The Inkheart trilogy is a series of three fantasy novels written by German author Cornelia Funke, comprising Inkheart and Inkdeath. The books chronicle the adventures of teen Meggie Folchart whose life changes when she realizes that she and her father, a bookbinder named Mo, have the unusual ability to bring characters from books into the real world when reading aloud. Set in Northern Italy and the parallel world of the fictional Inkheart book, the central story arc concerns the magic of books, their characters and creatures, the art of reading. Released in German-speaking Europe, the English translation of the third book, entitled Inkdeath, by Anthea Bell was released in October 2008. In 2004, Funke sold the film rights to all three books to New Line Cinema. In Inkheart, the twelve-year-old, discovers that her father Mo, a professional bookbinder, has the unusual ability to transfer characters from books into the real world when he reads aloud—they call those with this ability "Silvertongue".
Mo once brought four characters of a book entitled Inkheart to life while reading from the novel, including Dustfinger, his pet marten Gwin. After many years Dustfinger returns to pay Meggie and her father a visit, advising them to flee the country to escape Capricorn and his followers who are in search of Mo and his Inkheart copy; the three of them leave to hide at Meggie's great-aunt Elinor's house in Northern Italy but end up being dragged off by Basta and his companions to the near village of Capricorn, because Dustfinger betrayed them as Capricorn promised him he would help him go back home. He forces Mo to read treasures out of books, since his useless reader, could not do it. Meggie soon discovers she has the same talent as her father when she summons the monster known as "The Shadow" out of the book, she helps to kill his entourage with the power of her reading talent. A year has passed. Resa is back. Dustfinger wants to go back to his wife and his daughters who are in the story; when he finds a self-absorbed psycho storyteller, who can read him back into the book, he goes into the pages, but Orpheus doesn't read Farid back into the book like he was supposed to, because he leaves the word "boy" out.
Soon Farid convinces Meggie to read him into the book so he can warn Dustfinger of Basta, becomes his apprentice once more. But this time, Meggie has Farid into the book Inkheart. Mortola, Orpheus, a "man built like a wardrobe" barge into Elinor's house, take Mo, Resa and Darius prisoner, while Meggie and Farid have no idea what is happening in the other world. Orpheus reads Basta, Mortola, Mo, Resa into Inkheart. Mortola gets a modern rifle, shoots Mo, thinking that she has killed him and leaves. However, Mo survived the shot. Resa discovers. Resa and Mo are hiding with the strolling players, but now they have discovered that the injured Mo is the mysterious gentleman-robber, the "Bluejay", created by Fenoglio, the Inkweaver's words. Fenoglio is now living within his own story and he makes Meggie read Cosimo the Fair back into the story since he died, Meggie being kissed by Farid shortly after. Now the Adderhead is out to get him, waiting to kill his family in front of him. Mo and Resa are captured and Mo is unable to escape because of his fatal wound.
Meggie, Mo all end up in the Adderhead's castle, while Meggie has made a bargain with the Adderhead that she will bind him a book of immortality if he lets her, Resa, Mo, the other strolling players he has captured go. What she doesn't tell the prince is that if three words are written in the book—heart, death—the Adderhead will die instantly. In the meanwhile and Dustfinger have snuck into the castle using soot that causes invisibility, created by a combination of fire and water. Meggie and Farid fall in love. Farid is killed by Basta, one of Capricorn's old followers, killed by Mo. Later, Dustfinger summons the White Women to bring Farid back to life, sacrificing himself. Roxanne, Dustfinger's wife, realizes this and is furious at Farid for taking away her love, but is powerless to do anything. Meggie reads Orpheus into the story using Fenoglio's words, although Orpheus refuses to believe that she read him into the book. Farid agrees to work for Orpheus as a servant if he writes something to bring Dustfinger back to life.
