The Court of Owls is an organized crime group and secret society appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics in association with the superhero Batman. They have secretly existed since colonial times in Gotham City; the Court kidnaps child performers from the circus to train and transform them into their assassins, known as Talons, which first appeared in Batman #2. As part of the 2015–2016 "Robin War" storyline, the Court of Owls had expanded internationally and is referred to as the Parliament of Owls; the Court of Owls were created by writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo and feature as Batman's main antagonists in the first two-story arcs of The New 52, the 2011 reboot of DC's continuity. They are first mentioned in Batman #2 and make their first appearance in Batman #3 when Batman discovers one of their secret bases of operation, where they are seen posing with one of their assassins, the Talon William Cobb, in a series of old photographs providing Batman with proof of their existence.
The Court of Owls is a conspiracy. They are a violent cabal of some of Gotham City's oldest and wealthiest families who use murder and money to wield political influence throughout history, their bases of operation are hidden in some of the city's oldest structures. A nursery rhyme describing them has been passed down through Gotham's generations: To carry out their interests, they employ a breed of trained assassins known as Talons; the leaders of the organization appear to be human and wear owl masks on their faces, but some lower-ranking members appear to be human-owl hybrids. The earliest history of the Court of Owls dates back to Gotham's earliest days in the 1600s, it has been involved in many criminal acts in Gotham over the years; the Court of Owls took notice when billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne announces plans to rebuild and reshape Gotham City for the future. The Court sentences Bruce to death, their assassin, the Talon William Cobb, attempts to murder him during a meeting with Lincoln March.
They struggle at the top of Wayne Tower and the killer survives a fall from the top. Batman discovers that their society has secret headquarters throughout hidden rooms in every building established by the Alan Wayne Trust, created by Bruce's great-grandfather, Alan Wayne. Bruce recounts that as a child he believed the Court of Owls responsible for the death of his parents, investigated the conspiracy before determining that there was no evidence. Batman escapes. Not long after tired of their game and angered at Batman's escape and discovery of their lair, the Court unleashes the full might of their army of undead Talons on the city to kill Batman and his allies and retake Gotham for themselves. In the 2012 storyline "Night of the Owls", which ran through the Batman-related books, the Court of Owls, angered at William Cobb's defeat at the hands of Batman, awaken all of their other Talons to reclaim Gotham City – and ideologically – from Batman, they dispose of Cobb's body for Alfred Pennyworth to find.
The Court's goal is to prove. The Owls first attack the Batcave, but the injured Bruce still manages to defeat several of them due to their outdated fighting style. Alfred uncovers the forty targets of the Owls and sends a radio message out to the Batman Family for help. Tim Drake and Jason Todd receive one and Jason decides to protect Mr. Freeze. Robin and The Birds of Prey answer Alfred's call. Bruce dons an armored Batsuit to be able to fight all of the Talons while one of the assassins revives William Cobb; the Birds of Prey are one of the first to fight a Talon, merciless and cruel in his methods, wanting to kill "street vermin". Nightwing goes to save Mayor Sebastian Hady. Nightwing has no problem in killing the Talon attacking Hady due to it being dead, but upon stopping it, he is knifed in the chest by a revived Cobb. Cobb credits his descendant, working for Batman as his worst betrayal; when Selina and Spark arrive to steal from the Penguin, they see the Penguin's car leaving, but are not aware that the Penguin himself is still alive and being viciously beat down by Ephraim Newhouse, a Talon.
Bruce, continues to fight the Talons invading the Batcave and manages to stop them, he heads out to save Jeremiah Arkham, fighting the Talons through Roman Sionis. Nightwing is brutally beat down by Cobb. Cobb demands that his heir impress him giving up and calling Nightwing a waste. Nightwing, however and freezes Cobb offering to take Jeremiah Arkham from Batman. Selina and Spark check the fight out, while Spark wishes to back out, Selina jumps into the fight. After giving Arkham to Nightwing, Batman goes to save Lincoln March. Bruce combats Alton Carver, the Talon sent to kill March, but is unable to stop Carver from killing March, a mayoral candidate who wanted to make Gotham a better place. March gives Batman a package that will make Gotham better and Bruce heads out to burn down the lair of the Court of Owls. Damian heads off to the outskirts of Gotham and decapitates a Talon, seeking to kill an army general and Batwing proceeds to mutilate a Talon who wanted to assassinate Lucius Fox. Batgirl proceeds to meet a Talon named Mary, when she sees Batgirl strokes her across the face.
