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In Gallo-Roman religion, Loucetios was a Gallic god known from the Rhine-Moselle region, where he was invariably identified with the Roman Mars. Scholars have interpreted his name to mean ‘lightning’. Mars Loucetius was worshipped alongside the goddess Nemetona. About a dozen inscriptions in honour of Mars Loucetius have been recovered from eastern Gaul, with a particular concentration among the Vangiones and Aresaces. Inscriptions to him have been found at Bath and Angers. Inscriptions invoke Mars Loucetius together with Victoria or Nemetona. Edith Mary Wightman considers this pair “closely similar to if not identical with and Ancamna”, who are known chiefly from the territory of the Treveri adjacent to those of the Aresaces and Vangiones. Four of the inscriptions to Mars Loucetius are dedicated IN H D D, ‘in honour of the divine house’. Wightman further suggests that the shrine of Mars Loucetius at Klein-Winternheim, south of Mainz, was “a central one for the Aresaces”, the ancient inhabitants of the Mainz-Bingen area.

The name Loucetios may be derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *leuk- ‘shine’. It is analogous to Oscan Loucetius ‘light-bringer’, an epithet of Jupiter; the Gaulish and Brythonic forms derive from Proto-Celtic *louket-, ‘bright, flashing’, hence ‘lightning’, in reference to either a Celtic common metaphor for battles as thunderstorms, or else the divine aura of the hero. Loucetios was considered as Sulis Minerva's consort. In Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Leucotios appears in chapter three, during Shadow's dream of forgotten gods. Gaiman's Leucotios is described as a “man with... white hair, with a necklace of teeth about his neck, holding a drum”

Impressions Gallery

Impressions Gallery is an independent contemporary photography gallery in Bradford, England. It was established in 1972 and located in York until moving to Bradford in 2007. Impressions Gallery runs a photography bookshop, publishes its own books and sells prints, it is one of the oldest venues for contemporary photography in Europe. Impressions Gallery is a charity, a not-for-profit organisation, funded by Arts Council England and Bradford Metropolitan District Council; the gallery is host to a temporary exhibitions programme with on average six exhibitions each year solo retrospective shows of mid-career photographers, some group shows. The gallery space incorporates a bookshop; the organisation publishes its own books and catalogues to accompany its exhibitions, either by itself or in association with others such as Dewi Lewis Publishing and Photoworks. It has published work by Melanie Friend, Paul Floyd Blake, Joy Gregory, Anna Fox, Trish Morrissey, Tessa Bunney, Gavin Parry, Andy Lock, Stefan Ruiz and Laurie Long.

The gallery was founded by Val Williams and husband Andrew Sproxton in November 1972, opening in York with two exhibitions, Butlin's by the Sea by Martin Parr and Daniel Meadows, Whitby by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe. Parr and Meadows showed work at Impressions throughout the 1970s, with solo shows of Parr's Home Sweet Home in 1974 and Beauty Spots in 1976 and Meadows' Free Photographic Omnibus in 1974 and Clayton Ward in 1978; some of the other photographers whose work the gallery has shown are: In 1976 the gallery moved to Colliergate in York moved again to nearby Castlegate in York in 1992. In 2007 the gallery moved to Bradford; the gallery's archive, dating back to 1972, was given to the National Media Museum, Bradford, in 2013. It is called a part of the National Photography Collection, it was believed to be the first time a publicly funded photography gallery has had its archive cared for and made accessible by a national institution. Anne McNeill has been director since 2000. Official website

The drunken mouse and the cat

The story of the drunken mouse and the cat who rescued him was a joke that appeared in several mediaeval collections of stories. It is numbered 615 in the Perry Index as among those. A mouse cries for help. A passing cat offers to pull it out. However, when the cat becomes hungry, the mouse refuses to emerge from its hole to satisfy it. “What about your promise?” the cat asks. “Ah,” says the mouse, “I was drunk at the time.” The story first appeared in the 13th century Parabolae of Odo of Cheriton, where the barrel into which the mouse falls is said to be either of wine or beer. Told ‘against those who do not keep their word’, it was recorded about the same time among the Jewish ‘fox fables’ of Berechiah ha-Nakdan, it is found in the 14th century Gesta Romanorum with the comment that what is promised in time of peril is not fulfilled. In England the proverb ‘drunk as a mouse’ emerged during the Middle Ages, appearing in the work of Geoffrey Chaucer and John Skelton, among others

