Fred Dibnah MBE

Charismatic Engineer, Steeplejack and British television personality Fred Dibnah sadly passed away from cancer at Bolton Hospice in November 7 2004, aged 66. Born 29th April 1938, As a child, Dibnah was fascinated by the steam engines which powered the many textile mills in his home town of Bolton and developed a keen interest in mechanical engineering, Steam Engines and chimneys and the men who worked on them. He began his working life as a joiner, before becoming a steeplejack. From age 22, he served for two years in the armed forces, as part of his national service. Once demobilised, he returned to steeplejacking but met with limited success until he was asked to repair Bolton’s parish church. The resulting publicity provided a welcome boost to his business, ensuring he was almost never out of work.

Dibnah’s interest in steam power stemmed from his childhood observations of the steam locomotives on the nearby railway line, and his visits to his father’s workplace—a bleach works in Bolton—where he was fascinated by the steam engines used to drive the line shafting. He later became a steam enthusiast, befriending many of the engine drivers and firemen who worked on the nearby railway. As a teenager he met a driver who invited him onto the footplate of his locomotive and who asked him to keep the boiler supplied with fuel. Dibnah became so enamoured with steam engines that he eventually looked for one he could buy. He learnt of a steamroller kept in a barn near Warrington and which the owners had bought from Flintshire County Council. He had the boiler pressure-tested and, despite it being in poor condition, bought it for £175. He towed it to a friend’s house, spent a fortnight making various repairs and drove it to his mother’s house in Bolton.

After he married and bought his own property on Radcliffe new Road, he cut an access road to the garden of his new house and moved the steamroller there. Restoring the engine took many years, as Dibnah had to create his own replacement parts, using Victorian engineering techniques and equipment he built in his garden. The boiler was in poor condition and needed serious work, but Dibnah used local knowledge and was eventually able to build a new boiler. Once restored, he used the 1910 Aveling & Porter steamroller together with a living van he bought and restored, to take his family around the local steam fairs In 1978, while making repairs to Bolton Town Hall, Dibnah was filmed by a regional BBC news crew. The BBC then commissioned an award-winning documentary, which followed the rough-hewn steeplejack as he worked on chimneys, interacted with his family and talked about his favourite hobby—steam.

Since then he has gone on to make many more Television programmes about Steam Engines & Locomotives and In 1998, he presented a programme on Britain’s industrial history and went on to present a number of fascinating series, largely concerned with the Industrial Revolution and its mechanical and architectural legacy. In mid-2000, Dibnah was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Technology for his achievement in engineering by Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, and on 19 July 2004 he was made an honorary Doctor of the University by the University of Birmingham. He was also awarded an MBE for services to heritage and broadcasting. He said “I’m looking forward to meeting the Queen but I shall probably have to get a new cap. And I’d like to meet Prince Charles because we share the same views about modern architecture.”On 7 July 2004, Dibnah went to Buckingham Palace to receive his award from the Queen.

Sadly Fred’s health was failing at this point although filming continued at various locations around the country, with sons Jack and Roger, who had become essential members of the tour, providing much-needed support for their father. By the end of July, the crew had filmed only 34 days with Dibnah, out of a planned 60. It was becoming more difficult by the day for Dibnah to fulfil his filming duties and the crew decided to cut short the schedule and he died shortly after and is sadly missed. He is survived by his five children from three marriages.

Tommy Thayer(Kiss)

