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Fly (Sarah Brightman album)

Fly is the fourth album by classical crossover soprano Sarah Brightman. It is her second album with producer Frank Peterson and features collaborations with Tom Jones, Chris Thompson and Andrew Eldritch. Fly boasts a stronger pop and rock influence than Brightman's previous Broadway and operatic albums, produced several hits in Europe including "A Question of Honour" and "Time to Say Goodbye". Since its original 1995 release, Fly is one of Brightman's few albums to undergo multiple reissues in different markets; the first reissue of Fly was in 1996 to include Brightman's hit single "Time to Say Goodbye" with Andrea Bocelli. Fly II, a two-disc limited edition which featured unreleased b-sides and other material, was released in 2000 to support Brightman's La Luna World Tour and could only be purchased at participating tour events. In 2006, Fly was re-reissued in Japan with the original 1995 track listing, along with four bonus tracks and new artwork. Although Fly is available in several countries, it has yet to be released in the United States.

"A Question of Honour" "Heaven Is Here" "How Can Heaven Love Me" "Time to Say Goodbye"

Max Brown (rugby league)

Max Brown is an Australian former rugby league footballer who played for the Canterbury Bankstown and Manly-Warringah in the New South Wales Rugby League. Brown played 128 games over a nine-year career, winning the 1973 premierships with Manly, his position of choice was on the Wing. Brown was the founder of the Men of League foundation in 1999. Brown, a goal kicking winger, was a Canterbury-Bankstown junior and made his first grade debut in 1966, he was the Berries top try scorer in 1967 scoring 10 tries, but injury kept him out of the teams finals campaign, which famously included stopping the St. George Dragons in the preliminary final, ending the Dragons bid for a 12th straight premiership. Canterbury would go down 10-12 to the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the Grand Final. Max Brown played a further 3 seasons with Canterbury, totaling 24 tries and 6 goals from 64 games before signing to play with Manly from 1971. Brown was signed by Manly boss Ken Arthurson and for five years played alongside the likes of Graham Eadie, Ken Irvine, Bob Fulton, Terry Randall, English hard man Mal Reilly.

He was a member of the Sea Eagles first two premiership's in 1972 and 1973 over Eastern Suburbs and Cronulla and was the Sea Eagles leading goal kicker in 1972 with 29 goals. Brown, who in an era when foul play was still rife in rugby league, wasn't one who got involved in dirty play, though he did hit replacement Cronulla fullback Rick Bourke with a swinging arm as Bourke crossed for Cronulla's only try of the 1973 Grand Final at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Bourke was flattened and Brown broke his right thumb in the incident; some 30 years Brown was able to catch up with Bourke and apologise for the incident. Max Brown retired from playing after 1975, he played 128 games in 9 seasons, kicking 39 goals. Brown, like South Sydney's dual international winger Michael Cleary, sometimes worked as a male model outside of the game at a time when working class rugby league players didn't do such things, years before players such as Andrew Ettingshausen and Craig Wing were able to use their good looks to earn a living away from rugby league.

In 1999 Max Brown was diagnosed with cancer that he had had for over 7 years. The cancer was believed to have been caused by a simple rub down cream he and other players had been using for years after training and games. Brown was forced to take over 6 months off from work while he was undergoing treatment, it was during this time that he came up with the idea for the Men of League foundation to assist rugby league players, referees and administrators – from all levels of the game – plus members of their families who have fallen on hard times After struggling to get the foundation up and running for six months, Jim Hall and Ron Coote contacted current National Rugby League auditor Ian Schubert who jumped on board and helped organise the first Men of League function at the NSW Leagues Club in Sydney. Bulldogs profile Men of League

Batá drum

A Batá drum is a double-headed drum shaped like an hourglass with one end larger than the other. The percussion instrument is used for the use of religious or semi-religious purposes for the native culture from the land of Yoruba, located in Nigeria, as well as by worshippers of Santería in Cuba, Puerto Rico, in the United States; the Batá drum's popular functions are entertainment. Its early function was as a drum of different gods, drum of royalty, drum of ancestors and drum of politicians. Batá drum impacted on all spheres of life. Several different types of drums have existed throughout the world. Natives from cultures which the drums originate, as in the case of the Yorùbá, used the drums for religious ceremonies and, since their introduction in Cuba in the 1820s, have come to be an understood and important part of the perceived culture of the southwestern Nigerian people; the drum dates back 500 years, is believed to have been introduced by a Yoruba king named Shangó el rey del tambor. Despite the previous long history, awareness of the instrument didn't spread until the 1800s slave-trade in which close to 300,000 Africans were brought to Cuba.

The religion and beliefs the Yorùbá brought with them became the basis for what is known as Lukumí. This religion spawned the creation of the first "sacred" Batá in Cuba around 1830 by a Yorùbá named Añabi; the Batá became inducted into the Cuban culture after a time, began to take on more secular uses: they were first publicly performed in 1935 in a broadcast over Cuban radio for purposes of folklore music. Uses such as this have grown; these "non-sacred" Batá drums are called aberínkula—profane Batá. Batá drums and rhythms have started to be used in other genres, most notably in Cuban timba and hip hop. In the 1970s, for instance, a mixture of Batá drums and Big Band called Son-Batá or Batá Rock became popular, a genre influenced by Irakere. Skilled secular musicians made appearances in the United States throughout the twentieth century; the Lukumí religion and Batá drums are associated. The drums are played to create polyrhythmic compositions, or "toques" during santería ceremonies. A ceremony with batá drums is known as a "toque," "tambor de santo," or "bembé," but ceremonies can be accompanied by shaken gourd-rattle "chékere" ensembles.

