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Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Emerson, Lake & Palmer were an English progressive rock supergroup formed in London in 1970. The band consisted of keyboardist Keith Emerson. With nine RIAA-certified gold record albums in the US, an estimated 48 million records sold worldwide, they were one of the most popular and commercially successful progressive rock bands in the 1970s, with a musical sound including adaptations of classical music with jazz and symphonic rock elements, dominated by Emerson's flamboyant use of the Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer, piano; the band came to prominence following their performance at the Isle of Wight Festival in August 1970. In their first year, the group signed with E. G. Records, released Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Tarkus, both of which reached the UK top five; the band's success continued with Pictures at an Exhibition and Brain Salad Surgery. After a three-year break, Lake & Palmer released Works Volume 1 and Works Volume 2. After Love Beach, the group disbanded in 1979; the band reformed in the 1980s as Emerson, Lake & Powell featuring Cozy Powell in place of Palmer.

Robert Berry replaced Lake while Palmer returned, forming 3. In 1991, the original trio reformed and released two more albums, Black Moon and In the Hot Seat, toured at various times between 1992 and 1998, their final performance took place in 2010 at the High Voltage Festival in London to commemorate the band's 40th anniversary. Both Emerson and Lake died in 2016. Keith Emerson and Greg Lake met in December 1969 when Emerson's band, The Nice, Lake's band, King Crimson, were billed together for a series of concerts at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. Emerson was looking to form a new band, Lake wished to leave King Crimson. During a soundcheck before one of the shows, Emerson described the first time he and Lake played together: "Greg was moving a bass line and I played the piano in back and Zap! It was there." The pair had met twice before in England: in 1969, when the Nice and King Crimson performed at the Jazz and Blues Pop Festival in Plumpton. When Emerson and Lake decided to form a new group, they approached drummer Mitch Mitchell, at a loose end following the break-up of The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Mitchell suggested a jam session take place with himself, Lake and Hendrix. The two hired a studio by Soho Square and began to audition new drummers. After several unsuccessful try-outs, Emerson was close to searching in America before he asked his manager Tony Stratton-Smith for names of good drummers, who suggested Carl Palmer of Atomic Rooster and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Palmer accepted the invitation and jammed to a blues shuffle and enjoyed the chemistry, but expressed his wish to stay in Atomic Rooster as they were still in their infancy and had attained success in Europe, he soon received a call from Lake's management asking to reconsider. Triton was a group name that Emerson said "was buzzing around" for a little while, "Triumvirate" and "Seahorse" were in contention but they settled upon Emerson, Lake & Palmer to remove the focus on Emerson as the most famous of the three, to ensure that they were not called the "new Nice". After a series of rehearsals at Island Studios in Notting Hill, the band formed a live set featuring "The Barbarian", an arrangement of the piano suite Allegro barbaro by Béla Bartók, "Rondo", an arrangement of the jazz standard "Blue Rondo à la Turk" by Dave Brubeck that Emerson had recorded with the Nice, an arrangement of "Nut Rocker" as an encore, a rock adaptation of Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky that Emerson wished to do after seeing it performed with an orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London when he was in the Nice.

He bought a copy of the score, Lake and Palmer agreed to adapt it. Their first live gig as Emerson, Lake & Palmer followed at Plymouth Guildhall on 23 August 1970, supported by local band Earth, they travelled to the venue in a transit van owned by fellow progressive rock band Yes, were paid around £400 for the gig. A small venue situated outside London was deliberately chosen in case the concert was a failure, but the concert was well received, their second gig took place on 29 August with a set at the Isle of Wight Festival, attended by an estimated 600,000 people and drew considerable attention from the public and music press. At the end of Pictures at an Exhibition, the band fired two cannons that Emerson had tested in a field near Heathrow Airport; the success of the group's debut, as well as Greg Lake's prior association with them while a member of King Crimson, led to ELP's signing management and recording contracts with E. G. Records, who distributed their records through Island Records in the UK and Atlantic Records' Cotillion Records subsidiary in North America.

Emerson believed that Atlantic's chief Ahmet Ertegun agreed to take the band on "because we could sell out 20,000-seaters before we had a record out. That was enough for him to think that a lot of people would go out and buy the record when it did come out." In the months surrounding th

William P. Greene Jr.

