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Mark Kelson

Mark Kelson is a Melbourne born musician, best known for his work as a member of The Eternal, Cryptal Darkness & Alternative 4 Mark Kelson began his music career in the doom band Cryptal Darkness. After three full length albums and several personal differences in the band, Mark left the band to begin his most successful project to date, The Eternal. Mark has since recorded four full length albums with The Eternal and toured extensively through Europe, North America, Mexico and parts of Asia, including Japan; the band was set to do their second Japanese tour in April 2011 but due to the tsunami that hit Japan a few days earlier, the band's Japanese label was forced to postpone the tour. The Eternal worked with Canadian musician Jeff Martin of the multi-platinum band The Tea Party on their last album,'Under A New Sun'; the album was co-produced by Martin and Kelson and features them singing a duet on the song'The Sleeper'. During 2011, Mark worked with Duncan Patterson to create a debut album called'The Brink' for Duncan's new band.

The band is called Alternative 4. The album was released in November 2011 on Avantgarde Music; this is not the first time Mark and Duncan have worked together, with Mark contributing to Duncan's earlier project, Íon. In 2007 Mark toured through Switzerland, North America and Canada as a session guitarist for avant-garde metal act Virgin Black. With many years studio experience behind him, Mark went on to study sound production and is also working as a studio sound engineer and producer with many up-coming Australian & international bands. Between 2011 & 2012 Mark completed two European tours as the frontman & guitarist of UK band Alternative 4. Mark completed production on the new album by The Eternal called When The Circle of Light Begins To Fade. A well as performing on the album, Mark engineered, mixed & produced the album; this album saw the band tour Australia with Finnish band Amorphis in October 2013. In May 2014 Mark completed his first solo acoustic tour of Japan with shows in Yokohama, Tokyo & Kyoto.

As of the end of May 2014 Mark has completed work on his first Solo album Resurgence. The album is set for an August release. Mark writes a series of articles on sound production for Japanese Magazine DiGiRECO, focusing on home recording techniques. 2014 - Mark Kelson - Resurgence 2018 - The Eternal - Waiting For The Endless Dawn 2013 - The Eternal - When The Circle of Light Begins To Fade 2011 - The Eternal - Live At The East Brunswick Club 2011 - The Eternal - Under A New Sun 2010 - The Eternal - Under A New Sun CD Single 2008 - The Eternal - Kartika 2005 - The Eternal - Sleep Of Reason 2004 - The Eternal - The Sombre Light Of Isolation 2003 - The Eternal - Promo 2003 2019 - Suldusk - Luna Falls 2011 - Alternative 4 - The Brink 2011 - Rainshadow - Waters Imperium 2010 - Íon - Immaculada 2008 - Ashkhara - Soul Burning 2007 - InSomnius Dei - Illusions Of Silence 2007 - Rainshadow - End Songs 2007 - Painted Black - Verbo 2006 - Íon - Madre, Protégenos 2006 - Rainshadow - Demo 2006 2002 - ThreeThirteen - ThreeThirteen 2000 - Cryptal Darkness - Chapter II The Fallen 1999 - Cryptal Darkness - They Whispered You Had Risen 1997 - Cryptal Darkness - Promotional Sampler 1997 1996 - Cryptal Darkness - Endless Tears 1996 - Cryptal Darkness - Descend Into Thy Grave 1995 - Paramaecium - Within The Ancient Forest An interview with Mark @ 01/02/11 Official site of The Eternal, full discography and news Íon, official website, full discography and news Official site of The Eternal Official site of Kelsonic Studios

Wallace & Gromit's Thrill-O-Matic

Wallace & Gromit's Thrill-O-Matic is an indoor family ride at the Pleasure Beach Blackpool, a theme park in Blackpool, England. It opened in 2013, replacing The Gold Mine ride which opened in 1971 at a cost of £150,000, which closed in 2011, it is based on the Wallace and Gromit films and was opened in April 2013 by Nick Park, Amanda Thompson, Nick Thompson, Nick Farmer and Merlin Crossingham. The ride, which cost £5.25 million to make, was created by Blackpool Pleasure Beach design in association with the creators of Wallace and Gromit, Aardman Animations. The cars on the ride are designed on one of Wallace's slippers, so that, when a rider is seated, it is as if they are sitting inside a large slipper; the ride lasts four minutes, features scenes and audio from the Wallace and Gromit films A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and A Matter of Loaf and Death. The ride shares the same track layout as the previous Gold Mine Ride where riders experience small drops and sound effects throughout the ride.

Next to the ride is a shop selling Wallace and Gromit merchandise including products such as T-shirts, mugs and keyrings. 2013 in amusement parks Wallace and Gromit

Marley & Me

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog is an autobiographical book by journalist John Grogan, published in 2005, about the 13 years he and his family spent with their yellow Labrador Retriever, Marley. The dog is poorly behaved and destructive, the book covers the issues this causes in the family as they learn to accept him in addition to their grief following Marley's death, it was subsequently adapted by the author into three separate books, as well as into a comedy-drama film released in 2008. Told in first-person narrative, the book portrays Grogan and his family's life during the 13 years that they lived with their dog Marley, the relationships and lessons from this period. Marley, a yellow Labrador Retriever, is described as a high-strung and somewhat uncontrolled dog, he is strong, endlessly hungry, eager to be active, destructive of their property. Marley fails to "get the idea" of what humans expect of him, his acts and behaviors are forgiven, since it is clear that he has a heart of gold and is living within his nature.