But Farid wonders, will he live up to the agreement and will Dustfinger come back? Farid, now the servant of Orpheus, has been trying to convince the man to bring Dustfinger back from the dead. Orpheus agrees to read him back, but under one condition: Mo takes his place in death. Mo summons the White Women using words that Orpheus copied from Inkheart, they bring him to the world of the dead, causing a lot of commotion amongst those around him. In the world of the dead, Mo meets Death herself, Death bargains with Mo. Mo must bring the Adderhead to Death before Spring comes or Meggie and Mo will die; the vicious herald of the Silver Prince and the servant of the Milksop, King of Ombra, where the characters are staying, kidnap all of the children in the town and threatens to work them to death at the silver mines. But Mo is returned to the world of the living along with Dustfinger, the two hatch a pl
USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391)
USCGC Blackthorn was a 180-foot seagoing buoy tender which sank in 1980 in a collision near the Tampa Bay Sunshine Skyway Bridge, resulting in 23 crew member fatalities. An Iris-class vessel, she was built by Marine Ironworks and Shipbuilding Corporation in Duluth, Minnesota. Blackthorn's preliminary design was completed by the United States Lighthouse Service and the final design was produced by Marine Iron and Shipbuilding Corporation in Duluth. On 21 May 1943 the keel was laid, she was launched on 20 July 1943 and commissioned on 27 March 1944; the original cost for the hull and machinery was $876,403. Blackthorn was one of 39 original 180-foot seagoing buoy tenders built between 1942-1944. All but one of the original tenders, USCGC Ironwood, were built in Duluth. Blackthorn was assigned to the Great Lakes for ice-breaking duties, but after only a few months, she was reassigned to San Pedro, California, she served in San Pedro for several years before being brought into the gulf coast region to serve in Mobile, Alabama transferred to Galveston, Texas for the final years of her service until the accident.
In 1979-1980, Blackthorn underwent a major overhaul in Florida. However, on 28 January 1980, while leaving Tampa Bay after the completion of the overhaul, she collided with the tanker SS Capricorn. Shortly after the collision, Blackthorn capsized; the cutter was raised for the investigation, but was scuttled in the Gulf of Mexico after the investigation was complete. She serves as an artificial reef for recreational diving and fishing. Having just completed her overhaul at the Gulf Tampa Drydock Company, which included overhaul of the main propulsion generators, Blackthorn was outward bound from Tampa Bay on the night of 28 January 1980. Meanwhile, the tanker Capricorn, owned by Kingston Shipping Company and operated by Apex Marine Corporation of New York, was standing into the bay. Blackthorn's captain, Lieutenant Commander George Sepel had departed the bridge to investigate a problem with the newly installed propulsion shaft. Ensign John Ryan had the conn. Earlier the cutter had been overtaken by a Russian passenger ship.
When requested by Kazakhstan to pass, the Blackthorn navigated starboard permitting Kazakhstan to pass. The Blackthorn navigated to mid-channel and resumed course. Capricorn began to turn left, but this course would not allow Capricorn and Blackthorn to pass port-to-port, as the rules of navigation required. Unable to make radio contact with Blackthorn, Capricorn's pilot blew two short whistle blasts to have the ships pass starboard-to-starboard. With the Blackthorn's officer of the deck confused in regard to the standard operating procedure and rules of navigation, Blackthorn's captain issued orders for evasive action. Despite the Blackthorn's evasive action, a collision occurred. Damage to the Blackthorn from the initial impact was not extensive. However, Capricorn's anchor was ready to be let go; the anchor became embedded in the Blackthorn's hull and ripped open the port side above the water line. As the two ships backed away from each other, the chain became taut; the force of the much larger ship pulling on it, caused Blackthorn to tip on her side until she capsized.
