Jim Wallace, Baron Wallace of Tankerness
James Robert Wallace, Baron Wallace of Tankerness, FRSE is a British politician and former leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. He was Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Member of Parliament for Orkney and Shetland, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Orkney, the first Deputy First Minister of Scotland in the Scottish Executive and Advocate General for Scotland. Lord Wallace was born in Annan in Dumfriesshire and grew up there; as a boy, his first interest in politics was stoked when he collected autographs from politicians visiting the local area: he still possesses one from Tam Dalyell, with whom he served in the House of Commons. Wallace was educated at a state secondary school in his hometown of Annan. Following school, he was accepted by Downing College, where he obtained a joint degree in economics and law, was rumoured to have been a member of the'Three Kings' society. From there he returned to Scotland to study law at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1977.
Based in Edinburgh, he practised as an advocate at the Scottish Bar in civil law cases. Wallace joined the then-Liberal Party in the early 1970s, but did not become active in it until after completing his second degree, his first foray as a parliamentary candidate was in the constituency of Dumfriesshire in 1979, where he failed to win. He stood, unsuccessfully, as the Liberal candidate in the South of Scotland constituency at the European Parliament elections of that year. Four years he would earn the Liberal nomination for the seat of Orkney and Shetland, the seat being vacated by former party leader Jo Grimond, won election to the Parliament. At the time, it was rare for Liberal candidates to win election to succeed former Liberal MPs, although many have since done so, he was to serve as the MP there for 18 years, occupying a number of front bench posts for the Liberal Party, including Employment spokesman and Chief Whip. In 1992, he was unopposed in becoming the new leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, succeeding Malcolm Bruce.
Scottish politics at this time was dominated by the question of constitutional reform. There were few opportunities for legislation affecting Scots Law to be debated or scrutinised at Westminster and after the 1987 Election, with only ten Conservative MPs in Scotland but with a large majority in the House of Commons, it was argued that there was a democratic deficit in Scotland; the Scottish Liberal Democrats were committed to an overarching principle of federalism throughout the United Kingdom, with the Scottish Labour Party advocating legislative devolution for Scotland and Wales, as had been attempted unsuccessfully in the late 1970s, the Scottish National Party seeking independence. However, the Conservative Government wanted no such change, Scottish Secretaries, such as Ian Lang and Michael Forsyth, advocated internal parliamentary reforms at Westminster, such as holding more debates in the Scottish Grand Committee, which consisted of all 72 MPs for Scottish constituencies. Given the similarity of their preferred options, the Scottish Liberal Democrats had co operated with the Scottish Labour Party in the Scottish Constitutional Convention to produce a blueprint for a devolved parliament within the United Kingdom.
Wallace continued this and the Convention's final proposals were published on St Andrew's Day 1995. A key part of this plan was the decision that this new parliament would be elected by a system of proportional representation; this was a long-held Liberal Democrat policy which would ensure a fairer distribution of seats, which would certainly deny any single party an overall majority. The Labour Party was strongly opposed to this policy, it was a mark of success for Wallace and the Liberal Democrats that it was agreed. Both parties agreed to work to enact the proposals after the next election; when the Conservatives lost the 1997 Election, the New Labour government converted the Constitutional Convention's proposals into a White Paper and a referendum of the Scottish people was held on 11 September 1997. Wallace was a key figure in that campaign, arguing for the proposal, although campaigning in the referendum was suspended for several days following the death of Princess Diana. Despite Conservative opposition, the plan was approved by nearly 75% of those voting, nearly 64% voted separately for the Parliament to have the power to vary the basic rate of income tax.
The Scotland Bill was successfully piloted through Westminster, became the founding legislation of the new Parliament. He led the Scottish Liberal Democrats in the first election to the new Scottish Parliament in 1999, himself winning the constituency of Orkney with 67% of the votes cast; this meant he served as a Member of both the Scottish and Westminster Parliaments for a time with a dual mandate, although like other MPs elected to Holyrood he stood down from Westminster at the 2001 General Election. As expected, the proportional election system for the new Scottish Parliament meant that Labour failed to gain an outright majority in the first elections, their Leader, Donald Dewar, chose to seek a formal coalition government with a working majority rather than try to operate as a minority government. He contacted Wallace and a week of formal negotiations were held between the two parties' representatives, following which a partnership agreement was signed, committing both parties to support a negotiated joint agenda.
