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Sunday 22nd July 2018

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

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Pioneer Corps (at Compton Verney from 1940-1945)

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“During the Second World War the army took over Compton Verney. The Pioneer Corps were based at the house in 1940 and used the park to practice for smoke screen camouflage. The important officers stayed in rooms in the house with lower ranked officers up in the attics. The other soldiers lived in huts in the grounds. Later in the war the Belgian Special Air Services used the estate for training.

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The house suffered a great deal of damage from the army during this time. The soldiers also took pot shots at the Upper Bridge and its sphinxes were badly damaged and covered in bullet holes. The sphinxes were remade in the 1980s and restored to bridge in 2004.”

The owners of Compton Verney – the Lambs moved out when the house was requisitioned by the army when the Second World War broke out. From 1940 the park was used as an experimental station in its new role as an outstation for the Leamington based Camouflage Unit.

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Things got broken and as early as October 1941 an official report concluded that there was already significant damage to the walls, doors and interior decoration. Windows were smashed in the stables, water leaked into the hall and the plaster ceiling collapsed in 1944. The masonry on the North Wing was used for sharpening knives.

The Upper bridge was wrecked – a gardener reported soldiers were responsible for deliberately pushing over a section of the balustrading on the west side. Some say this happened on VE day.

By 1945 an estimated 300 tons of redundant barbed wire surrounded the site, whilst numerous smoke bombs littered the area – one was discovered as late as 1995.

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Compton Verney was one of many large houses requisitioned during the Second World War and many suffered considerably as a consequence. Compton Verney’s decline continued rapidly after the war.

The Pioneer Corps began as infantry and cavalry reserves were made into Works Labour companies in 1939. In 1940 they became the Pioneer Corps and were used for a variety of tasks in the Second World War including logistical operations, such as putting tracks on beaches and building Mulberry Harbour for the D-DAY landings.

The Pioneer Corps was the only unit allowed to include “enemy aliens” and included German and Austrian nationals – many who were Jews – who wanted to fight Hitler.

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Saturday 21st July 2018

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

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Friday 20th July 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 20, 2018 by bishshat

I am really angry with myself for not having the education to use words in a face to face encounter. Some people are so used to getting their own way by using a spiral of subterfuge. They stand there in front of you and with a slight unbearable grin?
They are o so clever.
Every point of view you offer is turned into a statement from them to make you feel smaller and smaller. In the end in angry frustration I end up using words I don’t want to use.

How I wish I was educated.

Is not telling the whole truth the same as telling a lie?
If it is total fabrication, or lying by omission, this can make little to no difference to the bad consequences.

They are both deliberate attempts to deceive!
And that makes them both equally as bad.

If you are leave an important part out of a statement for the purposes of causing someone to make a wrong assumption or to act with inadequate information, then this is the same as lying.

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He is a pragmatic thinker who is great fun to collude with to achieve lettings and sales of substance.

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come to a secret understanding; conspire.

Daisy’s dead

Brenda called to say that Daisy’s dead
And a hundred eyes opened so much wider
A yellow light played on the faces
Of those gathered in her kitchen
But their was nobody for to put the kettle on
Five hundred fingers twitched with desire
Now the fun would begin
The spoils that had been played over
This past eighteen months are left open and insecure
The game has been played well by the visitors
The visitors that before only recently had not been seen at all
That’s death for you
It gathers a pace the nearer it gets then it’s gone
Strange isn’t it this life?
All over in a flash
And no amount of kindle or huff and puff can regain its light
It’s now empty, wanting and grasping
All over bar the taking
Daisy’s dead Brenda had called to say
And a million years could not last a single second more.