Daniel House

Daniel House is an American business owner / entrepreneur and musician, best known for his contribution to the Seattle "grunge" music movement of the 1980s and ‘90s. He was a co-founder and bass-player for Skin Yard, a band, active from 1985 to 1992, was president and owner of C/Z Records, a Seattle-based independent record label that released music by many bands including 7 Year Bitch, Built to Spill, Coffin Break, Engine Kid, The Gits, Love Battery, The Melvins, The Presidents of the United States of America and Skin Yard. In 2003 he moved from Seattle to Los Angeles where he oversaw the development and creation of the now-defunct www. as well as the music-centric online dating website, House’s first band was the little-known Seattle band Death of Marat, named after a painting by Jacques-Louis David depicting the assassination of radical journalist Jean-Paul Marat during the French Revolution; the band lasted for a little over a year, starting in 1982 and breaking up in late 1983.

In 1984 House formed an instrumental prog-rock three-piece band called feeDBack with Matt Cameron on drums and a guitarist named "Nerm". FeeDBack lasted only 10 months but managed to record 9 songs on a 4-track recorder that Cameron owned; the songs have never been released. Shortly after forming feeDBack, House was recruited to play bass in 10 Minute Warning, replacing the departed David Garrigues. TWM was unique at the time in that they originated as a punk band, but had evolved into something slower and with psychedelic overtones. TMW are popularly regarded as one of the first progenitors of the grunge movement. 10 Minute Warning broke up at the end of 1984 after guitarist Paul Solger quit, drummer Greg Gilmore left Seattle to join former 10 Minute Warning guitarist Duff McKagan in Los Angeles. In 1985 House envisioned a new band, one that would draw from elements of both feeDBack and Ten Minute Warning, he sought out Jack Endino whom he met through Nerm based on a tape that Endino had shared at a feeDBack rehearsal, proposed his idea for his next band.

They began writing songs while looking for a singer. Finding Ben McMillan to take on vocal duties, they named the new band Skin Yard. On June 7, 1985 Skin Yard played their first show opening for the U-Men. Skin Yard’s music was first released on the Deep Six compilation album which featured tracks by Soundgarden, The Melvins, U-Men, Green River and Malfunkshun. Between 1987 and 1991, Skin Yard released 4 full-length records and embarked on several national and regional tours up and down the west coast. House quit Skin Yard in 1991 and has not played in a band since. In 1988 House co-wrote and recorded The Last Laugh, Helios Creed’s first for Amphetamine Reptile Records with Jason Finn on drums. In 1989, House was the drummer for Seattle band, who released one 7" single and a track on Teriyaki Asthma Vol. I which included tracks from Nirvana, Helios Creed and Coffin Break; the other members of Yeast were Milton Garrison from Al Thompkins from Daddy Hate Box. Yeast highlights once with Tad. In 1993 House played one show with the band Pretty Mary Sunshine while bass player Joe Skyward was in Europe playing with The Posies.

Pretty Mary Sunshine asked House to become their permanent bass-player. That was the last time House performed on stage. Daniel House purchased the rights and ownership of fledgling Seattle-based label C/Z Records from Chris Hanzsek in 1986. House intended the label as a vehicle to release music by Skin Yard, his band at the time. Skin Yard’s only released material was on C/Z’s Deep Six compilation, House wanted to maintain the ongoing sales efforts for the remaining LPs still in stock. House continued to release records by other bands in the Seattle area, while working at a series of jobs working as Director of Sales and Distribution for Sub Pop Records in 1988. House left Sub Pop in 1991 in an effort to make C/Z a viable business. Over the next several years C/Z grew into an independent label with national recognition releasing material from 7 Year Bitch, Coffin Break, Engine Kid, Built to Spill, The Gits, Love Battery and Monks of Doom. At its peak, C/Z employed 13 people and was a full-service label with distribution in North America and Australia.

