Feb 292020
 

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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PLOTIn the five years since King Stefan's death, Aurora has reigned as Queen of the Moors and Maleficent as its guardian and protector. Despite her service, the neighboring kingdom of Ulstead, home to Prince Phillip, deems Maleficent a villain, and while Phillip's father King John wishes for peace, his mother Queen Ingrith has been secretly preparing for war; in the hidden areas of the castle, workers make weapons and ammunition out of iron, deadly to all fairies. Diaval, Maleficent's raven and confidante, overhears Phillip proposing to Aurora. When he has relayed this to Maleficent, she advises against the union, but Aurora insists she will be proven wrong.

Phillip's parents host an intimate dinner, having invited Aurora, Maleficent and Diaval. Maleficent maintains her composure as Ingrith taunts her throughout the evening by repeating the inaccurate story that has made the humans believe her to be evil: the story of Maleficent's sleeping curse on Aurora is only half the truth, because nobody has ever been told the whole truth about her loving Aurora and sacrificing herself to lift the curse. Ingrith alludes to Stefan's death as murder, and openly claims Maleficent killed two human fairy poachers last seen near the Moors. Maleficent responds with equal iciness that humans have been kidnapping fairies, and hints that she believes the order to do it comes from the King or Queen.

When Ingrith dismisses Maleficent's maternal bond with Aurora and claims that the marriage will make Ingrith her real mother, Maleficent reacts by angrily unleashing a burst of magical energy. John suddenly falls to the floor unconscious, and Ingrith cries out that Maleficent has cursed him. Maleficent denies cursing him, but Aurora disbelieves her. Phillip urges his mother to try and awaken John with a kiss. Ingrith demurs, and her weak attempt fails because she does not love her husband – a fact made obvious by her whispered words in John's ear: "You wanted peace, now Rest In Peace forever."

As Maleficent flees the castle, Ingrith's right-hand, Gerda, shoots Maleficent with an iron bullet. Wounded, Maleficent falls into the ocean, only to be rescued by a mysterious winged creature. She awakens in a cavern where fairies like herself have been in hiding. Among them is Conall, their peaceful leader who saved Maleficent, and Borra, a warlike fairy who favors open conflict with humans, and killed the poachers near the Moors. Maleficent is among the last creatures known as Dark Phoenix Fae, powerful fairies forced into hiding and nearly driven extinct by human oppression. She is also the last descendant from the Phoenix, an ancient and powerful Dark Fae ancestor. Because Maleficent's magic is so powerful, Conall and Borra believe she is instrumental in ending the conflict with humans, either by peace or war.

Meanwhile, the magical denizens of the Moors are invited to the royal wedding, but Aurora grows disillusioned with being an Ulstead noblewoman. Later, Conall sacrifices himself to save Maleficent again during a human attack on the Dark Fae, prompting Borra to declare war on the humans. Aurora discovers that Ingrith cursed John using Maleficent's old cursed spindle, as she hates all Moor fairy folk. When Ingrith learns that Aurora knows, she reveals that she bitterly resents the Moors' prosperity during a time when her kingdom suffered, and also blames them for her brother's death; she plots to eradicate all fairies and woodland beings using the iron weapons as well as a lethal crimson powder developed by Lickspittle, a de-winged pixie. When the Moor folk arrive, they are trapped inside the castle chapel.

At Ingrith's command, Gerda unleashes the deadly crimson powder by playing the chapel's organ. The fairy Flittle selflessly sacrifices herself to save everyone as a last resort by clogging the organ, rendering the organ unplayable, while her friends Knotgrass and Thistlewit cause Gerda to fall to her death. The Dark Fae launch an assault on Ulstead but the palace soldiers begin massacring them until Maleficent, channeling her Phoenix power, joins the battle. She nearly kills Ingrith but Aurora appeals to Maleficent's humanity to spare her, and declares that Maleficent is her only mother. With Maleficent distracted, Ingrith fires her crossbow. Maleficent saves Aurora, but is struck by the arrow, dissolving into ashes. Devastated, Aurora grieves for Maleficent, but after Aurora's tears fall on the ashes, Maleficent is reborn as a Phoenix.

Horrified and infuriated, Ingrith throws Aurora off the tower to kill her, prompting Maleficent to rescue her again. Phillip forges peace between the fairies and humans and the Ulstead soldiers stand down. Maleficent reverts to her fairy form and finally gives Aurora and Phillip her blessing, realizing they belong together. Lickspittle decides to stop following Ingrith's orders and gives Maleficent the spindle used to curse John and, previously, Aurora. Maleficent destroys the spindle and its curse, awakening John from his slumber. As she flees, Ingrith is stopped and captured by Borra and the other Dark Fae. As punishment for her crimes, she is transformed into a goat by Maleficent until she can accept the peace between the two people.