Wallace became Deputy First Minister a
Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1984 under the name the Rose Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour. Iced Earth released their debut album in 1990 and have since released thirteen studio albums, four EPs, three compilations, three box sets, three live albums and eleven music videos. After releasing their first two studio albums in 1990 and 1991 Iced Earth took a three-year layoff from 1992 to 1995, after which the band returned with new lead vocalist Matt Barlow. Iced Earth went on to release four studio albums with Barlow between 2001, respectively. After Horror Show, Barlow quit the band and joined the police force, while Iced Earth continued on with Tim "Ripper" Owens, of Judas Priest fame, on vocals. With Owens, the band released two studio albums. In late 2007, Matt Barlow rejoined the band. Iced Earth recorded the album The Crucible of Man with Barlow in 2008. In 2011, Barlow left the band again.
That year, Into Eternity frontman Stu Block became Iced Earth's new lead vocalist. Dystopia, Block's first album with the group, was released in October 2011, it received a positive response. Block's second album with the group, Plagues of Babylon, was released in January 2014. Before arriving at their current lineup, Iced Earth has had numerous line-up changes, with founder Jon Schaffer staying as the last remaining member; as of 2013, there have been over twenty musicians in and out of Iced Earth since its formation in 1985. The band is composed of rhythm guitarist Jon Schaffer, lead singer Stu Block, bassist Luke Appleton, drummer Brent Smedley, lead guitarist Jake Dreyer; the central figure of Iced Earth is, has been, guitarist Jon Schaffer, who formed the band on January 20, 1985, in Tampa, Florida. Schaffer's original vision for the band started under the moniker "The Rose" in 1984; the group was short-lived, after which Schaffer formed a band called Purgatory, which would change its name to Iced Earth.
Line-up changes were common with Jon Schaffer staying as the only constant member. The group recorded a demo in 1985, titled Psychotic Dreams. In 1988, Purgatory changed its name to Iced Earth. According to Schaffer, a friend of his, who died in a motorcycle accident prior to Schaffer moving to Florida was responsible for the name. In 1989, Iced Earth recorded another demo called Enter the Realm, with the line-up of Gene Adam on vocals, Randall Shawver on lead guitar, Dave Abell on bass, Greg Seymour on drums and Jon Schaffer on rhythm guitar and vocals. All of the songs on Enter the Realm would appear on the band's debut album, with the exception of "Nightmares" and the title track. After getting signed to Century Media Records, the band, now with Mike McGill on drums, started work on their debut album. Recorded at Morrisound Recording, with Tom Morris and Jon Schaffer as producers, Iced Earth was released in November, 1990 in Europe and on February 25, 1991 in the US. Following the album's release, Iced Earth toured across Europe with Blind Guardian.
Following their self-titled debut, Iced Earth began work on their second album. Prior to the recording process, singer Gene Adam was let go from the band after he refused to take singing lessons. Adam was subsequently replaced by John Greely; the album, entitled Night of the Stormrider, was again recorded at Morrisound Recording, with Schaffer and Tom Morris as producers. The album was released on November 11, 1991, in Europe, but in the US, the album's release was delayed until April 1992, so it wouldn't compete with the group's debut album. Following Night of the Stormrider's release, Iced Earth again toured Europe with Blind Guardian. Following the supporting tour for Night of the Stormrider, Iced Earth took a three-year layoff from 1992 to 1995. During this downtime, the band was faced with issues that resulted in them breaking-up, but Iced Earth resurfaced with Burnt Offerings. Heralded as Iced Earth's heaviest album, Burnt Offerings was released on April 14, 1995, was the band's first album to feature drummer Rodney Beasley and vocalist Matthew Barlow.
In January, 1996, Iced Earth began recording their fourth studio album, this time with Tom Morris' brother Jim Morris acting as co-producer, along with Jon Schaffer. The album was the first to feature drummer Mark Prator, the last to feature longtime bassist Dave Abell, who left the group after finishing recording. Although Abell was credited for playing on the album, bassist Keith Menser appears on the back cover, because Century Media demanded the touring line-up to appear on the cover. Incidentally, Keith Menser was fired after he didn't learn any of the band's songs for the tour, so he was soon replaced by James MacDonough. Mark Prator was let go from the band, was subsequently replaced by Brent Smedley. Released on May 23, 1996, The Dark Saga was a concept album based on the comic book character Spawn. Musically the album was simplified compared to previous Iced Earth albums. For the supporting tour, Iced Earth was joined by Nevermore. On April 21, 1997, Iced Earth released their first compilation album: Days of Purgatory.
