Predator by Wilbur Smith and Tom Cain

Having read and enjoyed Desert Gold, Golden Lion and Vicious Circle by Wilbur Smith. I would like to read Predator the latest Exciting espionage thriller by Wilbur Smith. It was Co-written by internationally bestselling author Tom Cain and is out on paperback. It Features One of the most formidable fighters in the world, ex-SAS warrior and former private security consultant Major Hector Cross, who has survived explosive tangles with depraved enemies—warlords, pirates, and arms dealers—from the Middle East to the heart of Africa.

Hector Cross is out for revenge after a criminal named Johnny Congo and his accomplice murder Cross’s wife. Now only one is left alive: Johnny Congo – psychopath, extortionist, murderer, terrorist, and the bane of Cross’s life. Both Cross and the US Government want Johnny Congo dead. Congo is currently locked up on Death Row in the most secure prison in the free world, counting down the days until his execution. He’s got two weeks. However He wants out. He’s escaped before and knows he can again, and with whizz kid D’Shonn Brown enlisted, he might just have a chance.

Matters are further complicated when terrorist activity aboard the oil supertanker The Bannock A. triggers panic in the middle of the rough Atlantic. Major Hector Cross is the only one person they can trust to protect her and prevent an international catastrophe. So Cross ends up taking on a pair of lethal enemies.

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Gary “Mani” Mountfield

ScreamadelicaGary “Mani” Mounfield, bass player with seminal British Alternative Rock bands The Stone Roses and Primal Scream was Born November 16th 1962. Formed in Manchester in 1983 The Stone Roses were one of the pioneering groups of the Madchester movement . The band’s most successful lineup consists of vocalist Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Gary “Mani” Mounfield, and drummer Alan “Reni” Wren. The band released their debut album,The Stone Roses, in 1989. The album was a breakthrough success for the band so the Stone Roses decided to capitalise on their success by signing to a major label, however their current record label Silvertone would not let them out of their contract,which led to an acrimonious and lengthy legal dispute. they eventually signed a deal with Geffen in 1991, and released their second album Second Coming in 1994. Sadly this wasn’t as successful and after several lineup changes throughout the supporting tour, The group disbanded Reni going first, followed by Squire. In 2011 John Squire, Ian Brown, bassist Gary ‘Mani’ announce that they had reunited and would perform a reunion tour of the world in 2012, including three shows at Heaton Park which became the fastest selling rock concerts in UK history, after 150,000 tickets sold out just 14 minutes after going on sale. As a result A further date was added and the remaining 75,000 tickets sold out soon afterwards. The band, have also said that it was their intention was to ‘uplift’ the national mood in hard times and that today’s music was ‘boring’ and ‘corporate’. There are also persistent rumours that they are recording a third album, and a new film which is set during the Stone Roses 1990 Spike Island show.

SCREAMADELICA http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dJEvF7dPMNM

imageAs well as being a member of the Stone Roses Gary “Mani” Mounfield, ( Born November 16th 1962,) was also a member of Scottish alternative rock band Primal Scream. Who were originally formed in 1982 in Glasgow by Bobby Gillespie (vocals) and Jim Beattie and now based in London. The current lineup consists of Gillespie, Andrew Innes (guitar), Martin Duffy (keyboards), and Darrin Mooney (drums). Barrie Cadogan has toured and recorded with the band since 2006 as a replacement after the departure of guitarist Robert “Throb” Young. Primal Scream career not take off until Gillespie left his position as drummer of The Jesus and Mary Chain. The band were a key part of the mid-1980s indie pop scene, but eventually moved away from their more jangly sound, taking on more psychedelic and then garage rock influences, before incorporating a dance music element to their sound. Their 1991 album Screamadelica broke the band into the mainstream with songs like, “Loaded“, which became the band’s first major hit, reaching number 16 on the UK Singles Chartand “Come Together“, which reached number 19. They released two more singles, “Higher Than The Sun” and “Don’t Fight It, Feel It”, both of which were successful. The band began work on their fourth album “Give out but Dont Give up”.In March 1994, the first single from the new album, “Rocks”, was released & became the band’s highest charting single to date,Two more singles were released from the album, “Jailbird” and “(I’m Gonna) Cry Myself Blind”, both of which charted progressively lower.

ScreamadelicaAfter a short hiatus, the band returned with a new lineup. Gary “Mani” Mounfield, fresh from the well-publicised break-up of his previous band, The Stone Roses, was added as the band’s new bassist, and Paul Mulraney was added as their new drummer. The arrival of Mani revitalized the group, who were considering disbanding after the failure of Give Out but released a new album Vanishing Point which had a complex shoegazing dance/dub rhythm, harking back to the crossover success of Screamadelica, yet sounding significantly darker. Some songs on the album were inspired by cult 1971 film Vanishing Point; Gillespie said that they wanted to create an alternative soundtrack for the film.the band’s sixth album XTRMNTR had a harsher and angrier musical direction. Many of the songs they wrote had overtly political lyrics, Gillespie said the band wished to convey “what it’s like to be in Britain in this day and age The album featured mulitiple guest appearances, including the Chemical Brothers, New Order’s Bernard Sumner, and former My Bloody Valentine guitarist Kevin Shields, who had become a semi-permanent member.

