Killers Direct Hits Deluxe Edition

Ive been listening to Direct Hits’ the greatest hits compilation album by American rock band The Killers, which Was released on November 11, 2013 . The album includes singles from the band’s four studio albums to date, and features two new tracks, “Shot at the Night” and “Just Another Girl”, produced by M83 and Stuart Price, respectively.

Direct Hits does not include the singles, “Bones”, “Tranquilize”, “The World We Live In” or “Here With Me”, or the popular and critically acclaimed non-single from the band’s debut album, Hot Fuss, “Jenny Was a Friend of Mine”. Meanwhile Battle Born album track, “The Way It Was”, included on the track listing, was not released as a single. A further Battle Born album track, “Be Still”, is included as the closing track on the deluxe edition. Flowers states: “In this climate that we’re in, or whatever you want to call it, people pick and choose songs, and I think in the confusion of that process, they sometimes don’t know about certain songs. This is one that we’re very proud of and that we love, so we felt it would have more of a chance if we put it on the record.”

In 2013, during the band’s Battle Born World Tour, The Killers began recording new material for a possible single release or new studio album. In The track “Shot at the Night” was produced by M83 recording artist Anthony Gonzalez, who IS one of these new school producers. He’s a technical wizard and had previously supported the band on their Day & Age World Tour. Regarding the band’s collaboration with Gonzalez, vocalist Brandon Flowers stated, “you can’t discount his musicality. A lot of people do, because of the involvement of computers, but he’s a real musician, too. He and Stuart Price may be known for working on the digital side of things, but they’re also two of the most musical guys I’ve ever met.”Stuart Price, who had previously worked with the band on both their third studio album,Day & Age (2008), and on the Battle Born (2012) track, “Miss Atomic Bomb”, produced the second of the two new songs, “Just Another Girl”.

  • Mister Brightside
  • Somebody told me
  • Smile like you mean it
  • All these things that I’ve done
  • When you were young
  • Read my mind
  • For reasons unknown
  • Human
  • Spaceman
  • A dustland fairytale
  • Runaways
  • Miss Atomic Bomb
  • The way it was
  • Shot at the night
  • Just Another Girl
  • Mr Brightside (original demo)
  • When you were young (Calvin Harris remix)
  • Be still

Tribute to Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky was born 11 November 1821 in the Mariinsky hospital in Moscow, Russia. He was introduced to literature at an early age – fairy tales and legends, as well as books by English, French, German and Russian authors. His mother’s sudden death in 1837 devastated him. At around the same time, he left school to enter the Nikolayev Military Engineering Institute. Once he graduated, he worked as an engineer and briefly enjoyed a liberal lifestyle.He soon began to translate books to earn extra money. Around the mid-1840s he wrote his first novel, Poor Folk, allowing him to join St Petersburg’s literary circles. He also wrote short stories and essays which explore human psychology in the troubled political, social and spiritual context of 19th-century Russia. Although Dostoyevsky began writing books in the mid-1840s, his most remembered are from his last years, including Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov.

He wrote eleven novels, three novellas, seventeen short novels and three essays, and has been acknowledged by many literary critics as one of the greatest and most prominent psychologists in universal literature.In 1849 he was arrested for his involvement with the Petrashevsky Circle, a secret, however society of liberal utopians as well as a literary discussion group. He and other members were condemned to death, but the penalty proved to be a mock execution and the sentence was commuted to four years’ hard labour in Siberia. After his release, Dostoyevsky was forced to serve as a soldier, but was discharged from the military due to his ill health.In the following years Dostoyevsky worked as a journalist, publishing and editing several magazines of his own and later a serial, A Writer’s Diary. When he began to travel around western Europe, his finances suffered because of his gambling addiction and he had to face the humiliation of begging for money. He suffered from epilepsy throughout his adult life. But through sheer energy and the volume of his work, he eventually became one of the most widely read and renowned Russian writers.

