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Lily Allen

Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper is an English singer and songwriter. She is the daughter of actor Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. Allen left school when she was 15 and concentrated on improving her performing and compositional skills. In 2005, she made some of her recordings public on Myspace and the publicity resulted in airplay on BBC Radio 1 and a contract with Regal Recordings, her first mainstream single, "Smile", reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in July 2006. Her debut record, Still, was well received, selling over 2.6 million copies worldwide and brought Allen a nomination at the Grammy Awards, the Brit Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards. She began hosting Lily Allen and Friends, on BBC Three, her second studio album, It's Not Me, It's You, saw a genre shift, having more of an electropop feel, rather than the ska and reggae influences of the first one. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and the Australian ARIA Charts and was well received by critics, noting the singer's musical evolution and maturity.

It spawned the hit singles "The Fear" and "Fuck You". This success saw. Allen and Amy Winehouse were credited with starting a process that led to the "year of the women" media label in 2009 that saw five female artists making music of "experimentalism and fearlessness" nominated for the Mercury Prize. After announcing a hiatus from her music career in 2009, Allen launched her own record label, In the Name Of, in 2011, she has released two further albums: Sheezus, which debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, No Shame. In September 2018, Allen released her debut book, My Thoughts Exactly. Allen was born in Hammersmith, West London, the daughter of Keith Allen, a Welsh-born comedian, film producer Alison Owen, she has Sarah. Allen's mother was from a working class Portsmouth family, was 17 when she gave birth to Sarah, her family were devout Catholics. Allen is the goddaughter of Wild Colonials vocalist Angela McCluskey and third-cousin of singer Sam Smith. At the age of three, Allen appeared in The Comic Strip Presents... episode "The Yob", which her father had co-written.

When she was four, her father left the family. During her early childhood, Allen lived with her family on a council estate, they settled in Islington. For that time, the family lived with comedian Harry Enfield; the Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer was close to Allen. Allen attended 13 schools, including Prince Charles's junior alma mater, Hill House School, Bedales School and was expelled from several of them for drinking and smoking; when Allen was eleven, former University of Victoria music student Rachel Santesso overheard Allen singing "Wonderwall" by Oasis in the school's playground. This led to Allen singing "Baby Mine" from Disney's Dumbo at a school concert. Allen told Loveline that the audience was "brought to tears at the sight of a troubled young girl doing something good". At that point Allen said she knew that music was something she needed to do either as a lifelong vocation or to get it out of her system, she achieved grade 8 in singing. Allen played violin and trumpet and was a member of a chamber choir.

Her first solo was "In the Bleak Midwinter". She appeared as a lady-in-waiting in the 1998 film Elizabeth, co-produced by her mother; that same year, Allen appeared in the music video to the Fat Les song "Vindaloo". She dropped out of school at age fifteen, not wanting to "spend a third of her life preparing to work for the next third of her life, to set herself up with a pension for the next third of her life." When her family went to Ibiza on holiday, Allen told her mother that she was staying with friends but remained in Sant Antoni de Portmany instead. She earned money by dealing ecstasy. Allen met George Lamb in Ibiza, she was rejected by several labels, which she attributed to her drinking and being the daughter of Keith Allen. She used her father's connections to get signed to London Records in 2002; when the executive who had signed her left, the label lost interest and she left without releasing the folk songs many of which were written by her father. She studied horticulture to become a florist, but changed her mind and returned to music.

Allen began writing songs, while her manager introduced her to production duo Future Cut in 2004. They worked in a small studio in the basement of an office building. In 2005, Allen was signed to Regal Recordings. Allen created an account on MySpace and began posting demos that she recorded in November 2005; the demos attracted thousands of listeners, 500 limited edition 7-inch vinyl singles of "LDN" were rush-released, reselling for as much as £40. Allen produced two mixtapes – My First Mixtape and My Second Mixtape – to promote her work; as she accumulated tens of thousands of MySpace friends, The Observer Music Monthly, a magazine published in The Observer, took interest in March 2006. Few people outside of her label's A&R department knew who she was, so the label was slow in responding to publications wanting to report about her, she received her first major mainstream co

The One with All the Cheesecakes

"The One with All the Cheesecakes" is the eleventh episode of Friends' seventh season. It first aired on the NBC network in the United States on January 4, 2001. Chandler eats from a box of cheesecake, mistakenly delivered to his door instead of one of his neighbours and falls in love with it, he gives a bite to Rachel and she loves it too. When another cheesecake gets delivered to his apartment by accident again two days Chandler and Rachel return the cheesecake to their neighbour's doorstep, before heading to Chicago to eat lunch at the restaurant where the cheesecakes are made. Upon returning, they find the cheesecake untouched at their neighbour's door, promptly steal it. Chandler says he does not trust her with it, they decide to in the process. Joey joins them without thinking twice. Meanwhile, Monica feels bad that Ross was invited to their cousin Franny's wedding while she was not. Ross tells Monica that they did not invite her to the wedding because there was limited seating available. Monica makes Ross cancel on his date Joan, the assistant professor from the linguistic department, by telling him that she cares about family and does not want to miss out on her cousin's wedding.