Six off-duty personnel who had mustered when they heard the collision alarm were trapped inside the ship. Several crew members who had just reported aboard tried to escape and in the process trapped themselves in the engine room. Although 27 crewmen survived the collision, 23 perished. Primary responsibility for the collision was placed on the Blackthorn's captain, Lt. Commander Sepel, as he had made an inexperienced junior officer officer of the deck and allowed him to navigate the ship through an unfamiliar waterway with heavy traffic; the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, Admiral John B. Hayes, approved the report of the marine board of investigation on the collision between Blackthorn and Capricorn; the board determined that the cause of the collision was the failure of both vessels to keep well to the side of the channel which lay on each ship's starboard sides. Concurring with the marine board's determination of the cause, the Commandant emphasized in his "Action" that the failure of the persons in charge of both vessels to ascertain the intentions of the other through the exchange of appropriate whistle signals was the primary contributing cause.
Additionally, Admiral Hayes pointed out that attempts to establish a passing agreement by using only radiotelephone communications failed to be an adequate substitute for exchanging proper whistle signals. The marine board found evidence of violation of various navigation laws on the parts of Capricorn's master and pilot. There were similar findings on the part of Blackthorn's commanding officer of the deck; these matters were referred to the commanders of the Seventh and Eighth Coast Guard Districts for further investigation and appropriate action. The Commandant acted on various safety recommendations made by the marine board concerning training and equipment aboard Coast Guard vessels, navigation considerations in Tampa Bay. Seaman Apprentice William "Billy" Flores was from Carlsbad, New Mexico and attended Western Hills High School in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2000 he was posthumously awarded the Coast Guard Medal, the service's highest award for heroism in peacetime. SA Flores, out of boot camp just one year, opened the life jacket locker as Blackthorn capsized, securing its hatch open with his belt, made sure that his shipma
Overkill (Motörhead album)
Overkill is the second studio album by the band Motörhead, released 24 March 1979, on Bronze Records, their first with the label, it peaked at #24 on the UK charts. Kerrang! magazine listed the album at #46 among the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time". Bronze Records signed Motörhead in 1978 and gave them time in Wessex Studios in London to record Richard Berry's "Louie Louie" and a new song by the band, "Tear Ya Down." The band toured to promote the single "Louie Louie," which became a modest hit, while Chiswick released the Motörhead album in white vinyl, to keep the momentum going. In the Classic Albums documentary on the making of Ace of Spades, Gerry Bron of Bronze Records admits: ".. The first time I heard Motörhead was when I listened to a single that I put out without hearing, "Louie Louie," and when I heard it I was horrified. I thought it was the worst record I've heard, so it was a bit of a shock; the bigger shock was, having put out a record I thought was terrible, it went straight into the charts at #72.
But I put the record out as a favour.." Sales of the single brought the band their first appearance on BBC Television's Top of the Pops, which gave Bronze the confidence to get the band back into the studio to record a second album. In the 2011 book Overkill: The Untold Story of Motörhead, biographer Joel McIver quotes guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke: ".. We had so many false starts and disappointments by the time Overkill came around in 1978 we had stored up a lot of energy and ideas – and we were just waiting for the opportunity to show what we could do. We had a great following, we always felt we owed the fans, with us from the beginning.." Speaking to James McNair of Mojo in 2011, vocalist and bassist Lemmy concurred: "..by the time of Overkill we were getting our sound together.." Overkill was co-produced by legendary producer Jimmy Miller, who had worked with Traffic and the Rolling Stones, recorded at Roundhouse Studios and Sound Development Studios in London.'"Damage Case" was co-written by the band and Mick Farren of The Deviants.
In his autobiography White Line Fever, Lemmy claims that he wrote the words to "Metropolis" "in five minutes" after seeing the movie of the same name at the Electric Cinema in Portebello Road, claims that he always wanted Tina Turner to record "I'll Be Your Sister," insisting: ".. I like writing songs for women. In fact, I've written songs with women. I've been called a sexist by some factions of radical, frigid feminists, but they don't know what they're talking about.." The title track is notable for Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor's use of two bass drums. In the documentary The Guts and the Glory the drummer recalls: ".. I always wanted to play two bass drums but I always said to myself,'No, I'm not gonna be one of these wankers who goes on stage and has two bass drums and never fuckin' plays'em'. Not until I can play'em. So I got this other bass drum and I used to get to rehearsals a couple of hours before the other guys and just practise, you know, just sit there going like running, or something like that...
