Tuesday 26th November 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 26, 2019 by bishshat

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Ariel Schlesinger

With an inventor’s imagination and a razor-sharp wit, Ariel Schlesinger creates new uses for mundane, utilitarian objects—like paper, cigarette lighters, and socks—animating things that are normally considered lifeless, if considered at all. Through his clever alterations, he personifies objects, drawing attention to their strangely moving fragility and beauty. In The Anguish of the White Page 2007, he places two sheets of white copy paper, whose corners are pressed against each other, on a low wooden table with a motor hidden underneath. Rotated by the motor, the papers spin in a slow, continuous circle, as if locked in a sad dance without beginning or end. In other whimsically inventive works, a single ash burns in seeming perpetuity in a cracked ashtray and an unsealed and soggy cardboard box somehow contains a puddle of water.

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Scissors Cut

Jimmy Webb

“If they ever drop the bomb,” you said,
“I’ll find you in the flames.”
But now we act like people
Who don’t know each other’s names.

Well, sometimes it makes me sad, you know.
Sometimes it makes me smile.
‘Cause you know how the game goes, honey.
We all eat it once in awhile.

Scissors cut, paper covers rock
Breaks the shining scissor
You hurt me
I hurt her and she goes and we will miss her

Now, I look around at people
Playing children’s games.
And I wonder if you’re still thinking
You might find me somewhere in the flames.

Scissors cut, paper covers rock
Breaks the shining scissor
You hurt me
I hurt her and she goes and we will miss her

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Alli finished with a goal and an assist, while Kane scored twice to become the fastest player in history to reach 20 Champions League goals – in just 24 appearances – as Spurs recovered from 2-0 down to qualify for the last-16 with a game to spare.

Kane and Alli have both shone since Jose Mourinho succeeded Mauricio Pochettino a week ago, also impressing in the 3-2 win at West Ham in the Portuguese’s first match in charge.

After playing deeper last season, Alli has been restored to a No10 role by Mourinho and the 23-year-old says playing next to centre-forward Kane is easy.
“It’s amazing playing with Harry,” said Alli. “He’s an amazing guy and a top player. Everyone knows how good he is and I’m not surprised he broke another record. For me, he’s always been in the category with the best in the world.

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“When you’re playing behind him, all you need to do is feed him the ball and he’ll score. It makes my job a lot easier. He does a lot of work off the ball which is amazing. We connect well, ever since I joined really.

“When you’re playing with a player like that, you don’t have to think too much about where they’re going. You just have to look at the space and look at his movement and it’s easier to tell where he’s heading: towards the goal.”

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Spurs were dreadful in the first half but they were gifted a lifeline when Yassine Meriah’s horrendous air-kick gifted Alli a simple finish in stoppage time.

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After the break, Lucas Moura crossed for Kane after some quick thinking from a heroic ball-boy and Serge Aurier, and Alli set-up the Ivorian before Kane completed the comeback with a glancing header from Christian Eriksen’s free-kick.

“Basically, Mourinho told us at half-time we couldn’t get any worse,” Alli revealed. “We knew that already. And he said that we had to go out in the second half with freedom, be calmer on the ball, play the way we know we can and we did that.

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“We knew what we had to do. In the end, it was a great positive result. I think it was down to character and belief, the quality we have in the squad. Personally, I felt like I was at fault for their second goal and I wanted to help the team.

“To get the goal just before half-time gave us the momentum going into the second half. I think we showed our quality in the second half.

“I felt good,” he added. “I’ve felt good all season since coming back from injury. I’ve been doing a lot of work in the gym and on the training field. It was all about building a base, giving myself the opportunity to play well. I feel like I’m still improving, I’ll keep looking to do that.”

 

Monday 25th November 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 25, 2019 by bishshat

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Mud and Rain

It’s this darkness that is getting to me
The lack of light
The lost blue sky
The mud is building in layers
The layers drag at me
Its raining now
I don’t mind the rain but the river is rising
It’s the lack of light
It’s biting into my life
Dark well before the night
And this lack of brightness is dulling my thought process
It’s hard to start a day when the day does not start

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Chasing Cars

Snow Patrol 

We’ll do it all
Everything
On our own

We don’t need
Anything
Or anyone

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

I don’t quite know
How to say
How I feel

Those three words
Are said too much
They’re not enough

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Forget what we’re told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that’s bursting into life

Let’s waste time
Chasing cars
Around our heads

I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Forget what we’re told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that’s bursting into life

All that I am
All that I ever was
Is here in your perfect eyes, they’re all I can see

I don’t know where
Confused about how as well
Just know that these things will never change for us at all

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

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Sunday 24th November 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 24, 2019 by bishshat

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Eagles 9 Seahawks 17

It was a win fitting of the host city’s reputation — a tough, gritty battle that called for overcoming a 17-mph wind and 31-degree wind chill.