imageTommy Thayer, American guitarist and songwriter (Kiss) Was born 7 November 1960 . Formed in New York City in January 1973. Kiss rose to prominence in the mid to late 1970s on the basis of the members’ white and black face paint and flamboyant stage outfits and elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, The 1973–’80 original lineup of Paul Stanley (vocals and rhythm guitar), Gene Simmons (vocals and bass guitar), Ace Frehley (lead guitar) and Peter Criss (drums) is the most successful. With their makeup and costumes, they took on the personas of comic book-style characters: Starchild (Stanley), The Demon (Simmons), Spaceman or Space Ace (Frehley) and Catman (Criss) and the performances included levitating drum kits and pyrotechnics.The band explains that the fans were the ones who ultimately chose their makeup designs. Stanley became the “Starchild” because of his tendency to be referred to as the “starry-eyed lover” and “hopeless romantic”. The “Demon” makeup reflected Simmons’ cynicism and dark sense of humor, as well as his affection for comic books. Frehley’s “Spaceman” makeup was a reflection of his fondness for science fiction and supposedly being from another planet. Criss’ “Catman” makeup was in accordance with the belief that he had nine lives because of his rough childhood in Brooklyn.

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Because of creative differences, both Criss and Frehley had left the group by 1982. The band’s commercial fortunes had waned considerably by that point.However Buoyed by a wave of Kiss nostalgia in the 1990s, the band announced a reunion of the original lineup in 1996. The resulting Kiss Alive/Worldwide reunion Tour was the top-grossing act of 1996 and 1997. Criss and Frehley have since left Kiss again, but the band continues with Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. Stanley and Simmons have remained the only two constant members.Kiss have also been named in many “Top” lists. They include Number 10 on VH1′s ’100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock’,9th on ‘The Greatest Metal Bands’ list by MTV, number one on Hit Paraders’s “Top 100 Live Bands”, 56th on VH1′s “100 Greatest Artists Of All Time”, and 26th on Gibson’s “50 Greatest American Rock Bands” and Counting the 1978 solo albums, Kiss has been awarded 28 gold albums to date, and have sold more than 40 million albums in the United States, of which 20 million have been certified by the RIAA and their worldwide sales exceeds 100 million albums.

Sharleen Spiteri (Texas)

Best Known as the lead singer of the rock band Texas the scottish recording artist and songwriter Sharleen Spiteri was born 7 November 1967 .Texas are a rock/pop band from Glasgow, Scotland. They were co-founded by Spiterri while She worked at the Irvine Rusk salon as a hairdresser in Glasgow & Johnny McElhone (formerly of the bands Altered Images and Hipsway) in 1986 and feature Sharleen Spiteri on lead vocals Johnny McElhone (bass guitar) and Ally McErlaine (lead guitar). Spiteri’s musical influences include The Clash (the main reason she plays a black Fender Telecaster) and Blondie to Marvin Gaye and Prince. She is also a dedicated Diana Ross fan.

Texas made their performing debut in March 1988 at the University of Dundee. They took their name from the 1984 Wim Wenders movie Paris, Texas.The band released their debut album Southside in 1989, along with the debut single “I Don’t Want a Lover” which was an international hit, reaching the top ten in the UK and other high charting positions in Europe. Despite the success of Southside, the follow-up albums Mothers Heaven (1991) featuring the songs “Why Believe In You” “Alone With You” & “In My Heart” and Ricks Road (1993) featuring the Songs “So Called Friend” “You’ve Got To Give a Little” “Fade Away” & “You Owe It All To Me” were less successful.

The band’s fortunes changed in 1997 with the release of their White on Blonde album which featured the songs “Say What You Want” “Black Eyed Boy” “Put Your Arms Around Me” “Halo”&. became their biggest seller. In 1999, Texas song “In Our Lifetime” was included on the Notting Hill soundtrack. The Follow up album,The Hush (1999) featuring the Songs “Summer Son” & “When We Are Together”was also successful, The band’s Greatest Hits album, released in 2000, contained the single “Inner Smile” & was another big seller, Texas would go on to release a further two studio albums, Careful What You Wish For in 2003, and Red Book in 2005, both of which were certified gold in the UK. After the release of Red Book and a tour to support the album’s release, Texas went on hiatus.