I was playing that riff, just trying to get my coordination right, when Eddie and Lemmy walked in, I was just about to stop and they went,'No, don't stop! Keep going!'... And, how Overkill got written.." Joe Petagno, the sleeve artist, had this to say about the cover of the album, which he felt rushed into because the band could not find him: ".. I had about a week and a half to get it finished... But it was always a disappointment for me, personally, it should have been multi-layered. It was supposed to have a feeling that there was more to it, there were going to be more bits and pieces. In a way, I kind of did it on the Inferno thing. I sort of took my revenge on the new trinity. In a way.." The first release from those sessions was the single release of the title track backed with "Too Late, Too Late" in 7" and 12" pressings. In June 1979, "No Class" was lifted from the album as a follow-up single, backed with a unreleased song, "Like a Nightmare." While the Chiswick album Motörhead had been a hasty affair Overkill had more spring and bounce, a thundering title track that would become a show-stopper for years to come.
Three weeks after the initial release of the album in black vinyl, the album was released in a limited edition of 15,000 in green vinyl. With a view to increasing the sales, the single was released in three different covers, one each of Lemmy and Taylor; the album was reissued on Cassette, CD and vinyl by Castle Communications in 1988, coupled with Another Perfect Day, Bronze having issued a cassette of the album coupled with Bomber in 1980. Overkill was an unexpected success, it is considered by many to be a vast improvement over the band's debut and the album where they laid the foundation for their classic sound. AllMusic: Motörhead's landmark second album, marked a major leap forward for the band, it remains one of their all-time best, without question. In fact, some fans consider it their single best, topping Ace of Spades. It's a ferocious album, for sure showcasing Motörhead's trademark style of no holds barred proto-thrash – a kind of punk-inflected heavy metal style, sloppy and raw yet forceful and in your face."
In 2005, Overkill was ranked number 340 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time. However, it has been criticised for being one dimensional and unskilled Writing in the 2011 book Overkill: The Untold Story of Motörhead, biographer Joel
The Alpine ibex known as the steinbock, bouquetin, or ibex, is a species of wild goat that lives in the mountains of the European Alps. It is a sexually dimorphic species with larger males; the coat colour is brownish grey. Alpine ibex tend to live in rough terrain near the snow line, they are social, although adult males and females segregate for most of the year, coming together only to mate. Four distinct groups exist. During the breeding season, males fight for access to females and use their long horns in agonistic behaviours. After being extirpated from most areas by the 19th century, the Alpine ibex was reintroduced to parts of its historical range. All individuals living today descend from the stock in Gran Paradiso National Park in Aosta Valley; this national park was created to help the ibex to thrive. The ibex is the emblem of both the Vanoise National Park; the species is listed as of least concern by the IUCN, but went through a population bottleneck of less than 100 individuals. This has led to low genetic diversity across populations.
The Alpine ibex was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1758. It is classified in the genus Capra with at least seven other species of wild goat. Both Capra and Ovis descended from a goral-like animal from the Miocene and early Pliocene, whose fossils are found in Kenya and Slovenia; the genus Tossunnoria appears in China during the late Miocene and appears to have been intermediate between gorals and goats. Fossils of Alpine ibex date back to the late Pleistocene, when it and the Spanish ibex evolved from the extinct Pleistocene species Capra camburgensis; the Nubian and Siberian ibex were considered to be subspecies of the Alpine ibex, giving populations in the Alps the trinomial of C. i. ibex. Compared with other members of its genus, the Alpine ibex has a duller coat, it has brownish grey hair over most of the body, a pale abdomen and darker markings on the chin and throat and in a stripe along the back. They moult twice a year, firstly in April or May, again in September, when they replace the short summer coat with thicker hair and a woolly undercoat.
