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Monday 18th May 2020

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on May 18, 2020 by bishshat

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UK deaths hit 34,796 covid 19 !

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Rat Trap

The Boomtown Rats

There was an awful lot of rocking going on that night,
Cruising time for the young bright lights,
Just down past the gasworks, by the meat factory door,
The five lamp boys were coming on strong.
The Saturday night city beat had already started
The pulse of the corner boys sprang into action
And young Billy watched it all under the yellow street light
And said “tonight of all nights there’s gonna be a fight”

He doesn’t like it living here in this town
He says the traps have been sprung long before he was born
He says “hope bites the dust behind all the closed doors
And pus and grime ooze from its scab crusted sores.
There’s screaming and crying in the high rise blocks”
It’s a rat trap Billy and you’re already caught
But you can make it if you want to or you need it bad enough
You’re young and good looking and you’re acting kind of tough
Anyway it’s Saturday night time to see what’s going down.
Put on the bright suit Billy, head for the right side of town
It’s only 8 o’clock but you’re already bored
You don’t know what it is but there’s got to be more
You’d better find a way out, hey kick down the door
It’s a rat trap and you’ve been caught

In this town Billy says “everybody tries to tell you what to do”
In this town Billy says “everybody says you gotta follow rules.”
Hey you walk up to those traffic lights,
Switch from your left to right
You push in that button, and when that button comes alight
It tells you
“Walk don’t walk
Talk don’t talk”
Hey Billy take a walk…with me.
Little Judy’s trying to watch “top of the pops”
But mum and dad are fighting don’t they ever stop,
She take down her coat and walks out on the street,
It’s cold on that road, but it’s got that home beat,
Deep down in her pockets she finds 50p.,
Now is that any way for a young girl to be,
“I’m gonna get out of school work in some factory,
Work all the hours God gave me get myself a little easy money”
Now, now, now na na.

Her mind’s made up, she walks down the road,
Her hands in her pockets, coat buttoned ‘gainst the cold,
She finds Billy down at the Italian cafe
And when he’s drunk it’s hard to understand what Billy says
But then he mumbles in his coffee and suddenly roars,
“It’s a rat trap and we’ve been caught….”

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Sunday 17th May 2020

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on May 17, 2020 by bishshat

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Do Anything You Wanna Do

Eddie and the Hot Rods

Gonna break out of the city
Leave the people here behind
Searching for adventure
It’s the type of life to find
Tired of doing day jobs
With no thanks for what I do
I’m sure I must be someone
Now I’m gonna find out who
Why don’t you ask them what they expect from you?
Why don’t you tell them what you are gonna do?
You’ll get so lonely, maybe it’s better that way
It ain’t you only, you got something to say
Do anything you wanna do
Do anything you wanna do

Don’t need no politicians to tell me things I shouldn’t be
Neither no opticians to tell me what I oughta see
No one tells you nothing even when you know they know
But they tell you what you should do
They don’t like to see you grow
Why don’t you ask them what they expect from you?
Why don’t you tell them what you are gonna do?
You’ll get so lonely, maybe it’s better that way
It ain’t you only, you got something to say
Do anything you wanna do
Do anything you wanna do

Gonna break out of the city
Leave the people here behind
Searching for adventure
It’s the type of life to find
Tired of doing day jobs
With no thanks for what I do
I’m sure I must be someone
Now I’m gonna find out who
Why don’t you ask them what they expect from you?
Why don’t you tell them what you’re gonna do?
You’ll get so lonely, maybe it’s better that way
It’ain’t you only, you got something to say
Do anything you wanna do
Do anything you wanna do

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Trying to sort boards for a triptych. I have no idea what I will put on them other than I want Purgatory, Heaven and Hell . I am thinking of painting it on or maybe doing a collage or setting a collage then painting that. A votive is another idea. A triptych is a work of art (usually a panel painting) that is divided into three sections, or three carved panels that are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open. It is therefore a type of polyptych, the term for all multi-panel works. The middle panel is typically the largest and it is flanked by two smaller related works, although there are triptychs of equal-sized panels.