The 2019 Seahawks are proving they can win in any and all conditions, as they did again Sunday with a 17-9 victory over the Eagles. The defense forced a season-high five turnovers and allowed its lowest point total of the year while the offense made just enough big plays.

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For the second consecutive game, the Seahawks’ defense pulled its share of the load after mostly resting on the offense’s shoulders the first half of the season.

The way the defense has played the past two weeks — holding the 49ers to 24 points in an overtime victory and the Eagles without a touchdown until 20 seconds left in the game — had the Seahawks feeling especially jubilant afterward. Their locker room again featured the usual trappings of victory: booming music and veteran players crowing over getting to ride home in first class, exchanging seats with coaches — a perk started a few years ago whenever the Seahawks win a road game.

“The great thing is we are playing great, but the greater thing is we can play even better,’’ quarterback Russell Wilson said. “That’s the scary part. That’s the scary part for the NFL and a great thing for us. We’re ready to roll and we’re ready to keep getting better.’’

 

That might have seemed like an especially boisterous quote for Seattle’s usually say-the-right-things quarterback. But it was reflective of the general mood of a team that is now 9-2 overall, 6-0 on the road, and already has tied the team record for most road victories in a season.

The Seahawks felt the margin could have been far greater had Wilson not missed a wide open Jacob Hollister in the end zone for a sure touchdown in the second quarter, or DK Metcalf not dropped a certain touchdown later in that same quarter.

“I think we have a ton of potential,’’ middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “I think on the defensive side we’re starting to see what we’re capable of and the offensive side has been amazing all year. When all those things come together I think we can really do some amazing things.’’

Indeed, Seattle stayed within striking distance of the NFC’s No. 1 seed and secured its second consecutive victory in a stretch of games — four of five on the road against teams that had winning records at the beginning of November — that figured to define the season.

“We’re going up right now,’’ safety Bradley McDougald said. “We’re coming together. This is one of the tightest groups I’ve ever been part of. Off the field we all have each other’s backs. We want to see each other succeed. There’s no egos in this room. There’s no superstar in this room. Everyone is out here playing for each other.’’

Well, there is one superstar — Wilson — who proved far superior to his Eagles counterpart, Carson Wentz. The Philadelphia quarterback threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles.

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On a day when the conditions dictated a relatively conservative game plan, Wilson made most of the plays he could, aside from the misfire to Hollister, of which he said, “Sometimes you miss a layup. … I can’t even explain it. But what I do know is 99 out of 100 we are going to hit those.’’

But the rest of McDougald’s quote about there being no real superstars rung true.

Wilson threw his only touchdown pass to second-year receiver Malik Turner on a flea-flicker in the first quarter that gave Seattle a 7-3 lead it would never relinquish. It was the first touchdown of Turner’s career.

“The double-pass thing was just perfect,’’ Seattle coach Pete Carroll said of the play in which Wilson handed the ball to Chris Carson, who then threw it back to Wilson, while Turner pretended to block for Carson before breaking into the open. “Such a tough catch, and Malik made it look easy.’’

Seattle’s only other touchdown came from second-year running back Rashaad Penny, who had just three snaps in the victory over the 49ers but Sunday rebounded to gain a career-high 129 yards, including a 58-yard score early in the fourth quarter that sealed the outcome. “He looked like he was shot out of a cannon,’’ Carroll said of Penny’s touchdown run, in which Penny delivered a final, fateful stiff arm to Eagles safety Ronald Darby on his way into the end zone.

Penny, Seattle’s first-round draft choice in 2018, had just 36 carries this season before Sunday, when he had 14, and later happily talked of how he feels slimmer and faster than when he played at his rookie weight of 238 pounds — he’s now listed at 230.

“It’s all about the opportunities,’’ Penny said of his breakout day.

The same could be said for a defense that thrived even without injured Jadeveon Clowney, who sat out with a hip/core muscle injury that proved to be the only real downside to the weekend (along with defensive tackle Jarran Reed’s sprained ankle).

