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Wednesday 28th November 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 28, 2018 by bishshat


Spurs 1 Inter Milan 0

Christian Eriksen blasts in winner as Spurs keep Champions League hopes alive with victory over Inter Milan
Spurs knew they had to win at Wembley to have any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages and that’s exactly what they did – just


Eriksen started on the bench but came on to win the game for his side.
The Danish star finished off a lovely Spurs move with eight minutes of the match remaining. Moussa Sissoko made inroads down the right and found himself in the Inter penalty area.


And after squaring for Dele Alli, the England international had the awareness to lay the ball off for Eriksen who fired emphatically past Samir Handanovic.


Mauricio Pochettino’s side know they must now match Inter’s result in the last round of group stage matches. The problem is that Inter host PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham travel to the Nou Camp to take on Barcelona.


Tuesday 27th November 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 28, 2018 by bishshat


Monday 26th November 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 26, 2018 by bishshat


Sunday 25th November 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 25, 2018 by bishshat


Panthers 27 Seahawks 30

Wilson’s late, improvisational pass to Tyler Lockett set up Janikowski for a field goal from 31 yards on Sunday’s final play. The 40-year-old kicker nailed it for his second last-play winner this season, and the Seahawks pulled off a huge victory to seize full control of their playoff fate, 30-27 over the stunned Carolina Panthers at silenced Bank of America Stadium.


Saturday 24th November 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 24, 2018 by bishshat


What is our life? The play of passion.
Our mirth? The music of division:
Our mothers’ wombs the tiring-houses be,
Where we are dressed for life’s short comedy.
The earth the stage; Heaven the spectator is,
Who sits and views whosoe’er doth act amiss.
The graves which hide us from the scorching sun
Are like drawn curtains when the play is done.
Thus playing post we to our latest rest,
And then we die in earnest, not in jest.

Sir Walter Raleigh


Even such is time, which takes in trust
Our youth, our joys, and all we have,
And pays us but with age and dust,
Who in the dark and silent grave
When we have wandered all our ways
Shuts up the story of our days,
And from which earth, and grave, and dust
The Lord will raise me up, I trust.

Sir Walter Raleigh


Sweet were the joys that both might like and last;
Strange were the state exempt from all distress;
Happy the life that no mishap should taste;
Blessed the chance might never change success.
Were such a life to lead or state to prove,
Who would not wish that such a life were love?

But oh! the soury sauce of sweet unsure,
When pleasures flit, and fly with waste of wind.
The trustless trains that hoping hearts allure,
When sweet delights do but allure the mind;
When care consumes and wastes the wretched wight,
While fancy feeds and draws of her delight.

What life were love, if love were free from pain?
But oh that pain with pleasure matched should meet!
Why did the course of nature so ordain
That sugared sour must sauce the bitter sweet?
Which sour from sweet might any means remove,
What hap, what heaven, what life, were like to love!

Sir Walter Raleigh


Whats The Point It?

What is the point of it?
Waking and wondering
Wondering on waking
What the hell are you doing?
Look out of the window
It’s still the same
Until the pain returns
That dull thud
That sharp stab
Dragging you down
Stamping on your hands
As you attempt to raise your spirit
Everyday the same
What’s the point of it?
Dripping time
Then comes the rush for the exit
You grab for a hand hold
Any hand hold that will keep you in the tedium
Why because even the tedium is better
Than an eternity of nothing

John Bish 20/11/2018


The Black Day

Today’s a black day
All my words return to haunt me
All my deeds return to mock me
All my love returns to doubt me
Today’s a black day
My knees drawn up
The curtains drawn too
Outside the cold air clutches
At the creeping gaps in my life
They try hard to get in at the window
A coat upon my coat
I wear a hood over my head
A scarf over my feet yet I am still cold
My hands are in pain
My heart broken I have arrested myself
I lay inside my cell like room
All my love appears a lie
All my words are slanted in my favour
It’s forever been this way I am told
Still I do not see it
Cowering in my self enforced prison
I yearn only for my love to love me
Fear of her tongue keeps me at bay
Fear of rejection and my own lies
Make me hide
Today is a dark day
Slowly it sinks while the pain holds fast
It’s unknown how long the darkness will last
She said she loved me
She said she wanted to be home with me
Then the words fell away and the deeds did not appear

John Bish 23rd November 2018

Spurs 3 Chelsea 1

Chelsea finally lost its first match of the season to a rampant Spurs team.

