W.B. Yeats

The Irish writer & Nobel laureate William Butler Yeats was Born 13th June in 1865, he was one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and, along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and others, founded the Abbey Theatre, where he served as its chief during its early years. In 1923 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature as the first Irishman so honoured for what the Nobel Committee described as “inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.” Yeats is generally considered one of the few writers who completed their greatest works after being awarded the Nobel Prize; such works include The Tower (1928) and The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1929). Yeats was a very good friend of Indian Bengali poet Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

Yeats was born and educated in Sandymount, County Dublin, Ireland, but spent his childhood in County Sligo. He studied poetry in his youth and from an early age was fascinated by both Irish legends and the occult. Yeats grew up as a member of the former Protestant Ascendancy at the time undergoing a crisis of identity. While his family was broadly supportive of the changes Ireland was experiencing, the nationalist revival of the late 19th century directly disadvantaged his heritage, and informed his outlook for the remainder of his feature in the first phase of his work, which lasted roughly until the turn of the 20th century. His earliest volume of verse was published in 1889 and those slow-paced and lyrical poems display debts to Edmund Spenser, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the Pre-Raphaelite poets. From 1900, Yeats’ poetry grew more physical and realistic. He largely renounced the transcendental beliefs of his youth, though he remained preoccupied with physical and spiritual masks, as well as with cyclical theories of life. After a successful career Yeats sadly passed away 28 January 1939.

World Day against Child Labour

June 12th is World Day against Child Labour. The World Day Against Child Labour is an International Labour Organization–sanctioned holiday for the purpose of raising awareness and activism to prevent child labour in both economic and military fields. It is currently held each June 12. The International Labour Organisation created this observance in 2002 and it has been held annually since then.The creation of this international awareness day was spurred by the ratifications of ILO Convention 138 on the minimum age for employment and ILO Convention 182 on forms of child labour.

Tess Gerritsen MD

Chinese-American novelist and retired physician Tess Gerritsen, M.D. was born June 12, 1955 Her first name is really Terry; she decided to feminize it when she was a writer of romance novels. While growing up in San Diego, California, Gerritsen often dreamt of writing her own Nancy Drew novels. Although she longe to be a writer, her family had reservations about the sustainability of a writing career, prompting Gerritsen to choose a career in medicine. In 1975, Gerritsen graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Anthropology, intrigued by the ranges of human behavior.She went on to study medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.She received her medical degree in 1979 and started work as a physician in Honolulu, Hawai’i.While on maternity leave, she submitted a short story to a statewide fiction contest in the magazine Honolulu. Her story, “On Choosing the Right Crack Seed,” won first prize and she received $500. The story focused on a young male reflecting on a difficult relationship with his mother. Gerritsen claimed the story allowed her to deal with her own childhood turmoil, including the repeated suicide attempts of her mother.

Inspired by the romance novels she enjoyed reading while working as a doctor, Gerritsen’s first novels were romantic thrillers. After two unpublished ‘practice novels’, Call After Midnight was bought by publisher Harlequin Intrigue in 1986 and published a year later.Gerritsen continued on to write another eight romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue and Harper Paperbacks. In 1996, Gerritsen published her first medical thriller novel, Harvest. Having already decided to pursue the medical thriller genre, the plot was inspired by a conversation with a retired homicide detective who had recently been travelling in Russia. He told her that youngorphans were vanishing from the streets of Moscow, and police believed the kidnapped children were being shipped abroad as organ donors.

Harvest was Gerritsen’s first novel to be published in hardcover, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list at #13. Following Harvest, Gerritsen wrote three subsequent bestselling medical thrillers,Life Support, Bloodstream, and Gravity. In 2001, Gerritsen’s first crime thriller, The Surgeon, was released; it introduced the character of homicide detective Jane Rizzoli. Although Rizzoli was only a secondary character in The Surgeon, the character has been a central focus of a series of nine novels pairing her with medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The books inspired the Rizzoli & Isles television series starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. Although most of her recent publications have been in the Rizzoli/Isles series, Gerritsen wrote a stand-alone historical thriller, The Bone Garden in 2007. The Bone Garden, a tale of gruesome murders, takes place primarily in 1830s Boston and includes a character based upon Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Gerritsen’s books have been published in forty countries and have sold 25 million copies. Novels published by Gerritsen include Call After Midnight (1987)Under the Knife (1990)Never Say Die (1992)Whistleblower (1992)Presumed Guilty (1993)Peggy Sue Got Murdered (1994) re-released as Girl Missing and In Their Footsteps (1994)Thief of Hearts (1995) which was re-released as StolenKeeper of the Bride (1996).

