Spurs 1(1) – 1(3) Shakhtar Donetsk

Spurs drew 1-1 with Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), but they had already lost the first game 0-2 so Shakhtar progress to the last 16 of the UEFA Cup and Spurs’ European adventure is over. Spurs’ goalscorer was Giovani (Mexico), 19 years old.

Shakhtar are a very good team, but Spurs played an important game on Monday evening, and they have an even more important game on Sunday (the final of the Carling Cup against Manchester United), so they rested their best players and most of the team were teenagers.

Who invented the pencil sharpener?

Of course the very first pencil sharpeners were knives and blades, but the first patent for a tool especially for sharpening pencils was made by Bernard Lassimone, a French mathematician, in 1828. It looked something like this:

This isn't Lassimone's sharpener but it is similar.
This isn’t Lassimone’s sharpener but it is similar.

However the first mechanical pencil sharpener was invented by Therry des Estwaux, also from France in 1847. It looked something like this:

The Marion pencil sharpener
The Marion pencil sharpener

Now there are sharpeners with revolving handles, and even battery operated electric sharpeners, but I like the simple wooden ones like this:

Simple is best
Simple is best

Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Spurs

It looks like Spurs’ European adventure will soon end. In the first leg of the UEFA Cup match against Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) a very weak Spurs team lost 2-0.

In the return game at Spurs’ home ground Spurs will have to score at least three goals to progress to the next round, but if Shakhtar score one goal then Spurs will have to score four! It’s not looking good.