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Thursday 27th September 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 27, 2018 by bishshat

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Wednesday 26th September 2018

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

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The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round national site of remembrance at Alrewas, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, United Kingdom. It is a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in the UK’s Armed Forces and civilian community.

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In 2017, after undergoing a large scale regeneration project, the Arboretum’s new award-winning Remembrance Centre was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Cambridge on 23 March.[2] Featuring three new exhibition galleries, larger restaurant and shop, separate coffee shop and a beautiful cloistered courtyard with garden, it provides visitors with facilities fitting that of a large scale visitor attraction.

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The idea for the Arboretum was conceived by Commander David Childs CBE in 1988, who wished to establish a national focus or ‘centre’ for Remembrance. Following a meeting with Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC, an appeal was launched in 1994 by the then Prime Minister, John Major. He believed that the Arboretum would form a living tribute to service men and women for future generations to reflect upon and enjoy.

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The future of the project became assured when three proposals were agreed. These were: for the site to be the location of the Armed Forces Memorial; for the Ministry of Defence to pay a significant grant-in-aid to allow for free entry and that The Royal British Legion would accept the gift of the site as the focus for the Nation’s year-round Remembrance.

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The project began with no money, no land, no staff and no trees. The National Lottery, in the form of the Millennium Commission, granted some forty per cent of the funds needed and this was matched by thousands of donations, both large and small, from a wide variety of organisations both military and civilian, men and women, corporate and voluntary.

Planting began on the reclaimed gravel workings, bordered by the Rivers Trent and Tame, gifted to the charity by Lafarge in 1997. The initial planting took place thanks to grants from the Forestry Commission and the National Forest, and since then has been shaped by a staff of thousands: a small paid group; a dedicated and active Friends of the National Memorial Arboretum organisation; and countless others who have either planted individual trees or helped create a memorial for their organisation.

The Arboretum was officially opened on 16 May 2001. It is a registered charity and is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities.

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Spurs 4 Watford 2 penalties.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino made eight changes to the side which beat Brighton on Saturday, with only Gazzaniga, Toby Alderweireld and Lucas Moura keeping their places, but the team still boasted 10 full internationals.

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The game was mostly a midfield battle in the first half, neither side really creating too much in front of goal. The closest we came was Lucas’ dangerous ball across the face of the six-yard box but there was no-one on hand to tap home.

At the other end, Gazzaniga saved easily from Success, Serge Aurier denied Ken Sema inside the area as he shaped to shoot and Marc Navarro tested Gazzaniga from distance on three separate occasions, but the goalkeeper was equal to each effort and it remained goalless at the break.

But while the first half was uneventful, the second period was just 36 seconds old when Kiko Femenia beat Davinson Sanchez to the ball midway inside our half and played in Success, who held off Aurier and blasted right-footed past Gazzaniga.

The goal brought the game to life and we certainly had more impetus to our attacking threats as we searched for the equaliser. Dele’s volley on the turn flew over, Moussa Sissoko had a shot from 15 yards blocked, with claims for handball waved away by referee Lee Mason, Aurier’s fine cross was headed over by substitute Fernando Llorente and Ben Wilmot cleared off the line from Heung-Min Son, also on as a sub.

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In between those latter two chances though, Sema had a chance to wrap up the tie for the visitors but completely missed his kick in front of goal and it was to prove costly as we levelled with nine minutes remaining. Dele broke into the area and was angling towards goal when he was upended by Christian Kabasele, referee Mason pointing straight to the spot and sending off the Watford substitute, who had only been on the pitch for four minutes. We had been reduced to 10 men moments earlier as Aurier limped off, with all three substitutes used. Dele duly stepped up and, although ex-Spur Heurelho Gomes went the right way, the England international’s penalty had enough on it to find the back of the net.

Within five minutes we were ahead. Watford had a free-kick inside our half which was cleared and we were immediately on the attack. Harry Winks fed the marauding Mousa Dembele down the right channel and he found Lamela, bursting from deep, who raced onto the ball and clipped it past Gomes.

That should have been game over, but Watford hit back in the 89th minute when Nathaniel Chalobah drifted in from the left and found substitute Capoue, whose low curling shot from just outside the area beat Gazzaniga.

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And so to penalties. Success stepped up first for Watford and scored, Son did likewise to level it up but we then took the advantage as Gazzaniga saved Capoue’s effort low down to his right. Lamela buried his penalty and we led 2-1 after two kicks each.

Next up for the visitors was Will Hughes who converted, as did Llorente with real authority, driving high into the roof of the net. And when Gazzaniga then denied Quina, it was left to the man of the moment to seal the victory – Dele once again beating Gomes to secure a 4-2 win on penalties.

Tuesday 25th September 2018

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

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Monday September 24th 2018

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

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To all the staff at Compton Verney

Thank you so much for our fantastic visit to see the excitng exhibitions and interesting and fun activites which you organised for the students. Everyone really enjoyed their experience which was organised and supported by your staff so well. The students felt relaxed and safe reinforced by friendly staff. I have had positive feedback from students and staff here at Welcombe Hills school. We look forward to our next visit!

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Sunday 23rd September 2018

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 23, 2018 by bishshat

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Seahawks 24 Cowboys 13

The Seahawks didn’t just earn their first victory of the 2018 season, they got back to the formula that has brought them so much success under head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.

