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Isles of Shoals

The Isles of Shoals are a group of small islands and tidal ledges situated 6 miles off the east coast of the United States, straddling the border of the states of Maine and New Hampshire. They have been occupied for more than 400 years, first by fishing communities and more as the site of private homes, a large seasonal hotel and a marine research facility; some of the islands were used for seasonal fishing camps by indigenous peoples and first settled by Europeans in the early 17th century. They became one of the many fishing areas for the young French colonies; this was one of the most northern fishing ports, the closest one to the south being Rockport, Massachusetts. The Isles of Shoals were named the "Smith Iles" by English explorer Capt. John Smith after sighting them in 1614; this name did not last once colonization of New England by the British began. The first recorded landfall of an Englishman was that of explorer Captain Christopher Levett, whose 300 fishermen in six ships discovered that the Isles of Shoals were abandoned in 1623."The first place I set my foot upon in New England was the Isle of Shoals, being islands in the sea about two leagues from the main," Levett wrote later.

"Upon these islands I neither could see one good timber-tree nor so much good ground as to make a garden. The place is found to be a good fishing-place for six ships, but more can not be well there, for want of convenient stage room, as this year's experience hath proved." In 1628 the Plymouth Pilgrims exiled Thomas Morton on the island due to his libertine activities with the Indians at Merrymount. The first town, "Apledoore", included all of the Isles of Shoals, was incorporated by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony on May 22, 1661. At that time, the province of New Hampshire and the province of Maine were both part of Massachusetts Bay Colony. By 1665, the name of the town had changed to "Iles of Shoales". Starting in 1680 and continuing for several years, there was a general migration of the population to Star Island in what is now New Hampshire, departing from Hog Island in what is now Maine. In 1696, the town was annexed by Kittery. In 1715 the township of Gosport was established by New Hampshire on Star Island.

The Gosport community was prosperous up until about 1778, when the islanders were evacuated to Rye, New Hampshire, due to the Revolutionary War. Though a small population remained, the islands were abandoned until the middle of the 19th century, when Thomas Laighton and Levi Thaxter opened a popular summer hotel on Appledore Island. Laighton's daughter, married Levi at the age of fifteen and as Celia Thaxter became the most popular American female poet of the 19th century, she hosted an arts community on the island frequented by such luminaries as authors Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Greenleaf Whittier, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sarah Orne Jewett, the Impressionist painter Childe Hassam. Having executed his last drawing three days previous, the Boston painter William Morris Hunt drowned there in 1879 a suicide. Hunt's body was discovered by Celia Thaxter; the popularity of Laighton's Appledore House soon led to establishment of the Mid-Ocean House on Smuttynose Island, the Oceanic Hotel, still in use today on Star Island.

Appledore Island, in Maine, is the largest of the Isles of Shoals, at 95 acres. Known as Hog Island, prior to that as Farm Island, it is 0.5 miles from east to west, 0.6 miles from north to south. It was home to The Appledore House, during the 19th century. Built in 1847 and opened the following year, the hotel was lost to a fire in 1914. According to Celia Thaxter, as late as 1873, "Philip Babb, or some evil-minded descendant of his, haunted Appledore." Today, the island is the operating station of the Shoals Marine Laboratory, run cooperatively by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire. The island is owned by the Star Island Corporation. Second in size at 46 acres, Star Island is located in New Hampshire within the borders of the town of Rye and is the only island served by a commercial boat from the mainland, it is a religious and educational conference center, owned by the Star Island Corporation, affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.

During the summer, the island hosts a number of week-long and shorter conferences which make use of the Oceanic Hotel, Gosport House, the 150-year-old chapel, several buildings dating back to the original village. Short-term day visitors are welcomed, although that may depend on the boat schedule; this is a popular destination for sailboats wishing to tie up overnight in Gosport harbor. Smuttynose Island, at 25 acres, is the third-largest island, it is the site of Blackbeard's honeymoon for the shipwreck of the Spanish ship Sagunto in 1813, for the notorious 1873 murders of two young women. The latter is recalled in the story, "A Memorable Murder", by Celia Thaxter, in the 1997 novel, The Weight of Water, by Anita Shreve, in the song, "The Ballad of Louis Wagner" by John Perrault. There are two small houses on the island. One of them, the Samuel Haley house, was once believed to be the oldest structure in the state of Maine. Smuttynose is not populated today. Malaga Island is a diminutive island just to the west of Smuttynose, connected to it by a breakwater.