Monica asks her why she was not invited. She realizes that Franny has married one of Monica's ex-boyfriends. Phoebe and Joey make plans for their monthly dinner where they discuss the other four, but Joey cancels as he has a date; this annoys Phoebe and Joey tells her he will make it up to her by taking her out for dinner the next again night. Phoebe bumps into David, the scientist guy, at Central Perk. David says that he is in New York for a conference on Positronic distillation of sub-atomic particles and would be leaving the next day, he asks Phoebe out and Monica convinces her that she can make Joey understand why she cancelled on him. Phoebe decides that she will finish up with Joey early and meet David. Joey intentionally delays her at the restaurant. Phoebe tells him that she leaves to meet with him; the two manage to have a quick rendezvous at her apartment. He implies he loves her but says that saying it out loud would make it unbearable for him to leave her. Joey witnesses this and tries to comfort a saddened Phoebe, understanding how upset she felt the first time David left her.

Digital Spy picked the episode as one of the season's highlights. They ranked it the eleventh best Friends episode. GamesRadar+ ranked it the fourteenth best episode from the show. BuzzFeed ranked "The One with All the Cheesecakes" #50 on their list of the 53 most iconic Friends episodes. Telegraph & Argus ranked it #4 on their ranking of the 236 Friends episodes

1852 United States presidential election

The 1852 United States presidential election was the 17th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 2, 1852. Democrat Franklin Pierce, a former Senator from New Hampshire, defeated General Winfield Scott, the Whig nominee; this was the last election. Incumbent Whig President Millard Fillmore had acceded to the presidency after the death of President Zachary Taylor in 1850. Due to Fillmore's support of the Compromise of 1850 and his enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Law, he was popular in the South but opposed by many Northern Whigs. On the 53rd ballot of the 1852 Whig National Convention, Scott defeated Fillmore to clinch the party's nomination; the Democrats were divided among four major candidates, who traded leads through the first 48 ballots of the 1852 Democratic National Convention. On the 49th ballot, dark horse candidate Franklin Pierce won his party's nomination; the Free Soil Party, a third party opposed to the extension of slavery into the territories, nominated Senator John P. Hale of New Hampshire.

With no major policy differences between the two major candidates, the election became a contest of personalities. Though Scott had been the top U. S. general in the Mexican–American War and had had a long and distinguished military career, Pierce had served in the Mexican–American War. The Whigs were badly divided between their Northern and Southern wings, Scott's anti-slavery reputation further damaged his campaign in the South. A group of Southern Whigs and a separate group of Southern Democrats each nominated their own tickets, but both efforts failed to attract support. Pierce and his running mate William R. King won by a comfortable majority in the popular vote and carried 27 of the 31 states, while Scott won 43.9% of the popular vote. Pierce won the highest share of the electoral vote since James Monroe's uncontested 1820 re-election. In the aftermath of this overwhelming defeat the Whig Party collapsed as a national political force as internal tensions regarding the issue of slavery caused mass abandonment of the party.

The 1852 presidential election conventions of the parties are considered below in order of the party's popular vote. Franklin Pierce, former U. S. Senator from New Hampshire Lewis Cass, U. S. Senator from Michigan James Buchanan, former U. S. Secretary of State from Pennsylvania William L. Marcy, former U. S. Secretary of War from New York Stephen Douglas, U. S. Senator from Illinois As Democrats convened in Baltimore in June 1852, four major candidates vied for the nomination: Lewis Cass of Michigan, the nominee in 1848, who had the backing of northerners in support of the Compromise of 1850. Throughout the balloting, numerous favorite son candidates received a few votes. Cass led on the first nineteen ballots, with Buchanan second, Douglas and Marcy exchanging third and fourth places. Buchanan retained it on each of the next nine tallies. Douglas managed a narrow lead on the 31st ballots. Cass recaptured first place through the 44th ballot. Marcy carried the next four ballots. Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire, a former Congressman and Senator, did not get on the board until the 35th ballot, when the Virginia delegation brought him forward as a compromise choice.

He consolidated his support in subsequent voting and was nominated nearly unanimously on the 49th ballot. In a peace gesture to the Buchanan wing of the party, Pierce's supporters allowed Buchanan's allies to fill the second position, knowing that they would select Alabama Senator William R. King. On the second ballot, with only minor opposition, King obtained the Democratic vice-presidential nomination. During the ensuing campaign, King's tuberculosis, which he believed he had contracted while in Paris, denied him the active behind-the-scenes role that he might otherwise have played, although he worked hard to assure his region's voters that New Hampshire's Pierce was a "northern man with southern principles." King died shortly after his inauguration on April 18, 1853. Winfield Scott, Commanding General of the U. S. Army from New Jersey Millard Fillmore, President of the United States from New York Daniel Webster, U. S. Secretary of State from Massachusetts The 1852 Whig National Convention, held in Baltimore, was bitterly divided.

Supporters of President Fillmore pointed to the successful Compromise of 1850 and the failure of a nascent secession movement in the Southern states in 1850–1851. The northern Whigs believed that the Compromise of 1850 favored the slaveholding South over the North. Northern Whigs favored heroic Mexican–American War General Winfield Scott of New Jersey. Scott had earned the nickname of "Old Fuss and Feathers" in the military due to his insistence on appearance and discipline, while respected, was seen by the people as somewhat foppish. A deadlock occurred. On the first ballot, Fillmore received all delegate votes from the South save four, but only received eighteen northern delegate votes; the vote was 133 for Fillmore, 131 for Scott, 29 for Webster. Scott was nominated on the 53rd ballot by a margin of 159–112, again with a sectional vote. William Alexander Graham was chosen as the vice-presidential nominee. 1852 would be the last time. Within the decade, the party fell apart an