Liar Liar by M.J.Arlidge

Having read both Pop Goes the Weasel and The Dolls House by M.J.Arlidge, I would like to read Liar Liar, The Fourth exciting Detective Inspector Helen Grace thriller by Bestselling author M.J.Arlidge. The novel starts in the dead of night, with three raging fires lighting up the city skies. At first they look like deliberate arson attacks on unsuspecting families in their homes.

However DI Helen Grace and her Southampton based team soon discovers that It’s more than a tragic coincidence. For DI Helen Grace the flames announce the arrival of an evil she has never encountered before, for this is no firestarter seeking sick thrills, but something more chilling: a series of careful, calculating acts of murder. Committed by a ruthless serial killer with a penchant for pyromania. But why were the victims chosen? What’s driving the killer? And who will be next? DI Helen Grace is an unwilling participant in a race against time to trace and catch this new sadistic perpetrator before it is too late.

Charles Collett (GWR)

GWR 4936 KINLET HALL

GWR 4936 KINLET HALL

English engineer Charles Benjamin Collett was born 10 September 1871. He was chief mechanical engineer of the Great Western Railway from 1922 to 1941 and designed (amongst others) the GWR’s 4-6-0 Castle and King Class express passenger locomotives. Collett’s predecessor, George Jackson Churchward had delivered to the GWR from Swindon a series of class leading and innovative locomotives, and arguably by the early 1920s the Great Western‘s 2-cylinder and 4-cylinder 4-6-0 designs were substantially superior to the locomotives of the other railway groupings. In 1922 Churchward retired, and Charles Benjamin Collett inherited a legacy of excellent standardised designs. But, with costs rising and revenues falling, there was a need to rationalise the number of pre-grouping designs and to develop more powerful locomotives.

GWR 6024 King Edward I

GWR 6024 King Edward I

Charles Collett was a practical development engineer and he took Churchward’s designs and developed them – the Hall from the Saint class, and the Castle from the Star. He was also responsible for more humble locomotives, such as many of the pannier tank classes. He has received criticism by contemporary engineers and later railway historians for undertaking very little innovation in his designs, instead sticking with Churchward’s style in every case. Arguably this meant that by the time Collett retired the superiority of Great Western locomotives was lost to more modern designs, particularly those of William Stanier, who worked at Swindon before moving to the LMS in 1932, and took Churchward’s style with him but developed it in line with the progression in steam technology.

7812 Erlestoke Manor

         GWR  7812 Erlestoke Manor

In 1926, something bigger than the Castle class was required to haul heavy expresses at an average speed of 60 mph. Great Western’s General Manager Sir Felix Pole told Collett to proceed with the design and construction of a “Super-Castle”. The result was the King class 4-6-0 design which emerged from Swindon works in June 1927. This had dimensions never previously seen, and represented the ultimate development of Churchward’s four cylinder concept. It was the heaviest (136 tons), and had the highest tractive effort (40,300 lbs.) of any 4-6-0 locomotive ever to run in the United Kingdom. However Because of its weight, the King class was restricted to a limited number of the major GWR routes.

Carol Decker (T’Pau)

English musician Carol Decker was born 10 September 1957. She is best known as the singer and front woman for the band, T’Pau, which had international success in the late 1980s. Although Decker’s music is mainly associated with the group, she also released a solo single in 1995, “One Heart,” in support of the Halifax World Cup Rugby League centenary. Decker was born in Huyton, now in Merseyside and educated in Wellington, Shropshire, along with other members of the band T’pau. T’pau were formed in 1986 in Shropshire, taking their name from a Vulcan priestess of the same name in the 1960s sci-fi series Star Trek. Prior to deciding on this name, they were called Talking America on early demos sent to record and publishing companies. Their first hit was the 1987 release “Heart and Soul”. Initially a flop in the UK, it first became a hit in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching No. 4 after being featured on a Pepe Jeans Advertisement; it repeated the feat in the UK Singles Chart some months later. Their next single, “China in Your Hand”, was their biggest UK hit, spending five weeks at number 1. It also reached the top spot in several European countries, but made little impact in the United States. Their debut album, Bridge of Spies (simply called T’Pau in the USA), also reached number 1 and went quadruple platinum in the UK. The album produced a total of five hit singles including “Valentine”, “Sex Talk” (a live recording of early flop single, “Intimate Strangers”), and “I Will Be with You”.

In 1988 T’Pau released their second album Rage, which peaked at No. 4 in the UK and reached platinum status there, but failed to come close to the level of success of the band’s debut album the year before. It produced the UK Top 20 single “Secret Garden”, though chart returns were diminishing by this point, and two following singles earned very modest success. The third album The Promise followed in 1991, which peaked at No. 10 in the UK and earned a silver disc. It included one Top 20 hit, “Whenever You Need Me”, but the band’s commercial peak had now passed and they split up following its release. A compilation album was released in 1993, Heart and Soul – The Very Best of T’Pau, which charted within UK’s Top 40. Another greatest hits release appeared in 1997, and Decker reformed the band with a new line-up in 1998, for the release of a new studio album, Red. The record was not a commercial success, but T’Pau have continued to perform live on a semi-regular basis. Two singles “With a Little Luck” and “Giving Up the Ghost” were released from the album. Decker still made guest appearances on TV shows throughout the 2000s, including Hit Me, Baby, One More Time, Just the Two of Us or The Weakest Link. In 2007, marking the 20th anniversary of T’Pau’s first success, Ron Rogers and Carol Decker released a new single, “Just Dream”, exclusively as an Internet download. In 2008, T’Pau were part of the Here and Now 80s nostalgia tour. To mark the 25th anniversary of the formation of the band, Carol and Ron embarked on a 28-date UK tour during the spring of 2013.

