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Maxi Jazz(Faithless)

Maxi Jazz, British rapper with the band Faithless waws born 14th June 1957. Faithless was a British electronica band consisting of Maxi Jazz, Sister Bliss and Rollo. The group is best known for their dance songs (“Insomnia”, “God Is a DJ” and “We Come 1″). Faithless recorded six albums. During their career they sold over 15 million records worldwide. The band have now officially split up after the climax of their Passing The Baton dates at Brixton Academy which was on the 7 and 8 April 2011.

The band was formed in early 1995, and their debut single “Salva Mea (Save Me)” was released in July that year. Jazz acted as a vocalist, whilst Bliss constructed most of the music herself electronically, but also played the piano, violin, saxophone and bass guitar. Rollo heads and produces the band. Lead female vocals for many of their songs are performed by Pauline Taylor, who also performed lead vocals for singles by Rollo released under his monikers Rollo Goes Mystic and Rollo Goes Spiritual. Albums released by Faithless include Reverence (which reached number 26), Sunday 8Pm, Outrospective and No Roots all released between 1996 and 2004, with a greatest hits compilation album out in 2005 In light of their dance roots, each of the four studio albums has also been followed with a subsequent bonus disc of remixes. Their fifth album, To All New Arrivals, was released in 2006. Album number six, The Dance, was released on 16 May 2010, after a four year recording break for the band.




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best known for the humorous travelogue Three Men in a Boat, the English Writer and Humourist Jerome K Jerome, sadlly passed away 14th June 1927. born 2nd May 1859 in Caldmore, Walsall, England, he moved to London, where He attended St Marylebone Grammar School. 14 June 1927). The young Jerome wished to go into politics or be a man of letters, but the death of his father at age 13, and his mother at age 15, forced him to quit his studies and find work to support himself. He was employed at the London and North Western Railway, initially collecting coal that fell along the railway, and remained there for four years.In 1877, inspired by his older sister Blandina’s love for the theatre, Jerome decided to try his hand at acting, under the stage name Harold Crichton.

He joined a repertory troupe that produced plays on a shoestring budget, Jerome was penniless at the time. After three years on the road and with no evident success, the 21-year-old Jerome decided he’d had enough with stage life, and sought other occupations. He tried to become a journalist, writing essays, satires and short storie, but most of these were rejected. Over the next few years he was a school teacher, a packer, and a solicitor’s clerk. Finally, in 1885, he had some success with On the Stage — and Off, a comic memoir of his experiences with the acting troupe. Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, a collection of humorous essays, followed in 1886. On 21 June 1888, Jerome married Georgina Elizabeth Henrietta Stanley Marris (a.k.a. Ettie), nine days after she had divorced her first husband. She had a daughter from her previous, five-year marriage, nicknamed Elsie (her actual name was also Georgina). The honeymoon took place on the Thames “in a little boat,” a fact which was to have a significant influence on his next, and most important work, Three men in a boatt.which Jerome sat down to write as soon as the couple returned from their honeymoon. In the novel, his wife was replaced by his longtime friends George Wingrave (George) and Carl Hentschel (Harris). This allowed him to create comic situations which were nonetheless intertwined with the history of the Thames region. The book, published in 1889, became an instant success and is still in print. Its popularity was such that the number of registered Thames boats went up fifty percent in the year following its publication, and it contributed significantly to the Thames becoming a tourist attraction.

The book has also been adapted to movies, TV and radio shows, stage plays, and even a musical. Its writing style influenced many humorists and satirists in England and elsewhere. Following on from this success Jerome dedicated all of his time to writing and wrote a number of plays, essays and novels, but was never able to recapture the success of Three Men in a Boat.In 1898, a short stay in Germany inspired Three Men on the Bummel, the sequel to Three Men in a Boat. While reintroducing the same characters in the setting of a foreign bicycle tour, the book was unable to capture the life-force and historic roots of its predecessor, and only enjoyed a mild success. In 1902 he published the novel Paul Kelver, which is widely regarded as autobiographical. His 1908 play The Passing of the Third Floor Back introduced a more sombre and religious Jerome. This was a tremendous commercial success but was condemned by critics.During World War I, he volunteered as an ambulance driver for the French Army but this experience was said to have dampened his spirit, as did the death in 1921 of his stepdaughter, Elsie. In 1926, Jerome published his autobiography, My Life and Times. Shortly afterwards, the Borough of Walsall conferred on him the title Freeman of the Borough. During these last years, Jerome spent more time at his farmhouse in Ewelme near Wallingford.

Sadly in June 1927 Jerome suffered a paralytic stroke and a cerebral haemorrhage during a motoring tour and lay in Northampton General Hospital for two weeks before succumbing on 14 June. He was cremated at Golders Green and his ashes buried at St Mary’s Church, Ewelme, Oxfordshire. Elsie, Ettie, and his sister Blandina are buried beside him. His legacy lives on in the form of a French graphic novel series named Jérôme K. Jérôme Bloche after the author and There is a street named after him called Jerome Road in Alumwell and Walsall Museum has some of Jerome’s writing equipment on permanent display.

