People in Planes
People in Planes were a Welsh alternative rock band from Porthcawl, active from 1998 to 2013. They were signed to Wind-up Records. Prior to 2003, they were known as Tetra Splendour, before that, they went by the name of Robots in the Sky, their final name was derived from the band's obsession with air travel, present in their song titles and lyrics. The band began as a four-piece under the name Robots in the Sky, they received assistance under the Community Music Wales scheme, in 2000 they released their début, a red 7" vinyl with two tracks - "E. T. A." and "Muriel's Motorhome". Only 500 copies of the record were made; this attracted the attention of EMI/Chrysalis' brand new sub-label and the band were offered a deal. Fearing legal repercussions from other bands with similar names, the first name-change was implemented and Robots in the Sky became Tetra Splendour. After signing to Wishakismo, the band headed into Cardiff's Audio Zone recording studio to commence recording of their début album, Splendid Animation.
In their brief time as Tetra Splendour, the then-four-piece toured with bands such as Fun Lovin' Criminals, Biffy Clyro and Miss Black America, among others, played the famous Reading Festival in 2002. On 9 April 2001, the band released their first single as Tetra Splendour - "Mr. Bishi", it was met with positive reviews. On 1 October 2001, the band released their second single, "De-Rail"; as the release of the album neared, the band were promoted from Wishakismo to the main roster of EMI/Chrysalis. On this label they released their final single, "Pollenfever", on 25 February 2002—it would be the only Tetra Splendour release to be backed up by a video and a dedicated headline tour. On 20 May 2002, Splendid Animation, was released; the album received mixed reviews from the rock press, many disagreements arose—mainly over Radiohead comparisons and whether or not their "meandering jazzy nonsense" was a good thing. However, the general consensus was that the band had potential, EMI/Chrysalis allowed them to return to the studio.
While recording new material, EMI was the subject of a management change, which led to the subsequent releases of many bands from their old contracts, including Tetra Splendour. After being dropped by EMI, the band recorded a new album at Wales' Monnow Valley Studio, containing new songs and unreleased Tetra Splendour material. In 2005, they released their first single under the name People in Planes, "Talking Heads"; the single featured two unreleased Tetra Splendour tracks as B-sides. "Talking Heads", which has since been renamed to "If You Talk Too Much", a line from the song's chorus, has since had a new video made, shot in an airport, directed by actor Joaquin Phoenix. It is scheduled for re-release as a single. At the 2005 South by Southwest festival in Austin, the band met Jeff Klein, with whom they would tour in June 2005. Shortly after their South By Southwest appearance they were approached by Wind Up Records and in May, the band signed a deal with them, their debut album, As Far as the Eye Can See, was released on March 28, 2006.
The single "If You Talk Too Much" reached #33 on the U. S. Billboard Modern Rock chart; the band toured the United States, opening for Blue October in 2006. The band features on the soundtrack for the 2006 film John Tucker Must Die. On 23 June 2008, at Trash in Brooklyn, New York, People In Planes mentioned that they had become residents of New York City and were working on getting the correct documentation to make it official, they announced the winner of their cover contest as well and played a rendition of Hall & Oates' song "Maneater". People In Planes were in pre-production for their second album for Wind-Up records since they returned from the States in late 2006, they took a period off to rehearse new material and played a string of UK shows in late 2006 and early 2007 where they road-tested new material. New song titles include: "Baked", "Evil With You", "Get On The Flaw", "Human Error", "Better Than Life", "I Wish That You'd Fall Apart" and "Tonight" On 7 February 2008 People In Planes released "Pretty Buildings", the first song from Beyond the Horizon as an internet download through MySpace and the band's mailing list.
Hey people. I hereby declare People In Planes are back! Our new project was recorded with four different producers in six studios across Wales and America, we've put our entire souls into it. It's been a long wait for all of us, we're excited to present this first track to you- "Pretty Buildings". --Gareth, Kris and Ian The band headed out to SXSW in March to showcase songs from the new album before joining Jupiter One on a co-headlining tour with The Toadies across the States between March and April. Guitarist Peter Roberts blogged from the road on the band's Myspace revealing that the first radio single is set to be M'aidez, M'aide
Gareth Jones (presenter)
Gareth Jones known as Gaz Top, is a Welsh television presenter. He is a Welsh language speaker. Best known for his work as a presenter of children's television and science programmes such as How 2 and Get Fresh, he has more moved to presenting motorsport podcasts and directing and producing programmes. Jones was born in Wales; when he began his career in 1979, he used the name "Gaz Top", a name he earned whilst working as a roadie for The Alarm. Gareth Jones On Speed is a car and motorsport podcast written and performed by Gareth Jones and made by TV and podcasting production company WhizzBang. Hosted by Jones, the show has an irreverent style and features a regular cast of Zog Richard Porter and TV presenter and writer Violet Berlin; the show began in August 2005 after a visit to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Whilst chiefly an audio podcast there are occasional video episodes such as the London Grand Prix and Don't Call Me Carface. Many major British and international motor sport stars have appeared on the show, such as Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Robert Kubica.
