Doctor Who – New Series starts soon

Being a big fan of both Withnail and I & Doctor Who, I was interested to read  The recent BBC announcement that the “Withnail and I” actor  Richard E Grant will star in Doctor Who Christmas special .The actor, most famous  for playing Withnail in the 1987 film Withnail and I will take a role in this year’s Christmas edition of Doctor Who , the BBC have announced.Richard E Grant said he was ‘honoured’ to be taking part in the episode. It will not be the first time he has been involved with the time-travelling eccentric. Grant played the Doctor in 2003 in the online animated series Scream of the Shalka.

The actor also performed as the Doctor in a Comic Relief sketch from 1996.Details of his role have not yet been released, but he will perform alongside Tom Ward, who, until recently starred as Harry Cunningham in Silent Witness.Matt Smith will be taking up his role as the current Doctor while the Christmas special will see the debut of his new assistant, played by  26-year-old actress Jenna-Louise Coleman who has been seen shooting what is believed to be her debut scenes as new assistant Clara  on location in Newport Wales,, and takes the place of the last assistant Amy Pond, who was played by Karen Gillan.

The Christmas episode will be written by Steven Moffat, who also oversees the Doctor Who series. The trailer for the most recent series is probably online somewhere and series seven will begin later this month. Also seen on set was guest star Tom Ward – best-known for his role in Silent Witness – who fitted in perfectly with his Victorian-style suit as well as Life On Mars actress Liz White and Stella star Catrin Stewart , who also got to work, reprising her role as Jenny. Neve McIntosh also returns as Madame Vastra the Silurian for the seventh series of the show, and Dan Starkey reprised the part of Sontaran commander Strax.  (I can just imagine Richard E.Grant creeping up behind Commander Strax and lodging a Camberwell Carrot in his Probic Vent or shouting “Scrubbers!” at a troop of passing Silurians, or going up to a Dalek and demanding to have some booze 😀

Happy Birthday Roger Federer

Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer was born 8 August 1981. As of July 2012 is ranked World number 1 by the Association of Tennis Players. Several sports analysts, tennis critics and former and current players consider him to othe greatest tennis player of all time.

He has gained several men’s world records of the Open Era: holding the number 1 position for more than 286 weeks overall a 237-consecutive-week stretch at the top from 2004 to 2008; winning 17 Grand Slam singles titles; reaching the finals of each Grand Slam tournament at least five times (an all-time record); and reaching the Wimbledon final eight times. He is one of seven men, and one of four in the Open Era, to capture the career Grand Slam, and one of three (with Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal) to do so separately on clay, grass, and hard courts. Federer also shares the Open Era record for most Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open with Agassi (4 titles), at Wimbledon with Pete Sampras (7 titles) and at the US Open with Jimmy Connors and Sampras (5 titles). Federer’s ATP tournament records include winning six ATP World Tour Finals, playing in the finals at all nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments, and, matching Agassi, winning seven.

Federer has appeared in 24 men’s Grand Slam finals, with ten in a row, both records, and appeared in 18 of 19 finals from the 2005 Wimbledon Championships through to the 2010 Australian Open. He is the only man to reach the semi-finals of 23 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, from the 2004 Wimbledon Championships through the 2010 Australian Open. At the 2012 Wimbledon men’s championship, he reached his 32nd Grand Slam semi-final, 33rd consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final, and seventh trophy, all records. He has also won the most matches, 244, in men’s Grand Slam tournaments. He also won the Olympic gold medal in doubles with his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the silver medal in singles at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games narrowly losing out to Andy Murray (Crikey! that match was exciting – I was on the edge of my seat).

He spent eight years (2003–2010) continuously in the top 2 in the year-end men’s rankings and nine (2003–2011) in the Top 3. His rivalries with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, making for a “trivalry”, are considered some of the greatest of all time. Federer has won the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favorite Award a record nine times straight (2003–2011) and the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award (voted for by the players) a record seven times (2004–2009, 2011), both being awards indicative of respect and popularity. He also won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2006. In 2011, in a South African poll, he was voted the second most trusted and respected person in the world, next to Nelson Mandela. He was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for a record four consecutive years (2005–2008). Federer is at times referred to as the Federer Express, shortened to Fed Express or FedEx, and the Swiss Maestro, or just Maestro

Happy Birthday Nigel Mansell

British Motor Racing Driver and 1992 Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell, CBE  was born 8 August 1953 in Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, England. He won both the Formula One World Championship (1992) and the CART Indy Car World Series (1993). Mansell was the reigning F1 champion when he moved over to CART, being the first person to win the CART title in his debut season, making him the only person to hold both titles simultaneously.

His career in Formula One spanned 15 seasons, with his final two full seasons of top-level racing being spent in the CART series. Mansell remains the most successful British Formula One driver of all time in terms of race wins with 31 victories, and is fourth overall on the Formula One race winners list behind Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. He held the record for the most number of poles set in a single season, which was broken in 2011 by Sebastian Vettel. He was rated in the top 10 Formula One drivers of all time by longtime Formula One commentator Murray Walker. In 2008, American sports television network ESPN ranked him 24th on their top drivers of all-time. He was also ranked No. 9 of the 50 greatest F1 drivers of all time by the Times Online on a list that also included such drivers as Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Jackie Stewart and Jim Clark.

