Bridgnorth Carnival and EDGfest

After an absence of around 20 years Bridgnorth Carnival takes place on Saturday 29th June 2013. Featuring Floats and a procession which will set off at 12pm from the livestock Market past Westgate  along Salop Street and Whitburn Street, High Street, West Castle Street decending to Underhill Street along the river side across the bridge before reaching Severn Park.

There will be entertainment in Severn Park including Tug’o’war competitions, a Carnival Queen, sand many stalls selling snacks, drinks, books, homemade produce, home made wine, homemade arts and crafts, toys, fair ground stalls. There will also be live music from 5:30pm until 9:30pm.

There will be more live music on Severn Park the week after when EDGfest takes place on Saturday 6th July at Bridgnorth Rugby Club’s nearby Edgar Davies Rugby ground. Bands playing at this event include UNDER A BANNER, THE CRACKED ACTORS, PRE SLEEP MONOLOGUE, THE RAINBREAKERS, THE AUDIO THEIVES, PARADISE RHODES & CLEAR VYNYL

International Sauntering Day

Sauntering is a verb to describe a style of walking,  slowly preferably with a joyful disposition, and  in order to encourage people to slow down once in a while World Sauntering Day was created. It takes place on th 19th of June each year to remind people to take it easy, smell the roses, enjoy life.and appreciate the world around them instead of rushing through life.

The exact year of its origin is unclear, but it is credited to have begun at Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island) in Michigan during the 1970s. The Grand Hotel has the worlds’ longest porch at 660′ in length, and it was a response by W.T.Rabe to a growing movement toward the recreation of jogging. Sauntering has been spoken of most notably by many of the naturalist writers in history including Henry David Thoreau and John Burroughs.

 

 

 

World Sickle Cell Day 

World Sickle Cell Day occours yearly on 19th June to raise awareness of InteSickle-cell disease (SCD), or sickle-cell anaemia (SCA) or drepanocytosis. This is a hereditary blood disorder, characterized by red blood cells that assume an abnormal, rigid, sickleshape. Sickling decreases the cells’ flexibility and results in a risk of various complications. The sickling occurs because of a mutation in the haemoglobin gene. Individuals with one copy of the defunct gene display both normal and abnormal haemoglobin. This is an example of codominance.Life expectancy is shortened. In 1994, in the US, the average life expectancy of persons with this condition was estimated to be 42 years in males and 48 years in females, but today, thanks to better management of the disease, patients can live into their 70s or beyond.

Sickle-cell disease occurs more commonly among people whose ancestors lived in tropical and sub-tropical sub-saharan regions where malaria is or was common. Where malaria is common, carrying a single sickle-cell gene (sickle cell trait) confers a fitness. Specifically, humans with one of the two alleles of sickle-cell disease show less severe symptoms when infected with malaria.Sickle-cell anaemia is a form of sickle-cell disease in which there is homozygosity for themutation that causes HbS. Sickle-cell anaemia is also referred to as “HbSS”, “SS disease”, “haemoglobin S” or permutations of those names. In heterozygous people, that is, those who have only one sickle gene and one normal adult haemoglobin gene, the condition is referred to as “HbAS” or “sickle cell trait”. Other, rarer forms of sickle-cell disease arecompound heterozygous states in which the person has only one copy of the mutation that causes HbS and one copy of another abnormal haemoglobin allele. They include sickle-haemoglobin C disease (HbSC), sickle beta-plus-thalassaemia (HbS/β+) and sickle beta-zero-thalassaemia (HbS/β0).The term disease is applied because the inherited abnormality causes a pathological condition that can lead to death and severe complications. Not all inherited variants of haemoglobin are detrimental, a concept known as genetic polymorphism

Anne Wilson (HEART)

Anne Wilson the lead singer of Rock Band Heart was born 19th June 1950 Anne and her sister, Nancy, grew up in Southern California and Taiwan before moving to the Seattle suburb of Bellevue.  Wilson was born in San Diego, California. Her father was a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, and she moved frequently. Her family eventually settled in Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle,Washington. Shy because of a stutter, Wilson sought fulfillment in music. In the early 1970s she joined a local band, White Heart, which changed its name to Hocus Pocus, and then in 1974, to Heart.Nancy finished high school, then attended Pacific University in Oregon and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where she majored in art and German literature. She then played solo gigs until 1974 when she quit college and moved to Canada to join her older sister Ann and lead guitarist Roger Fisher, to become the core of the Rock band Heart.

While Ann is the lead singer on the majority of the Heart recordings, Nancy is the lead vocalist on notable tracks like “Treat Me Well”, “These Dreams“, “Stranded“, “There’s the Girl”, and “Will You Be There (In the Morning)” and frequently performs background and harmony vocals on other great songs like Alone and Never. Nancy is the band’s rhythm and lead guitarist. In 1999 Nancy Wilson released the solo live album, Live at McCabe’s Guitar Shop.Nancy Wilson married film director and former Rolling Stone writer Cameron Crowe and she has played a role in composing music for most of Crowe’s films including Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, and Elizabethtown. She had cameo roles in Crowe’s The Wild Life (1984) as David’s wife and Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) credited as “Beautiful Girl in Car”. In 1990, she also contributed to the Say Anything… soundtrack with “All for Love.

In 1992, Ann Wilson appeared on Alice in Chains’ EP Sap; she sang on “Brother”, “Am I Inside” and “Love Song”. In 1993, Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley contributed to vocals on “Ring Them Bells,” a Bob Dylan cover from Heart’s album Desire Walks On. In addition, Alice in Chains bassistMike Inez and touring guitarist Scott Olson appeared on Heart’s 2003 release Alive in Seattle.The Wilson sisters started a recording studio, Bad Animals, in Seattle in the mid-1990s. They formed a side band, The Lovemongers, which performed “The Battle of Evermore” on the 1992 soundtrack to the Cameron Crowe (Nancy’s then husband) movie Singles, and later released a four-song EP. The Lovemongers’ debut album Whirlygig was released in 1997.In 2006, Wilson began recording her first solo album, Hope & Glory, produced by Ben Mink, and released by the Rounder (Zoe) Music Group on September 11, 2007.

That same year, she and sister,Nancy, were on stage for a series of concerts in Las Vegas. Hope & Glory features guest appearances from Elton John, k.d. lang, Alison Krauss, Gretchen Wilson, Shawn Colvin, Rufus Wainwright, Wynonna Judd and Deana Carter. Nancy also contributed. Three singles were released from the project, “Little Problems, Little Lies”, “Isolation” and “Immigrant Song”.The Hope & Glory version of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” is available on Wilson’s official MySpace page, and charted as “the No. 9 most podcasted song of 2007” on the PMC Top10’s annual countdown.Wilson joined producer Alan Parsons in the 2001 live tribute tour to Beatles music called A Walk Down Abbey Road.On November 22, 2012, Wilson sang an original arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, accompanied by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, at the beginning of the Thanksgiving Day football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Composer Gary Fry created the arrangement specifically for its premiere performance by Wilson and the DSO