Monthly Archives: March, 2017

2001: A Space Odyssey

I have recently watched the epic 1968 science-fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film was produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, partially inspired by Clarke’s short story “The Sentinel” and the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey. It deals with the themes of existentialism, human …

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John Constable

English Romantic painter John Constable sadly passed away on 31st March 1837. Born 11th June in 1776 in East Bergholt, Suffolk, He is known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area surrounding his home—now known as “Constable Country”—which he invested with an intensity of affection. “I should paint my own places best”, …

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Angus Young (Ac/DC)

Scottish born Australian heavy metal guitarist Angus Young was born 31st March 1955. He along with brother Malcolm founded rock band AC/DC in 1973. The band are commonly considered pioneers of heavy metal, though they themselves have always classified their music as simply “rock and roll”. To date they are one of the highest grossing …

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Charlotte Bronte

English novelist and poet Charlotte Brontë Sadly passed away on 31 March 1855, at the young age of 38. Born 21st April 1816 She was the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood, whose novels are English literature standards. She wrote Jane Eyre under the pen name Currer Bell. Charlotte was born …

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Francisco Goya

Spanish romantic painter and Printmaker Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes was born 30 March 1746 in the village of Fuendetodos in Aragon. He studied painting from age 14 under José Luzán y Martinez and moved to Madrid to study with Anton Raphael Mengs. He married Josefa Bayeu in 1773; the couple’s life together was …

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Graeme Edge (Moody Blues)

Graeme Edge, British drummer and songwriter with the Moody Blues was born 30th March 1941. Graeme Edge, Mike Pinder, Justin Heywood and John Lodge formed The Moody Blues on4 May 1964, in Erdington, Birmingham, England. The name developed from a hoped-for sponsorship from the M&B Brewery and was also a subtle reference to the Duke Ellington …

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Vincent van Goch

Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent Willem van Gogh was born 30th March 1853, his work is notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died aged 37 from a gunshot wound, generally accepted to be …

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Anna Sewell

Best known as the author of the classic novel Black Beauty, English Novellist Anna Sewell was born 30 March 1820 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk and When Anna was twelve, the family moved to Stoke Newington where she attended school for the first time. Two years later, however, she slipped while walking home from school and …

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Brexit

A referendum was held in June 2016 concerning the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. The vote supported exiting the European Union, the Prime Minister Theresa May announced in October that Britain was going to invoke Article 50 by the end of March 2017. After the government was defeated in a court case, Parliament …

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Always look on the bright side of life

Best known for his parts in the Monty Python Television Series and Films, the actor, writer and composer Eric Idle was born 29th March 1943. Eric Idle joined British sketch comedy series Monty Python alongside Graham Chapman , John Cleese, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. The first episode of British sketch comedy series Monty Python’s …

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