And now for something completely Different

They’re not dead – just resting: The five surviving members of cult comedy group Monty Python will reunite for a brand new stage show. based on Monty Python’s flying circus . The five surviving members John Cleese, 74, Terry Gilliam, 72, Terry Jones, 71, Eric Idle, 70, and Michael Palin, 70, will appear in the show,although details have not yet been released the news will thrill fans of Monty Python, An official press conference is scheduled to take place this Thursday at the The Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End, where Python’s Spamalot, the hit musical inspired by their 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is currently running.

Rising to success in the late Sixites with their surreal sketch show Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the comedy troupe achieved comedy stardom in the Seventies with a string of movies, including Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life and went on to influence a generation of comedy writers and illustrators, The Python’s subsequently went on to successful solo careers as actors, directors and/or writers. But following the death of Graham Chapman in 1989, a full-on reunion became less likely. They did make an appearance at the Aspen Comedy Fest in 1998 and the five surviving Pythons members came together for the 30th anniversary of Flying Circus, with a brand new special, Python Night, that aired on the BBC in 1999.Though British tabloid the Sun broke the story, Eric Idle all but confirmed the reunion on Twitter

The surreal TV series Monty Python’s Flying Circus was first broadcast in 1969There were 45 episodes of Python broadcast between 1969 and 1974, making stars of the young troupe, and changing the face of British comedy forever’ The Pythons went on to make films including Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975) and Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979).  They last performed live together in Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl in 1982.Their final film, Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life, released the following year, was the last time the six Pythons worked together on a full-time project.Sixth Python Graham Chapman died of cancer in 1989, prompting fears the group would never reunite, and since then the remaining members of the group have talked down any speculation that they might get back together.A reunion featuring an American tour was discussed in 1999, but it never went ahead, and in 2003 John Cleese appeared to rule out a reunion altogether, saying it was ‘absolutely impossible’ even to get a majority of the surviving comedians in a room together.He said Palin, who makes travel programmes, was always away, Idle was based in Los Angeles, Gilliam was busy fund-raising, and Jones was busy with a variety of occupations.The musical Spamalot, based on Python’s film Holy Grail, has filled a gap for fans of their offbeat comedy, but news of their reunion will be greeted with enthusiasm by Python fans around the world.A spokesman for the Pythons remained tight-lipped on what form the reunion would take, and whether they would perform live, in a TV special or film.

International Men’s Day

International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated on 19 November. Inaugurated in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago, the day and its events find support from a variety of individuals and groups in Australia, the Caribbean, North AMerica, Asia, Europe and Africa.Speaking on behalf of UNESCO, Director of Women and Culture of Peace Ingeborg Breines said of IMD, “This is an excellent idea and would give some gender balance.” She added that UNESCO was looking forward to cooperating with the organizersThe objectives of celebrating an International Men’s Day include focusing on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models It is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic humanitarian values International Men’s Day is celebrated in over 60 countries including Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Australia, India, China, United States, Romania, Singapore, Malta, United Kingdom, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Seychelles, Burundi, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Ghana, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, France, Italy, Pakistan, Cuba, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Grenada and Cayman Islands, on 19 November, and global support for the celebration is broad.

Calls for an International Men’s Day have been noted since at least the 1960s when it was reported that “many men have been agitating privately to make 23 Feb International Men’s Day, th equivalent of 8 March, which is International Women’s Day”ln the Soviet Union this has beenThe Red Army and Navy Day since 1922 and was later renamedDefender of the Fatherland Day. The date was informally viewed a male couterpart of Women’s Day (8 March) in some territories of the Union, however due to the day’s limited focus to historical events some countries of the former union have moved to adopt the more ‘male specific’ 19 November as International Men’s Day, including Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia.

In the early 1990s, organizations in the United States, Australia and Malta held small events in February at the invitation of Professor Thomas Oaster who  successfully promoted the event in 1993 and 1994, but his following attempt in 1995 was poorly attended and he ceased plans to continue the event in subsequent years.Australians also ceased to observe the event (until they re-established it in 19 November 2003), whilst the Maltese Association for Men’s Rights continued as the only country that continued to observe the event each year in February. As the only remaining country still observing the original February date, the Maltese AMR Committee voted in 2009 to shift the date of their observation to 19 November to be in synchrony with all other countries which had begun to celebrate IMD on that date. While International Men’s and Women’s Day are considered together as ‘gender focussed’ events they are not ideological mirror images, as both events highlight issues considered unique to men or to women. The history of IMD is primarily concerned with celebrating issues considered unique to men’s and boys experiences, and the emphasis on positive role models “is deemed necessary in a social context which is often fascinated with images of males behaving badly… In highlighting positive male role models IMD attempts to show that males of all ages respond much more energetically to positive role models than they do to negative stereotyping

According to its creators, International Men’s Day is a time to promote positive aspects of male identity based on the premise that ‘males of all ages respond more energetically to positive role models than they do to negative gender stereotyping’. During past years the method of commemorating International Men’s Day included public seminars, classroom activities at schools, radio and television programs, peaceful displays and marches, debates, panel discussions, award ceremonies, and art displaysThe manner of observing this annual day is optional, and any appropriate forums can be used. Early pioneers of IMD reminded that the day is not intended to compete against International Women’s Day, but is for the purpose of highlighting men’s experiences.

In 2009 the following broad objectives were ratified as a basis for all International Men’s Day observations, and are applied equally to men and boys irrespective of their age, ability, social background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious belief and relationship status:To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sportsmen but everyday, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment.To focus on men’s health and wellbeing; social, emotional, physical and spiritual.To highlight discrimination against men; in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law.To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.To create a safer, better world; where people can live free from harm and grow to reach their full potential  According to Men’s Activism News Network, International Men’s Day also interfaces with “Movember” – a worldwide moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health, one of the key themes promoted on IMD. It also interfaces with Universal Children’s Day on 20 November and forms a 48-hour celebration firstly of men, then children respectively, with a recognition of the bonds between them

Matt Sorum (GUNS’ N’ROSES &the Cult)

appetitefordestructionMatt 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 JungleThe 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.

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.