The album featured songs from their first two albums, as well as the Enter the Realm demo, resung by Matt Barlow, with new drums and bass on some tracks as well. The album featured a few songs from Burnt Offerings and remastered. In March, 1998, work began on t
Dropkick Murphys are an American Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1996. The band was signed to independent punk record label Hellcat Records, releasing five albums for the label, making a name for themselves locally through constant touring and yearly St. Patrick's Day week shows, held in and around Boston; the 2004 single "Tessie" became the band's first mainstream hit and one of their biggest charting singles to date. The band's final Hellcat release, 2005's The Warrior's Code, included the song "I'm Shipping Up to Boston"; the band is known for their energetic live shows. In 2007, the band began releasing music through their own imprint label, Born & Bred via Alternative Distribution Alliance. 2007's The Meanest of Times made its debut at No. 20 on the Billboard charts and featured the successful single, "The State of Massachusetts", while 2011's Going Out in Style was an bigger success, making its debut at No. 6, giving the band their highest-charting album to date. The band's eighth studio album and Sealed in Blood was released in 2013 making its debut at No. 9 on the Billboard charts and featured the single "The Season's Upon Us", a Christmas song, one of the band's highest charting singles.
The band's ninth album, 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory was released on January 6, 2017 and debuted at number 8 on the Billboard charts. They have yet to have a Billboard Top 100 hit; the Dropkick Murphys were formed in 1996 in Quincy, Massachusetts consisting of lead vocalist Mike McColgan, bassist/vocalist Ken Casey, guitarist Rick Barton, drummer Jeff Erna. The band was named; the "Dropkick Murphys", first started playing in the basement of a friend's barbershop and soon began to tour and record. They received their first big break when The Mighty Mighty Bosstones selected them as the opening act for their 1997 tour in support of Let's Face It. After putting out a series of EPs, they were signed by Hellcat Records in 1997. In 1998 they released their first full-length album, Do or Die, produced by Rancid's Lars Frederiksen. Lead singer Mike McColgan left the band in 1998 during the middle of a US tour with The Business. According to McColgan he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his uncle and join the Boston Fire Department, which he would do in 2001.
The band gave a different explanation for McColgan's departure in the liner notes of their 1998 7" release Curse of a Fallen Soul: "We'd like to take this time to let you know that Mike McColgan, our former lead singer has quit the band. We apologize to anyone, a fan of Mike as our singer, however contrary to popular rumor, he did not leave the band to join the fire department. Mike left the band because he is no longer interested in being a member of this band or the movement of which we are a part." The band goes on to explain that their music is serious to them and that it did not feel right having a singer, going through the motions. Mike felt that the band deserved a singer, invested in the music. Mike would return to the punk scene in 2003 as singer of the Street Dogs. Following McColgan's departure, the band searched for a replacement however were not having much luck. Al Barr, lead singer for The Bruisers was well aware of the Dropkick Murphys and at first resented the fact that the Dropkick Murphys were becoming one of the biggest bands in the area, opening for all the bigger bands to come through, a slot Barr and The Bruisers would have obtained.
Barr was informed of McColgan's departure and assumed that the band was finished however he was contacted by Derek TC NYSR producer-founder of the groundbreaking 1990s Oi!-Skampilation series at the Middle East Club in Cambridge and informed to contact Ken Casey right away. Barr went in to audition for the band, first performing a new song titled "10 Years of Service" and was offered the job right away, which he accepted. Barr's first release with the band was the 1998 7" single for "Curse of a Fallen Soul". On March 9, 1999, the band released their second studio album and first with Barr, The Gang's All Here; the album featured more of a hardcore–street punk sound closer to that of Barr's former band, The Bruisers and more of an Irish influence than on their debut album. The band gained their first mainstream exposure when the video for their single "10 Years of Service" received airplay on the MTV show 120 Minutes; the band set out on a year-long tour to support the album. In late 1999, the band along with The Business, released a split single titled, "Mob Mentality" in 1999.
