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 Jungle

The 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.


imageI used to be a big fan of Oxford Shoegazers Ride and when It was announced Recently that Liam Gallagher’s group Beady Eye have split, This led to speculation and strong rumours that Ride would reunite. Now They are are set to play their first shows in 20 years in May 2015, culminating in a headline show at the Field Day festival in London on Sunday 7 June.

The band – Andy Bell, Mark Gardener, Loz Colbert and Steve Queralt – formed in 1988, and signed to Creation in 1989. A series of three EPs – Ride, Play and Fall – made them indie sensations, followed by a self titled debut album in 1990, which became the first Creation album to enter the top 75. They released a number of other albums including Nowhere, Going Blank Again, Carnival of Light and their final album Tarantula in 1996. After Ride split in 1995, a couple more albums were released including OX4 The Greatest Hits compilation. However Ride came together in 2001 for a one-off performance for TV, in Stockholm.

Since Ride’s breakup, Bell has had the most high profile career, His band Hurricane No 1 were briefly successful before he joined Oasis as bassist in 1999 and then When Oasis broke up in 2009, he followed Liam Gallagher to Beady Eye and now Beady Eye have broken up he is back with Ride.

Balancing Act By Joanna Trollope OBE

imageBrought up by her grandparents when her hippie father and mother disappeared abroad when she was a baby, Susie Moran has worked hard to make her life a success and, as the founder and owner of her own prosperous pottery company. She has always been the breadwinner and feels she deserves that success. Married to musician and artist Jasper for over thirty years, and mother to three daughters who are all involved in the business, Susie, a creative and energetic woman, expects things to carry on the way they always have, with her very much in control of every aspect of the business.

However, her daughters: Cara, Ashley and Grace, have ideas of their own and want different things and gradually find themselves increasingly at odds with their wonderful, creative, determined mother as they each make a bid for independence. This Threatens the stability of both family and work and causes Susie to feel hurt and confused, so she turns to Jasper for support, but is shocked to discover that he is suddenly no longer in perfect sympathy with her.

And then her estranged widowed father, Morris, turns up to build bridges with a family he has never known and this causes even more problems for Susie who really doesn’t want him in her well-ordered life. Susie gradually learns that nothing stays the same forever and that In wanting to preserve her business, she could lose something much more precious, and it seems that Morris, unwelcome as he seems, could be the catalyst for change that is now very much needed in the Moran family.

Joanna Trollope began writing when she was first pregnant, and working as a teacher. For years, she combined both careers, writing in the evenings “to fill the spaces after the children had gone to bed”.She has written eighteen bestselling novels, whose common theme is the nature of modern relationships, especially within families. She writes about tense family relationships with intelligence and clear-eyed sympathy, with a brilliant eye for detail and a finely tuned emotional intelligence and her evocations of human relationships is penetrating and engaging. Her own family is extremely important to her. She is the eldest of three, has two daughters, two stepsons and nine grandchildren. Joanna was appointed OBE for services to literature in 1996. She lives in London.