SPECTRE

I would like to watch SPECTRE the twenty-fourth James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig as James Bond, Lea Sedoux, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Feinnes, Monica Bellucci and Christoph Waltz. Following her death at the hands of Raoul Silva, M leaves James Bond a cryptic message. Meanwhile Gareth Mallory, (Ralph Feinnes) the newly appointed M, continues fighting political pressures that threaten the future of MI6 in the face of a global surveillance initiative code-named “Nine Eyes”. Bond’s investigations take him from Mexico City to Rome, and Austria where he meets Madalaine Swann, (Lea Sedoux) a psychologist working at a private medical clinic in the Austrian Alps, whose Father Mr. White is a dangerous fugitive from MI6 and a senior figure in the mysterious Quantum organisation.

Bond also manages To track down Lucia Sciarra, (Monica Bellucci) the widow of a notorious criminal and assassin named Marco (Alessandro Cremona) who Bond assassinated, and she unwillingly helps Bond infiltrate a sinister organization named SPECTRE (SPecial Executivie for Counter-intelligence Terrorism and Extortion) and Bond soon finds himself drawn into a web of intrigue which bring him into conflict with the sinister assassin named Mr Hinx (Dave Bautista) and a mysterious and illusive chap named Franz Oberhauser (Christopher Waltz).

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

I would like to read Career of Evil, The third exciting Cormoran Strike thriller, written by Robert Galbraith (Aka J.K.Rowling). It features Military Policeman turned London Private Detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott, a woman who is much more than Cormoran’s secretary. One day while at the office Robin gets the shock of her life when she receives a mysterious and rather gruesome package, which turns out to be a woman’s severed leg.

Strike and Robin investigate the source of the parcel and hunt for the perpetrator by compiling a list of suspects who could possibly have committed the murder. Cormoran eventually short lists four potential suspects that are part of his seedy, troubled past, each of them horrible in their own way All of whom hate Strike and are hell bent on wreaking havoc. There are also more revelations about Strike’s past too – how his mother Leda Strike died, and how his step-father, Jeff Whittaker, was tried for her death.

Elsewhere the police are focusing on the wrong suspect, so Strike and Robin take matters into their own hands, and uncover a dark malevolent past. Unfortunately though the psychopathic killer, is already stalking his next victim – Robin, and is plotting to kill her in order to get back at Strike, who then faces a race against time to catch the killer before he has the opportunity to strike again.

Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones)

Bill Wyman, musician with Rock band The Rolling Stones was born October 24th 1936. The Rolling Stones 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 WattsOn 12 July 1962 the band played their first gig at the Marquee Club billed as “The Rollin’ Stones”.The line-up was Jagger, Richards and Jones, along with Stewart on piano, and 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”. The Stones classic double album, Exile on Main St. was released in May 1972. their follow-up to Exile, Goats Head Soup, which featured the hit “Angie”. Their next album was 1974′s It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll.

In 1978, the band released 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.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. The band celebrate their 50th anniversary in the summer of 2012, and have released a book, entitled ’50′, to commemorate the occasion, a documentary DVD Entitled Crossfire Hurricane and the career spanning retrospective album “Grrrr”.

Gene Roddenberry

Best known for creating the American science fiction series Star Trek, the American television screenwriter, producer and futurist”Gene” Roddenberry boldly went where he had never been before on 24 October 1991. He was born August 19th, 1921 in El Paso, Texas. He grew up in Los Angeles, California where his father worked as a police officer. During World War II, His father flew 89 combat missions in the United States Army Air Forces and once he was demobbed he worked as a commercial pilot after the war and also as a Freelance Writer, writing scripts for Highway Patrol, Have Gun–Will Travel, and other series, before creating and producing his own television program, The Lieutenant.

In 1964 Roddenberry created Star Trek, which premiered in 1966 and ran for three seasons before being canceled. Syndication of Star Trek led to increasing popularity, and Roddenberry continued to create, produce, and consult on Star Trek films and the television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation until his death. Roddenberry received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Hall of Fame. Years after his death, Roddenberry was one of the first humans to have his ashes “buried” in outer space

The fictional Star Trek universe Roddenberry created has spanned over four decades, producing six television series, 725 episodes and many films – Including the Wrath of Kahn, The Search For Spock, The Voyage Home, Undiscovered Country, Insurrection, Star Trek Generations and After a gap It was recently revived by JJ Abrahams who directed Star Trek and Star Trek into Darkness, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Simon Pegg as younger versions of the original 1960’s characters. Leonard Nimoy, who starred as Spock in the original series also makes a Cameo appearance as himself in one of the films, and Benedict Cumberbatch stars as a younger version of Kahn, who was originally portrayed by Ricardo Montalban. the popularity of the Star Trek universe and films also inspired the gentle parody/homage film Galaxy Quest (1999), as well as many books, video games and fan films set in the various “eras” of the Star Trek universe. Gene sadly passed away on October 24th, 1991 but the Star Trek universe he created has left a long lasting legacy, and continues to be very popular.