In September 2002, Spiteri gave birth to her daughter Mysty Kyd, although this did not prevent her from working on a sixth album Careful What You Wish For featuring the song “Carnival Girl” & I’ll See It Through.The band returned in 2005 with the Songs “Getaway”, “Can’t Resist” The band’s seventh studio album; Red Book ‘ featured the song’ “Sleep” & “What About Us” .2007 the band released The BBC Sessions, including radio sessions spanning from 1989 to 2005 Cover songs include Elmore James’s “It Hurts Me Too”, The Beatles’ “I’ve Got a Feeling”, and Ashford & Simpson’s “You’re All I Need to Get By. In 2008 Spiteri performed as guest vocalist on Rammstein’s “Rosenrot” album & launched a solo career, releasing her debut solo album, Melody featuring the singles “All The Times I Cried” “Stop, I Don’t Love You Anymore” “It Was You” & “Don’t Keep Me Waiting”. Her second solo studio album, The Movie Songbook consists of movie covers chosen by Spiteri herself including the Song “Xanadu” To promote the album, she performed in front of 55,000 fans supporting Paul McCartney on his Up and Coming Tour at Glasgow’s Hampden Park.Spiteri also appeared as a judge in the Sky1 show Must Be The Music.

Robin Finck (Guns’n’Roses & Nine inch Nails)

American guitarist Robin Finck Was born November 7, 1971 He has played in both Nine Inch Nails and formerly Guns N’ Roses. He grew up in Marietta, Georgia and played with several unsigned bands such as Prowes, Bat Your Lashes, Sik Dik (bandmates of which included Steve “Holiday” Childress and Michael Allen, currently of The Goodies and Greg Thum), and Impotent Sea Snakes.He joined Nine Inch Nails as part of their touring band in 1994-95 for their Self-Destructand Further Down the Spiral tours . Finck appeared with Nine Inch Nails at Woodstock ’94, Once the tour was completed, he took a job playing for the circus troupe Cirque du Soleil in the original tour of Quidam.In 1997 Finck signed a two-year contract with Guns N’ Roses as the replacement for Slash (who had quit the band at the end of the previous year) and began work on what was ultimately to become the band’s long delayed album Chinese Democracy. When the two years were up the album had not been completed, although the song Oh My God was released on the End of Days soundtrack. Whether or not Finck played on the song is in dispute; GNR vocalist Axl Rose says he did while Finck himself says he did not.

Finck rejoined Nine Inch Nails as the band embarked on their Fragility v1.0 and Fragility v2.0 tours in support of the 1999 album The Fragile.He also played on a studio-recorded version of The Day The World Went Away on the companion album Still. Shortly after the tour ended in 2000 he returned to Guns N’ Roses, playing four shows with them in late 2001 followed by a brief tour of Europe and Asia in mid-2002 and a live appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards.Around this time Finck and then-bandmate Buckethead contributed to the soundtrack of the John Carpenter movie Ghosts of Mars, playing alongside members of thrash metal groupAnthrax and guitar virtuoso Steve Vai. After his touring obligations with GNR were fulfilled he joined the LedZAriel production (a performance by acrobats set to the music of the band Led Zeppelin).Finck was invited to rejoin NIN to tour in support of their 2005 album With Teeth but chose not to and the position was filled byAaron North. In the summer of 2006, he toured North America ,Europe Mexico, Australia and Japan with Guns N’ Roses.

Finck rejoined Nine Inch Nails as a member of the live band. He subsequently contributed to the Nine Inch Nails album The Slip,on the song “Better”, He chose to remain with NIN after the album’s release and, was replaced as the lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses by DJ Ashba. following the departure of NIN live band members Alessandro Cortini and Josh Freese at the end of 2008 Finck and bassist Justin Meldal-Johnson re-grouped with band leader Trent Reznor and new drummer Ilan Rubin and the 4-piece band completed an 8-date tour of Australia and New Zealand between February and March 2009. Finck continued to perform with the band throughout the 2009 Nine Inch Nails/Janes Addiction (NIN|JA) tour, with shows throughout North America and the subsequent Wave Goodbye tour through Europe and Asia.In October 2009 Finck and former Guns N’ Roses bandmates Axl Rose, Tommy Stinson and Buckethead were named in a lawsuit by electronic musician Ulrich Schnauss’s record labels Independiente and Domino alleging that they had committed copyright infringement by using portions of his compositions in the song “Riad ‘n the Bedouins”. Finck appears on the 2010 album The Lady Killer by artist Cee-Lo Green, performing guitar on the track “The Lady Killer Theme (Outro)”.On March 12, 2012, Finck appeared on-stage with Guns N’ Roses, performing “Better”, co-written with Axl Rose and In May, 2013, it was announced , that Finck would be rejoining Nine Inch Nails for the 2013-14 tours