After Aurora and Philip wed, Maleficent returns to the Moors with the other Dark Fae, teaching the young fairies to fly. She promises to return when there is a "christening" for Aurora and Philip's future child.
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Feb 282020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey breezed past Rochdale to continue their fine Fratton form and climb up to third in the League One table.

There was little to excite the crowd on a cold, wet and windy evening on the south coast for the first 44 minutes.

But Ryan Williams swept home the opener just before the interval and the Blues were largely dominant in the second half.

Steve Seddon came off the bench to impressively fire home his first goal for the club, while Christian Burgess wrapped things up with a late header.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that beat MK Dons – also on home soil – earlier in the week.

James Bolton returned at right-back and Cameron McGeehan in midfield, as Ross McCrorie and Ben Close both dropped to the bench.

They were joined there by Ellis Harrison, who had reached full fitness after missing a couple of games with a dead leg.

The majority of the first half was a pretty dull and uneventful affair, with neither keeper being properly forced into action.

Corners from both Ronan Curtis and Lee Brown drifted towards the net – perhaps assisted by the wind – but were dealt with.

Williams then tried a curling effort from long-range that flew not too far off target, although never really concerned Robert Sanchez in the Dale goal.

Skipper Ian Henderson should then have done better at the other end, but after being sent through on goal, could only chip a tame effort straight into the arms of Alex Bass.

Half-chances were the order of the evening and Matty Lund’s attempt flew high into the Fratton End, while Andy Cannon – playing against his former club – also cleared the crossbar.

But the game suddenly sprung into life in the final moments of the first half, starting with Rhys Norrington-Davies being booked for a foul on Williams.

He injured himself in the process and had to be replaced in the Rochdale defence by Jimmy Keohane.

Pompey took the lead before that substitution could take place, however, with Burgess meeting a Curtis cross.

His firm header was scrambled away by Sanchez, but WILLIAMS was on hand to lash the loose ball into the roof of the net.

It looked like the advantage might be doubled in stoppage-time, with a goal-bound Cannon drive being diverted off target by a deflection.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

Rochdale 0


Williams might have doubled the advantage shortly after the restart, but was unable to take advantage when Sanchez spilled Curtis’ cross.

And Henderson was then inches away from levelling at the other end, courtesy of a superb strike that cannoned against the corner of post and bar.

There was a blow for the Blues when Burgess went into the book for the 10th time this term, resulting in a two-match league ban.

Jackett decided the time was right for a double change on 54 minutes, as Brown and Cannon were replaced by Seddon and Close.

The hosts were trying to find a second goal and Marquis could not beat Sanchez following some sloppy Rochdale play, while the keeper then claimed McGeehan’s looping header.

And Williams sent a teasing cross into the box from wide on the right that a stretching Curtis could not quite guide on target.

Pompey were looking fairly comfortable, but it took a superb save from Bass to keep them ahead on 75 minutes, with the keeper tipping Matty Lund’s close-range header over the bar.

But they had a cushion a few minutes later and it was a fine strike from SEDDON that saw the advantage doubled.

Bolton’s cross was laid into the path of the on-loan left-back, who hit a superb 20-yard effort that swerved into the bottom corner.

The hard-working Marquis received warm applause from the Fratton faithful when he was replaced by Harrison on 84 minutes

But it was BURGESS who made the points safe just a few seconds later, glancing home a fine right-sided free-kick from Seddon.

There was almost another goal soon after, but Sanchez was off his line to save after Curtis had slipped a cute pass through to McGeehan.

Pompey were looking threatening with every attack, but Rochdale saw out the closing stages to limit the damage.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Brown (Seddon 54); Naylor (c), McGeehan; Williams, Cannon (Close 54), Curtis; Marquis (Harrison 84)
Goals: Williams 45, Seddon 78, Burgess 84
Booked: Burgess
Subs not used: MacGillivray, McCrorie, Harness, Pitman

Rochdale (4-2-3-1): Sanchez; Matheson, McShane, McNulty, Norrington-Davies (Keohane 45+1); Williams (Andrew 77), Morley (Done 65); Lund, Camps, Wilbraham; Henderson (c)
Booked: Norrington-Davies, Morley, Camps
Subs not used: Lynch, Dunne, Ryan, Dooley

Referee: Nicholas Kinseley

Attendance: 17,600 (141 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Feb 252020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey moved back into the League One play-off places with a hard-fought victory over MK Dons at Fratton Park.

It looked like a comfortable evening might be on the cards when Andy Cannon opened his account for the club early on.

But Alex Gilbey reacted quickly to level after Alex Bass had kept out his penalty just moments before the interval.

Both sides had chances to win the contest and John Marquis restored the Blues’ lead early in the second half, while Carlton Morris was then sent off for the visitors.

Marcus Harness then came off the bench to add a third goal at the death and breathe new life into the promotion charge.