John Bish 17/01/17

July 20th 1969- July 20th 2018

Once I watched a man walk upon the moon
In grey grainy images I watched it
I watched via my closing sleepy eyes
But still they watched
Excited my imagination kept me awake
I watched they delayed
I watched they delayed
My father became bored and sleep over took him
He left his chair and headed for bed
In amazement I questioned his surrender
“Bed!”
“Bed!”
“Dad a man is going to walk on the moon!”
“I will watch it in the morning”
And he left me in the glare of grey light.
Once I heard a man who was walking on the moon
With crackling broken bleeping sound
I heard it

Man On The Moon

REM

Mott the Hoople and the game of Life yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Andy Kaufman in the wrestling match yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Monopoly, Twenty one, checkers, and chess yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Mister Fred Blassie in a breakfast mess yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Let’s play Twister, let’s play Risk yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I’ll see you in heaven if you make the list yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Now, Andy did you hear about this one?
Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
Andy are you goofing on Elvis? Hey, baby
Are we losing touch?

If you believed they put a man on the moon
Man on the moon
If you believe there’s nothing up his sleeve
Then nothing is cool

Moses went walking with the staff of wood yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Newton got beaned by the apple good yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Egypt was troubled by the horrible asp yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Mister Charles Darwin had the gall to ask yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Now, Andy did you hear about this one?
Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
Andy are you goofing on Elvis? Hey, baby
Are you having fun?

If you believed they put a man on the moon
Man on the moon
If you believe there’s nothing up his sleeve
Then nothing is cool

Here’s a little agit for the never-believer yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Here’s a little ghost for the offering yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Here’s a truck stop instead of Saint Peter’s yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Mister Andy Kaufman’s gone wrestling yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Now, Andy did you hear about this one?
Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
Andy are you goofing on Elvis? Hey, baby
Are we losing touch?

If you believed they put a man on the moon
Man on the moon
If you believe there’s nothing up his sleeve
Then nothing is cool

If you believed they put a man on the moon
Man on the moon
If you believe there’s nothing up his sleeve
Then nothing is cool

If you believed they put a man on the moon
Man on the moon
If you believe there’s nothing up his sleeve
Then nothing is cool

If you believed they put a man on the moon
Man on the moon
If you believe there’s nothing up his sleeve
Then nothing is cool

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Thursday 19th July 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 19, 2018 by bishshat

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Wednesday 18th July 2018

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

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Is not telling the whole truth the same as telling a lie? Whether it is a total fabrication, or lying by omission, can make little to no difference to the bad consequences.

They are both deliberate attempts to deceive!
And that makes them both equally as bad.

If you are leave an important part out of a statement for the purposes of causing someone to make a wrong assumption or to act with inadequate information, then this is the same as lying.

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Tuesday 17th July 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 17, 2018 by bishshat

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Sunday 15th July 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on July 15, 2018 by bishshat

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Dante

Anna Akhmatova

Even after his death he did not return
to the city that nursed him.
Going away, this man did not look back.
To him I sing this song.
Torches, night, a last embrace,
outside in her streets the mob howling.
He sent her a curse from hell
and in heaven could not forget her.
But never, in a penitent’s shirt,
did he walk barefoot with lighted candle
through his beloved Florence,
perfidious, base, and irremediably home.

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France 4 Croatia 2

The day after Bastille Day France are champions and deservedly so. But only after the most remarkable, crazy and controversial encounter against a courageous Croatia in which there was a VAR storm, and an actual storm in the skies above Moscow, a first-ever own goal in a World Cup Final, a cool strike from a new global superstar, an horrific goalkeeping blunder by the man who lifted the trophy – and a Pussy Riot pitch invasion.

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To secure its status as the best ever World Cup the tournament needed a memorable final. It got it. What a finale it was to this 31-day festival of football, as Gareth Southgate called it, and it was the highest-scoring final since England beat West Germany 4-2 in 1966. Well, they sang football’s coming home. At least the score was the same and while England and their fans will never stop dreaming of what might have been – just 22 minutes from the final, if anyone needed reminding – France have the 18-carat gold, 14-inch, 11lb trophy for the second time ever and the second time in 20 years.

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