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Brentford 0 Hull City 2. Any concerns over losing for Brentford fans?


Brentford came into this game on the back of a four game winning run and faced a physical Hull side with the menacing Steve Bruce prowling on the touchline. The simple reality were that Bees had a few chances in the first 10 minutes of which they should have taken at least one, but then the first half somewhat became an even game. The second half Hull upped the ante and made some decent substitutions and took the game away from Brentford with a combination of good technique and excellent finishing. David button would not reflect upon this game as his best for Brentford and the second Hull goal would usually not have happened with a spilling of the ball to the feel of the hull striker. hull however are an excellent side and move top of the championship after this victory and i would be unsurprised to see them there next May.

There was no shame in losing to the better side. The Brentford perfomance was good and the team are improving game by game. Do we have any concerns? Not really. Maybe the substitutions did not help last night. Taking Toumani off for me is never a good thing for whatever reason. KK runs a lot, has good positional ability but frankly lacks the technique for a good championship player and without being negative I can see him on his way to League 1-2 level in due course. Ryan woods looks younger each game but improves each game with immense workrate. Yennaris has settled, in my view surprisingly, at right back and also improves each game, but maybe still could elevate his general work rate. Some of his central defending was also excellent last night leading me to wonder if he might also be an option there.

Griffin Park under floodlights is something I will miss as there always is a special atmosphere and a midweek crowd on a dull and damp night of 9200 is excellent. Lastly it was good to see Sam Saunders back on the bench. He will play cameo roles one suspects but a good option to have.

Sam Saunders returns

Sam Saunders returns

Jake Bidwell Scratches his head

Jake Bidwell Scratches his head

Griffin Park

Griffin Park

Griffin Park

Griffin Park

Griffin Park

Griffin Park

Griffin Park

Griffin Park

Buzzette Bee

Buzzette Bee

Three Superb Photographs from Sunday. Not taken by me. GCSE Photography after 1 month.


Just to showcase three superb photos of very different topics that were not taken by myself. Enjoy. I wish I had the opportunity to do GCSE photography.

  1. The simplicity of a Kit Kat against the sports pages of The Sunday Times. Red and white.
  2. A cat seemingly wanting to eat an almond croissant.Cumberleylaude, a ‘gourmet cat’ with a love of fine dining, could join stage show CATS after discovery of lost TS Eliot poem. Is this the first audition for the role?
  3. Manic seagulls getting very excited over stale bread. Beautifully captured on a foggy morning.
Kit Kat

Kit Kat

Cumberleylaude, a ‘gourmet cat’ with a love of fine dining, could join stage show after discovery of lost TS Eliot poem.

Cumberleylaude, a 'gourmet cat' with a love of fine dining, could join stage show after discovery of lost TS Eliot poem.

Cumberleylaude, a ‘gourmet cat’ with a love of fine dining, could join stage show after discovery of lost TS Eliot poem.

Claremont birds. Copyright Elena Bushe

Claremont birds. Copyright Elena Bushe

Molesey 1 Didcot Town 0. FA Trophy


A good game of football. A single goal separated the two teams but in relaity it could have been 3-3. The football was good. The cheeseburger was too. Am not sure of the FA rules after a player is sent off but not sure he should be watching from the touchline even if he does take his shirt off! the crowd was 95, so he made it 96.

Having checked the rules. This is what it says  “A player, substitute or substituted player who has been sent off must leave the vicinity of the field of play and the technical area.
Read more at http://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/laws/football-11-11/law-12—fouls-and-misconduct.aspx#7B9Jzt2xM5bxoOlT.99

So I guess it depends on the interpretation of what constitutes the vicintiy of play.