The first single from XTRMNTR, was entitled “Swastika Eyes. their seventh album, Evil Heat, was released in 2002. On the album Kate Moss sang professionally for the first time with single “Some Velvet Morning” and The album also featured another guest appearance, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant. In 2003 the double CD album Dirty Hits was released containing the better known works and some previously unheard versions and remixes of those tunes.The next album Riot City Blues contained “euphoric rock ‘n’ roll songs” which was intended to capture the energy of Primal Scream’s live performances.The album’s first single, “Country Girl”, was released on 22 May 2006. The album, Riot City Blues, was released in June also released their first DVD, Riot City Blues Tour, which featured clips of the band’s performance in London, as well as all their music videos and an interview with Gillespie and Mani. Primal Scream spent most of 2011 touring in support of 20th Anniversary of Screamadelica, on 18 October Mani revealed he had left the band to follow his dream due to the reformation of his original band The Stone Roses. On 27 March 2012, it was confirmed that Primal Scream would support The Stone Roses at their Heaton Park concert in Manchester.Primal Scream remain commercially successful and continue to tour and record.

UNESCO

UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ) Was founded 16 November 1945 .The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (French:Organisation des Nations unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN). Its purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedomproclaimed in the UN Charter. It is the heir of the League of Nations’ International Commission on Intellectual Cooperation.UNESCO has 195 member States (it recently added Palestine in November 2011) and nine Associate MembersMost of the field offices are “cluster” offices covering three or more countries; there are also national and regional offices.UNESCO pursue its objectives through five major programs: education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and communication and information.

Projects sponsored by UNESCO include literacy, technical, and teacher-training programmes; international science programmes; the promotion of independent media and freedom of the press; regional and cultural history projects; the promotion ofcultural diversity; translations of world literature; international cooperation agreements to secure the world cultural and natural heritage (World Heritage Sites) and to preserve human rights, and attempts to bridge the worldwide digital divide. It is also a member of the United Nations Development Group.UNESCO’s aim is “to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information”.

Other priorities of the organization include attaining quality Education For All and lifelong learning, addressing emerging social and ethical challenges, fostering cultural diversity, a culture of peace and building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication.The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community — as set out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) — underpin all UNESCO’s strategies and activities.

Colin Burgess (AC/DC)

 

AcdcColin Burgess, Australian drummer in the rock groups The Masters Apprentices and AC/DC was born 16 November 1946. Formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who have remained the sole constant members. AC/DC are Commonly classified as hard rock and are considered pioneers of heavy metal and are sometimes classified as such, though they themselves have always classified their music as simply “rock and roll”. To date they are one of the highest grossing bands of all time. AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, on 17 February 1975. Membership subsequently stabilised until bassist Mark Evans was replaced by Cliff Williams in 1977 for the album Powerage. Within months of recording the album Highway to Hell, lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott died on 19 February 1980, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. The group briefly considered disbanding, but Scott’s parents urged them to continue and hire a new vocalist.

Four hours of AC/DC http://youtu.be/OxkoU_xhC8c

Ex-Geordies singer Brian Johnson was auditioned and selected to replace Scott. Later that year, the band released their highest selling album, and ultimately the third highest-selling album by any artist, Back in Black. The band’s next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, was their first album to reach number one in the United States. AC/DC declined in popularity soon after drummer Phil Rudd was fired in 1983 and was replaced by future Dio drummer Simon Wright, though the band resurged in the early 1990s with the release of The Razors Edge. Phil Rudd returned in 1994 (after Chris Slade, who was with the band from 1989–1994, was asked to leave in favour of him) and contributed to the band’s 1995 album Ballbreaker.Since then, the band’s line-up has remained the same. Stiff Upper Lip was released in 2000 and was well received by critics, and the band’s latest studio album, Black Ice, was released on 20 October 2008. It was their biggest hit on the charts since For Those About to Rock, reaching No.1 on all the charts eventually.

As of 2010, AC/DC had sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, including 71 million albums in the United States alone. Back in Black has sold an estimated 49 million units worldwide, making it the third highest-selling album by any artist, and the second highest-selling album by any band, behind Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The album has sold 22 million units in the U.S. alone, where it is the fifth-highest-selling album of all-time. AC/DC ranked fourth on VH1′s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” and were named the seventh “Greatest Heavy Metal Band of All Time” by MTV. In 2004, AC/DC were ranked number 72 in the Rolling Stone list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. In 2010, AC/DC were ranked number 23 in the VH1 list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.