 

Saturday 16th May 2020

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on May 17, 2020 by bishshat

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Friday 15th May 2020

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on May 15, 2020 by bishshat

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Where’s the Playground Susie

Jimmy L Webb

The end has come and found us here
With our toys scattered all around us here
The puzzle that we never found an answer for
Still asks us, darlin’, just what all the games were for
And here we stand in a box of sand
Where’s the playground Susie?
You’re the one who’s supposed to know her way around
Where’s the playground Susie
If I don’t stay around?
If I don’t stay around?
The carousel has stopped us here
It twirled a time or two and then it dropped us here
And still you’re not content with something about me
But what merry-go-round can you ride without me
To take your hand ?
How would you stand?
Where’s the playground Susie
If I decide to let you go and play around?
Where’s the playground Susie
If I don’t stay around?
If I don’t stay around?
Where’s the playground Susie?
You’re the one who’s supposed to know her way around
Where’s the playground Susie
If I decide to let you go and play around?

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Peter Skellern

Where do we go from here?
Where do we start?
Is this love or simply fear of loneliness if apart?
How do we know from here?
How do we decide?
Is this love when you are near?
That aches and aches inside
And what if it’s over
Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here?
Can we tell somehow?
Is this forever or a day a year or only now?

Or only now?

What if its over
Where do we go from here?

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Old Man

Randy Newman

Everyone has gone away,
Can you hear me? Can you hear me?
No one cared enough to stay,
Can you hear me?
You must remember me, old man,
I know that you can if you try,
So just open up your eyes, old man,
Look who’s come to say, “Good-bye.”
The sun has left the sky, old man,
The birds have flown away,
And no one came to cry old man,
Good-bye, Old Man, good-bye.
You want to stay, I know you do,
But it ain’t no use to try,
‘Cause I’ll be here, and I’m just like you.
Good-bye, old man, good-bye.
Won’t be no God to comfort you,
You taught me not to believe that lie.
You don’t need anybody,
Nobody needs you,
Don’t cry, old man, don’t cry.
Everybody dies.

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Thursday 14th May 2020

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on May 14, 2020 by bishshat

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Skyline Pigeon

Elton John

Turn me loose from your hands
Let me fly to distant lands
Over green fields, trees and mountains
Flowers and forest fountains
Home along the lanes of the skyway
For this dark and lonely room
Projects a shadow cast in gloom
And my eyes are mirrors
Of the world outside
Thinking of the ways
That the wind can turn the tide
And these shadows turn
From purple into grey
For just a skyline pigeon
Dreaming of the open
Waiting for the day
That he can spread his wings
And fly away again
Fly away, skyline pigeon fly
Towards the dreams
You’ve left so very far behind
Fly away, skyline pigeon fly
Towards the dreams
You’ve left so very far behind
Let me wake up in the morning
To the smell of new mowed hay
To laugh and cry, to live and die
In the brightness of my day
I wanna hear the pealing bells
Of distant churches sing
But most of all please free me from
This aching metal ring
And open out this cage towards the sun
For just this skyline pigeon
Dreaming of the open
Waiting for the day
That he can spread his wings
And fly away again
Fly away, skyline pigeon fly
Towards the dreams
You’ve left so very far behind
Fly away, skyline pigeon fly
Towards the dreams
You’ve left so very
So very far behind

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Hearts And Bones

Paul Simon

One and one-half wandering Jews
Free to wander wherever they choose
Are travelling together
In the Sangre de Cristo
The Blood of Christ Mountains
Of New Mexico
On the last leg of the journey
They started a long time ago
The arc of a love affair
Rainbows in the high desert air
Mountain passes slipping into stones
Hearts and bones
Hearts and bones
Hearts and bones
Thinking back to the season before
Looking back through the cracks in the door
Two people were married
The act was outrageous
The bride was contagious
She burned like a bride
These events may have had some effect
On the man with the girl by his side
The arc of a love affair
His hands rolling down her hair
Love like lightning shaking till it moans
Hearts and bones
Hearts and bones
Hearts and bones
And whoa whoa whoa
She said why?
Why don’t we drive through the night
And we’ll wake up down in Mexico
Oh I
I don’t know nothin’ about nothin’
About Mexico
And tell me why
Why won’t you love me
For who I am
Where I am
He said:
‘Cause that’s not the way the world is baby
This is how I love you, baby
This is how I love you, baby
One and one-half wandering Jews
Returned to their natural coasts
To resume old acquaintances
Step out occasionally
And speculate who had been damaged the most
Easy time will determine if these consolations
Will be their reward
The arc of a love affair
Waiting to be restored
You take two bodies and you twirl them into one
Their hearts and their bones
And they won’t come undone
Hearts and bones
Hearts and bones
Hearts and bones
Hearts and bones