In addition to her musical achievements, Decker has also acted on both stage and screen, including a part in the movie, Nine Dead Gay Guys. TV appearances include Hit Me, Baby, One More Time (in which she reached the final round, ultimately being beaten by Shakin’ Stevens). Decker also appeared in the British comedy series Trigger Happy TV in which she appeared in a “bull in a china shop” sketch (the joke being that she had previously had a hit with the song, “China in Your Hand”), and in another sketch where she accompanied Dom Joly, as he pretended to be a door-to-door salesman. Decker took part in the prime time BBC One show Just the Two of Us which began on 2 January 2007. However, despite singing duets with Beverley Knight, Tony Christie and Natasha Hamilton, she and her singing partner Gregg Wallace were the first to be eliminated from the show, after singing The Jackson Five’s “Blame It on the Boogie.”Decker appeared in the video for Peter Kay and Matt Lucas’s charity single “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day 2007. She released a single, “Just Dream”, in download-only format in September 2007

Joe Perry (Aerosmith)

Aerosmith_PumpJoe Perry,  the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter with American Hard rock Band Aerosmith was born 10 September 1950. Aerosmith are sometimes referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston”and “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.” Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists. The band was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with singer Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and formed Aerosmith. In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band began developing a following in Boston. They were signed to Columbia Records in 1972, and released a string of multi-platinum albums, beginning with their 1973 eponymous debut album, followed by their 1974 album Get Your Wings. In 1975, the band broke into the mainstream with the album Toys in the Attic, and their 1976 follow-up Rocks cemented their status as hard rock superstars. Two additional albums followed in 1977 and 1979. Throughout the 1970s, the band toured extensively and charted a string of Hot 100 singles. By the end of the decade, they were among the most popular hard rock bands in the world and developed a loyal following of fans, often referred to as the “Blue Army”.

However ,drug addiction and internal conflict took their toll on the band, which resulted in the departures of Perry and Whitford in 1979 and 1981, respectively; they were replaced byJimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay. The band did not fare well between 1980 and 1984, releasing a lone album, Rock in a Hard Place, which went gold but failed to match their previous successes.Perry and Whitford returned in 1984 and the band signed a new deal with Geffen Records. After a comeback tour, the band recorded Done with Mirrors (1985), which won some critical praise but failed to come close to commercial expectations. It was not until the band’s collaboration with rap group Run–D.M.C. in 1986, and the 1987 release Permanent Vacation that they regained the level of popularity they had experienced in the 1970s. Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, the band scored several hits and won numerous awards for music from the multi-platinum albums Pump (1989), Get a Grip (1993), and Nine Lives (1997), and embarked on their most extensive concert tours to date.

The band also became a pop culture phenomenon with popular music videos and notable appearances in television, film, and video games. Their comeback has been described as one of the most remarkable and spectacular in rock ‘n’ roll history. Additional albums followed in 2001 and 2004. The band toured throughout the 2000’s, touring every year except 2008. After 43 years of performing, the band continues to tour and record music. Their latest album, Music from Another Dimension!, was released on November 6, 2012.Aerosmith is the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, including 66.5 million albums in the United States alone.They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group. The band has scored 21 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, nine number-one Mainstream Rock hits, four Grammy Awards, and ten MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and were included among both Rolling Stone’s and VH1’s lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Don Powell (Slade)

Best known as the drummer for Glam rock group Slade. The English musician Donald George Powell was born on 10 September 1946. As a child Powell joined the Boy Scouts where he became interested in the drums after being asked to join the band on a Sunday morning parade. After Etheridge Secondary Modern School he studied Metallurgy at Wednesbury Technical College. Powell then worked as a metallurgist in a small foundry before turning professional as a drummer. He was athletic and a keen amateur boxer, although an easy going personality, and apparently had his nose broken three times. It was he who was sent around with the hat money collection amongst early audiences. Powell became a member of The Vendors, a band that guitarist Dave Hill later joined. The Vendors became the N’Betweens and bass guitarist / keyboard player / violinist / guitarist Jim Lea got in at an audition. Powell then spotted Noddy Holder playing with Steve Brett & The Mavericks and he and Hill got Holder to join the N’Betweens. They regrouped as Ambrose Slade, and changed the name to Slade.

Slade rose to prominence during the glam rock era of the early 1970s with 17 consecutive top 20 hits and six number ones. The British Hit Singles & Albums names them as the most successful British group of the 1970s based on sales of singles. They were the first act to achieve three singlesenter at number one; all six of the band’s chart-toppers were penned by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea. Total UK sales stand at 6,520,171, and their best selling single, “Merry Xmas Everybody”, has sold in excess of one million copies. Following an unsuccessful move to the United States in 1975, Slade’s popularity waned but was unexpectedly revived in 1980 when they were last minute replacements for Ozzy Osbourne at the Reading Rock Festival. The band later acknowledged this to have been one of the highlights of their career.

The original line up split in 1992 but the band reformed the following year as Slade II. The band has continued, with a number of line-up changes, to the present day. They have now shortened the group name back to Slade. A number of diverse artists have cited Slade as an influence, including grunge icons Nirvan and the Smashing Pumpkins, punk pioneers the Ramones, Sex Pistols, the Undertones, the Runaways and the Clash, glam followers Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Twisted Sister,Quiet Riot, Poison and Def Leppard, pop-rock stalwarts the Replacements, Cheap Trick and Oasis. Over the years Slade have become known for Holder’s powerful vocals, guitarist Dave Hill’s equally arresting dress sense and the deliberate misspelling of their song titles. Their song Merry Christmas is also repeated annually during every Christmas Season.