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Goal.Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Goal.Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Craig Lewington

Craig Lewington

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Molesey v Didcot Town FA Trophy

Brentford 1 QPR 0. A view from the cheap seats


The last time Brentford beat QPR was in 1965 and not so many of the capacity crowd last night were even born then.  This game was thus a time for celebration. A capacity crowd of over 12,000, some useful money from Sky for live coverage, and the fourth consecutive victory in a season when 2 weeks ago some wondered if we would win 4 games all season. All achieved with eseentially the same players. There is no need to give a match report and all Bees fans were there or watching on TV. A high tempo game, maybe too scrappy in parts. If I were a betting man i would place good money, and lots of it, on QPR not only failing to gain promotion this season but also failing to get in the play offs and sacking their manager certainly this side of xmas.

Some of the peripheral things around a capacity crowd caught my eye last night. How good does Griffin Park look under lights, how scary burger sellers can look ( a lovely man actually and a nice burger too) and the strange things one finds on top of cars parked in the Watermans car park .

The firework or whatever incendiary device it was certainly lit up Griffin Park after the goal. A great night. What price a second victory at Loftus road later on in the season?

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Homemade Scones. The Great British Bakeoff


An amateur contender but excellent scones. Is there any better smell than homemade baking? These photographs were taken some time ago and have been sitting on my desktop computer. The TV series has clearly rekindled excitement in baking again and even Nigella Lawson has said that the creations on TV are beyond her skills. Enjoy.

Homemade Scones copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Homemade Scones copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Homemade Scones copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Homemade Scones copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Homemade Scones copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Homemade Scones copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Homemade Scones copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Homemade Scones copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Shendish Manor


Shendish Manor is not what one expects to find in Hemel Hempstead. A gorgeous hotel set in great grounds. A few photographs to set the scene. A good place to stop for lunch, coffee or a drink. And maybe a short walk.  I was impressed.

It is set in 160 acres of gardens and parkland.

Shendish Manor. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Shendish Manor. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Shendish Manor. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Shendish Manor. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Shendish Manor. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Shendish Manor. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Shendish Manor. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Shendish Manor. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Shendish Manor. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Shendish Manor. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Good food – Bad Food? Defibrillators may be a more immediate answer. And may be free.


In a week when we have learned that red wine, 150ml/day increases our “good” cholesterol HDL, well in Diabetic patients anyway, and 150ml/day of white wine might reduce their blood sugar level, we also can read a lot about Blueberries being a super food, that will potentially also reduce cardiovascular disease. We have also seen at Copenhagen airport demonstrations of resusciation being given to children as young as 4 years who were able to follow the instructions quite simply. There is however a huge disconnect here with the major tool for heart resuscitation having been rarely available. A defibrillator. to the non-medical readers,  provides a localised electric current when applied to the chest wall, that with some good luck can start a heart rhytmn going, if the heart has stopped, or altenatively correct a “bad ” heart rhytmn that is causing the heart to have a poor output of blood.

Defibrillators are cheap. In New York one finds them alll over walls of even sma  cafes, and in UK , many years ago, Brighton football club became the first football club to have them in the ground for potential resuscitation of spectators. They are visible at some airports too like Arlands airport in Stockholm. They are cheap costing as little as 792£ online and require surprisingly little formal training from

http://www.direct365.co.uk/supplies/first-aid/equipment/defibrillators/defibrillator-units?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=defibrillators&utm_campaign=Supplies_Workplace-Safety&gclid=CjwKEAjwho2xBRD0mpzUvsya6SgSJAAkRepS79n2EgTaZ_loGVLI6LXSNDc3t-izy8PYI6diLjP2iBoCL5Hw_wcB

If we take a look at the British Heart foundation website, this is what they say:

About defibrillators
DefibrillatorsA high energy electric shock, given to the heart in some types of cardiac arrest, may restore a more stable rhythm.

This is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival.

Public access defibrillators (PADs) can be found in public spaces like your local shopping centre, gym, train station or village hall. That briefcase-sized box on the wall contains a PAD. It’s there for anyone to use on someone in cardiac arrest.

Simple to use
They are simple and safe. The machine gives clear spoken instructions. You don’t need training to use one.

Once in position, the defibrillator detects the heart’s rhythm. It won’t deliver a shock unless one is needed.