Males grow to a height of 90 to 101 centimetres at the withers, with a body length of 149 to 171 centimetres and weigh from 67 to 117 kilograms. Females are noticeably smaller, with a shoulder height of 73 to 84 centimetres, a body length of 121 to 141 centimetres, a weight of 17 to 32 kilograms. Both male and female Alpine ibexes have large, backwards-curving, horns with numerous ridges along their length. At 69 to 98 centimetres, those of the males are larger than those of females, which reach only 18 to 35 centimetres in length; the Alpine ibex was, at one point, restricted only to the Gran Paradiso National Park in northern Italy, in the Maurienne Valley in the French Alps but i it was both reintroduced to most of the European Alps. Reintroductions started in 1906 into Switzerland. Alpine ibex are now found in most or all the Italian and French alpine ranges, southern Germany and Austria, it was introduced to Bulgaria and Slovenia. An excellent climber, its preferred habitat is the rocky region along the snow line above alpine forests, where it occupies steep, rough terrain at elevations of 1,800 to 3,300 metres.
Alpine ibex are absent from woodland areas although adult males in densely populated areas may stay in larch and mixed larch-spruce woodland if there is no snow. Males spend the winter in coniferous forests. For most of the year and females occupy different habitat. Females rely on steep terrain more so than males. Males use lowland meadows during the spring, when snow melts and green grass appears, they climb to alpine meadows during the summer. When winter arrives, both sexes move to steep rocky slopes, they prefer slopes of 30 -- use small caves and overhangs for shelter. Home ranges are variable, depending on the availability of resources, vary in size throughout the year. Figures of anything from 180 to 2,800 hectares have been recorded. Home ranges tend to be largest during summer and autumn, smallest in winter and intermediate in spring. Female home ranges are smaller than those of males. Alpine ibexes appear to have a low rate of predation and in Gran Paradiso die of age, starvation or disease.
Alpine ibexes are herbivorous, with over half of their diet consisting of grasses, the remainder being a mixture of moss, flowers and twigs. If leaves and shoots are out of reach, they stand on their rear legs to reach this food. Grass genera that are the most eaten are Agrostis, Calamagrostis, Phleum, Poa and Trisetum; the climbing ability of the Alpine ibex is such that it has been observed standing on the sheer face of a dam, where it licks the stonework to obtain mineral salts. Although the Alpine ibex is a social species, they segregate sexually and spatially depending on the season. Four types of groups exist. Adult male groups, female-offspring groups, groups of young individuals 2–3 years old, mixed sex groups. Young groups are numerous at the beginning of summer but are expelled by females at the end of their gestation period. Female and offspring groups occur year-round, at least in an area of the French Alps. Mixed sex gro
Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer
The Scaled Composites Model 311 Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer is an aircraft designed by Burt Rutan in which Steve Fossett flew a solo nonstop airplane flight around the world in a little less than 77 hours. The flight speed of 551 km/h set the world record for the fastest nonstop non-refueled circumnavigation, beating the mark set by the previous Rutan-designed Voyager aircraft at 9 days 3 minutes and a top speed of 196 km/h; the aircraft was owned by the pilot Steve Fossett, sponsored by Richard Branson's airline, Virgin Atlantic, built by Burt Rutan's company, Scaled Composites. The two companies subsequently went on to work together on Virgin Galactic. Between February 8, 2006 and February 11, 2006, Fossett flew the GlobalFlyer for the longest aircraft flight distance in history: 25,766 miles; the GlobalFlyer was designed to make an uninterrupted circumnavigation of the globe with a single pilot. Unusual for a modern civil aircraft, the GlobalFlyer has only a single jet engine. Physically, the GlobalFlyer has twin tail booms mounted outboard of a shorter central fuselage nacelle.
