Benedict of Nursia

Benedict of Nursia is a Christian saint venerated in the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox Churches, the Anglican Communion and Old Catholic Churches. He is a patron saint of Europe. Benedict founded twelve communities for monks at Subiaco, Italy, before moving to Monte Cassino in the mountains of southern Italy; the Order of Saint Benedict is of origin and, not an "order" as understood but a confederation of autonomous congregations. Benedict's main achievement, his "Rule of Saint Benedict", contains a set of rules for his monks to follow. Influenced by the writings of John Cassian, it shows strong affinity with the Rule of the Master, but it has a unique spirit of balance and reasonableness, which persuaded most Christian religious communities founded throughout the Middle Ages to adopt it; as a result, his Rule became one of the most influential religious rules in Western Christendom. For this reason, Giuseppe Carletti regarded Benedict as the founder of Western Christian monasticism.

Apart from a short poem attributed to Mark of Monte Cassino, the only ancient account of Benedict is found in the second volume of Pope Gregory I's four-book Dialogues, thought to have been written in 593, although the authenticity of this work has been disputed. Gregory's account of this saint's life is not, however, a biography in the modern sense of the word, it provides instead a spiritual portrait of the gentle, disciplined abbot. In a letter to Bishop Maximilian of Syracuse, Gregory states his intention for his Dialogues, saying they are a kind of floretum of the most striking miracles of Italian holy men. Gregory did not set out to write a chronological anchored story of Saint Benedict, but he did base his anecdotes on direct testimony. To establish his authority, Gregory explains that his information came from what he considered the best sources: a handful of Benedict's disciples who lived with the saint and witnessed his various miracles; these followers, are Constantinus, who succeeded Benedict as Abbot of Monte Cassino.

In Gregory's day, history was not recognised as an independent field of study. Gregory's Dialogues Book Two an authentic medieval hagiography cast as a conversation between the Pope and his deacon Peter, is designed to teach spiritual lessons, he was the son of a Roman noble of the modern Norcia, in Umbria. A tradition which Bede accepts makes him a twin with his sister Scholastica. If 480 is accepted as the year of his birth, the year of his abandonment of his studies and leaving home would be about 500. Saint Gregory's narrative makes it impossible to suppose him younger than 20 at the time, he was old enough to be in the midst of his literary studies, to understand the real meaning and worth of the dissolute and licentious lives of his companions, to have been affected by the love of a woman. He was at the beginning of life, he had at his disposal the means to a career as a Roman noble. Benedict was disappointed by the life he found there, he does not seem to have left Rome for the purpose of becoming a hermit, but only to find some place away from the life of the great city.

He took his old nurse with him as a servant and they settled down to live in Enfide. Enfide, which the tradition of Subiaco identifies with the modern Affile, is in the Simbruini mountains, about forty miles from Rome and two from Subiaco. A short distance from Enfide is the entrance to a narrow, gloomy valley, penetrating the mountains and leading directly to Subiaco; the path continues to ascend, the side of the ravine, on which it runs, becomes steeper, until a cave is reached above which the mountain now rises perpendicularly. The cave is about ten feet deep. On his way from Enfide, Benedict met a monk, Romanus of Subiaco, whose monastery was on the mountain above the cliff overhanging the cave. Romanus had discussed with Benedict the purpose which had brought him to Subiaco, had given him the monk's habit. By his advice Benedict became a hermit and for three years, unknown to men, lived in this cave above the lake. Gregory tells us little of these years, he now speaks of Benedict no longer as a man of God.

Romanus, served the saint in every way he could. The monk visited him and on fixed days brought him food. During these three years of solitude, broken only by occasional communications with the outer world and by the visits of Romanus, Benedict matured both in mind and character, in knowledge of himself and of his fellow-man, at the same time he became not known to, but secured the respect of, those about him. Benedict was acquainted with the life and discipline of the monastery, knew that "their manners were diverse from his and therefore that they would never agree together: yet, at length, overcome with their entreaty, h