The good news is that they are becoming more widely available and many organisations can apply for one and this is how to do it:

https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/nation-of-lifesavers/about-defibrillators/apply-for-a-defibrillator-in-england

The Department of Health has awarded us £1 million to make public access defibrillators and CPR training more widely available in communities across England.

Applications open on Thursday 1 October 2015 and close in March 2016.
The packages
There are three packages available:

A free public access defibrillator, CPR training kit and a cabinet
A free public access defibrillator and CPR training kit
A cabinet to improve accessibility to a current defibrillator

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What else is there in Brentford apart from the football club?


Brentford is a town in middlesex not really known for anything but over the last year became fairly well known in the media for their football related antics. The Warburton issue reached the media followed by the discussion over Matthew Benham and his vision of football being matched with mathematical modelling to replicate the success of his own company SmartOdds.

However what else is there in Brentford? Brentford might be regarded as the gateway to the M4 motorway, or local even to Kew Gardens. However not so many are aware that Brentford sits on the River Thames. Fewer will be aware that the Watermans Centre provides a venue for cinema and drama. Even fewer are aware that the graffiti that covers the walls of the car park in the Watermans Car Park must rate as some of the best in London.

Graffiti Brentford in the Watermans Car Park Brentford. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Graffiti Brentford in the Watermans Car Park Brentford. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Graffiti Brentford in the Watermans Car Park Brentford. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Graffiti Brentford in the Watermans Car Park Brentford. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Graffiti Brentford in the Watermans Car Park Brentford. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Graffiti Brentford in the Watermans Car Park Brentford. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

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Graffiti Brentford in the Watermans Car Park Brentford. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Graffiti Brentford in the Watermans Car Park Brentford. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Was Brentford 2-1 Rotherham one of our most important games ever? A few thoughts and photos


This might sound ridiculous to the casual football observer and critic but this game rates up there with play off finals in order of its importance. The increasing turbulence and mutterings of discontent against the owner, manager,players and no doubt the programme sellers has been assuming absurd proportions. Last season was a one off. A group of committed players, playing well beyond their potential at times, a few good slices of luck  and importantly a relatively injury free season allowed the stars to align and Brentford to achieve an outcome almost undreamt of.

This season has been a disaster so far this is true. Some of the more worrying elements come in almost forgotten metrics such as a significantly reduced number of travelling fans, less vocal support from the home crowds and most worryingly for me, the reduced tempo and work rate that has been the norm this season. Of course the results are important but the manner of the performances are what dictates the pleasure or displeasure levels of the Brentford faithful.

What we saw yesterday was a spirited performance that maybe deserved the 3 points despite being at times the weaker side. The work rate was high and the effort cannot be faulted. The performance of Jake Bidwell was one of his best in a Brentford shirt.

There can be no doubt we were lucky to win and the neutral observer would have scored this as a draw. An exciting game played by two teams who found it difficult to defend well.

The three points are like gold dust. They give us some breathing space, introduce a winning mentality confidence and importantly consign Rotherham to at least another week below us in the relegation zone. That we are beating the weaker sides is actually very important. All the three sides we have beaten represent sides that will be in bottom 8 places come the end of the season. Relegation for Brentford would herald another difficult mountain to climb to escape League 1 and we can see how difficult that is for large clubs such as Sheffield United. However this season ends we need to end it in the Championship and one can argue that the re-building process can now resume. I personally think some of the new signings will be successful at Brentford and some will not. I also think based on yesterday that Lee Carsley is moulding a unit in his style of play, more rugged and physical than maybe we have been used to. Let us see how that works out.

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Molesey 2 Carshalton 1


A few photos from an entertaining game that really might have been a draw. The floodlights were the poorest I have personally ever photographed under and their variability of light meant the pitch was in essence a huge chessboard where only some areas could realistically be used to get photos from. A crowd of 96 souls braved the chilly evening to watch the game.

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Luke Colquhoun

Luke Colquhoun

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Luke Colquhoun

Luke Colquhoun

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Craig Lewington

Craig Lewington

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