Oct 022018
 

Match Report

League One

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Coventry City 0    1 Portsmouth

Ronan Curtis scored on the stroke of half-time to fire Pompey to victory in an otherwise uneventful match at Coventry.

Not that the near-2,000 travelling fans will care much about the quality of the contest, as they saw their side extend their unbeaten start to the season.

In a game of extremely few genuine opportunities, Curtis’ curling finish stood out and ensured the Blues remained top of the League One table.

Kenny Jackett unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that beat Rochdale to reach the League One summit on Saturday.

There were a few familiar faces in the opposition line-up, with Michael Doyle, Tom Davies and Dom Hyam all starting, and Liam O’Brien on the bench.

The first half was a largely forgettable affair, with long periods of lifeless play punctuated by a few key moments.

Pompey were first to threaten and Ben Close should at least have sent the ball on target when he met Nathan Thompson’s cross with a side-foot shot.

A dangerous corner from Gareth Evans then had to be headed clear by Jonson Clarke-Harris, as the visitors looked to make a fast start.

But there were not many other clear-cut opportunities to excite the crowd inside the cavernous Ricoh Arena.

A booking apiece for Dujon Sterling and Tom Naylor rose them from their slumber, although the latter was adamant he had won the ball cleanly from Luke Thomas.

But Pompey received a let-off on the half-hour mark when Matt Clarke inexplicably stopped in his tracks, allowing Clarke-Harris to surge towards goal.

Craig MacGillivray thankfully came to the rescue, tearing from his line to make a vital save and then leaping on the loose ball.

It looked like the sides would crawl uneventfully towards the interval, with a few Blues crosses that were headed clear about as exciting as it got.

But the large travelling army from the south coast had reason for their non-stop chanting in stoppage-time.

Evans stole possession from former team-mate Doyle and Close’s pass was nodded down by Brett Pitman.

It looked like CURTIS had taken too long to get his shot away, but he was merely making space to curl home a fine finish.


Half Time

Coventry City 0

Portsmouth 1


Pompey made an energetic start to the second half, although Evans was forced to take one for the team and pick up a booking when Thomas broke quickly following a corner.

But it was still proving to be a fairly scrappy encounter, with both sides struggling to keep hold of the ball.

There were plenty of bs being sent into the boxes, but it always seemed to be an opposition player getting on the end of them.

Coventry did enjoy more possession as the half progressed, although it was proving a comfortable evening for MacGillivray.

Tony Andreu attempted an ambitious volley on the edge of the Blues box and swiped at thin air to sum up the attacking quality on display.

Jackett made a chance on 70 minutes, bringing on Ben Thompson to replace Close and shore up his midfield.

And Pitman then made way for Oli Hawkins as time continued to tick away without anyone looking likely to add to the scoring.

The first of those newcomers did have a rare chance towards the end, with a fierce finish that Lee Burge just about dealt with.

Jamal Lowe also curled a shot narrowly past the post, as Pompey appeared to be comfortably heading for victory.

But they survived a scare at the death, with MacGillivray failing to hold Doyle’s free-kick and a scramble ensuing before Naylor hooked from the line.

Coventry (4-2-3-1): Burge; Willis, Davis, Hyam (Thompson 46), Sterling; Bayliss, Doyle (c); Thomas, Andreu (Hiwula 73), Shipley (Jones 56); Clarke-Harris
Booked: Sterling
Subs not used: O’Brien, Kelly, Ogogo, Bakayoko

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Close (B.Thompson 70), Naylor; Lowe, Evans, Curtis; Pitman (c) (Hawkins 83)
Goals: Curtis 45+2
Booked: Naylor, Evans, N.Thompson
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Haunstrup, Wheeler, Mason

Referee: Brett Huxtable

Attendance: 11,102 (1,961 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Oct 022018
 


Love my old Casio CZ-101 but it does suffer from lack of memory with limited onboard storage which needs some rather heavy batteries to maintain and the cartridges never seemed to hold the memory for long either.

I came across an article on Vintage Synth Explorer where someone was discussing a modification to add an internal battery backup when someone posted this rather neat little gadget. Not exactly cheap being in excess of £125  but it does a great job.

Ordered form the US and very much a home project evidenced by the hobbyist plastic case and sticky labels but what it offers is great. Long term storage and come complete with over 2000+ sounds and even adds an arpeggiator!

