then announced, which is to the same song from their wedding. As Geoff and Kate dance, she becomes increasingly awkward and rigid. It appears she is judging the real significance of the song, which is about loss and therefore possibly associated with Katya. As the song ends, Geoff raises their hands together in the air but Kate yanks her arm down. Geoff, apparently oblivious, dances away. The final close-up isolates Kate amid the mass of people on the dance floor as mixed emotions play across her face.

 

Tuesday 31st October 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 1, 2017 by bishshat

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The Last Tuesday Society presents the first all encompassing museum to open in London since the Horniman in 1901. The Museum will present an incoherent vision of the world displayed through wonder enclosed within a tiny space, no attempt is made at classification and comprehensiveness, instead the museum focuses on the pre-enlightenment origins of the museum as Wunderkabinett – a mirror to a world so suffused with miracles and beauty that any attempt at categorization is bound to fail. Where contemporary museumology hides 90% of a collection, attempts to educate and explain, to put the world into neat little labeled drawers dictated by an obscurantist elite establishment that has shown itself in error many time over the centuries & is obsessed with a pedantic overspecialization of so called “knowledge” that means little or nothing to anyone outside it’s narrow little field & oft discredited metanarratives this museum will merely display everything that has glittered & caught the eye of it’s founder – from rare priceless marvels of the natural and scientific worlds like Dodo Bones or speculum to the intriguing beauty of McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys, from old master etchings to prison inmates & mad women’s doodles, occultists paintings and pop art prints, the horrors and wonders of nature, two headed kittens and living coral. By placing the rare and the beautiful on the same plane as the commonplace, banal & amusing this museum seeks not to educate but to subvert, to show the world not in a grain of sand, but in a Hackney basement. The Museum has no overreaching aim beyond the theft of it’s visitors time and the hope that it will provide amusement by return & hopes to fill the vacuum between what the establishment elite believes is worthy of worship & what exists in the world.

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Viktor Wynd

As an artist, Wynd created The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History in London’s East End, a strange reinterpretation of a Renaissance Wunderkabinnet, stuffed with two headed lambs, fiji mermaids, unicorns, taxidermy, dodo bones, erotica, old master etchings, surrealist, occult & outsider artworks and celebrity faeces. The museum has featured in a BBC4 documentary on Cabinets of Curiosity and is ranked 28 out 1237 speciality museums in London on trip advisor In 2005 he had an exhibition entitled ‘Structures of The Sublime; Towards a Greater Understanding of Chaos at Ingalls & Associates in Miami featuring drawings and video In 2007 he had another exhibition in Miami,called, in reference to Goethe, ‘The Sorrows of Young Wynd’ based around a waxwork figure of himself hanging by a noose from the middle of the gallery surrounded by a cloud of tropical butterflies and many other images of him committing suicide.

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As an impresario he founded The Last Tuesday Society with David Piper in 2003 reinterpreting Gunter Grass’s Onion Cellar Nightclub from The Tin Drum with ‘Loss; an Evening of Exquisite Misery’ where guests would dress in decaying beauty, be fined £1 for smiling, chop onions and cry whilst being entertained by the saddest music in the world he went on to put on Halloween parties in London for many thousands of guests often with literary themes and other over the top parties such as his masked balls The Animal Party at The Old Vic tunnels where people were told to ‘Dress Like a Beast Dance Like a Beast and a festival Wyndstock held at Houghton Hall in Norfolk He also runs what may be londons longest running literary salon with over 500 events in the last ten years

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(Don’t Fear) The Reaper

All our times have come
Here but now they’re gone
Seasons don’t fear the reaper
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain… we can be like they are
Come on baby… don’t fear the reaper
Baby take my hand… don’t fear the reaper
We’ll be able to fly… don’t fear the reaper
Baby I’m your man…

La la la la la
La la la la la

Valentine is done
Here but now they’re gone
Romeo and Juliet
Are together in eternity… Romeo and Juliet
40,000 men and women everyday… Like Romeo and Juliet
40,000 men and women everyday… Redefine happiness
Another 40,000 coming everyday… We can be like they are
Come on baby… don’t fear the reaper
Baby take my hand… don’t fear the reaper
We’ll be able to fly… don’t fear the reaper
Baby I’m your man…

La la la la la
La la la la la

Love of two is one
Here but now they’re gone
Came the last night of sadness
And it was clear she couldn’t go on
Then the door was open and the wind appeared
The candles blew and then disappeared
The curtains flew and then he appeared… saying don’t be afraid
Come on baby… and she had no fear
And she ran to him… then they started to fly
They looked backward and said goodbye… she had become like they are
She had taken his hand… she had become like they are
Come on baby… don’t fear the reaper

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This Is Halloween

Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn’t you like to see something strange?

Come with us and you will see
This our town of Halloween

This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Pumpkins scream in the dead of night

This is Halloween, everybody make a scene
Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright
It’s our town, everybody scream
In this town of Halloween

I am the one hiding under your bed
Teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red

I am the one hiding under your stairs
Fingers like snakes and spiders in my hair

This is Halloween, this is Halloween, Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

In this town, don’t we love it now?
Everybody’s waiting for the next surprise

‘Round that corner, man hiding in the trash can
Something’s waiting now to pounce, and how you’ll scream!

This is Halloween
Red ‘n’ black, slimy green
Aren’t you scared?
Well, that’s just fine

Say it once, say it twice
Take a chance and roll the dice
Ride with the moon in the dead of night

Everybody scream, everybody scream

In our town of Halloween

I am the clown with the tear-away face
Here in a flash and gone without a trace

I am the “who” when you call, “Who’s there?”
I am the wind blowing through your hair

I am the shadow on the moon at night
Filling your dreams to the brim with fright

This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
Halloween! Halloween!

Tender lumplings everywhere
Life’s no fun without a good scare

That’s our job, but we’re not mean
In our town of Halloween

In this town
Don’t we love it now?

Everybody’s waiting for the next surprise
Skeleton Jack might catch you in the back
And scream like a banshee
Make you jump out of your skin
This is Halloween, everybody scream
Won’t ya please make way for a very special guy

Our man jack is King of the Pumpkin patch
Everyone hail to the Pumpkin King, now!

This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

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Monday 30th October 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 1, 2017 by bishshat

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Sunday 29th October 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 1, 2017 by bishshat

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Saturday 28th October 2017

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on October 28, 2017 by bishshat
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A grey day in Manchester, and another narrow defeat at Old Trafford.
There was little between the teams on this occasion and one goal always looked likely to decide it.
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Having defended brilliantly all afternoon, we were undone by a route one goal nine minutes from time. David de Gea launched a free-kick long, Romelu Lukaku flicked on and Anthony Martial got in behind to finish.
That was just minutes after our best chance as Dele Alli touched Christian Eriksen’s pass wide from close range. Lukaku hit the post after that and the game looked destined for 0-0 until Martial struck.
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The result ended our run of six successive away wins and was our first loss on the road this season – United have won five out of five at home.