The pressurized cockpit is located in the front of the fuselage and provides 7 feet of space in which the pilot sits. The single turbofan engine is mounted in an unusual position above the fuselage at a point several feet behind the cockpit, seen on the Heinkel He 162 Salamander and Cirrus Vision; the outboard booms contain large fuel tanks and end in tail surfaces. The aircraft is constructed of carbon fiber reinforced epoxy, the main structural member being a high-aspect-ratio single-spar wing of 114-foot span; the wings are made of high-strength composite materials with the skin of the aircraft being a graphite/epoxy and Aramid honeycomb. The use of lightweight materials permits the fuel to compose 83% of the take-off weight; the aircraft had an estimated lift-to-drag ratio of 37. The aerodynamic drag is so low that with the engine idling, the aircraft can only descend at a maximum of 700 feet per minute. Twin drogue parachutes were used to slow the GlobalFlyer to landing speeds; the earlier Voyager aircraft suffered from design flaws that allowed it to warp in shape easily, so the GlobalFlyer is designed to have greater stiffness.
Design with a single jet engine was chosen for the GlobalFlyer for increased reliability over piston engines and faster circumnavigation for the solo pilot. The GlobalFlyer is designed to operate at high altitudes, where the air is colder, yet fuel heaters were not included in its design. There was some concern. Therefore, the GlobalFlyer's Williams International FJ44-3 ATW turbofan, was re-calibrated to burn JP-4, a fuel with a lower freezing point. In January 2005, following solo test flights at Mojave, California by Chief Engineer Jon Karkow and pilot Steve Fossett, Fossett moved the GlobalFlyer to the Salina Municipal Airport in Salina, where a resurfaced runway of 12,300 feet would accommodate the anticipated long takeoff roll; the round the world attempt was delayed until 28 February 2005 to obtain a weather forecast with low turbulence for the fragile GlobalFlyer and good tailwinds. Mission Control was at the Salina campus of Kansas State University, located adjacent to the Salina Municipal Airport.
A tailwind was essential to making the 36,787.559 kilometres that it needed to fly to meet the FAI’s definition of circumnavigation, the length of the Tropic of Cancer. The GlobalFlyer was designed to complete the circumnavigation with minimal reserves of fuel; as it turned out, a design flaw in the fuel venting system resulted in the loss of about 1,200 kg of fuel early in the flight. This forced Steve Fossett and Mission Control to decide whether to abort the flight as it reached the Pacific Ocean near Japan. Steve Fossett chose to delay the final decision. By that time, favorable winds encouraged the mission team to attempt to complete the circumnavigation. Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer landed at Salina at 19:50 UTC on 3 March 2005, having completed its circumnavigation in 2 days, 19 hours, 1 minute and 46 seconds; as of 2019, this is the fastest world trip in its class at a speed of 550.78 km/h. The distance flown was determined to be 36,912 kilometres, only 125 kilometres above the minimum distance required.
Steve Fossett planned a second circumnavigation in the GlobalFlyer in 2006, this time taking off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, flying eastbound around the world crossing the Atlantic a second time and landing at Kent International Airport in Kent, England. The objective was to break the Absolute Distance Without Landing Record for airplanes and to exceed the longest distance by any kind of aircraft, achieved by the Round the World Balloon flight of Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones in 1999. On Wednesday, February 8, 2006, at 12:22 UTC, GlobalFlyer took off and flew eastbound from Kennedy Space Center, landed after a flight duration of 76 hours, 45 minutes with an official distance of 25,766 miles; this distance set a new record for the longest aircraft flight in history, breaking the old records of 24,987 miles in an airplane and 25,360 miles in a balloon. The landing was made at Bournemouth Airport, Fossett having declared an emergency and diverting because of a generator failure at 40,000 feet.