Well worth the money

Music Technology

Sep 302018
 

A Bridge Too Far

1977





Plot

The true story of Operation Market Garden, the Allies attempt, in September 1944, to hasten the end of WW2 by driving through Belgium and Holland into Germany. The idea was for US airborne divisions to take the towns of Eindhoven and Nijmegen and a British airborne division, reinforced by a Polish airborne brigade, to take the town of Arnhem. They would be reinforced, in due course and in turn, by the British XXX Corps, land-based and driving up from the British lines in the south. The key to the operation was the bridges, as if the Germans held or blew them, the paratroopers could not be relieved. Faulty intelligence, Allied high command hubris and stubborn German resistance would ensure that Arnhem was a bridge too far.

Summary

An all star cast in a faithful telling of an Allied military failure which was unusual in it's day as films were normally of glorious victories. One of the best war movies of it's day.


IMDb7.4

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Sep 302018
 

Up

2009





Plot

Carl Fredricksen as a boy wanted to explore South America and find the forbidden Paradise Falls. About 64 years later he gets to begin his journey along with a Boy Scout named Russel by lifting his house with thousands of balloons. On their journey, they make many new friends including a talking dog and figure out that someone has evil plans. Carl soon realises that this evildoer is his childhood idol.

Summary

Not normally a great lover of Disney/Pixar productions but this has a quite emotional and adult theme to it especially at the beginning. Very enjoyable.


IMDb8.3

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Sep 292018
 

Match Report

League One

Rochdale 1    3 Portsmouth

Pompey fought from behind to beat Rochdale and return to the top of the League One table.

The hosts took an early lead in some style when Aaron Wilbraham struck a sensational shot from long-range.

But the Blues were impressive in the opening 45 minutes and Jamal Lowe deservedly ensured the scores would be level at the break.

It was not quite so strong after the interval, but Brett Pitman showed typical striking instincts to turn the game around on his 50th appearance for the club.

And Matt Clarke added a fine third goal to wrap the points up for the visitors in the closing stages of an enjoyable Spotland contest.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that drew with Wycombe on home soil the previous week.

Pitman returned to skipper the team, while there was also a start for Jack Whatmough at the back, with Oli Hawkins and Christian Burgess dropping to the bench.

Pompey got off to the worst possible start by falling behind in the fourth minute – not that they could have done much to prevent it.

It was a phenomenal effort from Wilbraham, who hit a stunning strike on the half-volley from almost 30 yards that left Craig MacGillivray with no chance.

But it was the Blues largely on top for the remainder of the half and an ambitious over-head effort from Gareth Evans flew past the post.

Nathan Thompson almost grabbed an unlikely leveller after collecting a pass from Pitman and firing a rocket against the crossbar.

Ollie Rathbone then had another long-range attempt for the hosts, although this one thankfully flew wide.

But Pompey were level on 25 minutes, thanks to a well-worked goal involving all three of the forward line.

Pitman collected the ball from Ronan Curtis, swivelled and sent in a low centre for LOWE to slide into the net.

He might have had another after being picked out by Pitman, but a poor first touch allowed Joe Rafferty to clear the danger.

The trio linked up well again when the skipper flicked on Lowe’s cross and Curtis met it with a deft touch, but Josh Lillis got down to his right to save.

Pompey were looking to attack at every opportunity and there were some nervy moments for the Dale back-line.

But Lillis was not being over-worked and made relatively comfortable stops to deny both Curtis and Lowe.

The keeper then came tearing from his line in stoppage-time to stop Lowe reaching Pitman’s threaded pass after Curtis had nipped in to steal possession from a Rochdale throw.


Half Time

Rochdale 1

Portsmouth 1


It was the hosts that were first to threaten after the restart, but when MacGillivray parried Andy Cannon’s effort, Rathbone skied the loose ball over.

There was certainly some of the excitement from the first half missing, however, with both sides guilty of some misplaced passes.

Ian Henderson curled a shot wide for Rochdale, while a well-placed Ben Close headed clear Cannon’s dangerous cross.

Then – after Lowe had been booked for a foul – Rathbone came close to sneaking the free-kick inside MacGillivray’s near post.

There was not too much happening at the other end of the pitch, although an Evans set-piece was glanced wide by Tom Naylor.

But the Blues took the lead on 71 minutes when a low ball from Lee Brown was deftly turned home by PITMAN at the near post.

A substitution soon followed, with Ben Thompson coming on for Evans to shore up the Blues midfield.

But it was not the end of Pompey’s attacking intent and they were able to extend their advantage on 81 minutes.

