Sunday 6th October 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on October 6, 2019 by bishshat



Saturday 5th October 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on October 5, 2019 by bishshat

Brighton 3 Spurs 0

Who would be a Spurs fan? What the heck has happened now?

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is not fearing the sack after his side’s crisis deepened with a 3-0 loss at Brighton.

Spurs put in one of the worst displays of Pochettino’s spell in charge as they fell to Neal Maupay’s opener and Aaron Connolly’s double, coming hot on the heels of Tuesday night’s Champions League humiliation to Bayern Munich.


There is a sense that the rot has set in for this current group, evidenced by the fact they have taken just 22 points from their last 20 Premier League games and a host of players’ futures remain uncertain.

Pochettino has already had to outline his commitment to the job twice this season, but says the thought of being fired by Spurs does not concern him.


“No I am not worried, what worries me is life, not football,” he said. “I don’t want you to take it the wrong way, what scares me is life, not football.
Spurs talking points: Nothing ‘freak’ about this result
“Football is a game that sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. The problem for us -it was win, win, win and it was praise for everyone.

“Now in the last two games it was a tough situation to accept. But I don’t want to be a philosopher or talk in a way that is not good.

“That is what we are going to do, face the negative things and try to work hard to change this dynamic. In my position I need to accept all the criticism. The same when you praise me or the team.


“I’m going to accept it in the same way and it’s not going to change my vision, from you or the pundit because you’re criticising me or describing a situation differently to what you expect.”

Spurs endured a nightmare start as another Hugo Lloris error, where he dropped the ball on the goal line, allowed Maupay an easy tap-in.

To make matters worse, Lloris suffered a serious arm injury that saw him leave the pitch with gas and air and screaming in pain.


Friday 4th October 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on October 4, 2019 by bishshat

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Thursday 3rd October 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on October 3, 2019 by bishshat


Clifford getting his 10 year volunteer award.


Seattle 30 LA Rams 29

A game that rendered most who watched it breathless left Russell Wilson in tears.

“He knew he was significant,’’ said coach Pete Carroll of Wilson’s emotions following Seattle’s 30-29 win over the Rams on Thursday night, emotions Carroll shared with an embrace or two of his quarterback afterward. “And he felt good about that.’’

Indeed, in a game with as many twists and turns as any in October can have, Wilson was the one constant, with Carroll saying it might have been the best performance of his career. “I don’t remember him being on that thoroughly in a game,’’ said Carroll after Wilson completed 17 of 23 passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions and a 151.8 passer rating.


Was it the best game of his career? “I left it on the field,’’ Wilson said. “It was one of the best, I think.’’ And Seattle needed every last ounce Wilson could give them in a game veteran linebacker K.J. Wright later described as “an emotional roller coaster. … It’s up there as one of the greatest games I’ve ever been a part of.’’

It was a game the Seahawks feared they might have lost when Los Angeles’ usually reliable kicker Greg Zuerlein lined up for a 44-yard field goal with 15 seconds left.

Wright, who had given up two receptions that got the Rams into field goal territory, said he watched in dread as the ball left Zuerlein’s foot.

“It looked good,’’ Wright said. “But it just kept sailing and kept sailing.’’

And finally, it sailed just a few feet to the right and the Seahawks had snapped a three-game losing streak to the Rams and fired off and won an early battle for potential NFC West supremacy.

Wilson said later that maybe former owner Paul Allen — who was honored before the game and officially inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor — might have blown the ball off course just a bit. “I think at the end of the game he blew a little wind on that to the right,” Wilson said.

Wilson said it was the memories of Allen that he said contributed to his emotions afterward — he gave the game ball afterward to Bert Kolde, Allen’s close friend who is now the Vice Chair of the Seahawks. “It was a special night,’’ Wilson said.


One filled with so many big plays that Carroll couldn’t remember them all later — he thanked a reporter for reminding him of the play Al Woods made to stop a potential two-point conversion run by Rams quarterback Jared Goff in the third quarter that proved pivotal. There was the first-quarter touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett, when Wilson evaded a rush and scrambled to his left and then threw to the back side of the end zone and lofted a pass over Rams safety Eric Weddle to Lockett, who then made a stunning toe tap to stay in bounds.

There was his on-target 40-yard TD pass to DK Metcalf in the second quarter that put Seattle up 14-6 and for the moment appeared to have the Seahawks on their way to a potentially comfortable win. There was the touchdown yard drive he then led after the Rams made a stunning rise off the carpet with long TD marches at the end of the second quarter and beginning of the third that put Seattle back in front.

And there was the 75-yard march he led when the Rams again took control, capping it with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Chris Carson that put Seattle up 30-29 with 2:28 left the fifth lead change of the game.

Wilson got flushed out of the pocket by Aaron Donald and said he initially decided to take off running and hope he could get to the end zone.

Carson was standing all alone in the end zone because Rams defenders decided to try to close on Wilson. But in keeping with the way the night went, what looked like an easy catch turned into an emotional roller coaster all of its own as Carson first bobbled the ball before then locating it and reeling it in.

“I seen him release it and I seen it come toward it and then it got lost and I didn’t see where it went,’’ Carson said. “So I put my hands out and then I said, ‘Oh shoot, there it is.’ ’’


But if the clock read 2:28 left, a veritable football lifetime still remained.

On third down of the Rams’ next possession, a pass that went off Gerald Everett’s hands was bobbled, tipped and then caught by safety Tedric Thompson, though officials needed a lengthy review to confirm it. As it became apparent he caught it, Seattle defenders ran all over the field, celebrating in each end zone.

“We got a little too happy after the interception, I believe,’’ Wright said. “I believe we thought the offense would go out there and get a first down and run out the clock. But that didn’t happen.’’