Generator failure meant that he had about 25 minutes until his batteries were exhausted, when he would have lost all electrical power. To add to the drama, there was ice on the inside of the canopy obstructi
The serows are six species of medium-sized goat-like or antelope-like mammals of the genus Capricornis. All six species of serow were until also classified under Naemorhedus, which now only contains the gorals, they live in eastern Asia. Like their smaller relatives the gorals, serows are found grazing on rocky hills, though at a lower elevation when the two types of animal share territory. Serows are slower and less agile than gorals, but they can climb slopes to escape predation and to take shelter during cold winters or hot summers. Serows, unlike gorals, make use of their preorbital glands in scent marking. Coloration varies by species and individual. Both sexes have beards and small horns which are shorter than their ears. Fossils of serow-like animals date as far back as the late Pliocene, two to seven million years ago; the common ancestor species of the Caprinae subfamily may have been similar to modern serows. "Serow". Encyclopædia Britannica. 24. 1911
Subterranea is a double album by British progressive rock band IQ, released in 1997. Subterranea is about a man. He's been held captive like sensory deprivation, throughout his whole life and he doesn't have any contact with the outside world. At the end of Provider, a grating sound is heard, which represents where he is let loose. It's not clear if he escapes or is let out on purpose, as part of the experiment. Band members have given various explanations. Martin Orford explained, "As part of the experiment after all the sensory deprivation, he's let loose in the outside world. So he goes off into the outside world, all the time being monitored by these people.". Either way, what happens is the central character, he doesn't know why he's released and he is exposed to all this sensory overload, all these sights and sounds and smells that he's never experienced before. He has to digest all these things in one overwhelming sensation. After some hard times among the homeless and hobos he gets involved with a religious cult who try to take him in, because they see him as being easy prey.
They try to give his life meaning because he doesn't know what is going on, but he refuses to be converted by them. He meets a girl – her name being'Maya', according to the liner notes and various lyrics at the end of the album – and falls in love with her, he has a deep friendship and romance with Maya, who names him, but in the end she is taken away from him. According to some explanations, she is killed by the people. There's a lot of anger at that point and he realises that he's being followed. All the time he's being watched and he manages to get hold of the person watching him; the experimentee kills him out of anger, but not before forcing the stalker to reveal the name of the man, responsible for his misery. Not being able to handle his situation, the central character retreats into his own mind, what King of Fools explains. There's a period of quiet reflection, The Sense in Sanity, where he tries to work out what's happening, followed by a rush back to reality with State of Mine. On the second disc of the album he comes to realise that he's part of some form of experiment and that he's been kept away for some reason, so he needs to know why that happened.
At a certain point he takes on a'disguise' to be able to find out what's behind all of this, manages to kill more of the agents following him whilst making it look like an accident. Along the way he realises that life in the outside world is much harder than his earlier, controlled life; as the story moves on, he realises. Mockenrue's victims decide to band together and take revenge, they herd the experimentees all into an old building and set fire to it in an attempt to destroy the experiment's evidence. In a dramatic confrontation, the main character meets the person responsible for locking him away. In the final scene, the central character is the only survivor and he, in a different sense, resigns himself to going back into the same isolation where he started, making the album's story go full circle; the album starts with him being on his own and not knowing why he's there or what's going on and ends with him at peace with himself because he's experienced, himself, so many terrible things and he wants to be alone again.
So he returns to a place of isolation. All music by IQ, all lyrics by Peter Nicholls. "Overture" – 4:38 "Provider" – 1:36 "Subterranea" – 5:53 "Sleepless Incidental" – 6:23 "Failsafe" – 8:57 "Speak My Name" – 3:35 "Tunnel Vision" – 7:24 "Infernal Chorus" – 5:10 "King of Fools" – 2:02 "The Sense in Sanity" – 4:48 "State of Mine" – 1:59 "Laid Low" – 1:29 "Breathtaker" – 6:04 "Capricorn" – 5:16 "The Other Side" – 2:22 "Unsolid Ground" – 5:04 "Somewhere in Time" – 7:11 "High Waters" – 2:43 "The Narrow Margin" – 20:00 Peter Nicholls – lead and backing vocals Mike Holmes – guitar and guitar synth John Jowitt – bass guitar and backing vocals Martin Orford – keyboards and backing vocals Paul Cook – drums and percussion In June 2012, the American film company Birdman Films announced that a feature-length film adaptation of the album was in pre-production, with the script completed. The soundtrack to the film is said to feature songs from the album, with additional material written by IQ specially for this project