New editions are published every 12 days and over 100 episodes in total have appeared to date. He lives in north London with his partner, Violet Berlin, their two sons. Growing up: Gareth Jones BBC, "my old school, Ysgol Gwenffrwd in Holywell" YouTube video clip of Gareth Jones interviewing Gareth Jones' official website Gareth Jones on IMDb
Gareth Jones (journalist)
Gareth Richard Vaughan Jones was a Welsh journalist who first publicized in the Western world the existence of the Soviet famine of 1932–33. Jones was born in Glamorgan, his father Major Edgar Jones was headmaster of Barry County School. His mother had spent the period 1889–1892 as tutor to the children of Arthur Hughes, the son of Welsh steel industrialist John Hughes, who had founded the town of Yuzovka or Hughesovka, modern day Donetsk, in Ukraine, her stories inspired in Jones a desire to visit the Soviet Union, Ukraine. Jones graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1926 with a first class degree in French, from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1929 with a first class honours degree in French and Russian. In January 1930 he began work as Foreign Affairs Advisor to former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, that summer made his first brief "pilgrimage" to Yuzovka. In 1931 he was offered employment in New York City by Dr Ivy Lee, public relations advisor to organisations such as the Rockefeller Institute, the Chrysler Foundation, Standard Oil, to research a book about the Soviet Union.
In the summer of 1931 he toured the Soviet Union with H. J. Heinz II of the food company dynasty, producing a diary published by Heinz as Experiences in Russia 1931, a diary which contains the first usage of the word "starve" in relation to the collectivisation of Soviet agriculture. In 1932 Jones returned to work for Lloyd George and helped the wartime Prime Minister write his War Memoirs. During the 1930s, he was a reporter for the Western Mail. In late January and early February 1933 Jones was in Germany covering the accession to power of the Nazi Party, was in Leipzig on the day Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor. A few days on 23 February in the Richthofen, the fastest and most powerful three-motored aeroplane in Germany, Jones became the first foreign journalist to fly with Hitler as he accompanied Hitler and Joseph Goebbels to Frankfurt where he reported for the Western Mail on the new Chancellor's tumultuous acclamation in that city, he wrote. The next month, he travelled to the Soviet Union and eluded authorities to slip into Ukraine, where he kept diaries of the man-made starvation he witnessed.
On his return to Berlin on 29 March 1933, he issued his press release, published by many newspapers, including The Manchester Guardian and the New York Evening Post: I walked along through villages and twelve collective farms. Everywhere was the cry,'There is no bread. We are dying'; this cry came from every part of Russia, from the Volga, White Russia, the North Caucasus, Central Asia. I tramped through the black earth region because, once the richest farmland in Russia and because the correspondents have been forbidden to go there to see for themselves what is happening. In the train a Communist denied to me. I flung a crust of bread. A peasant fellow-passenger ravenously ate it. I threw an orange peel into the spittoon and the peasant again grabbed it and devoured it; the Communist subsided. I stayed overnight in a village where there now are six; the peasants had only a month's supply left. They told me that many had died of hunger. Two soldiers came to arrest a thief, they warned me against travel by night, as there were too many'starving' desperate men.'We are waiting for death' was my welcome, but see, we still, have our cattle fodder.
Go farther south. There they have nothing. Many houses are empty of people dead,' they cried; this report was unwelcome in a great many of the media, as the intelligentsia of the time was still in sympathy with the Soviet regime. On 31 March, The New York Times published a denial of Jones' statement by Walter Duranty under the headline "RUSSIANS HUNGRY, BUT NOT STARVING". In the article, Kremlin sources denied the existence of a famine, said, "Russian and foreign observers in country could see no grounds for predications of disaster". On 13 May, Jones published a strong rebuttal to Duranty in The New York Times, standing by his report: My first evidence was gathered from foreign observers. Since Mr. Duranty introduces consuls into the discussion, a thing I am loath to do, for they are official representatives of their countries and should not be quoted, may I say that I discussed the Russian situation with between twenty and thirty consuls and diplomatic representatives of various nations and that their evidence supported my point of view.
But they are not allowed to express their views in the press, therefore remain silent. Journalists, on the other hand, are allowed to write, but the censorship has turned them into masters of euphemism and understatement. Hence they give "famine" the polite name of'food shortage' and'starving to death' is softened down to read as'widespread mortality from diseases due to malnutrition'. Consuls are not so reticent in private conversation. In a personal letter from Soviet Foreign Commissar Maxim Litvinov to Lloyd George, Jones was informed that he was banned from visiting the Soviet Union again. Banned from the Soviet Union, Jones turned his attention to the Far East and in late 1934 he left Britain on a "Round-the-World Fact-Finding Tour", he spent about six weeks in Japan, interviewing important generals and politicians, he reached Beijing. From here he traveled to Inner Mongolia in newly Japanese-occupied Manchukuo in the company of a German journalist. Detained by Japanese forces, the p
Mr. Jones (2019 film)
Mr. Jones is a 2019 drama film directed by Agnieszka Holland, it was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. James Norton as Gareth Jones Vanessa Kirby as Ada Brooks Peter Sarsgaard as Walter Duranty Kenneth Cranham as David Lloyd George Joseph Mawle as George Orwell Celyn Jones as Matthew Mr. Jones on IMDb