The original breakwater was built around 1820 by Captain Samuel Haley, reputed to have paid for its construction with proceeds from four bars of pirate silver that he found under a flat rock on the island. White Island and Seavey Island are located at the southern end of the Isles of Shoals, within the b

Malcolm Archer

Malcolm Archer is an English organist and composer. He combines this work with a recital career. Archer was Organist and Director of Music at St Paul's Cathedral and Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College. Malcolm Archer's website may be viewed at Malcolm Archer was educated at King Edward VII School, Lytham before studying at the Royal College of Music. He was organ scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge, his organ teachers include Ralph Downes, Gillian Weir, Nicolas Kynaston and he studied composition with Herbert Sumsion and Alan Ridout. Malcolm Archer's first posts were at Norwich Cathedral as Assistant Organist, Bristol Cathedral leaving to spend time living and working in the US. Archer was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Wells Cathedral in 1996 where he directed and trained the Cathedral choir for its daily services in the Cathedral, as well as being the Musical Director for Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society. In April 2000 he and choir members participated in a tour back to North American, which included concerts in Ottawa, Ontario.

He has made several recordings with the choir to critical acclaim, recording with the labels Hyperion and Lammas. Malcolm Archer took over as organist and Director of Music at St Paul's from John Scott in 2004, he directed the choir for several important state services, including the service to celebrate the 80th birthday of HM the Queen, for which he composed a special anthem. In August 2007 he took up a position as Director of Chapel Music and Organist at Winchester College, where he was in charge of the Winchester College Chapel Choir and the College Quiristers as well as teaching composition and the organ. Important recordings with the choir include Stanford's choral music, Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, Three Wings and Mozart's Requiem, accompanied by the London Mozart Players. Malcolm Archer moved from Winchester College in 2018 to pursue his career as a choral and orchestral conductor and composer. Asked in a recent interview about his College choir, he commented that: “They are as good as any of the choirs I’ve worked with, one of the great privileges for me is to be able to work with talented young musicians and see them achieve fantastic standards of choral singing.

Most of our older boys in the choir, our altos and basses, are in the sixth form and a good number of them will go on to choral scholarships at Oxford and Cambridge, in choirs such as King’s College Cambridge, St John’s College Cambridge and the fine Oxford choirs’’.'Malcolm Archer's talent for writing for voices is legendary. His are marvellously singable melodies with a fine sense of rhythm and an organ part which helps the singers.' He has'a fine ear for choral sonority, an admirable sensitivity to words, a genuine and distinctive melodic voice. His harmonic language is accessible and traditional but it is never bland. Above all, I think, his music conveys a genuine atmosphere and uplifts the listener.'Archer's major works include ‘Requiem’, ‘Vespers’, ‘Three Psalms of David’, ‘The Coming of the Kingdom’, the musical, ‘Walter and the Pigeons’ and the one-act opera, ‘George and the Dragon’. He has over 250 published compositions, he is published by Oxford University Press and RSCM Publications amongst other companies.

His works include: A Hymn to the Virgin A Hymn to St Cecilia Alleluia, Who Is This Who Comes in Triumph? A New Commandment At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners Ave Verum Corpus Before the End of the Day Bless the Lord Blessed Are the Pure in Heart Bread of Heaven On thee We Feed Brightest and Best Christ Be Beside Me Christ Is Our Cornerstone Christ Who Knows Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies Come My Way Creator of the Stars of Night Dance My Heart Exsultet Give Us the Wings God Be in My Head God Who Made the Earth Holy Is the True Light How Like an Angel Hymn to the Holy Spirit Jesu My Truth My Way Jubilate Deo Judge Eternal Lead Kindly Light Let All the World Light's Abode Celestial Salem Little Lamb Who Made thee Lord of All Lord of All Hopefulness Love Bade Me Welcome Love Is Not Feeling Love's Redeeming Work Is Done Missa Omnes Sancti O Breath of God O Clap Your Hands O Praise God in His Holiness O Sacrum Convivium O Salutaris Pie Jesu Praise to the Lord the Almighty Rejoice the Lord Is King Set Me as a Seal Sing Praise and Thanksgiving Sweet Music Sweeter Far Tantum Ergo The Lord's My Shepherd There Is No Rose Thou God of Truth When I Survey Who Is This Who Comes?

Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem Website of Malcolm Archer Printed Notes by OUP

Maurice Levitas

Maurice Levitas was an Irish academic and communist. Levitas was born in the Portobello area of Dublin, he was known to his family and friends as "Morry". His parents, Harry Levitas and Leah Rick, having emigrated to Ireland from Lithuania and Latvia in 1912, were married in the Camden Street Synagogue in Dublin. Harry Levitas was a member of the Tailors and Pressers Union, known in Dublin as the Jewish Union. Maurice attended St Peter's Church of Ireland National School. In 1927, the family emigrated to Britain, first to Glasgow to London Maurice Levitas joined the Communist Party of Great Britain in 1933 and was an active trade unionist, he and his brothers Max and Sol, were involved in the 1936 ‘Battle of Cable Street’ against the British Union of Fascists. In 1937, he joined the Connolly Column of the International Brigade and fought in the Spanish Civil War, he was captured in 1938 and released in February 1939. In 1942, Levitas served in India and Burma. In 1948, having resumed employment as a plumber, he was offered a place in an emergency Teachers' Training College.