Marie Curie

Best known for her pioneering research in the field of radioactivity, the World famous Polish–French physicist and chemist Marie Skłodowska Curie was born 7th Novemer in 1867 in Warsaw, Poland. Maria’s paternal grandfather, Józef Skłodowski, had been a respected teacher in Lublin, where he taught the young Bolesław Prus,who became a leading figure in Polish literature.Her father, Władysław Skłodowski, taught mathematics and physics, subjects that Maria was to pursue, and was also director of two Warsaw gymnasia for boys.After Russian authorities eliminated laboratory instruction from the Polish schools, he brought much of the laboratory equipment home, and instructed his children in its use.

The father was eventually fired by his Russian supervisors for pro-Polish sentiments, and forced to take lower-paying posts. the family also lost money on a bad investment, and eventually chose to supplement their income by lodging boys in the house. Maria’s mother Bronisława operated a prestigious Warsaw boarding school for girls; she resigned from the position after Maria was born.She died of tuberculosis in May 1878, when Maria was ten years old. Less than three years earlier, Maria’s oldest sibling, Zofia, had died of typhus contracted from a boarder.

When she was ten years old, Maria began attending the boarding school of J. Sikorska; next she attended a gymnasium for girls, from which she graduated on 12 June 1883 with a gold medal. After an illness she spent the following year in the countryside with relatives of her father, and the next year with her father in Warsaw, where she did some tutoring. Unable to enroll in a regular institution of higher education because she was a woman, she and her sister Bronisława became involved with the clandestine Flying University, a Polish patriotic institution of higher learning that admitted women students.

At a Warsaw laboratory, in 1890–91, Maria Skłodowska did her first scientific work and made an agreement with her sister, Bronisława, that she would give her financial assistance during Bronisława’s medical studies in Paris, in exchange for similar assistance two years later. Maria took a position as governess: first as a home tutor in Warsaw; then for two years as a governess in Szczuki with a landed family, the Żorawskis, who were relatives of her father and fell in love with their son, Kazimierz Żorawski, a future eminent mathematician.Who soon earned a doctorate and pursued an academic career as a mathematician, becoming a professor and rector of Kraków University. Sadly his parent rejected his relationship with Maria.

She lived inWarsaw until the age of 24, when she followed her older sister Bronisława to study in Paris, where she earned her higher degrees and conducted her subsequent scientific work. She was also the first person honored with two Nobel Prizes—in both physics and chemistry, In 1903 she won the Nobel Prize in Physics which She shared with her husband Pierre Curie (and with Henri Becquerel), and In 1911 She became the sole winner of the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry which she shared with Her daughter Irène Joliot-Curie and son-in-law, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, and is the only woman to date to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences.

Among her many achievements are the theory of radioactivity (a term that she coined), She also developed techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and discovered two radioactive elements, polonium (Which was named after her native country) and radium. She was also the first female professor at the University of Paris andUnder her direction, the world’s first studies were conducted into the treatment of neoplasms, using radioactive isotopes. In 1932, she founded a Radium Institute (now the Maria Skłodowska–Curie Institute of Oncology) in her home town, Warsaw. Which was headed by her physician-sister Bronisława.

Unfortunately though Marie Curie died on 4th July 1934 of aplastic anemia, a condition which was undoubtedly brought on by her lifelong exposure to radiation, however her pioneering research has led the way for many improvements in the fields of Science, Chemistry and Medicine and in 1995 she became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Paris Panthéon.