Kenny Jackett made five changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Fleetwood at the weekend.

Cannon had recovered from a glute problem, while Lee Brown was handed a first start since early December.

There were also returns for Ross McCrorie, Ryan Williams and Ben Close as the team was freshened up during a hectic schedule.

Oli Hawkins, Steve Seddon, Marcus Harness and Cameron McGeehan all dropped to the bench, with James Bolton missing from the squad.

Pompey made a flying start and took the lead on four minutes, thanks in part to some sloppy play from their opponents.

Jordan Houghton tried to pass out of his own box, but Williams intercepted the ball and squared for CANNON to slot home.

MK Dons almost hit back with an immediate equaliser, only for Bass to come to the rescue with a save from Gilbey.

The action fell pretty flat after that and there were not too many more clear-cut opportunities at either end of the pitch before the break.

Marquis and Close both had efforts blocked in quick succession, while Houghton’s long-range effort for the visitors flew straight at Bass.

The Dons were passing the ball around nicely, but lacking a clinical edge, with the hosts looking more likely to add to the scoring.

Lee Nicholls raced from his line to stop Marquis converting Cannon’s threaded pass, then kept out an angled Brown strike.

And the keeper was called into action again to tip over Close’s drilled attempt following some good work from McCrorie and Marquis.

But MK Dons were given an excellent chance to level in stoppage-time, when McCrorie rashly bundled over Rhys Healey in the box.

Bass guessed the right way to keep out Gilbey’s penalty, but the midfielder was quickest to the rebound and scored at the second attempt.

He did not exactly endear himself to the home support by celebrating right in front of the Fratton End.

And there were more boos – this time aimed at referee Kevin Johnson – when Pompey were not awarded a spot-kick of their own for George Williams’ challenge on Marquis.


Half Time

Portsmouth 1

MK Dons 1


The Blues might have fallen behind once the action restarted, with Christian Burgess making a fine sliding challenge after Gilbey had been sent through on goal.

But instead they retook the lead, with MARQUIS getting on the scoresheet to become the club’s leading marksman in his own right.

It was not the most elegant of finishes from McCrorie’s cut-back, with the ball striking a defender and the inside of the post before crossing the line.

They tried to increase their advantage and Close’s chipped cross was headed towards the net by Sean Raggett, but Nicholls made the save.

And the visitors then broke quickly up the pitch, with Burgess taking one for the team by fouling Gilbey and earning a yellow card.

They were still looking dangerous and a Dean Lewington free-kick was glanced narrowly past the post by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Pompey were beginning to lose patience with Johnson, who failed to book players for a shove on Cannon and late challenge on Marquis.

Lewington finally had his name taken for his reaction to a foul on Williams, just seconds after Healey’s volley was well saved by Bass.

Both sides were looking capable of adding more goals to the contest, with Gladwin and Healey having opportunities for the visitors.

A couple of Ronan Curtis corners then caused problems at the other end, but were eventually scrambled clear.

Jackett had made a double change moments earlier, with Cannon and Williams replaced by McGeehan and Harness.

MK Dons’ hopes of a comeback were made tougher when they were reduced to 10 men in the closing stages.

Pompey had broken quickly from a corner and Curtis fed Marquis, who was brought down by Morris as he raced through on goal, with the forward shown a red card.

And they wrapped up the points just before the end, with HARNESS holding off a defender to collect Raggett’s header and neatly slotting home.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; McCrorie, Burgess, Raggett, Brown; Close, Naylor (c); Williams (Harness 77), Cannon (McGeehan 77), Curtis (Seddon 90+3); Marquis
Goals: Cannon 4, Marquis 59, Harness 90+1
Booked: Burgess, Cannon
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Pitman, Hawkins

MK Dons (4-1-2-1-2): Nicholls; Poole, Williams, Moore-Taylor, Lewington (c); Houghton (Reeves 73); Thompson (Nombe 77), McGrandles (Gladwin 62); Gilbey; Morris, Healey
Goals: Gilbey 45+2 (pen)
Sent off: Morris
Booked: Lewington, Poole
Subs not used: Fisher, Walsh, Brittain, Kasumu

Referee: Kevin Johnson

Attendance: 16,577 (170 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Feb 222020
 

Midge Ure

Theatre Royal, Brighton

22 February 2020

Midge Ure doing the whole of Vienna and selections of Visage, what more could an 80s fan like me want?

Midge did not disappoint but the seating could have been better.

A fairly drunken weekend was undertaken which included an argument with a guy sat in front of me because I was apparently talking too much during the support act but these things happen.

Set list.

