World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day is observed annually on 19 November. This international day of action aims to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation challenge. Whilst this may sound like quite a frivolous subject for a ‘World Day’, it’s actually very serious. World Toilet Day focuses on the importance of sanitation and aims to raise awareness about the 2.6 billion people (nearly half the world’s population) who don’t have access to toilets and proper sanitation. In the UK, the water charity WaterAid use World Toilet Day to raise awareness of sanitation issues.

World Toilet Day was created to raise global awareness of the daily struggle for proper sanitation that a staggering 2.5 billion people face. World Toilet Day brings together different groups, such as media, the private sector, development organisations and civil society in a global movement to advocate for safe toilets. Since its inception in 2001, World Toilet Day has become an important platform to demand action from governments and to reach out to wider audiences by showing that toilets can be fun and sexy as well as vital to life.

United States Grand Prix 2012

The United States Grand Prix 2012 took place in Austin, Texas on Sunday 18th November, and saw Lewis Hamilton ending a poor run of form to top the podium, a victory which made him “massively proud”.Meanwhile Sebastian Vettel finished in second place and Fernando Alonso eventually finished third after sweeping up to fourth on the opening lap and inheriting third when Australian Mark Webber retired in the second Red Bull car and has set up a final race shoot-out with Vettel for the world drivers’s championship.

Originally Alonso qualified in ninth place for Ferrari but was elevated to eighth because of a gearbox-change penalty for Frenchman Romain Grosjean of Lotus and, on Sunday, advanced another position – and to the clean right side of the grid – when his team decided to incur a penalty for Brazilian Felipe Massa by breaking the seal on his car’s gearbox. He is now 13 points behind defending champion Sebastian Vettel heading into next Sunday’s showdown in Brazil. The Spaniard has not won a race since the German Grand Prix in July and needs to finish at least third to have a chance of winning the title in Sao Paulo. If he wins, he would need Vettel to finish outside the top four.

British Touring Car champion and Car Racing Driver Tim Harvey was born 20th November 1961

Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day

On December 10, 2007, Led Zeppelin took the stage at London’s O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. What followed was a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band’s signature blues-infused rock ’n’ roll that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin. Founding members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were joined by Jason Bonham, (son of Zeppelin’s late drummer John, who died in 1980), to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalog including  “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock And Roll,” “Kashmir,” and “Stairway To Heaven.”During the show the band members were conscious that it may be the world’s last chance to see Led Zeppelin performing together and it was a critical to get it right because they only had one shot at it.

The legendary show is tight, punchy and unrelenting and was captured on film, and the result, Celebration Day,  is being released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 19th 2012. The two-hour feature length film is presented in high definition video with excellent audio quality (5.1, 48 khz/20 bit hi-resolution audio surround sound). The aspect ratio is 16×9. Already garnering critical acclaim, the film is directed by Dick Carruthers, who worked with Led Zeppelin on their award-winning 2003 release DVD, and includes the entire 16-song concert.  However despite persistent rumours which surrounded the gig the band members have so-far avoided questions about whether they will ever again reunite. The performance has been released in a variety of formats including MP3, CD, Blue Ray, DVD Boxed Set and Vinyl and is also on YouTube although you can’t hope to capture the experience of it live, mind you playing the DVD on a huge TV Screen and cranking the volume up might give you some idea.

LED ZEPPELIN: Celebration Day
Track Listing:
1. Good Times Bad Times
2. Ramble On
3. Black Dog
4. In My Time Of Dying
5. For Your Life
6. Trampled Under Foot
7. Nobody’s Fault But Mine
8. No Quarter
9. Since I’ve Been Loving You
10. Dazed And Confused
11. Stairway To Heaven
12. The Song Remains The Same
13. Misty Mountain Hop
14. Kashmir
15. Whole Lotta Love
16. Rock And Roll

Happy Birthday Matt Sorum

Matt Sorum, American musician with The Cult, Guns ‘N Roses and Velvet Revolver was  Born 19th November 1960. Originally formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1985. The classic lineup, of Guns’n”Roses consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Today, Axl Rose is the only remaining original member, in a lineup that comprises Use Your Illusion–era keyboardist Dizzy Reed, lead guitarists DJ Ashba and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, lead and rhythm guitarist Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboard player Chris Pitman. The band has released six studio albums. Guns N’ Roses’ debut album Appetite for Destruction reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, hit “Sweet Child o’ Mine“, became their only single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and The album became the best-selling debut album of all time in the U.S. Thanks to songs like Paradise City and Welcome to the Jungle

The success of their debut was followed by the eight-song album G N’ R Lies. The twin albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, which debuted at No. 2 and No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The cover album “The Spaghetti Incident?” was the band’s last studio album to feature Slash and McKagan. After more than a decade of work and many lineup changes, Guns N’ Roses released the long-awaited album Chinese Democracy in 2008 which, at an estimated fourteen million dollars in production costs, made it the most expensive album to ever be produced in music history. It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 but underwhelmed industry expectations, despite mostly positive critical reception.

Guns N’ Roses have been credited with reviving the mainstream popularity of rock ‘n’ roll, at a time when popular music was dominated by dance music and pop metal. Their late 1980s and early 1990s years have been described as the period in which they brought forth a “hedonistic rebelliousness” reminiscent of the early Rolling Stones, a reputation that had earned them the nickname “The Most Dangerous Band in the World” The band’s classic lineup, along with later members Reed and drummer Matt Sorum, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, their first year of eligibility.

Matt Sorum was also a member of the Cult  after he met Billy Duffy and  Ian Astbury.  As early as The Cult’s debut single “Spiritwalker”, Duffy began establishing a distinctive  sound and helped change the bands sound for the release of the album Love in 1985, which included singles such as “She Sells Sanctuary” and “Rain”. In the late 1980s, the band dropped their post-punk sound in favour of  metal-blues with their third album, 1987′s Electric, which contained wonderful songs like “Fire Woman” “Li’l Devil” “Love Removal Machine“& “Wild Flower. credit for this change also goes to producer and AC/DC fan Rick Rubin who gave both Duffy and The Cult a new musical direction polished the new sound and also produced the album.

In 1988 they recorded Sonic Temple, which appealed to a larger, mainstream audience, but the public’s attention could not be sustained with their next album, Ceremony, at the dawn of the grunge age. Following the ‘Ceremonial Stomp’ tour of 1992, Astbury pressured Duffy to return to their roots, with The Cult’s The Cult album. This led to Astbury’s departure  in1995.Duffy reformed The Cult with Astbury in 1999,  and the album Beyond Good and Evil was released. Sadly this did not do very well and the band split, reforming again In 2006,  to perform a series of worldwide tours. In October 2007, the band released the album Born into This. In July 2009, Astbury announced that The Cult would not record or produce any more studio albums, focusing on LPs and Digital Releases instead for new material, and Their latest album, Choice of Weapon, was released on 22 May 2012.