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Wednesday 13th May 2020

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on May 13, 2020 by bishshat

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The Iron Maiden

Today I had an MRI
I had to lie on a bed
And they pushed me into a tube
Open the pod bay doors please HAL
Came into my head
I lay very, very still
Looking into a mirror
I could see my knees and feet
And the roundness of the machine
It buzzed
It whirred
It groaned
Heavy metal played loud
Welcome to the machine
Helter Skelter

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Welcome to the Machine

Pink Floyd

Welcome my son, welcome to the machine.
Where have you been? It’s alright we know where you’ve been.
You’ve been in the pipeline, filling in time,
provided with toys and Scouting for Boys.
You bought a guitar to punish your ma,
And you didn’t like school, and you know you’re nobody’s fool,
So welcome to the machine.
Welcome my son, welcome to the machine.
What did you dream? It’s alright we told you what to dream.
You dreamed of a big star, he played a mean guitar,
He always ate in the Steak Bar. He loved to drive in his Jaguar.
So welcome to the machine.

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Helter Skelter

The Beatles

When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide
Where I stop and I turn and I go for a ride
Till I get to the bottom and I see you again
Do, don’t you want me to love you
I’m coming down fast but I’m miles above you
Tell me, tell me, tell me, come on tell me the answer
Well, you may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer
Helter skelter, helter skelter
Helter skelter
Will you, won’t you want me to make you
I’m coming down fast but don’t let me break you
Tell me, tell me, tell me the answer
You may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer
Look out
Helter skelter, helter skelter
Helter skelter
Look out, ’cause here she comes
When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide
And I stop and I turn and I go for a ride
And I get to the bottom and I see you again, yeah, yeah
Well do you, don’t you want me to make you
I’m coming down fast but don’t let me break you
Tell me, tell me, tell me your answer
You may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer
Look out
Helter skelter, helter skelter
Helter skelter
Look out, helter skelter
She’s coming down fast
Yes, she is
Yes, she is
Coming down fast

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body.

The MRI scanner is operated by a radiographer, who is trained in carrying out imaging investigations. They control the scanner using a computer, which is in a different room, to keep it away from the magnetic field generated by the scanner.

At certain times during the scan, the scanner will make loud tapping noises. This is the electric current in the scanner coils being turned on and off.

You’ll be given earplugs or headphones to wear.

It’s very important to keep as still as possible during your MRI scan.

The scan lasts 15 to 90 minutes, depending on the size of the area being scanned and how many images are taken.

Most of the human body is made up of water molecules, which consist of hydrogen and oxygen atoms.

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At the centre of each hydrogen atom is an even smaller particle called a proton. Protons are like tiny magnets and are very sensitive to magnetic fields.

When you lie under the powerful scanner magnets, the protons in your body line up in the same direction, in the same way that a magnet can pull the needle of a compass.

Short bursts of radio waves are then sent to certain areas of the body, knocking the protons out of alignment. When the radio waves are turned off, the protons realign. This sends out radio signals, which are picked up by receivers.

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These signals provide information about the exact location of the protons in the body.

They also help to distinguish between the various types of tissue in the body, because the protons in different types of tissue realign at different speeds and produce distinct signals. In the same way that millions of pixels on a computer screen can create complex pictures, the signals from the millions of protons in the body are combined to create a detailed image of the inside of the body.

Deaths in the UK have risen to 33,186 after 494 fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours.

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on May 12, 2020 by bishshat

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The Virus and the new rules

Deaths in the UK have risen to 32,692 after 627 more fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours.

Another 3,403 have now tested positive for the virus, meaning 226,463 are now infected in the UK, the Department of Health confirmed.

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4 year olds can go to school, but university students who have paid for the tuition they haven’t had and the accommodation they aren’t living in, can’t go to university.

A teacher can go to school with many 4 year olds that they are not related to, but can’t see one 4 year old that they are related to.

You can sit in a park, but not tomorrow or Tuesday but by Wednesday that’ll be fine.

You can meet one person from another household for a chat or to sunbathe, but not two people so if you know two people from another household you have to pick your favourite. Hopefully, you’re also their favourite person from your household or this could be awkward. But possibly you’re not. But as I can’t go closer than 2m to the one you choose anyway you wouldn’t think having the other one sat next to them would matter – unless two people would restrict your eyeline too much and prevent you from being alert.