Batgirl swipes a piece of paper from Mary. Balloon bombs set off by the Court of Owls begin to go off at random spots. Batgirl pushes Mary into a balloon bomb, killing her. Commissioner Gordon is found by a Court of Owls member being told that Gotham is lost
Barlow is a village and civil parish in the North East Derbyshire district of Derbyshire, England. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 884, increasing to 920 at the 2011 Census; the village is about 3 miles north-west of Chesterfield. The village holds a carnival. There are a number of pubs in the village including the Hare and Hounds, the Peacock at Barlow and the Tickled Trout. Barlow's church is named after St Lawrence. Barlow Woodseats Hall, on the edge of the village, is the only manor house in the parish and dates from the 17th century. Amongst the other historical buildings is Lee, or Lea, a grade II listed early 18th century packhorse bridge. William Owtram was born here in 1626. Bernie Clifton lives here. Barlow Common List of places in Derbyshire Village website St. Lawrence Church Barlow Trout Fishery Barlow Well Dressing Barlow Preschool website Barlow Church of England Primary School Barlow in the Domesday Book
I Only Have Eyes for You is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis, released on May 10, 1976, by Columbia Records and included two new songs, "Yellow Roses on Her Gown" and "Ooh What We Do", written for him, as well as a contemporary arrangement of the 1934 title track that foreshadowed his recordings of standards that incorporated a disco beat a few years later. The album made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's & Tapes chart in the issue dated June 26, 1976, remained there for 15 weeks, peaking at number 79; the following month, on July 3, it made its first appearance on the UK album chart, where it reached number 14 during a 12-week run. On December 1, 1976, the British Phonographic Industry awarded the album with Silver certification for sales of 60,000 units, Gold certification for 100,000 units followed on April 15, 1977; the first song from the album to reach the US charts, "Yellow Roses on Her Gown", entered Billboard's list of the 50 most popular Easy Listening songs in the issue of the magazine dated July 24, 1976, peaked at number 44 over the course of three weeks.
A second song, "Do Me Wrong, but Do Me", entered that same chart in the October 2, 1976, issue getting as high as number 25 during its nine weeks there. The only song to reach the UK charts, "When a Child Is Born", began a 12-week stay there the following month, on November 13, during which time it enjoyed three weeks at number one. Joe Viglione of AllMusic wrote retrospectively: "'Every Time You Touch Me'" has a dazzling arrangement, moments like this make the covers worthwhile." But he was most impressed with "Ooh What We Do", concluding that "it is the new song he discovered here that brings magic to this collection." "I Write the Songs" – 3:57 "Do Me Wrong, but Do Me" – 3:17 "The Hungry Years" – 4:35 "I Only Have Eyes for You" from Dames – 3:33 "Yellow Roses on Her Gown" – 4:33 " Theme from Mahogany" from Mahogany – 3:47 "Ooh What We Do" – 3:25 "Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music – 3:35 "Every Time You Touch Me" – 2:52 "When a Child Is Born" – 3:41 From the liner notes for The Voice of Romance: The Columbia Original Album Collection: June 16, 1975 – "Every Time You Touch Me" January 20, 1976 – "The Hungry Years", "I Write the Songs", "Send in the Clowns" January 21, 1976 – "I Only Have Eyes for You" February 23, 1976 – "Do Me Wrong, but Do Me", " Theme from Mahogany", "Yellow Roses on Her Gown" February 23–March 5, 1976 – "When a Child Is Born" March 12, 1976 – "Ooh What We Do" Barry Manilow's recording of "I Write the Songs" spent a week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and two weeks at number one on the magazine's Easy Listening chart.
It earned the Grammy Award for Song of the Year and Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. By the time this album was released, "Do Me Wrong, but Do Me" had been recorded by Mel Carter and Jack Jones. "The Hungry Years" was the title track from Neil Sedaka's 1975 album. And the highest-charting version of "I Only Have Eyes for You" was a number two hit for Ben Selvin & His Orchestra with Howard Phillips on vocal in 1934." Theme from Mahogany" by Diana Ross enjoyed a week at number one on both the Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts in addition to reaching number 14 R&B and number five on the UK singles chart. "Send in the Clowns" originated in the 1973 Broadway musical A Little Night Music and won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. The hit version of the song by Judy Collins first peaked at number 36 pop, number eight Easy Listening, number six in the UK upon its initial release in 1975, the reissue of her recording in 1977 that coincided with the release of the film version of the musical in the US made it to number 19 pop and number 15 Easy Listening.
"Every Time You Touch Me" by Charlie Rich had a week at number one on the Easy Listening chart and got as high as number 19 on the Hot 100 and number three on Billboard's Country chart. And Michael Holm's recording of "When a Child Is Born" made it to number 53 pop and number seven Easy Listening upon its release at the end of 1974. From the liner notes for the original album: Johnny Mathis – vocals Jack Gold – producer Gene Page – arranger, conductor Dick Bogert – engineer Sam Emerson – photography
Man Against Machine is the eleventh studio album by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released on November 2014 by RCA Records Nashville and Pearl Records. Brooks confirmed the album in July 2014 while announcing his comeback world tour. Brooks' first new studio album since Scarecrow, released in 2001, it was his first album released digitally to his online music store, GhostTunes; the album's lead single, "People Loving People", was released on September 3, 2014. Prior to the album's release, Brooks told CMT that regardless of the album's chart performance, he does not plan on following the charts, believing that "quality music will show success over time, regardless of initial sales numbers." As of 2016, the album sold less than Brooks' previous efforts, having received less support from radio but has gained favorable reviews. Brooks' decision to not release the album via iTunes contributed to its poor digital sales. In October 2000, Brooks announced his retirement from performing.