Sadly though Dostoyevsky passed away on 9th February 1881, however His books remain popular and have been translated into more than 170 languages and sold around 15 million copies. He has also influenced a vast range of writers, from Anton Chekhov and James Joyce to Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre and Ayn Rand, to name but a few.

Armistice Day

PoppyDividerNovember 11th is Armistice Day  . When we remember the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who fought during World War I and II,  to protect the freedoms which today, we take for granted.  Church Services are also held on Remembrance Sunday  in order to remember the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who fought and died during World War I and II. In order To commemorate Armistice   day and Remembrance Sunday, .It is only when you visit the cemeteries and battlefields that it possible to comprehend the sheer scale of the loss of life and to understand the futility & horrors of war. It’s also a really sobering experience to see haunting images of the landscape, which even today still bears witness to the tragic events which happened during World War I and II. I also find it interesting listening to the accounts of people who lived through the war and hearing what it was actually like from someone who was actually there at the time. I’ve also seen the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight a few times at the Severn Valley Railway’s popular World War II event and at Cosford and the sight and sound of those magnificent aircraft flying overhead is absolutely fantastic and totally unforgettable. I think It is also fascinating to be able to get up close to World War II planes like the Spitfire, Avro Lincoln, Hawker Hurricane & P51 Mustang at War Museums like RAF Cosford and RAF Duxford and places lile the National memorial Arboretum in Alrewas.

Armistice Day (which overlaps with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day)  commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. While this official date to mark the end of the war reflects the ceasefire on the Western Front, hostilities continued in other regions, especially across the former Russian Empire and in parts of the old Ottoman Empire. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, to commemorate those members of the armed forces who were killed during war. An exception is Italy, where the end of the war is commemorated on 4 November, the day of the Armistice of Villa Giusti.After World War II, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day in the United States and to Remembrance Day in the countries of the British Commonwealth of Nations. Armistice Day remains an official holiday in France and Belgium. Armistice day was declared a holiday because President Wilson felt it was necessary to leave a day to celebrate the end of warsIn many parts of the world, people observe two consecutive minutes moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. local time as a sign of respect in the first minute for the roughly 20 million people who died in the war, and in the second minute dedicated to the living, generally understood to be wives, children and families left behind but deeply affected by the conflict.

This gesture of respect was suggested by Edward George Honey in a letter to a British newspaper, although Wellesley Tudor Pole had established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917. From the outset, many veterans in many countries have also used silence to pay homage to departed comrades. The toast of “Fallen” or “Absent Comrades” has always been honoured in silence at New Zealand veteran functions, while the news of a member’s death has similarly been observed in silence at meetings. Similar ceremonies developed in other countries during the inter-war period. In South Africa, for example, the Memorable Order of Tin Hats had by the late 1920s developed a ceremony whereby the toast of “Fallen Comrades” was observed not only in silence but darkness, all except for the “Light of Remembrance”, with the ceremony ending with the Order’s anthem “Old Soldiers Never Die”. In Australia, meanwhile, the South Australian State Branch of the Returned Sailors & Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia similarly developed during the interwar period a simple ceremony of silence for departed comrades at 9 p.m., presumably to coincide with the traditional 11 a.m. time for Armistice ceremonies taking place in Europe (due to the ten-hour time difference between Eastern Australia and Europe)

.In the United Kingdom, beginning in 1939, the two-minute silence was moved to the Sunday nearest to 11 November in order not to interfere with wartime production should 11 November fall on a weekday. After the end of World War II, most Armistice Day events were moved to the nearest Sunday and began to commemorate both World Wars. The change was made in many Commonwealth countries, as well as the United Kingdom, and the new commemoration was named Remembrance Sunday or Remembrance Day. Both Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are now commemorated formally in the UK. In recent years Armistice Day has become increasingly recognised, and many people now attend the 11am ceremony at the Cenotaph in London – an event organised by The Western Front Association, a UK charity dedicated to perpetuating the memory of those who served in the First World War.