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Children in Need 2012

Presented by Terry Wogan, Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton, This years Children in Need fund-raising event took place on Friday 16th November 2012, and The amount, which was pledged by donors during the seven hour live show and is expected to rise in the coming weeks, exceeded last year’s record sum of £26.3 million. Among the fundraisers this year were  Children in Need’s Team Rickshaw, who undertook a cycle ride from Llandudno to London, to raise money for charity. The young riders taking part in Team Rickshaw included James, an 18-year-old from Kent, who has cared for his mother, who has a brain injury, and his brother and sister, who are both autistic, for as long as he can remember. Jack, 16, is from Essex, who has had a double kidney transplant, but is now incredibly healthy and civic minded. Lauren, Jamila, Darren and Ciaran make up the rest of the team.

It follows on from 2011’s challenge, when presenter Matt Baker did a rickshaw challenge from Edinburgh to London, and raised £1.9m. This years route is from Llandudno to TV Centre and so far Team Rickshaw has raised £850,000, and hope to raise a million. Meanwhile Alex Jones, from the One Show, was also present. This year There was also a Doctor Who Mini episode which took place in Victorian England, and featured Doctor Who (Matt Smith) Madame Vastra, Jenny, Commander Strax and introduced the Christmas Episode. There was also A Strictly Come Dancing Children In Need Special, introduced by  Sir Bruce Forsythe and,featuring two of the previous most memorable contestants – Russell Grant and Ann Widdecome.

This year Donations are generally down by a staggering 20% since last year (If you’ve read the newspapers you’ll know why). Despite this The Children In Need fund was given a boost by the fashion pack on Thursday night when there was an auction of the nineteen Pudsey Bears in the 2012 Designer Pudsey Collection, which have all been styled by world-famous fashion designers including Victoria Beckham, Alexander McQueen and Burberry among others. It was the brainchild of Love magazine editor Katie Grand, and also featured stylish creations from Balenciaga, Burberry, Versace, Paul Smith and Gucci. Giles Deacon’s Swarovski crystal embellished Pudsey featuring £20,000 worth of crystals, made the most money and was sold for £24,000 to the Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana. The next bestseller was Louis Vuitton’s effort, designed by LOVE editor and Vuitton show stylist Katie Grand which doubles as a bag, which sold for £20,000, followed by Tom Ford’s bear cutely styled with a suit, hat and sunglasses which went under the hammer for £12,000.

On Friday 26th October the  thrilling SVR time trial took place between a steam locomotive from The Severn Valley Railway and a car from the Morgan Motor Company, which featured the Southern Railways “Battle of Britain” class Pacific 4-6-2 locomotive No.34053 “Sir Keith Park”, with Sky Sports presenter Vicky Gomersall on the footplate  racing a Vintage Morgan three-wheeler, driven by Coronation Street actor Tony Hirst,(Paul Kershaw), to Kidderminster Station, in order to raise money for Children in Need. Sir Keith was also pulling a rake of eight carriages non-stop, which included a Children in Need coach carrying children from Edward’s Trust in Birmingham & Pudsey Bear, as well as specially invited customers and fee paying passengers travelling in all the other coaches. All profits from the event went to the BBC Children in Need appeal.

Among other people appearing this year were Kylie Minogue, who performed orchestral versions of Spinning Around, Can’t Get You out of my Head, Locomotion & I should be so Lucky, Newscasters Sophie Raworth, Bill turnbul and Fiona Bruce who each did a lap of the Top Gear Test Track to raise money for charity, Former chorister Aled Jones led the The Choir, which united 2,500 children across the UK in a performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water, British music stars Leona Lewis and Ellie Goulding also took part in the show, Little Mix and One Direction also performed,  Lord Alan Sugar appeared in a special edition of EastEnders.,  Matt Smith & Jenna Louise Coleman did a mini Doctor Who episode, Girls Aloud m(a)imed the official Children in Need AA side single, Something New, and Beautiful Because You Love Me, for the first time on television (Incidentally it’s Sarah Harding’s birthday on the 17th November). DIY: SOS and Bargain Hunt also recorded special Children in Need programmes, while Sir Terry paid a fund-raising visit to Lee Mack sitcom Not Going Out. Robbie Williams, Victoria Beckham Pudsey the Dog,  Jessie J and The 2012 UK Olympic Team including Mo Farah, Tom Daley, Zara Philips,Victoria Pendleton, Ellie Simmonds and many others also did a routine.

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Happy Birthday Gary “Mani” Mountfeild

Gary “Mani” Mounfield, bass player with seminal British Alternative Rock bands The Stone Roses and Primal Scream was Born November 16th 1962. Formed in Manchester in 1983 The Stone Roses were one of the pioneering groups of the Madchester movement that was active during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The band’s most successful lineup consists of vocalist Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Gary “Mani” Mounfield, and drummer Alan “Reni” Wren. The band released their debut album, The Stone Roses, in 1989. The album was a breakthrough success for the band.