His final studio album at the time, was released in 2001. Nine years Brooks announced he was coming out of retirement to perform a series of weekend concerts at Encore Las Vegas, titled Garth at Wynn. Following the conclusion of his Las Vegas residency shows, Brooks announced plans for a world tour during a December 2013 appearance on Good Morning America. On July 10, 2014 Brooks held a press conference where he confirmed a world tour and announced plans for a new album; the album would be Brooks' first album released digitally, available only through Brooks' online music store GhostTunes. The original release date was November 28, 2014. Prior to the album's release GhostTunes featured a digital preorder, providing immediate downloads of the first released single, "People Loving People", as well as "Send'Em On Down the Road". Brooks performed "Mom" during a November 7, 2014 appearance on Good Morning America, receiving a great deal of media attention in promotion of the album; the album was released on November 11, 2014.
On July 10, 2014 Brooks held a press conference where he confirmed a world tour and announced plans for a new album. The album would be Brooks' first album released digitally, available only through Brooks' online music store, GhostTunes; the original release date was November 28, 2014. Prior to the album's release, GhostTunes featured a digital preorder, providing immediate downloads of the first released single, "People Loving People", as well as B-side track, "Send'Em On Down the Road", on September 3, 2014. On November 24, the album's second single, "Mom", was released. Brooks performed the song during an appearance on Good Morning America, receiving a great deal of media attention; the album was released on November 11, 2014. At Metacritic, which assigns a "weighted average" rating out of 100 to selected independent ratings and reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a Metascore of 68, based on 9 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Three and a half star reviewer for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine replies: "There are no surprises, but that's what's welcome about Man Against Machine.
Brooks doesn't try to do anything differently. Writing for Rolling Stone and rating the album three and a half out of five stars, Christopher Weingarten states: "Garth Brooks returns with one of the year's best accidental rock albums... With ripping guitar solos, Aerosmith-style strings and gospel-tinged background vocals, this is a record that could take Eric to Church." In rating the album a B+ for Entertainment Weekly, Madison Vain claims: "Thirteen years after his last LP, the country superstar returns with Man Against Machine, an album brimming with arena-size anthems, glossy production, intimate storytelling." Mikael Wood gave a rating of three stars out of four for the Los Angeles Times publication, where he suggests: "His primary weapon – and the quality that most sets him apart from the country stars who’ve surfaced in his wake – is his earnestness. The singer’s aggressive sincerity remains intact." In another three out of four star review for USA Today, Jerry Shriver comments: "Brooks' first album of original material since 2001's Scarecrow, fits comfortably in the country mainstream that he once defined, yet doesn't sound dated...
Though, there are well-constructed songs with singalong melodies and a sturdy voice that show that a decade of rest has served Brooks well." Jon Caramanica for The New York Times looked on the album positively, where he writes: "His first album of original music since 2001, is defiantly behind the times, skillful enough — — to transcend them." In rating the album three and a half out of five stars for Billboard, Melinda Newman claims: "Man Against Machine is no reinvention, but rather a continuation... So Brooks does the only thing he can: writing and finding songs that reflect where he is now, but staying true to the quality and tone of his past work... A rowdy, vintage-Brooks-style slam-dunk like "Friends in Low Places" or "Fever" is missing here, but that's a small complaint for such a solid return." Reviewing and rating the album an A+ The Plain Dealer, Chuck Yarborough says: "He's still got it, as I said. But more important, now he's sharing it with us again." The Tampa Bay Times rating the music a B, Sean Daly reports: "But Garth's limitations never kept him from becoming one of the bestselling artists of all time, genres be darned.
If anything, his phenomenal success is hinged on a common-schlub relatability... But he gets dark for a reason: W
L'art des femmes is the fourth studio album by French pop singer Jeanne Mas, released in 1990. "L'amour du mal" – 5:23 "Le contrechamp" – 4:34 "Elle est moi" – 4:55 "Les bras en croix" – 5:05 "Les rêves de Maud" – 4:27 "Tous les cris les S. O. S." – 5:41 "Shakespeare" – 4:30 "L'alba" – 4:27 "L'art des femmes" – 3:49 "Alexandre M." – 5:22"L'amour du mal" contains an extract of Charles Baudelaire's poem "L'albatros" Jeanne Mas - vocals Marco Rinalduzzi - guitar Tony Levin - bass guitar, Chapman stick Piero Calabrese - keyboards, programming Christophe Deschamps - drums Producers - Piero Calabrese, Jeanne Mas Arrangements - Piero Calabrese Engineer - Marco Lecci Assistant - Manu, Bob Management - Christian Blanchard Assistant management - Christine Sterlay Photography - Paul Bella, Bernard Mouillon Cover design - Jeanne Mas, Créature Official site