Marley was filmed for a two-minute credited appearance in the 1996 movie The Last Home Run. The strong contrast between the problems and tensions caused by his neuroses and behavior, the undying devotion and trust shown towards the human family as they themselves have children and grow up to accept him for what he is, their grief when he dies from gastric dilatation volvulus in old age, form the backdrop for the biographical material of the story. In the autobiography, the author states that the eulogy he wrote in his newspaper following the death of his dog received more responses than any other column he had written in his professional life up until that point. Marley & Me has been rewritten into three different books: Marley: A Dog Like No Other, for younger readers who would enjoy reading about Marley's story, without the sexual content in the original Bad Dog, Marley!, a picture book for readers learning to read in lower grade levels A Very Marley ChristmasIn 2008, the novel was adapted into a family comedy-drama motion picture titled Marley & Me.

Released on December 25, 2008, the film stars Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston and is directed by David Frankel. A prequel followed in 2011, Marley & Me: The Puppy Years. In a discussion on his website devoted to the book, Grogan looks back on his family's time with Marley, the lessons learned, concludes that: "ommitment matters. That'in good times and bad, in sickness and in health' means something. We didn't give up on Marley when it would have been easy to, in the end he came through and proved himself a great and memorable pet." Official Site

Frank Ewart Smith

Sir Frank Ewart Smith FRS, known as Sir Ewart Smith was a scholar, military scientist, technical director Deputy Chairman of Imperial Chemical Industries Ewart Smith, the son of a pharmacist, was born in Loughton, but grew up in Hastings, East Sussex. From the age of nine he was educated at Uckfield Grammar School when he was twelve won a scholarship to Christ's Hospital. Gaining a scholarship to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, in 1915 to read Natural Sciences, he did not go up to Cambridge until 1919, first joining the Royal Artillery during the First World War and seeing active service at Messines and Ypres, he went on to gain a first in Mechanical Engineering in an unusually short time, stayed on as a postgraduate to study phase changes in iron, for which he was awarded the John Wimbolt prize. By 1931, Ewart Smith was Technical Director of ICI's chemical plant at County Durham. In the lead up to war, ICI had planned for the production of fuel and explosives, with which Ewart Smith assisted.

During the war itself he served in the Government appointed role of Chief Engineer, & Superintendent of Armament Design for the Ministry of Supply at Fort Halstead, where he had a leading role in the design of PIAT, for armour piercing, the British equivalent to the American Bazooka in use into the 1950s. His military science experience when reading intelligence reports led him in 1943 to predict the development and deployment of long range rockets by Germany, he had Winston Churchill's ear, V-2 launch sites were targeted by Allied forces. In 1959 Ewart Smith retired as Deputy Chairman of ICI. During his time as CEAD, Ewart Smith recruited an able, young metallurgist to work for him, Richard Beeching. After the war, Beeching went on to continue working for Ewart Smith at ICI; when in retirement Ewart Smith was asked to serve on the Stedeford Committee to recommend a solution to the dire finances of British Transport, Ewart Smith instead recommended Beeching for his powerful ability to analyse problems.

Beeching infamously went on to recommend the closure of one-third of the Britain's railway stations. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1957

Melcher Media

Melcher Media is a book packager and publisher in New York City, New York, founded in 1994 by Charles Melcher. The company’s focuses include magazine-, movie-, TV-related books; the company has produced more than 100 titles, including 15 New York Times best sellers, such as An Inconvenient Truth, Domino: The Book of Decorating, Eminem: The Way I Am, The Lucky Shopping Manual, The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style, 100 Years of Harley-Davidson, Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell. Melcher Media is known for visual and physically distinctive books, such as a pink faux-alligator binding of Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell and a green gel-filled cover for Not Just Cartoons, Nicktoons; the company leads the market with adult pop-up books, such as the best-selling Pop-Up Book of Phobias and Pop-Up Book of Celebrity Meltdowns. Melcher Media founded and produced The Future of StoryTelling summit, an exclusive gathering of influential people that are shaping the way that technology is revolutionizing human communications.

Organized around a series of intimate, high-level discussions with inspiring speakers, as well as immersive experiences, this participatory summit will expose top-tier individuals and corporations to the new ideas and technologies that are driving the storytelling renaissance in the digital age. In 2004, Melcher Media received U. S. Patent 6,773,034 for a waterproof book-binding technology, known as DuraBooks. Using synthetic paper, DuraBooks are durable yet recyclable; the most prominent DuraBook titles include Michael Braungart and William McDonough’s Cradle to Cradle and Aqua Erotica: 18 Stories for a Steamy Bath. Cradle to Cradle Design uses DuraBook technology as an example of an "upcyclable" product. 2008: New York Book Show, First Place, Deceptively Delicious 2008: New York Book Show, Second Place, Illumination 2008: New York Book Show, Second Place, General Books, The Sopranos 2008: New York Book Show, Third Place, Gift Book, Shakespeare’s Genealogies 2006: AIGA Fifty Books/Fifty Covers, Avenue Q 2005: AIGA Fifty Books/Fifty Covers, Wicked 2005: American Photo, 10 Best Photography Books of the Year, Individuals Melcher Media website