William Parnell Greene Jr. is a former Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Greene was appointed by President Bill Clinton to a fifteen-year term as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on November 7, 1997, he assumed the responsibilities of the Chief Judge of the Court on August 8, 2005, holding that position until August 6, 2010. At the time of his nomination and appointment to the Court, Judge Greene was serving as a United States Immigration Judge. From June 13, 1993, until November 22, 1997, he presided over immigration cases in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, Greene received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from West Virginia State College in 1965, a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law in 1968. Following graduation from law school and admission to the West Virginia Bar, he was appointed a commissioned officer in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. During his career as a Judge Advocate, he completed his military education at the Basic and Military Judges' courses at The Judge Advocate General's School, Virginia.

S. Army War College, Pennsylvania. Before becoming an Immigration Judge, Judge Greene held numerous positions in the United States Army, he served as the Chief Prosecutor at Fort Knox, followed by duty as the Chief Defense Counsel in the Army Command in Hawaii. He was the Army's chief recruiter for lawyers from 1974 to 1977 and in 1981, the Judge Advocate General of the Army selected him as the Department Chair of the Criminal Law Division at The Judge Advocate General's School, he served in Germany as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate of the Third Infantry Division and in Korea as the Staff Judge Advocate of the Second Infantry Division. Following his graduation from the U. S. Army War College in 1986, he was selected to serve as the Staff Judge Advocate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York; that assignment was followed by another selection as Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Leavenworth, with duties that included legal oversight of the Armed Forces' maximum security prison.

While serving in this last position, he was selected and appointed by the Attorney General of the United States as a United States Immigration Judge. He retired as a Colonel from the United States Army in 1993 to accept that appointment. During his Army service, he received several awards including three awards of the Legion of Merit. On October 7, 1997, the Secretary of the Army designated Judge Greene as Honorary Colonel of the Judge Advocate General's Corps Regiment. In October 2000, Judge Greene was recognized as a Distinguished Member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps Regiment. Additionally, in May 2008 Chief Judge Greene was the recipient of the Chief Justice John Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Judge Advocates Association. Greene is married to the former Madeline Sinkford of Bluefield, West Virginia, they have two sons: William Robert, a major customer manager for Dun and Bradstreet, Jeffery, an officer and physician in the United States Army Medical Corps. Material on this page was adapted from the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims biography of Chief Judge William P. Greene, Jr. a source in the public domain

Pelargonium radens

Pelargonium radens, the rasp-leaf pelargonium is a species of Pelargonium. It is in the subgenus Pelargonium along with Pelargonium tomentosum. Pelargonium radens is an evergreen perennial plant, it has cut triangular scented gray-green leaves and in the summer bears clusters of small pink-purple flowers, followed by small curly-tailed brownish seeds. It is from the southern and eastern Cape, South Africa, where it grows in ravines or gorges near streams or among shrubs on mountainsides. Pelargonium comes from the Greek. Another name for pelargoniums is storksbills due the shape of their fruit. Radens refers to the coarse, rasp leaves. There are a few hybrids of Pelargonium radens; these include: Pelargonium'Candy Dancer' - A rose scented variety. The flowers are less marked than the species. Pelargonium'Crowfoot' - A minty rose scented variety. Pelargonium'Dr Livingstone' - A rose scented variety with less dissected leaves that the species. Pelargonium'Radula' - A rose scented variety. Thought of as a synonym of the species or a named clone.

Pelargonium'Red Flowered Rose' - A reddish-pink flowered variety that could be a hybrid between one of the other rose scented species. Pelargonium × asperum - A rose scented hybrid between Pelargonium capitatum and P. radens. This hybrid is the most used pelargonium in the perfume industry. Not to be confused with the sweet scented species Pelargonium asperum. Traditionally the edible leaves were used in herbal teas. An essential oil extracted from the leaves and flowers is used commercially as a food flavoring and additive; this essential oil is classified as Generally Recognized as Safe by the US FDA when small quantities are added to foods. Pelargonium radens is used as a house plant, it is cultivated as an ornamental in, e.g. North America, in USDA hardiness zones 10-11. Propagation is by seeds and stem cuttings