A year they released a full-length album of the same name featuring the two bands covering each other's songs along with songs from other artists. Dropkick Murphys re-recorded their own song "Boys on the Docks" with Al on vocals; as the band began the process of recording their third album in 2000, Rick Barton decided to quit during the recording sessions. In 2014 Barton discussed his departure saying "Kenny ended up hating each other. We've since made amends, but you know, touring in a band for four straight years… that same old story." With Barton gone, the band added four new members which included former The Ducky Boys guitarist James Lynch, who joined shortly prior to Barton's departure, 17-year-old guitarist Marc Orrell and tin whistle player Ryan Foltz and bagpipe player Robbie "Spicy McHaggis" Mederios, whose nickname was inspired by a McDonald's menu item while the band w
James Wallace (British politician)
James Wallace, of Carleton Hall, was an English barrister, Member of Parliament, Solicitor General and Attorney General. The son of Thomas Wallace, of Asholme, attorney-at-law, Wallace entered Lincoln's Inn and was called to the Bar in 1757. In 1770, he was elected as one of the Members of Parliament for Horsham in Sussex. In 1778, he was appointed Solicitor General in 1780 Attorney General, he was buried in Exeter Cathedral. On 8 January 1767 Wallace had married Elizabeth, only daughter and sole heiress of Thomas Simpson, Esquire, of Carleton Hall and they had two children, his son and heir Thomas Wallace, 1st Baron Wallace who married Jean Hope, Elizabeth who died unmarried
James Wallace & the Naked Light
James Wallace & the Naked Light is an American folk/rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee. The band's influences include American gospel music, Paul Simon, The Kinks, they have performed at the Summer Camp Music Festival. The group's leader, James Wallace, has toured and co-written songs with banjo player Abigail Washburn. Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes lists them as one of her favorite live acts. In 2013, they recorded a Daytrotter Session and their video "To The River" was chosen as a Vimeo "Staff Pick." 1. This Song 2. Dancing Star 3. Smoke, Smoke 4. Killing The Dog 5. Sheep Stare From The Hill 6; the Bench 7. Saved At The Bottom 8; when You Pass Through The Valley 9. Colors 1; the Wind's Too Cold 2. Colored Lights 3. Worse Things Have Happened 4. To The River 5. He'd Like To Hear It Once Again 6. 4th Dimension or Living in Colorado 7. The Wire / Kicked Down the Road 8. Everything Past Mars 9; the Coming 10. Chopping Block Official website James Wallace & the Naked Light on Facebook James Wallace & the Naked Light's channel on YouTube James Wallace & the Naked Light on Twitter
Jim Wallace (Australian activist)
James John Arundel Wallace, AM is a retired Australian Army officer and a current lobbyist on social issues. Wallace was the managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby from 2000 to 2013, he is now the Chairman of that organisation. Wallace studied at the Royal Military College and the British Army Staff College, he served in the Australian Army for 32 years. His service included command of the Special Air Service Regiment, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1984. Wallace has publicly expressed opposition to women in combat and changing the Marriage Act of Australia. Several of his public comments those about homosexuality, have attracted criticism. Writing in the Herald Sun, conservative columnist Miranda Devine argued that Wallace has copped more than his fair share of abuse when it comes to defending traditional marriage. Wallace has raised concerns about violent video games; the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Wallace "suggested a homosexual lifestyle was more hazardous to health than smoking."
In response Prime Minister Julia Gillard called Wallace's comments "heartless", "wrong" and "totally unacceptable", cancelled a speech she had planned to give to the ACL's national conference. On 4 May 2012, Wallace appeared before the Australian Senate and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee during their consideration of the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 where he presented to the Committee his arguments, "in support of the definition of marriage". Following a return visit to Syria, in 2013, to assess the situation for the minorities in the Syrian conflict, Wallace said that the vulnerable Christians there will face worse persecution than that experienced by Egypt’s Coptic Christians. Saying that the West's policy for the Middle East "courts a disaster", he urged the West to take decisive action to protect Syria's Christians. Wallace commentates on defence and security issues, having lived in the Middle East where he served with the United Nations in Lebanon and Syria. In 2003 he was appointed the Council of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute by the Minister for Defence.
As of 2017 he was no longer on ASPI's Council
Jim Wallace (rugby league)
James "Jim" Wallace was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1920s. He played at representative level for Great Britain and England, at club level for St. Helens Recs, as a wing, i.e. number 2 or 5. Jim Wallace won caps for England while at St. Helens Recs in 1925 against Wales, in 1926 against Other Nationalities, won a cap for Great Britain while at St. Helens Recs in 1926 against New Zealand