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Angel (coin)

The angel was an English gold coin introduced by Edward IV in 1465. It was patterned after the French angelot or ange, issued since 1340; the name derived from its representation of the archangel Michael slaying a dragon. As it was considered a new issue of the noble, it was called the angel-noble. In 1472, the half-angel was introduced with a similar design weighing 40 grains with a diameter of 20 to 21 millimeters. Reverse: Depicts a ship with arms and rays of sun at the masthead. Legend: per crucem tuam salva nos christe redemptor, meaning "By Thy cross save us, Christ Redeemer." The angel varied in value from 6 shillings 8 pence to 11 shillings between Edward's reign and the time of James I. Under Charles I, it was last coined in 1642. In 1526 during the reign of Henry VIII, it increased to six pence or 90 pence. In 1544, it increased again to 96 pence. In 1550 during the reign of Edward VI it increased to ten shillings or 120 pence or £​1⁄2. In 1612 during the reign of James I it increased to 132 pence.

In 1619 it decreased at that point in time it weighed 70 grains. In 1663, Charles II replaced the existing coinage with new designs struck by machine; the standard gold coin became the Guinea. 2016 coin value at action for US$13,000. The angel was such an iconic coin; the Angel Inn in Islington was one of these. The angel was traditionally given to sufferers of the disease known as "king's evil", in a mediaeval ceremony intended to heal them with the "royal touch". After it was no longer minted, medals with the same device were given instead; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. "Angel", Encyclopædia Britannica, 2, Cambridge University Press, p. 6 "Angel", Encyclopædia Britannica, 2, 1878, p. 28

Evolution: Creatio Ex Nihilio

Evolution: Creatio Ex Nihilio is the first full-length album by Enochian Theory. It was released by their own independent label on 3 August 2009, had a worldwide major label release by Mascot records on 27 September 2010. Due to outside issues and influences the band needed to write and record a new album in a short period of time; as a result, the vocalist/songwriter Ben Harris-Hayes began writing in January 2008 and continued until March, when the band was sure they had enough material to proceed. To accommodate the short time frame, the songwriting process differed from their previous releases, with the vocalist composing all the music and main structures. Using specific music software packages and MIDI sequencing and samples to recreate a full band performance, Harris-Hayes could see how sections flowed and how they would sound with a full band playing the songs; the band worked on these songs together, when they practiced three times a week at their Pyres Of Mithrandire studio and rehearsal space.

When they were sure that the songs would work as a three piece band, Harris-Hayes started working with The Lost Orchestra to compose and perform the album's orchestral pieces. With thirteen tracks written and ready to take into the studio, pre-production began at the beginning of July; the drums were recorded at The Old Blacksmiths Studio in Portsmouth with the band again working with the Emmy nominated engineer, Rich Tamblyn, who had co-produced the band's A Monument to the Death of an Idea EP. The guitars, bass guitar and vocals were recorded with Josh Eaves and Ross Gill at Rossgill Studios in the city and the orchestral arrangements and recording were completed at Harris-Hayes's home Ethereal Tantrum studio. Recording of the album was completed on 12 October 2008; the finished recording was mixed and mastered in Sweden by David Castillo, who had co-produced Katatonia's album, The Great Cold Distance, on the Peaceville label as well as mixing the Opeth album Watershed on the Roadrunner records label.

It was mixed in Castillo’s completed new state-of-the-art recording facility Ghostward and was the first project worked on there. The artwork for the album was conceived and realized by the Swedish artist Robin Portnoff, introduced to the band by Castillo. In May 2009, the band placed three of the new tracks, "Apathia", "Movement" and "Waves of Ascension", on their website and Myspace page. Although the album was not due to be released until August 2009, pre-release copies started to make waves in the industry with the organisers of the ProgPower Europe festival booking them to appear at the 2009 event. Blabbermouth.net quoted the festival organisers who said, "Probably hardly anyone has heard of this band, but that will change when they will release their new album in August 2009," and "ENOCHIAN THEORY will surprise many of you." Distribution for the band's independently released CD and downloads was once again handled by CODE 7/Plastic Head Distribution with the band keen to build on the working relationship that began with their A Monument To The Death Of An Idea and "Namyamka" releases.