This was football the way the Argentinian in charge of Spurs wants his team to play, authoritative in the ebb and flow of the game and then beautifully imaginative when they stung their opponents for three marvellous goals. The pick of the lot was the third from Heung-min Son, an outrageous creation that had two Chelsea men trailing in his wake, including David Luiz who had one of those afternoons when mistakes were made.

He seemed to get out the way of Harry Kane’s goal, the second for Spurs, and no-one was quite sure of his intentions when attempting to stop Son although, as with most of his bad performances, there was at least no hiding. Given five more minutes he might even have got his revenge on Erik Lamela who came on for some late entertainment, brushing his foot over the ball, dropping a shoulder, and generally taking whatever liberties he could.


Even Oliver Giroud’s late goal did not change the mood, although Chelsea have become the kings of the late game-changer. The French striker was much more effective than Alvaro Morata, whom he replaced and generally Chelsea were stopped in their midfield where Pochettino scored a notable tactical victory over Maurizio Sarri. His team were on top from the very start and there was much for the Chelsea manager to think about.

Pochettino did it while resting Jan Vertonghen, presumably with Wednesday’s Champions League group game against Inter Milan at Wembley in mind, which Spurs must win. There was a sixth goal against Chelsea in six games for Dele Alli, the first of the three. This winning run of Spurs now stretches five games, back to that defeat to Manchester City at Wembley on Oct 29 and this victory over one of their fellow top five lifts them above Chelsea into third place.

Right at the end of the second minute of time added on to the first half, Hazard came crashing through Ben Davies for a ball he was never going to get his head to first at the back post and put the Welshman on the deck. Referee Martin Atkinson waved the yellow card for the second time that afternoon and Hazard laughed at him – it was meant to be derisive but it said more about the Belgian and his game up to that point.

He had been through a lot of frustration in the first half, including a penalty denied to him by Atkinson when really Juan Foyth had been clumsy and on this occasion was lucky to get away with it. But apart from that moment there were few excuses really – Spurs had been playing all the grown-up football and there was not much their visitors could do about it.

There were some marvellous moments in the first half and not just in the two goals that came in the first 16 minutes. There was a feathered touch from Heung-min Son to stun a long ball hit quickly over the top by Dele and spirited away from David Luiz with that marvellous piece of skill from Son. Spurs cut their opposition into little pieces all over the attacking third, between Dele, Christian Eriksen and Son.

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Then there was Kane who scored the second, a shot taken way earlier than expected when instinct told him that there was a channel behind Luiz and inside Kepa Arrizabalaga’s right post and the England captain went for it. Luiz swayed unforgivably out the way of the shot and the ball was in. The Brazilian was never the same after that, tearing Kane’s shirt at a corner so much that he went off to change it. Antonio Rudiger was lost at times too, turned by Son early on in the game.

The first goal was a free-kick from the right perfectly placed by Eriksen for Dele to glance past Arrizabalaga. That was Spurs in the first half, precise when they had to be and often devastating as a consequence. They should have had more goals for the way they moved the ball.

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Out of possession Dele was on the toes of Jorginho and N’Golo Kante was not given a moment to himself. Spurs disrupted Chelsea all over the pitch and while they were fortunate with the Hazard penalty appeal, the away team were generally stopped at the edge of the home team’s area.

The third goal was a delight for Spurs starting improbably way out on the right by the touchline where Son took the ball and decided to run Jorginho. The Brazilian could not stay with him for more than a few strides and then Son was attacking down the goal line where his evasion of Luiz was easily accomplished. A slight sway of the hips, a very faint deception and Luiz’s confident misjudgement saw for the rest.

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Luiz committed to go one way, Son – with the ball – the other and then beat Arrizabalaga into his far corner. This was exhilarating stuff, an embarrassment being inflicted on an old rival and the home fans loved it. Sarri beckoned the dismal Morata to come off and Mateo Kovacic too but nothing could really get his team passing the ball or creating chances.

Spurs managed the game from there with Kane somehow missing from a few yards out after Serge Aurier had been set away on the overlap. Dele might have had another a minute later with a shot inside the box. They never got another good sight of goal and had a wobble towards the end when Giroud rose to meet Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross to head the ball decisively past Hugo Lloris. But that was not much more than Chelsea deserved and for Spurs and their manager this was a sign of what they can do when it all works.