No it didn’t. Seattle went three-and-out, with maybe Wilson’s only bad decision of the day coming on third down, when he pitched it to Lockett in a vain attempt to get a first down.

The Rams took over at their own 7 with 1:38 left, then moved with stunning ease to Seattle’s 26, where Zuerlein — a career 83% kicker — lined up for a potential dagger to the Seahawks’ heart.

Carroll, though, remembered the 2016 wild-card win over Minnesota, when Blair Walsh missed a 27-yarder to give the Seahawks a win.

“I had a thought that they’ve still go to snap it and they’ve got to put it down on the ground and they’ve got to kick it and it’s got to go through,’’ Carroll said. “There’s a lot of stuff that still has to happen.’’


Given all that had already happened, maybe what then happened only made sense.

But if the ending was fantastical, Carroll said that it shouldn’t detract from who had been the unquestioned star of the night.

“I thought Russell played one of the best games I’ve ever see him play,’’ Carroll said. “I just thought Russ stole the show.’’

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on October 2, 2019 by bishshat

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Tuesday 1st October 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on October 1, 2019 by bishshat

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Spurs 2 Bayern Munich 7

This result has been coming for ages!

Wow it really is painful to write this. Spurs have to me wasted the best team they have had in years by not spending enough to bolster and enliven a great set of players. All the talk of leaving and other teams poaching at the squad over the past five years has upset the balance. Such a sad day.

Spurs troubles continued as they were humiliated in the most devastating fashion by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on one of the most embarrassing nights in their recent history as Serge Gnabry scored four goals.


The scale of this thrashing for manager Mauricio Pochettino and his players was made even more stark by the fact they took an early lead through Son Heung-min and were on level terms until just before half-time.

Bayern posed a huge threat throughout and were quickly on terms through Joshua Kimmich’s superb 20-yard finish – but Spurs failed to heed the warning signs and ended up reduced to a rabble as they sunk without a fight in the second half.

Strange as it may seem looking at the scoreline, this was an enthralling encounter that really turned on the stroke of half-time when, with matters in the balance, Robert Lewandowski produced a brilliant turn and right-foot finish past Hugo Lloris from 20 yards.
The manner in which Spurs subsided once they went behind will be of huge concern to Pochettino and all those who have detected underlying problems with the manager and his team since they lost the Champions League final to Liverpool in June.

Bayern gathered momentum and put themselves out of sight when former Arsenal youngster Gnabry scored twice in as many minutes shortly after the interval, taking full advantage of more poor defending to beat Lloris emphatically.

Harry Kane gave Spurs brief hope with a penalty after Kingsley Coman fouled Danny Rose but Bayern were in no mood to open the door, instead running riot as Gnabry added two more, with another smooth finish from Lewandowski sandwiched in between. It is the first time in Spurs 137-year history that they have ever conceded seven goals at home in any competition.

Spurs left the pitch to a chorus of jeers. They will cling to the fact they reached the final after losing their first two group games last season – but this is the sort of beating that will take a long time to recover from.

Spurs display had so much to commend it for the first 35 minutes as they closely resembled the side that reached the Champions League final so dramatically last season, playing with passion, urgency and pace to trade blows with this dangerous Bayern.

Even when honours were even, however, danger lurked obviously as Spurs were being exposed on the flanks as the pace of Gnabry and the prowess of Lewandowski flagged up big trouble ahead.

And so it proved as, from the moment Lewandowski swept a magnificent low finish past Lloris with virtually the last kick of the first half, Spurs were stretched and picked apart, with the defensive pairing of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen looking slow and laboured. The sight of the latter plodding in the wake of Gnabry when he hit the back of the net once more was a particularly ominous sight. Spurs will also look at early chances squandered by Son but there is no escaping the brutal reality of what was done to them by Bayern.


This is regarded as a Bayern side in transition, remember they lost at home to Liverpool in the last 16 last season, but by the final whistle it was literally a question of how many they would score as Spurs waited for the whistle like a boxer waiting for the final bell.

Spurs can still get out of this group but serious damage will have been inflicted by this loss and its inglorious manner.
Spurs’ battling win against 10-man Southampton on Saturday looked to have lifted the siege mentality around manager Pochettino and answered the questions asked after an indifferent start to the season which saw a Carabao Cup exit to League Two Colchester United.

Instead, after this, the questions will not only return but will be more probing. This result will not only stun Pochettino, his players and Spurs supporters, it will come as a jolt to chairman Daniel Levy.


Spurs now see themselves as big players on this elite European stage but this scoreline paints them as the opposite. Levy will not appreciate that.

Pochettino must now rally himself and this bedraggled team, who looked lethargic and lacking the stomach for the fight once Bayern took control.

These are decisive days for Pochettino and Spurs.

Monday 30th September 2019

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 30, 2019 by bishshat


Rybalchenko Mikhail Andreevich

Silver Badge Union of Artists of the Soviet Union

Born on November 7, 1909 in Lugansk. Graduated from Kharkov Art Institute (1931).

He worked in the industry of easel painting. Major works: “Descent to the Mine” (co-authored with O. Lyubimsky), “Whites in the City” (1937); “The Ways of War” (1947); “At Dawn” (1957); “T. G. Shevchenko with Russian writers and revolutionary democrats in St. Petersburg ”(1961); “Soldiers”, “In Thoughts on the Future” (1967); “You must not forget” (in collaboration with O. Lyubimsky); “Harsh youth” (1968) and others.


Participated in exhibitions: republican since 1931, all-union since 1967. Honored Artist of the USSR (1968). Associate Professor (1949). Awarded with medals. He died on October 19, 1998.

Badge – silver, soviet 875 metal test (old type with Head)

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