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In Sunday’s 24-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys, what was just as important as the fact that the Seahawks won is the manner in which they controlled the game. After two weeks of struggling to get the running game going, Chris Carson powered his way to 102 yards and a touchdown on 32 physical carries. Russell Wilson was efficient and the passing game came up with some big plays, including a 52-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett and a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jaron Brown, all without turning the ball over.

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On defense, the Seahawks held the Cowboys in check, keeping Dak Prescott and company from even reaching the red zone until the middle of the third quarter, and Seattle had three takeaways, upping its season total to eight.

Add in another solid day on special teams, and this was just about an ideal afternoon at CenturyLink Field for the Seahawks.

Saturday 22nd September 2018

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

Brighton 1 Spurs 2

Erik Lamela’s second goal in as many Premier League games made sure of the three points on a rain-swept Saturday evening at the Amex Stadium.

A thumping penalty from Harry Kane towards the end of a first half devoid of any real chances put us in control and after Shane Duffy’s header was ruled out for off-side during a more lively second period, Lamela finished a nice move to give us a 2-0 lead.

Kane was denied by goalkeeper Mat Ryan three times in the closing minutes as we tried to press home the advantage but, after his third attempt in stoppage time, Brighton broke away and made it 2-1 through Anthony Knockaert.

There was still time for Chris Hughton’s men, who had come back from two goals down to draw 2-2 in their previous two matches, to complete an unlikely trifecta of point-sharing, but Paulo Gazzaniga – in for his first start of the season and only his second in our colours after Michel Vorm injured his knee in training on Friday – routinely saved Knockaert’s deflected effort as we held on to claim our first win in four matches.

Brighton seemed content to let us have the ball on half-way during the first period but pressed when we entered the final third, making it tough to play our attacking game. Every now and again we managed to play through them with a slick passing move, but clear shooting chances were in short supply.

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Our best chance of the opening exchanges came from a 10th-minute corner as Kieran Trippier’s delivery was met by the head of Toby Alderweireld at the front post, with defender Gaetan Bong also getting a touch as the ball darted towards goal and forced Ryan into a good reaction save. Jan Vertonghen couldn’t quite climb high enough above the defence to nod in the second ball.

Kane blasted us ahead from the spot on 42 minutes after initially being tripped by Bong 20 yards out as he tried to burst through into the box following another swift move. Trippier’s free-kick was handled by Glenn Murray in the wall and the striker converted with aplomb to move level with Jermain Defoe in fifth on our all-time top scorers roll call with 143.

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The tempo quickened after half-time with Vertonghen heading Knockaert’s dangerous free-kick behind and Christian Eriksen inches away with a long-range right-foot shot at the other end before the hosts had their best spell of the game. Solly March’s shot from distance looped just over the bar off Heung-Min Son, Gazzaniga punched clear from the corner but Duffy headed in from the resulting cross – only to be denied by an off-side decision against Lewis Dunk with 64 minutes gone. Two minutes later, Knockaert stepped inside onto his right foot, just six yards out, but Gazzaniga was in the way of his attempt at goal. The second goal was always going to be crucial – and it was Lamela who bagged it in our favour. Looking bright off the bench, he kick-started our attack with a short pass to Lucas Moura, the Brazilian slid out to Danny Rose, who had been finding space on the left throughout the half, and his low delivery was steered into the far corner by Lamela, who had made the run into the box, at the first time of asking.

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That should have been that but after Kane twice pulled the trigger in the box, only to find Ryan in the way, the skipper was sent through in from the right by Eric Dier, the keeper saved again, Brighton quickly broke away and Knockaert fired home on his left foot from the right side of the box. The Seagulls were lifted but as Gazzaniga stooped to his right to save another Knockaert strike, which had taken a slight deflection, we finished the game as winners.

Friday 21st September 2018

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

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Tryin’ To Get The Feeling

David Pomeranz

Doctor, my woman is comin’ back home late today
Could ya’ maybe give me something?
’cause the feelin’ is gone and I must get it back right away
Before she sees that I’ve been

Up, down, tryin’ to get the feeling again
All around…. tryin’ to get the feeling again
The one that made me shiver, made my knees start to quiver
Every time she walked in
And I’ve looked high, low, everywhere I possibly can
But there’s no tryin’ to get the feeling again
It seemed to disappear as fast as it came

Where did it run to?
I thought I’d done all that I could
Just to keep the lovelight burnin’
But whatever I’ve done I guess I just haven’t done it too good
’cause all that’s left is yearnin’

Cause I been up, down, tryin’ to get the feeling again
All around….tryin’ to get the feeling again
The one that made me shiver, made my knees start to quiver
Every time she walked in
And I’ve looked high, and low and everywhere I possibly can
But there’s no tryin’ to get the feeling again
It seemed to disappear as fast as it came
And I’ve been lookin’, I’ve been lookin’, I’ve been lookin’
I’ve been up, and down and tryin’ to get the feelin’
I’ve been up ..I’ve been down…I’ve been tryin’ to get
I’ve been tryin’..I’ve been tryin’..I’ve been tryin’
To get the feeling
I’ve been tryin’ to get the feeling again
I want to get that feeling
I’m going to get that feeling
I got to get that feeling
I got to get that feeling
And again…and again…and again…and again
Tryin’ to get that feeling
I been tryin’ to get the feeling again

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