In 1993, C/Z entered into a distribution deal with Sony-owned RED Distribution. By 1994, that deal had drained C/Z of all its financial resources and shut C/Z down, leaving House deep in debt. In 1996 the BMG-owned Zoo Entertainment partnered with C/Z for a third-party venture deal which helped to resolve the debt incurred during the RED Distribution deal. Zoo assisted in the development of new artists; that same year, House appeared in the 1996 grunge documentary Hype!, the footage of, shot in 1992-1993. In 1997 Zoo was purchased and all third party ventures were dropped. C/Z would be turned back to a part-time venture with House looking towards new opportunities that would still keep him involved in music; the shift would move him towards Internet-based entertainment ventures. In 1998, House began working in the music department at streaming media pioneer RealNetworks as an editor for their online content portal, the RealGuide. In 2003, House moved to Los Angeles. Lamestain Blog: Skin Yard's early years Xtreme Musician: Daniel House Bio CZ Records Official History Daniel Hous

Ophelia Benson

Ophelia Benson is an American author, editor and feminist. Benson is the editor of the website Butterflies and Wheels and a columnist and former associate editor of The Philosophers' Magazine, she is a columnist for Free Inquiry. Her books and website defend objectivity and scientific truth against the threats to rational thinking posed by religious fundamentalism, wishful thinking, relativism, "the tendency of the political Left to subjugate the rational assessment of truth-claims to the demands of a variety of pre-existing political and moral frameworks". Benson was born in New Jersey, attended university in the United States, before working in a variety of jobs, including being a zookeeper for several years, before becoming an author. In 2004, Benson co-authored The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense with Jeremy Stangroom, it is a satire on post-modernism, modern jargon and anti-rationalist thinking in contemporary academia. The Times Literary Supplement said "With wit and invention and Stangroom take us through the checklist argot that so litters postmodern texts."

In 2006, Benson and Stangroom published Why Truth Matters, which examines the "spurious claims made for creationism, Holocaust denial, misinterpretation of evolutionary biology, identity history, science as mere social construct, other'paradigms' that prop up the habit of shaping our findings according to what we want to find". In 2009, Benson co-authored Does God Hate Women? with Stangroom. The book explores the oppression of women in the name of religious and cultural norms, how these issues play out both in the community and in the political arena. Butterflies and Wheels website Freethought Blogs former website Interview with 3:AM Magazine, 31 January 2007 Interview with Point of Inquiry, 20 July 2007 Interview with The Freethinker, 16 May 2008

Dallas Holm

Dallas Holm is a singer-songwriter of Christian music, whose musical ministry has spanned four decades. 1977's "Live" album, along with the group Praise, featured "Rise Again". The group consisted of Dallas Holm on acoustic guitar and vocals and Ladonna Johnson on keyboards and vocals, as well as Randy Adams on bass. Ladonna was a featured artist singing her song "Thank you Jesus". Dallas Holm's influence has been greatest in contemporary Christian music. While he has had several hit singles in CCM, he is best known for the favorite inspirational song "Rise Again" which foretells the resurrection of Christ, he resides in Texas when not on tour. Circa 1969 I Saw The Light 1970 Dallas Holm 1971 For Teens Only 1971 Just the Way I Feel It 1972 Looking Back 1973 Didn't He Shine 1974 Peace, Joy & Love 1975 Nothing But Praise 1976 Dallas Holm—Just Right 1977 Dallas Holm & Praise... Live—Rise Again 1978 Tell'Em Again 1979 His Last Days 1979 All That Matters 1980 Looking Back: The Very Best of Dallas Holm 1980 This is My Song 1981 Holm, Sheppard & Johnson 1981 I Saw the Lord 1983 Signal 1985 Classics 1985 Change The World 1986 Praise and Worship 1986 Against the Wind 1988 Beyond the Curtain 1989 Soldiers Again.