Great British Locomotives

Being fascinated by Steam Engines and living near the Severn Valley Railway, I have developed a taste for Steam Locomtives. so I have decided I would like to get Great British Locomotives which builds into an encyclopaedia detailing the histories, development and specifications of many well known British Locomotives. Starting from the the development of early locomotive from pioneers like Trevithick and Stephenson, to the heyday of British Steam, the Big Four, Nationalisation and up to the dawn of the Diesel Electric Locomotives and beyond.

Over the years I have seen many of these locomotives in the metal at various Steam Galas, but sadly I haven’t been able to get down there lately, so I think I must be getting withdrawal symptoms, lol. Anyway Each issue comes out fortnightly and features precision built 00-gauge models of a famous locomotive plus a Free set of DVD’s if you subscribe. Having looked at the prices It May get expensive and the money you spend could be used to visit Dai Woodham’s and buy a full size locomotive and restore that instead, lol. AnywayLocomotives featured in the series include.

  • LNER 4492 4-6-2 A4 Pacific class “Mallard”
  • LNER Gresley 4472 4-6-2 A3 pacific Class “Flying Scotsman”
  • LMS Stanier 4-6-2 Duchess Pacific Coronation class
  • Southern Railways “Schools Class” “Stowe”
  • Churchward GWR 2-8-0 2800 goods class
  • LMS Stanier 4-6-2 Stanier 5mt “Black Five” class
  • midland Railway Compound  locomotive no1000
  • Stephenson’s Rocket
  • GWR no 3442/3717 4-4-0 City of Truro
  • Gresley 2-6-0 k3 Mogul class “the Great Marquess”
  • West Country 4-6-2 Pacific class
  • LMS Fowler 0-6-0t 3mt “Jinty”

Rare Disease Day

Rare Disease Day is held on the last day of February to raise awareness for rare diseases and improve access to treatment and medical representation for individuals with rare diseases and their families. It was established in 2008 because, according to the European Organization for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS), treatment for many rare diseases is insufficient, as are the social networks to support individuals with rare diseases and their families; furthermore, while there were already numerous days dedicated to sufferers of individual diseases (such as AIDS, cancer, etc.), there had previously not been a day for representing sufferers of rare diseases. In 2009 Rare Disease Day went global as NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders) mobilized 200 rare disease patient advocacy organizations in the United States while organizations in China, Australia, Taiwan, and Latin America also lead efforts in their respective countries to coordinate activities and promote the day. In addition, leading rare disease patient advocacy organizations including the Global Genes Project have joined forces to promote Rare Disease Day.

The first Rare Disease Day was held on 29 February 2008 in numerous European nations and in Canada through the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders, organized by EURORDIS. The date was chosen because February 29 is a “rare day,” and 2008 was the 25th anniversary of the passing of the Orphan Drug Act in the United States. Individuals observing Rare Disease Day took part in walks and press conferences to raise public awareness of rare diseases, organized fundraisers, and wrote en masse to government representatives; health-related non-profit organizations across numerous countries also held events, gatherings, and campaigns. The day also included an open session of the European Parliament specifically dedicated to discussing policy issues relating to rare diseases The days leading up to Rare Disease Day included other policy-related events in numerous locations, such as a reception in the British Parliament where policymakers met with individuals with rare diseases to discuss issues such as “equal access and availability of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

In 2009 Rare Disease Day was observed for the first time in Panama, Colombia, Argentina, Australia, the People’s Republic of China, and the United States, when NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders) signed on to coordinate Rare Disease Day on February 28 and collaborated with media partner The Discovery Channel and program partner Mystery Diagnosis as well about 180 other partners, to organize activities across the country for the observance of Rare Disease Day. Several United States state governments issued proclamations regarding Rare Disease Day. In Europe, over 600 patient advocacy and support organizations, again coordinated by EURORDIS, also planned events. Rare Disease Day 2012 is the fifth to be observed and since 2012 is a leap year, this is the second time the day falls on the originally intended date (February 29, a Wednesday). Each year, the global planning committee, under the leadership of EURORDIS and with NORD as the US representative, selects a theme to be used around the world. For 2012, the theme is “Solidarity” and the slogan is “Rare But Strong Together”. Other members of the global planning committee include representatives from the national rare disease alliances in several European countries. Thousands of patient advocacy organizations have become involved, including more than 600 partners working with NORD in the US to promote Rare Disease Day.

Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones)

The late, great Brian Jones, former member of the rock group The Rolling Stones was born 28th February 1942. The Rolling Stone were formed in London in 1962 When Keith Richards and Mick Jagger who were childhood friends and classmates, discovered that they shared a common intereest in the music of Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. leading to the formation of a band with Dick Taylor (later of Pretty Things). Richards, Taylor, and Jagger found Brian Jones as he sat in playing slide guitar with Alexis Korner’s R&B band, Blues Incorporated,which also had two other future members of the Rolling Stones: Ian Stewart and Charlie Watts  On 12 July 1962 the band played their first gig at the Marquee Club billed as “The Rollin’ Stones”.

lib-rsthe line-up was Jagger, Richards and Jones, along with Stewart on piano, and Mick Taylor on bass. Bassist Bill Wyman joined in December 1962 and drummer Charlie Watts the following January 1963 to form the band’s long-standing rhythm section. Their first single, was a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Come On” and their second single, was “I Wanna Be Your Man”, Their third single, Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away”. The band’s second UK LP – The Rolling Stones No. 2, yielded the singles “The Last Time”, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Get Off of My Cloud”. The third album “Aftermath” was released in 1966, contained the singles “Paint It Black”, the ballad “Lady Jane” “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?” “Goin’ Home” and “Under My Thumb”. 1967 saw the release of “Between the Buttons”, which included the double A-side single “Let’s Spend the Night Together” and “Ruby Tuesday”, and the release of the Satanic Majesties Request LP. the next album, Beggars Banquet was an eclectic mix of country and blues-inspired tunes,featuring the singles “Street Fighting Man” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Sympathy for the Devil. The Stones next album Let It Bleed featured the song “Gimmie Shelter”, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” “Midnight Rambler” and “Love in Vain”. The next album Sticky Finger was released in 1971.and featured an elaborate cover design by Andy Warhol, and contains the hits, “Brown Sugar”, and “Wild Horses”.

album-Rolling-Stones-Exile-On-Main-StreetThe Stones classic double album, Exile on Main St. was released in May 1972. their follow-up album Goats Head Soup, featured the hit “Angie”. Their next album was 1974′s It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Some Girls, which included the hit single “Miss You”, the country ballad “Far Away Eyes”, “Beast of Burden”, and “Shattered”. The band released their next albums Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You in 1980 which featured the single “Start Me Up”. in 1982 the Rolling Stones toured Europe to commemorate their 20th anniversary and released their next album Undercover in late 1983. In 1986′s the album Dirty Work was released,which contained the song “Harlem Shuffle”.The next album “Steel Wheels” included the singles “Mixed Emotions”, “Rock and a Hard Place”, “Almost Hear You Sigh” and “Continental Drift”. their next studio album 1994′s Voodoo Lounge,went double platinum in the US. and went on to win the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.The Rolling Stones ended the 1990s with the album Bridges to Babylon which was released in 1997. In 2002, the band released Forty Licks, a greatest hits double album, to mark their forty years as a band. On 12th November 2012 The Rolling Stones released the album Grrrr  to celebrate their 50th anniversary and have also made a documentary called Crossfire Hurricane.  The Rolling Stones are one of the of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music and In early 1989, the Rolling Stones, including Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart (posthumously), were inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Q magazine also named them one of the “50 Bands To See Before You Die”, and popular consensus has accorded them the title of the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.” Rolling Stone magazine ranked them 4th on their “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list.

Gravity

I would like to watch Gravity again which is hotly tipped to win anOscar or two at this years Academy Awards and it is also released on DVD ON Monday 3 March 2014. It stars Sandra Bullock, as Bio-medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone, a Mission Specialist on her first space shuttle mission, STS-157, who is accompanied by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), who is commanding his final expedition, to service the Hubble Telescope. However during the final spacewalk to service the Hubble Space Telescope,Mission Control in Houston warns Stone and Kowalski that debris from a Russian missile strike on a defunct satellite has caused a chain reaction of destruction and there is a field of debris hurtling rapidly towards the Space Shuttle at high speed and they must abort the mission.