After releasing a much hailed debut album the Stone Roses decided to capitalise on their success by signing to a major label, however their current record label Silvertone would not let them out of their contract,which led to an acrimonious and lengthy legal dispute. they eventually signed a multi-million pound deal with Geffen in 1991, and released their second album Second Coming in 1994. Sadly as a result of this delay, things had moved on and Oasis had arrived on the Manchester Music Scene and and after several lineup changes throughout the supporting tour, The group disbanded Reni going first, followed by Squire.

Then in 2011 Following much intensified media speculation rumours and denial, the band’s four original members – John Squire, Ian Brown, bassist Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield and drummer Alan ‘Reni’ Wren, called a press conference to announce that the band had reunited and would perform a reunion tour of the world in 2012, including three homecoming shows at Heaton Park in Manchester. These concerts became the fastest selling rock concerts in UK history. After 150,000 tickets for the first two dates sold out just 14 minutes after going on sale. As a result A further date was added and the remaining 75,000 tickets sold out soon afterwards. The band, have also said that it was their intention was to ‘uplift’ the national mood in hard times and that today’s music was ‘boring’ and ‘corporate’. There are also persistent rumours that they are recording a third album, and according to Chris Coghill, the writer of the new film which is set during the Stone Roses 1990 Spike Island show, the band “have at least three or four new tracks recorded.

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Happy Birthday Gary “Mani” Mountfield

As well as being a member of the Stone Roses Gary “Mani” Mounfield, ( Born November 16th 1962,) was also a member of Scottish alternative rock band Primal Scream. Who were originally formed in 1982 in Glasgow by Bobby Gillespie (vocals) and Jim Beattie and now based in London. The current lineup consists of Gillespie, Andrew Innes (guitar), Martin Duffy (keyboards), and Darrin Mooney (drums). Barrie Cadogan has toured and recorded with the band since 2006 as a replacement after the departure of guitarist Robert “Throb” Young. Primal Scream career not take off until Gillespie left his position as drummer of The Jesus and Mary Chain. The band were a key part of the mid-1980s indie pop scene, but eventually moved away from their more jangly sound, taking on more psychedelic and then garage rock influences, before incorporating a dance music element to their sound. Their 1991 album Screamadelica broke the band into the mainstream with songs like, “Loaded“, which became the band’s first major hit, reaching number 16 on the UK Singles Chartand “Come Together“, which reached number 19. They released two more singles, “Higher Than The Sun” and “Don’t Fight It, Feel It”, both of which were successful.

The band began work on their fourth album “Give out but Dont Give up”.In March 1994, the first single from the new album, “Rocks”, was released & became the band’s highest charting single to date,Two more singles were released from the album, “Jailbird” and “(I’m Gonna) Cry Myself Blind”, both of which charted progressively lower. After a short hiatus, the band returned with a new lineup. Gary “Mani” Mounfield, fresh from the well-publicised break-up of his previous band, The Stone Roses, was added as the band’s new bassist, and Paul Mulraney was added as their new drummer. The arrival of Mani revitalized the group, who were considering disbanding after the failure of Give Out but released a new album Vanishing Point which had a complex shoegazing dance/dub rhythm, harking back to the crossover success of Screamadelica, yet sounding significantly darker. Some songs on the album were inspired by cult 1971 film Vanishing Point; Gillespie said that they wanted to create an alternative soundtrack for the film.

the band’s sixth album XTRMNTR had a harsher and angrier musical direction. Many of the songs they wrote had overtly political lyrics, Gillespie said the band wished to convey “what it’s like to be in Britain in this day and age The album featured mulitiple guest appearances, including the Chemical Brothers, New Order’s Bernard Sumner, and former My Bloody Valentine guitarist Kevin Shields, who had become a semi-permanent member. The first single from XTRMNTR, was entitled “Swastika Eyes. their seventh album, Evil Heat, was released in 2002. On the album Kate Moss sang professionally for the first time with single “Some Velvet Morning” and The album also featured another guest appearance, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant. In 2003 the double CD album Dirty Hits was released containing the better known works and some previously unheard versions and remixes of those tunes.

The next album Riot City Blues contained “euphoric rock ‘n’ roll songs” which was intended to capture the energy of Primal Scream’s live performances.The album’s first single, “Country Girl”, was released on 22 May 2006. The album, Riot City Blues, was released in June also released their first DVD, Riot City Blues Tour, which featured clips of the band’s performance in London, as well as all their music videos and an interview with Gillespie and Mani. Primal Scream spent most of 2011 touring in support of 20th Anniversary of Screamadelica, on 18 October Mani revealed he had left the band to follow his dream due to the reformation of his original band The Stone Roses. On 27 March 2012, it was confirmed that Primal Scream would support The Stone Roses at their Heaton Park concert in Manchester.Primal Scream remain commercially successful and continue to tour and record.