In the buildup to its independent release, tracks from the new album received rotation on Kerrang radio and Bruce Dickinson's BBC 6 Music rock show. The album was released through the band's own independent Anomalousz Music Records label on 3 August 2009 followed with wide press coverage in music publications across Europe including the English and Polish editions of Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Zero Tolerance, Rock Sound, the German and Greek editions of Rock Hard, Powerplay rock and metal magazine, Big Cheese, the Spanish magazine This Is Rock, the Italian magazine Metal Maniac, the Norwegian magazine Helvete, the Finnish magazine Inferno and the Romanian rock and metal magazine Maximum Rock. Metal Hammer called the CD "Cryptic but captivating prog-metal" and said "... Enochian Theory have woven a remarkable tapestry" defining their music as "... Tool-esque obliqueness and sweeping symphonic statements". Classic Rock called the CD "...a wonderfully balanced album, as intense as it is relenting" and stated that "the south coast trio have the exceptional ability to carve out their own niche – they just need to be given the chance".

Terrorizer said in their review, "A bracing change from Brit metal bandwagon chasers, this intrepid trio are strapped into seats on the prog mothership, with a long and beguiling journey ahead of them...think brave and eccentric: this is an absorbing debut from a band that don’t know where the box is, let alone why anyone would think inside it." Zero Tolerance called the album "an intriguing, multi layered slab of British prog that lilts between Marillion-esque passages before lurching into moments of crushing aggression ala Katatonia whilst retaining a flair for the eccentric and the unpredictable" and "Musically brilliant and evolving, Evolution is fine album that, just like its creators, deserves the attention of any self-respecting prog-lover." Powerplay commented in its review, "The wait has been worthwhile as it’s another exciting set of songs that should see these guys take another massive step up the rock and metal ladder. It is a well crafted and executed set of songs. With impressive and varied guitar work throughout, this is an album that makes you want to lift that ‘axe’ yourself and have a go yourself… A great album" Big Cheese said in its review, "When they do decide to rock the hell out, they’re pretty bloody good, with juddering riffs and harsh vocal that pepper the likes of ‘At Great Odds With…’ and ‘A Monument To The Death Of An Idea’ sounding damn impressive.

Packed full of potential, Enochian Theory’s skills are catching up to their ambitions." On 29 April 2010, the band announced they had signed a deal with Mascot rec

Locusts on Hudson

Locusts on Hudson is a 76-acre estate in Staatsburg, New York, owned by hotelier André Balazs. The property has manor; the historic estate now acts as an events venue due in part to its naturalistic landscape. A portion of the produce and animals of the farm are sent to The Standard Grill, The Standard, High Line Hotel, Narcissa at The Standard, East Village Hotel owned by Balazs, in New York City, New York. Designed by architect John Churchill in the early 1940s, the estate's manor is of a neo-baroque style. Beside the manor, there are many white, antique remnants of dairy barns on the property. American Revolutionary War officer and Associate Justice Henry Brockholst Livingston bought the "Wittemount" estate from a man by the name of De Witt in 1782. Brockholst Livingston developed. In 1797, he gave the property the new title “The Locusts” for its black locust trees. Brockholst Livingston removed a log cabin from, added a red brick mansion to, the property. Brockholst Livingston resided on the estate for some years before selling it to Major George William Augustus Provost.

George William Prevost inherited a large portion of this property and conveyed it in April 1811 to James Duane Livingston, son of Robert Cambridge Livingston. On October 19, 1835, James Livingston sold it to William C. Emmet of New York, who occupied it as a country seat until 1854, when it was purchased by William Brown Dinsmore, president of the Adams Express Company; the mansion was built by Dinsmore in 1873. The grounds surrounding the house formed a lawn of from fifty to sixty acres, beautified by extensive floral display and a profusion of bedding plants. Dinsmore had a particular interest in horticulture and floriculture. Dinsmore added extensive gardens and greenhouses to the estate. In the 19th century, the property was the subject of at least one American School painting. Helen Dinsmore Huntington, daughter William B. Dinsmore Jr. inherited the property, called "Staatsburg on Hudson". Huntington had the mansion demolished and replaced it with the manor, on the property. After divorcing her husband of 26 years, Vincent Astor, she married Lytle Hull.

During that time, many famous musicians, such as Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, Elsa Maxwell, visited the estate for galas held to support her philanthropic projects. Bob Guccione and publisher of Penthouse Magazine, owned the property, utilizing it as a weekend country house. At the time, the property was referred to as “The Willows”. In 2004, the estate was foreclosed before being bought by André Balazs. Official Homepage