World Polio Day

World Polio Day occurs annually on October 24 it was designated by the World Heath Organisation to draw the public’s attention toward Poliomyelitis,  an acute, viral, infectious disease spread from person to person, primarily via the fecal-oral route. The term derives from the Ancient Greek poliós (πολιός), meaning “grey”, myelós (µυελός “marrow”), referring to the grey matter of the spinal cord, and the suffix -itis, which denotes inflammation., i.e., inflammation of the spinal cord’s grey matter, although a severe infection can extend into the brainstem and even higher structures, resulting in polioencephalitis, producing apnea that requires mechanical assistance such as an iron lung.

Although approximately 90% of polio infections cause no symptoms at all, affected individuals can exhibit a range of symptoms if the virus enters the blood stream. In about 1% of cases, the virus enters the central nervous system, preferentially infecting and destroying motor neurons, leading to muscle weakness and acute flaccid paralysis. Different types of paralysis may occur, depending on the nerves involved. Spinal polio is the most common form, characterized by asymmetric paralysis that most often involves the legs. Bulbar polio leads to weakness of muscles innervated by cranial nerves. Bulbospinal polio is a combination of bulbar and spinal paralysis.

Poliomyelitis was first recognized as a distinct condition by Jakob Heine in 1840. Its causative agent, poliovirus, was identified in 1908 by Karl Landsteiner. Polio had existed for thousands of years in certain areas, with depictions of the disease in ancient art. Major polio epidemics started to appear in the late 19th century in Europe and soon afterwards in the United States, and it became one of the most dreaded childhood diseases of the 20th century. The epidemics are attributed to better sanitation which reduced the prevalence of the disease among young children who were more likely to be asymptomatic. Survivors then develop immunity. By 1910, much of the world experienced a dramatic increase in polio cases and epidemics became regular events, primarily in cities during the summer months. These epidemics—which left thousands of children and adults paralyzed—provided the impetus for a “Great Race” towards the development of a vaccine.

Developed in the 1950s, polio vaccines have reduced the global number of polio cases per year from many hundreds of thousands to under a thousand today. Enhanced vaccination efforts led by Rotary International, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF should result in global eradication of the disease, although in 2013 there were reports by the World Health Organization of new cases in Syria. On 5 May 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a public health emergency of international concern, or PHEIC, due to the renewed spread of polio – the outbreaks of the disease in Asia, Africa and the Middle East were considered “extraordinary”.The United States Center for Disease Control has recommended polio vaccination boosters for travellers and those who live in countries where the disease is occurring.

World Development Information Day/ United Nations Day

United Nations Day takes place annually on 24 October. It was created In 1947, by the United Nations General Assembly to mark the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, as which “shall be devoted to making known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations and to gaining their support for” its work. In 1971 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a further resolution (United Nations Resolution 2782) declaring that United Nations Day shall be an international holiday and recommended that it should be observed as a public holiday by all United Nations member states. United Nations Day is devoted to making known to peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization. United Nations Day is part of United Nations Week, which runs from 20 to 26 October.

World Development Information Day takes place, and coincides with United Nations Day on October 24. It was implemented In 1972, by the United Nations General Assembly who created a day designed to draw attention to development problems and the need to strengthen international co-operation in order to solve them. The day was further recognized as the date on which the International Development Strategy for the Second Nations Development Decade was adopted in 1970. On May 17, 1972, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) proposed measures for information dissemination and for the mobilization of public opinion relative to trade and development problems. These became known as resolution 3038 (XXVII), which the UN General Assembly passed on December 19, 1972. This resolution called for introducing World Development Information Day to help draw the attention of people worldwide to development problems.

A further aim of the event is to explain to the general public why it is necessary to strengthen international cooperation to find ways to solve these problems. The assembly also decided that the day should coincide with United Nations Day to stress the central role of development in the UN’s work. World Development Information Day was first held on October 24, 1973, and has been held on this date each year since then. In recent years many events have interpreted the title of the day slightly differently. These have concentrated on the role that modern information-technologies, such as the Internet and mobile telephones free from digital divide can play in alerting people and finding solutions to problems of trade and development. One of the specific aims of World Development Information Day was to inform and motivate young people and this change may help to further this aim.