Rochdale failed to properly deal with a corner and CLARKE showed he is not just a class act at the back.

The defender brought the ball under control, beat his man and angled home a fierce strike that arrowed into the net.

David Wheeler and Hawkins were both introduced from the bench late on, as the visitors comfortably saw out the final few moments.

Rochdale (4-2-3-1): Lillis; Rafferty, McNulty, Delaney, Hart (Cannon 45); Camps (Clough 77), Perkins; J.Williams (Andrew 50), Rathbone, Henderson (c); Wilbraham
Goals: Wilbraham 4
Subs not used: Norman, Morley, MJ Williams, Gillam

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Close, Naylor; Lowe, Evans (B.Thompson 76), Curtis (Wheeler 89); Pitman (c) (Hawkins 90+2)
Goals: Lowe 25, Pitman 71, Clarke 81
Booked: Lowe
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Haunstrup, Mason

Referee: John Busby

Attendance: 3,796 (966 Pompey fans)

Portsmouth FC

Sep 292018
 

Sabrina Carpenter

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Sabrina Carpenter is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

She had a recurring role as the young version of Chloe Goodwin in The Goodwin Games and starred as Maya Hart in the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World. She starred as Jenny Parker in 2016 Disney Channel Original Movie Adventures in Babysitting. She is signed to Hollywood Records. Her debut EP Can't Blame a Girl for Tryingwas released in 2014, and she has since released two full-length albums: Eyes Wide Open (2015) and Evolution (2016).

Celebrity Sabrina Carpenter

Sep 232018
 

Happy Ever Afters

2009

 


Plot

Dublin: Maura is a single mom, furniture repossessed, being evicted. For a fee, she's marrying Wilson, an African, facing deportation. Her nine-year old, Molly, thinks she's going to get a dad. Freddie, a bit of a compulsive, is remarrying Sophie, after divorce and recommitment; she's starved herself into her old wedding dress. Both bridal parties arrive at the same inn for receptions: Freddie and Maura's paths keep crossing, Sophie thinks the two are having an affair, immigration officers are stalking Wilson, and Molly's figuring out what's really up. Sophie's father threatens Freddie with bodily harm if anything goes wrong. Can it not?

Summary

These offbeat comedies can either be classics or fall flat. This is unfortunately the latter and lacks any real humour which is a pity as Sally Hawkins is usually great.


IMDb5.6 

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Sep 222018
 

Match Report

League One

Portsmouth 2    2 Wycombe
Wanderers

Pompey remain unbeaten in League One, but a late penalty denied them all three points at a sodden Fratton Park.

The hosts trailed to a Bryn Morris strike at the interval, although they emerged much stronger after the break.

Gareth Evans nodded them back on level terms and Brett Pitman came off the bench to turn the game on its head.

But with another victory looking likely for the Blues, Joe Jacobson struck from the spot to ensure it finished all square and the hosts dropped to second.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that beat Peterborough the previous week to climb to the League One summit.

With the rain pouring relentlessly down, conditions were not exactly conducive to an attractive contest.

There was plenty of slipping and sliding the opening stages and a niggly game was not helped by the eagerness of referee Craig Hicks to use his whistle.

A centre from Jamal Lowe was inexplicably left by defender Darius Charles, only for Sido Jombati to hack clear from the line.

Christian Burgess then met a corner from Evans, with his firm header punched clear by former Fratton loanee Ryan Allsop.

Craig MacGillivray comfortably claimed Adabayo Akinfenwa’s effort at the other end, but did not deal with Jacobson’s free-kick soon after and watched gratefully on as Fred Onyedinma slot narrowly wide.

And it was Wycombe who broke the deadlock midway through the first, with Morris playing a neat one-two with Akinfenwa before curling home a fine finish.

The Chairboys were obviously keen to protect their lead, but it seemed a bit too early for time-wasting and Allsop got a talking to from Hicks.

Wanderers were guilty of some crude challenges and saw four players carded before the break, including one for Onyedinma for the most obvious shirt pull you could hope to see.

The hosts did improve as the interval approached, although Burgess could not quite adjust his body enough to capitalise on Tom Naylor’s flick.

It was Naylor who almost forced an equaliser when he met Lowe’s pass, although the ball would not quite squeeze through Allsop’s legs.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Wycombe Wanderers 1


Wycombe were first to have an opening when the action restart, with Matt Bloomfield’s strike hitting team-mate Scott Kashket and ballooning over.

With Pompey struggling to find a way through, Jackett was preparing to bring on Pitman and Joe Mason.

