Gary Anthony James Webb, better known as Gary Numan, is an English singer, songwriter and record producer. He first entered the music industry as the frontman of the new wave band Tubeway Army. After releasing two albums with the band, he released his debut solo album The Pleasure Principle in 1979, topping the UK Albums Chart. While his commercial popularity peaked in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the No. 1 singles "Are'Friends' Electric?" and "Cars", he maintains a strong cult following. Numan is considered a pioneer of electronic music, with his signature sound consisting of heavy synthesiser hooks fed through guitar effects pedals, he is known for his distinctive voice and androgynous "android" persona. In 2017, he received an Ivor Novello Award, the Inspiration Award, from the British Academy of Songwriters and Authors. Numan was born Gary Anthony James Webb on 8 March 1958 in London, his father was a British Airways bus driver based at Heathrow Airport. He was educated at Town Farm Junior School in Surrey.
He joined the Air Training Corps as a teenager and briefly held various jobs including forklift truck driver, air conditioning ventilator fitter, accounts clerk. When Numan was 15 years old, his father bought him a Gibson Les Paul, which became his most treasured possession, he played in various bands, including Mean Street and the Lasers, before forming Tubeway Army with his uncle, Jess Lidyard, Paul Gardiner. His initial pseudonym was "Valerian" in reference to the hero in French science fiction comic series Valérian and Laureline, he picked the surname "Numan" from an advert in the Yellow pages for a plumber whose surname was "Neumann". Numan came to prominence at the mid of the 1970s as lead singer and record producer for Tubeway Army. After recording an album's worth of punk-influenced demo tapes, he was signed by Beggars Banquet Records in 1978 and released two singles, "That's Too Bad" and "Bombers", neither of which charted. A self-titled, new wave-oriented debut album that same year sold out its limited run and introduced Numan's fascination with dystopian science fiction and synthesisers.
Tubeway Army's third single, the dark-themed and slow-paced "Down in the Park", though it never appeared on the charts, it became one of Numan's most enduring and oft-covered songs. It was featured with other contemporary hits on the soundtrack for the 1980 film Times Square, a live version of the song can be seen in the 1982 film Urgh! A Music War. Following exposure in a television advertisement for Lee Cooper jeans with the jingle "Don't Be a Dummy", Tubeway Army released the single "Are'Friends' Electric?" in May 1979. After seven weeks the single climbed to No. 1 at the end of June. A few months Numan found success in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with "Cars", which peaked at No. 1 in the UK in 1979, No. 1 in Canada and No. 9 in the U. S. in 1980. "Cars" and the 1979 album The Pleasure Principle were both released under Numan's own stage name. The album reached number-one in the UK, a sell-out tour followed; the Pleasure Principle was a rock album with no guitars. A second single from the album, "Complex", made it to No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart.
In 1980, Numan topped the album charts for a third time with Telekon, with the singles "We Are Glass", "I Die: You Die" released prior to the album reaching No. 5 and No. 6. "This Wreckage" taken from the album in December entered the Top 20. Telekon, the final studio album that Numan retrospectively termed the "Machine" section of his career, reintroduced guitars to Numan's music and featured a wider range of synthesisers; the same year he embarked on his second major tour with an more elaborate stage show than the Touring Principle the previous year. He announced his retirement from touring with a series of sell-out concerts at Wembley Arena in April 1981, supported by experimental musician Nash the Slash and Shock, a rock/mime/burlesque troupe whose members included Barbie Wilde and Tok, Carole Caplin. A live two album set from the 1979 and 1980 tours released at this time reached No. 2 in the charts. Both albums individually released as Living Ornaments'79 and Living Ornaments'80 charted.
The decision to retire would be short-lived. Departing from the pure electropop that he had been associated with, Numan began experimenting with jazz and ethereal, rhythmic pop, his first album after his 1981 farewell concerts was Dance. The album charted as high as No. 3 on the UK charts, with an eight-week chart run and produced one hit single reaching No. 6. The album featured several distinguished guest players. With his former backing band, Chris Payne, Russell Bell, Ced Sharpley now reformed as Dramatis, Numan contributed vocals to the minor hit "Love Needs No Disguise" from the album For Future Reference and lent vocals to the first single release by his long-term bassist Paul Gardiner, "Stormtrooper in Drag", which made the charts. However, Numan's career had begun to experience a gradual decline, he was eclipsed by acts such as Adam Ant, by the
Joan Margret Beck, BEM, was an Australian archaeologist and fencer. In 1937 associate teacher at Bjelke-Petersen School of Physical Culture. After being introduced to fencing she was instrumental in the development of fencing in Australia in the mid-20th century. At the Swords Club she was coached by Owen Weingott, she provided instruction in fencing in England and throughout the Sydney region, in schools, universities including the Australian College of Physical Education, health settings, such as the Royal North Shore Hospital introducing fencing to paraplegic athletes, including Daphne Ceeney, to Olympic athletes. 1952 Beck took the position of head coach at the Swords Club and found new premises at Bjelke-Petersen. Between 1952 – 1972 Beck trained state and national teams and prepared participants for every Empire and Commonwealth games, she studied archeology at Macquarie University and had extensive contact with Professor Naguib Kanawati, she worked on digs and went to Egypt 11 times and Greece 14 times.
She supported the development of the Rundle Foundation for Egyptian Archaeology at Macquarie University and was instrumental in it becoming an active subscribed society. Her services to the university and to Egyptology led to the award of'Honorary Fellow of Macquarie University', she studied at MLC School and Bjelke-Petersen School of Physical Culture, after retiring from fencing at Macquarie University. Suzanne Newton, The Swords Club pays tribute to Joan Beck -a Grande Dame of NSW fencing, On Target: Newsletter of Fencing NSW
Glen Riddle Farm was a large horse farm in Berlin, Maryland in the United States. Located on what today is Route 50 between Ocean City and Berlin, it was owned by a wealthy textile businessman Samuel D. Riddle who named it for his home town Glen Riddle, Pennsylvania which in turn had been named for his grandfather. In addition to the stables and large mansion, Glen Riddle Farm had a one-mile racing oval for training thoroughbred racehorses; the farm was home to Hall of Fame racehorses Man o' War, U. S. Triple Crown winner War Admiral, Crusader as well as other successful thoroughbreds such as Massachusetts Handicap winner War Relic, American Flag, a son of Man o' War who won the 1925 Belmont Stakes and was voted Champion 3-year-old Male Horse; as part of a program honoring important horse racing tracks and racing stables, the Pennsylvania Railroad named its baggage car #5849 the "Glen Riddle Farm". Samuel D. Riddle raced horses until his death in 1951. A fire in 1969 destroyed the mansion and the farm was soon abandoned, left in disrepair for more than thirty years until real estate developers acquired it and built a residential housing complex in 2004.
In the mid-1920s, Samuel Riddle acquired Faraway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky where he would send his broodmares along with Man o' War, American Flag, other stallions. Glen Riddle Farm's horses won numerous important stakes races including the following prestigious U. S. Triple Crown races: Kentucky Derby: 1937: War Admiral Preakness Stakes: 1920: Man o' War 1937: War Admiral Belmont Stakes: 1920: Man o' War 1925: American Flag 1926: Crusader 1937: War Admiral