Thursday 22nd November 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 22, 2018 by bishshat


Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging

Guardians of birthdays, holidays and celebrations, ESFJs are generous entertainers. They enjoy and joyfully observe traditions and are liberal in giving, especially where custom prescribes.

All else being equal, ESFJs enjoy being in charge. They see problems clearly and delegate easily, work hard and play with zest. ESFJs, as do most SJs, bear strong allegiance to rights of seniority. They willingly provide service (which embodies life’s meaning) and expect the same from others.

ESFJs are easily wounded. And when wounded, their emotions will not be contained. They by nature “wear their hearts on their sleeves,” often exuding warmth and bonhomie, but not infrequently boiling over with the vexation of their souls. Some ESFJs channel these vibrant emotions into moving dramatic performances on stage and screen.

Strong, contradictory forces consume the ESFJ. Their sense of right and wrong wrestles with an overwhelming rescuing, ‘mothering’ drive. This sometimes results in swift, immediate action taken upon a transgressor, followed by stern reprimand; ultimately, however, the prodigal is wrested from the gallows of their folly, just as the noose tightens and all hope is lost, by the very executioner!

An ESFJ at odds with self is a remarkable sight. When a decision must be made, especially one involving the risk of conflict (abhorrent to ESFJs), there ensues an in-house wrestling match between the aforementioned black-and-white Values and the Nemesis of Discord. The contender pits self against self, once firmly deciding with the Right, then switching to Prudence to forestall hostilities, countered by unswerving Values, ad exhaustium, winner take all.

As caretakers, ESFJs sense danger all around–germs within, the elements without, unscrupulous malefactors, insidious character flaws. The world is a dangerous place, not to be trusted. Not that the ESFJ is paranoid; ‘hyper-vigilant’ would be more precise. And thus they serve excellently as protectors, outstanding in fields such as medical care and elementary education.

Extraverted Feeling
ESFJs live in their Extraverted Feeling functioning. Feeling, a rational (i.e., deciding) function, expresses opinions easily in the E world of objects and people. ESFJs have the ability to express warmth, rage, and a range of other emotions. Actions are encouraged or rebuked based on how they affect other people, especially people near and dear to the ESFJ. This type’s vocal decisiveness predisposes many of its number to facility with administration and supervision.

Introverted Sensing
The secondary Sensing function aids and abets the dominant Fe in that sensate data is collected and at once compared with the inner forms or standards. Data on which decisions are made are thus focused and given a contrast which tends to be stronger and clearer than the original stimuli. The strengthening effect of Si on Fe may be responsible for this type’s reputation for wearing their “hearts on their sleeves.” At any rate, ESFJs reflect the “black and white” view of reality which is common to the SJ types.

Extraverted iNtuition
Intuition is tertiary–as the ESFJ matures, and as situations arise which call for suspension of criticism, Ne is allowed to play. Under the leadership of the Fe function, iNtuition allows for a loosening of the more rigid Si rights and wrongs; teasing and slapstick humor emerge. ESFJs are also capable of discerning patterns and philosophies, but such perceiving is subject to the weakness of the tertiary position, and the results often lack the variety and complexity of connections that more complex systems require.

Introverted Thinking
The inferior Ti function may rarely be expressed. In fact, ESFJs may take affront at the aloof, detached nature of dominant Ti types, or conversely, be drawn to them. Some ESFJs construct rationale which have the appearance of (Jungian) Thinking logic, but under scrutiny are in fact command performances of “Thinking in the service of Feeling,” (i.e., Thinking-like conclusions which do not obey the tenets of impersonal logic; they rather construct scenarios from only those “hard, cold facts” which support the conclusion reached by the dominant Extraverted Feeling function.

Portrait of an ESFJ – Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging
(Extraverted Feeling with Introverted Sensing)

The Caregiver

As an ESFJ, your primary mode of living is focused externally, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit in with your personal value system. Your secondary mode is internal, where you take things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion.

ESFJs are people persons – they love people. They are warmly interested in others. They use their Sensing and Judging characteristics to gather specific, detailed information about others, and turn this information into supportive judgments. They want to like people, and have a special skill at bringing out the best in others. They are extremely good at reading others, and understanding their point of view. The ESFJ’s strong desire to be liked and for everything to be pleasant makes them highly supportive of others. People like to be around ESFJs, because the ESFJ has a special gift of invariably making people feel good about themselves.