There are estimated to be at least 140 different toques for the spirits and their different manifestations. There are two important "rhythm suites"; the first is called "Oru del Igbodu", alternatively called "Oru Seco", played at the beginning of a "tambor de santo" that includes 23 standard rhythms for all the orishas. The selections of the second suite include within them the vocal part to be performed by a vocalist/chanter who engages those attending the ceremony in a call-and-response style musical experience in which a ritual is acted out wherein an "initiate" plays the new Batá set, thereafter is introduced to the old Batá set; this is Añá of the drums from the old set into the new set. Certain long-standing rules and rituals govern the construction, handling and care of the sacred batá: traditionally only non-castrated male deer or goat hide was used—female goats along with bulls and sheep were considered unsuitable. Before a ceremony, the drummers would wash themselves in omiero, a cleansing water and for some time abstain from sex.

Traditionally in Cuba, in Havana the batá are played after sundown, while in Matanzas toque ceremonies begin at night. This apparent contradiction is not the only one reaching both adherents of Lukumí and others interested in African music and culture; the Cuban style of playing the drums is similar, but in some musical contexts different rhythms may be used. In the last few decades, the popularity of the batá drums has increased worldwide so that they have begun to be produced in greater numbers both by large western drum companies and individual artisans in Africa using a variety of "non-traditional" materials including fiberglass drums, some instrument builders preferring cow skins or synthetic membranes, while some traditionalists may express disdain for this trend and insist upon strict orthodoxy; these conflicting points of view remain paradoxical within the musical "landscape", as has been the global evolution of the Indian Tabla, both families of percussion instruments finding application in surprisingly diverse musical settings far from their roots, although batá having a closer religious affinity with Lukumí than tabla with Hinduism.

Those who practise Lukumí believe that certain

Sumburgh Head

Sumburgh Head is located at the southern tip of the Shetland Mainland in northern Scotland. The head is a 100m high rocky spur capped by the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse; the Old Norse name was Dunrøstar høfdi, it means "The Head onto the loud tide-race", referring to the noise of Sumburgh Roost. The area is an RSPB nature reserve; the cliffs were home to large numbers of seabirds with for example 33,000 puffins in the year 2000. These numbers have declined with number dropped to 570 in 2017; this decline applies to other species. Sumburgh Airport lies to the north of the head, is Shetland's main airport. Flights from here connect to the Orkney Islands and Norway. Close to the head is the archaeological site of Jarlshof, at which a series of settlements existed dating back to the neolithic period; the tiny settlement of Grutness, the terminus of the Shetland Mainland to Fair Isle ferry service, lies one mile north of Sumburgh Head. Robert Stevenson was the engineer in charge of building the Sumburgh Head lighthouse.

Work started on the building in 1819, the light was first lit in 1821. As well as birds, Sumburgh Head has become a popular viewing point for dolphins. Map sources for Sumburgh Head Images from around Sumburgh

Sentenced to Prism

Sentenced to Prism is a science fiction novel by American writer Alan Dean Foster, a stand-alone entry in his Humanx Commonwealth series of books. Like many of his books, Foster creates an extraordinary world that he tries to make unlike anything seen by his readers by creating a silicon-based planet with everything seeming to be made from crystals and reflective surfaces. Set in the Humanx Commonwealth, Prism is a unique planet because its ecosystem contains both silicon-based and carbon-based life. Evan Orgell, a management troubleshooter sent to Prism to investigate the disappearance of a research group, finds himself fighting for his survival in this strange crystalline environment after his specialized environment suit succumbs to the local elements. Leaving behind his mechanized suit, Evan is for the first time in his life exposed to a hostile environment without the protection of his suit and must rely on the unexpected help of the native sentient life to survive. With the help of a caterpillar-like creature named A Surface of Fine Azure-Tinted Reflection With Pyroxin Dendritic Inclusions he must grow to overcome his prejudices, his assumptions, his preoccupations to relearn what life, companionship and his own bodily form mean to him.

He and his new-found friends must overcome multiple treacherous acts by his own race in order to survive and thrive on the beautiful, but deadly, planet. Sentenced to Prism title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Alan Dean Foster homepage

TEF (gene)

Thyrotroph embryonic factor is a protein that in humans is encoded by the TEF gene. Thyrotroph embryonic factor, a transcription factor, is a member of the PAR subfamily of basic region/leucine zipper transcription factors, it is expressed in a broad range of cells and tissues in adult animals, during embryonic development, TEF expression appears to be restricted to the developing anterior pituitary gland, coincident with the appearance of thyroid-stimulating hormone, beta. Indeed, TEF can bind to, transactivate the TSHB promoter, it shows homology with other members of the PAR-bZIP subfamily of transcription factors, which include albumin D box-binding protein, human hepatic leukemia factor and chicken vitellogenin gene-binding protein. Different members of the subfamily can form heterodimers, share DNA-binding, transcriptional regulatory properties