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Clowney’s otherworldly performance was largely credited for the Seahawks’ breakthrough game against the 49ers. But Sunday, everyone contributed — Ziggy Ansah, consigned to just 14 snaps against the 49ers, had a team-high 1½ sacks (also an individual season high) and a forced fumble. Rasheem Green — who saw more time with Clowney out — also had a forced fumble.

So too did second-year linebacker Shaquem Griffin, who again saw significant playing time as a pass rusher and also had a pass defensed. McDougald, who seems more comfortable playing strong safety alongside Quandre Diggs than at any time in his Seattle career, and Tre Flowers chipped in with interceptions off the beleaguered Wentz.

 

“We’re just better than we have been,’’ Carroll said of the defense. “We have taken a big jump forward.’’ A leap that Sunday looked like it could propel the Seahawks to the greatest heights the team, or its fans, could have imagined.

 

Saturday 23rd November 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 23, 2019 by bishshat

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Jose Mourinho opened his Spurs account with a 3-2 London derby win at West Ham on Saturday. Daniel Levy is obviously thinking long-term with the length of Mourinho’s deal, but the Special One was able to get off to the perfect start in east London as Spurs swept to victory.

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Goals from Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura put Spurs two goals ahead by half-time as West Ham had no answer for the visitors’ vibrant attacking play, and Harry Kane effectively wrapped things up as a contest with a header four minutes after the interval.

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Manuel Pellegrini had sent Michail Antonio on as a half-time substitute, and the winger scored a fine effort with 17 minutes left on the clock to spark hopes of a potential comeback. Angelo Ogbonna scored a last-gasp header – but there is a reason why none of Mourinho’s Premier League teams have ever lost after having had a two-goal lead at the break.

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Spurs held firm to shoot up to sixth in the League – for now, at least – and a performance of dangerous counter-attacking coupled with an improved defensive display suggest Mourinho may already be on the right path in north London.

 

Friday 22nd November 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 22, 2019 by bishshat

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Thursday 21st November 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 21, 2019 by bishshat

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50 Years ago today 21st November 1969
Recorded May–September 1969 at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, England

Higher And Higher

The Moody Blues

Blasting, billowing, bursting forth
With the power of ten billion butterfly sneezes
Man with his flaming pyre
Has conquered the wayward breezes
Climbing to tranquility
Far above the cloud
Conceiving the heavens
Clear of misty shroud

Higher and higher
Now we’ve learned to play with fire
Go higher and higher and higher

Vast vision must improve our sight
Perhaps at last we’ll see and end
To our own endless blight
And the beginning of the free
Climb to tranquility
Finding it’s real worth
Conceiving the heavens
Florishing on earth

Higher and higher
Now we’ve learned to play with fire
Go higher and higher and higher

Eternity Road

Hark listen here he comes
Hark listen here he comes
Turning, spinning, catherine wheeling
For ever changing
There’s no beginning
Speeding through a charcoal sky
Observe the truth we cannot hide

Travelling eternity road
What will you find there?
Carrying your heavy load
Searching to find a piece of mind.

You’ll see us all around
You’ll see us all around
Turning, spinning, catherine wheeling
For ever changing
There’s no beginning
You’re so very far from home
And so very much alone

Travelling eternity road
What will you find there?
Carrying your heavy load
Searching to find a piece of mind.

Travelling eternity road
What will you find there?
Carrying your heavy load
Searching to find a piece of mind.

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Floating

Floating free as a bird
Sixty foot leaps it’s so absurd
From up here you should see the view
Such a lot of space for me and you

Oh you’d like it
Gliding around get your feet off the ground
Oh you’d like it
Do as you please with so much ease

Now I know how it feels
To have wings on my heels
To take a stroll among the stars
Get a close look at planet Mars

Oh you’d like it
Gliding around get your feet off the ground
Oh you’d like it
Do as you please with so much ease

Bouncing about on the moon
Guess you’ll all be up here soon
The candy stores they’ll be brand new
And you’ll buy a rock with the moon right through

Oh you’d like it
Gliding around get your feet off the ground
Oh you’d like it
Do as you please with so much ease

Come fly…
Come fly…
Come fly…

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To Our Children’s Children’s Children the fifth album by The Moody Blues, released on 21st November 1969. While the extracted single, “Watching and Waiting,” did not do well in that market, To Our Children’s Children’s Children was critically well-received and sold well, reaching number 2 in the UK albums chart and number 14 in the US. The album was mixed and released in both stereo and quadraphonic. The album was one of those listened to, on cassette tape, by the crew of Apollo 15 in 1971.20191121_095744