1997 European Aquatics Championships

The 1997 LEN European Aquatics Championships were held in Seville, Spain from Tuesday 19 August to Sunday 24 August, in the 50 m pool of the Centro Deportivo San Pablo. The 23rd edition of the event was organised by the LEN. Besides swimming there were titles contested in open water swimming, synchronized swimming and – for the last time – water polo; the swimming championships resulted in two European records: Ágnes Kovács on the women's 200 m breaststroke and Russia in the men's 4×100 m freestyle relay. Alexander Popov returned in competition after being stabbed down in Moscow, shortly after the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. * Host nation Results LEN European Aquatics Championships at SVT's open archive

Semper Gallery

The Semper Gallery or Semper Building in Dresden, was designed by the architect Gottfried Semper and constructed from 1847 until 1854. The long-stretched building in Neoclassical style closes the Zwinger courtyard on its northern side, it faces the Zwinger to the south. The Semper Gallery houses the Old Masters Picture Gallery; when the Zwinger was completed in 1728, its northern side towards the Theater Square and the river was left open in order to allow for further enlargements. In 1838, the architect Gottfried Semper was asked to design an appropriate architectural setting for the painting collection of the royal court, it was not until 1846 that it was decided to close the northern side of the Zwinger courtyard by placing the gallery building there and so creating a gallery wing of the Zwinger. The building named the Semper Gallery, was constructed from 1847 until 1854, it is reminiscent of the Italian Palazzi of the Renaissance. In 1855, the interior was completed. Unlike the former buildings that housed the painting collection, the interior of the Semper Gallery could be heated and therefore could remain open throughout the year.

In 1855 the collection was moved into the Semper Gallery, which opened as the New Royal Museum. The sculptors Ernst Rietschel and Ernst Julius Hähnel from Dresden completed the outer decoration of the building. While the northern facade towards the Theater Square displays antique themes, the southern facade contains paintings with religious themes; until World War II, the Semper Gallery housed not only the painting collection, by now named Old Masters Gallery, but the Collection of Prints and Photographs and the Collection of Classical Sculptures. The building was damaged during the February 13, 1945 bombing of Dresden. Most of the paintings were evacuated for safe-keeping earlier and so were not harmed; the building's reconstruction was completed in 1960. Following another restoration period of more than four years, the Semper Gallery re-opened in 1992. List of castles in Saxony List of Baroque residences Media related to Sempergalerie, Dresden at Wikimedia Commons Semper Building and Zwinger at Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden Homepage of Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Thomas Smith (Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District)

Thomas Smith was an English Roman Catholic bishop who served as the Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District from 1821 to 1831. He was born on the son of James Smith of the Brooms, near Lanchester, County Durham. At the age of thirteen, he was sent to Sedgley Park School, where he became proficient in Latin and French. From there he went to the English College, where he was made procurator at the age of twenty-one. Smith was ordained to the priesthood in 1788 by Louis-François-Marc Hilaire de Conzié, Bishop of Arras. At the time of the French Revolution, Smith was a Professor of Philosophy, he and his students were imprisoned for about sixteen months before being released. It was Smith's responsibility to see that the students returned safely to their parents. In March 1795, the motley group arrived at the Blue Boar in Holburn wearing an assortment of cast-off clothes given them by the soldiers, Smith himself sporting sailor's jacket; the landlady was reluctant to receive them until she saw the nobility and gentry rise to congratulate them on their return.

Upon the death of the Rev. John Lodge in November of that year, Smith succeeded to the mission at Durham, he was appointed coadjutor to Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District. However, the mandate for his consecration was lost in transmission to England, a fresh mandate was applied for in July 1808, he was consecrated titular bishop of Bolina at St. Edmund's College, Ware by Bishop William Poynter on 10 March 1810, attended by bishops Gibson and Collingridge as co-consecrators. On the death of Bishop Gibson on 2 June 1821, Bishop Smith automatically succeeded as Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District. After ten years and in poor health, he wrote on 5 July 1831 to Cardinal Lorenzo Litta, Prefect of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, asking to resign his charge of the Northern District, but before it was granted Bishop Smith died at Ushaw College on 30 July 1831, aged 68, he was buried in the grounds of Ushaw College on 2 August 1831