In 1964, Levitas graduated with an honours degree in sociology from the University of London and became a senior lecturer in the sociology of education at Durham University. Levitas remained an ardent Marxist-Leninist and a supporter of the Soviet Union, remaining a Communist Party member; this was tested by the invasion of Czechoslovakia to put down the Prague Spring of 1968. He emigrated to the Marxist-Leninist controlled regime of East Germany in 1985 to work as an English teacher, authoring a work praising Erich Honecker, he attended the commemoration of the Connolly Column in 1991 in Liberty Hall, where he was chosen to read out the list of members. He attended, in 1997, a ceremony in the Mansion House by the Lord Mayor of the surviving Irish members of the International Brigade, he returned to England in 1990 following the fall of the Berlin Wall. He died in London on the 14th of February 2001, his brother Max Levitas was Communist councillor for 15 years in Stepney in London. His daughter is the sociologist his son is the theatre historian Ben Levitas.

Marxist Perspectives in the Sociology of Education by Maurice Levitas Erich Honecker Cross Examined edited and translated by Maurice Levitas

Live in Concert (Natalie Merchant album)

Live in Concert is a 1999 live album and DVD by Natalie Merchant. The album and DVD were recorded at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City; the setlist includes a rare cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity". The U. S. release is HDCD encoded, but without "peak extension". All songs written except where noted. "Wonder" "San Andreas Fault" "Beloved Wife" "Space Oddity" "Carnival" "Dust Bowl" "After the Gold Rush" "Gun Shy" "The Gulf of Araby" "Ophelia" "Seven Years" "These Are Days" "Life Is Sweet" "Ophelia" "Wonder" "San Andreas Fault" "Beloved Wife" "Senor Don Gato" "Space Oddity" "Carnival" "Break Your Heart" "These Are Days" "The Gulf of Araby" "Waterbound" Adapted from AllMusic. Natalie Merchant - vocals, piano Erik Della Penna - guitars Gabriel Gordon - guitars, backing vocals Peter Yanowitz - drums Graham Maby - bass Elizabeth Steen - keyboards Doug Stringer - percussion Susan McKeown - guest vocals

Conor Friedersdorf

Conor Renier Friedersdorf is an American journalist and a staff writer at The Atlantic, known for his civil libertarian perspectives. After graduating from college, Friedersdorf worked for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, he began writing for The Atlantic in November 2009. He was an intern for The Daily Dish blog, in 2010 was hired as Senior Editor and "underblogger" to Andrew Sullivan. Friedersdorf compiles on a regular basis The Best of Journalism list, a curated list of news articles and investigative report, that he disseminates through a newsletter. In an interview with journalist Matt Lewis, Friedersdorf stated that he has right-leaning views but that he does not consider himself to be a doctrinal conservative or a member of the conservative movement. Writing for The Atlantic, Friedersdorf laid out his argument for why he refused to vote for Barack Obama in 2012 and was supporting Gary Johnson in his bid for president as the Libertarian Party candidate. Friedersdorf wrote an article calling for the abolition of ICE, protecting the right to protest on The Statue of Liberty.

Friedersdorf has praised Peggy McIntosh's essay White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack saying he would encourage its study in college curriculums, but warned that "importing obscure academic concepts into mass conversations about identity makes them much less accessible and more alienating to the vast majority of America". Friedersdorf grew up in Orange County and lives in Venice, California. Two of his grandparents were French Cajuns, he attended Pomona College as an undergraduate, attended the journalism school at New York University on a scholarship. Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic Appearances on C-SPAN Conor Friedersdorf on Twitter


Eldwick is a small village near Bingley in the City of Bradford district in West Yorkshire. It is split up into two main parts, the main populated part, High Eldwick, the larger but less populated section, situated on Bingley Moor. High Eldwick is the site of Olympic jockey Harvey Smith's stables, the Dick Hudson's pub. Eldwick Memorial Hall is built from old bricks from the textile mill; the bell has never been found, a popular local mystery surrounds this case. Much of Eldwick is situated on a plateau beyond the crest of the wooded escarpment to the east of Bingley. A small area of Eldwick is situated upon the escarpment's steep slope, including the Prince of Wales Park; the park and the rest of the wooded area south of it form a natural dividing line running north/south between Eldwick and Bingley. The village has Eldwick Beck running through it; the name has come to refer to the part of the village just before entry into High Eldwick, near the Methodist Church and The Acorn Pub. The village is served by the 615, 616 and 619 bus services and a turnaround in High Eldwick serves as the terminus for these routes.

They have a three buses per hour frequency in either direction, with buses taking passengers to Bingley and beyond. Acclaimed operator six frontman has been known to use this service regularly; the nearest railway station is Bingley