The ESFJ takes their responsibilities very seriously, and is very dependable. They value security and stability, and have a strong focus on the details of life. They see before others do what needs to be done, and do whatever it takes to make sure that it gets done. They enjoy these types of tasks, and are extremely good at them.

ESFJs are warm and energetic. They need approval from others to feel good about themselves. They are hurt by indifference and don’t understand unkindness. They are very giving people, who get a lot of their personal satisfaction from the happiness of others. They want to be appreciated for who they are, and what they give. They’re very sensitive to others, and freely give practical care. ESFJs are such caring individuals, that they sometimes have a hard time seeing or accepting a difficult truth about someone they care about.

With Extraverted Feeling dominating their personality, ESFJs are focused on reading other people. They have a strong need to be liked, and to be in control. They are extremely good at reading others, and often change their own manner to be more pleasing to whoever they’re with at the moment.

The ESFJ’s value system is defined externally. They usually have very well-formed ideas about the way things should be, and are not shy about expressing these opinions. However, they weigh their values and morals against the world around them, rather than against an internal value system. They may have a strong moral code, but it is defined by the community that they live in, rather than by any strongly felt internal values.

ESFJs who have had the benefit of being raised and surrounded by a strong value system that is ethical and centered around genuine goodness will most likely be the kindest, most generous souls who will gladly give you the shirt off of their back without a second thought. For these individuals, the selfless quality of their personality type is genuine and pure. ESFJs who have not had the advantage of developing their own values by weighing them against a good external value system may develop very questionable values. In such cases, the ESFJ most often genuinely believes in the integrity of their skewed value system. They have no internal understanding of values to set them straight. In weighing their values against our society, they find plenty of support for whatever moral transgression they wish to justify. This type of ESFJ is a dangerous person indeed. Extraverted Feeling drives them to control and manipulate, and their lack of Intuition prevents them from seeing the big picture. They’re usually quite popular and good with people, and good at manipulating them. Unlike their ENFJ cousin, they don’t have Intuition to help them understand the real consequences of their actions. They are driven to manipulate other to achieve their own ends, yet they believe that they are following a solid moral code of conduct.

All ESFJs have a natural tendency to want to control their environment. Their dominant function demands structure and organization, and seeks closure. ESFJs are most comfortable with structured environments. They’re not likely to enjoy having to do things which involve abstract, theoretical concepts, or impersonal analysis. They do enjoy creating order and structure, and are very good at tasks which require these kinds of skills. ESFJs should be careful about controling people in their lives who do not wish to be controlled.

ESFJs respect and believe in the laws and rules of authority, and believe that others should do so as well. They’re traditional, and prefer to do things in the established way, rather than venturing into unchartered territory. Their need for security drives their ready acceptance and adherence to the policies of the established system. This tendency may cause them to sometimes blindly accept rules without questioning or understanding them.

An ESFJ who has developed in a less than ideal way may be prone to being quite insecure, and focus all of their attention on pleasing others. He or she might also be very controling, or overly sensitive, imagining bad intentions when there weren’t any.

ESFJs incorporate many of the traits that are associated with women in our society. However, male ESFJs will usually not appear feminine at all. On the contrary, ESFJs are typically quite conscious about gender roles and will be most comfortable playing a role that suits their gender in our society. Male ESFJs will be quite masculine (albeit sensitive when you get to know them), and female ESFJs will be very feminine.

ESFJs at their best are warm, sympathetic, helpful, cooperative, tactful, down-to-earth, practical, thorough, consistent, organized, enthusiastic, and energetic. They enjoy tradition and security, and will seek stable lives that are rich in contact with friends and family.

Wednesday 21st November 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 21, 2018 by bishshat

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Three sculptural steel trees will be unveiled in the city later in front of victims’ families 44 years after the attack on 21 November, 1974. “Leaves” will bear a total of 21 names – one for each life lost. Two planted bombs – which ripped through the Mulberry Bush and Tavern in the Town pubs – were widely believed to be the work of the IRA. I remember.


Birmingham Six pictures for Kate Mayger

Birmingham Six pictures for Kate Mayger