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Ebbsfleet International railway station

Ebbsfleet International railway station is a railway station in Ebbsfleet Valley, in the Borough of Dartford, Kent, 10 miles outside the eastern boundary of Greater London, England. It is near the Bluewater shopping centre to the west and Gravesend to the east; the station is a project of national priority. It stands on the High Speed 1 rail line, around 400 metres south-west of Northfleet railway station and the Stonebridge Road area of Northfleet; the station lies off about 5 mi from its junction with the M25 motorway. During the London 2012 Olympics, it served as a primary park-and-rail service as it is close to the M25 motorway, allowing easy access for over 10 million commuters. Ebbsfleet International is owned by HS1 Ltd, which acquired a 30-year concession to own and operate the High Speed 1 railway and the stations St Pancras railway station, Stratford International, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International; the name Ebbsfleet is an artificial creation of seventeenth-century antiquaries inspired by the name of Ebbsfleet in Thanet, 75 km to the east.

The station opened to the public on 19 November 2007 for people travelling on Eurostar than St Pancras International because the security equipment was transferred from Waterloo International. The station was formally opened to Eurostar and dedicated in a ceremony by Dame Kelly Holmes on 29 January 2008. "Ebbsfleet International Station" was the name proposed for the station, but "Dartford International Station" was proposed at the urging of Eurostar, who felt that Dartford was a name with greater national recognition. Opposition to Eurostar's ‘Dartford International’ proposal came from Gravesham Borough Council, whose administrative centre at Gravesend is just two miles away; the similarity of its name to that of Dartford railway station, 6 mi away, was of concern. The Olympic Javelin or Javelin was a high-speed train shuttle service operated by Southeastern over High Speed 1 during the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics; the service ran for the duration of both games, between St Pancras International station and this station, via Stratford International station, close to the Olympic Park.

During the Summer Olympics a service of eight trains an hour ran between St Pancras and Ebbsfleet, calling at Stratford, replacing the usual East Kent highspeed service. Two of these were extended to one to Faversham. Between 11pm and 1am the service between St Pancras and Ebbsfleet was increased to twelve per hour. On High Speed 1 there are avoiding lines in each direction and four platforms, two serving international Eurostar services and two the Southeastern High-speed services. Southeastern services travelling between London and the North Kent Line use a junction to the north of the station and are served by another pair of platforms that curve away to the east. Ticket barriers control access to all platforms; this station has bilingual signage, both in English. It is one of the few stations in England to have bilingual signage, others being Wallsend, Hereford, St Pancras and Ashford International; the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act allows a total of 9,000 car parking spaces to be constructed, with an initial 6,000 built.

The car parks are in a number of areas around the station - north of the North Kent Line, between the North Kent Line and High Speed 1, south of the High Speed 1 and south west of the station building. The station is served by National Express coach services running between London and Dover, by Fastrack buses operated by Arriva Southern Counties, which connect it to Dartford, Greenhithe and Gravesend. Despite being in close proximity to the station, Northfleet has no bus connection to the station. There is a taxi. Car rental services for both leisure and business are located in the concourse; the interchange facilities lie at either end of the main station box - taxis and set down at the northern end and coaches to the south of the station box. It was planned that Crossrail would terminate at a separate station between Northfleet and Ebbsfleet International but under the current plan, Abbey Wood further west will be the eastern terminus. However, a Crossrail extension from Abbey Wood to Gravesend remains safeguarded.

Northfleet railway station is 400 metres to the north-east, although the walking distance between the two stations is longer 2 km if roadside footpaths are followed. There is a shorter walking route through the car park to the north of Ebbsfleet station, but there are no footpaths provided and this way is obstructed by the car park access barriers. There are no specific pedestrian or cycle route signs for Ebbsfleet station on any of the possible routes between the stations. Gravesham Council acknowledges that the existing provision is inadequate, although it is a complex planning issue to resolve as whilst Northfleet is in Gravesham, Ebbsfleet station is just over the border in the Borough of Dartford, there are many other stakeholders involved; as of the Summer 2014 timetable, there are up to five Eurostar services to Paris on weekdays, four on Saturdays and three on Sundays. Most of these services run non-stop from Ebbsfleet to Paris, though a few stop at Ashford en route. There are four trains

Home (Procol Harum album)

Home is Procol Harum's fourth album, released in 1970. With the departure of organist Matthew Fisher and bassist David Knights and the addition of the remaining musicians' former bandmate bassist/organist Chris Copping from The Paramounts, Procol Harum was, for all intents and purposes, The Paramounts again in all but name; the purpose of bringing in Copping was to return some of the R&B sound to the band that they had with their previous incarnation. The initial sessions were performed in London at Trident Studios under the supervision of former organist Matthew Fisher who had produced the band's previous album. Unhappy with the sound and performances, the band scrapped the Trident sessions and began again with producer Chris Thomas and engineer Jeff Jarratt at Abbey Road Studios. Once the album was completed it was decided that the cover would be a parody of the British board game Snakes and Ladders featuring members of the band; when the album was released in June 1970 it charted at No. 34 in the United States and No. 49 in the United Kingdom, making the Danish Top 10 peaking at #6.

The album was preceded by the single "Whiskey Train" written by guitarist Robin Trower with lyricist Keith Reid. All songs written by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid except where noted In 2009 Salvo reissued the Procol Harum catalogue and included bonus tracks for each album. "Home" included two bonus tracks selected and approved by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid "Whaling Stories" and "Still There'll Be More". The two bonus tracks were work-in-progress mixes that didn't have the final overdubs from the final versions. Gary Brooker – piano, vocals Robin Trower – guitar Chris Copping – bass, organ B. J. Wilsondrums Keith Reid – lyricsTechnicalJeff Jarratt - recording engineer Helmut Hastenteufel - sleeve design ProcolHarum.com – ProcolHarum.com's page on this album

The Epochs

The Epochs are an alternative rock band based in Brooklyn, New York, fronted by the brothers Hays and Ryan Holladay. Hays and Ryan Holladay grew up in Arlington and are self-taught musicians; the brothers share vocal duties on the groups two albums and in their live performances. In concert, the brothers both play guitar and other percussion instruments; the band's drummer, who goes by the name of "Kotchy", is a native of Indiana. According to his website, Kotchy works as an independent "creator of video and acoustic music." The band's bassist is Kevin Smith, no relation to the filmmaker of the same name. The band was a twosome, composed of the Holladay brothers, who self-produced the Epochs first album, Ten Billion Light Years of Solitude in 2000/2001. After moving to New York to attend college, they added a rhythm section of Kotchy and Aaron Reed and began the slow process of writing and rehearsing the songs that would become their eponymous album; the band nexus of operations for the period of 2002-2003 and again from 2006 to today is Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

They live and rehearse in a large loft space above a battery wholesaler and within close proximity of both a church and a liquor store. Band Bio from the Mercury Lounge The Epochs at Myspace.com "Brooklyn Based Band Might Be to Rock Critics What Jessica Biel is to Teenaged Boys" at Boston.com