Slough Borough Council

Slough Borough Council is the local authority for the Borough of Slough, in the South East England Region of the United Kingdom. This article deals with the unitary authority, first elected, on a shadow basis, in 1997, it became the local authority for Slough on 1 April 1998. For some information about earlier Slough local authorities see Slough, Slough local elections and List of Mayors of Slough. Slough Local Board of Health was established in 1863, becoming an urban sanitary authority in 1875; the local board was replaced by Slough Urban District Council formed in 1894 under the Local Government Act 1894. The council was granted a royal charter of incorporation as a municipal borough in 1938, becoming the Corporation of Slough or Slough Corporation, it was abolished under the Local Government Act 1972 on 1 April 1974, replaced by Slough Borough Council. Current council composition <cody>.</cody> Labour- 33 Conservative- 8 UKIP- 1 Key to parties: C Conservative, IBR Independent Britwellian Residents, Ind Independent, Lab Labour, LD Liberal Democrats, Lib Liberal, UKIP United Kingdom Independence Party.

See List of Mayors of Slough for the full list from 1938 The cabinet system was introduced on 21 September 1999, to replace the traditional committee based methods of running local government. Council Cabinet Chairs John J. Connolly appointed to Cabinet 21 September 1999, elected Chair 13 October 1999 Robert Anderson appointed to Cabinet 22 June 2001, elected Chair 28 June 2001 Richard Stanley Stokes appointed to Cabinet 6 July 2004, elected Chair 15 July 2004 Robert Anderson appointed to Cabinet 15 May 2008, elected Chair 2008Commissioners for Children & Young People David Edward Mansell 13 October 1999 Muriel Douglas Gilmour 20 May 2002office abolished 2004Commissioners for Community & Customer Services 1999-2002. I. Williams 1 November 1999 Dennis McCarthy 25 May 2000 died 11 September 2002 Simon Ashley George 1 October 2002 Balwinder Singh Dhillon 28 July 2004 resigned 9 August 2004 Patrick Shine 26 August 2004 Fiza Ahmed Matloob 15 May 2008Chairs of Planning Donald Arthur Hewitt 5 October 1999 Gurmej Singh Sandhu 25 June 2001 Ronald William Sibley 6 June 2002 David

BP Fallon

Bernard Patrick Fallon, known as BP Fallon, is an Irish DJ, author and musician. He lives in Texas. At a young age Fallon became a personality and broadcaster in Ireland moving on to music journalism and photography. In the late 1960s Fallon moved to London to pursue his journalism career. In March 1969 he scored a coup - an interview with John Lennon at the'bed-in' in Amsterdam -, published in the Melody Maker; this led to a further Lennon interview and a job at Apple Records working with publicist Derek Taylor. In 1970 he appeared on Top of the Pops miming the tambourine in John Lennon's performance of "Instant Karma!". In an alternate clip, Fallon was shown miming the bass guitar. Fallon became publicist for Thin Lizzy and T. Rex - for whom he coined the term "T. Rextasy", he toured with Led Zeppelin during the band's heyday in the 1970s. During the punk rock years he represented Ian Dury. Fallon returned to Irish radio in the 80s and, in 1986, Fallon won a Jacob's Award for his RTÉ 2fm show, The BP Fallon Orchestra.

In the early 1990s, Fallon toured with and DJ'd for U2 on their Zoo TV Tour and wrote a book/journal about his experiences called U2 Faraway So Close. He started up a multinational club "Death Disco" with Alan McGee, variously located in Dublin, New York, sundry other locations. In the 2000s he DJ'd on the road with the groups My Bloody Valentine and The Kills. In December 2009 he released a solo record "Fame#9" - a collaboration with Jack White on his label Third Man Records; the 7" single is notable for being "3-sided" - the b-side has separate tracks recorded on the left and right stereo channels. Fallon performed on stage with varying lineups before forming BP Fallon & The Bandits with Aaron Lee Tasjan, plus Nigel Harrison and Clem Burke both from Blondie. In 2013 the band released their debut album Still Legal on their own Vibrosonic Records; the album included additional playing by Ian McLagan of the Small Faces. In March 2014 he appeared at SXSW with the group Ghost Wolves, as well as The Strypes performing the song Vicious at a Lou Reed memorial concert.

In August 2016 a second album'Hot Tongue' was released. Fallon performed the title song on Irish television, backed by the Agenda. BP Fallon – official site BP Fallon discography at Discogs BP Fallon on IMDb