'Moonlight Shadow'

Aug. 21st, 2017 09:25 pm
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...from a Mike Oldfield song, which I've loved for a long, long time!

"Moonlight Shadow"

The last time ever she saw him
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
He passed on worried and warning
Carried away by a moonlight shadow.
Lost in a riddle that Saturday night
Far away on the other side.
He was caught in the middle of a desperate fight
And she couldn't find how to push through

The trees that whisper in the evening
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Sing a song of sorrow and grieving
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
All she saw was a silhouette of a gun
Far away on the other side.
He was shot six times by a man on the run
And she couldn't find how to push through

I stay, I pray
See you in Heaven far away...
I stay, I pray
See you in Heaven one day.

Four A.M. in the morning
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
I watched your vision forming
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
A star was glowing in the silvery night
Far away on the other side
Will you come to talk to me this night
But she couldn't find how to push through

I stay, I pray
See you in Heaven far away...
I stay, I pray
See you in Heaven one day.

Far away on the other side.
Caught in the middle of a hundred and five
The night was heavy and the air was alive
But she couldn't find how to push through
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Far away on the other side.
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Posted by Barry Glendenning

7 min: With City breaking on the counter, Sergio Aguero gallops down the field and is fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin. Referee Bobby Madley plays the advantage, none is particularly forthcoming and Madley follows up by bringing play back for a City free-kick ... and a yellow card for Schneiderlin.

5 min: David Silva wins a free-kick for Manchester City, tempting Idrissa Gueye into a rash challenge just in line with the left side of the Everton penalty area. Kevin De Bruyne curls the ball into the corridor of uncertainty, where an under-pressure Sergio Aguero can’t get a clean hit on it. Jordan Pickford drops low to gather.

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Posted by Adam Gabbatt in New York

Here in New York City we got 71.4% of an eclipse at 2.44pm.

The peak eclipsing was obscured by cloud, which lessened the effect a little. The skies darkened but only in the way they do when a rain shower is imminent. The peak moment itself was a bit of an anti-climax. But at the Museum of Natural History we got a solid 30-40 minutes of moon on sun action, with occasional cheers and applause from the crowd.

Got you! #eclipse pic.twitter.com/N2YP8iCtJG

The Guardian’s Charlotte Simmonds is in Big Summit Prairie at Oregon Eclipse – a week-long festival to celebrate the total eclipse. She writes:

On a prairie in the woods of Ochoco national forest, attendees spent the weekend dancing, swimming, doing yoga and attending inspirational talks. At 9am on Monday morning, thousands gathered on the hills around a lake for a special eclipse “ceremony”. Some played music while others chanted, though many sat in silence. As the moment of totality approached, shouts and applause filled the air. At 10.19am – the moment of totality – people embraced as the sky fell dark, stars came out, and the sun’s extraordinary corona was visible for a brief few minutes.

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Posted by Tim Pringle

Cambridge University Press was asked to suppress articles in China Quarterly. It has now resisted, but it is a worrying development

The international furore that followed Cambridge University Press’s compliance with “an instruction from a Chinese import agency to block individual articles from China Quarterly” made one thing very clear. Academic freedom remains the absolute core concern of scholars all over the world.

This morning I met CUP officials and conveyed the message in forthright terms: the 315 articles that the academic publisher had removed from its internet portals in China should be re-posted as soon as possible and made available free of charge. At no point did China Quarterly, which I edit, consent to removal of the articles and we are delighted at CUP’s reversal of the decision.

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Posted by Lyn Gardner

The fringe programme is bursting with family theatre this year, from the gentle Snigel and Friends to a campsite Peter and the Wolf

A long time ago, when the actors’ union was still a closed shop, one of the ways that young performers gained their Equity card was by working in children’s theatre. They did the required number of weeks to get their membership and then moved on to their real goal: acting in plays for adults.

But children’s theatre is not a means to an end. Increasing numbers of companies, from Theatre-Rites to Catherine Wheels, have proved that work made for children can be as innovative, finely crafted and layered as shows for adults. Often more so, because unlike polite adult audiences, children let you know if you are boring them or being self-indulgent. Unless, of course, their parents keep shushing them because they reckon culture is a kind of medicine and so all theatre will do their kids good. It won’t if it’s bad theatre.

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Posted by Press Association

Former England captain fell ill with Lyme disease after being bitten in a London park and needed multiple operations

The former England rugby captain Matt Dawson has revealed he had to undergo heart surgery after being bitten by a tick in Britain.

He developed feverish symptoms after visiting a park in London early last year and was later diagnosed with Lyme disease, he told the BBC.

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Posted by Andy Bull

Windies supporters seem to have all but given up on their losing team – some preferring to watch Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson – after the salad days of the last century

When England defeated West Indies in the summer of 2000, the English public were so keen to see them play that the groundstaff at The Oval had to lock 5,000 people out of the ground on the last day of the Test. There just were not enough seats to go around. The West Indies have not won a Test in England since. And while play was winding down in the first Test last Saturday evening, the groundstaff at Edgbaston had to open the gates to let at least as many fans back out of the ground. The game was not over, but it was late and people wanted to catch the bus or beat the rush, and besides the cricket was hardly worth stopping to watch. The only thing left to see was England dot the I’s and cross the T in fait accompli.

Ten years ago, a film crew went to Barbados. They were working on a documentary about West Indian cricket, famous now, Fire in Babylon. They wanted an extra to shoot some action scenes, a bowler, someone who looked the part. One of their interviewees, the Calypso singer Mighty Gabby, knew just who they should use. The boy of a good friend of his, a 15-year-old kid called Jason Holder.