Shortly afterward, communications from Mission Control are lost, though Stone and Kowalski continue to transmit in hopes that the ground crew can hear them. Then when High-speed debris damages the space shuttle Explorer Stone tumbles out of control away from it. Kowalski rescues Stone and Tethered together, the two make their way back to Explorer, which they discover has been damaged far beyond usability, and the rest of the crew are dead. So They decide to  try and make their way to the International Space Station (ISS), which is in orbit only about 100 km (60 mi) away. But this is fraught with danger and Kowalski estimates they only have 90 minutes before the debris field completes an orbit and threatens them again and they face both a race against time to find safety nearly 400 miles above the Earth, with no one to help…

The film was directed by Alphonso Cuarón, cinematography was by Emmanuel Lubezki and visual-effects were by effects wizard Tim Webber . The script, is by Cuarón and his son Jonás.This movie offers thrills, humor, dazzle, disaster, poetic vision and mythic reach. Whereas Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey set the bar for philosophical exploration of an unknowable universe by gazing outward. With deceptive simplicity, Gravity looks inward at something closer at hand but just as profound: the intricacies of the human heart. Cuarón’s artistry is also evident in films as diverse as Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (the third and best of the Potter series) and the indisputably brilliant Children of Men.

Neal Schon (Journey, Bad English and Santana)

American guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Neal George Joseph Schon (born February 27, 1954. He is best known for his work with the bands Journey and Bad English. He is Journey’s only constant member, having participated in every album and tour to date. He was also a member of the rock band Santana before forming Journey.Schon was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame on August 23, 2013.vSchon was born at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma Schon first picked up the guitar at “around the age of five.”A quick learner, he joined Santana as a teenager at 15.Schon has said he was asked by Eric Clapton to join Derek and the Dominos,but that he joined Santana instead, and performed on the album Santana III. Schon also played in Azteca before moving on in 1973 to form Journey, a group he continues to lead as of late 2013.Schon’s guitar style has been describedas soulful, taking inspiration from 1960s-era soul singers such as Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, and blending it with blues runs similar to B. B. King. He was influenced by guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana and Wes Montgomery.

JOURNEY GREATEST HITS http://youtu.be/QzGrAoMA4s4

SANTANA III http://youtu.be/FMCMdjVhcL8

In addition to his five solo albums and 14 studio albums with Journey, his work also includes: a pair of albums with keyboardist Jan Hammer, short-term collaborations withSammy Hagar (HSAS and Planet Us) and Paul Rodgers, stints with Bad English (a supergroup that featured Journey’s Jonathan Cain and Deen Castronovo and Jonathan Cain’s former Babys bandmates John Waite and Ricky Phillips) and Hardline (which also featured Deen Castronovo). Even as Journey’s latest lineup plays to a still-faithful body of fans, Schon has immersed himself in side projects such as Piranha Blues (1999) and “Black Soup Cracker” a funk outfit that features former Prince associates Rosie Gaines and Michael Bland, and more recently Soul SirkUS withJeff Scott Soto.

Schon can be heard on other albums including three tracks on Michael Bolton’s The Hunger, with the Schon sound most recognizable on “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”. He also joined Larry Graham to play in an all-star band for cult funk artist and ex-wife of Miles Davis,Betty Davis. In addition, Schon (along with then Journey manager Herbie Herbert) also contributed to Lenny White’s 1977 album “Big City”, specifically the instrumental jam “And we meet again”

Oscar nominations 2014 (Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences)

The Academy of Motion Picture, arts and Sciences Awards (The Oscars) takes place on Sunday 2 March 2014. The full list of Oscar nominations for 2014 is as follows.

