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George Martin

Sir George Henry Martin, was an English record producer, composer, audio engineer, musician. He was referred to as the "Fifth Beatle" in reference to his extensive involvement on each of the Beatles' original albums. Paul McCartney said upon Martin's death, "If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle, it was George". Martin's career spanned more than six decades of work in music, film and live performance. Before working with the Beatles and other pop musicians, he produced comedy and novelty records in the early 1950s, working with Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Bernard Cribbins, among others. In his career he produced 30 number-one hit singles in the United Kingdom and 23 number-one hits in the United States, he held a number of senior executive roles at media companies and contributed to a wide range of charitable causes, including his work for The Prince's Trust and the Caribbean island of Montserrat. In recognition of his services to the music industry and popular culture, he was made a Knight Bachelor in 1996.

Martin was born January 1926, in Highbury, London. When Martin was six, his family acquired a piano. At eight years of age, Martin persuaded his parents and Betha Beatrice Martin, that he should take piano lessons, but those ended after only eight lessons because of a disagreement between his mother and the teacher; as a child, he attended several schools, including a "convent school in Holloway", St Joseph's School, at St Ignatius' College, where he had won a scholarship. When WWII broke out, St. Ignatius College students were evacuated to Welwyn Garden City, his family left London, he was enrolled at Bromley Grammar School. I remember well the first time I heard a symphony orchestra. I was just in my teens when Sir Adrian Boult brought the BBC Symphony Orchestra to my school for a public concert, it was magical. Hearing such glorious sounds I found it difficult to connect them with ninety men and women blowing into brass and wooden instruments or scraping away at strings with horsehair bows.

Despite Martin's continued interest in music, "fantasies about being the next Rachmaninov", he did not choose music as a career. He worked as a quantity surveyor, for the War Office as a Temporary Clerk, which meant filing paperwork and making tea. In 1943, when he was 17, he joined the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy and became an aerial observer and a commissioned officer; the war ended before Martin was involved in any combat, he left the service in 1947. Encouraged by Sidney Harrison Martin used his veteran's grant to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1947 to 1950, where he studied piano and oboe, was interested in the music of Rachmaninoff and Ravel, as well as Cole Porter. Martin's oboe teacher was Margaret Eliot. After that, Martin explained. On 3 January 1948 – while still at the Academy – Martin married Sheena Chisholm, with whom he would have two children and Gregory Paul Martin, he married Judy Lockhart-Smith on 24 June 1966, they had two children and Giles Martin.

Following his graduation, he worked for the BBC's classical music department joined EMI in 1950 as an assistant to Oscar Preuss, the head of EMI's Parlophone Records from 1950 to 1955. Although having been regarded by EMI as a vital German imprint in the past, it was not taken and only used for EMI's insignificant acts. After taking over Parlophone, as head of artists and repertoire, when Preuss retired in 1955, Martin recorded classical and Baroque music, original cast recordings, regional music from around Britain and Ireland. Martin produced numerous comedy and novelty records, his first hit for Parlophone was the "Mock Mozart" single by Peter Ustinov with Antony Hopkins – a record reluctantly released in 1952 by EMI, only after Preuss insisted they give his young assistant, Martin, a chance. That decade Martin worked with Peter Sellers on two popular comedy LPs. One was released on 10 format and called The Best Of Sellers, the second was released in 1957, being called Songs for Swinging Sellers.

As he had worked with Sellers, he came to know Spike Milligan, with whom he became a firm friend, best man at Milligan's second marriage: "I loved The Goon Show, issued an album of it on my label Parlophone, how I got to know Spike." The album was Bridge on the River Wye. It was a spoof of the film The Bridge on the River Kwai, being based on the 1957 Goon Show episode "An African Incident." It was intended to have the same name as the film, but shortly before its release, the film company threatened legal action if the name was used. Martin edited out the'K' every time the word Kwai was spoken, with Bridge on the River Wye being the result; the River Wye is a river that runs through Wales. The album featured Milligan, Jonathan Miller, Peter Cook, playing various characters. Other comedians Martin worked with included Bernard Cribbins, Charlie Drake, Terry Scott, Bruce Forsyth, Michael Bentine, Dudley Moore and Swann, Lance Percival, Joan Sims, Bill Oddie, The Alberts. Martin worked with whom he had a number of hits.

In early 1962, under the pseudonym "Ray Cathode," Martin released an early electronic dance single, "Time Beat" – recorded at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. As Martin wanted to add rock and roll to Parlophone's repertoire, he struggle

Qurban Hussain, Baron Hussain

Qurban Hussain, Baron Hussain is a British-Pakistani Liberal Democrat politician and life peer. Hussain was the unsuccessful candidate for parliament for Luton South in 2005 and 2010, he was firstly a member of the Labour Party, from 1996 to 2003, but joined the Liberal Democrats in protest over the Labour government-backed invasion of Iraq. He was a member of Luton Borough Council from 2003 until 2011, serving as its deputy leader from 2005 to 2007. Hussain was created a life peer as Baron Hussain, of Luton in the county of Bedfordshire on 20 January 2011. In the Cameron–Clegg coalition government, he served as diversity adviser to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Hussain withdrew from the Lib Dem whip in March 2015 for having smuggled an impoverished two-year-old Kashmiri boy into the UK decades earlier, at the request of the boy's mother, he insisted it was morally the right thing to do. He was readmitted to the party whip. Parliament.uk biography Liberal Democrats biography

Emma Fordyce MacRae

Emma Fordyce MacRae was an American representational painter. She was a member of the Philadelphia Ten, a group of women artists who worked and exhibited together, her work — including still lifes and paintings of women — shows the influence of Asian flower paintings and of Seurat. MacRae grew up in New York City, where she attended the Brearley School, she enrolled at the Art Students League in 1911, studying first with Frank DuMond and Kenneth Hayes Miller, beginning in 1915, with Luis Mora, Ernest Blumenschein, John French Sloan. She attended one of Robert Reid's summer courses. MacRae's painting, "Green Jade," was shown at the Anderson galleries in 1928, at an exhibit of artist members of the American Woman's Association. Many exhibitions and gallery showings followed. In 1937, MacRae's painting "A Persian Girl," was listed as deserving of special mention by The New York Times critic Edward Alden Jewell. In the 1940s, MacRae was chairman of the awards jury of the National Association of Women Artists.

Galleries rediscovered MacRae's art in the 1980s. In 1987, her painting of a Venetian cafe was part of "American Women Artists, 1830-1930," an exhibition displayed at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D. C. and in four other museums. MacRae had studios in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Where MacRae painted her New England landscapes form the Cape Ann Landscapes Tour. Recent exhibitions of MacRae's work have been held at Greenwich, Connecticut. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Cape Ann Historical Museum, Gloucester, MA Cosmopolitan Club, New York National Academy of Design, New York Emma Fordyce MacRae, Emma Fordyce MacRae website. Emma Fordyce MacRae, Artnet. Emma Fordyce MacRae, "Elizabeth", The Mint Museums. Emma Fordyce MacRae, "Cherry Blossoms," SILS Art Image Browser. Review. American Art Review Volume 20 Number 2 March–April 2008 Article: Paintings of Emma Fordyce MacRae, N. A by Karen E. Quinn