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Posted by Chris Cook

• John Gosden says jockey’s pain affected finish in French Oaks
• Filly at 10-1 for Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday

Frankie Dettori’s shoulder injury was partly the cause of a disappointing effort by Shutter Speed in the French Oaks, her trainer said on Monday. John Gosden’s charge appears to have a lot to do as a 10-1 shot in a hot-looking line-up for the Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday but the trainer is clear that her most recent bit of form understates her ability.

“Things didn’t go quite to plan in the Prix de Diane,” Gosden said on Monday at his Newmarket base. “It was a very hot day and she didn’t travel that great. And the jock was in a lot of pain in the closing stages. She should have been a good second, I think.”

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Posted by Julian Borger in Washington, Martin Farrer and Oliver Holmes

Ten US sailors missing and five hurt after USS John S McCain collided with oil tanker off Singapore, in second fatal incident within two months

The Pentagon has ordered a temporary halt to operations of the US Pacific fleet and a full safety review, after the second fatal collision in two months involving its ships.

Ten American sailors are missing and five injured after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore early on Monday morning local time. Seven sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship hit each other in waters off Japan, in an accident the US navy has conceded was caused by poor leadership and seamanship by the ship’s senior officers.

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Flat, and flat, for evermore

Aug. 21st, 2017 07:29 pm
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Actually it was yesterday, rather than today, that I spotted this work recently made available through the good offices of Project Gutenberg:

William Carpenter, One Hundred Proofs that the Earth is Not a Globe (1885) -

- and I can't see that he entirely manages to give a plausible explanation for eclipses, but then he does think that the sun is a lot smaller than those there astronomers declare, and goes round the earth...

We do feel that Alfred Russel Wallace would have been better employed than debating with members of the Zetetic Society.

One is - a little - intrigued at what was published in Flat Earth journals (o, say, do, that it was Flat Earth hymns such as feature in Kipling's The Village That Voted the Earth Was Flat...)

But I was fascinated by this, in that Wikipedia article on Flat Earth Societies:

In 1969, Shenton persuaded Ellis Hillman, a Polytechnic of East London lecturer, to become president of the Flat Earth Society; but there is little evidence of any activity on his part until after Shenton's death, when he added most of Shenton's library to the archives of the Science Fiction Foundation he helped to establish.
The lengths to which librarians will go to add some particularly rare and choice material to their collection.

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Posted by Adam Gabbatt in New York

Groans here at the American Museum of Natural History as clouds obscure the sun, which is in the process of being obscured by the moon.

But then cheers as the clouds clear off!

The Boetticher family witnessing the eclipse in NYC pic.twitter.com/HGNBvSrk9e

It’s been a big day for Nasa – the space agency reported 4.4 million people were watching its TV coverage midway through the eclipse, the biggest livestream event in its history.

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Posted by Barry Glendenning

Everton’s new Icelandic acquisition is on the bench tonight, which is unsurprising considering his lack of match fitness. Manchester City make one change from the team that beat Brighton on the opening weekend of the season, with Leroy Sane coming in for Danilo.

Manchester City: Ederson, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Walker, De Bruyne, Silva, Sane, Aguero, Gabriel Jesus.

Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Sterling, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Toure, Foden.

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Posted by Chris Cook

• John Gosden says jockey’s pain affected finish in French Oaks
• Filly at 10-1 for Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday

Frankie Dettori’s shoulder injury was partly the cause of a disappointing effort by Shutter Speed in the French Oaks, her trainer said on Monday. John Gosden’s charge appears to have a lot to do as a 10-1 shot in a hot-looking lineup for the Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday but the trainer is clear that her most recent bit of form understates her ability.

“Things didn’t go quite to plan in the Prix de Diane,” Gosden said on Monday at his Newmarket base. “It was a very hot day and she didn’t travel that great. And the jock was in a lot of pain in the closing stages. She should have been a good second, I think.”

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Posted by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Jonnie Peacock, Susan Calman and Ruth Langsford also among contestants taking part in new series of BBC’s hit show

A reverend, a former magician’s assistant, a talent contest star, a soap actor and a chef. They may sound like the subjects of a long-winded joke, but these are just some of the contestants who will be featuring in the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The lineup, which seems more eclectic than ever, will pit figures such as Debbie McGee, the widow and former assistant of magician Paul Daniels, against former Saturdays singer Mollie King, broadcaster the Rev Richard Coles and Sunday Brunch host Simon Rimmer.

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Posted by Staff and agency

Avaaz threatens to challenge regulator’s ruling that Sky would remain ‘fit and proper’ to hold broadcasting licence if it was bought by 21st Century Fox

A campaigning group opposed to Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of Sky is threatening a legal challenge to the media regulator’s ruling that the broadcaster would remain “fit and proper” to hold a UK licence if it was snapped up by 21st Century Fox.

Activist group Avaaz has hired lawyers and launched the first steps of a judicial review against the communications regulator following its report into the £11.7bn bid by Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox for the 61% of Sky it does not already own.

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Posted by Richard Partington Economics correspondent

New figures showing borrowing is rising more than five times faster than earnings come after warnings from Bank of England

New figures show spending on credit, debit and charge cards is growing at the fastest rate since 2008, rising more than five times faster than earnings in a fresh sign of ballooning borrowing by consumers.

The number of card transactions increased by 12.3% over the year to the end of June, according to the banking trade body UK Finance, coming amid a boom in consumer debt that has been raising alarm bells at the Bank of England. The pace of growth in card payments was 10.6% in the 12 months to the end of December.

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