01. Yellow Pearl
02. Visage
03. Blocks on Blocks
04. The Dancer
05. In the Year 2525
06. Mind of a Toy
07. Glorious
08. Fade to Grey
09. Astradyne
10. New Europeans
11. Private Lives
12. Passing Strangers
13. Sleepwalk
14. Mr. X
15. Western Promise
16. Vienna
17. All Stood Still

Encore:

18. Passionate Reply
19. Dancing With Tears in My Eyes
20. The Voice
21. Hymn

Concerts

Feb 222020
 

Match Report

Highlights

League 1




Pompey dropped out of the top six after suffering a narrow defeat to Fleetwood on the windswept Fylde coast.

An early goal from Callum Connolly settled a contest that saw the conditions dictate the level of quality on display.

Ronan Curtis struck the woodwork and Sean Raggett’s header was cleared from the line, but the Blues were unable to find a leveller.

Kenny Jackett had to make a late change to his line-up, with Ellis Harrison originally included in the side.

But he was still feeling his dead leg in the warm-up and was switched for Oli Hawkins, which in turn opened up a place on the bench for Gareth Evans.

There were two other changes from the side that dramatically beat Exeter to reach the Leasing.com Trophy earlier in the week.

John Marquis was rewarded for his last-gasp winner, while James Bolton came in at right-back, as Ben Close and Ross McCrorie dropped to the bench.

There was driving rain and hail before kick-off, although that had thankfully passed by the time the players emerged from the tunnel.

But there was still a strong wind blowing around Highbury and it was clearly making life difficult for both sides.

Pompey were first to threaten and Lewie Coyle slid in to clear before Curtis could meet a low Marquis centre.

It was the hosts who broke the deadlock on 12 minutes, though, with Connolly left in too much space to nod home after Alex Bass had parried away Danny Andrew’s cross.

There was soon some more sloppy play from the Blues to give away possession in the middle of the pitch.

Barrie McKay collected the ball and laid it off for the rampaging Wes Burns, who could only drill past the post.

Pompey then came close to a wind-assisted leveller when Curtis’ wide free-kick drifted towards goal and rattled the crossbar.

A couple of Paul Coutts corners caused problems at the other end, with Christian Burgess nodding the first behind and Bass then punching the second in the air before catching the ball.

The keeper then made sure he got right behind a long-range effort from Paddy Madden to gather cleanly.

There were not an abundance of clear-cut chances, with the conditions certainly having an affect on the quality on show.

But Fleetwood breathed a sigh of relief when Curtis beat Alex Cairns to Steve Seddon’s pass down the line and with the keeper stranded, the ball would not fall kindly for a grey-shirted player.

There was time for a booking for Harry Souttar just before the break, with the defender petulantly throwing the ball away to stop the visitors taking a throw.


Half Time

Fleetwood Town 1

Portsmouth 0


There was no let-up in the wind by the time the action restarted, with Tom Naylor having to gather some paperwork from the visitors’ dug-out that had blown onto the pitch.

It was certainly not helping the game as a spectacle, with any kind of rhythm absent from both teams’ play.

There was a shot from outside the box by Marquis on 55 minutes, although he could only scuff it wide.

Jackett soon made a double switch to try to improve Pompey’s fortunes, as McCrorie and Ryan Williams replaced James Bolton and Hawkins.

And when McCrorie played a deep pass into the box, the ball was volleyed narrowly past the post by the lively Curtis.

That came just a few seconds after Bass had got down to his right to make a regulation stop from Paddy Madden’s drive.

He had to make a smarter stop to deny Burns, diving the opposite way to parry clear a shot that swerved in the wind.

Pompey were being frustrated by their well-drilled opponents, although a leveller almost arrived on 73 minutes.

Curtis was the provider of a dangerous corner that was met by Raggett’s firm header, which was cleared from the line by Coyle.

Seddon then had an attempt from inside the box blocked, as Fleetwood continued to stand firm at the back.

There might have been a goal at the other end when Curtis’ cross-field pass was intercepted, but Josh Morris drilled wide after racing clear.

Raggett was deployed as an emergency striker in an attempt to find an equaliser, but tempers were getting frayed and the referee had to deal with some pushing and shoving.

When that finally calmed down, the Cod Army held on through five minutes of stoppage-time to claim all three points.

Fleetwood (4-2-3-1): Cairns; Coyle, Souttar, Gibson, Andrew; Coutts (c), Connolly (Sowerby 81); Burns, Whelan, McKay (Morris 76); Madden (Saunders 90+4)
Goals: Connolly 12
Booked: Souttar, Burns, Coutts
Subs not used: Crellin, Holgate, Thorvaldsson, Biggins

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; Bolton (McCrorie 56), Burgess, Raggett, Seddon; McGeehan, Naylor (c); Harness, Marquis, Curtis; Hawkins (Williams 56)
Booked: Seddon, Naylor
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Haunstrup, Close, Evans

Referee: Matt Donohue

Attendance: 3,370 (747 away fans)

Portsmouth FC