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English writer G.K Chesterton sadlyy passed away 14 June 1936. born 29th May 1874, He published works on philosophy, ontology, poetry, plays, journalism, public lectures and debates, literary and art criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, and fiction, including fantasy and detective fiction. Chesterton has been called the “prince of paradox”. Time magazine, in a review of a biography of Chesterton, observed of his writing style: “Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories— first carefully turning them inside out.” For example, Chesterton wrote “Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.”Chesterton is well known for his reasoned apologetics and even some of those who disagree with him have recognized the universal appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man.Chesterton, as a political thinker, cast aspersions on both progressivism and conservatism, saying, “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.”

Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an “orthodox” Christian, and came to identify such a position more and more with Catholicism, eventually converting to Roman Catholicism from High Church Anglicanism. George Bernard Shaw, Chesterton’s “friendly enemy” according to Time, said of him, “He was a man of colossal genius”. Biographers have identified him as a successor to such Victorian authors as Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, John Henry Cardinal Newman, and John Ruskin.Among his best known works are The Napoleon of Notting Hill, Heretics, Charles Dickens: A Critical Study, The Man Who Was Thursday, Orthodoxy, Manalive, Father Brown short stories (detective fiction), Eugenics and Other Evils, Saint Francis of Assisi (1923), Doubleday, The Everlasting Man & Saint Thomas Aquinas. A lot of these can also be found on the Project Gutenberg Website.

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Trooping the Colour


The annual pageantry and splendour which constitutes Trooping The Colour took place on Saturday 14 June 2014. Troopingthe Colour Marks the official birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and is believed to have been performed first during the reign of Charles II then in 1748 it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign and it has been an annual event since 1760.

this year it was the turn of Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards to troop the colour, presented to them by Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace, last June. Resplendant in crimson silk, the colour carries 45 of the Regiment’s 77 battle honours, dating back to 1680 and up to the Gulf War of 1991. this year’s event was also of particular significance to all those who have served in Britain’s Armed Forces, being the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War It is also the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Campaign and the subsequent liberation of Nijmegen, after which this year’s Escort is named. Next year is the 200th anniversary of Waterloo, the battle at which the Grenadiers earned their name. The event was attended by The Prince of Wales, who is Colonel of the Welsh Guards, the Princess Royal, who is Colonel of the Blues and Royals, and the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, who were all on horseback for the ceremony.The Duchess of Cambridge, arrived in a coach alongside the Duchess of Cornwall. HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh left Buckingham Palace at 10.45am and rode down the Mall in Queen Victoria’s 1842 ivory mounted phaeton, drawn by a pair of matching grey horses throughout Admiralty Arch onto Horseguards Parade. The Sovereign’s Escort, consisted of troops of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and the Mounted Bands, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals, accompanied by the Massed Bands of the Household Cavalry The event was observed by Prince Harry. Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. The Prime Minster David Cameron and his wife Sam Cameron also attended among other dignitaries.

In total there were more than 200 horses on parade, and more than 400 musicians from all the Household Division Bands & Corps of Drums including The Drum Horses of the Mounted Band. Other members of the Armed Services taking part in the Trooping of the Colour included the Household Cavalry, the Coldstream Guards, The Irish Guards, the Blues and Royals, the Scots Guards, the Grenadier Guards, the Royal Horse Artillery the Foot Guards and The Mounted band. The Household Cavalry, Royal Horse Artillery, and Foot Guards are among the oldest regiments in the British Army and have served as the personal bodyguards of the sovereign since the monarchy was restored in 1660. Music for the event included the traditional National Anthem, Les Huguenots, British Grenadiers Slow March, Hazelmere, the Grand March from Rienzi by Wagner, Men of Harlech, Scipio by Handel, Figaro, The Champion, Highland Laddie and Voice of the Guns. The occasion was marked by a traditional 41 Gun Royal Salute from Green Park, (21 gun salute to mark the Queen’s official birthday and another 20 gun salute because it takes place in a Royal park.) the Headquarter Squadron of the Honourable Artillery Company also fired a 62-gun salute at 1pm, in front of Inspecting Officer Colonel Robert Murphy, the Master Gunner from the Tower of London.

fter the Trooping of the Colour the royal party made their way back through Admiralty Arch, up TheMall and back to Buckingham Palace. On her return to Buckingham Palace The Queen took the salute as the Guards Divisions marched past. The Changing of the Guard ceremony then took place with the new guard being formed by the men of the Escort to the Colour. This was followed shortly afterwards by three generations of the Royal Family appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to witness the flypast by the Royal Airforce, which Included Merlin, Puma and Chinook Support Helicopters, the Douglas Dakota from the Battle of Britain Memorial flight, the Avro Lancaster, flanked by 2 Spitfire Mk9 from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, an E3a Sentry, a C 17 Globemaster, flanked by three Eurofighter Typhoons and three Tornado GR3s and a display by the Red Arrows.