Monthly Archives: December, 2012

New Years Eve

In the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Eve, the last day of the year, is on December 31. In many countries, New Year’s Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink alcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks to mark the new year. Some people attend Church services. The celebrations generally …

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Danny McNamara (Embrace)

Danny McNamara, the lead singer with the band Embrace was born 31st December 1970. Embrace are an English band from Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse, West Yorkshire and consists of brothers singer Danny McNamara and guitarist Richard McNamara, bassist Steve Firth, keyboardist Mickey Dale, and drummer Mike Heaton.The band was begun in a small outbuilding at the bottom …

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Andy Summers (The Police)

Andy Summers, British guitarist with rock band The Police was born December 31st 1942. Formed in London in 1977.The Police consisted of Sting (lead vocals, bass), Andy Summers (guitar) and Stewart Copeland (drums). The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and are generally regarded as one of the first New Wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock that was …

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Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith)

Tom Hamilton, The Bass Player with rock Band Aerosmith celebrates his birthday on  31st December. Sometimes referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston” and “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.”  The band was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam …

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Tribute to the late great Donna Summer

Best known for energetic pulsating dance hits such as “Hot Stuff”, “ I Feel Love, Bad Girls” and “Last Dance”. Donna Summer was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines on 31st December 1948. She was brought up as one of seven children of a devoutly Christian family, and had learned to sing in the church choir, and began performing professionally …

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Jobsworths’ jargon and what it really means

Your letter has been carefully considered and its contents noted = I haven’t looked at it. A full survey of the problem has been put in hand = Nothing will be done. I assure you that action will be taken as soon as possible = Nothing will ever be done. Urgent action will be taken …

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Life of Pi

Directed by the Oscar-winning director of Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee and Based on Yann Martel’s bestselling Mann Booker Prize winning 2001 novel, Life of Pi (Which is on my list of novels to read) has been described as is a Magnificent and moving film which starts with adult Pi (Irrfan Khan) recounting the incredible experiences …

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Les Misérables

Directed by King’s Speech Oscar winner Tom Hooper the film adaptation of Les Misérables has been described as a feast for the eyes and ears, which overflows with humour, heartbreak, heroism, rousing action and ravishing romance. It is adapted from Victor Hugo’s massive 1862 novel spun around the 1832 Paris student uprising And the stage …

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Srinivasa Ramanujan

Researchers have finally solved the cryptic deathbed puzzle which renowned Indian mathematician  Srinivasa Ramanujan claimed came to him in dreams. Born 22nd December and described as a raw genius, he overcame many hurdles to find a place among the celebrated intellectuals of Cambridge, despite failing the college course in India twice. While on his death-bed …

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Bureaucrats: How To Annoy Them

Best remembered as the motor-mouthed frontman of The Sky At Night ,Sir Patrick Moore, who sadly passed away recently aged 89, had another side, as a self-appointed scourge of bureaucracy. In 1981, and under the pen-name R. T. Fishall, he published an irreverent guide to causing havoc and taking vengeance on the people who were burying Britain under paperwork …

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