Gypsy

A gypsy of a strange and distant time
Travelling in panic all direction blind
Aching for the warmth of a burning sun
Freezing in the emptiness of where he’d come from
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Left without a hope of coming home

Speeding through a shadow of a million years
Darkness is the only sound to reach his ears
Frightening him with the visions of eternity
Screaming for a future that can never be
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Left without a hope of coming home

A gypsy of a strange and distant time
Travelling in panic all direction blind
Aching for the warmth of a burning sun
Freezing in the emptiness of where he’d come from
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Left without a hope of coming home

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Eternal return also known as eternal recurrence is a theory that the universe and all existence and energy has been recurring, and will continue to recur, in a self-similar form an infinite number of times across infinite time or space. The theory is found in Indian philosophy and in ancient Egypt as well as Judaic wisdom literature (Ecclesiastes) and was subsequently taken up by the Pythagoreans and Stoics. With the decline of antiquity and the spread of Christianity, the theory largely fell into disuse in the Western world, with the exception of 19th Century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who connected the thought to many of his other concepts, including amor fati. Eternal return relates to the philosophy of predeterminism in that people are predestined to continue repeating the same events over and over again.

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K Pax 

Prot : I want to tell you something Mark, something you do not yet know, that we K-PAXians have been around long enough to have discovered. The universe will expand, then it will collapse back on itself, then will expand again. It will repeat this process forever. What you don’t you know is that when the universe expands again, everything will be as it is now. Whatever mistakes you make this time around, you will live through on your next pass. Every mistake you make, you will live through again, & again, forever. So my advice to you is to get it right this time around. Because this time is all you have.

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Ouroboros

Ouroboros derives from a Greek word meaning “tail-devourer.” While the word is not attested in English until the 1940s, the concept of the ouroboros is very ancient, used across many cultures as a symbol of cosmic harmony, eternity, and the cycle of birth and death.

The earliest known ouroboros symbol comes in a 14th-century BCE Egyptian religious text found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen. The symbol appears in a passage about the origin of the sun god Ra through a union with the death god Osiris, meant to illustrate creation through destruction. Ancient Egyptians also used the ouroboros to symbolize the flooding of the Nile, which occurred in seasonal cycles and was of great importance to ancient Egyptian agriculture and society. Other ancient cultures also incorporated the ouroboros symbol. Norse legend tells of the great serpent, Jörmungandr, who encircles the earth and bites its own tail. Hindu cosmology features an ouroboros as helping to prop up the Earth.

The ouroboros was specifically adopted by Gnostic philosophers in the 2nd century BCE. For them, it symbolized the dual nature of existence, marked by life and death, male and female, light and dark, mortality and divinity, or Earth and heaven. Alchemists notably used the ouroboros, too, to represent the element Mercury, believed to permeate and unite all matter. A drawing of the ouroboros can be found in one of the earliest alchemical texts, The Chrysopoeia of Cleopatra, from the 3rd century CE.

Fast forward to 1865, when the ouroboros was reportedly the inspiration for German chemist August Kekulé von Stradonitz in his discovery of the linked carbon ring structure of a benzene molecule. Late 19th-, early 20th-century psychiatrist Carl Jung considered the ouroboros a psychological archetype, representing the subconscious desire to consume oneself and continually be reborn. A friend and translator of Jung, English psychiatrist Helton Godwin Baynes introduced ouroboros into English with his 1940 study of schizophrenia: “The uroborus symbol represents our psychic continuity with the immemorial past.”

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“We’ve inspected the sky inside and outside. No gods or angels were found.” There is an illustration of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin with the Vostok spaceship and the names of several other Soviet cosmonauts in the background: Titov, Tereshkova, Bykovsky, Nikolaev, Popovich.

Mayakovsky’s 1925 poem The Flying Proletarian

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Wednesday 20th November 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on November 20, 2019 by bishshat

Had no electric all day due to Mr Hockaday implementing his right to a Wayleave Termination on the electricity route over what is now his land. According to the gang leader it has not cost the Councillor a penny of tens of thousands of pounds.

He also had a large oak tree taken down in the corner of The Field to improve his view. But this leaves the field well exposed to seeing his big house.

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