  • BEST PICTURE: 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, Barnebys Gravity, Philomena The Wolf of Wall Street Nebraska, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club.
  • BEST DIRECTOR: David O Russell – American Hustle Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity Alexander Payne – Nebraska Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street
  • BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Christian Bale – American Hustle Bruce Dern – Nebraska Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
  • bEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine Amy Adams – American Hustle Sandra Bullock – Gravity Judi Dench – Philomena Meryl Streep – August Osage County
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Bradley Cooper – American Hustle Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine Julia Roberts – August Osage County June Squibb – Nebraska
  • BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: Despicable Me 2 Frozen The Croods Ernest & Celestine The Wind Rises
  • BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke – Before Midnight Billy Ray – Captain Phillips Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope – Philomena John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave Terence Winter – The Wolf of Wall Street
  • BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Eric Warren Singer and David O Russell – American Hustle Woody Allen – Blue Jasmine Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack – Dallas Buyers Club Spike Jonze – Her Bob Nelson – Nebraska
  • BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: The Great Beauty (Italy) The Hunt (Denmark) The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium) The Missing Picture (Cambodia) Omar (Palestine)
  • BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
  • Let It Go – Frozen
  • Ordinary Love – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • Alone Yet Not Alone – Alone Yet Not Alone
  • Happy – Despicable Me 2
  • The Moon Song – Her
  • BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: The Book Thief Gravity Her Philomena Saving Mr Banks
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: The Act of Killing Cutie and the Boxer Dirty Wars The Square 20 Feet from Stardom
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT: SaveDigger Facing Fear Karama Has No Walls The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
  • BEST FILM EDITING: American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity 12 Years a Slave
  • BEST MAKE-UP & HAIRSTYLING: Dallas Buyers Club Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa The Lone Ranger
  • BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED): Feral Get a Horse! Mr Hublot Possessions Room on the Broom
  • BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION): Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me) Avant Que De Tour Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything) Helium Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) The Voorman Problem
  • BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: American Hustle Gravity The Great Gatsby Her 12 Years a Slave
  • BEST SOUND EDITING: All Is Lost Captain Phillips Gravity The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Lone Survivor
  • BEST SOUND MIXING: Captain Phillips Gravity The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Inside Llewyn Davis Lone Survivor
  • BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Gravity The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Iron Man 3 The Lone Ranger Star Trek Into Darkness
  • BEST COSTUME DESIGN American Hustle The Grandmaster The Great Gatsby The Invisible Woman 12 Years a Slave
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY The Grandmaster Gravity Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska Prisoners

Ronnie Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Ronnie van Zant, the lead singer with Lynyrd Skynyrd was born 27th February 1959. Best known for popularizing the Southern hard rock genre during the 1970s Lynyrd Skynyrd were Originally formed In the summer of 1964, when teenage friends Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, and Gary Rossington formed the band “The Noble Five” in Jacksonville, Florida. The band changed in 1965 to “My Backyard”, when Larry Junstrom and Bob Burns joined. In 1968, the group won a local Battle of the Bands contest and the opening slot on several Southeast shows for the California-based psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock. the group eventually settled on the name “Leonard Skinner”, a mocking tribute to a physical-education teacher at Robert E. Lee High School, Leonard Skinner, who was notorious for strictly enforcing the school’s policy against boys having long hair.

During the 1970′s the band experienced many line-up changes and in 1972 the band was discovered at one of their shows at a club in Atlanta, GA. They soon changed the spelling of their name to “Lynyrd Skynyrd”and their fan base continued to grow rapidly throughout 1973, largely due to their opening slot on The Who’s Quadrophenia tour in the United States. Their 1974 follow-up, Second Helping, was the band’s breakthrough hit, and featured their most popular single, “Sweet Home Alabama” helping them rise to worldwide recognition. Lynyrd Skynyrd’s third album, Nuthin’ Fancy, was released in 1975 and the fourth album Gimme Back My Bullets was released in January 1976, but did not achieve the same success as the previous two albums. Steve Gaines joined the band in June 1976 and the newly-reconstituted band recorded the double-live album One More From the Road at the Fox Theatre (Atlanta, Georgia) in Atlanta, and performed at the Knebworth festival, which also featured The Rolling Stones. The next album 1977′s Street Survivors turned out to be a showcase for guitarist/vocalist Steve Gaines and included the iconic rock anthem “Free Bird”.

Sadly though, On October 20, 1977, just three days after the release of Street Survivors, and at the peak of their success, three members (Including Gaines) all died in an airplane crash, Following the crash and the ensuing press, Street Survivors became the band’s second platinum album and reached No. 5 on the U.S. album chart. The single “What’s Your Name” reached No. 13 on the single airplay charts in January 1978. Surviving members re-formed in 1987 for a reunion tour with lead singer Ronnie Van Zant’s younger brother Johnny as frontman. A version of the band continues to tour and record, with only Gary Rossington of its original members remaining as of 2012. Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006