But the pair were promptly sent to warm-up again after EVANS headed the hosts back on level terms.

Oli Hawkins won a long punt up the pitch by MacGillivray and played the ball to Lowe, whose fine delivery was nodded in by the skipper from close range.

Both teams then had a decent opportunity to forge ahead in the space of just a few seconds, with the Chairboys first to go close.

Morris sent the ball into the box and Akinfenwa should really have done better then divert the ball wide from a few yards out.

Pompey went straight up the other end and Lowe raced clear, only for his shot to be diverted wide by Allsop.

Pitman was finally introduced on 69 minutes, with Hawkins given a warm ovation as he departed the action.

Hicks was continuing to infuriate both sides by blowing his whistle every time a player hit the turf, despite the difficult conditions.

One soft free-kick for an alleged foul by Ben Close was fired narrowly past the post by the lively Morris.

Nathan Thompson then narrowly missed the target from close range, while Pitman’s cut-back hit a defender and went agonisingly behind the waiting Mason.

But PITMAN did give the Blues the lead on 86 minutes, rising at the far post to convert another fine Lowe cross.

An action-packed half swung back the other way moments later, however, when Burgess was penalised for a foul on Onyedimna in the box.

Hicks pointed straight to the spot and Jacobson slammed his penalty straight down the middle to draw Wycombe level.

There were five minutes of added time for either side to find a winner, but substitute Mason was denied late appeals for a foul in the box and the spoils were shared.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close; Lowe, Evans (c) (Mason 80), Curtis; Hawkins (Pitman 69)
Goals: Evans 57, Pitman 86
Booked: Lowe, N.Thompson, Burgess
Subs not used: McGee, Walkes, Haunstrup, B.Thompson, Wheeler

Wycombe (4-1-4-1): Allsop; McCarthy, Jombati, Charles, Jacobson; Gape; Kashket (Cowan-Hall 63), Bloomfield (c) (Thompson 90+2), Morris, Onyedinma; Akinfenwa
Goals: Morris 21, Jacobson 89 (pen)
Booked: McCarthy, Jombati, Onyedinma, Kashket
Subs not used: Ma-Kalambay, Harriman, Saunders, Williams, Mackail-Smith

Referee: Craig Hicks

Attendance: 18,648 (749 away fans)

Portsmouth FC

Sep 222018
 

Beastly

2011

 


Plot

At the Buckeston Academy High School, the wealthy, arrogant, narcissistic, and bigoted Kyle Kingson is a student who does not respect his classmates. When Kyle is elected representative of the students, he plays a prank on the outcast Kendra, who has a reputation as a witch: he invites her to a party and humiliates her in front of their classmates. However, Kendra curses him with a spell that makes Kyle as ugly as his soul. Further, she tells him that if he does not find anyone who loves him within a year, he will be doomed to that appearance forever. When Kyle's father, Rob Kingson, sees him, he takes Kyle to specialists but the doctors do not know what to do, so Rob hides Kyle in an apartment with a maid and a blind tutor. When Kyle sees his mate Lindy on the streets, he saves her from a dangerous drug dealer and he brings her to his apartment to protect her. Now his only hope is that Lindy will fall in love with him.

Summary

Dull retelling of the classic Beauty And The Beast


IMDb5.6

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Sep 212018
 

Eliza Doolittle

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Eliza Doolittle is an English musician and recording artist.

After performing her music in live venues around London from the age of 15, Eliza signed to Parlophone in 2008.

Her debut eponymous album was released on 12 July 2010 and went Platinum in the UK. The album, Eliza Doolittle, produced two UK top forty hits: "Skinny Genes" and "Pack Up", the latter of which peaked within the top five on the UK Singles Chart.

In 2013, Eliza contributed her writing and vocal skills to "You & Me" a single from British Electronic duo Disclosure's number one debut album 'Settle'.

On 7 June 2013 she premiered a single called "Big When I Was Little", which was released in July 2013. It subsequently joined BBC Radio 1's and Radio 2 playlist. It was later included on her second studio album, titled In Your Hands

Celebrity Eliza Doolittle

Sep 202018
 

Captain America: Civil War

2016

   


Plot

With many people fearing the actions of super heroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero's actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. This escalates into an all-out war between Team Iron Man (Iron Man, Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Spider-Man) and Team Captain America (Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant Man) while a new villain emerges.

Summary

How is this a Captain America film and not an Avengers film as they are all in it? Very good.


IMDb7.8

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