Mansell raced in the GP Masters series and signed a one-off race deal for the Scuderia Ecosse GT race team to drive their number 63 Ferrari F430 GT2 car at Silverstone on 6 May 2007. He has since competed in additional sports car races with his sons, Leo and Greg, including the2010 24 Hours of Le Mans.

To date, he is the most recent inductee to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame from a country other than the US, having been inducted in 2005. He is also the current President of one of the UK’s largest Youth Work Charities, UK Youth and is also President of the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists).

Happy Birthday Rikki Rockett

Rikki Rockett, American drummer with American glam metal band Poison was Born 8th August 1961,

Poison achieved great success in the mid-1980s to mid-1990s. Poison has sold over 30 million records worldwide and have sold 15 million records in the United States alone. The band has also charted ten singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the Hot 100 number-one single, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn“. The band become icons of the ’80s MTV era and have had widespread commercial success. The band’s break through debut album, the multi platinum Look What the Cat Dragged In was released in 1986 and they hit their peak with the second album, the multi-platinum selling Open Up and Say… Ahh! which became the band’s most successful album. The popularity continued into the new decade with their third consecutive multi platinum selling album Flesh & Blood.

In the 90’s following the release of the bands first live album Swallow This Live, the band experienced some line up changes and the fall of Pop Metal with the grunge movement, but despite the drop in popularity the bands fourth studio album Native Tongue still achieved Gold status and the bands first compilation album Poison’s Greatest Hits: 1986–1996 went double platinum.
In the 2000s, with the original line up back together, the band found new popularity after a successful greatest hits reunion tour in 1999. The band began the new decade with the release of the long awaited Crack a Smile… and More!, followed by the Power to the People album. The band toured almost every year to sold out stadiums and arenas. They released a brand new album Hollyweird in 2002 and in 2006 the band celebrated their 20 year Anniversary with The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock tour and album, which was certified Gold and marked Poison’s return to the Billboard 200 top 20 charts for the first time since 1993. Band members have released several solo albums and starred in successful reality TV shows. After 25 years, the band is still recording music and performing. Since their debut in 1986, they have released seven studio albums, four live albums, five compilation albums, and have issued 28 singles to radio. Among their other songs are Talk Dirty To MeUnskinny Bop and Nothing but a Good Time

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Huey Morgan, American singer / guitarist with the Fun Lovin’ Criminals, was Also Born 8th August 1968, as was  Chris Foreman, the English guitarist with the group Madness in 1956

Happy Birthday The Edge

Today, August 8th 2011, Dave Evans (A.K.A guitarist The Edge, from Rock Band U2) Celebrates his birthday, He attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, where he met fellow band mates Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., and was reunited with his boyhood friend Paul “Bono” Hewson. Mullen had posted an advertisement on the school bulletin board for musicians to form a band with him; Clayton showed up at the first practice, which also included Dik Evans, Dave Evans’s older brother, Ivan McCormick, and Peter Martin, who were two of Mullen’s friends. McCormick and Martin left the band soon after its conception. While the band was a five-piece (consisting of Bono, The Edge, Mullen, Evans, and Clayton), it was known as Feedback. The name was subsequently changed to The Hype, but changed to “U2″ soon after Dik Evans left the band.

U2′s early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group’s musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals, highlighted by The Edge’s timbrally varied guitar sounds and Bono’s expressive vocals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns. Within four years, they signed with Island Records and released their debut album Boy. By the mid-1980s, they became a top international act. They were more successful as live performers than they were at selling records, until their breakthrough 1987 album The Joshua Tree, which, according to Rolling Stone, elevated the band’s stature “from heroes to superstars”. Reacting to musical stagnation and late-1980s criticism of their earnest image and musical direction, the group reinvented themselves with their 1991 hit album Achtung Baby and the accompanying Zoo TV Tour. U2 integrated dance, industrial, and alternative rock influences into their sound and performances, and embraced a more ironic and self-deprecating image. Similar experimentation continued for the remainder of the 1990s with mixed levels of success. U2 regained critical and commercial favour after their 2000 record All That You Can’t Leave Behind. On it and the group’s subsequent releases, they adopted a more conventional sound while maintaining influences from their earlier musical explorations.

U2 have released 12 studio albums and are among the all-time best-selling music artists, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards,  and in 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 in its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time. They have also won numerous other awards in their career, including 22 Grammy awards, including those for Best Rock Duo or Group seven times, Album of the Year twice, Record of the Year twice, Song of the Year twice, and Best Rock Album twice.

.Some of U2′s best known songs  are: Beautiful DayElevation, VertigoNew Year’s Day”,“Bullet the Blue Sky”, “With or Without You“, “Mysterious Ways“, “Get on Your Boots“, and “Magnificent“ “I Will Follow”  “City of Blinding Lights”.