Medical thrillers written by Gerrittson include: Harvest (1996)Life Support (1997)Bloodstream (1998)Gravity (1999)The Bone Garden (2007). Gerritsen has also written The Rizzoli/Isles series which includes the novels: The Surgeon (2001) which introduces police detective Jane Rizzoli. The Apprentice (2002) which introduces medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles,The Sinner, Body Double, Vanish, The Mephisto Club, The Keepsake / Keeping the Dead, Ice Cold / The Killing Place and The Silent Girl.

The Patron’s Lunch

imageOn Sunday 12th June 2016 The Mall in St.James’s Park, London will play host to The Patron’s Lunch; a classic British ‘street party’ lunch for 10,000 guests, the first of its kind ever to be held on The Mall in order to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday, and honour The Queen’s patronage of over 600 charities and organisations and her lifetime dedication to service. It will be the culmination of a weekend of fantastic national events marking the monarch’s official 90th birthday, which begin with a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 10th June followed by Trooping the Colour on Saturday 11th June and culminated in The Patron’s Lunch as the celebratory finale on the Sunday.

imageThe Patron’s Lunch is being held to recognize the un-relenting support and service our Monarch has given to the community over her 63 year reign. And it is this commitment to helping others that is cause for a National and Commonwealth wide celebration, with the very people she has helped over the decades being at the centre of this event. This event will provide a very special opportunity for all who have been touched by Her Majesty The Queen to publicly thank her and to be proud of the work and service that their own charity or organisation has provided to this nation or those nations across the Commonwealth.

Her Majesty The Queen will be joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family to celebrate the occasion. Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry will reside as Joint-Presidents of The Patron’s Lunch; honouring the dedication shown by Her Majesty to so many charities and organisations. The day itself promises to deliver a festival-themed atmosphere which will be broadcast via large screens situated in the Royal Parks, Green Park and St James’s Park.It will be one of the world’s biggest ever street parties, with the Queen joined by 10,000 guests to celebrate her 90th birthday. Tickets for the event cost £150 and the chosen guests will sit down at tables on the Mall with their hampers.

Trooping the Colour

QueenThe annual pageantry and splendour of the Queen’s Official Birthday Parade or Trooping The Colour took place Saturday 11 June 2016. Trooping the Colour Marks the official birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and is believed to have first been performed during the reign of Charles II. 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.

The event was attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, who left Buckingham Palace at 10.45am and rode down the Mall in the Ascot Landau drawn by a pair of matching grey horses From Buckingham Palace, through Admiralty Arch and 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

Prince Charles Prince of Wales, took part as colonel of the Welsh Guards and Colonel in Chief to many other Regiments as did Princess Anne the Princess Royal who is Colonel of the Blues and Royals. Prince William Duke of Cambridge is Colonel of the Irish Guards, And was also on horseback for the ceremony. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry meanwhile arrived in a coach behind the queen. Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie also rode from Buckingham Palace in a carriage. Prince Edward and Sophie Countess of Wessex, PrinceGeorge and Princess Charlotte

The Welsh Guards were joined by the Royal Household Cavalry, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Grenadier Guards, Irish Guards, Royal Life Guards, Blues and Royals, Welsh guards led by lieutenant Giles Harris, The mounted Kings Troop led by Major Craig Hallett. Others who took part in the parade included Colour Sergeant Charles Hancock, the Major of the Parade was Major Tom Parsons and the Regiment Sergeant wasMajor Paul Dunn. Other dignitaries in attendance included Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron.

During the occasion The Massed bands play many tunes including The National Anthem, The Welshman, Les Hugenots”, which has been played since 1871, the Quick march “Canatex”, 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. March of the British Grenadiers, Escort to the Colour, Welsh Guards Slow March Coldstream Guards slow March, Lord Wellington’s March,Toc-H by Joseph Mansfeild, Grenadier guards Quick march, Scots Guards Quick March, Coldstream Guard quick march, Precious Glory by Gottfried Piefke, Men of Wales by Archie Ellis and Men of Harlech.

After the Trooping of the Colour the royal party made their way back through Admiralty Arch, up The Mall 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 four generations of the Royal Family including Prince George who was making one of his first Royal Appearances appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to witness the flypast

The Fly-past by the Royal Airforce, Included the Red Arrows, Merlin, Puma, Augusta 109 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, a c130 Hercules, C 17 Globemaster, flanked by two Eurofighter Typhoons and three Tornado GR3s

After the Flypast, The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun salute in Green Park. (21 gun salute to mark the Queen’s Bofficial birthday and another 20 gun salute because it takes place in a Royal park.) 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 and the Deputy Prime Minister 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 and The famous Drum Horses of the Mounted Bands.