You can work all day with your colleagues, but you can’t sit in their garden for a chat after work.

You can now do unlimited exercise when quite frankly just doing an hour a day feels like you are some kind of fitness guru. I can think of lots of things that I would like to be unlimited but exercise definitely isn’t one of them.

You can drive to other destinations, although which destinations is unclear.

The buses are still running past your house, but you shouldn’t get on one. We should just let empty buses drive around so bus drivers aren’t doing nothing.

It will soon be time to quarantine people coming into the country by air… but not yet. It’s too soon. And not ever if you’re coming from France because… well, I don’t know why, actually. Because the French version of coronavirus wouldn’t come to the UK maybe.

Our youngest children go back to school first because… they are notoriously good at not touching things they shouldn’t, maintain personal space at all times and never randomly lick you.

We are somewhere in between 3.5 and 4.5 on a five point scale where 5 is all of the virus and 1 is none of the virus but 2,3 and 4 can be anything you’d like it to be really. Some of the virus? A bit of the virus? Just enough virus to see off those over 70s who were told to self isolate but now we’ve realised that they’ve done that a bit too well despite us offloading coronavirus patients into care homes and now we are claiming that was never said in the first place, even though it’s in writing in the stay at home guidance.

The slogan isn’t stay at home any more, so we don’t have to stay at home. Except we do. Unless we can’t. In which case we should go out. But there will be fines if we break the rules. So don’t do that.

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Ok can anyone else spot the subliminal message? A subliminal message is a technique used in marketing and other media to influence People without their being Aware of what the messenger is Doing. This may involve the use of split second flashes of text, hidden images, or subtle cues that affect the audience at a level below conscious awareness.

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The Clouds Will Soon Roll 

George Brown / Harry Woods

Elsie Carlisle w Ambrose & his Orch

Night seems darkest just before the dawn,
Just as the daybreak nears.
Soon we’ll see a sunny sky,
It’s time to dry your tears.

Somewhere the sun is shining,
So, honey, don’t you cry!
We’ll find a silver lining,
The clouds will soon roll by.

I hear a robin singing
Upon a treetop high.
To you and me he’s singing,
“The clouds will soon roll by.”

Each little tear and sorrow
Only brings you closer to me.
Just wait until tomorrow,
What a happy day that will be.

Down Lovers Lane together,
We’ll wander, you and I.
Goodbye to stormy weather,
The clouds will soon roll by.

To you and me he’s singing,
“The clouds will soon roll by.”

Each little tear and sorrow
Only brings you closer to me.
Just wait until tomorrow,
What a happy day that will be.

Down Lovers Lane together,
We’ll wander, you and I.
Goodbye to stormy weather,
The clouds will soon roll by.

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Don’t forget…

Stay alert… which Robert Jenrick has explained actually means Stay home as much as possible. Obviously.

Control the virus. Well, I can’t even control my dogs and I can actually see them. Plus I know a bit about dogs and very little about controlling viruses.

Save lives. Always preferable to not saving lives, I’d say, so I’ll try my best with that one, although hopefully I don’t need telling to do that. I know I’m bragging now but not NOT saving lives is something I do every day.

So there you are. If you’re the weirdo wanting unlimited exercise then enjoy. But not until Wednesday. Obviously.

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A Lockdown Breakfast

I was talking to my breakfast this morning
It didn’t say much
No snap
No crackle
Not even a pop
It just sat in the bowl gormless
The man on the packet had that silly grin
Almost mocking me
I had been dreaming of my breakfast
Thinking about my breakfast all night
Thinking about getting up
Pouring on the milk
Sprinkling on the sugar
Anticipating breakfast
How sad is that?
And then when you have eaten it
And it’s all gone no longer in the bowl
What’s the point?
Should I look forward to another one the next day?
The next morning
The same routine
No snap
No crackle
No pop
Am I buying the wrong breakfast?
Am I living the wrong morning?
Orange juice!
That would be nice
Out on a terrace
Overlooking the ocean
Drowning in sunshine
A cool breeze
A continental breakfast
Croissants and apricot jam
Maybe a fizzy drink
Maybe a Buck’s Fizz
Maybe a Prosecco or three
Maybe Champagne
At least talking to your breakfast
Would be acceptable when you’re wobbly
But no it’s a lockdown breakfast
And I will just look forward to my jumbo oats
With no snap
No crackle
And not even a pop.

John Bish 12th May 2020