SUMMARY / RELATED TOPICS

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Donald Cobain was an American singer and musician, best known as the guitarist and frontman of the rock band Nirvana. Regarded as a Generation X icon, he is considered to be one of the most iconic and influential rock musicians in the history of alternative music. Born in Aberdeen, Cobain formed the band Nirvana with Krist Novoselic and Aaron Burckhard in 1987 and established it as part of the Seattle music scene which became known as grunge. After signing with major label DGC Records, Nirvana found global success with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from their critically acclaimed second album Nevermind. Following the success of Nevermind, Nirvana was labelled "the flagship band" of Generation X, Cobain was hailed as "the spokesman of a generation". During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction and chronic health problems such as depression, he struggled with the personal and professional pressures of fame, his marriage to musician Courtney Love. On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle at the age of 27.

Cobain was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Novoselic, in their first year of eligibility in 2014. In 2003, David Fricke of Rolling Stone ranked him the 12th greatest guitarist of all time, he was ranked 7th by MTV in the "22 Greatest Voices in Music". In 2006, he was placed 20th by Hit Parader on their list of the "100 Greatest Metal Singers of All Time". Cobain was born at Grays Harbor Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington on February 20, 1967, the son of waitress Wendy Elizabeth and automotive mechanic Donald Leland Cobain, his parents were married on July 1965, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. His ancestry included Dutch, French, German and Scottish, his Irish ancestors emigrated from Carrickmore, County Tyrone in 1875. Researchers found that they were shoemakers named "Cobane", who came from Inishatieve, a townland within Carrickmore, they first settled in Cornwall, Canada, in Washington. Cobain himself believed his family came from County Cork.

His younger sister, was born on April 24, 1970. Cobain's family had a musical background, his maternal uncle, Chuck Fradenburg, played in a band called The Beachcombers. Kurt was described as being a happy and excitable child, who exhibited sensitivity and care, his talent as an artist was evident from an early age, as he would draw his favorite characters from films and cartoons, such as the Creature from the Black Lagoon and Donald Duck, in his bedroom. This enthusiasm was encouraged by his grandmother, Iris Cobain, a professional artist. Cobain began developing an interest in music at a young age. According to his aunt Mari, he began singing at the age of two. At age four, he started singing, writing a song about a trip to a local park, he listened to artists like the Ramones and Electric Light Orchestra, from a young age, would sing songs like Arlo Guthrie's "Motorcycle Song", The Beatles' "Hey Jude", Terry Jacks' "Seasons in the Sun", the theme song to the television show of the band The Monkees.

When Cobain was nine years old, his parents divorced. He said that the divorce had a profound effect on his life, while his mother noted that his personality changed dramatically. In a 1993 interview, he elaborated: I remember feeling ashamed, for some reason. I was ashamed of my parents. I couldn't face some of my friends at school anymore, because I wanted to have the classic, you know, typical family. Mother, father. I wanted that security, so I resented my parents for quite a few years because of that. Cobain's parents both found new partners after the divorce. Although his father had promised not to remarry, after meeting Jenny Westeby, he did, to Kurt's dismay. Cobain, his father and her two children and James, moved into a new household together. Cobain liked Westeby at first. In January 1979, Westeby gave birth to Chad Cobain; this new family, which Cobain insisted was not his real one, was in stark contrast to the attention Cobain was used to receiving as an only boy, he soon began to express resentment toward his stepmother.

Cobain's mother began dating a man, abusive. Cobain witnessed the domestic violence inflicted upon her, with one incident resulting in her being hospitalized with a broken arm. Wendy steadfastly refused to press charges, remaining committed to the relationship. Cobain behaved insolently toward adults during this period of his youth, began bullying another boy at school; such misconduct caused his father and Westeby to take him to a therapist, who concluded that he would benefit from a single family environment. Both sides of the family to no avail. On June 28, 1979, Cobain's mother granted full custody to his father. Cobain's teenage rebellion became overwhelming for his father, who placed his son in the care of family and friends. While living with the born-again Christian family of his friend Jesse Reed, he became a devout Christian and attended church services, he renounced Christianit

Máirtín Ó Direáin

Máirtín Ó Direáin was an Irish poet, held to be one of the foremost Irish language poets of the twentieth century. A native of the Aran Islands Gaeltacht, Ó Direáin spent time working in Galway and Dublin, where he upheld a connection to Gaelic affairs through Conradh na Gaeilge and Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe. A significant theme of his poetic works deals with the tensions between the urban and rural and tradition, the English-speaking world and Gaeldom. Ó Direáin was born in Sruthán on Inis Mór in the Aran Islands. He was educated at Onaght national school; the son of a small-farmer, Máirtín Ó Direáin spoke only Irish until his mid-teens. He worked as a civil servant from 1928 until 1975. In 1952, he translated a play by Irish playwright Teresa Deevy for Radio Eireann, his literary awards include the An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council Awards. He was a member of Aosdána. While Ó Direáin was rooted in the Gaelic tradition, his poetry shows influence from wider European writers, his influences included Nietzsche, Yeats, Haicéad, Ó Bruadair and Shakespeare.

Carraig agus cathair: Ó Direáin is a recent biography. Its title refers to Ó Direáin's journey from his native rocky island to Dublin, where he lived most of his life. An Charraig Stoite is a 2003 award-nominated TG4/Bord Scannán na hÉireann funded documentary on Máirtín Ó Direáin, written by Alan Titley and produced and directed by Mac Dara Ó Curraidhín. On 27 May 2010, An Post issued a single stamp to commemorate the birth centenary of Máirtín Ó Direáin featuring a portrait of the poet. Six of his poems have been put to music by Colm Ó Snodaigh from the music group Kíla: Faoiseamh a Gheobhadsa, Maith Dhom, Bua na Mara, Dínit an Bhróin, "An tEarrach Thiar" and Bí i do Chrann; the first three have been recorded on Handel's Fantasy, Luna Park and Giving - Colm's solo album from 2007. His main works include the poetry collections: Rogha Dánta Ó Mórna agus Dánta Eile Ar Ré Dhearóil Cloch Choirnéil Crainn is Cairde Dánta 1939-79 Ceacht an Éin Béasa an Túir Tacar Dánta/Selected Poems Craobhóg: Dán Fear Lasta Lampaí N His autobiographical essays are collected as Feamainn Bhealtaine.

Iníon Rí na Spáinne Translation Ó Direáin, Máirtín at ainm.ie Short Aosdána biography Brief biographical material and sample poem Máirtín O'Direáin at The Teresa Deevy Archive

Brett Evans

Brett Evans is a South African footballer who played for Premier Soccer League club Ajax Cape Town. Evans was a founding member of Ajax Cape Town and played for Ajax for the whole of his 13-year career. Brett Evans is the head coach for boys youth at Albion SC as well as assistant coach at Point Loma Nazarene University. Evans was a founding member of Ajax Cape Town making his debut in 1999, he played for Ajax for the whole of his 13-year career and has 311 starts, a club record. In 2012, Evans went on trial with Major Soccer League club Portland Timbers and played in a 2–0 win over Seattle Sounders in a reserve team match. Evans left Ajax in 2012 on expiration of his contract, he is one of the few South African player s to have played for all the national teams and was part of South Africa's squad at the 2008 African Cup of Nations. He has ten full international caps. While playing left back at Ajax CT, Evans was assistant coach for the youth u12 team, from 2010-2012, he is head coach at Albion SC and assistant coach at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Brett Evans at National-Football-Teams.com